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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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8,308 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,308
Reviews: 1,325
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 425
Gots: 1,166 | 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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This beer does not suck! Despite the large format I can't bring myself to dump out any for the dead homies... It's just too delishious!

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Appearance (4.25): Clear orange golden color with a finger of off white head

Smell (4.5): A pungent, dank aroma; A ton of tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, pine. Very enticing aroma

Taste (4.5): A lot of the same tropical fruit character as the nose, pine, and also the slightest malt bill.. But for the most part nice and juicy

Mouthfeel (4.75): This may be the best mouthfeel of any IPA (or DIPA for that matter) iv ever had. No hop bite that many are are guilty of. So smooth considering the abv. Feels more like a 5% beer

Overall (4.55): This has the big dank, tropical fruit flavor without the bitter mouthfeel; Exacly what i go for in an IPA/DIPA. This goes down like a 5% beer, not 8%. I'm glad i grabbed the last two 32oz bottles off the shelf. Considering the price, this is at the top of the list of best beers for the value. Get it while you can

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,308 ratings.