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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9,217 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,217
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 557
Gots: 1,821 | FT: 29
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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Photo of Hoppity1
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not had BS. I enjoyed this, liked the subtle sweet long lingering aftertaste but I was not as impressed by the main taste as most seem to be. Good beer though.

Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very strong beer from lagunitas despite the fyck up. I was not sold on the smell but the heady amber pour was promising. Great taste, drinkable and powerful. I hope they bring this back even once they correct their mistake!

Photo of Vinnygny
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas has quickly become my go to brewery. Beers like this are the reason why.

Photo of dacrza1
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: May 20, 2015... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick... OCCASION: Watching the Cavs try to steal a second straight in Atlanta--and relaxing after the end of baseball season, for good... APPEARANCE: Bright, pilsneresque body that releases tiny bubbles; the head is a monstrous white pillow that pitches a hedgerow of lacing; as the glass drains, excellent up-and-down lacing ... AROMA: thick wafts of sugary resin, pineapple, mango and other "strong" scents; not as much of the four grains available... PALATE: a mellow, moderately weighted body with a soft, balanced aftertaste--as easy-drinking as an 8% ABV will be...TASTE: a beautiful balance of a four-grain drag and a bevy of hops; a rather ridiculously good tasting "alternative" to the original, which I did not get a chance to sample; the resin is sharp, the pineapple palpable, the hops teeth-tethering--in a word, a full-flavored experienced that warms as it sips... OVERALL: ah, Lagunitas--thank God you have made the nationwide market a goal; grabbed a quart for $6.99 at Hope Liquors, and this beer is a perfect compliment to the night; hearty, flavorful and easy-drinking...any other aspect needed?

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy hitter ale--sweet malty and potent.

Photo of drunkenmess
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yumm yumm in the tum-tum, ok w.e.
Always impressed with Lagunitas. So far so good :). Pours a light golden yet hazy yellow. With amazing head and lasting lacing thru out. Smells of light pine and some what strong hops, nothing over powering tho. Taste is more than expected. Actually sweet yet bitter. First sweet then a bitter after taste that lingers. Followed by a bit of off sweetness lol. I love it! Much better then their Brown Shugga'... IMO.

Photo of Carthoris
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a quart of this poured into a straight pint glass. The color is a nice clear amber, very little head but poured perhaps a hit too gently.
Smells and tastes light and refreshing but I didn't get much flavor outside of the floral hops still good and not too bitter. I'd describe it as crisp and lightly floral. Good clean mouth feel not too carbonated

My overall sore is higher than any individual score because it's quite reasonably priced and pretty good in each category. While its not my favorite at the price point it's one of the best I've had.

Photo of fscottkey
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] Pours a apricot color. There is a minimal 1/4 finger head. I am surprised by the amount of carbonation on the side of the tulip glass. It settled but initially the entire glass was coated. The beer lists the IBU (63.21) the ABV (8.0%) and there is a Julian date that works out to (4/22/15).

S: [3.25] I get wet pinapple, there is pine. I get some onion scent. The nose isn't super assertive out of the fridge.

T: [4.00] The taste wraps the tongue. There is a tropical fruit blend on the front. The entire sip sports some medium bitter elements. There is a slight onion flavor in the midpalate. There is an overall sweetness that is much higher than typical IPAs. The sweetness is the distict characteristic.

M: [4.00] The carbonation level is normal. The body has some heft to it. The finish is carried by the sweetness not by the bitterness. This is a really nice feature of this IPA.

O: [3.75] This is a really nice departure from the bitterblast IPAs that I have been having. It has the nice bitter in the front but there is a bunch of malt sweetness on the finish to blanace the beer. My biggest complaint is the weak nose - it is not coming through for me. The taste and mouthfeel are both superb. I am very happy to get this in a 12 oz offering

Photo of Beerds
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw for the first time in my area so picked it up, glad I did. Amazed at how good it really is, not as much bite as the regular IPA but ranking up there as one of their top beers for me. Ready for more Lagunitas

Photo of SmashAdams
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Three weeks from bottle date. Great hoppy sweet smell of grapefruit and grains. Taste is smooth clean hops, sweet and bready in the middle, with nice bitter aftertaste. I love everything about this beer. yb

Photo of Sam_Sorrells
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The nose is slightly funky, piney and citrus. The flavor is nearly a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. It finishes not to thin yet slightly sweet.

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow I really Like the flavor & nose on this "substitute" from Lagunitas.
tried the Quart bottle & fell in love. like a previous poster, I decided to pick up the 6 pack I saw recently, not much different. which is awesome cause I really liked my first impression.
pine resin, fresh grains, citrus, awesome. not much else to say other than it has a clean aftertaste for the bitterness level, so very drinkable. Toast! to what may be my go-to "lighter" "Crisper" spring/summer brew. nice.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very happy to see this for the first time in sixers at my local market. I've tried it before in the 32 oz bottle, but this pack has to be more fresh than that last try. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a nice, clear bright amber with about an inch-and-a-half of off-white head that sticks around for a bit before dissipating completely and leaving a bit of cling on the glass.

S: Pine hop notes are the most assertive, but there's great citrus and a bit of funk/herbal/earthiness in there, as well. The grain underbelly is also present, with a bit of breadiness to round things out. Very nice bouquet on this one.

T: There's some caramel malt sweetness and rye bread in the front. Nicely balanced flavor there, with the carbonation helping to introduce some of those great pine and citrus hop notes from the nose. Just a bit of hop funk--actually, a perfect amount of hop funk--flavor in the middle, mingling with a bit of clear alcohol. The back end is resinous hop flavor in a big way, though the malt backbone never leaves the taste buds. This has some serious flavors that blend terrifically well.

F: Medium-bodied and a shade lighter feeling than many DIPAs out there. It's not overtly sticky or syrupy, but it has a way of lingering on the palate without outstaying its welcome. There's some creaminess to the front and middle, and the back end leaves the bitter without getting in the way of the next sip. Quite drinkable for a double.

O: Well, I think I might have just found a new go-to beer. This is a stellar DIPA that's balanced without being afraid to bring bold flavors. Plenty of hops for the hop-head, and plenty of complexity with its use of grains. I have a feeling I'll be taking this one along on more than a couple of fishing trips this summer. Seek this one out.

Photo of captainkrad
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite Lagunitas beer. So many layers of citrus and pine hops. Love it!

Photo of SaltofOH
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish head tulip. No bottle date.

Pours a clear, dark gold/light copper with 1 finger beige head. Modest carbonation and retains a thin skim of foam. Very nice lacing.

Hoppy. Resiny. Citrus. Sweet. Smells like an IPA; what else can I say. As it warms, smell a little alcohol.

Lightly sweet, Crackery arrival. Gobs of fruitiness mid-palate. Very firm but not overpowering bitterness on the finish. No alcohol whatsoever on the palate. Scary at 8%!

Light fluffy feel, perfect carbonation. Not slick, crisp. The essence of an IPA in my mind's eye (tongue)?

Overall: Very clean, balanced and refreshing. Most definitely just earned a spot in my rotation. A must-try.

Photo of sd123
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very fine beer but nothing so special

Photo of toronadotornado
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

83 Proof - San Francisco, CA - draft

Photo of golf_sierra
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice tropical aroma. Awesome complex bitter citrus flavors with nice clean finish. Easy drinking, alcohol completely masked. Top notch IPA with the flavor profile that I really enjoy.

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The look is a amber with a great head.The smell is of caramel, malt, hops & resin. what a great tasting beer! I'll have no problem finishing this 32oz. :)

Photo of 50marathons
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beer. Perfect balance and flavor.

Photo of BShort41570
3.51/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

When this first came out I was a bit indifferent towards it because it was the replacement for Brown Shugga, but after a couple it grew on me and now it's my goto

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aww sucks this is yummi

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Has a nice citrus, resinous aroma. There is a hint of caramel. Smooth taste with a nice hoppy finish. Piney and citrus aftertaste. Astringency is low but still there. Excellent beer. Definitely a keeper. I hear they are in 12 oz bottles now?!

Photo of K-Dog
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hands down one of the best ipas out there. I'm so glad it's back in 6 pack. The 32 bottles were over priced and sometimes I don't want to drink that much in one evening. One to two 12 oz bottles is usually good enough for me. Absolutely amazing.

Photo of Nevbo
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great beer for the price. Very fruity and juicy, as are most offerings from Lagunitas. I dig it overall but I'll stick with Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

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