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

10,255 Ratings
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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 10,255 |  Reviews: 1,614
Photo of esktime
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of PVMT
4.74/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Life-Love-Beer
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of porter0209
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of SteveTheBrit
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of calivessel
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of DrewSp
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Hoggo
4.44/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Jordy777
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of johnwkraft
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of yasky
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of WilldrinkIPA
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of David_Allen
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of vonnerbeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of KevinMc
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Jobin_24
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of WoostaBia
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of PirateCraft
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lagunita's Sucks has a bold taste and aftertaste. It is perfect for a relaxing evening lounging about. Complex yet simple. Smooth and strong. It also has an interesting story, in that, it was only made due to a mistake on the breweries part. Simply put, it made an impression every time I tasted it.

 299 characters

Photo of ronricorossi
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought at Broadway Liquors in Oakland

First, the bottle. The bottle, the bottle, the bottle. Just, so big, so protruding, so LOUD, it makes a ruckus in the cooler, just sitting there, pushing all its scrawny neighbors aside. Quart 'o beer.

Hits the glass bright and golden, a range of yellows, nice frothy head. Smells incredible. It's that note of floral and fruit that surprises. Tastes sweet and thick, citrus, along with the usual IPA profiles, and the DIPA dense mouthfeel. Just kinda glorious. Bold and bright. Pretty damn impressive.

 549 characters

Photo of KevChiTown
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hollywould
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of kduf
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of JeffONeal
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,255 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.