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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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7,259 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,259
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 346
Gots: 786 | 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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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-12-2011 05:04:41 | More by Dizbro21
Photo of snaotheus


4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours clear yellow with very little head and a significant amount of slow active carbonation. Smell is overwhelmingly hoppy. Smells nice and fresh. Lemony.

Taste is sweet and hoppy. Honey and hops. Love it.

Mouthfeel is medium and pleasant. Overall, very nice.

12-12-2011 04:35:11 | More by snaotheus
Photo of zeledonia


4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottled 29 November 2011; pretty darn fresh for a California beer in the midwest.

Pours a clear, bright golden-orange. It has a light radiance to it. One finger of white head, fades fairly quickly, okay lacing.

Smell is simply fantastic. Amazing fruity, citrusy hops. This is up there with the best IPAs I've had. Pineapple, grapefruit, some unidentifiable tropical deliciousness. Just enough malts to bring a warmth and fullness. Really nice.

Flavor is quite good as well. Given the hop aroma, I'm surprised by how well-balanced it is. I find many Lagunitas beers to be overly bitter, but this one is spot on. The bitterness is present but not overpowering, and the juicy, slightly piney hops give it some tasty punch. Finish is bitter but dries up quickly.

My main downside is the mouthfeel - it's rather light, and isn't clingy or sticky like I expect such a beer to be. Carbonation is right where it should be, though.

This is a really good beer. IMO, not quite on the level of Abrasive or Heady Topper, but pretty darn close. Wow. Lagunitas should make more mistakes, so they grace us with more epic apologies like this one. I will definitely be having a few more of these before they disappear.

12-12-2011 04:10:55 | More by zeledonia
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

A- Golden/Orange, not totally clear... somewhat hazy, looks very similar to Lagunitas IPA.

S- Wow. Tons of tropical fruits going on here. Somewhat floral as well. Getting blasted with mango mostly. Im guessing Simcoe/Amarillo and/or Citra in the dry hop.

T/M- Follows the nose very well. The one thing I love about Lagunitas is there ability to achieve insane hop flavor without all the bitterness. Probably tons of late kettle additions. The malt is somewhat complex as well. Rye isnt too noticeable, but the oats did create a very slight creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is so good.

O- Very well done. Honestly could care less about Brown Shugga after trying this. Reminds me almost of a cross between the IPA, Hop Stoopid, and Waldo. Bring this one year round fellas!

12-12-2011 03:35:00 | More by zodiak3000
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4.1/5  rDev -6%

12 oz bottle poured into Deschutes shaker pint glass 12.11.11.

Medium gold clear body a multitude of small bubbles continually rising to soapy white two finger head, medium slow dissipation with above average lacing retained. Big fruity hop aroma, grapefruit and apricot, clean malt backbone. Taste is more apricot than citrus ala Sculpin (!), a bit of piney resin on backend, clean malt bill. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, good effervescence. Not sure about the hubbub about hop fade, this still tasting pretty good.

12-12-2011 03:21:23 | More by jdense
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3.98/5  rDev -8.7%

A- Pours a pretty clear goldish yellow with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid retention, turns into a ring of bubble around the edge after a while and leaves a bit of spotty lacing at best.

S- Smell is quite a bit of tropical fruits. A hint of pine here too. A hint of a light spice.

T- Quite a bit of tropical fruit hops that have a nice balance of sweet malts. Malts are much more apparent here than in the nose, but the hops are the show here. A hint of alcohol.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Pretty solid beer here for sure.

12-12-2011 03:11:19 | More by nrbw23
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden orange with a quickly forming, relatively persistent off-white head that leaves thick lines of lacing down the glass with each sip. Incredible clarity.

Pungent citrus aromas of juicy oranges, grapefruit, and a bit of pine combine for a wonderful aroma. This reminds me quite a bit of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, which is a good thing, as that is a phenomenal DIPA and smells amazing.

The flavor follows the aroma with the citrus and slight pine flavors leading the way, along with a bit of sweet bread character at the end. While very good, and extremely hoppy, it's a bit too sweet for me to rank it with the finest DIPAs.

Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A very good DIPA, as most DIPAs are from Lagunitas. That being said, this is not quite in the same league as the Plinys of the world.

12-12-2011 01:22:26 | More by ehammond1
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Appearance: Into a Tulip is a lightly hazy but it still has decent clarity. As for the color it's copperish with brassy hues.

Aroma: Lots'of grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on top. Bits of sweet tropical fruit, peach notes. Hops are very much citrusy and the malts give off a caramelized sugar aroma.

Taste: Quite the crisp mouthfeel. Grapefruit notes are in the front. Minor simple syrup in the middle with a touch of peach at the end. Sweet tropical fruit is mixed in as well.

Notes: A solid beer all the way around and rather drinkable. Cheers.

12-12-2011 01:15:21 | More by horshack7
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Enjoyed on tap at Capone's on 12/6. Reviewed from notes. Served in a pint glass.

A reddish, amber color with a dense, white head and moderate carbonation. Lace is sticky like donut glaze or Elmer's glue, which is much more visually appealing than my ridiculous comparisons.

Aroma is like sitting in a greenhouse used exclusively for hop growth. It's fresh and piney with a touch of spicing and citrus notes provided by mangoes and pineapples. It's a much needed dose of hops and tropical fruit, right as the weather starts to get really chilly.

Wow, this is supremely delicious. It provides both the sweet and the hoppy. The opening is the sweet, boasting orange and malty caramel, followed by the hoppy, which is suitably piney and resiny (appropriate for the season).

As the beer warms, that hop grassiness lingers perfectly, as does a touch of booze, which warms you for the snowy, holiday nights to come.

I think this is an amazing replacement for Brown Shugga (fingers crossed that it's permanent). The hops are forthright without being unpalatable and the fruit notes make it drinkable and provide striking balance. A triumph!

12-12-2011 01:06:27 | More by deapokid
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-12-2011 00:55:53 | More by seth72104
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a clear orange with a nice rising head and a good amount of lacing.
Smells strongly of a nice blend of citrus...in fact, damn near every one I can name. Sweet candy promises a really nice sipper.
And it is. The citrus dominates the taste, with some pine resin and mild floral notes. The sweetness lingers to be followed by a very nice dryness where the less citrusy parts are more noticeable.
This is listed as a Brown Sugga replacement. Good idea, I hope they keep making it because it's now one of my favorite DIPAs.

12-12-2011 00:19:51 | More by kirok1999
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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

Lagunitas Sucks (bonus points for self-deprecation?) opens with a strong IPA aroma, full of hoppy goodness, including pink grapefruit juice, lemon/lime spritzer, and hints of pine. Just as strong as the hops, however, is a massive sugar rush, smelling almost Jolly Rancher candy-like in its potency, and bringing huge levels of cherry, orange, and nectarine fruit aromas to the brew. The result smells in many ways more like candy than beer, or at least more like an extra-sugary mimosa, but made with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice instead of orange juice. The overall effect is appealing, but strangely so, and lets you know that you're certainly in for a sugar buzz.

On the tongue, the beer proves to be just as sugary as the nose belied, with almost all of the flavors translating directly onto the tastebuds. The first impressions are, in fact, much like a grapefruit mimosa, but with more bitterness from the hops, which do thankfully add a greater proportional pine note than was evidenced in the nose, distinguishing the beer greatly. In subsequent sips the more bitter and piney notes from the hops take a greater role, as well as a dandelion-stem undertone, and the fruity champagne sweetness somewhat subsides. But there are still a lot of sugary fruit esters in here, and the Jolly Rancher cherry/orange sensation continues to a good degree. Some toast and biscuit notes lie beneath to add grounding and earthiness. The aftertaste is largely grapefruit and pine hops, with lingering touches of candy sugar, and fades very slowly, slightly numbing the tongue in the process (a result of the 63.21 IBUs). Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, while the hoppy notes are great, I found the beer to have just a tad too much candy-like sweetness, and wanted a few more grain flavors to help balance things out. Even then, this is still good fare, despite the self-deprecating label.

12-11-2011 23:11:19 | More by jondeelee
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-11-2011 19:13:14 | More by djre4orm
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 18:40:43 | More by Genuine
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 17:19:09 | More by derricksmalls
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 16:30:24 | More by DearthVader
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 14:37:30 | More by mnbearsfan
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-11-2011 13:51:24 | More by icehawk
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 12:43:10 | More by fergster75
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 08:02:40 | More by dcbike
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4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid four fingers of white foamy head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: A huge aroma of citrus hops. Big hints of grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, and mango. Light hints of pine resin, lemon zest and honey. A subtle presence of sweet bready caramel malts. The citrus hops are the main thing here. Very nice.

Taste: Like the nose indicates, a big taste of citrus hops. Good notes of grapefruit, pineapple, oranges with orange peel, mango, and lemon. Also some pine resin. Solid bready base of caramel malts with some hints of honey makes for a pretty sweet IPA. Bitterness is somewhat subdued but the big flavor is still there.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy and creamy. Finishes somewhat dry but sweeter than a typical double IPA.

Overall: A Very good IPA. Nice tropical taste and well balanced. One of the best new brews to come out this year.

12-11-2011 06:59:59 | More by MattyG85
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-11-2011 06:41:46 | More by pirmannt1
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

12-11-2011 04:49:53 | More by marct
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 04:41:41 | More by Lane1
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-11-2011 04:09:45 | More by frisk
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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