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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

8,645 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 8,645
Reviews: 1,388
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 491
Gots: 1,442 | FT: 27
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:
Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011

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.
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Photo of NCIPArunner
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of instinct2
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kdoolin
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cheynem
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Sucks is a delicious tropical IPA that can usually be found in rather unique 2-pint bombers.

When fresh, this beer has a fragrant tropical smell and taste. The problem with Sucks is that YOU CAN RARELY GET IT FRESH, and IT SUCKS WHEN ITS NOT FRESH. This is the perennial issue facing this beer.

If you can get it fresh, enjoy one of the better tropical IPAs around. But always, ALWAYS check the date label, because 99% of the time it's going to be old and as a result, a terrible purchase.

I live just a few hours from Lagunitas and this is a constant problem for me so I can't even imagine what other people farther away are getting. This beer is very, very sensitive to age and just turns into a gross malt mess after a short time.

I'm rating this beer based on its fresh rating, and not docking points, but the freshness issues need to be noted.

Photo of JMUduke
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jspaner
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan_Schmidt
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of johlac66
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gator_Chomp
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Johnny_Danger
3.24/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For shelf turd isnot bad

Photo of BeerOps
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darcange
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Straycorn
2.62/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Maybe old bottle? Not impressed. Poured half of it out. Yucky.

Photo of VanceRefrig
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chris-1911
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4lo
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mike_Amps
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MN23
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dynobolt
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer very much. Another IPA drink that's in my top 5.

Photo of brett606
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of montesown
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,645 ratings.