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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

8,760 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 8,760
Reviews: 1,414
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 506
Gots: 1,527 | 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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Pours clear gold into the glass with a full two fingers of white lacing. Surprisingly low retention but leaves all kinds of lace on the glass.

Here is where this beer shines a huge pungent and funky DIPA aroma, big tropical mango, pineapple and ruby red citrus meets herbal cannabis, green onion and fresh pine. Crystal malt sweetness blends.

Sweet malt, bready with some honey dipped in, hops reign with grapefruit and more of the herbal tones with pine, onion and earth coming in late. Finish is not overly bitter but steady with the taste of pine and sticky sweet malt.

Moderate body, appropriate carbonation, playsup a weight class despite the alcohol being low on the DIPA scale. Sticky malt and doesn't dry well, otherwise well done.

A bold DIPA, aroma is a real winner with the herbal vs. tropical war that captivates the nose. Big flavor, heavy hitting with good balance, malt provides enough sweetness but the hop flavors swing more towards the funky herbaceous side rather than citrus or tropical as I would have hoped. Overall, a complete beer for the senses.

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Pours a clear medium amber with moderate head. The head dissipates but has great lacing.
Smell is sweet, hoppy, almost a touch spicy.
Taste is delicious. Clean, hoppy, floral, spice, sweetness. Perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel is a touch sticky. Yum!
Overall, I was very impressed with the beer. It's a classic west coast style IPA.

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,760 ratings.