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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

8,277 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 8,277
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,141 | FT: 21
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011)
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Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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 sinstaineddemon
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - orange blossom honey hued, with hald a finger of pure white head fed by plenty of carbonation and even some sediment

S - sweet grapefruit aroma, with hints of pine, but deceptively sweet

T - grapefruit erupts immediately a supreme tart fruit experience that melds nicely into a layered sweet and tart amalgamation,

M&D&O - an improperly named beer, nothing sucks about this brew othere than running out. its simple without being boring, provocative without being complex,a wonderful beer

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottling or best by date...I never learn. 12 oz bottle from a six pack.

Pours a slightly hazed medium yellow with an inch of puff that pusses out to thin skim. Lacing is pretty damn lacy.

Nosey tropicality the likes of pineapple, gummy peaches and oddly guava. Whatever the hop I perceive as peach is a hop I dig. I used to eat the hell out of those Gummy peaches, but I cannot stomach the texture of an actual peach. This is the life I lead; play on player.

Guava up front segues to a firm moderate bitter bite through the middle and that sort-of-difficult-to-describe-but-you-know-it's-Lagunitas-sandpapery-graininess on the finish. Reminiscent of the Sumpins with a slightly more tropical hop profile.

There is something about the grainy feel of these beers that doesn't quite sit well with me; it's almost a solvent quality that takes away from some of more impressive parts of the beer.

Another good bang for the buck beer from Lagunitas, but not a major departure from their more standard hoppy offerings.

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of AdamBear
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pale transparent orange with almost no head. some white around the edge.

S-holy crap. this smells godly! tropical grapefruit hops in heaven!! strong scent. i love it.

T-comes in with an amazing taste of clean tropical grapefruit hops. its so crisp and clean! and smooth! some awesome bitterness at the end. the after-taste isn't strong but it is long lasting with some grains.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-just wow. loved this so much more than Brown Shugga. i loved this more than most beers. so much flavor and its so smooth! i NEED more! if you enjoy hops, search this out!

Photo of RickS95
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing wrong with the appearance. Classsic golden orange color with the meringue-like head. Slightly lighter color than most, but a crowd pleaser. Head had decent retention and moderate lacing.

The most malt I can remember from a double IPA. There's still plenty of faint citrus and pine to go around, but an amazing amount of grains went into this. Regardless, it's got the west coast scent down pat.

Again, very malty, but well balanced against the citrusy and piney hops. Think biscuits with grapefruit marmalade. I never tire of the west coast flavor.

Probably the smoothest IIPA I've had. Well composed with the sublest of transitions from sweet to bitter. Sweet up front, building acidity mid-sip, then a lingering bitterness in the swallow. Extremely simple to drink, goes down easy. Medium-bodied with a crisp finish.

I'm giving extra points for coming in a 32-ounce bottle, but despite that, this beer is exceptional overall. Nice level of ABV, great taste, and not too bitter. One of my new favorites.

Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Basoos1
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Mikecap
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Chingringo
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of TheBigBoy
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer itself is a clear and golden amber while the head is white and creamy. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell:
The hops smell grapefruits and hint of malty sweetness to balance out the hops. There may also possibly be some sugar in as well.

Taste:
Grapefruit and citrus hops with malty sweetness and possibly some sugary sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The feel is sort of right for a DIPA but to me it feels little heavier and not as crisp as other DIPAs that I've had.

Overall:
A pretty good DIPA and well worth getting. I had seen this beer before but I didn't get until this year. I will definitely be picking up a six-pack of this again.

Photo of leftoverburrito
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mc4z
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a medium orange that is pretty transparent. Good head retention. The nose is grapefruit, lemon, mango, pine. This is a pure citrus bomb. The taste is strong citrus fruit with the grapefruit and lemon really shining through. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Overall this beer is a brilliant citrus IPA that packs a silent punch with the ABV. My favorite Lagunitas IPA.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very much like liquid gold. Bright, clear, and a lively carbonation. Head is bright-white and leaves some solid lacing. Head dwindles to a thin cap on the beer. Sticks around for the duration.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, touches of mint and pine. Pungent tropical aromas mix with some nice citrus backing. Grapefruit flesh and orange sweetness. Malts are buried in the back. Slightly edge of bread crust and biscuit dough. Loads of hop depth and aroma.

Taste: Pine and mango in equal measure. Slick oily hops. Faintly bready malts on the back. It's all about the hops. Big resinous pine finish. Touches of mint leaf pop out after a few sips. Aggressively bitter on the back. Not attempt at balance, but it works. Orange pith and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel: Long finish. Flavors linger for a long time. Moderate carbonation on a medium body puts this right where it should be. Oily mouthfeel makes this incredibly smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: If this is an apology beer, I accept Lagunitas' apology. Loads of flavor and another winter IPA that I hope makes it in to regular rotation. If I could lock down a case of this and Celebration every winter, it sure would makes things a lot easier. Let's hope it's not just a one-off.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of beer2day
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not thinking this one would live up to the hype ... but it did.

Light wheat gold pour, clear, with a 1.5 finger light cream head. Thin rind for retention. Very light lace.

Nose is a big citrus blast of grapefruit. Get light grains in the hops, too, adding to an earthy feel.

Hop bomb on the tongue. Grapefruit up front and in the finish, with a light sour feel just before the bitter end. Maybe a bit of lime sneaks in. A bit of biscuit malt creeps in, also. Alcohol is diabolically well hidden.

Feel is a little on the thin side. Just a bit of syrup up front.

I would love to see this become a year round from them. A very nice surprise in a sea of spiced Christmas ales.

Photo of aquazr1
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Thanks to my daughter for picking this up while in OC.

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a two finger white head. Lots of residual lacing the entire time.

S - The nose on this beer is amazing. Hits you from six feet away. Loads of citrus going on here.

T - The taste does not disappoint. Citrus up front with some hints if pine on the finish.

M - A medium bodied beer with light carbonation.

O - A really well done DIPA. Well worth the hunt to track down this beer. A must have from now on.

Photo of HoppySeb
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of CGMLS3
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Cramerican
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Drucifer
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,277 ratings.