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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)

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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4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kristougher
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Magery
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Photo of CJNAPS
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer very tasty, pours a deep amber. It does not suck

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Photo of bsp77
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light honey in color with moderate, stark white head. Not too much lacing.

Smell: Smells very tropical, with grapefruit, mango, peach, pineapple and other hop goodness. Also smells somewhat sticky and sweet as well, as expected from Lagunitas.

Taste: Sweet malty core of bread and caramel. Loads of hops on top, but not particularly bitter. Notes of grapefruit, pine and general spiciness. Slight touch of the rye that is in the malt bill (not sure I notice the wheat and oats that are also supposed to be there).

Feel: Moderate carbonation, with a sticky, medium body. Finish is dry, despite the sweet core.

Overall: Another winner from Lagunitas. Does it taste like many of their other beers? Sure. Do I care? No. Is it better than Brown Shugga? Yes. Bring this back somehow.

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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a very thin collar; nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit with dank pine in the background;

T: citrus and tropical fruit up front; from mid-palate through the finish, it's all ripe pineapple; almost no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a fruit bomb (that's not a bad thing); hides the ABV well;

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Damian
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fluid oz's bottle acquired in a trade with celticfutblclub
Served in a snifer

The liquid poured a slightly hazy amber color and was topped by a small, creamy head of off-white froth. Tiny droplets of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The sweet, hoppy nose was dominated by strong tropical fruit notes. Papaya was was quite prominent. Lots of mango too. A slight mustiness was also detectible. The hops were backed by a moderate, caramel-like sweetness. Orange peel came through as well.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, though not quite as punchy. Again, tropical fruit notes of papaya and mango came through strong. Lots of citrus. The hops were nicely balanced by a stiff yet unobtrusive malt backbone. A touch of grapefruit pith appeared on the finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Smooth and slightly creamy with a fine, moderate effervescence.

Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale is rather straight forward in its aroma and flavor profile, yet it is quite impressive nevertheless. Unlike most balanced IPAs that rely on loads of caramel malts to smooth out the hoppy bitterness, Sucks seems to do this by keeping the malts to a minimum and using a hop profile that is both fruity and bright.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of woemad
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Poured a surprisingly clear and golden color, with a big, sudsy white head that took its time dropping, leaving lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

HUGE piney hop scent, so big it smacks your palate before you even begin to drink it.

More balanced and less hoppy than the nose indicated. Sure, things begin with a piney hop blast, but quickly change over to a softer, mellower hop flavor that is balanced well by some unobtrusive malts.

A little bit lighter in the body than I was expecting, but not to a great degree. Slightly resiny yet modestly dry mouthfeel.

This beer goes down far more easily than I initially expected from its hoppy scent. I just wish I'd bought more bottles, as I could drink this all night.

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4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Sucks has a bright orange body with hints of a more yellow color. The tan head is about a finger tall and very solid looking. The retention is good, and the lacing is very good, leaving a solid sheet on the glass.

The aroma is intensely fruity, with lots of orange and some grapefruit with it. A little bit of grass and some bitterness in the background. Not really any malt in the aroma, just a lot of really juicy hops that smell great.

The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely, which is a really good thing in this situation. Lots of fruity citrus flavors come through, with a ton of orange and some grapefruit. A little bit of resin and some grass flavors come through also, with a moderate to high amount of bitterness. The bitterness, however, isn't amazingly biting; it has just the right amount of bite to it. The juicy citrus is the strongest flavor here. The malt is definitely pale, with just a bit of bread or cracker flavor to it; it is definitely understated and thoroughly overshadowed by the hops, which I like.

The mouthfeel has a bite to it from the bitterness, with an appropriate amount of carbonation and a body that is a touch below medium.

The ~8% ABV is a non-factor. Normally I don't really like Lagunitas beers, whether they are hoppy beer or other varieties. Lagunitas sucks, however, is a great IPA that reminds me a little bit of Heady Topper. Definitely a beer worth trying if you get the chance; I hope Brown Shugga never comes back.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of rangerred
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with a fluffy one finger white head. Really great head retention and awesome lacing leaving a nearly unbroken wall down the side of the glass.

Aroma is full of tropical fruit as is typical with Lagunitas. Lots of pineapple, tangerine, and mango with just a hint of bready malt and alcohol underneath. Not extremely complex but the citrus is very mouth watering.

A very juicy tropical fruit character on the taste that carries for a very long time. Tons of tangerine, mango, orange, and pineapple all backed up by a little bit of alcohol and bread. Bitterness is fairly mild for a double IPA and is just enough to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is really perfect without any of the residual sugar all too often found in this style.

Overall, a really amazing IIPA. Extremely drinkable it feels more like 5% abv. Love the tropical, almost minty, hop character and the moderate bitterness. Definitely one to stock up on this time of year and one of the best from Lagunitas.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a splendid holiday ale.

Pours a light orange with some golden highlights. Large white foam head.

Smells like tangerine, some lighter sweet grapefruit, a bit of sugar-y pineapple/mango/tropical notes. Nice fresh cut grass/hay aroma.

Taste is, not surprisingly, quite sweet. Tropical flavors abound. Surprised a bit by how muted the grapefruit was. It's there, and juicy and sweet, but the tropics take over. Not so much malty as just ... sweet.

Very enjoyable. Wish it was year/round. Nice and chewy.

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,293 ratings
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