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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

8,278 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 8,278
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 421
Gots: 1,145 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -31%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of creez
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of C20Percent
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

*Review taken from notes*

A: A slightly hazy pale gold with healthy white head. Looks like a bit of sediment is present.

S: Hoppy citrus aroma -- tangerine. Some holiday spices, maybe?

T: Definitely a citrus peel flavor, with an earthy taste on the back. Some toasted grain. Terrific finish.

F: A bit heavy, in my opinion. Nice carbonation.

O: Very close to a perfect beer. Wonderful finish. Easy drinking despite the heavier body. All the ingredients are shining here. Alcohol is managed flawlessly. I think this might be an A+ brew.

Photo of taylorplaysmusic
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Kbogac
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured orange/amber into a tulip. Nice 1/2 inch of foam. Dissipates to a film with a thick ring. Minimal lacing.

Smell is orangey hops.

Taste is citrus at the front, some malt and a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel fairly light with good carbonation.

Overall a good beer. Nice hop aroma but the taste is lacking. Maybe my bottle is past it's prime?

Photo of KyleBatten
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops and candied pineapple, grapefruit, and mango, some floral hops, and some sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a strong kick of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some good bitterness and a bit of sweet caramel malts growing from the background. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more citrus flavor and bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet candied tropical and citrus fruits, bitterness, grassy hops, and some sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a resiny and fairly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big hoppy DIPA with a great hop profile. I really like how strong the candied tropical fruits are.

Photo of RWACKO
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby brown 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazy deep golden color with a good two finger white foam head. Left some nice lacing as it receded slowly to a frothy white cap.

Smell: Floral hops and sweet fruits like tangerine and lemon.

Taste: Fantastic floral hops flavor with a good amount of citrus bitterness. Grapefruit and pine flavors that are balanced and smoothed out quickly by some sweet light malts.

Mouth Feel: Light-to-medium body with a good crisp carbonation. Works well for the style.

Overall: A great crisp, hoppy and fruity Double IPA. Great stuff! I haven't had the Lagunitas Brown Shuga Ale that this is a replacement for, but this is one substitute that can fill-in in my 'fridge any time.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint. Color was a medium dark amber, with a 2 finger white head. Head dissipated to a thin layer, and didn't cling at all. Aroma was slightly sweet, with a fair bit of hops. Flavor was a strange hybrid between an IPA and a winter warmer. Started off nicely sweet, then had a bit of spice, before finishing up with a solid mouthful of hops. Felt great in the mouth. Coated very nicely, and still finished with a bit of carbonated kick. Overall a strong beer.

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3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden pour. Heavily malty nose with tropical fruits, honey, mild spices, and hops.

Fruity and sweet with a strong malt character. Sharp, piney hops next, then caramel. Boozy as things finish up, ends a little sweet with honey & hop flavors lingering. Body is thick and creamy. An enjoyable brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a sixer purchased at Wholefoods Bend. Reviewed from notes.

Golden apricot, bright and clear, with a hearty two finger head that retains well and laces sporadically on its retreat to a slightly raised ring.

Candied orange, candied pineapple and candied tangerine above a milde oniony, sweatiness with a nice floral perfume twist.

Flavours show greater dankness and vegetal character amidst a chunky savoury malt backbone.

Chewiness on on the front palate is cleared out nicely by a bright and cleansing bitterness. Mildly spritzy carbonation.

Hugely drinkable and well rounded offering that pushes all the right buttons without challenging in any way - which is just fine.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,278 ratings.