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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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8,651 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,651
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 495
Gots: 1,447 | FT: 30
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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4/5  rDev -8%

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3.37/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter, about three weeks from bottling date.

Pours a yellowish-gold with a nice, persistent white head. A few bubbles and lots of lacing. Smells of straw, yeast, and a whiff of mango. Aroma is very short-lived though and fades to a very mild straw and honey scent and then to not much of anything. More solvent than hops in the taste with a pleasant tropical uptick at the end. Mouthfeel is wonderfully silky and clean.

I don't get the hype on this one. I like Little Sumpin' Sumpin' much better.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, undated bottle, poured into perfect pint.

Clear golden color with a frothy head, maybe two fingers, lingered a bit. Laced very well, bubbles refreshed the small layer of foam.

Aroma was a bit of pine, some floral notes, a mix of citrus orange, grapefruit, very fresh, a bit of malt underneath, earthiness. Maybe a very slight melon aroma like a honeydew.

Taste was well balanced between the citrusy grapefruit and hop resins, some sweetness following, a bit of a bitter hit that faded quickly. Body was medium, carbonation pretty laid back. The bitterness was more intense as the beer warmed. Flavor generally hit quick and did not linger.

Overall, a good beer. Easy drinking, balanced flavor. Clean and crisp. Personally prefer Sumpin Sumpin, but this is a good brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden, with a steady stream of bubbles in the glass. One-finger head receded over a couple minutes to a film and some coarse bubbles. Minimal, splotchy lacing.

S: Really dank and piney, with an unusual earthy funkiness in the background. At times, the pine aromas border on soapy.

T: Starts sweetly citrusy with a shift to bitter, piney resin as the liquid moves through your mouth. Pretty tasty.

M: Definitely on the sweet & heavy end of the spectrum for DIPAs, this beer lingers slightly sticky on your tongue and lips. Carbonation is relatively low, contributing to the heavy mouthfeel.

O: I didn't particularly enjoy my first impressions of this beer, but it has grown on me considerably through the course of the glass. While I continue to be somewhat unenthusiastic about the aroma (mostly just not my favorite hop profile, but also that soapy note hiding in there), I do like the way this beer manages to hit the sweet & sticky DIPA style while maintaining a relatively modest ABV.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, golden amber with a towering head of foamy, off-white lace. It lingered for a long time, and even after fading left lacing clinging to the walls of the glass from top to bottom.

S: Strong notes of pine resin and orange marmalade; these two crowd out all other aromas.

T: The sweet and biscuity tastes that hit the palate first are very short-lived, and fade quickly into tart grapefruit, then bitter grapefruit rind. Resinous pine, sweet tobacco, and even notes of amine poke their heads up on the way to the mildly bitter finish.

M: Smooth, although a little boozy. Less carbonated crispness than I'd have liked (probably because the bubbles all ended up in the head!). The finish was dry, but not unpleasant.

O: As often happens with the style, the malt lost out to the hops. It was pleasant enough to drink, but not enough to entice me to buy more.

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4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle.

A: Pours light golden brown with a thick white head. Good retention
with sticky lacing.

S: A strong mixture of Pine, citrus fruits, grapefruit, mango? Some alcohol
and more pine.

T/M: Creamy smooth. Starts off bitter with a strong burst of hop flavors.
A mixture of pine and citrus leads to a somewhat bready taste. More hops.
The finish is pretty clean with only a hint of bitter hop aftertaste. A warm
but not overbearing alcohol kick throughout. Nice balance.

O: An extremely dangerously good beer. Hop heavy, but still well balanced.
Even with the higher ABV, it's smooth and easy to drink. A top rate double


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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,651 ratings.