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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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8,311 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,311
Reviews: 1,326
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 425
Gots: 1,167 | 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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Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass

A- Pours a sparkling golden color that is very clear. A small head that leaves a sticky lacing with every sip. Looks very unassuming.

S- The smell of this brew is something to behold. Just popping the bottle cap off you can smell the pungent, tropical, citrus smell wafting from the bottle. I can smell this beer from 20 feet away...its that amazing. no malt aroma as its hidden under the blanket of hops.

T/M- Body is on the light side of medium. Very little if any heat from the alcohol. The aggressive hop nose makes it very difficult to pick up any other flavors. All i can smell is hops, and I think it kind of throws my palate off. Some definite sweetness, but thats about it.

O- Overall I like this beer, but I do find that it lacks balance which is something I've been finding more and more important in beers that I enjoy. Lagunitas is very skilled at making hoppy beers and they have demonstrated this fact in droves with this one. I just find it so unbalanced I cant have more than one or two before I need to move on.

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,311 ratings.