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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

7,046 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,046
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 314
Gots: 706 | 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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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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TomG2751

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-12-2014 16:29:39 | More by TomG2751
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Fast-N-Loud

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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Ianaudio

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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seyton

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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Gregafree

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

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wildcatboy

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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IPAIsaac

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Rhf9120

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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MrWilliams

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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joe1510

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

13oz Pour
$6
Tribes Alehouse - Tinley Park, IL

Sucks is served to me in a snifter sporting a tarnished copper body. Mild haziness cuts the clarity but the body still glows. Active carbonation climbs up the glass to the impressively dense clean white head. The head shows stellar staying power and leaves sheet lacing down the glass.

The nose is full of fruity hoppiness. First and foremost are bushels of grapefruit and orange. The orange has the sweetness and density of marmalade. There is an appreciated smattering of tropical fruitiness as well. The malt backbone is light but what's there leans toward soft caramel and lightly toasted white bread.

Fruit upon fruit in the flavor as well. The tropical fruit runs together to pick out specifics but it plays nicely with the citrus picked up in the nose. That marmalade is pretty killer. The citrus is bright, pithy and sweet all at once. The malt profile is soft with caramel and that toast I mentioned. A slight graininess picks up on the finish.

While this is a rather hefty IPA the alcohol is unnoticeable which makes for a dangerously drinkable beer. A moderate body meets with easy carbonation to keep this beer flowing. The bitterness is there but manageable and clocking in on the low side of moderate.

Sucks is one of, if not the best, beer I have had from an all around solid brewery. The canvas of toast and caramel really allows the citrus hoppiness to shine. I'll be picking this up in the future for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 23:14:01 | More by joe1510
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TwoBeers

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Evoforen

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

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MenardMa

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-11-2014 19:56:08 | More by MenardMa
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ScottJWing

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-11-2014 19:04:42 | More by ScottJWing
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br3wmeister

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -14%

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Cookie8

Maryland

5/5  rDev +14.7%

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HoppyBastard1

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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xmorgan

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

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Heretic42

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Sweffin

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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jkn09

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-11-2014 05:35:23 | More by jkn09
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden colored with vibrant carbonation and Brussels lacing. Quarter inch head of tightly knit white head. Excellent clarity. Nose is filled with pungent freshly picked grapefruit like hop aroma. I get just a whiff of that cereal grain mixture. The mouth seems weighted,dry,and sticky from the hops. I would describe the taste as a great blend of bitter citrus hops mixed with sweet and slightly nutty cereal grains. Like honey but Cheerios meets west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:37:28 | More by Franziskaner
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,046 ratings.