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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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7,441 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,441
Reviews: 1,275
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 367
Gots: 855 | FT: 21
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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Photo of Jimmys
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a slightly hazed bright rich golden hue. not much head on this body. starts with a one finger head, down to a rim pretty quick. some lacing.

S: very floral. roses and lillies. the aroma is so concentrated it makes me think of smelling fresh hop oils. citrus. grapefruits and clementines.

T: reasonable grapefruit flavor on this one. refreshing in its character. if there is a malt profile there, im not finding it, but i dont care. the hops show enough restraint to be just right. finish is full of even more grapefruit and leaves a slight bitterness that lingers.

M: moderate carbonation on a hoppy body.

D: dangerously quaffable. really doesnt drink like a beer that is almost 8%abv. the hops are very american, very fresh, and very drinkable. a tasty brew i hope they do more than just occasionally!

Jimmys, Dec 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

jesus808, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Massbmx
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Massbmx, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear, bubbly golden amber color with a one-inch head and good lacing.

S - Strong punch of hops upfront. Citrusy with a hint of bitterness. A little pine as well. Very, very nice.

T - Strong hoppy flavors - picked up grapefruit, a little lemon and some orange. Some pine notes as well. Also can taste a slightly caramelish backbone of malts. The hops run the show and make this a definite winner.

M - Medium bodied, a little fuller than a normal IPA. Great carbonation, a dry finish with some noticeable hop flavors and bitterness.

O - Wow, this was better than I was expecting. Lagunitas hit this one out of the park. It's right up there with SN Celebration as not only the cream of the crop for winter beers, but for widely distributed IPAs. It's an embarrassment of riches right now. I want some more please!

WMEugene, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

dbaberrva, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

greengorilla, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4/5  rDev -8.3%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Double06
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Double06, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After hearing nothing but good things about this beer, I finally found it and had to give it a shot. Bottle ordered at Craft Ale House. Poured into a footed glass.

A: Clear orange/copper body with a small white head from the server's pour. After a few sips and with an aggressive pour, a nice rocky head forms. The retention is decent, a thin film and minor lacing on the walls. West Coast looking IPA? Absolutely.

S: Citrus peels, orange and lemon oils, pink grapefruit and a slight pale malt backbone to round things out. All the aromas are wonderfully balanced and bright. This is the quintessential example of what I want my IPAs to smell like.

T: Whoa, first sip is a blast of juicy citrus fruits - mango, orange, papaya, lemon and pink grapefruit coat the palate and wrestle it with a smooth hop bitterness. After the sip, the delicate malt backbone to the beer shows up, very pale and perhaps caramel-like in flavor, but the citrus hop qualities certainly are the focus. For being produced on a fairly big scale and retaining the quality and amazing flavor, this is a stunning beer.

M: Well carbonated, medium-bodied that feels bubbly on the palate. There's a certain bit of creaminess from the assault of bubbles, and the finish is sticky but good.

If you want a citrusy, juicy Double IPA that is relatively easy to find, look no further. After reading that Lagunitas is going to release this again as the "leftovers" I will certainly be picking up a few of these. This will satisfy anyone's need for a West Coast citrus and hop bomb of an IPA - that's balanced to boot!

ShanePB, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of md655321
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

md655321, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

IrishTed122, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

ububru, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of fields336
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

fields336, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

jak, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

bertram, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

honkduh, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

cmsimeur, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jbweld, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

iSrALE, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.15/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

champ103, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

metalgdog, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

stbo101, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

IrishPilot, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,441 ratings.