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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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7,408 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,408
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 366
Gots: 843 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

koleneack, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%

A: pours exceptionally yellow but slightly orange. small white head with poor retention
S: citrusy, piney, and herbaceuos all at once with an overall sweetness to it
T: tropical fruit with caramelly sweetness, very herbal and a hint of pine in the flavor. Resinous flavors kick in at times as well. Aftertaste is slightly piney and herbal with another dose of malt sweetness
M: Spot on and adequate carbonation keeps things in check
O: Lagunitas makes some great and reasonably priced beers and should suck more often

SHODriver, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

morningthief, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

robbydb85, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Yoda22
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

A- Pours a super clear straw yellow with 1 finger of head and decent retention.

S- Simply exceptional. Super hop blast; citrusy with pine and bready notes in there. Possibly the best IPA i've ever unleashed my nose upon; not exaggerating. A lot of beers you get a strong scent that appears weaker and weaker the more you smell, not this. The smell just keeps on coming.

T- Well it's hard to live up to the expectation set by the smell, but the taste is very good as well. Hoppy yet malty/balanced, good hop aftertaste. Sweet and enjoyable.

M- Body and carbonation are on the light side, but I have no issues with that for an IPA.

O- Really enjoyed it - slightly better than regular Lagunitas IPA (I need to review Lagunitas Maximum now which is in my fridge!). Wish it were a year round brew.

Yoda22, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Cinderbike, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of bullywee
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

bullywee, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%

Brought over by my boi areich6

A- Lighter than I expected, this looks a lot like a light lager...shudder

S- Whoa the appearance is way misleading, this smells very nice. Sweet, fruity hops lead the way with a tiny, tiny malt scent in the background

T- Amazing. Simply stunning. This has all the wonders of an IPA in one beer. Delicious pineapple and mango flavors give way to some pine in the back of the palate

M- Quite bubbly but being an IPA it's not expected to be smooth and this is very refreshing

O- They made the Holiday Leftovers as an excuse to make another batch of this, what can they call it in the spring? I want this year round

pschul4, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Ritstyx
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Ritstyx, Feb 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

DonFrap, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

pBRale, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Gurrett, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

oldvines, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of amphion1065
3.33/5  rDev -23.6%

A bottle of this was gifted to me by a great, very thoughtful friend. Served in a Cambridge Brewing Co. pint. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very clear, yellow straw. A rather aggressive pour yields a two-finger white head with phenomenal retention.

Wow, this is ripe. Big, classic notes of grapefruit and papaya. Really rich, resiny pine and hops.

The taste is, unfortunately, not quite equal to the aroma. It's very sweet, and far less hoppy than I'd hoped. Floral, but lacking in the essential bitterness that could put this over the top.

The carbonation is on the low side. A little life would go a long way.

Fine, and for the price, great. I'd love to have a super fresh pint on tap.

amphion1065, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of BeRanger
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Found this at a bottle shop during a trip in Boston, thanks to SilentJay. Poured into my newly acquired Portsmouth Brewery snifter. (Currently drowning my sorrows after losing on all 25 of my 1 in 7.5 Kate the Great scratch offs.)

Pours burnt orange/golden, a rim of white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing. Smells of pine needles up front, some tropical fruit undertones as well. Reminds me a lot of Spruce Pilsner from Shorts. The taste is outstanding. Very crisp, pine notes up front but it finishes very smooth. No real alcohol taste on this one. The fruity zest is very faint on the backbone.

Light bodied with good carbonation. Very good IPA, I wish this damn beer would have hit stores in Michigan so I could have plenty to drink at home. Well done Lagunitas, just get your shit together and get more to Michigan!!!

BeRanger, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CTBeerPope
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours hazy orange
Smells like a roll of life savers
Tastes like one of the best dipas on the planet
Mouthfeel is feeling really good

I don't want to write a long ass intricate review on this one because that would take away from the time I'm trying to spend with it right now.

If you can get this get it. Remember its still beer so you will not get an mdma effect from it. For beer though its so good.

*Update* I have 5 more of these. Yeah buddy.

CTBeerPope, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

freakboyfish, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mcallister, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

mcphish22, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of budgood1
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

pours out an ever so slightly hazed bright gold colour with a respectable off white head. there is good deal of floaties to be had, adding to the viewing pleasure. very clingy lace. massive citric pith and resiny pine hop aroma. some base biscuity and bready malt manages to peak through. bitterness whacks the tongue right away upon tasting...then some hop flavours quickly fill the void by throwing off some assorted citrus notes...mostly lemon, tangerine and grapefruit with a hint of juicy pineapple. the resiny sap nuances also add to the hop party, making for a certain brashness that is bad ass in the mouth. sturdy maltiness provides the sweet bready bass line which allows the hop shredding to shine. no real alcohol notes can be tasted, but can be perceived in the overall taste profile. this DIPA has surprising girth to it; i expected it to be more IPA than DIPA but this brings the good in the body department...full, rich and sweet despite the massive hop bitterness. the mouthfeel has a certain coarseness...not grating but a bit rough. i would guess this much higher than the 65 IBU's listed. great drinkability...this just tastes damn good for amped up hop juice!

overall i would say that this doesn't "suck" and is some damn tasty "holiday leftovers". cult status well deserved. it leaves me smiling.

budgood1, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mrand01, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of sidetracked
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a clear yellow-gold amber with nice off-white head. Film of small bubbles lingers to create some lacing.

Aroma of bittersweet citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon. Some bready, grainy malt.

Taste upfront is bitter, grapefruit, citrus, lemon. Light malt presence in the middle--bready--minimal flavor though. Lemon and citrus finish with a low bitterness. Little neutral bready malt. Some grapefruit. Lingering bitterness, lemon, and orange peel.

Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Foamy, somewhat creamy, thick finish.

Good flavor and aroma. Nice citrusy hop bitterness. Body seems too thick due to the foamy finish. Wish it was thinner to match the flavor.


sidetracked, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours a clear golden color with a soapy/creamy cap that leaves a some minimal lacing behind.

Aromas begin with that familiar Lagunitas hop blend; floral, citrus, with pineapple and ruby red grapefruit tones. Not much malt at all here.

The tastes begin quite familiar to Lagunitas as well, with citrusy flavors, ruby red grapefruit and pineapple; slightly sugary, after the swallow, but the hops return to provide a bitter, citrusy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation. Light bitterness lingers in the finish.

Overall, this is a very solid beer from Lagunitas; the light sweet malts provide a neutral backdrop for the hops to work their magic. Nothing revolutionary or new here but just another solid offering from a brewery that knows how to use hops.

claspada, Feb 18, 2012
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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