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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 32oz bottle after hearing great things. The bottle is dated 6/3/14, so its about two months old as I pour it. The beer has a pleasant appearance. The color is a nice light-copper with a sizable head that slowly dissipates. The initial aroma is a tepid, piney hop aroma with a strong malt presence and a bit of citrus. When you give the glass a good swirl, it unleashes a strong orange and citrus aroma. The taste is full of juicy citrus and light pine. A modest hop bitterness then hits the palate. The bitterness is followed by a distinct orange rind flavor that sits on the tongue. There is a ton of hop flavor, but modest bitterness: I like it! The carbonation is muted. The beer is medium bodied with a sort of wet, “juicy” mouthfeel, which suits the beer well. Overall, a really good beer and, at $7 for a 32oz bottle, will definitely be a brew I’d buy again. I would love to try a fresher bottle, too!

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