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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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
Ranking:
#427
Reviews:
1,634
Ratings:
10,335
pDev:
9.72%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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663
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5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of izraelc
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like my beers cloudy but this one looks filthy. The smell doesnt tell you much. It has a good balance. Nothing is overpowering. It has a slight hoppiness with a clean finish. A poor substitute for BrownShugga, hence the name. It gets better as you go. It started as a 3 but might finish as a 4.

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Photo of Spydersweb
3.64/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: light copper, slightly hazy with an off white head with decent lacing.
S: lots of pine from west coast hops, a bit of citrus.
T: piney with a little grassy finish. A bit of malty sweetness.
F: medium light body.
I: enough of a malty backbone to balance the hoppiness. Bitter, but by no means unpleasant. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange with a white head that's gone in a flash, nice lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus, so is the flavor, medium bodied, nice carbonation. Another very fine beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kds2437
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Medium golden color. white head fades quickly to a film and leaves very good lacing.

S---Sweet, piney, fruity.

T---Citrus is first. Some light spice. Very sweet. Hops are in front of malts.

F---Wet. Good carbonation. No bitter tang.

O---This is a damn fine beer. Lagunitas makes good stuff generally and this is another fine example of their work.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jprestonian
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jim67
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: golden , clear, white head
S: mild, some bread, malt
T: nice balance, some bitterness, alcohol comes thru at finish
F: coats pallet, little fizz.

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Photo of Eammon1920
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ViggieMech
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brace yourself for the cat stroke! (You Carrier dudes & chicks will understand!) when you taste this one! This brew is AWESOME in all categories! AWESOME!!

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Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Bstoeckel
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear golden with a nice head. The hop presence is nice. With some tropical fruits, citrus and pine from the hops, the mix of grains and malts brings a cool west coast style taste to this beer

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Photo of Afeo
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer smells like fruit and hops, mostly spicy hops. Taste is malt and hops, this time citrus hops come out in a bitter ending. Mouthful is even, nicely carbonated, but finishes with a bitter aftertaste. Beer could be refreshing on a hot summer day, and overall has a medium feel to it.

To me, this beer would be just fine if it wasn't over-hopped. Taste isn't that bad just a tad too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of KennyDerenbecker
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: a golden yellow with a clear white head that has great retention and wonderful lacing. Very pleasing to the eye!
S: I get a ton of fruit with not much pine. Very hoppy but good.
T: incredibly smoothe for an 8% ABV imperial IPA. A lot of wet hops.
M: easy drinking and smoothe as can be!
O: one of the best IPAs I’ve had. Great price as well for a 6 pack. Must pick up if you see it! (If you’re into IPAs)

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Photo of Tcsox
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mcb99d
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sashmont
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoasterGuy
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,335 ratings
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