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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

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.

Added by Jules11788 on 11-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,252
Reviews:
1,613
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
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4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jtee
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 355ml bottle served at 13 degrees Celsius into a snifter. The bottle has been aged (slightly unintentionally) for more than six months.

Look: The beer pours a clear amber with 4cm of off-white, creamy, dense head that settles into a craggy cap after 4+ minutes.

Smell: Moderate strength and well-balanced with hops and malts competing for attention. Notes of citrus (orange and grapefruit), floral hops, tropical fruit, and resinous pine. Some honey and a touch of soapiness.

Taste: Follows the aroma seamlessly. American/New World hops with notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, and honey. The finish is quite long, strong, and bitter. Medium-dry and definitely not harsh.

Feel: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Creamy with restrained alcohol warmth.

Overall: An outstanding beer with malts providing a fabulous backbone for the delicious hops. Very drinkable for an imperial IPA. Along the lines of Dogfish 90 Minute IPA - I'd be interested in trying these back to back. How I wish this was commonly available in Canada.

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Photo of Elmasian
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AWA
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maltznhopz
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a copper, clear color with a white foam head that lingers.
S -Piney, hops, papaya, bready and a light caramel scent and citrus.
T - some pineapple, caramel, malts and slight earthy bitterness
M - creamy and medium finish. Finishes dry with a light hop bitterness.
O - not sure how I feel about this one. It wasn't bad but nothing that would really make me buy it again.

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Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eddie729
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Z3roRage
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abryan562
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of abagri
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jroof1
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsbirnba
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deac83
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobert84
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with most of the beers made by Lagunitas, this is a real good beer. Nice color, very good taste . . . really like it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a light orange/yellow colored yet somewhat hazy body, foamy white head appears and dies to a film coating the top of the beer. Some nice rings are left sticking to the sides of the chalice. The smell is an abundance of grapefruit up front backed up nicely by some light lime, lemon and pine. It comes across very strong as the beer sits on my coaster less than a foot away from my nose and I can still smell it. Some other hops are there but not as intrusive as the grapefruit ones. The malts are there slightly. The taste is bitter and eventually gets slightly sweet as the beer warms. The grapefruit is tasted all the way down. The palate is about a medium but doesn’t come across that sessionable with a sticky aftertaste, and gets slightly syrupy and the finish is dry, The ABV is hidden well. Overall, pretty nicely done DIPA well worthy of my time.

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Photo of informaticsDoc
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rufus1
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First things first. This beer in no way SUCKS!!

Pours an amber/gold into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. Just my thing. Two fingers of off white head that turns rocky as it settles. Lasts for a while. Decent lacing.

Hits the nose with the IPA signature big bold hops. Citrus, pine and ripe white grapefruit. Some sweet malts that form a good backbone to support the hoppy goodness. Resinous pine builds on the palate sip after sip. Not boozy at all. Perfect carbonation rounds out the medium mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Sessional. I could drink this brew all day long. Just plain tastes good! Cheers.

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Photo of HeadiestDudeonLot
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jubes07
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seraphiel-
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dubnation
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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