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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

6,872 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,872
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 295
Gots: 655 | FT: 23
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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mad3air

Delaware

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-28-2014 17:44:11 | More by mad3air
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betsymagnolia

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-28-2014 17:41:35 | More by betsymagnolia
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GStein

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-28-2014 06:08:05 | More by GStein
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Zekenyce

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-28-2014 03:25:36 | More by Zekenyce
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Ohiolager

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. bottle code is on neck in black, hard to see. 004 4. means it was bottled the fourth day of 2014.

pours a dark golden color and a bit cloudy too. about two fingers of peach white thin head, that don't stay around long giving way to minimal lacing.

it smells like an IPA should, citrus, grapefruit, and a hoppy pine to it.

the taste mirrors the smell. starts out with some citrus, grapefruits, and follows up piney and bitter.

mouth feel is light to medium.

overall i don't understand the big hype behind this brew at all. I don't consider this a double or imperial IPA, over 9% ABV would be a double or imperial. The label is deceiving, if you have never had The old brown shugga then you have no idea this is an IPA. the label just says ALE and looks very cheaply designed and made. A craft beer without a freshness date? i have to decode your hard to read black codes in the store? For 10 bucks a six pack I was very disappointed. label says limited release, yet it is available year around. anyway a decent IPA NOT a double or imperial IPA at all. I will NOT be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 03:08:56 | More by Ohiolager
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JakeTheDuck

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-28-2014 02:35:08 | More by JakeTheDuck
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Chris_emerson

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-28-2014 02:05:49 | More by Chris_emerson
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Great-Pyrebeers

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-28-2014 01:01:38 | More by Great-Pyrebeers
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-27-2014 23:47:03 | More by OrestesMethuon
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jayluf

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-27-2014 20:14:04 | More by jayluf
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-27-2014 18:03:41 | More by arlingtonjoe
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Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-27-2014 02:27:08 | More by TGanyone
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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-27-2014 02:14:29 | More by bigpoppa67
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kjlcm

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-27-2014 00:16:52 | More by kjlcm
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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cpxc

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-26-2014 02:11:03 | More by cpxc
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New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

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Maine

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Maine

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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stewart124

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color with just a centimeter of white head.

Nose has plenty of citrus, pineapple and pine.

The first sip packs a punch. Tons of hops coupled with a tight malt bill. From the description I wasn't expecting these four cereal grains. That explains some of the Silkiness but at the same time this dries out. It really is a fantastic double IPA. The malt bill really showcases the hops. So easy to drink. Lingering pine bitterness

Plenty of carbonation helps the hops standout.

Just a nice solid DIPA. Great value from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:35:37 | More by stewart124
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swtdixie91

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Mikus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-25-2014 22:56:45 | More by Mikus
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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-25-2014 17:38:53 | More by kgncfl
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-25-2014 03:51:20 | More by brpendergast85
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,872 ratings.