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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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7,794 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,794
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 383
Gots: 973 | FT: 19
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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Photo of snpub540
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 6740.

Poured a crystal clear golden hue with an off white head that is an 1/8th of an inch. Leaves sheets of lacing on my glass the whole way down.

Smells of citrus and pine. Very hoppy nose and it smells very fresh.

Taste is nicely piney and bitter, but there is enough sweet malt backbone to give this a nice balance. It is very smooth with a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly tacky. A very drinkable Double IPA. I need to find a bottle of this.

snpub540, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #30 double / imperial IPA on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a Lagunitas mason jar "pig" glass because I am full of winning.

Beer is beautiful, it is amber, clear, aggressively carbonated, good retention, lacing is a plus, awesome looking beer.

Aroma is sweet, a little malty, citrus, pineapple, clean, smells good, a little sweeter than expected based on other's comments.

Beer is medium in body, sweet on the lead off and here comes the hops. Fruit salad beer, it is like hop candy, the sweetness of the backbone plays well with the hops, still a little heavier than expected but the hop flavors are all there. A very good little beer, glad I grabbed it.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Marti403
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Marti403, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle, head is barely two fingers tall and off white in color. Slightly foamy with some staying power. Body color is a very crystal clear pale amber bronze, with lots of cola like sticky bubbles, and some rising carbonation. However, a second bottle has a much bigger head, and WAY more lacing, much nicer and impressive indeed.

Nose is a hop front citrus, fleshy and very zesty smelling. Nice. Fairly standard and basic but good, but definitely in your face

Hoppy sugar front, mixing with a light orange citrus. Nice fresh grapefruit on the finish much like a breakfast glass of fresh squeezed juice. Front palate is kind of missing with most of the taste and flavor coming towards the end. Carbonation is tolerable with a nice lingering fruity finish, but a small small medicinal touch too.

Overall a good hit for Lagunitas, I'll have another any time.

smakawhat, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Yulles
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Yulles, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of seeyouaretee
5/5  rDev +14.9%

seeyouaretee, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of fizzyted
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of wo87810
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

wo87810, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of rtaps
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clear pale orange/yellowish in color, with a nice 1.5-2 finger white head. fairly short retention leaving spotty lacing around the glass.

has a nice aroma to it, citrus hops. and fruity.

hop flavor pops in the mouth with some fruity and citrus. think im finding some oak in there too

high carbonation, light-medium bodied

overall it's a solid IPA thats nice on the pallet. and very worth the $9.99 for a 6 pack

rtaps, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jacobtulloch
5/5  rDev +14.9%

jacobtulloch, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Otisimaas
3/5  rDev -31%

Otisimaas, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear and deep golden color with a thin off white head.

S: Some nice piney hops alongside a pretty big aroma of overripe mango.

T: Pretty solid pine hop flavor with a slight biscuity malt undertone. Mango, apricot and some peach towards the finish. Overall, the best beer I've had from them.

notchucknorris, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of mjr2377
5/5  rDev +14.9%

mjr2377, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Allurex, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jasonbbnosaj
5/5  rDev +14.9%

jasonbbnosaj, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of dsauter
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

dsauter, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Kgristoff
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Kgristoff, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jam354
5/5  rDev +14.9%

jam354, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of N1CK
5/5  rDev +14.9%

N1CK, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amazingly clear yellow pour with about a finger of white head. The retention could be better, but what does stick around laces nicely down the side of my Russian River -tion glass.

S: The aroma is of piney hops with mango type fruits underneath. Very tropical and floral smell. Only a slight malt backbone.

T: The piney hops start the taste off big and bitter, and give way to the mango, pineapple, perhaps grapefruit middle. The end is all hop bitterness and perhaps some malts for balance. The taste is certainly hop forward, but the amount of fruit curbs the bitterness wonderfully.

MF: Light body, this one is extremely crisp and easy drinking. One of the most drinkable beers I've ever had.

O: I can see why this has the hype it does. This beer is phenomenal. It's so drinkable and crisp I can't put it down. The hops and fruits are perfect.

russwbeck, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of aubuc1
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no date.

Pours very clear yellow with a big foamy white head.

Huge citrus smell is spilling out. Smell's kind of like hopslam.

Very different taste. It is like pure citrus hops without the bitterness. Unlike anything I have had.

Mouthfeel is very thin, but in a good way.

Overall this is a great beer. Trully a unique beer (to me).

aubuc1, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Super clear light orange color. One finger bright white head with great retention and amazing lacing.

S: Big pineapple and mango hop aromas. A very subtle but nice piney Christmas tree aroma comes through. Very light floral notes. A touch of caramel malts coming through.

T: A touch of caramel upfront. Then nothing but citrus, pine, and a light floral hop flavors. All the hops blend pretty well. Bitterness is decent but not huge.

M: Medium body. High carbonation. Oily. Dry finish.

O: I've never had Brown Shugga' but substituting this can't be much of a step back. This is a very flavorful DIPA. Can't complain about it at all.

doughanson78, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
2.95/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a clear golden color with a few stray bubbles wandering on top. Sticky hop aroma, citrus, pine, some oily funk. More of the same in the taste, with a combination of hops being the dominant factor, and a bready, caramel malt base in the background, and the lingering bland cardboard flavor that seems to be present in every Lagunitas beer. A citrus twinge lingers on the palate, and gives way to a sweeter taste of melon and mango, making you almost forget about the unctuous funk quality. Light-medium in the mouthfeel department, and fairly drinkable, but not something I'd revisit. Typical Lagunitas: okay, but nothing special, and always that stale and seemingly inescapable house flavor that continues to make me wonder why people like their beers, and why there's a hype over this one in particular.

Rifugium, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of timc13
5/5  rDev +14.9%

timc13, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of pigc
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light golden blond with massive three finger head.

S - Heavy citrus, orange, grapefruit, pine, floral. Wow, this one is bursting on the nose!

T - Citrus hops abound with just a hint of malt backbone and faint spice with slight sweetness. So smooth and drinkable. Nearly 8% alcohol is not noticeable. Fantastically smooth, yet bitter and slightly spicy IPA. A true holiday treat that definitely does not suck!

M - Light to medium with good carbonation. Coats mouth nicely with hop bitterness and spice.

O - Again, great holiday brew. This one trumps celebration in my opinion. Fantastic.

pigc, Dec 16, 2011
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 7,794 ratings.