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

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7,738 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,738
Reviews: 1,295
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 376
Gots: 959 | FT: 19
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Lionhawk, Jan 20, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange color, white head that sinks but sticks. Great aroma of fuzzy peaches and peach jolly ranchers. Flavor doesn't quite match up. It's got some fruit and some bitterness but its just good, not great. Little bit of alcohol, eh. People hyped this up and while its a good beer it's not all that. I regret buying a second six pack honestly.

ArrogantB, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Mezzaluna Brick Oven and Tap House in Hendersonville, NC.

A: Beautiful golden honey color. Spectacular lacing.

S: Wow! Huge citrus notes right off the bat - orange peel, grapefruit, maybe a little lemon. Also some nice floral hoppiness and sweet malt.

T: I haven't always cared for some of Lagunitas hoppy beers because they didn't have the balance I was looking for between malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness. This is not one of those beers. I get a sticky malt sweetness right away with some citrus notes. The piney, floral hops come in next and it closes with some lingering bitterness. A well balanced double IPA - definitely one of the best double IPA's I've had!

M: Some stickiness, moderate carbonation, hoppy finish but not palate wrecking bitterness.

O: An incredibly drinkable double IPA and probably my favorite Lagunitas offering thus far! I was definitely worried that a double IPA from Lagunitas would be overkill on the hop bitterness, but this was very well balanced and delicious!

FUwolfpacker, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of JxExM
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

JxExM, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of seanwhite
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

seanwhite, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma of piney, herbal, lightly floral hops, grapefruit and apple. Nice. Flavor combines piney and citrus hops with an excellent bready malt body with notes of grapefruit, lemon, citrus rind and light fruit. Very nice. Even if this had sucked, you would have to admire a brewery that responded to massive disappointment and anguish for the lack of a beloved beer with a tongue in cheek spoof offering that ended up even more popular than the original. This was a triumph for everyone.

LiquidAmber, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of founder26
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

founder26, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Dat
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Dat, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of gpawned
4/5  rDev -8%

gpawned, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of elevatedgreens
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

elevatedgreens, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Hermthegerm
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Hermthegerm, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of mecummins
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a gorgeous golden color with hints of orange in the light. Nice 2 finger head with great lacing. Foam settled to a film covering the surface that lingered for a good portion of the drink

S: Aggressive piney hops on the front followed by toasty malts and a bit of floral aroma on the end. A bit of citrus aroma there as well.

T: You taste the piney hops at first, but not overwhelmingly so. I could detect some grapefruit and floral notes layered into the beer. Some orange citrus made an appearance, as well as something earthy and herbaceous. Sweet roasted malts helped to balance everything.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a longish finish. Lots of hops on the finish, but not overly bitter. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a beer that lives up to it 's hype. Nicely balanced and extremely drinkable.

mecummins, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

SenorHops, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Arbitrator
4/5  rDev -8%

Arbitrator, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

sneaks2210, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of SDG1070
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

SDG1070, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Transparent pale amber body with a big, bubbly slightly off-white head.

S- Huge aroma of floral hops with a lot of tropical fruits. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, citrus, hint of pine, some fresh grass.

T- Huge hop flavors, tons of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Big, juicy citrus flavors, with a piney finish. Slight herbal flavor as well.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sting on the tougue.

O- A great, accessible IPA offered in a six-pack. The floral and herbal flavors make this one slightly different and very enjoyable.

stephenjmoore, Jan 20, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden orange, loads of fluffy white thick head. great retention and lacing.

mainly citrus fruit, some bitterness and red grapefruit.

similar to nose, very citrus forward with a heavy grapefruit and orange vibe. finish is like straight up orange. malty enough to hold this down and shine through here and there.

mild to moderare carbonation, with enough bite to work with the flavors expressing them.

pretty good overall

hooliganlife, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The name , well intriguing, didnt know what to expect. But I have enjoyed just about everything from Lagunitas.
The poor was perfectly clear, light with a nice head. The aroma was more than I anticipated. For a 60 IBU beer, it had a hoppier nose.
The initial taste also came across with more hops.
The mouthful was full, rich, crisp and clean
The aftertaste was as nice as the start.
Another nice brew

rdilauro, Jan 20, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle reviewed in 2013

Appearance: Beautiful golden amber with a nice, white 1 finger head.

Smell: Big mango notes. Pineapple, orange and subtle grapefruit are in the fold as well.

Taste: Big, bready and bitter! Damn, this is just delicious. Sweet citrus gives way to a bitter, hoppy ending, with a steady backdrop of malt behind everything. Just a magnificently balanced beer with that trademark Lagunita's hop/yeast profile.

Mouthfeel: Not a crazy amount of carbonation but paired with the body, the amount is just right and makes for very easy drinking.

Overall: A delicious west coast IPA with a bit more malt than most would have, but it just works. Awesome.

PsilohsaiBiN, Jan 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Stockfan42, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

RES, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of dasenebler
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lagunitas Sucks
12oz, packaged on 1/2/13

Clear orangey gold with just a hint of chill haze. One-finger white head sticks around nicely. (4.25)

Nose is full of juicy American hops. Citrus, mango, pine and flowers. Nice. (4.5)

Flavor is analogous to the aroma, with a more dank, spicy element. There is definitely some earthy Citra funk in there in addition to the hugely fruity hop character. Insanely juicy and hoppy, yet smooth with restrained bitterness. Caramel sweetness and bready malts are there, but not to any great degree. Mouthfeel is velvety with medium carbonation. (4.5, 4.5)

The best IPA I have had in recent memory. I could drink boat loads of this stuff. Lagunitas Sucks definitely does not! (4.75)

dasenebler, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ssimpson89, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of DocJitsu
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear classic golden color with a short white head. Not much head formed due to how carefully the beer was poured by the bartender. The bouquet might be the best of any beer I've ever had. Fresh grapefruit right up front with some underlying cannabis. Just a wonderful aroma. Mouthfeel is full, wet, and a bit oily. Carbonation bites just a bit on the finish. The flavor is magnificent. Grapefruit! A lot more pine in the flavor than appeared in the bouquet. Just enough rye in this beer to set all the flavors and aromas off in a more vibrant fashion. A remarkably well-engineered brew.

DocJitsu, Jan 19, 2013
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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