Lagunitas Sucks
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #53
Ranked #553
4.35 | pDev: 9.89%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
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Notes: 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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Sigmund from Norway

3.42/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle, at a breakfast joint in Petaluma. Deep golden to orange colour, large off-white head. Aroma and flavour of citrus, pine, caramel and sweet malts. Maybe a bit too far out on the sweet side for me, but still a fairly nice beer. Some alcohol in the finish. Anyway, I wouldn’t say that it sucks.

Mar 23, 2021
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TheBrewsClues from California

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

The name sounds like its referring to the brewery, with a bit of self-deprecation, but it's really about 2020. But this beer is the opposite of 2020. It's a dry-hopped DIPA with an abundance of complex flavors stemming from the multitude of grains used in its brewing. Lagunitas really hit the right combination. For a dry-hopped brew, it is a nice crisp bitterness. Checks all the boxes of a solid DIPA with big flavor.

Mar 09, 2021
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RJLarse from Washington

3.39/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold color with a creamy white head. A little chill haze. It has a medicine taste, maybe because of the ABV? It's very hop forward but not my pint of beer. I like the regular IPA better. It does taste a little like the year 2020, so there's that.

Mar 08, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass an off white 1F head is formed. Beer is 95% transparent and mid gold in color with tons of fine particulate. Really interesting!

On the nose I get some mild onion, pine, salt, malt grapefruit pith and rind. The aroma is intoxicating!

On the palate, WOW, orange, malt, salt water effervescence that is thirst quenching and makes me want more. It is a bit candylike and sticky thick but I want more. The malty stickiness is balanced with relatively mild hops that are grapefruit and pine. The finish is astringent and cloying but I like it because it is mellowed by the malt.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, cloying and tasty. Some dryness to cut the malt on the end.

I was not expecting this. I was expecting a hugely dank and super bitter beer with astringent roof peeling dryness. Not even close. Sweet candylike malt and restrained interesting hops make this a beer I will have again. A big tasty malty balanced hop bomb.

Jan 14, 2021
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Picked up a single from Total Wine for $1.99. I've heard a lot about this bottle for the past decade I've been a beer geek but this is the first time I've seen it in the wild. No discernable date on the bottle but some cryptic numbers printed on the neck.

Appearance - Very hazy. Even with backlight can only barely make out the hazy silhouette of my hand. Small one finger white head. Irregular going from fine to pancake batter with variable bubble size. Good retention, decent lacing and stick. 4.25

Smell - Grassy, sweet, lactic. Even a little floral. Interesting. Fairly weak for an Imperial though. 4.25

Taste - Ho ho ho. Good kick in the mouth. Yet still soft and cushiony. Somehow has a strong, bold up front pretense but with no harshness or off tones or over-bitterness. Impressive in that regard. I appreciate it. Very unique. 5

Mouthfeel - No harshness. Yet bold. 5

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. Very sessionable for any beer let alone one at this ABV. World class easily, master crafted. No off tones whatsoever. No hiding flaws under strength. 5

Jan 10, 2021
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RedBalloon from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle dated 260 (9/16/20) poured into a Teku on 12/24/20.

Pours a 2" fluffy white head. Golden orange and semi-transparent. Intense sticky lacing.

Dank, spicy, herbal, and musky hop aromas. Sweet malty booze with a subtle peppery scent.

Strong dank herbal flavor. Increasingly bitter finish with a musky quality. Sweet, but not balanced. Much more bitter.

Sticky, oily, resinous mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated. Smooth and easy-drinking apart from the drying and bitterness.

Complex and predominantly hoppy in the weedy, dank direction. The alcohol isn't hidden, but it doesn't overpower. A very well-made dank DIPA.

Jan 01, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. No dating but the verbiage around the label talks about going to a brighter and wiser 2021.
Brilliantly clear, deep gold colored body. Not much of a head upon pouring but a partial white cap covers the surface. Each sip leaves behind a tiny spot sheen of lacing. Quite the enticement to rotate the glass while drinking in order to get full glass coverage.
Aroma at a chilled temperature is hidden but bready malts and resinous hops come through.
Taste is full. Slightly sweet but well balanced with citrus, pine, and resin. The suggestion of bitterness is swirled and tempered by the floral sweetness. Leaves a buzz in the mouth, and the aftertaste continues the back and forth, with a resin high note.
Medium mouth feel. The stickiness of the resin also expresses in the mouth. Excellent carbonation.
As mentioned on the label, this is an excellent palate cleanser brew. Very expressive but without excess. Enjoyable.

Dec 27, 2020
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HappyBeers from Oregon

3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not usually in the mood for an IPA, but when I am I usually look for one that is really well balanced. Some IPAs just bludgeon you with hops and bitterness. I like hops, I like bitterness, but I like them in measured amounts. Lagunitas Sucks nails it. This is GOOD BEER. Dark amber, almost caramel in color with a thick white head. Not much on the nose, a little floral, piney. Taste is spectacular. Hoppy, malty, botanicals and pine. Lightly sweet, and a nice light bitter finish. Medium high carbonation. Lighter body, but not wimpy by any means. I'll definitely grab this again the next time I'm in the mood for an IPA. I'm pretty blown away that this is 8% abv. It is so smooth and drinkable. This is truly a quality beer.

Dec 25, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: amber, clear

smell: grass

taste: tea? bread, pine, brown sugar, mango

feel: smooth and easy to chug, tiny bitter finish

overall: lagunitas sucks!

Dec 24, 2020
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mycousinvinny from New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice golden color with a nice one inch head with great lacing
Smell of pine and citrus
Taste is a nice light citrus taste with pine hops slight bitterness just right
Nice crisp carbonation
This is yet another great beer from lagunitas

Dec 10, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a clear golden orange color with a one finger, off white head of foam that laces the glass well.

Aroma: Sweet fruit juices amongst a backdrop of sticky brown sugar, hop resin and creamy malted cereal grains. Clementine, tangerine, grapefruit, honey and a touch of mango are the predominant fruit aromas.

Taste: Initially tropical with pungent flavors of mango, savory guava and sweet pineapple. It transitions into alcoholic, hot notes of spicy pine sap and earthy hop resin. Cherry candies, rich brown sugar and thick, chewy caramel on the tail end - with some notes of oatmeal and rye giving it a touch of cereal flavors.

Feel: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy but not too thick as to be unctuous or overtly heavy. Aggressively hopped, but still malty and sweet. Alcoholic.

Overall: Drinks like a hoppy Amber Ale. Malt driven brown sugar flavors backed up by spicy notes of earthy hops with juicy tropical fruit in the background and subtle notes of cereal to smooth things over. Not sure if I would call this an Imperial IPA, but I'd definitely purchase this again in the future.

Nov 29, 2020
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OctaviusIII from District of Columbia

3.51/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours golden with a substantial head into my glass
Smell: Clear, hoppy, bit of malt
Taste: Hits you with a helluva lot of bitterness. Very little alcohol flavor. Ends with some crisp malt
Mouth feel: Crisp, light, carbonated

Overall, this is a lovely IPA but, well, I'm not a fan of IPAs that just hit you over the head with bitterness and not much complexity. Lagunitas adds some complexity here, but I would have liked to see more pine notes from the hops alongside the malty bitterness.

Nov 29, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

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

This is a top offering that I have enjoyed many times over the years but just reviewing now...
L: Drinking from the bottle. It's a fine looking specimen. They changed the color of the spot to purple this year...
S: Pine, bit of citrus and floral.
T: Delivers on the nose, for sure. Piney, spicy hop bomb. Lingering bitterness
F: Medium body. Light carbonation (I could go with a bit more, but i'm quibbling)
O: It's a classic - I'd forgotten how good!

Nov 28, 2020
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Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Limited Release - 6 pack
12 oz. bottle dated 260 0 (9/16/20) - 8.0% ABV
Poured into Dogfish Head branded Spiegelau IPA glass

Look - Golden straw colored appearance. Thick, white head with good retention and good lacing. Nice clarity with lots of bubbles.
Smell - Mostly resinous pine on the nose with some grapefruit.
Taste - Spicy, piney hops upfront with lingering malt. Not much bitterness.
Feel - Medium mouthfeel. Slightly drying.
Overall - Good spicy hop aspects, but a little too malty for my taste.

Nov 27, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

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

Pours a clear orange with a small head that went to lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus. Tastes first of sweet malt and citrus and then ends with a slightly bitter piney hop taste.

Medium body with light carbonation. Light mouthfeel with a clean finish.

My recollection of my first bottle of this beer was that it was an over the top hop bomb. So it took me several years to buy this bottle. Now either Langunitas has toned this brew down or my tongue has become used to strong hop flavors. Which ever, this is a well crafted West Coast IPA

Nov 17, 2020
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the fastest drinking 8% IPAs you'll ever have. Toes the line between a caramel laden and pilsen malted IPA in looks, lovely color. Floral bouquet with some evergreen forest, and taste follows with sweet pine and bitter grapefruit. Old school drinkable thinner feel, you know this is classy mature beer, filtered and unabashed. Great beer for the uninitiated IPA drinker who thinks mango is the number one flavor to seek out

Nov 07, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/16/20

Not sure how this beer has more ratings than any of their others even though this is the first time I've seen it on the shelf. I imagine it'll be pretty good

Pours a clear gold with 2 fingers of white head that slowly reduces to a cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose is very classic west coast, very classic Lagunitas; just with a little more. Lots of resiny hops, orangey citrus, caramel malt, and minor notes of pineapple and mango

The flavor starts off with a nice malty sweetness, lots of toasted bread and a touch of citrus to balance it out. The swallow brings a nice flash of pine, candied peach, and even more caramel malt that lasts through the aftertaste

A medium body with subtle carbonation leads this to drink much below its abv. Finishes almost entirely dry and perfectly balanced between malty and hoppy

A pretty good beer all things considered. World class? Nah, but definitely a solid, old school ipa

Nov 06, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

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

12oz bottle coded 260 0 2 (9/16/20 Chicago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8% ABV per label. The beer pours bright light golden amber with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and puffy island leaving a full pattern of lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring caramel malt, light citrus and pine. The taste is semisweet caramel with a nice piney, citrus rind flavor and moderate bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good. Much better than the Santa Cookie 12 pack from a couple years ago and not as good as I remember the 32 oz bottles tasting. Old school with the Lagunitas signature flavor.

Nov 06, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.52/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light orange color with a moderate white head. SRM of 8. (3.75)

Aroma: Vague but moderately strong and sweet aromas of citrus, wet pineapple, strawberry, tropical/wet pineapple. Vague but sweet. It tells you there's something there underneath. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows with vague, but sweet orange citrus, wet pineapple strawberry, candied watermelon & tropical pineapple/citrus. Candied, dense, and sweet... but vague flavors. Malty sweetness more than hoppy actually. (3.50)

Feel: Heavier bodied and resinous. Moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth, thick, and rather sweet/sticky. (3.50)

Compared to Lagunitas Super Cluster IPA 10/15/20: Pours a similar color. Similar aromas/flavors. Slightly less citra and more vague resinous and tropical malts. More rye bread and less citra hops I would say, but overall very similar.

Compared to Lagunitas' Little Sumpin Sumpin 10/28/20: Pours an identical appearance. More orange citrus and pineapple. Less resinous and malty sweetness. Quite similar actually and difficult to differentiate.

Compared to Lagunitas' Little Sumpin' Hazy 11/3/20: Pours a similar color. More bitter orange and resinous wet fruit. Less juicy. More caramel/nutty malt body. More pine bitterness and less juicy astringnecy.

Compared to Jai Alai (4 months old) 11/24/20: Pours a similar, slightly lighter color. Very similar aroma/flavors. Similar tangerine and candied caramel aromas/flavors. Slightly more sweet and sticky spiced caramel with more alcohol burn. Overall, nearly identical and surprised. I think I prefer Jai Alai slightly, but surprised they are so similar.
1/13/21: Similar aromas of wet orange and tropics. Slightly more wet pineapple/lemon that is characteristic of Lagunitas. Also more candied and less caramel malt. More sticky on the tongue, sweeter, and less balanced.

Compared to Lagunitas IPA 2/1/21: Pours a slightly lighter color. Stronger aromas. More sweet fruit including apple, grape, pear, orange. Fairly similar.

Overall: A very resinous and deeply sweet IPA. The aroma/flavor profile is vague and nothing stands out. Mostly ORANGE CITRUS, STRAWBERRY/WATERMELON, and WET PINEAPPLE. Classic Lagunitas candied sweetness. It has a resinous mouthfeel and probably lies more malty than most IPAs. Can detect the rye bread slightly with adds some spice to the sweet candied malt profile here. Really though, the hops are lacking and it drinks too sweet and heavy. I don't think I would give this a World Class rating. It does improve as it warms. Very similar to Jai Alai from Cigar City actually. Maybe this one will grow on me, but right now I find it hard to appreciate much of this beer. (Final Rating: 3.52)
*Compare to Lagunitas IPA or Super Cluster*

Oct 16, 2020
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Rating from notes. Consumed January 2013. "Possibly the best DIPA I've ever had. You can smell the massive hop bouquet from across the room. A truly superb beer."

Jan 25, 2020
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TomEfiller from Alabama

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkened gold with great lacing. Smells of strong citrus goodness. Taste is not too strong but nice hoppiness. Feels smooth with a little sweetness. Overall this is a very solid DIPA. Worthy of a second try for me very soon.

Dec 21, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fairly clear bright orange.

Nice white head; spotty lacing.

Marijuana & grapefruit nose.

Medium mouthfeel. Overly bitter taste here; no balance.

Drinkable but not great.

Apr 29, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Picked-up a single bottle at Kappy's in Norwell as part of a mixed six-pack for about eleven dollars. No discernible bottled-on date. Have had many brews from these guys before. Solid brew.

Feb 09, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

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

From notes 3/31/13: Pours a clear pale amber producing 3 fingers of billowy, foamy, off-whit, nicely lasting head that leaves nice rings and webs of lace. Aroma is bitter grapefruit heaven, light pine resin, rye spice, caramel, and tropical fruits with some lemon. Taste is similar with the caramel more distinct but wrapped in fruit layers of orange, pineapple and grapefruit backed up by hop and rye spice and a hint of pepper in the finish. Very Lagunitas style hoppiness. The hops have a fresh or "green" taste. There is a nicely lasting fruity but bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little heavy, slightly oily and slick it is also slightly creamy and very smooth. Very, very pleasant. I need more of this.

Dec 22, 2018
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 11/15/20

From a bottle dated the 288th day of 2020 into a pint glass. While I'm not a huge fan of the way Lagunitas uses a julian date on their beers, what I hate even more is that it's nearly unreadable-printed in black on a brown bottle...anyway. This beer is fresh enough.

Pours a translucent amber color with about two fingers of white head that dissipate slowly leaving nice lacing and a covering of foam on top of the beer.

Smell is interesting. There's definitely some citrus, herbal, pine and floral notes but also an undefined intriguing sweet aroma.

Taste is loaded with bitter pine and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is sticky, but very drinkable. Low carbonation. Bitter aftertaste.

Overall, it doesn't Suck. It's just a clever name. An appropriate beer for 2020. Glad they re-released it.

Nov 18, 2018
Lagunitas Sucks from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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