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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

7,037 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 7,037
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 310
Gots: 703 | 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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bozodogbreath

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-04-2011 04:33:21 | More by bozodogbreath
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FrankyLikesIt

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-04-2011 03:06:14 | More by FrankyLikesIt
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is clear and light orange hued with an inch of white head that coats the glass with lacing. Lasting head retention. A superb appearance.

The aroma is fabulous! Fresh hops. A bouquet of tropical fruits, including oranges, mango, pineapple.

Wow, the taste follows suit. Utterly delicious. By far the best beer I have had from Lagunitas. A bit sweet from the onset - my only minor complaint about this beer. Alcohol and malt are afterthoughts. This beer is a showcase for hops.

Ridiculously smooth and easy drinking.

This beer shocked me to my core. A world class DIPA that wasn't even on my radar. At $10 per sixer, this is an absolute must try if you enjoy hop forward beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:54:53 | More by Huhzubendah
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jmechy

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-04-2011 02:47:12 | More by jmechy
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Aiptasia

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had one of these tonight in a 12 oz. pint glass. I was looking forward to trying this one after sorely missing Brown Shugga all winter long. Our local Total Wine & More finally got their supply in stock.

A: Pours a frothy crisp clean amber. Very respectable head with good retention that lingers for a good 10 minutes. Not a lot of lacing while being consumed, but what there is, is as white as snow.

S: Smells like a grapefruit mugged a pine tree. Overwhelming citrus and grass notes on the nose. Big citrus pine aromas.

T: This being a Lagunitas seasonal offering, I was really expecting more out of the taste. Hops, hops and did I mention the hops? I finished this beer fifteen minutes ago and my tongue is still bitter. It's liquid citrus rind flavor is out of balance with the malts. The alcohol is lost in there somewhere.

M: It drinks easily enough but it's a one note pony with the citrus hops. Carbonation is fine. Not overly alcoholic and finishes dry and hoppy.

O: You could easily call this Lagunitas Winter DIPA (which is what it really is). Being a seasonal christmas beer, I was expecting something really special. Instead, it's just another DIPA. Terrible? No. Disappointing? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 01:27:16 | More by Aiptasia
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CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-04-2011 01:12:55 | More by CarolinaKevin
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-04-2011 00:30:08 | More by PhatAtUT
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busterthecat

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been drinking this beer since it hit shelves here in Boston. Time to review. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Served at ~50 degrees.

A- Pours a bright transparent brassy hue that sits just as bright and clear in the glass. A nice paper white head forms, which leaves a good foamy capping after a while.

S- Loads of fresh grapefruit and pineapple upfront. A slight sweeter ripe orange aroma comes in secondary. Light and crisp. Very light caramel malt tones in aroma.

T- Very close to how the aroma would indicate. Lots of fresh zesty citrus hop quality. There is more soft caramel malt body then detected from the aroma, good and adds another dimension. The hop flavors are bold and crate a good level of bitterness without being overpowering.

M- Medium bodied brew with big bold flavor. The body is pretty light and crisp. The carbonation adds extra zing and pop to the palate. Bitterness lingers lightly and is good balance. Stays pretty wet.

O- A very hoppy and crisp brew from Lagunitas. Easy to drink and enjoyable. Glad that they came up with something new to 'replace' brown sugar this season and this beer does make up for it. A great value at ~$10 a 6pk.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:26:17 | More by busterthecat
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LumberhillBeer

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-04-2011 00:18:09 | More by LumberhillBeer
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gawnphishin

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-04-2011 00:12:45 | More by gawnphishin
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coronajm

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-04-2011 00:05:17 | More by coronajm
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mrshoes

Georgia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-03-2011 22:24:40 | More by mrshoes
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pzymali

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-03-2011 22:07:49 | More by pzymali
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pjones36

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-03-2011 21:58:43 | More by pjones36
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SmokeyJoesCafe

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-03-2011 20:18:16 | More by SmokeyJoesCafe
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-03-2011 19:10:16 | More by drummermattie02
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head that settles to a fresh white collar ,very little lacing

S- fruity tropical hops with grains,malts and bread, again a very tropical smell of hops

T- was superb, notes of citrus and pineapple with other tropical notes, pine and slightly bitter ' with a touch of rye and wheat

M- was sweet and fruity with just the right amount of hop bitters, nice finish and balance of grain and rye and wheat

O- a tasty 2ipa

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 18:56:10 | More by gatornation
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BeforeNoon

Washington

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

Picked this up at the Fred Meyer here in Vancouver WA.
12 oz to Smuttynose Big Beer Series tulip

A: golden, translucent, very small white head

S: amarillo hops, citrus

T: lemon, grapefruit

M: hops forward, clean malt, fantastic hop finish

O: Not at all what I expected when I picked up this holiday offering from Lagunitas, but that's what I love the most about it. Hops are all throughout this brew. Well balanced for an imperial IPA with a great finish. Between this and Sierra Nevada's Celebration, it's going to be a good holiday.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 06:02:37 | More by BeforeNoon
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Sweasty

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-03-2011 04:56:53 | More by Sweasty
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tbizzle0

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-03-2011 04:12:03 | More by tbizzle0
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jh1982

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-03-2011 03:51:22 | More by jh1982
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Listers

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-03-2011 03:44:00 | More by Listers
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-03-2011 03:07:54 | More by OldIronLungs
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ONN8

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-03-2011 02:10:45 | More by ONN8
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-03-2011 01:17:50 | More by 2dogbrew
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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