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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8,338 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,338
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 434
Gots: 1,194 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow color with amazing lacing that sticks to the glass with a white head that is well retained.

Nose: Pine resin, citrus fruits blending with bitter hop aromas, caramel and clean malts, with a bitter aromatic finish

Taste: Bitter malt at the front with some medium fruits, fading into biter hops and a citrus note; oranges and lemons., finally a slightly spicey finish.

Mouthfell: Bubbly and flowing on the palate. the hop bitterness is present but not overwhelming.

Overall: A great IPA, a bit fresher and maybe it would have been an easy 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from a great MW BA'er - Many thanks!

I had this one a couple months back and remember it being amazing. I think it fell off just a bit, but is still very good.

Poured medium golden amber than was partially translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a small white head that fleeted to an inconsistent lacey ring around the glass. Slight hints of citrusy hop are present. I believe they were much more robust the first time around. A very good crisp bitter bite coincides with the hoppy aroma. Malts aren't very noticeable. The 7.85% abv seems about right while a IBUs of 63.21 seem awefully low. A great brew that I hope is produced again and will jump on it fresh!


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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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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?

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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