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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

7,256 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,256
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 346
Gots: 781 | 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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CanisMajor

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-14-2013 00:35:24 | More by CanisMajor
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shamrock071521

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-14-2013 00:15:53 | More by shamrock071521
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jsh420

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-13-2013 23:58:18 | More by jsh420
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sloany

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

This is my first review, so please be gentle.

Bottle to Tulip

A- 1" head quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Copper to orange in color.

S- Wow. Very agressive. Dank, resiny and piney with floral backnotes. What I would expect from a DIPA.

T- Again, Wow. Attacks the palate. Very hop forward with a nice restrained balance of sweetness. Grapefruit up front with a finish of pineapple.

M-A little syrupy. Carbonation does a nice job of distributing flavors across the palate.

O- Nothing subtle about this beer! Big hops all the way through. Bouquet develops nicely throughout (my nose has been stuck in the glass the entire time). All in all, a very nice West Coast DIPA.

Question- Does anyone know the hop profile on this? i'm thinking C's with maybe some Magnum?

01-13-2013 23:15:36 | More by sloany
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear, light golden body with a 2+ finger white head. Nice retention and smatterings of lacing along the glass.

Solid aroma that jumps out as soon as it is poured. Primarily tropical fruit notes like mango and pineapple dominate the aroma, but there is a light citrus and pine resin note in the background. Not much notice of the malt.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma. Very tasty blend here of rich hop flavors featuring the aforementioned tropical hops. A touch of grapefruit and lemon flavor balances the hop notes. A light malt backbone makes for a nice finish.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected for an Imperial brew. But, this drinks more like and IPA to me than a double. Still, a superb beer.

01-13-2013 22:11:44 | More by FanofHefe
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2013 22:02:26 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Had on tap at Uber Tavern. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, Sucks was a clear golden color with a small white, foamy head on top with great retention and moderate lacing.

S: Extremely tropical, mango, tangerine, orange, lots of citrus in the aroma. Very faint grain malt aroma, but fruit flavors dominate.

T: A great tasting IPA, more tropical fruits - grapefruit, orange, mango, it was great. In the middle there is some fresh grass with minimal bitterness. Overall, extremely juicy. Has a slightly spicy finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely drinkable, drinks easier than abv would indicate.

O: Could be the best Lagunitas beer I have had. Would stock this in my fridge all the time.

01-13-2013 21:39:36 | More by mdaschaf
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Envelopes

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-13-2013 20:59:50 | More by Envelopes
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-13-2013 20:33:01 | More by JISurfer
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2013 19:57:14 | More by Schmuckles
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2013 18:51:33 | More by jbaker67
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nrombes

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2013 17:22:25 | More by nrombes
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tswater

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-13-2013 05:17:16 | More by tswater
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Murrhey

Montana

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%

This much hyped beer is exciting for me, tucked away in the corner of the country I am. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live in my apartment in high-altitude Libby, Mont.

A- Pours a one finger thick white head with nice retention for the style but not so much for the ABV. A cloudy straw-colored body with medium clarity. Looks just fine I suppose.

S- Juicy brew. Hop oil is very present, floral and bright. Juicy passionfruit and pineapple. Very sugary. Surprisingly tropical and not bruising with the hops. Interesting and rather delightful.

T- Like a buzzsaw on the palate, aggressive hops and floral fruitiness. Not a beer I'd imagine would be friendly to those not fond of DIPAs. Could be better balanced, but not bad. Just jarring.

M- Thick, bubbly and very dry finish. Hits the tip of the tongue especially well.

O- Good, not worthy of the 99 score in my opinion. Be wary of this, despite the aromatic and fruity aroma, this is a hoppy son of a gun.

01-13-2013 04:39:42 | More by Murrhey
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alex021224

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-13-2013 04:33:14 | More by alex021224
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malatinodesign

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-13-2013 04:17:13 | More by malatinodesign
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scot959

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2013 03:50:17 | More by scot959
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-13-2013 03:47:02 | More by iL0VEbeer
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granmount


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2013 03:35:58 | More by granmount
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will1256

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2013 03:28:47 | More by will1256
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CADMixes

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-13-2013 03:16:42 | More by CADMixes
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cmannes

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-13-2013 02:52:23 | More by cmannes
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Colorado

5/5  rDev +14.7%

01-13-2013 02:44:33 | More by StubFaceJoe
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-13-2013 02:43:08 | More by BrianCramer
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Rich540

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-13-2013 02:28:44 | More by Rich540
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,256 ratings.