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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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8,065 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,065
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 408
Gots: 1,065 | FT: 20
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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3/5  rDev -31%

Yoopermk, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

SBoyar1, Jan 24, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really appreciate that Lagunitas put out a quality substitute for the Brown Shugga. I know most people look forward to the Shugga, and they went over the top with this replacement.

I poured this beer into a tulip glass. There was about two and a half fingers of foam that stuck really well to the glass. I like the lacing from this one. The golden coloring is perfect for a DIPA.

I really enjoy the significant amount of pine coming off the top of this one. It is very refreshing to breathe this in. I found that it is reminiscent of the clean smell from the Double Simcoe by Weyerbacher.

The flavor is, of course, very hoppy. You really get more of the pine release in each sip. Lagunitas lists hops twice in the ingredients, and it makes sense when you get a taste.
I was surprised that there wasn't more bitterness in this one.

I really want to try the Brown Shugga eventually, but I am really happy with this one while I can get it.

ummswimmin, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Steve_Oldrati, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of InlandTaipan
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle on 1/24/13

A: Beer pours a deep amber with luscious two finger eggshell head.

S: Caramelized malts, Tropical fruits, various citrus fruits, some pine and resin. The aroma is DUMB awesome. A must sniff for serious hopheads

T: A great balance between clean hop bitterness and caramelized malt sweetness. Truly a wonder.

M: Excellent carbonation, contributes to the hop development within this beer.

Overall- I cannot think of another IPA in the 7-8% abv range that is this good. I have been waiting for it to come back out and boy did Lagunitas nail it. Way to go folks.

InlandTaipan, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

BKBassist, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

PaBeerLover, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Conniehophead
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Conniehophead, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

CitizenGrain, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of DerekMorgan
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

DerekMorgan, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint glass.

Appearance- Nice clear golden color with a light quick head. Nice lacing around the rim.

Smell- Fruity hops. Piney aromas and grassy smells. Slight maltiness. Great smelling IPA.

Taste- Hops. Floral/fruity hops, with some pineiness. Light citrus notes with no alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Perfectly carbonated. Not resinous. Smooth. No ABV detection.

Overall- This is an almost perfect IPA. I'd like it to be a bit more resinous though. Damn good beer from Lagunitas!

Seanniek91, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

mishtif, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ChrisKayler, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to jzeilinger for bringing this one for me to try. This poured out as a nice looking orange color with a white head on top. The head settles a little bit but leaves a really nice sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is ripe with citrus notes and some addition pine in there. It smells like a DIPA for sure, and a good one at that! The taste of the beer is hoppy with the citrusy pine notes with some subtle caramel malts in the finish. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and has an oily feel to it while remaining lighter bodied. Overall I thought it was a killer beer, probably best when it's fresh and I believe this was.

Knapp85, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

LSUPT, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

MichPaul, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Michigan, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

gibby, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

davidtarantino, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

archi348, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

mmmmbeer, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

mdterps, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

vonnegut21, Jan 24, 2013
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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