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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

6,866 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 6,866
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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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

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

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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TGanyone

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-27-2014 02:27:08 | More by TGanyone
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bigpoppa67

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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HillbillyBlood

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-26-2014 21:45:10 | More by HillbillyBlood
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Leiting

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-26-2014 18:45:08 | More by Leiting
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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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Limanti

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-26-2014 01:33:16 | More by Limanti
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ScottHeidrich119

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-26-2014 01:04:37 | More by ScottHeidrich119
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TheMaineBeerGuy

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-26-2014 01:02:18 | More by TheMaineBeerGuy
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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%

03-26-2014 00:13:41 | More by swtdixie91
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Mikus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

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

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
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LEdubs

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-25-2014 00:50:45 | More by LEdubs
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DoubleJ

California

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a crowded IPA market, you must find a way to peak your head over the pack. Lagunitas seemed to have found a way by accidentally screwing up their brew schedule and forcing themselves to find an alternative to Brown Shugga. It took me some time, but I put my faith in the community and picked up a six-pack. On to the beer:

Color looks like a light toasted orange, met with a solid job of head retention, and a number of thin rings of lace which wrap around. When I smelled it, I felt that my faith was rewarded. It's tough to deny an aroma that succulent, with pleasurable amounts of tropical fruits, pineapple, melon rind, and passionfruit. Fruit alors!

Similar to the aroma, the taste caps any lingering skepticism that I head towards the beer. It's an attack of the two P's, being passionfruit and pineapple. Not far behind is tangerine in this explosion of hops. There's a milder sweet cantaloupe note too. Although hoppy, it didn't get into any bitterness. This is carried with a medium/full body with the alcohol hidden.

If you have an addiction of hops, then you are probably shouting that Lagunitas sucks with this creation. If you love hops, then you need to find yourself a glass of Lagunitas Sucks!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:17:18 | More by DoubleJ
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DanU

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-24-2014 23:12:34 | More by DanU
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Da314man

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-24-2014 19:42:21 | More by Da314man
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Rubalaca

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-24-2014 18:28:29 | More by Rubalaca
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patrick802

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

03-24-2014 16:28:15 | More by patrick802
Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,866 ratings.