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:
10,264
Reviews:
1,619
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
654
Gots:
2,685
For Trade:
31
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Ratings: 10,264 |  Reviews: 1,619
Photo of doremite
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of campfirebrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light fizzy golden yellow, but has a real nice creamy thick 2 inch head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Hops, pine, alcohol, malts, pineapple, watermelon, some spices, very pleasant aroma.

Taste - Wow, west coast style for sure, lots of bitter hops, mixed with some sweetness. Hop oil flavor also with some malt backbone. Plenty of floral fruits, and a little alcohol warmth round this fantastic drink out.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets crushed by bitter hoppy goodness, but then gets coated with steet fruits, and some bold carmel-like malts. Palate gets some hop oil, malts, and a little booze. Aftertaste is bitter and a little dry, but the hops remain for many minutes after.

Overall - Well this was just awesome. One of the best new beers ive had this year. Fantastic hop bitterness, floral sweetness, and killer balance. Already plan on getting more and hop(e) this becomes a annual beer.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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 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 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 Hendrick24
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Pens1967
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Jas45678
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of denver10
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange with a frothy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and juicy; some nice hop resin, citrus, brown sugar and some bread. A sweet and fruity IPA; sweet citric juice, hop resins, and some bread. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, I get the hype for this beer but I am not quite digging this like most. Would drink again, but wont be seeking this out personally. Kinda reminds me a lot of Brown Shugga, just with a different malt base.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rorjets
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of BigMike
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

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

A: Poured into a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is clear golden with a 1-finger ivory-white head. Very little in the way of visible carbonation, and what bubbles there are are slow to rise. Leaves good splotchy lace.

S: Very nice - tropical fruit, apricot and a touch of pine. May be a hint of cat pee too, so I knocked it down to 4, ultimately; at first I thought 4.5 - 5.

T: Follows the nose, pretty much: tropical fruit (pineapple), citrus (grapefruit peel and lemon) and apricot. Reminds me at first blush of Sculpin, but there's a bit of spice at the finish, and some heat on the way down (not terribly surprising given the 7.85% ABV), that distinguishes this one from Sculpin. Finishes with lingering spice, pine resin and tropical fruit.

M: Given the light color, this one's heavier in heft than anticipated - call it medium in weight (also another area of difference with Sculpin, which I keep coming back to due to that apricot taste and light coloring). Slight slickness to the feel.

O: Good stuff. Ventures away from the usual piney/citrusy hop bitterness and towards the apricot/tropical fruit taste (and smell). Nice surprise from Lagunitas on that front.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of safaricook
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does not overpower, is quite balanced. Need to come for this and enjoy it at a quiet moment

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Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of South2NW
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured to goblet

A: golden, translucent with a finger width creamy head that leaves great lacing.

S: lovely aroma of hops, citrus and pine that delight your sense of smell.

T: big bold citrus flavors, with a hint of piney resin. Slight bitter finish.

M: medium body, creamy. Very easy drinking.

O: wow! This is really tasty. I will be stocking up.

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,264 ratings.
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