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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

8,503 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 8,503
Reviews: 1,363
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 457
Gots: 1,334 | FT: 26
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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4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dusky amber with 1/2 finger of big-bubbled off-white head with average retention and a few scraps of lacing.

S: Big dry-hop aromas of pine, resin, and tropical fruit with some grapefruit aromas. The maltiness is light and crackery overall but with a bit more caramel than I remember from the bottle.

T: The flavor is big-time hoppy with orange, lemon, grapefruit citrus and a little bit of pineapple and mango also. THe maltiness is not quite enough despite the ABV to stand up in any meaningful way to this hops assault.

M: Slick but almost a little too dry with light-medium body.

O: I enjoyed my bottles last year more than this on-tap presentation. And while this is a solid beer and rightfully highly anticipated, I was a little let down by this on-tap.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Hatzilla
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Sucks pours a cloudy yellow-amber with a one-finger white head. Scent is tropical: tons of peaches and mangoes, as well as pine and earthy, citrus hops. Taste is lemon and red grapefruit with a cereal malt backbone. Very well balanced. Palate is medium, with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Overall a great offering from Lagunitas that should be year-round. Bottled 12/17/12. Rated 12/22/12

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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tut2528
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this one both on Tap and Bottle (this review is based off the bottle)

A: pours a nice light gold color with moderate transparency. it created a nice finger worth of head formation with nice carbonationa and moderate lacing.

S: just a magnificant grapefruit bomb! i also pick up on lemon zest and orange peel and a nice exlopsion of hops. there is a sweetness of malt backbone and some pine resin as well. but, man that grapefruit is awesome

T: big sweet malt body makes its presence known here. there is a nice pine resin along with the hops to create some bitterness. some bready biscuit and again, grapefruit and lemon zest are here, but they take a back seat when comparing it to the nose. crisp finish

M: slightly oily on the palate, and it leaves a subtle sweet malt and biscuit component on the palate. nice lighter side of medium bodied brew.

O: not much of a fan of Lagunitas, but man did they produce one phenomenal brew here. On tap it was absolutely amazing. just an absolutely terrific representation of the style. and the drinkability is awesome too. could easily kick a 6er of this back in a sitting.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

December 2012 release, very fresh, purchased in Santa Rosa.
Very aromatic, extremely catty, makes me think lots of Simcoe went into this one. Slightly dank. A bit of sweetness and malt breadiness, but a bit more dry than typical Lagunitas, which is a plus, but still on the heavier side.
I love Simcoe (mmm Pliny), but this one is like sticking your face in a two week old litter box. Still, I can tell there's a good beer under there. Not world class though.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Original review amended. 12oz bottle poured into IPA glass.

A - Pours light straw with a beautiful 3 finger white head. Moderate carbonation shows throughout, incredible lacing.

S - Dank weed, heavy pine sap with a hint of citrus.

T - Grass clippings and pine with a hint of grapefruit - little to no astringency. Backbone is complex and hard to pin point, turns out its because they use barley, rye, wheat and oats for it. I must say, I'm a fan.

M - Dry and refreshing.

O - Extremely well put together IPA - lagunitas knows how to brew.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,503 ratings.