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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

7,698 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,698
Reviews: 1,293
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 374
Gots: 946 | FT: 20
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 -2.3%

JakerLou, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

huddyball, Apr 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Jessenimmo, Apr 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

JoshTellez, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

GabeQ, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of ajramirez1
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting double ipa. Brown sugar sub is a good choice and pleasing.
Lagunitas keeps doing work, pick up this 6pk. Good color, the smell really stands out.
Havent seen this beer on tap yet and looking forward to trying it.

Have to add text to get this rating to 250 characters so this gibberish is just to meet that quote. So if u r reading this...f your couch.
A-

ajramirez1, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

msondel, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

RyanSBrennan, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Lee_Hancock, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Sarmartay, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

MattyDrinks, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

jturner925, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of MaineBrewing
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured a clear golden color,slight orange hue. 2 finger light head with some large bubbles. Head lasted for a few mins, then died to a nice frothy cap. Sticky lacing lasts throughout.

S - ridiculous amount of hops in the nose, almost smells like I would imagine the color green smells. Smells like sticking my nose in a bag of hop pellets before throwing them in the kettle. Piney, citrus, resinous, bright, and floral mmmm. That's it. Sweetness too, but not really much malt, no yeast or alcohol bouquet. So delicous smelling, and very intense hopppiness, straight up 5 on this aspect.

T - Great taste, very bright, citrusy, piney flavoring hops dominate, slight cereal malt backbone to keep it all in check, finishes with only an ever so slight bitterness that actually grows in intensity after it lingers for a few. Very clean taste, not getting any yeast profile or even any alcohol, just amazing hop character with a good balance of sweet malt.

M - medium body, there's a lot of carbonation but at the same time it is very smooth. Finishes very crisp. Very quenching and enjoyable.

O - overal to be blunt, hands down better than Maximus and should replace it in their year round lineup. I don't care if it's been brewed since 96, this is a better DIPA and I want more. top of my list of DIPAs so far.

MaineBrewing, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

AL89BR, Apr 07, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bit lighter and crisper than expected. The frothy white head doesn't stick around for long. Hops completely dominate the aroma. Yeah, a double IPA for sure. Hop oils assault the palate. Grapefruit and pine, mostly. Hint of heat from the 7.8% ABV. Rye comes through a bit in the finish. But this is all about the hops. Surprisingly, it's only 65 IBUs. Thought this would push closer to 100.

Hop heads, get it!

McNealc31, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

cosmic-ray, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

JamesQuaff, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

dazanas, Apr 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

aminobutyricacid, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

robwestcott, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

esdeebrew, Apr 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

nlmartin, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

pendabev, Apr 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Twig2848, Apr 06, 2013
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4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my first bottle, thanks to Mike Z. At work!

It's fantastic! Go get some if you can. I'm smiling because I know I have five more and the store where I made the purchase has more for tomorrow. Seriously though, this is something any IPA drinker should have. It is just plain great. Now get off your couch and get some!

I just had to add that the second is as good as the first. YeeHaw.

Bones10, Apr 06, 2013
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,698 ratings.