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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

8,764 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 8,764
Reviews: 1,414
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 507
Gots: 1,531 | FT: 33
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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A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some orange and amber highlights as well as significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall foamy head that slowly reduces to a finger tall dense foamy head covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Significant aromas of hops - tropical/pineapple, citrus/ruby red grapefruit, and floral/orange blossom. Very light amounts of caramel malts and some artificial sweetener sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness but that is quickly overtaken by the flavors of the hops - first there are huge amounts of tropical/pineapple, followed by a slightly lesser amount of citrus/ruby red grapefruit, and just a touch of floral/orange blossom. Light to moderate amounts fo bitterness which fade away after a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a light amount of dryness in the finish (which lingers on).

O: This beer is actually quite easy to drink as the mouthfeel is quite nice and the alcohol is well hidden - there are also beautiful aromas and taste of the hops. The hops are really highlighted with this brew and I'm very excited to finally have found it and gotten the chance to try it (I missed it last year because I was travelling).

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Sucks was quite a departure from what I've been used to with Lagunitas. I'd venture to say they are famous for their heavy hopped brew. However, this one was, well....different.

For a second the beer had that hoppy flavor to go with the typical fruity/floral nose. However, the hoppy flavor died down quickly and basically disappeared. I didn't get any aftertaste. I can only describe it as if the ground suddenly fell away from you and you were floating.

Yeah, it was great. The hops without the hops! Odd.

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A lovely dIPA from the knee-tas.

Pours a light color golden, nice foamy white head. Would like to see more rock and lacing for higher score, but still looks really good

Aroma is hops. Mango, white pepper, green grass, grapefruit (mostly), persimmon. Some pine
Booze in the back end

Malt didn't come through in the nose, and it struggles in the taste. But it is there. Light biscuit and sweet bread. They take a pounding though from the hops. While just shy of resiny, the hops dominate. Still, they seem light. The brightness of the grapefruit and mango lift up the more earthy flavors just a bit. They hit right of the bat and power throughout the gulp.

Nice bite on the end. A touch of booze, but otherwise very drinkable.

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,764 ratings.