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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

6,872 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,872
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 295
Gots: 655 | FT: 23
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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Honus1

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-22-2013 20:57:52 | More by Honus1
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FrostyWPG

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-22-2013 14:25:14 | More by FrostyWPG
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Kempski

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-22-2013 02:57:54 | More by Kempski
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bouncepass

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-22-2013 00:46:50 | More by bouncepass
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FLima

Brazil

4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard this beer done to substitute the Christmas seasonal ale that was not produced given the ship coming from Germany with the due material sunk in the Caribbean, so "it sucks"...
Amber color with a two finger head with average retention and leaving strong laces.
Clear grapefruit and resin aroma.
Sweet taste of slightly toasted malts balanced by a decent (or indecent) amount of citric hops. Hints of resin and pine.
Dry and bitter long lasting aftertaste.
Full body, almost liquorish with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles.
Robust DIPA, balanced on its extremes, good for winter or summer. Sorry, it does not suck.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 21:14:02 | More by FLima
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Dracarys

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-21-2013 15:42:22 | More by Dracarys
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SoCalStout

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-21-2013 00:29:36 | More by SoCalStout
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SDbrewerJake

California

4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really didn't get into craft beers until after I had this beast of a brew. I didn't forget though... Nice mouth feel, drank straight out of the bottle. Strong IPA taste. Don't remember much other then that. I got drunk... Yeah... that means it was good.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 21:19:14 | More by SDbrewerJake
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-20-2013 18:01:45 | More by Caudalie
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james582

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-20-2013 17:02:18 | More by james582
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Mountainmanjl

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.7%

06-20-2013 01:45:14 | More by Mountainmanjl
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clemson14

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-20-2013 00:54:11 | More by clemson14
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ha-sheem

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-19-2013 20:57:12 | More by ha-sheem
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t_carterb

Georgia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-19-2013 15:49:00 | More by t_carterb
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-19-2013 14:39:46 | More by StlHopHead77
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-18-2013 23:09:08 | More by taylor714914
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MMAJYK

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-18-2013 20:50:36 | More by MMAJYK
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Auztan

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

06-18-2013 19:28:04 | More by Auztan
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Jacob007

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-18-2013 16:31:01 | More by Jacob007
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Matthewpakula

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-18-2013 15:54:13 | More by Matthewpakula
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Jpirkle2715

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-18-2013 01:56:18 | More by Jpirkle2715
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richj1970

Alabama

4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from cask into a tulip glass.

A: Poured vibrant orange color with nice 2-3 finger head that slowly settles to a thin lacing.

S: Strong hops, mostly pine but also some citrus like grapefruit and orange, mixed with a solid malts

T: Big hops while remaining suprisingly balanced. Blended hops up front but a very smooth full malt underneath, with a hint of sweetness to finish.

M: Medium bodied with fairly light carbonation that I attribute to the cask.

O: Very nice beer. Enjoyable IPA, being both hoppy & big malt but everything is unbelievably well balanced. I liked Dogfish 90 a bit more, but this one is solid nonetheless.

Serving type: cask

06-17-2013 02:42:03 | More by richj1970
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swinyeju

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-16-2013 15:52:43 | More by swinyeju
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a near perfect pour to me, with a finger of head to begin, which is torn down as it sits, leaving a full bracelet of white lace. The beer itself is golden with prisms of amber, lots of floating sediment - looks chewy.

Fresh citrus, some green apple - nicely hoppy on the nose.

Much of the same on the tongue, with a crisp juiciness to it. Bitterness sits heavy on the back of the tongue, but without the expected depth.

Crisp, almost sharp to the tongue, bracing it with a throat-filling hoppiness.

Easy-to-enjoy hop bomp. Good, but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:47:19 | More by mdcrouser
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anson42

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

06-16-2013 01:26:27 | More by anson42
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,872 ratings.