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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

8,655 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 8,655
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 495
Gots: 1,448 | FT: 30
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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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is everything a great IPA should be. From the golden pour to pine needle and grapefruit aroma, this beer delivers the goods. It is very hop forward but still remains relatively well balanced. It is bitter and bitey but not so much the one couldn't session this ale. Mighty tasty and mighty refreshing. Will look forward to this each winter. Thanks for another winner Lagunitas.

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3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. While pouring the liquid it appears to be a light yellow color, but works its way to a light golden amber as it rises up in the glass. Like many beers I've had from Lagunitas, there's perfect clarity. You gotta take your time pouring this one. I gave it a hard pour and this one pretty much erupted and I had to pour it into the glass in 4-5 little segments. It's a white, maybe slight off white color and after awhile it wittles away to the slightest little skim. Not much in the way of lacing and glass retention though, just a little where your mouth hits the glass.

Well this is an IPA, so you can guess what it smells like…. hops. Floral, ruby red grapefruit citrus, grassy with a hint of onion at the end. A little bit in the way of malts but over powered by the hops.

Taste is good, but this is a hop head's beer. Ruby red grapefruit and blood orange citrus peel. Slight pine and chopped chives and maybe a hint of rye(though the bottle never specifies). A little bit of a candied/sugary flavor, but more like it's just candy coated hops.

Mouthfeel is very good. Good carbonation level. Gritty with a strong dry bitter finish. Sort of earthy at the end. Still like everything I've had from Lagunitas, it's extremely drinkable. Another great brew from a great brewery. I usually prefer a little more balance to my IPAs, but this is a perfect beer if you're in the mood for a hop bomb. Nice job Laguniats.

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

Aroma: Big tangerine and orange slice aromas up front. Light caramel note with agitation but the big citrus hops are in charge here. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Light amber/golden pour with a moderate white cap. Head retention is good and lacing is noted. Slight effervescence noted in the snifter.

Flavor: Big citrus punch up front. Followed by a light bready base. There is firm bitterness noted but the citrus hop rush gives it an orange juice-like character. Balance is bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. No astringency, heat, or creaminess noted. A little oily which I attribute to the hops.

Overall impression: A classic, big West Coast IPA. Seems to light (in flavor and body) to be "Double" but it doesn't matter. It's delicious and worthy of the hype.

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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a perfect IPA orange-gold with a half-finger of white foam. Nice lacing.

S- Smell oozes tropical fruit - mango and pineapple, namely - like a hoppy piña colada.

T- Clean, grassy and bitter, with plenty of tropical fruit and just a touch of more traditional west coast IPA flavors like pine and citrus. Orange peel and lemon become more prominent later. The bright, juicy flavor just shines. But it fades somewhat quickly without a really well balanced malt profile to lend more body and sweetness. A bit thin in that regard.

M- Mouthfeel is soft, soapy and a bit thin. But abundant bitter hops give a nice, long finish.

Overall, I prefer my DIPAs a bit bigger in body, with a little more malt sweetness. That said, the juicy hop smack this beer is able to achieve is remarkable. Also one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,655 ratings.