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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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8,485 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,485
Reviews: 1,361
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 453
Gots: 1,316 | 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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Photo of sidetracked
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow-gold amber with nice off-white head. Film of small bubbles lingers to create some lacing.

Aroma of bittersweet citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon. Some bready, grainy malt.

Taste upfront is bitter, grapefruit, citrus, lemon. Light malt presence in the middle--bready--minimal flavor though. Lemon and citrus finish with a low bitterness. Little neutral bready malt. Some grapefruit. Lingering bitterness, lemon, and orange peel.

Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Foamy, somewhat creamy, thick finish.

Good flavor and aroma. Nice citrusy hop bitterness. Body seems too thick due to the foamy finish. Wish it was thinner to match the flavor.


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

Pours a clear golden color with a soapy/creamy cap that leaves a some minimal lacing behind.

Aromas begin with that familiar Lagunitas hop blend; floral, citrus, with pineapple and ruby red grapefruit tones. Not much malt at all here.

The tastes begin quite familiar to Lagunitas as well, with citrusy flavors, ruby red grapefruit and pineapple; slightly sugary, after the swallow, but the hops return to provide a bitter, citrusy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation. Light bitterness lingers in the finish.

Overall, this is a very solid beer from Lagunitas; the light sweet malts provide a neutral backdrop for the hops to work their magic. Nothing revolutionary or new here but just another solid offering from a brewery that knows how to use hops.

Photo of CallMeHarmon
4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a medium brown with maybe some orange. Decent head which doesn't stick around too long and becomes lace.

Smell - Slightly sweet and very promising.

Taste - What an unbelievable blend of hoppiness and and hint of fruit. I could drink this all day if it weren't so scarce.

Mouthfeel - Good body, taste, carbonation.

Overall - This is the best beer I've ever had from Lagunitas, and they make awesome beers. I wish they brewed Lagunitas Sucks year round. Then it would be a holiday every day. They say they are adding capacity; it should be devoted to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of kk73
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of dirtfanian
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange gold body with a substantial head that dissipates to a ring and veil. Leaves gobs of sticky lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar (not substitute). Smells of pine and tangerine.

Tastes very clean and of light malts with a big piney and tangerine skin hop slam. The malt is light compared to the hop delivery, but that makes for a good clean hop presentation. A little bitter in the finish. Very well integrated.

This is very clean and light on the palate. The carbonation is quite light, especially towards the end of the glass.

This beer is all about the hops, and very drinkable. Though marketed as a Christmas beer, there is nothing Christmassy or winterish about this beer, other than the gift of hops.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy, light golden orange. Respectable finger-width head which dissipates rather quickly to a thin, ever-present lace.

Smell - Mellow grapefruit, with apricot or peach lying somewhere in the background.

Taste - A complex array of bitter grapefruit hop, artfully balanced with sweet malt. It dances beautifully around one's tongue and somehow combine to give this a very sweet, very true ruby red flavor, making itself completely and utterly drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, yet passes as light and refreshing. The carbonation is on point.

Overall - Do you know the story of Wally Pipp? Well, Wally Pipp was starting at 1st Base for the New York Yankees. One day during batting practice, Pipp took a pitch to the temple and had his skull fractured. The team's Manager had to turn to his young back-up to replace Pipp as the starter. That young 1st baseman? Lou Gehrig. This beer is Lou Gehrig. While Brown Shugga' is a good beer it's "substitute", Lagunitas Sucks, is on it's way to becoming a legend. This is the best beer I've ever had from Lagunitas, and that's saying a lot. Let's hope they keep this beer in the game.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Arkamaic
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of Sheepdog
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of ProfessorX
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear light amber with nice eggshell colored head. Nice retention and lace.

Nice fruity citrus notes, pineapple, mango and slightly floral hops. Very pleasant!

Great flavor. Again nice tropical fruit and citrus hops balanced very nicely with a mildly sweet candy-like malt character.

Nice, light and crisp mouthfeel with high carb.

Overall and great beer especially for the price! Pretty similar IMO to Little Sumpin' Wild, which I Love.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of animortician
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a few 6 packs of this before it was all gone. 12 oz bottled poured into my fav glass.

A: Deep Golden to amber, slightly orange. Pours with a nice one finger head that faded but carbonation stayed active enough to keep a layer of foam on the top, all the way down. Decent lacing.

S: I had to keep sniffing and sniffing to figure it out, I knew the sent but just couldn't place it. Smells exactly like fresh Lilikoi. Awesome tart tropical fruit.

T: Hops hit you right away, not as tropical as the aroma. Complex, sour apple, smooth throughout, clean finish.

M: Not to syrupy and the alcohol is well hidden. Little dry at the finish.

O: Great beer, I think I like Hop Stoopid more though. I take that back, I def like Hop Stoopid more. I think this was a little bit of a hype baby. Still a really good beer but to go from nothing to being there number 1 rated beer seems a little bit much.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed pale orange/golden color, with a blinding white head. The pillow is thick but thins quickly, although even a weak swirl fluffs it up nicely.

Clean, bright, floral, fruity, and especially herbal nose. Shades of cannabis bud sneak in. It's hoppy and very "west coast" but doesn't seem to be trying to beat the nose senseless.

Impossible not to love how this beer tastes. It's very fruity and rounded out with sweet, dessert-like spices, yet it's a classy offering, never feeling like a too-syrupy tongue-ripping novelty. If you were looking to turn a hops-novice onto hop-laden beer, this would be it.

Texturally it's soft and smooth, yet with plenty of carbonation. For some reason it's starting to remind of a classier, slightly bigger, more cool-handed Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

Very much worthy of the hype that greeted this surprise/oopise holiday creation, it's one of the more approachable double IPAs out there. Lagunitas doesn't suck at all!

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.5%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,485 ratings.