Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -6%
Thanks to Azurescens for this delicious beer I missed, 'til now.
Nice amber color, clear, some off white foam, and decent leggy lace. Looks sorta refractive, thick.
Smell is that grapefruit, candied orange peel, mango, and pineapple hints I get from many of their tastier hop creations. Smells like hop perfume and sweet flower caramel fragrance.
Taste is full flavor, starts with some crystal, light caramel almost neutral, picks up all the fruit of the nose, like a wave of taste, then the essence of the bittering comes in, quite piney but in a refined, not over oily way, some other bitter flavors swirl there too. Stays pretty fruity along the way for sure. The end of the sip is some lasting bitter peel.
Med. carb., med. viscosity, clean on palate, excellent finish. Nuff said.
I especially like hop masterpieces made with house produced hop extracts of high quality. Lagunitas has it down with Hop Stoopid, Maximus, and others, and now this one, all are easy drinking, delicious.
01-14-2012 16:41:00 | More by cavedave
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
A: A perfectly clear golden pour. Good sized frothy white head. Great retention and lacing.
S: Grapefruit and pine heaven. Surprisingly sweet citrus - mango and orange? Pineapple abound as well. Absolutely wonderful.
T: Tons of sweet mango and grapefruit up front. Maybe even pineapple? Morphs into a strong pine presence with some nice bready malt. Bitterness is not overpowering, the sweetness balances it very nicely.
M: Carbonation is just about dead on. Medium bodied.
O: Well, this was a sleeper for sure. Great combination of hoppiness and balanced almost perfectly at the same time. A rare combination that just "works". Drinkable as can be too, nice and smooth, not too harsh or drying like a lot of DIPAs can be.
01-14-2012 06:19:04 | More by Dope
4.95/5 rDev +13.5%
Wanted to see what all the hype was about so here we go.
Pours a golden amber hue with a massive white head that is hanging around like it wants to drink the beer too. Quite impressive.
The aroma is filled with pine cones, mango and tropical fruits. Exactly what I like in a DIPA, one that is not loaded with straight pine.
The taste if awesome, alot of pine but filled with mango, citrus and other tropical fruits. Only a little sweetness from the malt, which for hopheads is a good thing.
A very drinkable beer and a new favorite from Lagunitas.
01-14-2012 05:25:10 | More by Hokies
3.85/5 rDev -11.7%
Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As served the beer is a bright clear golden yellow color with a ¼” head that recedes slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Sipping leaves interesting patterns of lacing for much of the beer.
Smell: The aroma is nicely citric (grapefruit) with some floral character.
Taste: Lots of hop flavors here, including grapefruit and a touch of pine, with just enough faint malt presence to prevent tongue rasp from the hops. The alcohol is well concealed.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the beer is well carbonated. The finish is medium length with a nicely dry bitter ending.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: Each sip follows easily from the last and I’d be happy to have another. This is a good workmanlike beer from Lagunitas, good but not outstanding, but still worth having more than once.
01-14-2012 02:02:14 | More by drtth
4.1/5 rDev -6%
Picked up a sixer from BevMo in mid-November for $9.99.
Beer poured a clear amber-orange with a smallish white head.
Smell is a snootfull of fresh mango and citrus hops.
Taste is pine, mango, and citrus hops. Malts attempt to balance but the hop finish is strong.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated, lively on the palate.
Overall this is a solid beer. I believe this is the reprise of Kill Ugly Radio from a few years ago - nice rebound from the Brown Shugga error this year!
01-14-2012 01:29:16 | More by arizcards
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured into tulip glass
A- Little bit of a dark gold color body with a half finger of foamy eggshell-colored head. Had to pour it passively to get it in my glass.
S- Peach, mango, pineapple, a little pine. Sweet malt. Just delicious and inviting. Really reminds me of the Sculpin IPA.
T- Taste follows the nose. There are the tropical notes and sweet malt, but then comes in some bitterness from the hops. Well-balanced and delightful. No hint that this is almost an 8% ABV beer whatsoever in the taste.
M- It has a smooth, crisp feel. Body is on the lighter side of medium.
O- This is a winner. I am not as high on Lagunitas as some, but was impressed with this particular one. Another winner from the West Coast. They sure know how to do their IPAs. Im glad my buddy got me to try it.
01-13-2012 20:53:21 | More by BeerFiend2002
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottle into pint glass
A: Dirty gold color. Right after the pour the carbonatins cyclones upward from the bottom of the glass to form a 3/4 finger head that doesn't remain for long.
S: Heavenly. Citrus & hops, some subtle spice. Aroma falls off fairly quicky so get some good olfactory draws right away.
T: Smell did not mislead about what follows. Hoppy, fruity. Pine with Pineapple and a nice bitterness on the backend.
M: Smooth. Leaves a slight acidic sting on the back of your tongue that urges you to take another sip.
O: Delicious. Refreshing. Very enjoyable. I forgive Lagunitas for not making Brown Shugga... for now.
01-13-2012 04:44:15 | More by FourBetter
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
12oz bottle poured into a CCB Snifter
A: A wonderful clear golden color with a 1 finger head that is a light beige color. Lacing looks to be coming along wonderfully.
S: Wow, upon the first crack of the cap, a large citrus smell escapes and warmly makes its way into the nose, seems to have a heavy mango smell. There is also a sweet bread smell ( I know it sounds weird, but it smells amazing)
T: Hops, Hops, Hops. I taste a slight mango flavor and for some reason some lychee, which pairs wonderfully together, I also taste some orange and lemon zest, adding to the tropical flavor of this amazing DIPA.
M: the carbonation of this beer is nearly perfect, maybe a touch to much. It is an extremely smooth beer that has a wetness as it goes down, wonderfully made.
O: I now understand what the hype was with this beer and there is not a hint of alcohol in the taste no burn at all. The hoppiy-ness really makes this beer stand out. I would love to have more.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2012 04:16:12 | More by Microbrewtaster
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
Crystal clear golden yellow body with tight white head. Fantastic lacing.
Fresh citrus hops create a sweet nose. Clementine, grapefruit, and mango. There's pine, too.
The taste is loads of citrus, Christmas trees, and barely a trace of bready malt.
Mouthfeel is crisp, oily, then dry. It's very bitter.
It is a very good DIPA. There is a huge hype following this and I can't argue that.
01-13-2012 02:51:14 | More by Vonerichs
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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