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

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10,223 Ratings
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:
10,223
Reviews:
1,606
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
647
Gots:
2,667
For Trade:
32
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 10,223 |  Reviews: 1,606
Photo of Franziskaner
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden colored with vibrant carbonation and Brussels lacing. Quarter inch head of tightly knit white head. Excellent clarity. Nose is filled with pungent freshly picked grapefruit like hop aroma. I get just a whiff of that cereal grain mixture. The mouth seems weighted,dry,and sticky from the hops. I would describe the taste as a great blend of bitter citrus hops mixed with sweet and slightly nutty cereal grains. Like honey but Cheerios meets west coast IPA.

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Photo of richj1970
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cask into a tulip glass.

A: Poured vibrant orange color with nice 2-3 finger head that slowly settles to a thin lacing.

S: Strong hops, mostly pine but also some citrus like grapefruit and orange, mixed with a solid malts

T: Big hops while remaining suprisingly balanced. Blended hops up front but a very smooth full malt underneath, with a hint of sweetness to finish.

M: Medium bodied with fairly light carbonation that I attribute to the cask.

O: Very nice beer. Enjoyable IPA, being both hoppy & big malt but everything is unbelievably well balanced. I liked Dogfish 90 a bit more, but this one is solid nonetheless.

Edit: Found some recently in bottles, and adjusted scores up some. Fantastic tastes and aromas.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.91/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12oz bottle into new Belguim globe glass

A-wonderful golden color with a one finger head that stays nice lacing

S-in your face aromas soon as you crack open the bottle. They are floral hops, grapefruit, mango and straw

T-taste is like the aromas but with the right amount

M-well balance full body with good carbonation leave the tongue wanting more.

O-I was surprised with this DIPA wished that I tried it sooner. Great price for $10!

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Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dirty yellow, 2 finger white fluffy head,
gorgeous lacing

S: fresh pine, mango, peach, tobacco

T: same as nose, mild malt middle with
firm bitter finish

M: med body, oily, hint of sticky mouth

O: Lagunitas knows my hop interests;
uses hops that have delightful nose. Alcohol
is subtle. Wish the body was a little heavier for the style.

VERY GOOD; WORTH HAVING!

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Photo of user785335
2.5/5  rDev -42%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear goldish yellow with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid retention, turns into a ring of bubble around the edge after a while and leaves a bit of spotty lacing at best.

S- Smell is quite a bit of tropical fruits. A hint of pine here too. A hint of a light spice.

T- Quite a bit of tropical fruit hops that have a nice balance of sweet malts. Malts are much more apparent here than in the nose, but the hops are the show here. A hint of alcohol.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Pretty solid beer here for sure.

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

Bright gold with a thick white head. Sticky skim retention rides all they way to glass bottom and deposits several large swaths of of foam on the sides.

Grassy lemon and sweet Twinkie aroma. Nelson Sauvin?

Chock full'a grassy lemon hops. 62 IBUs but that's no indicator of the silly amount of late end hops that were shoved in between the malt. Malt doesn't do much but doesn't get in the way either. I'm guessing at copious amounts of Nelson Sauvin but I suck at the "guess that hop" game.

One of my favorite DIPAs because it's just like a bigger IPA, not a sickly sweet overmalted hop bomb.

Bummer about Brown Sugar but way to make lemonade.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Burt
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas sucks for not making Bown Shugga. Kinda wish they wouldn't have replaced it with another IPA, oh well, they usually don't disappoint, let's find out...

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a nice white head, some lacing too.

Aromas are very nice, lots of citrus, notes of mangos, oranges, tangerines, and also some stinky resin.

Taste is slightly sweet up front, some caramel, cream, and crackery. Finish is dry and crisp with some resin and hints of pineapple, mangos, and oranges. There is also some pine bitterness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, smooth, and with crisp carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA, Lagunitas might suck for not producing Brown Shugga this year, but this is yet another fine offering from the folks in Petaluma.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of campfirebrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops and candied pineapple, grapefruit, and mango, some floral hops, and some sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a strong kick of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some good bitterness and a bit of sweet caramel malts growing from the background. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more citrus flavor and bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet candied tropical and citrus fruits, bitterness, grassy hops, and some sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a resiny and fairly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big hoppy DIPA with a great hop profile. I really like how strong the candied tropical fruits are.

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Photo of philbe311
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - A finger and a half worth of delicate fluffy whipped cloud-like egg shell colored head... Solid retention... Once faded their is a thick rich collar and moderate veil of lacing... The color is a light and slightly dull amber... There is a moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation rising throughout... Loads of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Holy hop cones... Piney... Earthy... Slightly pungent (in a good way)... Grapefruit... Orange zest... A limited malt base is detected...

T - A bit more of a citrusy character takes over the palate... Grapefruit... Oranges... Tangerines... A hint of mango... There is still a strong piney component along with grassy and earthy tones... Some light biscuit and crust notes...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly lush... A touch of creaminess... Very smooth... Finishes a bit dry... Lots of textures and character...

D - A rock solid American DIPA... Loaded with depth, complexity and character... It's not the hoppiest, but it's bursting with flavor... There's also something that makes it rather unique in the realm of hyped hop bombs, though I can't quite place my finger on it... I highly recommend and will gladly indulge whenever presented the opportunity...

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orangish yellow in color with a 1/2+ inch head and great retention

Smell: Very strong hop aroma. Lots of floral, pine and resin on the nose

Taste: Based on the nose the flavor is a bit of a let down. Still has the good hop flavor but just a tad bit muted compared to the nose

Mouthfeel: Just under a medium body and mildly carbonated and slightly bitter

Overall: A very good dipa especially for the price and availability to me. This one just lacked just a touch in the flavor department to make it a great dipa. Highly recommended

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed pale orange/golden color, with a blinding white head. The pillow is thick but thins quickly, although even a weak swirl fluffs it up nicely.

Clean, bright, floral, fruity, and especially herbal nose. Shades of cannabis bud sneak in. It's hoppy and very "west coast" but doesn't seem to be trying to beat the nose senseless.

Impossible not to love how this beer tastes. It's very fruity and rounded out with sweet, dessert-like spices, yet it's a classy offering, never feeling like a too-syrupy tongue-ripping novelty. If you were looking to turn a hops-novice onto hop-laden beer, this would be it.

Texturally it's soft and smooth, yet with plenty of carbonation. For some reason it's starting to remind of a classier, slightly bigger, more cool-handed Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

Very much worthy of the hype that greeted this surprise/oopise holiday creation, it's one of the more approachable double IPAs out there. Lagunitas doesn't suck at all!

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Photo of rydev24
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -30.4%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,223 ratings.
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