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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

7,205 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,205
Reviews: 1,264
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 335
Gots: 757 | 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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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
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Sheils

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%

Wow - I was very suprised by this. I got Lagunitas Sucks the same time I picked up Hopslam. I have been so nuts about Hopslam that I under estimated how this beer would compare. It blew me away and I might honestly like it better than Hopslam. Obviously its not quite as hoppy but it is well balanced all around. Seriously one of my favorite beers.

02-08-2013 13:36:45 | More by Sheils
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Mahoning


5/5  rDev +14.7%

02-08-2013 13:04:02 | More by Mahoning
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Beeranator

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-08-2013 12:44:42 | More by Beeranator
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

02-08-2013 11:19:01 | More by Travcofarms
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OleDixie

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-08-2013 06:20:24 | More by OleDixie
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Both straight from the bottle and also out of a pint glass

A - the classic golden, honey type color. Quite a bit of white foam, leaves plenty of lacing

S - subtle orange peel, lemon juice, some pine, a little bit of the malt in the background

T - hop forward but not overly bitter. Actually really balanced and drinkable. Easy drinking citrus notes with some tropical flavors in there as well. Not as in your face as hop stoopid or something like that. Could easily session a few, but for the 8% ABV.

M - nice oily hop presentation, not overly dry or quick on the finish.

O - killer smooth IPA. My favorite lagunitas by far. It's not as good as the hype, but its definitely in the neighborhood.

02-08-2013 05:20:27 | More by Beerandboards
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%

Typical IPA presence when poured into a glass. Hops aroma is delicious, and the taste is of grapefruit, pine, and orange. I love that a beer this hoppy can be less than 8%abv.
On one other note, after I had a bottle of sucks i split a bittle of arrogant bastard, and it was the first time ive ever called arrogant bastard sweet and brown sugary.

02-08-2013 03:55:32 | More by ericlawton007
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Heynow007

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -45%

I am a stout guy, so maybe I am jaded, but I didn't like it at all. Has an IPA taste, but didn't like the flavor. I expected more from this beer. It was a good balance of Flavors but something was missing and fell flat.

I'll have to try another and see.

02-08-2013 03:08:34 | More by Heynow007
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-08-2013 02:54:48 | More by jongullotti
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Kuongming

California

2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

02-08-2013 02:34:10 | More by Kuongming
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Ecxeeder616

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-08-2013 01:43:27 | More by Ecxeeder616
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lic217

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-08-2013 01:08:20 | More by lic217
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BklynTerp

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-08-2013 01:01:22 | More by BklynTerp
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jimcivis

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-07-2013 23:14:28 | More by jimcivis
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maltlikker

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-07-2013 22:37:15 | More by maltlikker
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mnmatthews

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-07-2013 22:09:55 | More by mnmatthews
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Soloveitchik

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-07-2013 21:38:33 | More by Soloveitchik
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jpro

South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz single bottle poured into a DFH snifter... looking forward to getting one of their new "IPA" glasses - they look pretty cool. Anyhow...

A: Pours a slightly hazed orange gold; a pour down the center yields about a finger of sugary white head that leaves some nice patches of lace.

S: Herbal, sugary hops; there's some tropical citrus and resin in there, too; this one has a little stank on it, plus some light malt aroma - not much... maybe almond skin - kind of interesting... Hops are the primetime players, though.

T: Big resinous hop taste, right off the bat; some mild malt flavor (cracker) sweetens things a touch, but again - this is hophead territory for the most part. There's just a touch of alcohol on the end that takes away from everything, but that's OK.

M: Medium-full body; high carbonation; a touch oily; what every IPA should aspire to be!

O: I'm not sure if I'd put this into DIPA territory or not... It toes the line between big, hoppy American IPA and DIPA - kind of a toss up depending on the scale of your lupulin threshold. Plus, the lower abv at 7.85% leans it slightly toward "single" IPA. Anyway, this is great beer. Quite delicious and drinkable - next time I'll get a sixer.

02-07-2013 21:29:38 | More by jpro
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-07-2013 21:01:12 | More by Prospero
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-07-2013 20:36:15 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,205 ratings.