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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

6,860 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,860
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 294
Gots: 652 | FT: 23
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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rob99er

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-22-2013 02:09:15 | More by rob99er
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-22-2013 01:46:12 | More by Ristaccia
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Thatbastarddon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-22-2013 01:27:21 | More by Thatbastarddon
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Hardydk1

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-22-2013 00:43:08 | More by Hardydk1
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JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden Straw color

S: Very nice floral hop aroma. Maybe the best part of this beer

T: Great citrus flavors with a good malt balance. Not very bitter but still delicious. Can't detect the alcohol at all

M: Smooth and slightly on the heavy side

Overall: A great DIPA. The aroma and flavors are near perfect. It's not as bitter as some DIPAs I've had but I'm not sure that's a bad thing. Well balanced

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 00:39:58 | More by JuliusCaesar
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Mercury4040

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-21-2013 23:55:49 | More by Mercury4040
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a clear, glowing yellowish-orange colo wih a nice white cap which resedes after a moment leaving some lacing and bubbles

S: The nose is melons, apricot, mango, flowers and a pine needle

T: Immediate fresh melon presence with a following of apricot, mango and then a floral hop finish. I really dont get any pine on the taste. A little sweet biscuity malt backing and tad bit of soapiness on the finish. It tastes a little perfumey as well.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, lingering hops and sweetness

O: Not to shabby but damn fellas, its not that damn good.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 23:24:44 | More by barleywinefiend
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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-21-2013 23:23:58 | More by Ivegotmule
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drrone

Utah

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Golden straw color. One finger of head. Faint lacing. Looks great.

S- The smell is excellent. An intoxicating mixture of hops, grapefruit and pine.

T - Very similar as smell. Wonderful hop taste, very light malt, with citrus notes. Nice bite that you would hope for, but doesn't leave a lingering bitterness. Quite smooth.

M - Very light and drinkable. Doesn't feel too heavy.

O - I love this beer. It is very well balanced and easy to drink, but keeps you interested. I recommend it anyone who hasn't tried it. Well done Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 22:43:20 | More by drrone
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CaptainPancakes

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-21-2013 21:24:11 | More by CaptainPancakes
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tipfortap

New York

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 words to describe it: Grapefruit, Brulee, Tropical, Pine, Hops

Paired it with: Teriyaki Tofu with Broccoli

Should have paired it with: It was DELICIOUS with teriyaki sauce; would also be great with barbeque (I’d suggest pulled pork), or one of those ridiculous burgers with like foie gras and blue cheese, because the hops and the booze cut fat well, but the sweetness would compliment those rich flavors.

Drink it if you like: Any of Lagunitas’ other IPA/DIPAs (Maximus or even their standard IPA), American Pale Ale, or even if you love Tripels and you’re looking for a change of pace

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 20:45:32 | More by tipfortap
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GRFounder

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-21-2013 18:27:54 | More by GRFounder
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HopNuggets

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-21-2013 18:27:45 | More by HopNuggets
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Bizoneill

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-21-2013 15:19:10 | More by Bizoneill
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irongator

Kansas

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-21-2013 12:03:11 | More by irongator
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BBrewington

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-21-2013 07:03:13 | More by BBrewington
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tviz33

New York

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a weizen glass.

A- Pours a translucent golden amber bodied with way too much head because of the unnecessarily chilled glass from the bar. I guess I can't really judge this part fairly because of that.

S- Smells awesome. There's a distinct sweetness that envelopes everything you'd expect from a DIPA and more: pine, citrus.

T- The first thing I notice is the lack of bitterness. This is not meant to be construed as a bad thing, as it works to the beer's benefit. Slightly sweet, and just like the nose, presents pine, citrus, and definitely some sort of melon flavor. This kicks ass.

M- The feel of this brew is spot on. A true medium body that is perfectly carbonated and goes down smooth.

O- I saw this at the bar and decided to give it a go since I heard it was good. Don't pass up the opportunity! I hope to get my hands on a sixer of this stuff in the near future if I can find it. Overall, a very well-rounded beer that you will not be disappointed in.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 06:51:34 | More by tviz33
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Greenster

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-21-2013 06:38:57 | More by Greenster
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Eastside151

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-21-2013 05:43:54 | More by Eastside151
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hopmonster

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

02-21-2013 04:33:52 | More by hopmonster
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-21-2013 04:21:11 | More by Guinnsslvr
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Beerswag

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-21-2013 03:18:26 | More by Beerswag
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GoalieRon33

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Shorty brown bottle. Standard Lagunitas.
A: golden straw. Clearing. Foamy head with recent retention. Pretty.

S: piney. Overall floral, less fruity, more resin. Slightly sweet/molasses flavor

T: initial hop bite followed by sweet undertones. Tobacco, typical(stellar) Lagunitas backbone of malt. Just enough, but good fraction.

Mouthfeel: smooth with a little stickiness. Solid. It sticks with you.

O: as a replacement for the shugga, it doesn't compare
But it isn't supposed to. Different beer. Different characteristics. Great beer to start or finish the night with. Clean, fresh, and gooey

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:34:49 | More by GoalieRon33
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-20-2013 19:22:21 | More by Soonami
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-20-2013 18:20:57 | More by mtbdonn
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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