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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

7,257 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,257
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 346
Gots: 785 | 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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md655321

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-19-2011 15:44:16 | More by md655321
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IrishTed122

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 15:28:24 | More by IrishTed122
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ububru

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 13:10:21 | More by ububru
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fields336

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

A: pours a golden, straw-colored, super carbonated, completely clear

S: tropical fruits, some pine, some floral notes, delicious

T: starts out super hoppy, with pine and huge fruit, pineapple, mangoes, etc. Tastes like a perfect IPA in my opinion. then some bready and sweet malts, then leaves a nice hoppy presence

M: light-medium bodied, very light for an IPA. I get some booze heat, but it's extremely drinkable

O: This is pretty much a perfect IPA. I love the tropical fruit and piney hops that mingle with the sweet malts

12-19-2011 06:27:04 | More by fields336
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 06:24:26 | More by jak
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-19-2011 04:51:16 | More by imperialking
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bertram

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 04:09:13 | More by bertram
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honkduh

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-19-2011 03:27:07 | More by honkduh
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cmsimeur

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

12-19-2011 02:37:21 | More by cmsimeur
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jbweld

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-19-2011 01:52:22 | More by jbweld
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iSrALE

Mexico

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 01:46:23 | More by iSrALE
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champ103

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -27.8%

On tap at Liberty Station in Houston, TX

A: Pours a crystal clear orange/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Pine resin, almost tree sap like, up front and center. Slick and soapy hops with some light tropical fruits.
T: Soapy, oily, and resinous hops. Piny resiny hops dominate. A lingering bitterness lasts forever. No resemblance of balance at all. Plenty of alcohol is noticeable.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. An overly slick, oily, and soapy feel that I am not a fan of. Lots of alcohol noticeable, along with bitter, resiny, and soapy hops makes this a bit harsh for me to drink.

This is just to much. Though not surprising from this brewery. Is it impossible to make an IPA without the late addition bittering hops? No balance, and nothing I would recommend.

12-19-2011 01:44:35 | More by champ103
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metalgdog

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

12-19-2011 01:10:30 | More by metalgdog
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stbo101

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

12-19-2011 00:08:26 | More by stbo101
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IrishPilot

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-18-2011 21:43:47 | More by IrishPilot
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Sinewave

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-18-2011 21:11:22 | More by Sinewave
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brain

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-18-2011 20:28:59 | More by brain
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

12-18-2011 19:04:36 | More by bkbergen
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-18-2011 18:22:38 | More by WeisGuy
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-18-2011 18:20:29 | More by Rempo
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Finatic

Florida

2.35/5  rDev -46.1%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a chilled Odell's IPA pint glass

A: Pours a golden amber hue with a finger white foam head. Very little lacing.

S: Very hoppy aroma and some tropical notes, especially grapefruit. Small scents of sweetness.

T: Not very balanced as the hops are prevalent but it lacks that sweet malt backbone which makes the DIPA.

M: Light to medium carbonation.

O: I don't understand the hype with this beer. It's not something I would seek out and I love IPAs/DIPAs.

12-18-2011 18:19:57 | More by Finatic
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-18-2011 17:45:54 | More by Gonzoillini
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vince4953529

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-18-2011 17:10:31 | More by vince4953529
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SageO

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-18-2011 16:11:34 | More by SageO
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours an amber color, lighter then what I was expecting. Had a slight hazy. A fairly tall white foamy cap. Good carbonation. Aroma was quite fragrant with a citrus and floral bouquet. Malts have a light sweet aroma. Taste is as one might expect hop forward, citrus and pineapples come through first with a good helping of floral after. Malts are sweet and candy coated. Honey and toast finish it out. I found this beer to be quite smooth, slick and sticky and very drinkable. A desent worthy brew from the folks at Lagunitas.

P.S. could give SN Celebration a run for the money.

12-18-2011 13:32:28 | More by micromaniac129
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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