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: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden colored with vibrant carbonation and Brussels lacing. Quarter inch head of tightly knit white head. Excellent clarity. Nose is filled with pungent freshly picked grapefruit like hop aroma. I get just a whiff of that cereal grain mixture. The mouth seems weighted,dry,and sticky from the hops. I would describe the taste as a great blend of bitter citrus hops mixed with sweet and slightly nutty cereal grains. Like honey but Cheerios meets west coast IPA.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Mother of God and kiss my balls, this shit is INCREDIBLE!!! Poured into a chilled pint glass. Somewhat cloudy golden orange color, with a full 2-inch thick fluffy head which dissipated relatively slowly. Lots of tiny bubbles. Great, consistent lacing throughout. But what really sets this IPA apart is the massively intense nose of dank, hempy-smelling pine and grapefruit (like sticking your nose deep into the best smelling bag of Mary Jane you ever bought in the 70s). And the palate does NOT disappoint. Jesus, what are the IBUs on this bitch? She is HOT and ready to go! Lots of big bad hops, and even though the malts are subdued, there is enough there -- along with all the citrus florals -- to keep the hops in check. All in all, this was much more impressive than I had imagined. Believe the hype. Lagunitas Sucks not only does NOT suck -- it fucking rocks!!!

Drinking this again on 2/6/14, and I have to reiterate everything above. Drinking this beer recalls fond memories of my high school sweetheart, Mary Jane! She was/is AWESOME!!!

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