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

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8,278 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,278
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 421
Gots: 1,145 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Lagunitas Sucks is a tasty drink. Belly warming and deeply satisfying with a strong (8.0) potency.

The flavor is brown sugar and molasses. My palate is scorched from a few years of heavy IPA drinking, but I can recognize the pleasure in this fine beer. Unlike other brews that try to balance hop intensity with a cloying malt sugar-ness, this beer is balanced. The scent and taste are sweet and fermented -- not overdone and not really honey sweet.

After a few sips I notice a light malt taste on the back of the tongue -- an enjoyable aftertaste. But it is not a strong tasting beer . . . nothing prevents one from smooth sips and perhaps even drinking the beer too fast. Worth consideration as an epic 'session' beer or as a contribution to a holiday party (I'm drinking this in July).

The beer poured with a lively orange yellow with a healthy head. Looks cool in the glass and in the 32 ounce bottle. Recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown sugar ale, but everyone knows this is an IPA. Tastes pretty similar to the regular Lagunitas IPA, but the taste is a little bit sweeter. That doesn't mean it's like molasses or caramel, it's definitely an IPA that kicks pretty hard but goes down nice. Good for a hearty meal, and versatile to drink in hot or cold weather.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This beer got talked up quite a bit by a fellow patron when I was shopping for brews and I had to give it a try. Not an IPA addict, but I enjoy a good example of the style. Usually disappointed when expectations and promises are so high, but... I'm blown away by this brew!

A: Perfect. Exactly what I want and expect. Poured from a 32oz bottle into an oversized tulip glass (a hurricane glass from Pat O's in New Orleans, to be precise). Rich amber to dark honey in color. Brew is gem-like, crystal clear, but with so much effervesceance. The bubbles steadily trickle from the bottom of the glass throughout my drink. The head is MASSIVE and sticky, clinging to my glass. Retension is impressive. Lacing is picture perfect throughout. Rarely am I ever so enticed at the mere sight of a brew. I've certainly never written so much on appearance! It's a hot summer day and this is the kind of brew that would inspire jealousy from onlookers.

S: in the words of Keanu: "whoa". The nose follows the striking visual impression. Oranges, pine, and tons of hoppy Aromas eminate from that thick head. Other light citrus. Evergreen sap. Resinous. Mouthwatering.

T: Well, then. My pallete is overcome by a waterfall of sensations, all the culmination of what my other senses have come to anticipate already. Good backbone of mild to moderate sweetness, framing a hoppy payload of orange, sticky pine cones covered in tree sap, grapefruit... All you'd expect from a double IPA. There's a pronounced hop biterness, though well-tamed by the sweetness. But what's conspicuously missing is the alcohol. At 8% ABV, I'd expect it to be at least a little noticable. But, aside from some warmth on the back pallette, it's completely hidden by the everything going on in this brew. Dangerous!

M: Medium bodied. A little sticky sweet on the lips and the tongue, but with the sweetness so well cancelled out by the hops that the mouthfeel is all you have to go by there. Pleasantly perky, with enough carbonation to keep what might otherwise seem heavy and even overwhelming, pretty refreshing, though certainly not pallete cleansing.

O: I will definitely be buying this again and am very interested to see if it continues to live up to the hype on a second or third go. Right now: Loving this brew!

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,278 ratings.