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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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7,434 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 7,434
Reviews: 1,274
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 368
Gots: 852 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing wrong with the appearance. Classsic golden orange color with the meringue-like head. Slightly lighter color than most, but a crowd pleaser. Head had decent retention and moderate lacing.

The most malt I can remember from a double IPA. There's still plenty of faint citrus and pine to go around, but an amazing amount of grains went into this. Regardless, it's got the west coast scent down pat.

Again, very malty, but well balanced against the citrusy and piney hops. Think biscuits with grapefruit marmalade. I never tire of the west coast flavor.

Probably the smoothest IIPA I've had. Well composed with the sublest of transitions from sweet to bitter. Sweet up front, building acidity mid-sip, then a lingering bitterness in the swallow. Extremely simple to drink, goes down easy. Medium-bodied with a crisp finish.

I'm giving extra points for coming in a 32-ounce bottle, but despite that, this beer is exceptional overall. Nice level of ABV, great taste, and not too bitter. One of my new favorites.

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 7,434 ratings.