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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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8,293 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 8,293
Reviews: 1,320
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,151 | 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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4.17/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

$6.99 for a 32 oz. quart. I couldn't resist.

Pours an opaque golden brown with a substantial bubbly white head. Medium lacing.

The nose is extremely dank, citrusy notes in the background. Can get a tiny malt aroma as well. Dankness dominates.

Very dank. Very spicy. Bit of tangerine and a nice malt backbone complements it beautifully. This is amazing.

Full and thick for a DIPA. Carbonation is exactly where it should be. The dank and citrus lingers for a while. After every sip I can't wait to go back for more.

This is probably in my top 10 IPA's of not better. Just amazing throughout I'm so happy this is widely available and in a quart to boot!

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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1/5  rDev -77%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.92/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.28/5  rDev -24.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

A: golden, light bronze colored, typical dehydrated urine color of an IPA, nice white foamy lacing on 2 finger head

S: beautiful tropical fruit smell, mangos, passion fruit, pungent and sweet hops up front, citrus, a little piney...this is a really classic IPA with plenty of complexity

T: wow...strong hops that are not overly bitter, well balanced with the sweetness of the malt. Fresh citrus up front with a strong brown sugar taste. Very complex but smooth and easily identify each and every taste.

M: smooth carbonation. Hoppy, brown sugar kick that stays in your mouth.

O: I don't know why it took me so long to finally try this beer but I have it proves how good of a brewery lagunitas is. This is an amazing tasting beer with all my favorite hop flavors without being too bitter. Malts are a nice edition that don't overpower the beer with a syrupy taste. Love!

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4.9/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,293 ratings.