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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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8,761 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,761
Reviews: 1,414
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 506
Gots: 1,531 | FT: 33
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:
Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011

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.
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A - Pours up golden, with a substantial head and lacing.

S - Fruit is king, with strong tropical elements. Not much citrus, but a bit of pine around the edges.

T - Following the smell, the main hit is mango, pineapple, peach. Traces of citrus are limited, and mostly of pith rather than the fruit itself. The pine aspect, present in the smell, is largely absent in the taste, but the bitter line comes up as this closes. There are definite malt notes, with sweetness that runs throughout to complement the fruit of the hops.

M - Crisp, clean, with a bit of drying, but so easy to drink. I'd say this would be great for summer, but this beer would mess you up if you session it.

O - This is a well-balanced beer that manages all aspects and delivers an exciting, delicious, fun brew with lots of character while staying quite approachable. I love this beer.

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A. Orange amber in color. Two fingers of head that dissipates into a spotty layer of foam. Nice lacing.

S. Tons of citrus. Orange and Tangerine. A total hop bomb. Smells fantastic.

T. Lots of orange and bready malt. A hint of tangerine and bitterness on the finish.

M. Medium carbonation and body. Sticky bitter finish.

O. This is an excellent DIPA. I love all of the citrus on the nose and taste. Lots of hops but not overly bitter. Will definitely seek this out again.

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