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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

7,046 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,046
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 314
Gots: 706 | 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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Centennial

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-02-2012 03:39:03 | More by Centennial
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a GI tulip.

A - quite a beauty of a DIPA. Color is a soft copper with hints of yellow. There is a white one finger head that formed on. The poured and settled to about a quarter as I drank the beer.

S - main notes are citrus. Smells of grapefruit with hints of pine hops. The malt backbone makes itself known as there is also a sweetness of caramel and orange that mixes with the hops. I also noted hints of lemon and wheatgrass

T - at first, there are notes of piney hops that blends well with sweeter flavors that keep this well-balanced. I note hints of orange and candied lemon. Medium finish that leaves a slight pine bitterness lingering on the tongue. Overall, a tasty but I would have liked to see a bit more of a malt sweetness as that aspect seems a bit thin

MF - light body with medium carbonation. Until the carbonation picks up as you drink, the MF at first seems thin and in general, I think a little it more body would help make this a great beer

O - overall, a solid offeing from Lagunitas, and definitely a good beer for them to throw together for the holiday season. Would like to see this around each holiday. It has good flavor, is well-balaced, and isn't too heavy. In general, the main aspect i find lacking is that this Abbas a bit thin in the body.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:31:14 | More by jeonseh
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BeerPhan86

New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to find the last six pack of this at the local beer store. Not so excited when the same store offered it for growler fills a few days later! Awesome brew nonetheless.

A - Pours a beautiful clear golden color with about a half finger of some off-white head. The head quickly dissipates but there is some very nice sticky lacing. Very clear and clean looking pour.

S - TONS of citrus and tropical fruit. The amount of pineapple coming out of this aroma is amazing, it is definitely the dominant fruit. Plenty of grapefruit and citrus hops. Other tropical fruits are there as well, maybe some mango. A little bit of sweet bready malt is in there too but the hops dominate the aroma.

T - Much like the aroma. Definitely more of the west coast style IPA with tons of citrus hops, but there are some grassy hops in the finish, which is a tad dry and boozy. My only complaint is that the alcohol is not very well hidden at all, and there has been no attempt to hide it. Very boozy aftertaste. Very flowery and tropical/citrus fruit hop profile makes this one stand out from other DIPAs I've tried lately.

M - Medium body with spot on carbonation. Not too slick on the lips for a DIPA which is nice.

O - An outstanding hop bomb of a beer that is well worth 10 or 11 bucks for a six pack. The hop profile is incredible with low bitterness, just plenty of bright fruity hops. The level of booziness in the aftertaste is the only drawback on this one. Check it out!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:44:29 | More by BeerPhan86
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imbuckeye

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-02-2012 02:43:43 | More by imbuckeye
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orangish yellow in color with a 1/2+ inch head and great retention

Smell: Very strong hop aroma. Lots of floral, pine and resin on the nose

Taste: Based on the nose the flavor is a bit of a let down. Still has the good hop flavor but just a tad bit muted compared to the nose

Mouthfeel: Just under a medium body and mildly carbonated and slightly bitter

Overall: A very good dipa especially for the price and availability to me. This one just lacked just a touch in the flavor department to make it a great dipa. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:16:35 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-02-2012 00:51:55 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BeerMaverick

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden color that doesn't suggest a Double IPA, but a lighter lager. Minimal head that fades almost immediately. Having trouble believing that this beer is a DIPA at this point.

S - And here is where the style is given away. Tons of fruit and floral aroma radiating out of the glass. Hard to specify the fruit at this point, but definitely some expected citrusy esters. Minimal piney notes that often dominate this category.

T - The citrusy character is much more overwhelming here suggesting plenty of lemon and lime. The pine taste is slightly more pronounced and is complemented by some sweeter fruits such as pear and apple. Faint orange notes are present as well leading to an extremely well balanced flavor.

M - The previously mentioned fruit lingers from this surprisingly lighter-bodied brew. Although the fruit presence shows fortitude in terms of sweetness, the furtive hops do their job.

O - Fantastic name for this beer, and Lagunitas...you don't suck. For "screwing up this badly", as you suggest on the label, you've still obtained insanely high ratings for this beer. I do miss Brown Sugga', but this is a fantastic substitute that many breweries would strive and fail to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 00:35:42 | More by BeerMaverick
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-02-2012 00:26:54 | More by IrishColonial
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beereality

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-01-2012 21:05:08 | More by beereality
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dogfishandi

New York

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into an SA perfect pint glass. no freshness info.

pours a clear golden color with a super retentive white head, stayed at about 1 fingers worth till it was gone. also some nice sticky lace left on the glass.

a nice dank, floral hop aroma with hints of citrus and pine. a nice light bready malt is noticable behind all the hops.

again dank, pine, and floral hops mostly, a little candied citrus. a very nice bready malt flavor is noticable, although very hard to describe.

a nice resinous feel, very smooth going down, slightly lower carbonation which compliments the rest of the beer nicely. easy drinking.

definatly a good IPA, something i would buy again. id like to see this as a year round as well. one of the better lagunitas IPA's ive had.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 20:09:29 | More by dogfishandi
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justinlaz

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-01-2012 19:50:48 | More by justinlaz
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bosox941827

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass
A - medium rough pour throws off a decent, tiny-bubbled head that thins down fairly quickly. Beer itself is a gorgeous light orange color.
S - Pour this one rough as you dare and stick your nose right in there, as you're not going to smell too many beer better than this one - Sculpin, Hopslam, Pliny (maybe) and that's about it. I get a ton of fruit - mango, guava, pineapple too. Just great.
T - As it smells, pretty much. Nice bit of sweetness up front, and I get some roasted malts just a bit as well. Then comes in the real nice bit of bitterness which is perfectly balanced with the sweetness and is quite complex; again getting mango and guava, maybe some stonefruit and pine as well. The dry bitterness hangs around for as long as you can wait before you take the next sip. Alcohol, near 8%, is completely non-existent.
M - Just a bit on the heavier side, which a low-medium amount of carbonation.
Got this as a gift from a buddy or else never would have tried it - this beer is fantastic, though. Have tried other Lagunitas (but not the "real" Brown Shugga) but am really blown away by this one. Can't imagine Brown Shugga is better than this....they need to make it year-round. Get this while you can though - it's great.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 19:45:32 | More by bosox941827
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emdawg

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-01-2012 05:32:07 | More by emdawg
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orangish-amber with a mountain of thin, loose head that has decent retention. The nose is incredibly floral with some citrusy undertones. The flavor is citrusy and mildly bitter. The malt character is lightly bready. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some heavier than usual carbonation.

This is an awesome IPA. It's got great hop character and a light malt character. This is no Brown Shugga so I'm still a little disappointed, but I won't take it out on this beer. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:57:46 | More by tdm168
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-01-2012 02:50:14 | More by KingBiscuit
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RTrain12

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-01-2012 02:48:28 | More by RTrain12
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ng85

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-01-2012 01:50:44 | More by ng85
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bjones10

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-01-2012 01:34:39 | More by bjones10
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tankg

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this first at Fathead's in Southside of Pittsburgh - had previously bought some in bottles at D's in Monroeville. Knew if it was like Brown Shugga that I would dig it the most - correct. Alcohol burn more prominent in the bottle format but excellent both ways. Maybe my favorite DIPA - 2X is excellent as well. Two thumbs up for Lagunitas...and Happy New Year

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 00:04:29 | More by tankg
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in shaker pint.
Orangey golden color. Nice white head. Great lacing and decent retention.
Smells dry- bready/toast malt, big hop notes.
The hops hit mainly with pine and citrusy notes but there is a little melon I pick up that works well. Luscious and juicy. Dry bitter finish. Well balanced. Great flavor.

Body is medium and has good carbonation.

Overall-- this is a great beer. I hope this becomes a year round brew from Lagunitas! Just delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 22:30:33 | More by AleWatcher
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow....I never realized that Sucks Holiday Ale could be so awesome!!! This beer is Zombie Dust on Steroids. The beer pours a golden clear copper with thin white head that is lacing quite nice. The smell is citra hops and subtle spice. The taste brings a great mixture of pine and citrus with enough malt to balance the beer which leaves a nice coating on the tongue....which Semco hops usually do nicely. The mouthfeel is a full body with good carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 22:16:17 | More by WoodBrew
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KostyaK

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-31-2011 18:26:01 | More by KostyaK
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-31-2011 16:35:11 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

12-31-2011 16:24:36 | More by THECPJ
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pauljunk

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-31-2011 05:47:52 | More by pauljunk
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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