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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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8,034 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,034
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 403
Gots: 1,055 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Evan, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

TheTinDoor, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Hanzo, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold with a thick white head. Sticky skim retention rides all they way to glass bottom and deposits several large swaths of of foam on the sides.

Grassy lemon and sweet Twinkie aroma. Nelson Sauvin?

Chock full'a grassy lemon hops. 62 IBUs but that's no indicator of the silly amount of late end hops that were shoved in between the malt. Malt doesn't do much but doesn't get in the way either. I'm guessing at copious amounts of Nelson Sauvin but I suck at the "guess that hop" game.

One of my favorite DIPAs because it's just like a bigger IPA, not a sickly sweet overmalted hop bomb.

Bummer about Brown Sugar but way to make lemonade.

donkeyrunner, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

trapper2408, Jan 23, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a big Duvel tulip. I remember liking this a lot on tap, so I'm curious to see how it fares in the bottle. The pour is a wonderful clear gold, with a small, wispy head. It leaves a bit of lacing. Very pretty. The aroma is a wonderful citrus hop cornucopia. Clean and juicy, grapefruit, tangerine. Absolutely mouth watering for a hophead like me.

The taste is crisp, juicy, bitter citrus hops. Same profile as the aroma. Enough sweet malt to keep it balanced, but not so much as to distract from the hop showcase. The finish is almost perfect, with a bitterness that's prominent but doesn't outstay its welcome. Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation, and nicely dry. Overall, this is a hell of an IPA. Quite excellent.

CharlatanSin, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

mtkennyp, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

Tom-Peters, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

jbuddle, Jan 22, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

HANGOVER, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ncaudle, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

CTJman, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

tubbnik, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

bobv, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

RelentlessLefty, Jan 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

DStoked, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

EJBOMBS, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

ejyoung, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

abcdefghijkyle, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

jsilva, Jan 22, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure what to expect here. Pours a very nice golden color with hardly a head in my glass. Nice color for the style.

Fruity,floral with a good whiff of mango in the nose. I presume it has to do with the hops used as the bottle doesn't name specifics.

The mango carries over to the taste, imparting grapefruit notes along the way. Very tasty. Chewy, doughy malt.

Lingering citrus notes and a pronounced hop bitterness make this one hell of an enjoyable DIPA.

At 7.85%, it drinks like something much, much stronger. Lots of hop aroma and flavor without all of the alcohol. Pick it up!

Brad007, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

jaminjohnson, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Thedaver4220, Jan 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

mellowmark, Jan 22, 2013
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,034 ratings.