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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

8,485 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 8,485
Reviews: 1,361
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 453
Gots: 1,316 | FT: 26
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 tappangordo
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sforme
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dewschnozzle
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of -Rick
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Notation
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Bisco42
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmryan8
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skiofpinsk
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jones286
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott_Hatcher
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of freewheeln
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mdez
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ghirsh
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean golden with a massive head of off-white suds. Exquisite lace.

Aroma: Bittering citrus hops, with a twist of tropical fruit notes. Nice.

Taste: More of the bitter, acidic citrus and pine hops up front, with some submerged tropical notes underneath. A solid IPA for sure, but somehow not one I’d care to revisit. A hop bomb, and tailor-made for hardcore hop-fetishists.

Photo of GregJ
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden honey which shimmers from the heavy body. Fluffy white head 2 fingers thick. Smells absolutely fantastic. Maybe the best smelling IPA I have ever put my nostrils to. Very sweet citrus. The spice of the rye malts is present, strong orange citrus notes with spicy, pine, resinous, hop taste. Great balance. Piney hop resin left on the lips. The body is medium-heavy yet the nice citrus balance makes it feel a lot lighter. After taste of strong piney hop resin.

Photo of TOnEz31
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NateF90
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of changdulla
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curasowa
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden color with a big, white head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Great hop aroma; piney, some grapefruit and pineapple, a little bready malt.

Taste: Big hop bitterness right off the bat, with a sweet, slightly creamy malt base. Peppery, resinous, some nuttiness towards the back end then finishing bitter and lingering.

The Rest: A great hop bomb. Tons of hop character but enough malt sweetness to balance things out.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Sucks is a resin heavy, mango nosed, bitter and sweet ale. The complexity and deep hop profile here makes it an interesting and multi-layered beer with a unique taste

Photo of Leinie
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PortLargo
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,485 ratings.