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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)

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8,487 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,487
Reviews: 1,361
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 452
Gots: 1,322 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.85% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011

This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it to be all over...
So this substitute beer is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats…. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a fairly clear orange-hued golden color with a large, foamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is a really nice blend of citric and tropical fruits and light resiny pine hops.

Very hoppy, with more tropical fruits and a pleasant grapefruit and resin finish. The malt adds just a hint of biscuit backing.

Medium body and carbonation.

Another very well done IPA from the guys at Lagunitas. I really hope it makes a return after this holiday season.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of katan
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a fairly clean golden brown color. Lots of white head formation, frothy, sticks around.

S - A piney resinous hoppy nose, very edgey. A little citrus in the background.

T - Starts off lightly citrusy, then bombed by the huge same resin/pine hop flavors from the aroma. Very balanced, bitterness is present but doesn't overcome the beer completely. Finishes with a decent hop finish and a little bit of dryness.

M - As above, it has a lot of dryness both from the cleanness of the fermentation as well as the oily hops. Alcohol warmth is not present.

O/D - A very good DIPA. If you love the piney resin almost fresh hop style, this is your beer. Not overly filling and a very workable ABV.

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2/5  rDev -54%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been dyin to try this one! Pours a beautiful, sparkling clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is WOW! Awesome citrus and tropical fruit aromas that remind me Port Mongo or Avery Mahajara. Inviting piney forest aromas. Just smells extremely fresh and hoppy. Oh yeah, this beer is good. Damn good. Taste is initially bitter hops with profound hop resin flavor. Then you get a bit of mango and pineapple, which transforms into grapefruit and orange. Lovely pine flavors throughout. Nice and sweet without being overly sweet, that finishes with lovely bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied that finishes crisp...but it's weirdly sticky in a way. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer lived up to the hype. Honestly, I would prefer this over Brown Shugga. In fact, probably my favorite IPA/DIPA from Lagunitas.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden yellow body with tight white head. Fantastic lacing.

Fresh citrus hops create a sweet nose. Clementine, grapefruit, and mango. There's pine, too.

The taste is loads of citrus, Christmas trees, and barely a trace of bready malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp, oily, then dry. It's very bitter.

It is a very good DIPA. There is a huge hype following this and I can't argue that.

Photo of beagle75
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops are abundant and dynamic up front, with ripe and sticky tropical fruit as well as a complimentary green dankness. Pineapple and guava are particularly pronounced, although fruity hops begin to fade after this beer has been in the glass for 15 minutes. Faintly toasty base malt is revealed then, but remaining balanced.

T: Begins very off-dry, with aggressive acidic hops oils that defy simple flavor classification but integrate well with the aromas from the smell. Potent hops-derived flavors stretch well into the middle, aside developing bitterness, taking on a surprisingly green quality into the finish. Bitterness becomes potent by the finish, balanced in the presence of the pronounced aromatic flavors.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic and slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This big IPA is the hedonist's choice for the style--it presents abundant hops and abundant malt sugar that are surprisingly successful at balancing each other. As a DIPA it is more believable, but here it wins because it retains easily observed defining characteristics that the bigger DIPAs simply lose control over. Flavors may step over a line of appropriateness--if this is a regular IPA--but seem tight and much more modern compared to most DIPAs. Pliny it is not--that beer is an exercise in restraint while this is a projection of excess on a budget. Exact style aside, this beer succeeds resoundingly at delivering some of the most desirable hops qualities available without the burden of a 10% abv investment.

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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Nice thick, white head that stays forever with all the carbonation, fine golden color, lots of lacing

S: Pine and citrus hops, pleasant

T: Grapefruit, pine, malts come through a little, hoppy and enjoyable

M: Good carbonation, bitter, a little more resiny/thicker than some IIPA's

O: Well above average, quality Double IPA, I'll probably go see if I can get another sixer to share some

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about two fat fingers of off-white head. The foam hangs around for a while and leaves some decent, chunky lacing on the glass. The beer is cloudy and straw colored. A few Champagne-like streams of carbonation are visible.

S-The smell is a total tropical hop bomb. I get mango, mandarin orange/tangerine, and pineapple mostly, but also a touch of resin and pine. There is a little bit of bread and grassy straw, too, but this thing is a sweet smelling monster-hopped special.

T-The taste has a huge tropical hop component that provides most of the same flavors noted above, but there is also a pretty decent hit of doughy bread in there. I wouldn't say the bread flavors counteract the tropical hops, because both are quite sweet, but it does provide a little structure. Very little bitterness. Slightly sweet alcoholic punch.

M-The feel is oily and smooth with lighter carbonation and a medium-weight feel.

O-A totally fruit-forward-in-your-face hop bomb of a beer. And I mean that in the best way. This a great-tasting IIPA style beer, but brace yourself for some sweetness and fruity hops. I enjoyed it, but I couldn't handle more than one per evening. Cliche review comment: this beer is really good, but lacks the balance to make it great. (See Pliny the Elder.)

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,487 ratings.