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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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle into my tulip.
A – Slightly hazy, light golden pour with a vivid white head that settles quickly.
S- Hops, piney, floral, light brown sugar
T – Mildly sweet to start with a good bite of piney, resinous flavor. Hoppy bitterness. Tails off with some solid citrus flavors of orange and grapefruit.
M – Medium carbonation. Little slick and smooth.
O – Tasty brew right here. Lot of flavors which are well balanced and play off each other.

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Photo of davidperez
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker, it pours a clear golden yellow with a two-finger head, foamy, with good retention and very good lacing.

The bouquet is a fruit cocktail, tropical and dank. Mango, papaya, pineapple, passion fruit… lots of passion fruit. Very assertive.

The fruit cocktail continues in the mouth. Very smooth and light body, with just the necessary carbonation. You can tell it's very bitter, but it balances greatly with the malty sweetness and all the fruits you get; however, the bitterness prevails in its long finish.

Outstanding beer.

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Photo of Bebum
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with covering lace.
Full body, intense flavor, fairly hot and rich mouthfeel, nice carbonation, long palate.
Very bitter but balanced.
Intense hop flavors, resiny, grapefruity.
Satisfying and enjoyable.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a golden honey color with lots of larger sediments floating about, less than one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, lightly carbonated.

SMELL: peppery, brown sugar, bread, grapefruit citrus and pine resin, I can also smell some booze.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose precisely, peppery then sweet brown sugar, some grapefruit citrus and pine resin, the 8% ABV is perceptible.

PALATE: medium body and lightly carbonated.

OVERALL: this is a solid traditional DIPA, I would buy this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- golden and slightly hazy. Nice white head that sticks to the glass leaving layers of white rings.
S- hoppy with pineapple and citrus and a familiar scent that comes with a lagunitas brew
T- papaya, and pineapple, alittle pineyness and somewhat bitter
F-medium feel with a slight prickle of carbonation
O- got this one on draft at the local taco mac. Enjoyed it in the past and tonight was no different.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, unclear date code

Clear golden color, good head and lacing. Nice strong pine and citrus hop aroma. Taste is very hop dominated, and somewhat bitter. Sticky mouthfeel

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fun. Fun. Fun. Complex, citrus, pine, hops, and a little touch of malt. Long, tangy after taste. The citrus and pine overload is the opposite of boring.

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Photo of MACrist
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

LOOKS: Golden amber, nice small carbonation rising. Crystal clear in the glass with a 2"+ creamy off white head that lasts and leaves nice thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Lots of pine and citrus/grapefruit, a nice sweetness to the aroma, doesn't smell harsh at all. Very resinous.
TASTE: Sweet malt, then the citrus and pine bitterness kick in nicely and head for the finish line. Very well balanced if you like a nice bitter/sweet ratio.
FEEL: Incredibly smooth while still some nice effect from ample carbonation. You get a little of the sticky hop resin but the beer finishes on the dry side.
OVERALL: Awesome DIPA right here, great balance and no harshness, whatsoever.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow and orange, lots of clarity, super professional appearance even right down to the 1/2" of white head on it. Blast of hops, piney, green, vegetal, proprietary. Wow.

Taste super light dry cracker pale malt body allows for maximum hop penetration, oats for smoothness and knocking down the bitterness. Not gratingly bitter either, lots of citrus fruit and pine dankness like you opened a bottle from the dispensary.

New hop varieties seem to have a short shelf life though, this one gets compromised pretty quick, drink asap is more important with this one than about any other.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found 6-pack of this at Total Wine for $8.99 - Score! Pours a cloudy golden with gorgeous lacing. Medium bodied with very hoppy pine taste. Exactly what I'm looking for in a IIPA.

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Photo of jtwhicker
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler fill.
Pour to imperial pint glass. Smell of sugary booze. Pours bright copper color. Thin translucent head. Could be flat from growler. Gotta take with this one. Smells of boozy notes, sweet burnt sugary taste lingers on palate. Very noticeable. Malt and sugar doesn't combat slight bitterness but rather compliments

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Photo of gandres
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32 Fluid ounce poured to wine glass
Today is 1/23/2016
Appearance: Light amber, small head, almost no lacing
Aroma: Strong hoppy smell, slight boozy scent not overpowering
Taste: Slightly bitter, then sweet,
Mouth feel:
Overall: Excellent beer, specially with the price. Definitely something to look forward to.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From12oz bottle, smells of pungent pine, some citrus notes buried in there.

Thick body for a dipa, strong feel of carbonation. Taste follows with the smell, almost all pine. Bitterness is pretty sharp upfront, with a sweet malty presence that plays second fiddle somewhere in the background. Very hop forward.

Overall, this is a beer you'll remember. I wouldn't call it smooth because the flavor and bitterness are somewhat jarring, but if you need something to wake up your pallet, this will do the trick!

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Photo of Tele
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 1.18.15

A: 4.5 Pours a reddish-gold with a large, off-white head. Good retention and leaves lots of lace.

S: 4.25 Lots of fresh, tropical fruit coming from the hops. Plenty of orange and lemon peel, papaya, banana, and a hint of pine in the background.

T: 4.5 Flavors are just right and very balanced. It starts super juicy and fresh with only mild sweetness before a good dose of hop bitterness and pine kick in. The bitterness lingers on the finish with a touch of pepper, but it also has a citrus quality to balance it out.

M: 4.5 Good body with excellent carbonation and quite drinkable. There’s also some dryness on the finish that is really nice.

O: 4.5 Great west coast IPA. Terrific flavors and aromas while being refreshing and satisfying.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This pours an opaque, golden orange with a delightful white and foamy head which leaved behind a good amount of lace. The smell is a healthy blend of brown sugar and hops. Upon taking a drink, sweet, brown sugar notes open up, before giving way to a subtle hoppy finish. Nothing too drastic on either end. It plays quite nice between the subtle sweetness and bitterness. It feels great as well. The beer doesn't feel too harsh on the carbonation side. It's nice and smooth. Very easy to drink. Overall, this is a good beer. Glad I finally found it on the shelf and gave it a try.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden color decent white head good lacing head dissipates away
Smell citrus fruity notes sweet slight grapefruit
Taste grapefruit and citrus some orange peel kind of sweet and bitter a little lemon flavor just right amount of hops.
Feel is great light smooth well carbonated clean and crisp
Overall I love this beer and would have more for sure.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer with a nice floral nose. The taste starts well, a citrusy floral experience, but ends with a cherry plasticky taste. I am having this draft and I believe I am tasting whatever beer was on the rap before this. Not Lagunitas' problem, I can sense the underlying intended beer taste and I will try it again to sort it out.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

lots of hype and tradition surrounding this one 12 0z bottle poured into a pint glass no bottle date or enjoy by date that i could see look pours gold to orange with a HUGE white head that stayed with the beer throughout and left lots of lacing on glass smell of hops, malt and yeasty with notes of both fruit beginning and pine ending
taste hoppy with a booze feel not in a good way very bitter finish and aftertaste feel crisp with good carbonation not sure if I would purchase w other options available

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Photo of rjd722
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orange-amber body, slight haze but not completely opaque. Huge, fluffy white foam head which sticks around for a seriously long time and maintains it thickness. Nice lacing as well.

Aroma: Somewhat grassy scent, accompanied by pine and fresh citrus. Sweet malts also dominated the profile, while the hops remain relatively low-key. Interesting tropical/pine medley here.

Taste: Sweet malts and a complex citrus accompaniment (pear, orange, grapefruit, lemon). Towards the end is when you really get the full array of rye, wheat, etc.

Feel: Unbelievably smooth for a DIPA coming in at nearly 8%. Excellent balance of malts and hops, not too bitter. I could drink this one all day, every day.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 0z bottle poured into a pint glass no bottle date or enjoy by date that i could see
pours gold to orange with a HUGE white head
head lasted whole beer and left lots of lacing on glass
smell of hops, malt maybe a little yeasty with notes of both fruit and pine complex nose for sure
taste hoppy boozy and very bitter
feel light and crisp with a slight viscous finish
overall way to bitter for me

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light golden blonde and clear, poured into a pint glass, it produced a medium size head and had medium to high carbonation.
S: A wonderful citrus aroma with pear, apricot, and other citrus notes
T: A wonderfully pleasing IPA that provides a steady stream of citrus flavor as it rolls across the taste buds and streams down your throat. Orange, grapefruit, lemon flavors deliver a completely satisfying taste experience. The beer has some malt depth as well and it displays some bread flavors.
M: Moderate carbonation and chewy, bready malt provide a definite presence.
O: No doubt that it's a great IPA and it has a lot depth and dimension, but I have to admit, it seems to be closer to a single IPA than a double.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

having this with Gouda cheese and Vinta crackers. i poured this brew into Grand Cru glass and it is a golden color and it is clear, it gives about to inches of head with a nice lace at the end. The aromas are of pine cones with mandarines and the taste is delicious and well balanced. it taste earthy and you taste the pines with the rye and it finishes with a nice bittersweet finish. this is now one of my favorites next to Alpine Nelson.

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Photo of imstimpy
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A touch of head, turning to an interesting windblown sand dune look sitting atop a nice orange-amber color. The lacing is nice and lasts through the entire beer.

The smell is a slightly sweet hop scent.

The taste experience is unique- it starts smooth, goes to hops (not hoppy), peaks with bitterness and hops, then tapers into a finish of something like brown sugar.

The feel is relatively smooth, with a hint of bitterness after the swallow that tapers quickly.

Overall, it is a wonderful example of a dry hopped ale. It is exceptionally smooth, hop-balanced, and drinkable, with a punch that sneaks in with the subtle sweetness. The label is interesting, the story behind the beer intriguing, and the brewery not without humility.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fairly high abv, but drinkable. I am glad that Lagunitas expanded to Chicago to make this great beer much more easily accessible. Solid imperial pale ale

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy bronzed golden to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lightly rimmed lace clings to the glass in a spiderweb sort of way.
The smell has a slight almost "brown sugar" aroma sliding over some caramel malts and backed up by a nice eloquent bitter to grassy and slight lemon sort of hops to blend nicely.
The taste had a forefront of the malt forward sweetness sliding into a delicate bitterness, weaves nicely in and around that "brown sugar"-esque flavor. There's a lingering sweet aftertaste like a normal Lagunitas beer and adds a sly sweet to bitter finish.
In the mouthfeel, there's a sweet sessionable sticky feel rolling over an ever so slight clingy bitterness. I'd say it sits about medium bodied with a fine smoothness to it.
Overall, what's not to love, DIPA done Lagunitas style, of course, I'd have again.

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