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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8,330 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,330
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 429
Gots: 1,182 | FT: 21
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 nrs207
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of whitefire
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a clear dark yellow to light orange with a nice finger size head that remains for minutes.

S: This is absolutely one of my favorite smelling beers. Citrus, sweet pineapple and pine.

T: Great balance, nice carbonation, a lot of complexity that spreads nicely from front through the rear of the palate.

Overall: I could drink this all day. A very enjoyable beer from an amazing brewery! I love visiting this place, they have a long list of GREAT brews that never make it to retail shelves. It would be great if they produced this one year round.

Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a Leftovers six pack poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear dark orange or copper, with two fingers of snow white foamy head. Head retention was decent for a few minutes before it dissipated to a half a finger collar of foam along the edge of the glass and a few foamy bubbles along the surface, leaving a bit of sticky lacing. Moderate amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is resinous pine, grapefruit peel, caramel malt. Pretty nice balance of bitter and sweet aroma, decently aromatic.

Nice bitterness up front, fresh pine needles, resinous pine, cannabis, grapefruit peel and pith. Sweeter citrus flavors follow along with a good malt presence, caramel and toasted bread. Finishes moderately dry, with lingering pine and citrus hop flavors on the tongue.

Low to medium body with soft carbonation, slick and oily on the tongue. Pretty easy to drink for a bitter hop bomb on the tongue, though a little more aroma would make this even better. But for the price, it cannot be beat.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is gold to light amber. A down-the-center pour yields a tiny head, and with no lacing, appearance is average at best. The wonderful citrus scents of mango and pear raise expectations of a big hop taste. And expectations are met with tasty, juicy, and citrusy hop flavors. Not a trace of malt to be found here. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin. A nice beer for a hop lover like me.

Update March 2013...raised appearance score. This time the head was plentiful with great retention and lots of lacing. Taste was still a huge citrus hop bomb - bitter but still very drinkable. Also raised overall score.

Photo of StateMech
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served slightly chilled from bottle to snifter

appearance - organge-gold color, solid head that keeps, glass cling from the tip of the glass

smell - can smell the hops as I pour two feet from my nose! citrus with some earthy tones

taste - very pleasant orange peel, rounded bitterness, earthy base, awesome taste

mouthfeel - just the right amount of carbonation, a good sip fills the mouth and hangs out for a little while

overall - amazing double IPA, very pleasant, very easy to drink, would love to sip on it all day if it weren't nearly 8%

Photo of splendidsplinter
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of hopsandstouts
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of audrew
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of andyschaps
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of dprophet
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of macg310
4/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of eorwar
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of challenja
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served On Tap at Jack Rose in Adams Morgan DC

A: The only boo part to this amazing beer. Light for an Imperial IPA. Very light orange lemon zesty haze. Frothy two finger full carbo head on this badboy.

S: This is the most tropical smelling IPA of all time!!! This a tropical pineapple dipped in grapefruit and smeared on a christmas tree pine cone. AMAZING NOSE! WOW.. Totally award winning!!

T: Tropical pineapple zesty grapefruit lemon rind. Sweet sugar pine sap. Orange rind pops that lingers nicely on the palate under a ripe ruby grapefruit. Subtle light Simone California hops almost cold mountain in hop character.

M: Full carbonation but light bodied which is unheard of in an imperial IPA on this sucker that plays on a nice lightly creamy backdrop to a bottom mouth suck finder leaving your throat lightly puckered but wet.

O: One hell of a unique imperial IPA. The hops don't seem to break 80 but I could be wrong (found it to be under 70). A delicious delicious summer IPA brewed in winter. I have to grab some to safe guard for hot summer nights. Lagunitas impresses once again!

Photo of adman08
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear golden straw color with a lot of fluffy white foam that leaves excellent lacing.
S-Very resiny smelling. Lots of earthy pine hops with some sweetness in the background.
T-Very pronounced earthy and piney hop flavors with a good malt backbone. Very resiny and bitter but there is some malt sweetness in the background.
M-Medium bodied, starts with a slight sweetness and finishes slightly dry. Good carbonation.
Overall, a very good version of the style. Despite the harsh, biting bitterness of the piney hops there is some balance of malt and thats what makes this so good. Not a very heavy beer either so I think I might be able to drink a few at a time when I'm in the mood for something hoppy.

Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Element1290
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jwalden
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JHamm
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer has slight head retention with nice lacing around the glass. The smell however is remarkable - extremely fruity, citrusy with hints of pine and orange. The smell is crisp and extremely clean. The taste mimicks the smell. I enjoy a beer with a clean malt bill that lets the hops dominate. If you're looking for a nutty or malty bill this may disappoint on that front. The hops follow the smell with grapefruit, slight mint, and lemon with a balanced bitter finish. The overall mouthfeel does have a resiny oil like finish but nothing that would be considered offensive. Overall this is an exceptional beer for my style if you enjoy a clean, citrus type beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Bfarr
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear golden brown, moderately foamy head with okay retention. Pungent strong hop aroma with pine and citrus. Lightly piney and satsuma and tropical sweetness balanced incredibly well with a short linger. Thin, smooth and very light bite.

Fresh hop aroma, balanced, and very flavorful this beer has it all. Deceptively simple yet it showcases big flavor and is refreshingly addictive. Not a big bold hoppy beer like usual but has wonderful hop elements focusing on flavor rather than bitterness.

Photo of OneEyedJack
4/5  rDev -8%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,330 ratings.