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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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8,757 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,757
Reviews: 1,412
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 507
Gots: 1,522 | FT: 33
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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Appearance - gold color; thick, white, bubbly head. Lace sheets the glass.
Smell - phenomenal! sweet nectar, citrus and floral hops, some caramel candy.
Taste - follows the nose brilliantly, well balanced and complex flavors!
Feel - this is hop forward, but not overly aggressive. Incredibly easy to drink for the ABV!
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This one pours a little darker than a lot of IPA's with a nice head on it.

The smell is hard for me to describe, but it makes my mouth water! It has a wonderful citrus hoppy smell, but with a dank undertone to it.

The taste, the taste, the taste... This is how every beer should taste! Hoppy perfection, with each sip tasting better than the last.

This beer is damn near perfection!

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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