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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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7,223 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,223
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 342
Gots: 767 | 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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New York

1/5  rDev -77.1%

12-24-2011 01:02:29 | More by erikrocks
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Drank from a 12 fluid oz's bottle acquired in a trade with celticfutblclub
Served in a snifer

The liquid poured a slightly hazy amber color and was topped by a small, creamy head of off-white froth. Tiny droplets of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The sweet, hoppy nose was dominated by strong tropical fruit notes. Papaya was was quite prominent. Lots of mango too. A slight mustiness was also detectible. The hops were backed by a moderate, caramel-like sweetness. Orange peel came through as well.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, though not quite as punchy. Again, tropical fruit notes of papaya and mango came through strong. Lots of citrus. The hops were nicely balanced by a stiff yet unobtrusive malt backbone. A touch of grapefruit pith appeared on the finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Smooth and slightly creamy with a fine, moderate effervescence.

Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale is rather straight forward in its aroma and flavor profile, yet it is quite impressive nevertheless. Unlike most balanced IPAs that rely on loads of caramel malts to smooth out the hoppy bitterness, Sucks seems to do this by keeping the malts to a minimum and using a hop profile that is both fruity and bright.

12-24-2011 00:44:45 | More by Damian
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3.48/5  rDev -20.2%

Color is a super clear, mild copper and hay mix. Mild head, foam, and a little lacing. There's a little sediment suspended in this super clear brew.

Holy citrus and pine! Makes me think of orange and lemon zest dipped in pine needle juice.Is there any malt in this beer? Doesn't smell like it.

Starts with a resiny mouthfeel that goes along with the strong citric zest and pine needle essence. Super astringent and add some carbonation and you have a bitter, zest hop bomb for the Holidays. Very bitterness/hopcentric. I love IPA's and DIPA's, but this almost makes my lips picker with astringent bitterness. I've drank this romm temp. and cold with the same result. I just can't give it high marks for my palate or in respect to the style designation.

12-24-2011 00:34:58 | More by scruffwhor
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2011 23:59:03 | More by dinojrbtom
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4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

Don't think it's as epic as the numerous threads over the last month or so have stated, but a damn good dipa.

Unusually creamy mouthfeel (probably the wheat in the grain bill) with a firm carbonation and hint of slickness from all those dank hops.

Aroma is straight up floral and citrus hops.
Taste mimics the nose but with a distinct earthy/grassy hop finish with a balanced bitterness.

Overall; pretty sure the 6er I just bought won't last long and wish I would have been stateside to try it fresher/be able to purchase more.

Looking forward to the "leftovers" release at the start of the new year!

12-23-2011 23:41:55 | More by pixieskid
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2011 23:37:20 | More by tbeq00
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Bright, clear and golden yellow with a frothy white head, Lagunitas Sucks sits temptingly in the glass.

Pow, the aroma hits you right off with strong grape-fruity hops, this must be one of the better aromas I've encountered from a double IPA.

Huge grapefruit, lemon and orange hop flavors pop out in this beer backed up by a lightly toasted big bready malt backbone. Light hints of toffee come through and the finish is nicely bitter in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is firmly medium, pleasantly carbonated and smooth.

Nicely done Double IPA!

12-23-2011 23:31:04 | More by BlackBearForge
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-23-2011 23:15:26 | More by wolfeman007
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-23-2011 22:46:46 | More by boltfan
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4.78/5  rDev +9.6%

Wow! is the first thing that comes to mind. My buddy Ed told me how good this beer was. I didn't consider trying it because the label says Brown Shugga subsitute, understandablyI ssumed it was a similar type beer. No way, this double IPA is awespme. The ultra piney aroma hit me in the face as I opened the bottle. The beer is a deep gold and the thin white head laced in thick ring like patterns. The taste buds are assaulted by ultra fresh piney hops that still go down smooth. The beer is just a great experience. I loved it, Ed loves it, my girlfriend loves it. Get it.

12-23-2011 22:33:47 | More by Mark
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep amber, good head and lacing. Very bold piney, citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, tangerine, and other citrus flavors dominate with floral and pine, but malt backdrop a bit on the sweet side. Finishes dry, with hops hanging on to the tongue. Nice west coast style overhopped IPA much more complex and fruitier than Hop Stoopid.

12-23-2011 21:50:20 | More by coldriver
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-23-2011 20:54:18 | More by bezakjon
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Pours a beautifully clear golden yellow-orange color with as finger and a half of head, which dissipates to a thin layer on top of the beer. Some lacing on the side of the glass which subsides at a moderate rate.

Smell. Lots of floral and citric hops, yet with a nice bit of sweetness to go along with them. Also a little bit of burn form alcohol.

Taste. Starts off bitter, but quickly transitions into an amazing tangerine flavor. Some more bitterness punctuates the tangerine from a more floral and definitely more sweet and malty note. Again , some more bitterness, but this time with a much more grapefruit in it, causing it to almost seem sour. This lingers to the finish and beyond.

Mouthfeel. Pretty light body with a moderate amount of carbonation. For me, perfect for the style.

After reading some of the good words about this beer over the last month or so, I am going to have to agree wholeheartedly with the praise that this brew is getting. Truly one of the most solid and unique dipas I have ever had.

12-23-2011 20:37:22 | More by jtingue
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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to UCLABrewN84 for this one.

Bottled on Nov 11th.

Poured into an actual glass! a 1970s Guinness 8oz mug/stemless wine glass looking thing.

Pours golden with just a hint of orange. 1 finger head that disipates quickly.

Smells of tropical and citrus fruit hoppy goodness.

Taste is a little more earthy than the nose, but the citrus and tropical hop flavors are still in there. Not much malt coming through, big bitterness and a touch of alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel is sharp, seems almost over carbonated even though it poured with very little head.

I had been wanting to try this one and am glad I got to. I would have bought several 6 packs of this if it were available here.

12-23-2011 17:27:43 | More by bastu
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2011 15:29:26 | More by sincereNc
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2011 14:26:32 | More by rondufresne
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2011 14:05:26 | More by jharkins07
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-23-2011 10:41:40 | More by KEL
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

12-23-2011 08:49:59 | More by bsuedekum
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4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a tulip glass
Apperance: golden in color with a big pillowy white head. Lacing is decent.

Aroma: Hops, resin, pine, and grapefruit. It has a true westcoast IPA aroma!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Taste: Wow! This beer lives up to the hype! It is not extremly complex, it is also not a tropical fruit bomb! There is a taste, however, that keeps me wanting to chug this beer. It has a very unique taste that is… how can I say this.. well rounded! This beer had a great impression on me!

Overall: A great beer! Lagunitas needs to make this a regular in their line-up! Perhaps they can call it “Lagunitas Sucks Year-Round!”

12-23-2011 08:05:54 | More by ChanChan
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2011 06:19:29 | More by RocAFella1
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottled Dec. 5, reviewed Dec. 22. Poured into a tulip.

Lightly golden in color, very clear and clean. I like clear beers, for some reason. Head is small, but leaves some lacing.

Smell is all tropical, with dry notes of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, some grapefruit. If I were blindfolded, I might think this smelled like freshly squeezed fruit juice.

Flavor is juicy and fruity. Light malt backbone provides
sweetness but no real flavor, letting a layer of citrus peel and tropical fruit flavors take over. The pineapple/mango/etc. profile dominates, with little of the typical citrus/pine interplay. Not very bitter, to my tastes. Sweet at first, but finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, feeling sweeter than it is before finishing somewhat crisp.

Overall this is a high-quality IPA, especially for the price. Though everyone seems to worship the tropical fruit qualities of some IPAs, in reality this flavor reminds me immensely of (high quality) fruit juice, and I could only have maybe two of these beers in a row. Great example of that hop profile, though.

12-23-2011 05:29:54 | More by musicforairports
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4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Thanks to burns5150 for this...
Appears a transparent gold with a fluffy white head and thick collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of grapefruit, pine sap, herbs, and a touch of green onions.
Taste is of the aromas with a flavorful bitter. Nice hoppy flavors as the front beat with citrus and herbs.
Mouthfeel is thick, hearty, sweet, and bitter yet balanced.

12-23-2011 04:42:08 | More by weeare138
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a Mother Earth (NC) Snifter
Nice thin head with great lacing
Smell - There is no way this beer tastes bad with a nose like this, hoppy, citrus, fruit
Taste - follows the nose - citrus, a little west coast IPA flavor
Mouthfeel - is more like a west coast IPA, resin, oil,
Overall - By far my favorite offering from lagunitas. I would never turn this one down!

12-23-2011 04:09:03 | More by HopDiggityDawg
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

A- pours a golden amber color with uncanny clarity. A finger and a half of off white head emerges from an average pour. Good head retention.

S- huge citrusy hops of tangerine and grapefruit peel blend with tropical fruit notes of pineapple an mango. Floral hops on the finish with a whisper of dry biscuity malt.

T- starts off with super juicy tangerine and grapefruity hop flavor with notes of mango and pineapple in the middle. Dry biscuity malt with a chaulky characteristic. Finishes dry with a subtle hop bitterness and floral notes that lingers on the palate. This beer is hops, hops and more hops!

MF- juicy slick mouthfeel with a light medium body and average carbonation.

D- quenching and superbly drinkable.

Overall one hoppy mother that more than makes up for the lack of Brown Shugga'... D-lish!

12-23-2011 04:08:29 | More by Viciousknishs
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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