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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

6,867 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,867
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 295
Gots: 655 | 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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Ratings: 6,867 | Reviews: 1,253 | Display Reviews Only:
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xdtfx

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-17-2013 02:10:12 | More by xdtfx
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-17-2013 01:54:41 | More by Yabev15
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LSMroz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-17-2013 01:52:24 | More by LSMroz
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mynie

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-17-2013 00:41:53 | More by mynie
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optimator705

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-17-2013 00:27:12 | More by optimator705
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 02-16-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Single from The Bottle Shop, Franklin

Pours a dark orange, clear beer, topped by 2 fingers worth of off-white head. Very good lacing and head retention.

Aromas are of strong citrusy hops -- very aromatic and fruity with grapefruit and pine notes.

The taste starts off with a big hop bitterness, but is then offset with some sweet caramel maltiness.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated on a medium body. Finishes quite bitter but also with a good dose of malt.

Overall an impressive DIPA; I can see why this beer has such a following.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:50:35 | More by sommersb
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sil1

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-16-2013 22:34:51 | More by sil1
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Guzzi

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-16-2013 22:04:27 | More by Guzzi
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-16-2013 21:12:07 | More by ChicagoNick
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Danny1217

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-16-2013 20:58:22 | More by Danny1217
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Johncnh

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-16-2013 18:53:25 | More by Johncnh
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GeePee

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-16-2013 17:07:37 | More by GeePee
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NeverNude

Maine

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-16-2013 14:00:53 | More by NeverNude
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Esoterc

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-16-2013 07:19:08 | More by Esoterc
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SCZ

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-16-2013 04:33:31 | More by SCZ
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sandiego67

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-16-2013 04:21:08 | More by sandiego67
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-16-2013 04:10:50 | More by FLBeerGuy
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mjw1200

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.7%

02-16-2013 03:54:57 | More by mjw1200
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inbierveritas

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-16-2013 03:47:20 | More by inbierveritas
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-16-2013 03:30:45 | More by SunDevilBeer
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-16-2013 03:08:10 | More by cbeer88
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HairyToeKnuckles

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +14.7%

02-16-2013 02:37:11 | More by HairyToeKnuckles
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gir02021

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-16-2013 02:20:30 | More by gir02021
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Sark

Montana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- golden amber with thin lacing

Smell- floral hops, a cascade attack with light sweet undertones

Taste- mild malt sweetness, hop bitterness well balanced, alcohol warmth well hidden

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, smooth on the palate

Overall- great pizza beer and stands stong on its own. Well worth another 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:15:36 | More by Sark
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely has a "juicy" aroma to it...very citric heavy....just jumps out at the nose. Citra hops?? Simcoe?? Not sure...I'm not very good with that. But I love this.

Taste really is more of the same...nice tropical and citrus hop goodness is very evident in tandem. There isn't a lot of malt to this one, but I do notice a bit of spicy biscuit there as well. Despite how heavy this one is on its hop flavor, it doesn't finish ridiculously bitter with a lot of lingering. Very clean....very nice.

I'm pleased to have finally tried this, and I know now we have a great DIPA here in my own backyard I can buy that I wasn't aware of before.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:29:05 | More by NODAK
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,867 ratings.