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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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7,446 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,446
Reviews: 1,275
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 368
Gots: 858 | FT: 21
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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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Sucks! 12oz poured into snifter

A- Clear and golden ale. Thin white head.

S- Faint aroma of floral hops.

M- Thin to medium body. Plenty of carbonation appropriate for the style.

T- Floral hops in the front slowly rolling into a fine malty balance. The alcohol reminds you it's there but by no means overwhelming.

O- A very good DIPA. Nice balance of hops and malt but is lacking aroma.

AdamF625, Jan 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. I can't make out the smudged code on the neck.

A - Pours a bright tangerine color with perfect clarity. About a finger of bright white head lasts for a few minutes then holds steady at a thin film. Lacing paints the glass.

S - Smells of sweet and tangy citrus, highlighted by rotten grapefruit rind. Some sweet caramel, tropical fruits, and just a hint of grassy earth. Smells fresh.

T - Hits immediately with tart citrus and vibrant tropical fruits. The sweetness is continuous throughout, yet never overcomes the tangy and hoppy flavors. The bitterness of the hops is very mild, but pungent citrus hop flavors are strong. Easily one of the most full flavored, yet easy drinking IPAs I have had.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O - Great to see this on the shelf at Whole Foods after hearing a lot of good things. The tropical and citrus fruit is prominent on the nose and the tongue. Remarkably balanced and one of the easiest drinking "Double" IPAs I have come across. At 10.99/six, good bang for your buck, as all Lagunitas seem to be.

NoLeafClover44, Jan 25, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - amber golden yellow. Almost honey colored

S - thick hoppy pine and a little oak

T - nice hoppy pine and flowery/grass taste but with equal oak and balanced mellowness. It isn't necessarily a malt balance but the hops don't overwhelm your tong which I like. Kind of a mango vice grapefruit citrus on the finish. Hoppy and mellow at the same time which is very enjoyable. More flowery than some other DIPAs which gives it a nice distinctive taste.

M - Nice and full without being syrupy. Enough carbonation to keep it fresh and refreshing for a DIPA.

O - one of my favorites of 2012-2013. Wonderful hoppy goodness with a smooth, mellow finish.

ChrisB, Jan 25, 2013
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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,446 ratings.