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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

8,294 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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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4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good but derivative and overly alcohol.

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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchmurn
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redbarnbikes
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BDooley
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevin113
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZBowden
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden with small head, smells very hoppy and citrusy, tastes piney slightly grassy with hops as the front of the taste, mouthfeel is creamy and silky but thin

Photo of Nash_meister
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nat1975
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Takezo
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Natedogg
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 3ricks
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Bomber poured into snifter.

A- light amber with a slight copper hue. One finger of white frothy head and ample carbonation and lacing.

S- hop forward fruit bomb. Plenty of citrus with peach, pear, pineapple, and mango shining through. Not much pine or reason in this one. Some flowers and honey also on the nose.

T- lots of fruit here as well. Same citrus flavors as the nose. This was on the sweet side if the IPA spectrum. Got some honey it brown sugar taste taste. Very light, sweet, and fruity with a very small malt backbone. I like my IPA a little hop heavy so this one was perfect.

M- light to medium bodied. As I drank more I got a little stickiness coming through. Crisp and fresh tasting, this juicy IPA delivers. Very refreshing.

O- great hop forward, juicy IPA. Very sweet and fruity. I like the bomber, as that's about the perfect serving size for this ale. One if my favorite Lagunitas offerings.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.84/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Friggin' awesome beer all the way. Hard to tell it's a double IPA, it goes down so damn easy. And the 32oz bottle...? Love it! Priced quite right, as are many lagunitas products. There is little not to like about lagunitas, or this beer.

As IPAs go, it's nice and hoppy but balances nicely (as much as an IPA can be balanced).

The only criticism I have about this beer is why the heck is Primus not doing a commercial for it? Somebody's slackin' down in advertising....

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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