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

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6,970 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,970
Reviews: 1,252
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 302
Gots: 688 | 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 apintofknowledge

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-20-2011 02:54:29 | More by apintofknowledge
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear golden pour with a thin white cap. Beautifully active carbonation.

The aroma is like sticking your nose straight into a fresh grapefruit. My mouth began to water instantly.

Every taste receptor on my tongue is freaking out! The skin on the insides of my checks got a little numb. Citrus! Citrus! Citrus! This is a hop heads nirvana.

Juicy light bodied glass of beer with a wonderful crisp finish and very pleasant aftertaste. I think I have found a new favorite. I will deeply mourn the passing of this holiday ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:38:25 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into crystal hock.

Appearance: clear golden color, delicate white head.

Smell: sweet malt, alcohol. Perhaps this is just my weak nose but the smell was a bit disappointing.

Taste: first thing to hit is a fairly intense sweetness, next comes a refreshing blast of citrusy hops followed by some alcohol. This is where this brew shines.

Mouthfeel: medium weight, with fairly prominent alcohol.

Overall: although this brew starts of fairly modestly with a typical coloration and very sweet smell, by the time you start drinking you know you have something good. If I had to characterize this I would call it a Sweet IPA, but not syrupy sweet the way a Dogfish Head 90min can be. Strong enough where I probably would not drink more than one in a sitting. A very good beer that I hope will not go away.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:37:26 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of Jason


3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown shorty, no freshness date.

LOOK: Bright golden, sticky lace all over

SMELL: Massive hit of pine, mango, bready, tobacco, tangerine, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, bitter, hop oil, leafy, orange pith, pine sap, pipe tobacco, bready, faint toasted biscuits, estery, long hop finish

Expected from Lagunitas; heavy hand of hops and semi-aggressive alcohol ... but does it have a big enough malt backbone to stand up to this? Barely which is true to the DIPA style in a way. It works because the hop flavor is pushed to the front just above the 63.21 IBUs. I would think any higher and this beer would start to lose it. Sad to not see Brown Shugga' but this makes for a good replacement.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:36:05 | More by Jason
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-20-2011 02:25:01 | More by Ralphs66
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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a slightly hazed bright rich golden hue. not much head on this body. starts with a one finger head, down to a rim pretty quick. some lacing.

S: very floral. roses and lillies. the aroma is so concentrated it makes me think of smelling fresh hop oils. citrus. grapefruits and clementines.

T: reasonable grapefruit flavor on this one. refreshing in its character. if there is a malt profile there, im not finding it, but i dont care. the hops show enough restraint to be just right. finish is full of even more grapefruit and leaves a slight bitterness that lingers.

M: moderate carbonation on a hoppy body.

D: dangerously quaffable. really doesnt drink like a beer that is almost 8%abv. the hops are very american, very fresh, and very drinkable. a tasty brew i hope they do more than just occasionally!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 01:55:26 | More by Jimmys
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-20-2011 01:39:01 | More by jesus808
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-20-2011 00:36:58 | More by Massbmx
Photo of WMEugene


4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear, bubbly golden amber color with a one-inch head and good lacing.

S - Strong punch of hops upfront. Citrusy with a hint of bitterness. A little pine as well. Very, very nice.

T - Strong hoppy flavors - picked up grapefruit, a little lemon and some orange. Some pine notes as well. Also can taste a slightly caramelish backbone of malts. The hops run the show and make this a definite winner.

M - Medium bodied, a little fuller than a normal IPA. Great carbonation, a dry finish with some noticeable hop flavors and bitterness.

O - Wow, this was better than I was expecting. Lagunitas hit this one out of the park. It's right up there with SN Celebration as not only the cream of the crop for winter beers, but for widely distributed IPAs. It's an embarrassment of riches right now. I want some more please!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 00:05:17 | More by WMEugene
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-19-2011 22:51:24 | More by dbaberrva
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-19-2011 21:19:05 | More by greengorilla
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 19:57:09 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
Photo of Double06


4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 19:28:03 | More by Double06
Photo of ShanePB


4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After hearing nothing but good things about this beer, I finally found it and had to give it a shot. Bottle ordered at Craft Ale House. Poured into a footed glass.

A: Clear orange/copper body with a small white head from the server's pour. After a few sips and with an aggressive pour, a nice rocky head forms. The retention is decent, a thin film and minor lacing on the walls. West Coast looking IPA? Absolutely.

S: Citrus peels, orange and lemon oils, pink grapefruit and a slight pale malt backbone to round things out. All the aromas are wonderfully balanced and bright. This is the quintessential example of what I want my IPAs to smell like.

T: Whoa, first sip is a blast of juicy citrus fruits - mango, orange, papaya, lemon and pink grapefruit coat the palate and wrestle it with a smooth hop bitterness. After the sip, the delicate malt backbone to the beer shows up, very pale and perhaps caramel-like in flavor, but the citrus hop qualities certainly are the focus. For being produced on a fairly big scale and retaining the quality and amazing flavor, this is a stunning beer.

M: Well carbonated, medium-bodied that feels bubbly on the palate. There's a certain bit of creaminess from the assault of bubbles, and the finish is sticky but good.

If you want a citrusy, juicy Double IPA that is relatively easy to find, look no further. After reading that Lagunitas is going to release this again as the "leftovers" I will certainly be picking up a few of these. This will satisfy anyone's need for a West Coast citrus and hop bomb of an IPA - that's balanced to boot!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 19:20:40 | More by ShanePB
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-19-2011 15:44:16 | More by md655321
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 15:28:24 | More by IrishTed122
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 13:10:21 | More by ububru
Photo of fields336


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a golden, straw-colored, super carbonated, completely clear

S: tropical fruits, some pine, some floral notes, delicious

T: starts out super hoppy, with pine and huge fruit, pineapple, mangoes, etc. Tastes like a perfect IPA in my opinion. then some bready and sweet malts, then leaves a nice hoppy presence

M: light-medium bodied, very light for an IPA. I get some booze heat, but it's extremely drinkable

O: This is pretty much a perfect IPA. I love the tropical fruit and piney hops that mingle with the sweet malts

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 06:27:04 | More by fields336
Photo of jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 06:24:26 | More by jak
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-19-2011 04:51:16 | More by imperialking
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 04:09:13 | More by bertram
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-19-2011 03:27:07 | More by honkduh
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

12-19-2011 02:37:21 | More by cmsimeur
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-19-2011 01:52:22 | More by jbweld
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 01:46:23 | More by iSrALE
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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