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

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)

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7,422 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,422
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 368
Gots: 846 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

MuscleConfusion, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

cld253, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Axelbay, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of gafferjohn
4/5  rDev -8.3%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

cates1tg, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ToasterChef
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a pint glass. It's a clear, copper colored beer. There's plenty of visible carbonation, but not much head, just a skim of tan foam. It has abig, hoppy aroma that has a good amount of citrus. The flavor is fairly bitter, but not as strong as some DIPAs I've had. It has a good citrus flavor and some bitter hop oils that linger after I swallow. It's a full bodied beer, but the coat isn't too big. It does leave my lips a little sticky. It's a tasty beer, but not one I'll miss if they decide not to brew it again.

ToasterChef, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby brown bottle. No freshness date.
Served in a nonic tumbler.
Pours a brassy amber color with a 1" fluffy white head along with lots of webby and patchy lacing.
A big whiff of white grapefruit blasts out at first pour. Secondary aromas of bread dough, lemon zest, pine and earth hold ground. A light whiff of gin lingers in the background.
The taste of white grapefruit is as potent as the smell. A flavor of lemon bread edges forward, so does a taste of gin and tobacco. A minor minty herbal taste makes a late cameo.
Crazy hop forward beer, this one, but very drinkable and likeable.

BeerResearcher, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of MarshallMan
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MarshallMan, Jan 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

illtiger1, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

It pours a clear gold with just a hint of orange. The head is white and dissipates quickly with no lacing.

The scent is sweet with some melon and citrus.

The flavor is nice. It is fruity with melon and some tomato. The sweetness is there for balance and there is a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish with some grapefruit and pine.

It reminds me of Surly Abrasive. I don't like the tomato summity flavor but other than that it is a good one.

crossovert, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Lang44
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Lang44, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of cps98
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the local bottle shop and was really interested in trying it. Enjoyed pretty cold in a fresh pint glass.

A – Deep yellow color, nice and clear no haze at all. Really strong 2 finger white head. Great lacing

S – Lots of pine and lemon citrus.

T – Really nice hop flavor, some pine.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. The beer was really smooth.

O – I really liked this Holiday offering. If they brewed it again I would definitely try to score some more.

cps98, Jan 16, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a loose, fluffy, 3/4 inch bright white head. Head eventually dissipates into a bull's eye dollop with spots and thin strands of lacing adhering to the walls of the glass. Great nose on this beer - candied citrus fruit (grapefruit), herbal/piny hops, a slight onion and pepper character. Upfront flavors are predominantly piny resin and citrus rind. Middle is light, toasted malts and finish re-asserts the faint onion character in the nose with a light, lingering earthy bitterness between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an assertive carbonation that leaves a residual prickle across the tongue. There's also a light oiliness and a little bit of acidity. Overall, a very good DIPA with an ABV that isn't over the top. I'm pretty happy about Lagunitas' "screw-up." I hope to try this one on draft before it disappears.

Jwale73, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Sparger, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

BMart, Jan 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Rekrule, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of BHwks
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very nice clear golden color. Very little head and mild carbonation from the bottom.

S - The smell is unbelievable - very tropical and strong, unique, even for an DIPA.

T - Clean, crisp, and finishes with a nice bitter kick. Well balanced and very fresh tasting

M - A little bit syrupy and slick, and very clean on the palate.

Overall - I really love this beer. I know its kind of getting overhyped on here, but it really lives up to expectations. I will say though that it fits a particular style for IPA/DIPAS - you have to like the citrusy, slick, and clean tasting IPAs. If you want something with a bit more malt balance, you may be a bit disappointed. It does seem like this type of DIPA is currently in vogue and therefore it gets high ratings. I love it personally.

BHwks, Jan 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

crib, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet honey, citrus and caramel.

T - Nice bitter hop bite up front with some sweet honey and caramel. It had some citrus kick, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty Imperial IPA. I'm glad Sanford at Sycamore was able to get some at his bar.

zeff80, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

beersis81, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

cutout, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice dark golden color with a 2 fingers of head lingered well.

S- Fruit medly with peach, pineapple and mango. Bit of the piney hops come through at the end.

T- Just as the nose would lead you get some nice tropical fruity notes mixing well with the sweet malts. Then as a classic IPA would, the bitter hops come in. well balannced with no boozy taste as you may get from others at nearly 8%.

M- Smooth and has that nice bitter bite. Well balanced

O- Another great beer by Lagunitas! Glas they repacked it as "Leftovers" Love the IPAs now can't wait for Brown Shugga!

OleJohnnieAle, Jan 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A – Gold with great clarity and a big white head. Flawless. Great lacing.

S – Wow! Tropical and citrusy hops. Exceptional freshness. Again, flawless.

T – This is just the west coast IPA I’ve become addicted to. Low on the malts and huge on the hops with a focus on flavoring over bitterness. Loads of tropical fruit and citrus. Great from start to finish. Lingers for a long, long time. And the alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

M – Silky and creamy with a moderate carbonation.

O – A hop heads dream. It’s as close to Pliny as you can get with a national distribution. I’m going to be so disappointed when this release is over.

GJ40, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jtoledo04, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

tclapper, Jan 15, 2012
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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