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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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7,694 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,694
Reviews: 1,293
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 374
Gots: 946 | FT: 20
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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4/5  rDev -8%

wfcubsfan, Jun 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ejimhof, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

htdoerge, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

GringoKid, Jun 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -31%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

JPWestCoastIPA, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hoppy notes with light caramelized sugar notes. Taste is also a good mix between some caramelized sugar notes with a heavy dose of citrus and piney hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Lagunitas is master in brewing this type of beer and this one doesn’t disappoint.

Phyl21ca, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

BlackIIPAJK, May 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

MFauver35, May 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Mack2012, May 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

IPx, May 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

BoRaeCho, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

larbush, May 13, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holiday Leftovers Ale poured into a tulip, consumed on 2/1/12.

A- Golden amber with vibrant yellow-gold highlights. One finger white head dissipates to a nice thin blanket that persists fairly well due to a steady stream of co2 arising. Good lacing. Good carbonation. Excellent clarity.

S- Fairly strong, pleasing aroma. Aroma is hops centric with a slight sweetness. Hops profile is fruity with some tropical notes and light citrus, white grapefruit. Just a tinge of alcohol as it warms. There is an aroma in there that I can't quite identify or put into words, maybe herbal??

T- Nice, fairly tame bitterness. Grapefruit, pine, citrus with a balancing malt backbone. Fairly well balanced but still leaning toward the hop profile for sure. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and a tinge of alcohol. An unplanned belch reveals some pleasant orange rind, nice!

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium body

O- The first thing that I noticed was the aroma during the pour from about 2 feet away. One of only a few beers I can remember smelling during the pour. Definitely a solid above average beer. I hope they don't leave this as a one-off as I think this is much better than their IPA but I have not yet had their Hop Stoopid to compare.

Veristic, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

standardcherry, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very piney and oily nose. Lots of hops on there. Flavor carries hearty and syrupy hop character. I think that's what really defines this one: thick and syrupy. It's a good ale as it's consistent and well done and very Lagunitas in execution. Worth trying.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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