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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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8,294 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,294
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 423
Gots: 1,155 | FT: 22
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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A - Golden Amber color. A bit murky with a 2.5 inch head. Lots of lacing, lots of bubbles

S - Pine tree, Grapefruit, passion fruit, orange peel, flowers.

T - Flowery with a bitter orange peel aftertaste. Bitterness is not overpowering. Not an extremely strong taste overall, and the alcohol taste is also minimal.

M - Medium to heavy thickness. Minimal burn from alcohol and carbonation.

O - Sweet smell, a bit bitter on the taste but not overpowering. A good beer.

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Pours a clear beautiful amber. Smells great. Piney, citrus and fruits. Tastes delicious. super good. Just the right amount of bitter. Very bitter as a matter of fact but it works out great. I think because it is balanced so well with everything else that the bitterness works. Great beer.

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A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a very thin collar; nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit with dank pine in the background;

T: citrus and tropical fruit up front; from mid-palate through the finish, it's all ripe pineapple; almost no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a fruit bomb (that's not a bad thing); hides the ABV well;

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,294 ratings.