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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

6,995 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,995
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 305
Gots: 695 | 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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hopluva1

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-30-2011 01:23:42 | More by hopluva1
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 23:32:14 | More by CGMLS3
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BigGameRick

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-29-2011 23:31:06 | More by BigGameRick
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 22:13:01 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 21:55:24 | More by ChrisMon02
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ely2000k

California

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

Dark orange color, tons of lacing and head. Smell of grapefruit pine, mild malt. Full, biting sort of mouth feel. Really good carbonation. Overall what I would expect from Lagunitas, another super solid, really fresh tasting beer, that is distinctive and also comfortable(if you have had them before), and goes down pretty easy for the high alcohol percentage. Glad I got to try this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 21:52:21 | More by ely2000k
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BuffaloTapHugger

New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-29-2011 20:18:39 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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HopNelius

New York

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-dark brown, not overly carbonated.

Smell-West Coast hops come through, which is refreshing for a Christmas/Winter Brew. Spicy holiday aroma's also are present.

Taste-Drinks like an IPA. Well balanced hops,I would guess it would be Centenial and Cascade but not sure. Hints of citrus balanced with spice.

Mouthfeel-not overly carbonated.

O-Great beer for the holidays, many winter and holiday beers are too spiced for my taste, I love how this beers stays true to its brewery with some nice hoppy flavors shining through.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 19:59:02 | More by HopNelius
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BrewtalAlement

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 18:42:15 | More by BrewtalAlement
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scottyu27

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-29-2011 15:12:43 | More by scottyu27
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bmur112

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 12:32:44 | More by bmur112
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dbmernin83

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 100th review. Guess it's fitting that's it's a one-off IPA.
A very crisp clean golden, awesome rings of lace
Crisp clean hops with that signature Lagunitas malt profile adding a touch of sweet behind the big hops.
Decent carbonation. On the lighter side of medium.
It's ok Lagunitas, I don't think you suck.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 09:20:37 | More by dbmernin83
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-29-2011 07:23:20 | More by Callmecoon
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digita7693

Germany

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-29-2011 06:44:06 | More by digita7693
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mikeczech

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-29-2011 05:58:48 | More by mikeczech
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EdyRuOk

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-29-2011 03:37:25 | More by EdyRuOk
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turfy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 02:51:03 | More by turfy
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 02:36:26 | More by millelacsmark
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aleckpa

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-29-2011 02:19:16 | More by aleckpa
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Friscos.

Clear golden color with a white head; ample lacing. Heavy citrus aroma with light floral hops; fairly sweet. Grapefruit and pineapple sugary sweetness from the start and throughout over a light caramel malt body and a mild resin bitter finish. Fairly simple, a little sweet, a little boozy and medium bodied. Ok, so I don't get the love for this other than the price. It tastes like any other Lagunitas IPA, which I typically don't enjoy. Happy to drink this fresh, but I'm pretty sure my pint at Friscos cost more than a 6 pack of it does (so maybe that's why I'm...wait for it...bitter).

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 02:13:26 | More by yourefragile
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden body, thin head that retains, and some very light lacing. Very light carbonation as well.

S: Deep forest pine, bright citrus notes, and some cat urine.

T: Wow! Such a divergent AIPA flavor. Has that bright and colorful citrus blast, but with an prickly pine backing, a sprinkle of onion, and a toasted hop (there are really no malt flavors, yet a toasted center) backend. Excellent.

M: Medium carbonation, lightly syrupy, and a sweet hoppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 00:40:19 | More by Heavenisbeer
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Cstromberg57

New Hampshire

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

Thanks to Ralphs66 - sent as an extra in a trade.

A - pours golden with a slight head that last only for a moment.

S - definite citrus aroma, smells clean and fresh.

T - Great!! Tastes as it smells, citrusy, full of flavor.

M - not overly carbonated, very light, crisp.

O - Excellent! This beer has not been overhyped at all.

I am going to have to get some more. Can't wait to share the other bottle that I got.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 00:22:44 | More by Cstromberg57
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You have to wonder if the cord will break. Not just like those little two-or three-person cars at the state fair, there is such a monstrous load on this thing. The white continues to cascade down from the sky, leaving a lot of sticky-looking spots on the windows as you gaze at the black spots in the white drifts below. You look up. You can almost taste and smell the summit now. Yes, that must be it. Unmistakeable.
A lurch and jerk and everyone clutches their belongings. the veterans pretend not to be worried, like the businessmen in heavy turbulence on an airplane who stare straight ahead and pretend that their nerves are not rattled to the core with the thought of falling so many thousand feet and meeting their maker.
The clack-clack-clack of another pole holding up this monstrosity and you begin to feel your knuckles clenching and unclenching as you wonder to yourself why you are such a glutton for punishment. You close your eyes. The summit again, with it's distinctive almost green-onion, combining beautifully with a tropical malt note, a huge bitterness, some grapefruit and lemongrass-covered candied pineapple wrapped in grapefruit rind and drizzled with that delicious thin honey that they used to sprinkle atop those delicious honey-buns...
It grinds to a halt. You must have been dreaming again. You toss back the remainder of the golden nectar in your lace-covered glass, and grab your skis. It is a long way down.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 00:20:48 | More by khiasmus
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden orange beer with a foamy white head.

Pungent hops, slight sweetness, and some malt in the aroma.

Sweetness and hop flavor. This beer tastes great! Lots of hop flavor and complexity. Some bitterness, but not over the top.

Medium bodied. Carbonation seems right. No complaints here.

This is one of the best Double IPAs I've had. It reminds me of an all-Simcoe homebrew I made earlier this year.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2011 23:49:41 | More by UnderPressure
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williahd

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-28-2011 20:22:53 | More by williahd
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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