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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)
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:
#419
Reviews:
1,623
Ratings:
10,293
pDev:
9.72%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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660
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Now this was a great released beer by Lagunitas! I think the name is quite funny too!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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wow my top 10 beers def...very sweet and malty but with awsome hoppyness this is a real treat

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4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear yellowish orange. Looks surprisingly clear for the ABV and the nose.

S: HUGE tropical fruit nose. Grapefruit, mango, and tangerine are pronounced. Almost no lemongrass or piney hops are present in the nose.

T: Prickly tropical fruit hops - all over the place. This one plays well with the palate. Some hops are subtle, with orange and tangerine notes. The grapefruit and mango dominate. This is like liquid juicy fruit gum.

F: Surprisingly light and refreshing, given the ABV. This is dangerously drinkable at 8%

O: This is the prime example of a West Coast IPA. It has everything you want, tropical fruits, refreshing, drinkability, and HOPS. I think all Lagunitas hoppy beers have a lot of oats in the malt bill, and that is what carries this beer as well. A lot like Little Sumpin but without the wheat sweetness. Get this beer if you love West Coast IPA's and tropical fruit hoppiness!

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's malty and overly sweet. Still, a lot of beer for the dollar.

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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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