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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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7,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,063
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 313
Gots: 709 | 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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Photo of 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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


5/5  rDev +14.7%

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


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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


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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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


5/5  rDev +14.7%

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


5/5  rDev +14.7%

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


5/5  rDev +14.7%

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


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 02:51:03 | More by turfy
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-29-2011 02:19:16 | More by aleckpa
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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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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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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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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-28-2011 20:22:53 | More by williahd
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3.6/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with ¾ finger sized head of bright-white froth. This maintains a rich ½ fingers worth of foam, which quickly slides down the sides of the glass, leaving back a very light amount of spotty lacing. The aroma is sharp in the nose as grapefruit and pine are funneled up the nostrils with a fresh floral feel. Some sweeter feeling tropical fruit and grainy notes mingle on the edges of the nose and just barely keep that aggressiveness in check. The alcohol here really gives those hops some pop!

The taste is very similar to the aroma, with zesty grapefruit and resins ripping across the tongue. While tropical and herbal tones attempt to smooth out the edges of this and the grainy sweetness of the malts give this just enough balance, those hops finish this HARD, with a dry aggressiveness that sticks pith and pine to the tongue that is hard to shake. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite sharp on the tongue where those hops sit, while more of a creamy slickness fills out the edges of the mouth and attempt to make this about as easy feeling as it can under the circumstances. The alcohol does show itself some here and really strengthens those assertive hops quite a bit.

I’ll bet this beer drank great back in November but I wouldn’t know since Maryland didn’t get this beer in stock until just last week. It’s a shame to, as you could definitely feel the potential to but the age as really enabled those hops and alcohol to turn this into a warm, dry, piney, and bitter bomb of an IPA that wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as it should have been. Ah well, maybe we’ll get the Holiday Leftovers Ale in a more timely manner.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 20:04:41 | More by Kegatron
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-28-2011 19:01:09 | More by LizBB
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a paper thin fizzy white head that's gone in a flash.

Hop bouquet is amazingly fruity and sweet. Took a minute just to enjoy the smell before taking a sip. Literally never had a beer that smelled this fresh & fruity in the hop department.
Flavor has the same fresh hop taste that's in the nose. Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. Nothing harsh or bitter about the hops whatsoever, just fruity and flavorful.
Only lacking in the malt department, but it's not really missed.
Body is light and crisp.
Alcohol isn't even noticed. Dangerously drinkable for 7.85%
Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 18:40:02 | More by Hoagie1973
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-28-2011 18:31:37 | More by bradleyjay34
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First came across this fantastic brew on tap at Track 84 in Warwick RI (right by the TF Green airport) a few weeks ago. Was on business travel, read some great reviews on the place and man BA’s were spot on. There I was, a Cali native drinking yet another great Cali West Coast IPA for the first time at some New England dive. Hooked off of one sip. Had to track this down upon my return.

Christmas Day Consumption - the last of my 6er
12oz bottle w/ Pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden straw color that looks super light and bubbly leaving a small frothy white topping. Med retention with some specks of lace.

S: Aroma is killer with hops. Uber catty as fresh hop pellets. Spikes of grapefruit and tropicals. Smells so good. Begging me for sips.

T: Taste is crazy fresh hoppiness too. Pungent and catty on the palate. Super fruity with grapefruit zest, bitter melon, and guava. Malt holds a slight sugary sweetness but is practically nonexistent. Definitely not of the maltier Lagunitas standards. So tasty fresh and hoppy!

M: Super light body. A touch creamy with a nice light dry crisp finish.

D: Way too easy to drink. Was a bit better fresh on tap compared to the bottle version but still an awesome IPA either way.

Merry Effen Christmas to me! Actually this one was loved by all I shared with. Definitely looking for more and/or the re-release.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 18:29:59 | More by Nugganooch
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing the Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company. Finally got a FRESH bottle.
Score: 92

Bottled 12/30/11 and served in a snifter glass. Enjoyed 01/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a transparent/translucent golden-orange with two fingers of white, soapy-foam head that really sticks around. Excellent lacing that sticks to the side of the glass like glue. A few minutes later, there is still a half finger of head. Excellent lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Zesty meyer lemons, grapefruit and honey. Floral hops and a little maltiness. Some sweet citrus too. Very fresh and intense if you take deep whiffs. 4.5/5

Taste: Dry, piney and bitter. Zesty oranges and tangerines with a light lemon bite. Lots of tropical fruit -- grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, lemon and pineapple. Some bittersweet hoppy maltiness on the mid-palate. Very dry, slightly bitter finish and lingering orange peel. Very fresh and hoppy. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium carbonation. Very dry, bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A very solid aroma that delivers more in the nose than on the tongue. A bit overhyped in my opinion. Still a very solid brew worth seeking out and trying.

Recommendation: A delicious imperial IPA than can be enjoyed and appreciated by casual beer drinkers and beer geeks alike. If you are on the fence, try a single bottle at Woodmans.

Pairings: Caramelized onions and steak.

Cost: $9.99 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 08:11:07 | More by jegross2
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-28-2011 06:40:00 | More by pigdog
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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