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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

7,047 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,047
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 314
Gots: 707 | 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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John_M

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Apex in PDX the other day.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. I'm a little surprised by what I get on the nose, as I thought I recalled getting more tropical fruit then what i'm getting today. This beer smells like a hop bomb (not that I'm complaining), as I get considerable pine, lemon-lime, and some light dry citrus. On the palate, this beer is very dry and bitter, and I really feel this beer could use a bit more malt to balance all that bitterness. There's a hint of cherry and an intriguing light smoke flavor in the mid palate (I almost got something of a bean with bacon soup flavor, which completely surprised me), but it's really not nearly enough to counter and balance the avalanche of hoppy bitterness I get on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.

A really well made beer from Lagunitas, even if a bit more tropical fruit would have been appreciated to better handle the bucketload of hoppy bitterness in this beer. Ultimately, I enjoyed the bottle I had of this beer last year as opposed to the uber fresh draft version I had at Apex.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 16:12:11 | More by John_M
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Guyute

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

12-29-2012 06:23:32 | More by Guyute
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srandycarter

California

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

A - pours murky light honey, nice white head that stays for a long time, lots of cling lace.

S - very malty and very hoppy. I don't know which one is more dominant. Probably the hops, but it is close.

T - aggressive malt completely squashed by even more aggressive hops.

M - medium body, good carb , balance heavy to the hops and slightly metallic towards the finish.

D - one very tasty beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:27:43 | More by srandycarter
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-29-2012 02:05:24 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-29-2012 00:03:06 | More by bostonryan
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jsanford

Georgia

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

Pours a clear orange-amber with a dense soapy head that settles to a thin haze, leaving lots of soapy lacing. Lovely aromas of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and pine resin. Taste is similarly tropical, with lots of fresh hop flavors and a moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly sticky, with a medium body and ample carbonation. Really excellent DIPA, glad I finally got to try it (missed out all last year).

Serving type: growler

12-28-2012 22:21:48 | More by jsanford
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jbtheman

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-28-2012 21:51:04 | More by jbtheman
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-28-2012 21:36:07 | More by Axnjxn
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BlakeAM

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-28-2012 20:22:13 | More by BlakeAM
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SlowWideTurns

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-28-2012 15:27:35 | More by SlowWideTurns
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bman_85

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-28-2012 14:44:37 | More by bman_85
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-28-2012 13:27:35 | More by ASUBeer
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HalfFull

California

3.45/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, showing a lightly hazed deep straw with a somewhat sticky cap of white foam. Quite light in color and leaving some sticky lace.

Aroma is all about hops with spicy floral notes and a background of fruit. Reminds me of Hop Stoopid in a way yet doesn't really have the same malt depth. Bit more earthy with some exposure and warming. Oddly I sense a minor Belgian influence here, in a supportive way. Hoppy yet not resinous at all, weird and a bit of a mystery.

Flavor is spicy with pepper/clove/tangerine coming forward. Rather subdued relative to the aroma however. Spice notes linger nicely on the finish however initially.

Feel is pleasant and spicy yet a bit brief. Touch of orange oil on the finish creates a slighty sweet note that masks the ABV well yet at the same time quells the bitterness as this beer finishes rather non IPA-like. As much as I don't care for rich crystal malted IPA's, this is the first one I've had that is a bit short on the base malt body. Another mystery is how the beer finished sweet with simple sweetness, must be pasteurized once it hits a certain gravity.

Good aroma but otherwise good but not extraordinary by any means. Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 07:23:32 | More by HalfFull
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AaronBurr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14%

12-28-2012 05:01:00 | More by AaronBurr
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-28-2012 04:45:43 | More by wyatt13
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-27-2012 06:16:08 | More by smartassboiler
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NSK79

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-27-2012 04:44:19 | More by NSK79
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RangnaR

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-26-2012 14:45:46 | More by RangnaR
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Vbloise

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-25-2012 22:22:04 | More by Vbloise
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argock

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dusky amber with 1/2 finger of big-bubbled off-white head with average retention and a few scraps of lacing.

S: Big dry-hop aromas of pine, resin, and tropical fruit with some grapefruit aromas. The maltiness is light and crackery overall but with a bit more caramel than I remember from the bottle.

T: The flavor is big-time hoppy with orange, lemon, grapefruit citrus and a little bit of pineapple and mango also. THe maltiness is not quite enough despite the ABV to stand up in any meaningful way to this hops assault.

M: Slick but almost a little too dry with light-medium body.

O: I enjoyed my bottles last year more than this on-tap presentation. And while this is a solid beer and rightfully highly anticipated, I was a little let down by this on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2012 05:22:50 | More by argock
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NickThePyro

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-24-2012 04:29:23 | More by NickThePyro
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Madskill

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-23-2012 06:52:27 | More by Madskill
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beerborn

Georgia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-23-2012 03:25:34 | More by beerborn
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Hatzilla

California

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Sucks pours a cloudy yellow-amber with a one-finger white head. Scent is tropical: tons of peaches and mangoes, as well as pine and earthy, citrus hops. Taste is lemon and red grapefruit with a cereal malt backbone. Very well balanced. Palate is medium, with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Overall a great offering from Lagunitas that should be year-round. Bottled 12/17/12. Rated 12/22/12

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:54:28 | More by Hatzilla
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BeerBucks

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2012 02:54:25 | More by BeerBucks
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,047 ratings.