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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

7,057 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,057
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 314
Gots: 709 | 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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to scalene

Pours a clear auburn color with an orange hue. Frothy white head retains with a layering of white haze. Large rings of patchy film string across the glass.

Super juicy hops in the nose with an absolute explosion of fruits. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and oranges with pithy bitterness. A hint of sweetness with bready notes and slight warmth.

Really nice bitterness up front with aggressive citrus flavors. Grapefruit pith combines with orange peel and a dash of pineapple. Apricot hints with a decent malt backbone. Sweet bready notes with soft caramel. Finishes bitter and juicy with a light warmth.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, sticky and juicy on the tongue. This is BY FAR the best beer I've ever had from Lagunitas - I want more!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:41:06 | More by xnicknj
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areich6

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 03:20:32 | More by areich6
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, rich yellow gold with a hint of amber and 2 fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell. Nice citrusy hops, orange peel and persimmons. Pretty frikin' awesome.

Taste. Wow! Yellow grapefruit juice with a little pineapple and persimmon again. Nice easy bitter finish. Just a little sweet, but dry enough in the end. And what's with the abv?? Is that just a lie?

Mouthfeel. Medium body with above medium carbonation.

Overall. Blown away by this one. I have to say, I wasn't a huge fan of Brown Sugga but this, this is pretty sick. I don't think I've even tasted a persimmon in the last 10 years but it seems distinct in this brew. I need some more of this stuff. I was happy to see a single here in taxedupthepooper-Canada because $20 for 6 is just stupid. ...considering being stupid now.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:06:33 | More by Rutager
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jackrodgers77

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 03:02:12 | More by jackrodgers77
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Tamarack22

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-11-2011 02:21:53 | More by Tamarack22
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grover37

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from D'Vines for $11. Poured into a DCBeer.com becker.

Appearance (4): Pours a clear, light gold with a finger and a half of sparse white head. A coating of lacing all the way around the glass at the top, but none further down.

Aroma (5): Wow, this is where the beer shines. An extreme West Coast hop profile with loads and loads of what smells like Amarillo. Smells like sweet, resinous, pine with tangerine, grapefruit, and passionfruit. Maybe a touch of lemon grass and some light caramel round it out.

Taste (4): Hugely fruity up front with the citrus notes from the nose dominating: mango, passionfruit, and lemon. The bitterness doesn't show up until the finish along with an overwhelming sweetness. The same citrus notes stay through the middle but are then dominated by the sweetness and a lingering pine. Some mango shows up here too, but is not huge like the front end. This is just too sweet for me, especially when it warms up, but the hop flavors are second to none.

Mouthfeel (4): A touch slick but still smooth and a little creamy. Medium side of full bodied and medium-high carbonation which makes those hop flavors shine.

Overall (4.5): This would be a near perfect beer if not so damn sweet; a common complaint of mine with Lagunitas. The hop profile is phenomenal; it should probably be more balanced considering the residual sweetness, but the hops dominate any malt bill. Will be drinking this one all winter hopefully; lives up to the hype, particularly for those that don't mind the signature Lagunitas sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 02:10:23 | More by grover37
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-11-2011 01:39:26 | More by Oboogie
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Nightrain87

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 01:19:28 | More by Nightrain87
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a light golden color with fluffy white head. The smell is hoppy, with tropical fruit and citrus notes. Very refreshing and inviting. The taste is a huge tropical fruit explosion with slight hints of citrus. The hoppiness is apparent in the taste, but almost no bitterness here. Body is light, mouthfeel is lively.

This is a fantastic beer. I went in thinking this was just going to be another good IPA and realized it was great. The tropical fruit flavor is awesome...like a Sculpin Lifesaver. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:03:50 | More by Blanco
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Zorro

California

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to love the sense of humor in the name of this beer.

Clear gold colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of hops, mostly citrus scents. Strong grapefruit and lesser amounts of orange, lemon and kumquat.

Starts out strongly of citrus juice flavor and not bitter at all. Strong grapefruit and orange flavors with just a slight bitterness like you get from eating a grapefruit. There is no way to describe the taste of this without saying DAMN this is tasty! Layer upon layer of citrus flavor with no harshness, I suggest you replace your morning orange juice with this stuff.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall I repeat Damn this is Tasty! Think I will head out and buy all the six packs of this I can find.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:49:48 | More by Zorro
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Atyoungberg

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-11-2011 00:39:30 | More by Atyoungberg
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to N. Ketchum for the bottle. Happy Festivus buddy...

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) Pretty clear looking amber. Not much head at all. Ample bubbles to look at. Not much lacing.

S) Flower petal, pine and grapefruit juice

T) Real nice malt/hops balance, the sweet transitions well to the bitterness, making you look forward to that next sip. There's a bit of cracker here, with pine and citrus. Just a hint of alcohol as it warms.

M) This is a very smooth medium bodied beer, with a good amount of carbonation. A nice soft finish awaits you with a pleasing aftertaste.

O) As far as seasonals are concerned around Christmas, this one is right up there with SN Celebration in my book. I would echo what others have said about hoping this one is available again next year.

Addendum) 1/9/13 I've had this brew on tap and out of the bottle this year, and I realized I shortchanged it in appearance and aroma. I adjusted my rating accordingly. This is a fantastic beer, and I love drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:31:23 | More by RoamingGnome
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joefc

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-10-2011 23:39:13 | More by joefc
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roblund

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-10-2011 23:33:46 | More by roblund
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sbricker

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-10-2011 22:28:03 | More by sbricker
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andrewbarkhorn

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-10-2011 21:41:10 | More by andrewbarkhorn
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Brown120

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-10-2011 21:37:24 | More by Brown120
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hoser

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, never have had a beer clear my sinuses before. Another awesome brew from maybe the masters of using the hop oil.
If I could wish for one thing in this brew is a little more of a malt background. Have some Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild in the fridge will make sure to compare the two before they are gone. Once again Wow!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:54:51 | More by hoser
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Bay01

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-10-2011 20:43:01 | More by Bay01
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supercolter

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-10-2011 20:13:24 | More by supercolter
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rjknyy

Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-10-2011 17:17:13 | More by rjknyy
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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-10-2011 17:12:07 | More by mhaugo
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-10-2011 15:48:04 | More by waiting4lunch
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brealbg

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-10-2011 14:13:31 | More by brealbg
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chilly460

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber body head with gold highlights. Pillowy two finger head dissipates a bit, but stuck around well. Plenty of lacing rings the glass to the bottom.

S - Strongest aroma I've gotten in quite awhile, big hoppy nose with oranges, mango, and pineapple. Some dry bread in the background.

T - Right there with the smell, this thing is like a big bowl of citrus. Sweet orange is the prevalent flavor, rich juicy deliciousness. Some more robust mango in there too. Finishes with a bit dryer pine hoppiness.

M - Solid for the style, medium body, decent carbonation.

O - The buzz about this beer is correct, huge aroma and flavor profile, I hope they continue to brew this baby.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 13:37:11 | More by chilly460
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,057 ratings.