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

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8,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,294
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 423
Gots: 1,154 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure what to expect here. Pours a very nice golden color with hardly a head in my glass. Nice color for the style.

Fruity,floral with a good whiff of mango in the nose. I presume it has to do with the hops used as the bottle doesn't name specifics.

The mango carries over to the taste, imparting grapefruit notes along the way. Very tasty. Chewy, doughy malt.

Lingering citrus notes and a pronounced hop bitterness make this one hell of an enjoyable DIPA.

At 7.85%, it drinks like something much, much stronger. Lots of hop aroma and flavor without all of the alcohol. Pick it up!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Translucent orange/brown with a thin head that sticks around and lots of carbonation bubbling up.

S - Grapefruit, citrusy hops, and tangerines. A bit of sweetness. Mostly hops.

T - Grapefruit, oranges, lots of citrusy hops. Some sweet maltiness balances out the hops. This is a pretty complex taste. Love the fruity hops!

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonated with a bit of creaminess.

Wow! This is a really great double IPA. About as perfect as I've had. I love Lagunitas and Brown Shugga but this one really takes the cake. I haven't had anything from these guys that I didn't love.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Very clear golden/orange color with three fingers of dense white foam. Retention is very good, lacing is incredible.

S: Oranges, lemon, and grapefruit hops upfront. Behind that I get some dank hops. As I keep smelling, the fruity and dank hops become balanced with each other. A bit of sweet caramel behind this, but the malt aroma is minimal.

T: Dank hops are much stronger in the flavor than they were in the aroma. The fruitiness that I got in the aroma is pretty much gone here. Light caramel sweetness balances the hops pretty well. Bitterness is moderate to strong for the style, but by no means overwhelming.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O: For someone who isn't much a fan of dank hops, I really enjoyed this. The hops are well balanced by a mild caramel sweetness. This is a great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy orange/pale amber in color with a beautiful 2-3 finger thick creamy white head. Lots of thick lacing that sticks rather firmly to the glass.

Aroma: Citrus (orange peel, loads of grapefruit, lemon zest and tangerine), resiny, as well as slight pine notes as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A very complex, and clean citrus taste on the front end (grapefruit overload, followed by orange peel and lemon zest). This balances well with the sweet pale malt flavors that follow through in the middle. The sweet bready malt flavors fade, and then the bittering hops bite you on the back end on the finish. Medium body brew, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The sweet malt flavor leaves a nice resiny feel in the mouth, and keeps the beer from being overly dry.

Overall: A perfect DIPA. I can't get over how crisp and clean the hop flavors and aromas are in this beer. Honestly, this beer has some of the most clean, and complex hop flavors and aromas I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Lagunitas really does create magic with hops, and how well they balance out strong hop profiles with sweet, complez malt flavors as well. If you love hops, you'll love this. I can find nothing wrong with this beer, at all.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,294 ratings.