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

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7,697 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,697
Reviews: 1,293
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 374
Gots: 946 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

CWhite, Jan 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

DRBiser, Jan 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bigd03, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

beergorrilla, Jan 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

KevSal, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of mattkoon
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lagunitas sucks pours a really nice polished gold color. it has a small amount of white head, with a nice looking lace. the smell is heavy with grapefruit and piney citrus, i almost think if you didnt know you were smelling beer you would think this was grapefruit juice. this beer is really hoppy and piney, very bitter. this flavor encompasses your whole mouth. the right amount of carbonation makes this not hard to drink if you can handle a solid ipa like this. honestly this is one of the best ipa's that i think ive ever had.

mattkoon, Jan 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

itlynstalyn, Jan 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

gueuzegossage, Jan 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

CEDAMA, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Zaphog, Jan 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ber12, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Three to four fingers of generous head. The beer is a milky-clear gold.

S: Piney-fresh bitterness. It reminds me most powerfully of Russian River's Happy Hops, which is only a good thing. Touch of lemon zest.

T/M: Very nice! Rich, spicy, and full-bodied. Almost chewy, with excellent malt-hop balance. A hefty dose of the latter drives the IBU up, while still providing excellent fruity, citrusy, slightly herbal flavors. The endtaste is refreshingly not very dry and the aftertaste is lingeringly earthy hops.

O: A very nice IPA. I would have another or three, and recommend it to others. The aftertaste is a bit...off, but everything else is quite nice.

January 2014 edit. After hoarding these last season, and trying it again this year, I'm forced to up my Overall score from 4 to 4.5. Great beer.

AgentMunky, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

zonker17, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

MrJolly, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

JRBecks, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

BeerNutz324, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

TonyTalon, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

blindpiggie, Jan 02, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We thought that Laguintas Sucks would be the perfect brew to review on this fine holiday. The beer pours a hazy, golden color with peachy highlights. A big fluffy white head provides a good amount of sticky lacing. Piney hops, citrus, honey, and caramel blend together to create a solid IIPA nose. Sweet caramel quickly fades into an incredible balance that is rounded out by a citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Crisp and smooth, the brew is medium in both body and carbonation. Don't let the name fool you, this one definitely does not suck.


phishsihq, Jan 02, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into 10oz snifter at Wild Colonial.

Great clarity, stunning in the glass. Active head spills over, snow white.

Nose is potent dank tank super hops. Smells like a big ol' bag of kind.

Taste matches. Super hop snap. Like diesel fuel, kerosene. Wowza. Little malt- this is total hop resin.

This is like the opposite of Lagunitas- while Maximus is syrupy this one is bone dry. Can't tell which one I like more.

ShogoKawada, Jan 02, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a gold/amber with a fluffy two finger white head that has good retention and sheets lace all the way down. Nice looking beer.

S-Smells like a hop bomb. Loads of citrus bombard the nostrils along with whiffs of pine resin. Not picking up any malt to speak of, just a boatload of hoppy goodness here. Smells great.

T-Hops abound with an explosion of juicy citrus, a bit piney. Picking up a slight bready malt backbone that in no way makes a play for dominance, it just acts as a nice complement to the bitter, citrusy hop bonanza going on. Not extremely complex, but very, very delicious and enjoyable. This is an excellent DIPA.

M-Crisp with ample carbonation, yet feels a bit slick and oily mid palate but finishes dry. Medium body.

O-This is the best beer I've had from Lagunitas. An excellent DIPA that I will enjoy again and again. A job well done!

Lerxst, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

johnsonni, Jan 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

carrollmel7, Jan 01, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- golden orangish with a 1 finger off white head. Good retention. Really pretty looking DIPA

S- big citrusy hops. I get orange,lots of grapefruit and a little lemon. Hardly any malt present I the nose at all.

T- very citrus forward and a little leafy backed up by some really nice sweeter malt. The malt really surprised me after not getting any in the nose. A really well balanced beer.

M- a good crisp mouthfeel with a juicy almost creamy finish. Solid.

O- this is another excellent offering from lagunitas. They can do no wrong in my eyes. Just a really solid, well balanced DIPA. To have this as a seasonal right after brown shugga is a great thing.

cquinn17, Jan 01, 2013
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,697 ratings.