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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

7,001 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,001
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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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
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stogirelli

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-16-2013 01:13:02 | More by stogirelli
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer itself is a clear and golden amber while the head is white and creamy. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell:
The hops smell grapefruits and hint of malty sweetness to balance out the hops. There may also possibly be some sugar in as well.

Taste:
Grapefruit and citrus hops with malty sweetness and possibly some sugary sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The feel is sort of right for a DIPA but to me it feels little heavier and not as crisp as other DIPAs that I've had.

Overall:
A pretty good DIPA and well worth getting. I had seen this beer before but I didn't get until this year. I will definitely be picking up a six-pack of this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 17:51:03 | More by HattedClassic
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-15-2013 10:31:14 | More by jaxon53
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ACB

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-14-2013 22:01:11 | More by ACB
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blt2646

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-14-2013 21:32:57 | More by blt2646
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TheGoof

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-14-2013 14:55:24 | More by TheGoof
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-14-2013 12:59:47 | More by KWMiles
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schwinn140

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

06-14-2013 03:05:57 | More by schwinn140
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-14-2013 01:42:23 | More by Canada_Dan
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dbkdev

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-13-2013 23:50:12 | More by dbkdev
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CoastMtnBrewer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had not planned on picking this beer but it caught my eye and thought I would give it a try. Been a fan of Lagunitas for years now and when a new one makes its way to Canada I have to give it a try.

It did not disappoint and it surpassed what I had expected. As soon as it was cracked you could smell the floral aroma. It's a smooth, easy to drink Double IPA - Sweet but not to sweet with a strong hop backbone, extremely well balanced. Definitely worth it if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:48:56 | More by CoastMtnBrewer
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pjkelley82

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-13-2013 22:28:49 | More by pjkelley82
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DarrenStory

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-13-2013 18:04:36 | More by DarrenStory
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HopsXray

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-13-2013 08:40:29 | More by HopsXray
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MikeyJ777

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-13-2013 04:45:50 | More by MikeyJ777
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-12-2013 16:42:23 | More by JMUbrewz
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VTHeady

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-12-2013 15:03:22 | More by VTHeady
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beerinNV

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-12-2013 14:45:43 | More by beerinNV
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CUBeerBuff

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-12-2013 07:59:10 | More by CUBeerBuff
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brewdog444

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-12-2013 02:29:19 | More by brewdog444
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JammyV

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-12-2013 01:33:11 | More by JammyV
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,001 ratings.