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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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8,648 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,648
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 492
Gots: 1,444 | FT: 28
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:
Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011

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.
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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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.9/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is what sculpin used to be two years ago. Pours a golden amber brown with two fingers of fluffy eggshell white foam leaving sexy legs as i drink. The nose carries citrus, tropical fruit pith, dank forest floor. The taste opens with bright papaya and mango, a touch of pineapple followed by sour strawberries and a pleasant skunkiness. It wraps up with malt and a touch of eucaliptus oil. Very pleasant to drink with a nice hop bitterness playing counterpoint to the light malt sweetness. Never knew Lagunitas could pull this off, liked there other offerings love this one.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of beerman207
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on the shelf of my local Kroger and had to try it. Been a while since I reviewed something. This is a good one to come back for!

A- doesn't get much better than this. Dark yellow almost orange hue with 1-2 inch head with great lacing left behind

S- could smell this a mile away. Great pine, pungent hops, fabulous

T- all that I could ask for in a dipa is here. Sweet, bitter, slight booze. Yes, yes, yes

M- lightly carbonated. Slightly drying

O- find this beer and drink it. Will be looking for this again.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Bendurgin for bringing this one over (I could never seem to be at the right place at the right time to find it). Poured into a mug. There is a large, white, sticky head on this. The color is clear light golden.

The aroma his full of sweet mango, melon, and other tropical flavors. I get a faint hint of pine.

The taste is incredibly smooth. The sweet malt perfectly complements the hop explosion! There is just enough pine to go with the melon and fruit flavors.

This is medium to full bodied, with smooth carbonation. This is very delicious. Will drink again!

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4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

massive grapefruit taste with so much pine I thought I was camping. I has a nose tingle hop kick - sticky sweet lacing lasts a long time; at 62 IBUs i expected something more mellow, but like it nonetheless; not enough malt push for any higher rating.

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4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really outstanding DIPA. Pours a mostly clear dark gold color with good bands of lacing on the pint glass. Head retention is better than average.

Aroma is awesome:, bitter hoppiness,, mangos, tangerines and some strong floral aspects as well.

Taste can't quite keep up to that first sniff, but it is a strong DIPA in any case. The floral and tropical fruit aspects, blended with a good strong bitterness, make this a winner.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Just right for a DIPA. Alcohol presence is well under the annoying level.

A super DIPA.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotty lace from the modest head. The head dies to a dingle layer of bubbles. Close to clear with a golden color.

Strong, nearly overhopped smell. Fresh and garpefruity with a touch of pine.

Very short malt start; strong, nearly harsh, hop bitterness. It is particularly strong in the swallow and the long aftertaste. The body leans to the full side. The carbonation is fine.

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,648 ratings.