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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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8,655 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,655
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 496
Gots: 1,451 | FT: 30
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:
Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011

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.
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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Sark
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- golden amber with thin lacing

Smell- floral hops, a cascade attack with light sweet undertones

Taste- mild malt sweetness, hop bitterness well balanced, alcohol warmth well hidden

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, smooth on the palate

Overall- great pizza beer and stands stong on its own. Well worth another 6 pack.

Photo of NODAK
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely has a "juicy" aroma to it...very citric heavy....just jumps out at the nose. Citra hops?? Simcoe?? Not sure...I'm not very good with that. But I love this.

Taste really is more of the same...nice tropical and citrus hop goodness is very evident in tandem. There isn't a lot of malt to this one, but I do notice a bit of spicy biscuit there as well. Despite how heavy this one is on its hop flavor, it doesn't finish ridiculously bitter with a lot of lingering. Very clean....very nice.

I'm pleased to have finally tried this, and I know now we have a great DIPA here in my own backyard I can buy that I wasn't aware of before.

Photo of Tee2Grn
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of ubenumber2
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle in to a pint glass , golden colored very clear beer , minimal head with not a lot of lacing. A few carbonation bubbles rising to the top

Smell is very hoppy , not a lot of citrus detected by me , more earthy and piney smells with that deem generic hop smell you get from most pellet hops , not a bad thing , smells wonderful to me

Mouthfull is about right on for the style , not too strong not too weak , just about perfect

The taste is like opening up a fresh bag of hops and taking a pull , hop forward and finishes with the hops for me also , not a lot of malt or alcohol flavor or taste in there , just enough to know its there but the hops prevail here

Over all this is a great beer , well worth the 200 miles I drove round trip to pick it up , will be going back next week to pick up two cases of this stuff

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4/5  rDev -8%

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of pcguitarwzrd
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A: Looks like a DIPA to me. Medium copper--check, hazy--check, off-white head--double-check.

S: Giant grapefruit note right up front, hops all around. Haven't smelled anything this nice in a while.

T: Piney hops front to back, a thin blanket of bready malt underneath. Was hoping for more of the tropical fruit flavors that the aroma promised. Still good though.

M: Creamy and not-too-heavy, not-too-light, as a DIPA should be.

O: Maybe not what it was hyped to be, but a solid DIPA. I'll still be buying my Unearthly and Hopslam.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big hit of bitter on first taste; mellows

hop bomb...don't taste something less after this beer; Palate Buster

huge long lasting head

tropical: tangerine, peach, lime, grapefruit

good food beer: burgers, grilled meats,

crisp not malty, clean

alcohol masked well

not your usual piney hopped DIPA; more tropical like Citra or Simcoe hops; hopped late
and dry.

not filling...if not for the alcohol, you could keep drinking more because this beer
does not suck.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For some reason I was never a big Lagunitas fan, but this beer may have swayed me. A moderate pour from the bottle creates a large, creamy, white head that seems to last forever. Clear and orange in color, it is a fantastic looking beer.

The aroma is fairly heavy on floral and piney hops. There is a noticable amount of alcohol and peach as well. A light biscuity malt background and earthen yeast finishes things off. The alcohol is masked pretty well in the flavor and lets all of the qualities of the aroma come through.

Medium bodied with a thick, almost chewy texture. Soft carbonation and a long bitter finish with a resinous feeling from the hops. A great beer for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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