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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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8,484 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,484
Reviews: 1,361
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 452
Gots: 1,316 | FT: 26
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a standard pint glass quite aggressively and got a nice, pillowy, fragrant head that held for longer than I expected. Beautiful golden color. Quite a bit of carbonation on the glass, but this beer looks quite pretty. Not the best I've seen, but it stands up nicely and leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Once you pop the cap you can get the wonderful aromatics coming from this beer. The hops come through bright and cheery on the nose. There's citrus, grapefruit especially, and a nicely balance floral scent.

T - Just how you'd expect from the smell. The taste of this beer is amazing, one of my favorites actually. It's a refreshing, cheery taste with the citrus really coming through here. Quite sweet for a double IPA, so don't be afraid of hops overtaking everything.

M - Refreshing. Perhaps a bit watery for the colder months, but it's quite nice. Very session-able. Carbonation is perky and the beer is smooth.

O - This is really a great beer. I'm in DC and I can find it, so I'm sure it's everywhere. If you see it, grab it, especially if you're a fan of IPAs.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of beepill
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottles to both tulip glass and Lagunitas mason jar glass.

A - A lovely amber color, transparent, with a thick, white, foamy head. Great lacing along glass throughout.

S - Malty, citrus zest, piney hops dominate. Very pleasant to smell from the tulip glass, as opposed to the mason jar glass.

T - Very complex flavors going on in this beer. Malt and hops are well-balanced. Sweet rye bread maltiness. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango and peach are the fruits that come to mind with its fruit-like qualities. Bitterness levels are rather low, making this a very smooth IIPA to consume and enjoy.

M - Good carbonation that retains throughout. Close to creamy. Very inviting, and makes your mouth yearn for more.

O - This ranks as my 2nd favorite IPA, and it is readily available fresh almost everywhere they sell beer (in the Bay Area). Easy to drink, great taste, great mouthfeel. I have recommended this beer to ALL of my friends/coworkers who are even slightly interested in beer (even the ones who say they don't like IPAs too much), and will continue to do so. This is definitely my favorite beer from Lagunitas.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.95/5  rDev +13.8%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light yellow with white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is fantastic with a hoppy citrius nose. Great taste of grapefruit, oranges, and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is jumping, alcohol is subtle, it finishes really dry.

Overall, If you like craft beer find this and try it. It is an excellent beer. Every time I go to the liquor store I'll buy a sixer till it's gone.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Clear and golden. A nice one finger tight creamy head. Moderate carbonation. Mild lacing throughout.

S- Citrus. Oranges. Tangerines. Right up my alley.

T- Hop forward and definitely on the citrus side. Wonderful. Straight from Florida's fruit groves to your glass. A subtle malt tail for a bit of balance. Light pepper with a slight warm aftertaste. This is one hell of a beer!

M- A bit waxy but in a good way. Clean. Very enjoyable for sure.

O- Lagunitas always delivers above average brews but this one may be my favorite. Huge hop presence with citrus running through its veins. Personally I favor a beer built that way and "sucks" tickles my fancy. - no pun intended. Damn good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.8%

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4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Clear gold color, nice thick soapy head.

S- Pineapple, Bananas, tangerines, very floral

T- Pineapple, tangerines, wheat, and a sweet yet bitter aftertaste

M- Carbonated with a nice medium body. Clean finish with a little bitterness.

O- YUM! This beer lives up to the hype.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Orange-yellow-gold. Like orange Jell-O, the color of the body displays a glossy sheen. Amber when held in light. A cloud-white two and a half to three finger head bubbles atop the body. The lacing is soapy, and forms white tear drop streaks on the glass. Head & lace have good to great retention.

S-Peach forward. Grapefruit. A sweet, bold orange smell, like mandarin specifically. Papaya. Lemon & lime. Cut grass. Pineapple. Mango. A very fragrant bouquet.

T-Starts juicy. Hoppy. Slightly peppery. Again, more peach forward. Grapefruit, mango, papaya, citrus peels and kiwi account for the juiciness. The middle is a sweet bread flavor, like potato bread. The finish is alkaline, slightly bitter & slightly sour.

M-Medium body. Medium carbonation. Peppers the palate and yet cools as well via fruits. Juicy feel. Hops round out the end-sip feels giving a bitter-sour alkaline finish and aftertaste.

O-Top shelf beer. Highest level of hops are contained in Sucks before it becomes verifiably pungent like a super high ABV level Double India Pale Ale. I always forget Sucks is a DIPA. It tastes like a robust IPA. If the brew had a more creamy feel at the outset with longer lasting carbonation, and if the color of body were more distinct and uniformed, (not a toss-up of yellow/orange/gold) it would get a perfect score all across the board. But regardless, one can't name too many beers better than Sucks. Happy it's more available now due to demand.

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,484 ratings.