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

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8,065 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,065
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 408
Gots: 1,065 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

MN_Beerticker, Jan 11, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Lagunitas glass:

A - poured a orange amberish color with an average head that faded quickly. nice sticky lacing.

S - its all about the grapefruit, its beautiful with just a hint of a pine aromatic. one of the most pleasant smelling IIPA's i've had with the abundant butnot overpowering Grapefruit. after a couple of sips i was catching a whiff of Honey as well.

T - the taste is a bit more balanced than the aroma with the citrus up front and the pine throughout the mouth. the pine lingers just a bit and there is a sense of the malt on the finish.

M - it seemed to be light in body with average carbonation but after about 2/3 of a bottle i could feel the alcohol creeping in.

O - i really enjoyed this beer. the aroma was inviting, little aftertaste, and easily drinkable. It was a bit shy in the maltiness character but I was happy to have scored a six pack yesterday! This will always be on my list of buys when available.

Docrock, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

mfield14, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

xacidx, Jan 10, 2013
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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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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

tonyseleski, Jan 10, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some orange and amber highlights as well as significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall foamy head that slowly reduces to a finger tall dense foamy head covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Significant aromas of hops - tropical/pineapple, citrus/ruby red grapefruit, and floral/orange blossom. Very light amounts of caramel malts and some artificial sweetener sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness but that is quickly overtaken by the flavors of the hops - first there are huge amounts of tropical/pineapple, followed by a slightly lesser amount of citrus/ruby red grapefruit, and just a touch of floral/orange blossom. Light to moderate amounts fo bitterness which fade away after a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a light amount of dryness in the finish (which lingers on).

O: This beer is actually quite easy to drink as the mouthfeel is quite nice and the alcohol is well hidden - there are also beautiful aromas and taste of the hops. The hops are really highlighted with this brew and I'm very excited to finally have found it and gotten the chance to try it (I missed it last year because I was travelling).

dbrauneis, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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Pat316, Jan 10, 2013
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,065 ratings.