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

I had this IPA, and I wasn't sure what was all the hoopla about.

Pours a nice yellow beer. Has some foam forming. Aroma is very faint, almost inexistent. Taste is not of a hoppy beer. It tastes more like a lager. It does have a distinct sweetness, like brown sugar, or molasses, but it is not refined. It tastes a lot like a cheap beer with no hops.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy light copper color with a fluffy two-finger off-white head.

Smell: Nice citrus hop aroma up front - mainly grapefruit and orange peel - followed by some pine and floral notes and just a touch of toasted biscuit malt. Smells balanced and refreshing.

Taste: Similar to the smell but a little less potent on the hops. Still has a nice citrus character along with some floral hops. Malt comes into play a little more here with some caramel malt and more toasted biscuit. Finish is pleasantly bitter. No alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp. Medium to high carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Overall: Very, very solid all-around IPA from Lagunitas. Doesn't really have a "wow" factor for me personally, but doesn't have any major flaws either.

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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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