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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

8,508 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 8,508
Reviews: 1,364
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 457
Gots: 1,338 | FT: 26
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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4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
7.85% ABV, 1.085 OG, 63.21 IBUs

A - Sucks pours a bright golden color that's clarity is only matched in beauty by it's tall and resilient white head allowing gobs of sticky lace to grab the glass with ease.

S - Tropical fruit driven by hops assaults the nostrils with beautiful layers of mango and passion fruit with an earthy twang of grapefruit rind and grass overlapping the simple pale malt base.

T - Crisp and clean, the base malt's simplicity allows for the hops to continue shining from the aroma to the flavor, vibrant with tropical nuances. Drops of lemon oil citrus and notes of dank resin also join the fun, further adding levels of delicious hop complexity to Sucks.

M - Refreshing. Sucks is ultra-refreshing. This double IPA is bitter but not so bitter it can't be enjoyed; it's achievement is balancing the components for a smooth, crisp body that finishes with a touch of dryness and a, "hell yeah I'll have another."

O - Nothing says Lagunitas like a) making hoppy beers and b) bucking trends. Sucks accomplishes both with it's powerful hop aroma and flavor, straying quite far from the usual winter warmers released around the same time. This tropical, citrusy double IPA is a look forwards to spring and summer as it finishes crisp, clean, and damn drinkable - it's a quenching double IPA, not a barleywine-like monster. I don't think anyone will blame Lagunitas for sucking unless they stop making this delicious beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured to goblet

A: golden, translucent with a finger width creamy head that leaves great lacing.

S: lovely aroma of hops, citrus and pine that delight your sense of smell.

T: big bold citrus flavors, with a hint of piney resin. Slight bitter finish.

M: medium body, creamy. Very easy drinking.

O: wow! This is really tasty. I will be stocking up.

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,508 ratings.