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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

6,875 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,875
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 296
Gots: 661 | 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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Kevlee722

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-09-2013 08:32:24 | More by Kevlee722
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vipguy814

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-09-2013 05:24:42 | More by vipguy814
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craigmj7

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-09-2013 04:29:33 | More by craigmj7
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DanW


4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-09-2013 04:00:17 | More by DanW
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous pour with enormous amounts of white lacing as the pint goes down, and a decent creamy sized head to start the pint. Nose is candied and fresh, doughy almost. Palate has some good flavors of citrus with malt to balance it out, pine too, but oh my goodness the booze is just over the top. With the booziness I would have sworn it is a 10% beer but it's not, as it's barely higher than a normal IPA in the 7% range. So this is a major flaw because so many really good examples and great examples do so much better at integrating flavors that yields a non-boozy result. Just not all that enjoyable to drink this one, though it is great to look at and smell. But I can't get over that with every sip I feel like I'm downing some alcohol bomb... but it's actually not very strong.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:58:32 | More by yemenmocha
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dipaguy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-09-2013 03:06:42 | More by dipaguy
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Huntington228


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-09-2013 02:20:30 | More by Huntington228
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Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-09-2013 00:24:53 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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discdueler

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-08-2013 22:52:50 | More by discdueler
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-08-2013 22:18:09 | More by KVNBGRY
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Duesler

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-08-2013 22:04:15 | More by Duesler
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jtyson

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-08-2013 21:58:05 | More by jtyson
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afluentturtle

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-08-2013 21:52:32 | More by afluentturtle
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beagle75

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops are abundant and dynamic up front, with ripe and sticky tropical fruit as well as a complimentary green dankness. Pineapple and guava are particularly pronounced, although fruity hops begin to fade after this beer has been in the glass for 15 minutes. Faintly toasty base malt is revealed then, but remaining balanced.

T: Begins very off-dry, with aggressive acidic hops oils that defy simple flavor classification but integrate well with the aromas from the smell. Potent hops-derived flavors stretch well into the middle, aside developing bitterness, taking on a surprisingly green quality into the finish. Bitterness becomes potent by the finish, balanced in the presence of the pronounced aromatic flavors.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic and slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This big IPA is the hedonist's choice for the style--it presents abundant hops and abundant malt sugar that are surprisingly successful at balancing each other. As a DIPA it is more believable, but here it wins because it retains easily observed defining characteristics that the bigger DIPAs simply lose control over. Flavors may step over a line of appropriateness--if this is a regular IPA--but seem tight and much more modern compared to most DIPAs. Pliny it is not--that beer is an exercise in restraint while this is a projection of excess on a budget. Exact style aside, this beer succeeds resoundingly at delivering some of the most desirable hops qualities available without the burden of a 10% abv investment.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 21:49:27 | More by beagle75
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NHbeerfishing

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-08-2013 21:47:51 | More by NHbeerfishing
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-08-2013 21:41:17 | More by irishgreensoda
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MorgnPM

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-08-2013 20:25:58 | More by MorgnPM
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StoutIrish

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-08-2013 19:43:45 | More by StoutIrish
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anewlanguage

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-08-2013 19:19:31 | More by anewlanguage
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shep8821

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-08-2013 17:52:51 | More by shep8821
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rosschive

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-08-2013 16:22:37 | More by rosschive
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-08-2013 14:58:12 | More by injuredreserve
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flyingmick

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-08-2013 14:47:28 | More by flyingmick
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avschmitt

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-08-2013 14:05:24 | More by avschmitt
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JOrtt

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-08-2013 13:43:43 | More by JOrtt
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,875 ratings.