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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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8,298 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,298
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 424
Gots: 1,160 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ on 11/22/11.

A - Clear, golden yellow with shades of copper & orange. Fluffy, bubbly, white head.

S - Awesome nose. Hops with hints of dried fruit, holiday spice, and toasted malt.

T - Hops dominate. Bready malt comes through in the finish with allspice and brown sugar. Really good but nothing unique.

M - Smooth with pleasant bitterness. Creamy with a slight tingle from the carbonation. Fantastic.

UPDATE: 2013 version purchased in a 6-pack on 1/25/13.

A: Beautiful clear, golden-copper-yellow with a huge, fizzy, soapy, bright white head that leaves behind great lacing and decent retention. Give it a quick stir in the glass and the super foamy head builds inviting you to stuff your nose in again.

S: Holy grapefruit! Massive citrus and huge resiny hop nose. Smacks you in the face with the strong, bitter, sappy, vegetal, earthy, and sticky hops. Almost stings the nostrils with hop aromas.

T: Just as sticky, resiny, and citrusy in the flavor. Tart and dry like an actual grapefruit. Juicy, piney, sappy, grassy, fruity...all the things to love about hops are present in this beer. Some slightly sweet malt shows up towards the end of each sip as the beer warms to balance the whole thing out. But wait, there's a bit of spice/zing to it that keeps this beer in Double IPA territory.

M: Bitter and dry, as it should be for Lagunitas. Earthy, grassy, fruity flavors linger in your mouth for a long time. And burps are pleasant. Very nice.

O: This is much less "Holiday" than I remember it on draft. Back in the Fall of 2011 when they released this for the first time, it had a Holiday theme with some spices and such. This is just straight up, high IBU, citrus-smack hop-explosion. If you're into that. In summary...sooo Lagunitas!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazed golden body, thick white cap has great retention and curtains of lace.

S/T - Real nice hop bouquet on the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple, floral, sticky pine sap. Taste follows; however, turns a little soapy. Honey, caramel sweetness provides a backbone that balances, style considered. Lots of hop flavor, not much perceived bitterness. Alcohol is hidden well.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth consistency, prickly across the palate. Finishes dry.

O - Delicious, well crafted. Layers of hop flavor without palate wrecking bitterness. Hits all the notes of a good DIPA.

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,298 ratings.