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

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7,682 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,682
Reviews: 1,291
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 375
Gots: 940 | FT: 20
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

NuclearRich, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

AndrewSmith, Jan 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

flipdog0, Jan 28, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear orange copper color. 2 fingers of Nice creamy egg white head with solid lacing. Surprised at how clear it is.

S- piney and grassy notes right up front followed by a citrus hops. Just a touch of sweetness.

T - much like the nose, piney and grassy hops. All the flavor is upfront and missing some malt background to really bring it home. The good thing is its a DIPA that is all hops with very little malt. Clean finish with just the right amount of lingering bitterness. slight warming.

M - light body and carbonation. Drinks like a pale ale. Clean and crisp.

O - great ipa. Just missing a little more body and robost flavor to take it to the next level. Clean piney, grassy west coast ipa. If it was year round it would be my go to bear.

GetMeAnIPA, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

AlMarzo, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

claytong, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

TheBigBoy, Jan 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

oldp0rt, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

liquorpig, Jan 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

ChrisCBeets, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

bmami, Jan 28, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I try a fairly wide variety of IPAs and not many make me say "Whoa, now this is something special, this is an interesting taste, it's different. I think I like it." And after the second bottle reinforced the first "Whoa," I had to check with BA to see what their thoughts were. They concurred with my assessment. Yeah, this one is a keeper. I have to get back to Fifth Ward Liquor in Newport and see if the have another six pack or two. I like the creamy mouth feel, the rich brown orangie color, way the head lasts, and the unusually divergent slant on the IPA taste.
I'd like to try drinking a couple a day for a week or so to see if it will stand up to regular use.

Flanco, Jan 28, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a clean golden/copper in color with 2 fingers of head that left behind excellent lacing. smells of piney hops, caramel, grapefruit.. more pine. lots of hops! the flavor is an initial earthy bitterness.. lots of floral hoppy flavor, grapefruit, pine. DELICIOUS hop profile. sweet malty backbone is hiding behind all the hops as well. medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a sticky feel on the lips.

an EXCELLENT ipa. nothing at all like brown shugga which is why i was pissed when they replaced it with this, but still a delicious respectable ipa. a lot like hop stoopid.

facundoCNB, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

ljthockey7, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Slipperyphoton, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Kuipernicus, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

NateMac13, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

BigTrubble, Jan 28, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden brown with a 1 finger white head and some nice lacing. The smell is fantastic with grapefruit floral grainy sweetness and some lemon notes. The flavor is not overly bitter with a big citrus hop flavor up front and a mild lingering bitterness with a faint malt profile. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style but very drinkable. Overall this is an interesting brew with a really cool hop profile, I have been enjoying it for weeks.

dickieb, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

scoot64, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

harrylee773, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

JJFordick, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

circus_cat, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

NumberNone, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

dave122382, Jan 27, 2013
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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