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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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8,651 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,651
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 493
Gots: 1,445 | FT: 29
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:
Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011

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.
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Photo of LittleDon
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Golden with a fair amount of carbonation. Plentiful white head and loads of sticky lace. Aroma has lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Secondary to this is a bit of malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol in the background. Resinous pine balanced nicely with a slight sweetness. Some of the alcohol is noticeable at the end. Despite the strong hop aroma, it finishes with only a medium amount of bitterness and is somewhat dry. Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Photo of Adamostella
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of hardy008
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours marmalade orange with a three finger white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma is inviting with grapefruit, pineapple, and peaches.

Tastes a little less sweet than the aroma suggests, but still has a very nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pine, and citrus zest.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation, and a grapefruit pineapple aftertaste. Very nicely made. I could buy this on a regular basis, just like I do with Hop Stoopid, and a Litttle Sumpin' Sumpin'.

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jgreenward
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of joeseppy
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As soon as this is opened, floral hops and citrus explode onto the scene. Dig my nose in and get delicious whafts of papaya and weed mon.

Tastes of grapefruit rind, cracker-crust middle, finishing off with floral hops, bong resin and pine. A lot going on here (wowwy) and yet, maintains its complexity. Extremely well-balanced with the malts--one of the best in it's class.

Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with a dry hop finish on the back of the tongue. You'll want more.

Love this shit!!!! IMO, this hop profile is askew from the rest of their lineup which I think tends to be harsh. What makes this so great is the fact it's in six-packs at an affordable price. I'll stand this right up there with FFF ZD anyday. This is masterfully constructed and super easy to drink. As they say "Doggone good".

Photo of scootpolute
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one is great!! I’m impressed indeed, YUM!!! The last couple of Lagunitas I’ve had have been less than desirable compared the NW rivals, espacially the growing WA beers!!! Appearance is OK, pretty clean, good lacing... Much lighter than the typical DIPA... I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing ’it’ in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing and will get again and...…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

Photo of FEUO
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of psugwu
3/5  rDev -31%

Photo of jbeezification
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of noremac423
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of arniepnminne
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AverageWhiteGuy
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of theruckus33
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle

A: Beautiful head retention. Starts with a wonderful billowy white head with ample lacing throughout. Dark golden hue with good carbonation that creeps up to the top - wonderful.

S: Pine, Grapefruit, Clementines, Biscuit malt

T: Citrus, honey, ginger snap

M: Light but boy the head is super silky great mouth feel

Overall: Get it,

Photo of kevflaherty
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mmapes
3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells piney, grapefruit, a little funk. Primarily the pine/citrus hops.

Pours cloudy orange/peach/amber. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Not much head. A little fizzy.

First taste: orange/grapefruit. Then hops. Long hop finish. Very bitter. Very little malt flavor. Second sips reveal how sweet the beer is. This is almost the opposite of a stout. It's flavor is light, fruity, and hoppy. What's surprising is that Its body is round, a little heavy.

All in all, it's an interesting experiment, but I probably wouldn't buy it again. I do like heavy sipping beers, and I do like refreshing hoppy beers, but usually not in this combination.

Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about two fat fingers of off-white head. The foam hangs around for a while and leaves some decent, chunky lacing on the glass. The beer is cloudy and straw colored. A few Champagne-like streams of carbonation are visible.

S-The smell is a total tropical hop bomb. I get mango, mandarin orange/tangerine, and pineapple mostly, but also a touch of resin and pine. There is a little bit of bread and grassy straw, too, but this thing is a sweet smelling monster-hopped special.

T-The taste has a huge tropical hop component that provides most of the same flavors noted above, but there is also a pretty decent hit of doughy bread in there. I wouldn't say the bread flavors counteract the tropical hops, because both are quite sweet, but it does provide a little structure. Very little bitterness. Slightly sweet alcoholic punch.

M-The feel is oily and smooth with lighter carbonation and a medium-weight feel.

O-A totally fruit-forward-in-your-face hop bomb of a beer. And I mean that in the best way. This a great-tasting IIPA style beer, but brace yourself for some sweetness and fruity hops. I enjoyed it, but I couldn't handle more than one per evening. Cliche review comment: this beer is really good, but lacks the balance to make it great. (See Pliny the Elder.)

Photo of KFBR392
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden typical IPA look. Lacing was surprisingly absent. Very thin head but possibly due to large alcohol content.

Smell: Kind of an orange peel citrus hoppy aroma here. The exotic fruits definitely dominate the aroma, with some hop character.

Taste: A lot of the Lagunitas Ales and IPAs have a very similar dry hop character. I get a lot of this with this beer. For me, it masks many of the other things happening in this beer. The front of this beer is a very sweet hop character but then is quickly hidden. The dryness sticks on the palette along with a darker hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, dryness is there but has a pleasant taste to it.

Overall: I had high expectations for this brew but was a little disappointed. Lagunitas makes some very solid beer and I would say this one is just that, solid. A little unique tang for an IPA, worth a try but don't go out of your way for this one.

Photo of jonbeer89
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of TCgoalie
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Beezee
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into an oversized wine glass

A- Poured a very clear light golden color with a big bubbly head, nice chunky lace

S- Huge aromatic pungent and juicy grapfruit, lots of pine, pretty dank, lots of hop sweetness. Smells like concentrated hops.

T- Tons of sweet tropical mango hops, pungent grapefruit, a little dank, and pineapple hops. Some cotton candy sweetness. This tastes like wonderful sweet hop syrup, no hop bitterness what so ever.

M- So so smooth, medium body, soft carbonation, dry finish

O-This is a sweet tropical hop paradise. Such an amazing and easy to drink beer with no alcohol presence. I have got to get more of this one.

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