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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

7,024 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,024
Reviews: 1,256
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 308
Gots: 701 | 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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FourBetter

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

A: Dirty gold color. Right after the pour the carbonatins cyclones upward from the bottom of the glass to form a 3/4 finger head that doesn't remain for long.

S: Heavenly. Citrus & hops, some subtle spice. Aroma falls off fairly quicky so get some good olfactory draws right away.

T: Smell did not mislead about what follows. Hoppy, fruity. Pine with Pineapple and a nice bitterness on the backend.

M: Smooth. Leaves a slight acidic sting on the back of your tongue that urges you to take another sip.

O: Delicious. Refreshing. Very enjoyable. I forgive Lagunitas for not making Brown Shugga... for now.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 04:44:15 | More by FourBetter
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jrpapajcik

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2012 04:29:05 | More by jrpapajcik
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Microbrewtaster

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a CCB Snifter

A: A wonderful clear golden color with a 1 finger head that is a light beige color. Lacing looks to be coming along wonderfully.

S: Wow, upon the first crack of the cap, a large citrus smell escapes and warmly makes its way into the nose, seems to have a heavy mango smell. There is also a sweet bread smell ( I know it sounds weird, but it smells amazing)

T: Hops, Hops, Hops. I taste a slight mango flavor and for some reason some lychee, which pairs wonderfully together, I also taste some orange and lemon zest, adding to the tropical flavor of this amazing DIPA.

M: the carbonation of this beer is nearly perfect, maybe a touch to much. It is an extremely smooth beer that has a wetness as it goes down, wonderfully made.

O: I now understand what the hype was with this beer and there is not a hint of alcohol in the taste no burn at all. The hoppiy-ness really makes this beer stand out. I would love to have more.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 04:16:12 | More by Microbrewtaster
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden yellow body with tight white head. Fantastic lacing.

Fresh citrus hops create a sweet nose. Clementine, grapefruit, and mango. There's pine, too.

The taste is loads of citrus, Christmas trees, and barely a trace of bready malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp, oily, then dry. It's very bitter.

It is a very good DIPA. There is a huge hype following this and I can't argue that.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:51:14 | More by Vonerichs
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jskennedy

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2012 02:49:47 | More by jskennedy
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FrankenBrew

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2012 01:51:52 | More by FrankenBrew
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nucmedmario

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2012 00:19:34 | More by nucmedmario
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VAcrossr

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-12-2012 18:06:25 | More by VAcrossr
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been getting a lot of love so I guess I will contribute to it.

Pours a clean looking gold/orange color with a slight white head. Strong lacing and carbonation evident in the glass.

Smell is hops upfront with lots of strong citrus flavors. Not anything I would call complex, but for the american IPA style, its very pleasant and not much else I would ask for.

Taste is in line with smell.... lots of hops and citrus flavors upfront. A slight sweet undercurrent is there but not that strong. Ends without any kind of stringent bitterness but rather with a little bit of an orange juice flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Not particularly resinous at all.

Overall this is a great IPA and, I think, obviously superior to the other ipa's that lagunitas brews despite being at about the same price point. I like brown shugga (and, for that matter, all of the relatively similar "strong ales" that lagunitas puts out) but I hope they find a way to make this beer a mainstay so that I can add it to my IPA roation with Hop Notch and 2hearted.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 17:53:27 | More by mechamifune
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Frozenmoses

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.7%

01-12-2012 16:37:13 | More by Frozenmoses
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sucks pours with a half inch of nice white head that recedes to a film. There is a bit of lacing on the glass. Bright and clear, golden colored. Aroma is fresh and citrusey, with a mild tropical note and a touch of caramel. Juicy grapefruit is the dominant aroma. The beer has more of a tropical taste with pineapple and mango with a bit of the grapefruit. Not a lot of bitterness, but very well balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit fuller than I would have liked, I generally like a drier IPA, but still very nice. With a touch more dryness this beer could be world class.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 06:37:33 | More by Agold
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mscroggi

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-12-2012 04:50:37 | More by mscroggi
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sobeleg

New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

01-12-2012 04:41:21 | More by sobeleg
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largadeer

California

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip. According to the Julian date on the bottle neck, this is about 3 weeks old.

Clear, bright orange with a golden tint. The head is sticky, lasting.

Following the trend of the last few Lagunitas IPAs, this has a big mouthwatering dry hop presence. Heavy on the tropical fruit, it brings to mind guava, pineapple and melon, with faint honeysuckle behind the bold fruit notes. Sweetness is moderate, and integrates nicely with the hops.

The palate is a slight letdown from the great aroma, but that's not to say it isn't good. It's quite subdued and dry; it could actually use a touch more sweetness to highlight the fruitiness of the hops. Citrus is dominant, pineappe in particular with more grapefruit toward the finish. There's a slight chalkiness to the mouthfeel, but it's a minor detraction to an otherwise very clean beer. Remarkably easy to drink, the malt doesn't lend much heft and bitterness is fairy mild.

Overall this doesn't quite live up to some of the draft-only specialties Lagunitas did last year (Waldos, SF Fusion), but it's a damn good beer and an outstanding value.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:04:27 | More by largadeer
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Besteffen82

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-12-2012 03:16:39 | More by Besteffen82
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mycatsissy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-12-2012 02:27:18 | More by mycatsissy
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-12-2012 01:37:58 | More by whallgren
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cocoapuph

California

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally found a six-pack and just opened my first bottle.

Pours a copper liquid caramel color with about a 1-2 inch head. Smells of hops, citrus and rock candy. Very nice inviting nose.

First sip brings a sweet, sugary bite of hops. I really like the combination of the contrasting tastes. Since I'm not that big of a hophead, this was perfect. Really enjoyed the flavors. Candied lemons, pine and grapefruit were prominent as I drank down the glass.

This beer was refreshing in the mouth and tasted great. Looking forward to the next 5 bottles =)

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:41:26 | More by cocoapuph
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large Buca di Beppo glass

A: nice carb beads in the bulb of the glass; good head; pale orange color
S: very piney, resinous; dough smell is right behind the hops; very inviting
T: bold, robust piles of hops, combined with citrus (pineapple, grapefruit); the pine and resin is very strong too, so it might not be your cup of, well, ale; boozy; beyond the hops it's not all that complex.

The self-deprecation on the label is humorous, but a ploy; this is great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 23:53:27 | More by Arithmeticus
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cirtap

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-11-2012 21:18:38 | More by cirtap
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Theitos

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-11-2012 20:59:01 | More by Theitos
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scottyshades

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a semi hazy amber color with a frothy/creamy white cap. Retention is excellent.

S: Wow, did not expect this! The aroma is mostly citrus, tropical fruit (pineapple, maybe mango), and sweetish. Kind of similar to Sculpin to me. Very impressive and nicely balanced.

T: Hop bomb...pineapple, grapefuit, mango, orange. There is a sweetness that balances the bitterness of the hops and strikes a real nice balance. This is the best beer that is widely available by far.

MF/D: Medium body (thought this was a single IPA at first), semi-aggressive carbonation, and a clean citrus finish.

Notes: Sorry Brown Shugga', move over for your replacement

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 20:48:27 | More by scottyshades
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JazzIPA55

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-11-2012 18:37:43 | More by JazzIPA55
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jeff97701

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-11-2012 16:44:16 | More by jeff97701
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-11-2012 15:44:40 | More by HopsHopenstein
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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