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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

7,456 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,456
Reviews: 1,276
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 369
Gots: 860 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Bdel34, Mar 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

krl2112, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

TastyIsBeer, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 18, 2013.

Beer is clear golden, a bit of orange. Moderately-sized white head. Good retention, some lace.

Tropical fruit: sticky mango and passionfruit. Grapefruit. A bit of biscuit.

Taste is obviously hop-focused. Orange, grapefruit and lemon. Some tropical flavours as well, some mango. A bit of pine and resin. Slight caramel malt, but very minimal.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite oily.

Overall, quite good indeed, but not the powerhouse that I was expecting based on the reviews.

jrenihan, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

leschkie, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

clubarsky91, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

MarioM, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

PatGreer, Mar 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

beergod1, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Kreko7
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious DIPA with spices, caramels, tropical fruits and pine notes. Long lasting bitterness with a super fresh hoppiness make this a great brew. Balanced with great body. Hopheads unite on this one. Overall amazing and could drink this bad boy all the time!

Kreko7, Mar 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

prender1482, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

schopenhauerale, Mar 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Crash_the_Dog, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

fredmugs, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

PG2G, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

navin, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

HungarianCount, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Hopstronaut, Mar 30, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brownish yellow color - somewhat deep hue but could be deceiving. Solid head and lively - carbonation continues from the bottom of the glass a long while after pour and maintains a nice thin layer of head on top of the beer even 30 minutes later. Smell is hoppy yet sweet - strong pine, grass and brown sugar - the aroma is really a treat. Taste doesn't disappoint - really solid and would like to see this one brewed regularly. Grassy bitter hops up front - maybe a tad of spice but then finishes with brown sugar sweetness. Really nicely balanced and really accentuates the hops when fresh.

Oakenator, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Jessicasav, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

griffeyb, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

bbrown12, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

vidguy17, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

scottiethebody, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,456 ratings.