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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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7,738 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,738
Reviews: 1,295
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 377
Gots: 959 | FT: 19
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 heff316
5/5  rDev +14.9%

heff316, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Robertx76
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Robertx76, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of NickH07
2.5/5  rDev -42.5%

NickH07, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden color, white head bubbles away quickly, lots of sticky lacing.

S- Big hop smell with strong mango aroma as well as some orange, pine, sweet honey. The aroma is big and vibrant and the fruit smells so juicy you can almost taste it. Amazing.

T- Enormous complexity on the fruit aspect, hops are leafy with pine and resin, at the same time there's a huge, juicy fruit flavor with mango, orange, pineapple and grapefruit, some earthiness in the background. Booze is pretty prominent but not overpowering. Malt is light and bready with a decent amount of sugary sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, juicy, luscious feel with a dry finish.

O- An excellent DIPA, the flavors are amazing, I almost feel like I'm stealing given that I paid around $10 for a six pack, I haven't had Brown Shugga before (I'll have to try it now) but no apologies are needed for this beer.

WillCarrera, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ChicagoBrewRev
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a brandy snifter, appearance is a crystal clear light amber color with very slight white head.

Strong fresh vegetative hop aroma consisting primarily of pine, green onion and very slight garlic.

To say hop forward would be an understatement. Very little malt backbone comes through. Well attenuated giving a clean finish without being dry.

Well rounded mouthfeel. Very little sugar residuals, but not a dry finish.

Overall - this is a very well made beer, though outside of my hop preference.

What would I pay for a bomber - $7.00
(rating based on a $20 max)

ChicagoBrewRev, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of CBlack85
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a globe glass.

The beer pours a clear gold color with a big frothy white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving behind a thin crown on top of the beer and an impressive amount of lacing.

The aroma is just WOW... I mean the hops just pop with a huge fruity aroma. I get peach, mango, orange, pineapple, and pink grapefruit. I also get just a hint of a sugary sweetness, but no real grainy/bready malts to be found. I almost don't want to drink this beer just so I can sit around enjoying the aroma. Beautiful

The taste is big on citrusy hops, but not as big as the nose would let on. The hops are more fruity than most IIPAs that I've come across. Lots of orange, ruby red grapefruit, and a bit of pineapple. Like the nose the malt profile is weak at best, although I do get more bready notes in the flavor than in the nose. The beer finishes fairly dry with just a slight bitterness. Medium bodied and the carbonation is spot on.

Overall, this is a terrific beer. Maybe my favorite IIPA. Definately one of the best noses on a beer that I have encountered so far.

CBlack85, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of bornridiculous
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will do my best to refrain from the avalanche of profanities that have formed in my brain as a result of drinking a six pack of this in one sitting. I do indeed love this beer.

Appearance: A bright golden color with good head retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Holy Hops. Smooth Crisp Hops. Solid Citrus with hints of pine and just slightly resin flavored. Its like a humidor made of hop cones.

Taste: This IPA is balanced and not balanced at the same time. It almost appears that different hop characteristics come out in each sip. Fruit, Earthiness, pine, sweetness, malt, and grapefruit all come to mind.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with moderate carbonation. A real resin aftertaste that is at once satisfying without being overpowering. I liken it to a brutal IPA like Stone Ruination, but a velvet glove without the iron fist.

I keep licking my teeth to extract the hops.

Final Thought. I drank Ruination to be punished, Ghandibot to be impressed, but Sucks is now my benchmark. Fuck Brown Shuggha.

bornridiculous, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this

A- Crystal clear honey colored pour. Finger width white head. Chunky lacing glued to the glass.

S- Super bright grapefruit and mandarin oranges. Wonderful pine resin and floral hops. There is a sweetness resembling honey or melon.

T- There is a strong pine and citrus bitterness. Sweetness of honey and alcohol with a slight spiciness from the rye. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M- Medium bodied, juicy with a dry finish.

O- Excellent dipa, as much as I love Brown Shugga this is a worthy replacement.

korguy123, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really Really excited to try this, I think it was super fresh as Beer store had just got it.

A: Very clear, and much lighter in color than typical IPA. Definitely all about the hops here. Had to work to create a head, leaves some nice lacing though, head dissipated rather quickly.

S: Wow, incredibly aromatic, they must have dry hopped this like a mofo. I initially get a lot of real earthy/grassy hops, more than I've ever expirienced, after a few sips its aparent theres a ton of pineapple and sweet/sour citrus going on. A tad more malt presence would give it a 5.

T: Sharp piney hops flavor initially, devolps into a super juicy sweet citrus pineapple/lime flavor, finishes with a nice tart grapefruit bitterness. Right before finish theres a very earthy/dirt/herbal wave, a distinguished flavor I cant recall expiriencing. Lingering melon flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is really creamy and syrupy for what it is, great carbonation. Coats the mouth with hop oils and leaves the palate soaking wet. Alcohol and hop bitterness does do a number on the palate. Not a session beer. 2 max.

O: Really awesome DIPA. One of the best I've had. Very unique, I'm curious as to what was done to this beer to give it such a distinguishing profile. Crack for Hop heads. Lagunitas is the best bang for the buck when it comes to DIPA's.

round 2 2013, I love this, great lacing, crazy aroma, session-able.

BigCheese, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +14.9%

imyourhero21, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of birchstick
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden tigers eye color with a nice 1.5 finger head on it. The nose is a blast of hops - dank citrus, earthy hops explode out of this. Very aromatic and inviting. The taste follows suit with a barrage of hops on the tongue. Citrus, pine, some earthy onions and dirt. Really nice flavor profile. Mouth is medium body with decent carbonation. Really solid DIPA. This one runs with Pliny and hopsslam as one of the tops in this style. Given the price point and availability this is a no brainier.

birchstick, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of 05Harley
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/16/11

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Ma

Price - $10.99/sixer

From the description on the Lagunitas website:
So this substitute beer for "Brownshugga" 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.

A clear honey orange pour reveals a soapy one inch head with average retention. A steady stream of bubbles rise from the middle of the flared tulip glass and when swirled release another fresh layer of sudsy foam. A beautiful looking double with amazing clarity and big time lacing, very nice.

The nose is a fruit cocktail full of citrus hop aroma. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple and pine scent combine to make a pleasent smell.

The taste pretty much mirrors the nose with an added hop bite that's pleasing. A tropical blast up front followed by orange peel poured over a caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel starts out clean and a little syrupy with a medium body. The carbonation is surprisingly low considering the bubbles and the end reveals a pleasent bitter finish.

Overall I really dig this beer fresh. Let's get this one in the line-up please and get it to NH.

***Getting it here in NH (February 2013) @ 11.99/sixer @ Johnsons Market Place***

05Harley, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: poured into a tulip glass from a growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove in Columbia, SC!!

A: Golden, clear, decent 2+ finger white head after a hard pour that leaves moderate lacing.

S: Pine groves abound! Smells like HOPSLAM and the anticipation of tasting is killing me right now.

T&M: Medium bodied with a slight thickness and resiny feel. Piney, tasty hops from the beginning to the end. Some background fruity tones of pineapple and mango. Finishes with an incredibly tasteful mild sweetness and hop oiliness that is "to die for."

This is so well balanced that I may have to reduce my rating on my Hopslam review. This Lagunitas Sucks is way more drinkable and that really Sucks because I will probably have to finish the growler tonight. This is a must try if you are a fan of IPA's!!! Way to go Lagunitas.

cdizinno, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mgroothuis
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

mgroothuis, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 12/5/2011, well stored

Poured into British Imperial Nonic

Pours a nice ½” head, which quickly reduces to a thin but persistent cap.
Deep, yellow/gold with a touch of amber color, very nice. Very lively, small bubble carbonation.

Big aroma of citrusy hops and yeast, Lagunitas signature hops are noticeably present. Crushed orange peel with hints of lemon. There is some nice golden, toasty malt to round things out. Very enjoyable and lasts thru the pour.

Crisp, delicious entry on the palate of citrus hops and balanced toasty malt. Very refreshing. The hops carry over to create a very pleasant bitterness in the middle, along with the crisp acidity and lively carbonation produce an exceptionally balanced ale. The orange and lemon from the smell appear again. Full mouth feel. Just flat out delicious!

Wonderful elegant finish of citrusy hops, and malt. The citrus hangs forever.

This ale is so drinkable it’s scary! I just finished a bottle and I instantly want another one.
The taste is so fresh you would think it was just tapped. The 7.8% ABV is not noticeable at all, and for me this is an ale I would drink several of back to back. The citrus hops are very distinct in both the smell and the flavor. What a pleasure to drink!
Highly recommended!

JTSbeerislife, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a perfectly transparent shade of yellow/orange with a big two finger white head that's very puffy. Looks perfect

S- citrus hops with a big of a bite to them....lovely

T- getting a lot of citrus, but it almost tastes like dishwater...no real bite to the hops at all. Disappointing

M- paper thin body. Again, very disappointing

O- you wouldn't think that a six week old IPA would fall off this bad, but this one has. Drink within a month, otherwise it's a waste

bigfnjoe, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Triples
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Triples, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of baybassboy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

baybassboy, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of GoGators
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

GoGators, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of pierceska
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

pierceska, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of hopburster
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

hopburster, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of david131
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an extremely clear yellow-orange liquid with only a couple of streams of rising carbonation. The bone white head is thin and settles to a splotchy covering.

S- Mango, pineapple, honey, pine, and some citrus. Very pungent and aromatic, but not as in your face as some beers of the style can be.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma but with a little more emphasis on pine and citrus. There is some nice malt sweetness to accompany the lingering hop bitterness.

M- Very nice carbonation but the body is a bit on the thin side. There seems to be something missing here.

O- This beer has a lot going for it, most notably the aroma, but it comes up a bit short on some fronts. That being said, this is a very tasty beer and I would gladly have another.

david131, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of schultzm
5/5  rDev +14.9%

schultzm, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JJFoodie for the want!

Pours a translucent honey/orange color, with a light cream colored finger of head. Aroma of juicy citrus, light pine, tropical fruits and bread crust. Super nice bitterness up front, sweet and tangy citrus, tropical fruits. Lingers with a bit of bitterness. Slightly crisp body, with a slick oily feel. Good drinkability.

I've never had Brown Shugga', or any other IPA aside from Hop Stoopid, but this is definitely a good one.

EgadBananas, Jan 06, 2012
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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