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

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7,705 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,705
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 375
Gots: 949 | FT: 19
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow color with amazing lacing that sticks to the glass with a white head that is well retained.

Nose: Pine resin, citrus fruits blending with bitter hop aromas, caramel and clean malts, with a bitter aromatic finish

Taste: Bitter malt at the front with some medium fruits, fading into biter hops and a citrus note; oranges and lemons., finally a slightly spicey finish.

Mouthfell: Bubbly and flowing on the palate. the hop bitterness is present but not overwhelming.

Overall: A great IPA, a bit fresher and maybe it would have been an easy 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from a great MW BA'er - Many thanks!

I had this one a couple months back and remember it being amazing. I think it fell off just a bit, but is still very good.

Poured medium golden amber than was partially translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a small white head that fleeted to an inconsistent lacey ring around the glass. Slight hints of citrusy hop are present. I believe they were much more robust the first time around. A very good crisp bitter bite coincides with the hoppy aroma. Malts aren't very noticeable. The 7.85% abv seems about right while a IBUs of 63.21 seem awefully low. A great brew that I hope is produced again and will jump on it fresh!


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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,705 ratings.