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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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7,407 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,407
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 365
Gots: 842 | 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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4.1/5  rDev -6%

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is excellent. It has a killer hop scent surrounded by a solid pale malt aroma. The taste is good. It has a wonderful hop flavor; bold and full of citrus notes. The malt bill provides adequate balance and a smooth pale and Munich malt flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious DIPA. It's true to the West coast style and highly drinkable.

WesWes, Apr 16, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a five plus finger white head that fades slowly leaving tons of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is hemlock/pine hops, flavor is caramel and hemlock. Light lingering bitter finish. Decent Imperial IPA. $2.45 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

jdhilt, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

donovado, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Invictus, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

VTHopddicted, Apr 15, 2013
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4.89/5  rDev +12.2%

Possibly my favorite IPA that I've had during my recent IPA binge.

Tropical citrus smell and taste that is incredibly refreshing. Must say this is the best smelling beer I've ever had. Taste is almost as good as the smell. Being on the east coast I can't find this often, if I do come across it again I will not hesitate to buy it.

Givemebeer, Apr 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

jhillwastaken, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

cp45, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

MrNate, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

juliusseizure, Apr 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Laslomcd, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

DanE, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

rfreed, Apr 14, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev -3.9%

Heard these were outstanding so I got a couple to try out

A - Pours to a golden amber, very thin white head that lasts a while, unbelievable lacing

S - overpowering smell of grapefruit, maybe apple, lots of pine accents

T - Amazing, starts with sweetness and mild hops, slowly rolls into stronger hops, pine hits are there as well

M - Mouthfeel is great, standard carbonation; not too much not too little

O - One awesome beer. Great example of what an DIPA should taste like

sdsimkins, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

ArchEnemyBrew, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

JohnW58, Apr 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

jman005, Apr 14, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

Lagunitas Brewing 'Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute Ale' @ 7.85% , served from a 6pack of 331 ml bottles purchased for $19

A-pour is a clear gold with a good size off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint glass

S-citrus grapefruit and pine

T-smooth and crisp tasting IPA , sweet fruit start , bitter hop finish , well balanced

MF-mild carbonation , full bodied , nice on the palate

Ov-good/great beer , buy far the best of the beers recently sampled , I can finally say I like an DIPA , pity its a limited release and expensive , but so worth it !!

sampled alongside Deschutes 'Hop Henge' , Driftwood's 'Twenty Pounder' & Phillip's 'Amnesiac'

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Apr 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Jwillyb, Apr 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

NathanFink, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

aLenwell, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Emil, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

DarthGator, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

WheelsRule, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

JandJMD, Apr 13, 2013
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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