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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

6,998 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,998
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 306
Gots: 697 | FT: 22
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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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a clear copper color with creamy bleached white head of jsut about .5 cm that fades to a sticky edge layer and wispy surface foam.
Aroma is citrus rind and pine sap with just a little bit of pineapple and general fruitiness. Very hoppy nose, but not just astringent bitterness.
First sip reveals an average body with fine rolling carbonation that is barely detectable on each sip.
The beer is very easy to drink, with no detected alcohol nor heavy presence to slow down consumption.
Flavor is some sweet caramel malt that gives way to citrus rind and pineapple hops with just a bit of astringency on the finish. The beer also finishes very dry and asks me to drink more. I dont get any booze on any stages of the beer and my glass is empty much sooner than i thought it would be for a beer just under 8%.

A tasty treat for the end of winter, definitely more a hopheader than a malty beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 05:28:03 | More by sulldaddy
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shadowofthereaper_666

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-01-2014 05:13:52 | More by shadowofthereaper_666
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Jummins


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-01-2014 04:29:55 | More by Jummins
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combatFlexo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-01-2014 03:10:19 | More by combatFlexo
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ale207

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-01-2014 03:03:17 | More by ale207
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twonder23

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-01-2014 02:08:09 | More by twonder23
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linnymtu

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-01-2014 02:06:58 | More by linnymtu
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hoosier222002

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-01-2014 01:34:00 | More by hoosier222002
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

02-28-2014 23:30:42 | More by jpd7374
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bryc9194

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-28-2014 22:47:11 | More by bryc9194
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Andre_SanDiego

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-28-2014 21:36:33 | More by Andre_SanDiego
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swfeidt

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-28-2014 21:34:42 | More by swfeidt
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-28-2014 20:30:06 | More by DaftPatrick
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AnotherImperial

Arizona

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-28-2014 19:12:14 | More by AnotherImperial
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earias26

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-28-2014 17:49:42 | More by earias26
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carlmoberg

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-28-2014 17:03:25 | More by carlmoberg
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dcp27

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-28-2014 15:46:32 | More by dcp27
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wiltznucs

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-28-2014 14:18:34 | More by wiltznucs
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ipafool

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-28-2014 05:40:19 | More by ipafool
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caahare

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.7%

02-28-2014 05:02:52 | More by caahare
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Gig2828

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-28-2014 04:43:03 | More by Gig2828
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Morockm

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-28-2014 01:35:37 | More by Morockm
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow color with a good sized head, fades at a slow rate but only leaves some small bits of patchy lacing.

Smell has a beautiful floral piney hop aroma, touch of citrus and sweet malt to add to the layers.

Taste starts out and finishes with the citrus pine hop presence, pretty much the hops are evident through the entire thing, some sweet malt does balance things near the end, slightly sticky and sweet in the finish yet also with a semi-dry ending, carbonation is practically perfect.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:28:37 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Gregaroo

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-27-2014 21:25:13 | More by Gregaroo
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SwitchCrooks

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-27-2014 17:30:28 | More by SwitchCrooks
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,998 ratings.