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

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)

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of forshamegetit
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattstffns
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Juan_Andere
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coryk133
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer definitely recommend!!!!

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4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitekid
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EersandBeers
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga' Substitute Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well this is lighter than I was expecting, I must have been confusing it with something else although I've definitely had it before on tap. I generally don't like to do reviews in bars though, there are too many different smells going on, and too many distractions. So, OK, it's a hazy golden and there's visible particulate in suspension. I'll assume that's yeast, I saw it come out of the bottle towards the end. Ahh, it just occurred to me that maybe I thought it was darker because it appeared that way at the bar. Anyway, the head is a creamy off-white which has already dropped to a thin surface covering and wide collar. I have a beer clean glass, by the way, I used it earlier so I'm not sure what the problem here is. The aroma displays a grainy, lightly caramelish malt with citrusy fruits and a bit of pine. It's clean and fresh and welcoming. The flavor follows and I'm finding notes of orange, light brown sugar, sweetened grapefruit, pineapple, and soft pine. It's not particularly bitter given the amount of sweet bread malt that's there, but it comes through, particularly in the finish. It's sweetish upfront but balanced in the end. Some citrus and pine lingers. It's definitely medium in body, almost medium-full, and the carbonation is fairly soft leaving it gently tingly on the tongue and then smooth. Nicely done. I'm not even finding the alcohol, what is it? 8% ABV, that's not a bad trick to pull off. Quite pleasant and enjoyable; I'll have to pick up some more.

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

Photo of pants678
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold with consistent white lacing.

Musty, floral.

Sweet malt's unexpected but pleasant. Bready. Hops are soft, Chinook might be in there, something like but not Citra. A bit like Surly's Abrasive.

Thick-ish, low carb plays right.

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Photo of Philcassella
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbavera
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I bought a case of this cause my buddy suggested it. Well it didn't last to long. Very potent, kind of thick feeling. A pinch of sweetness. Lagunitas definetly knows what they are doing cause ive had alot of there beers and they never disappoint.

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Photo of briandschorr
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell was quite hoppy and the taste follows the nose. The smell is like the resin on a violin bow. There is a great kick when the beer first hits your palate. The mouthfeel hit me quite hard and for a change, I liked it. Good carbonation. You may notice some pineapple, caramel, malts and an earthy bitterness. The finish was great with a creamy medium end.
Overall a great addition to their body of work.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of von_kaiser
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adam36
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle with no date, says 8% ABV (not 7.85%).
Wow! Pours amber-tinted golden, moderate white head with sticky lacing. Incredibly balanced aromas of nectarine and peach, tangerine and a little orange and ripe grapefruit, warm tropicals, just a tad lemon, some pine, a tad dank, mostly sweet. Taste is hop forward and bitter but incredibly balanced, with pine resin and grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, some stone fruit, with a sweetness that cuts through the resinous hops. All the components line up humbly in their place, waiting for you to explore them, never overstepping, and creating a symphony on the palate. Feel is medium bodied, creamy enough. Finish is a pleasant variety of bitter, a combination of dryness with citrus peel freshness.
I loved this beer to the point that it may be better than Pliny. So happy to have found it!

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkazemi
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden brew, plenty of head and lacing

Slight pine and citrus smell.

Flavors follow the citrus theme - pineapple, lemon, and banana. Some white pepper spice on the finish. Crisp polished finish. some alcohol.

A bit atypical for a DIPA - but par for the course for lagunitas, but crisp and clean and hits enough marks to go back to it.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jtee
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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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