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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

7,232 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,232
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 342
Gots: 771 | 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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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%

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.

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%

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!

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
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virinow

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-21-2013 20:01:24 | More by virinow
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aslamm75

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-21-2013 17:55:18 | More by aslamm75
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AstronautMikeDexter

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-21-2013 16:40:30 | More by AstronautMikeDexter
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RyFikes

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-21-2013 16:40:05 | More by RyFikes
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Spindletop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-21-2013 16:35:00 | More by Spindletop
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lucas1801

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-21-2013 15:58:45 | More by lucas1801
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Triglycerides

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-21-2013 02:37:43 | More by Triglycerides
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Efay

Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +12.2%

A- The body of this beer is a light goldenrod color. There is two fingers worth of foam with good head retention. Best of all, there is an extremely high amount of lacing on this bad boy.

S- Initial danky smell, which leads to light pine that actually stings your nose, as well as fresh tangerine. I literally mean fresh tangerine as it smells like someone is cutting one right in front of your nose. It is heavenly. The tangerine is so dominant that I can barely get any malt.

T- Initial dank flavor, but its light and somewhat floral. Tangerine is dominant again, with less amount of pine. This is not really bitter at all and is more fruity than anything, which I love.

M- Light and sticky with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O- I never thought I would enjoy an DIPA this much, especially with the lack of a malt backbone. The hops are not overbearing at all and it's just sweet perfection. This is on a level of heady topper, and is simply phenomenal.

03-21-2013 01:29:32 | More by Efay
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KireeriK

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-21-2013 00:52:38 | More by KireeriK
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semaj

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-20-2013 23:37:17 | More by semaj
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420drinker

Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-20-2013 23:25:40 | More by 420drinker
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alevaza

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-20-2013 22:22:17 | More by alevaza
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Wolfhead

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-20-2013 17:47:04 | More by Wolfhead
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fiver29

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-20-2013 12:41:58 | More by fiver29
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Big_Moose

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-20-2013 12:14:28 | More by Big_Moose
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev -6.2%

Obtained via trade from ThaFATkid. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is clear orange-gold with a nice sudsy white head and some nice bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice nose on this beer. Very fruity without smelling ``sweet''. I get lots of fresh citrus fruit (orange and grapefruit), some dried apricot, and just a hint of pine.

Nice firm feel and medium body. The flavor is a nice combination of fruity and bitter. I get a bit of sweet, mealy, maltiness up front, some butterscotch, and plenty of fruit. The feel is downright creamy and suits the palate well. I do wish that the butterscotch, while not on the forefront, didn't last quite so long across the palate. Just a flash up front would be divine, but too much interferes with the hoppy goodness. Good finish on this one, though not as sustained as I'd like.

I'd definitely buy this one every year if I had access to it. As I have to trade for it, this may be my only encounter with it. I can confirm that it was a delightful one at that.

03-20-2013 08:35:29 | More by deadonhisfeet
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,232 ratings.