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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

6,989 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,989
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 302
Gots: 694 | 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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ottodyer

Maryland

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-25-2011 02:01:59 | More by ottodyer
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light amber color. Pours with a nice head that diminishes quickly.
Odor is very good. Smell of hops and slightly sweet. Some citrus as well.
Taste is above average but not much. Tastes of pine and pretty green. Some hops and slight spice notes. Sort of like a IPA, but is not all the way committed.
Mouth feel is good. Is not heavy and does not linger long. Overall a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 23:58:30 | More by dexterk1
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, heck of a DIPA for being sub-8%—though I tend to like my hop bombs on the lighter side. The aroma is rich with a mix of rye and grassy citrus. The flavor opens with juicy, floral hop notes and progresses back to the spicier, grassy pine of the aroma. The malts, unlike in most DIPAs, provide a distinct, dry bready undertone to amp up the complexity. I gotta say, I really prefer this to BrownShugga'. Grab this up if you can find any more. It's sort of like Southern Tier's 2XIPA, but with an extra kick of malty goodness.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 23:44:01 | More by tempest
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Mubbly

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-24-2011 22:13:15 | More by Mubbly
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adrian21

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-24-2011 21:59:19 | More by adrian21
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larryi86

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated Dec. 5th poured into a snifter

A- A clear bright golden copper with a one finger white head.

S- Very hoppy, pine, tropical fruit/mango, citrus, just a lot of hops.

T- Like the nose, lots of hops. Piney finish with some earthy and floral hops, good amount of citrus and tropical hops, not getting too much of a malt backbone, very good.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This beer does not suck, it is a really nice hoppy IIPA that is easy to drink. Very happy that it finally made its way to Maryland and I was able to get a six pack, definitely will pick up more if it is still around.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 21:57:19 | More by larryi86
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SortaAmbivalent

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-24-2011 19:07:13 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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BucsNBucks

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-24-2011 17:53:15 | More by BucsNBucks
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Morningside

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-24-2011 17:47:34 | More by Morningside
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this aptly named beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The first thing of course I noticed was there was no head at all after a few minutes. The beer was a nice golden color and smelled hoppy. But the taste was just over the top hoppy. Like sticking a Christmas tree in your mouth. Turpentine after notes. It really did LIVE UP TO ITS name.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 17:01:11 | More by Minkybut
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-24-2011 15:58:58 | More by MacStinson
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brilliant bright golden orange color with nice amounts of carbonation and a thin layer of foam that nearly dies completely out and hangs on.

S - Pine and grapefruit dominate most of the nose a mix of light tobacco aroma and some oranges. The aroma is dominated by hops, without a doubt.

T - This is an agressively hopped IPA showing the same character on the tongue as it did in the nose with healthy doses of pine and grapefruit bitterness. Some light malt biscuity sweetness sits underneath and the hop bitterness seems to swirl around on top and ends with some alcohol effervescence and a lingering bitter finish.

M - One of the best qualities of this beer: smooth, creamy, heavy medium body, and somewhat oily.

O - This can replace BrownShugga' any day (IMO). Wonderfully hopped and absolutely opposite of what I expected being it's a "Holiday Ale". Lagunitas, add this one to your regular rotation, it's a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 04:41:14 | More by jzeilinger
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Jakers90

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-24-2011 04:28:13 | More by Jakers90
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mocktm

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-24-2011 03:33:53 | More by mocktm
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boneboy

Kansas

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

poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - A one-and-a-half finger, off-white head dissipates into a thin film. The lacing is quite nice on this one. The color is a deep gold with hints of vibrant orange.

Smell - The smell is mostly sweet and full of citrus. I get a lot of grapefruit. There is also a bit of piney hops. This has to be one of the best smelling IPA's I've had.

Taste - This is along the lines of the nose, but I get more of the pine. There is some malt noticeable, but it is dominated by the hops As with many Lagunitas brews, the alcohol is present, and it's warmth is noticeable mid-pint.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and nicely carbonated

Overall - This is a solid brew. If you're a hophead, this seasonal offering is well worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:22:02 | More by boneboy
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oline73

Maryland

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

Really excited to find this in MD. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden/amber with a finger of thick white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: The dominant smell is definitely the hops. I'm picking up citrus and mild pine with some grapefruit rind in there. Mildly sweet malt in the background balances things out a bit.

Taste: Taste a lot like it smells. Really strong citrus peel hop bitterness right off the bat. There are some pine notes as well. The hop profile is fantastic. There is enough malt to balance things out, but the taste from it isn't very strong. The finish is bitter and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side and quite sticky. There is a good amount of carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I really hope they end up making this one again. The citrus hop taste is fantastic. I will definitely have this again if I have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:07:21 | More by oline73
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bluntedboywonder

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

12-24-2011 02:25:25 | More by bluntedboywonder
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erikrocks

New York

1/5  rDev -77.1%

12-24-2011 01:02:29 | More by erikrocks
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Damian

Massachusetts

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

Drank from a 12 fluid oz's bottle acquired in a trade with celticfutblclub
Served in a snifer

The liquid poured a slightly hazy amber color and was topped by a small, creamy head of off-white froth. Tiny droplets of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The sweet, hoppy nose was dominated by strong tropical fruit notes. Papaya was was quite prominent. Lots of mango too. A slight mustiness was also detectible. The hops were backed by a moderate, caramel-like sweetness. Orange peel came through as well.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, though not quite as punchy. Again, tropical fruit notes of papaya and mango came through strong. Lots of citrus. The hops were nicely balanced by a stiff yet unobtrusive malt backbone. A touch of grapefruit pith appeared on the finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Smooth and slightly creamy with a fine, moderate effervescence.

Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale is rather straight forward in its aroma and flavor profile, yet it is quite impressive nevertheless. Unlike most balanced IPAs that rely on loads of caramel malts to smooth out the hoppy bitterness, Sucks seems to do this by keeping the malts to a minimum and using a hop profile that is both fruity and bright.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 00:44:45 | More by Damian
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a super clear, mild copper and hay mix. Mild head, foam, and a little lacing. There's a little sediment suspended in this super clear brew.

Holy citrus and pine! Makes me think of orange and lemon zest dipped in pine needle juice.Is there any malt in this beer? Doesn't smell like it.

Starts with a resiny mouthfeel that goes along with the strong citric zest and pine needle essence. Super astringent and add some carbonation and you have a bitter, zest hop bomb for the Holidays. Very bitterness/hopcentric. I love IPA's and DIPA's, but this almost makes my lips picker with astringent bitterness. I've drank this romm temp. and cold with the same result. I just can't give it high marks for my palate or in respect to the style designation.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 00:34:58 | More by scruffwhor
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dinojrbtom

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2011 23:59:03 | More by dinojrbtom
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pixieskid

Germany

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't think it's as epic as the numerous threads over the last month or so have stated, but a damn good dipa.

Unusually creamy mouthfeel (probably the wheat in the grain bill) with a firm carbonation and hint of slickness from all those dank hops.

Aroma is straight up floral and citrus hops.
Taste mimics the nose but with a distinct earthy/grassy hop finish with a balanced bitterness.

Overall; pretty sure the 6er I just bought won't last long and wish I would have been stateside to try it fresher/be able to purchase more.

Looking forward to the "leftovers" release at the start of the new year!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 23:41:55 | More by pixieskid
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tbeq00

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2011 23:37:20 | More by tbeq00
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BlackBearForge

Florida

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

Bright, clear and golden yellow with a frothy white head, Lagunitas Sucks sits temptingly in the glass.

Pow, the aroma hits you right off with strong grape-fruity hops, this must be one of the better aromas I've encountered from a double IPA.

Huge grapefruit, lemon and orange hop flavors pop out in this beer backed up by a lightly toasted big bready malt backbone. Light hints of toffee come through and the finish is nicely bitter in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is firmly medium, pleasantly carbonated and smooth.

Nicely done Double IPA!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 23:31:04 | More by BlackBearForge
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wolfeman007

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-23-2011 23:15:26 | More by wolfeman007
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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