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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

6,848 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,848
Reviews: 1,252
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 295
Gots: 648 | FT: 24
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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katan

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a fairly clean golden brown color. Lots of white head formation, frothy, sticks around.

S - A piney resinous hoppy nose, very edgey. A little citrus in the background.

T - Starts off lightly citrusy, then bombed by the huge same resin/pine hop flavors from the aroma. Very balanced, bitterness is present but doesn't overcome the beer completely. Finishes with a decent hop finish and a little bit of dryness.

M - As above, it has a lot of dryness both from the cleanness of the fermentation as well as the oily hops. Alcohol warmth is not present.

O/D - A very good DIPA. If you love the piney resin almost fresh hop style, this is your beer. Not overly filling and a very workable ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 14:57:47 | More by katan
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h2k2c

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-23-2013 06:53:50 | More by h2k2c
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Punisher

Missouri

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-23-2013 03:22:17 | More by Punisher
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-23-2013 02:17:12 | More by CasanovaCummins
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - A finger and a half worth of delicate fluffy whipped cloud-like egg shell colored head... Solid retention... Once faded their is a thick rich collar and moderate veil of lacing... The color is a light and slightly dull amber... There is a moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation rising throughout... Loads of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Holy hop cones... Piney... Earthy... Slightly pungent (in a good way)... Grapefruit... Orange zest... A limited malt base is detected...

T - A bit more of a citrusy character takes over the palate... Grapefruit... Oranges... Tangerines... A hint of mango... There is still a strong piney component along with grassy and earthy tones... Some light biscuit and crust notes...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly lush... A touch of creaminess... Very smooth... Finishes a bit dry... Lots of textures and character...

D - A rock solid American DIPA... Loaded with depth, complexity and character... It's not the hoppiest, but it's bursting with flavor... There's also something that makes it rather unique in the realm of hyped hop bombs, though I can't quite place my finger on it... I highly recommend and will gladly indulge whenever presented the opportunity...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 01:30:03 | More by philbe311
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KShophead

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-23-2013 00:33:28 | More by KShophead
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-23-2013 00:28:09 | More by s1ckboy
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dougfur

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, slightly orange-y straw color, very clear, pretty small head. The smell is classic hoppy American ipa; citrus, a bi of tropical fruit, a bit of pine...it's not overwhelming, but very nice! Taste is excellent, hoppy, a reasonable amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very nice. Overall, it's just a really solid American IPA. I'll be having this one again, when I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 00:23:36 | More by dougfur
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philistinedream

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-22-2013 23:44:51 | More by philistinedream
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Bajasith

California

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There is nothing like a bright glow of golden honey color as the evening sun peers through the glass. Heavy hints of grapefruit along with freshly soaked pine, creamy feel as it splashes the palate. Very enjoyable brew on a warm sunny day here in the desert. Time to set the carne asada on the grill and quaff a second one.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 23:36:39 | More by Bajasith
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JulianB

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-22-2013 22:45:51 | More by JulianB
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-22-2013 22:06:07 | More by salthemonster
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2beerdogs

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

03-22-2013 20:43:55 | More by 2beerdogs
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kennethkearns

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-22-2013 16:14:11 | More by kennethkearns
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mhpritch

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-22-2013 10:35:49 | More by mhpritch
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Kerfluffel

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter. 12oz bottle

a: pours golden with a hint orange. clear as day with a white tight head that leaves a considerable amount of lacing

s: strong and forward hop nose with notes of in your face grapefruit, with lemon, pine resin, and hints of grass and soft malt that hides in the background

t: Flavor starts off with strong hop notes, that follows the nose. Malt background is soft that's biscuity and with lightly toasted grain. Alcohol pokes through and a nice bitterness to end the palate.

m: silky smooth mouthfeel that's medium bodied with a bright bitterness that lingers long but not overly so. Not too dry of a finish.

o: great DIPA that's lighter in alcohol than most with an absolutely amazing aroma. Has a grapefruit juice like quality without the acidity.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 05:30:01 | More by Kerfluffel
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ScottO

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-22-2013 03:56:51 | More by ScottO
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Pete27lax

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-22-2013 03:52:35 | More by Pete27lax
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denver10

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange with a frothy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and juicy; some nice hop resin, citrus, brown sugar and some bread. A sweet and fruity IPA; sweet citric juice, hop resins, and some bread. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, I get the hype for this beer but I am not quite digging this like most. Would drink again, but wont be seeking this out personally. Kinda reminds me a lot of Brown Shugga, just with a different malt base.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 01:38:08 | More by denver10
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edunaye

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-22-2013 01:11:05 | More by edunaye
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tbergsli

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

03-22-2013 01:09:37 | More by tbergsli
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-22-2013 00:15:21 | More by vicsju1991
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tastymug

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium orange/amber with a nice head and lots of lacing.

Smell: First thought here is that it smells awesome! Hoppy, sweet and citrusy.

Taste: Very complex yet balanced taste that is full of flavor. Sweet, sharp and citrus upfront with some bitter following after. It finishes warm and fruity (like tropical fruits) and the flavor lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: A super tasty beer that I would definitely indulge in again. It’s very well-rounded and drinkable. Lagunitas generally produces quality brews so no surprise here!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 00:00:42 | More by tastymug
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flyers1980

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-21-2013 23:00:47 | More by flyers1980
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jcxhruby

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-21-2013 22:33:23 | More by jcxhruby
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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