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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours light golden color with a white head an visible lacing and carbonation.

S: pineapple, pine, mango, grass, sugar crystals. Fresh hop but a sweetness that makes this beer uniquely awesome

T: grassy, biterness and a slight cereal to replace the normal malt flavor profile. Fruity sweetness that is very drinkable and still a strong DIPA bitterness

M: Medium body and high carbonation. A little more than I usually like but very drinkable still.

O: awesome DIPA and worth a buy

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I did a blind review of Lagunita's Sucks, Long Trail Limbo, Victory Dirt Wolf, and Green Flash Green Bullet. These notes and ratings were recorded before I knew which beer I was drinking.

A - Pours a clear, light honey color, with two fingers of fluffy head.

S - Smells wonderful. Fruity and citrusy. Very smooth aroma with a slight hint of caramel.

T - Very smooth and pretty well balanced. Slight citrus and some pine. Light bitter grassy finish.

M - Medium body, decent carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O - This beer lives up to the hype. It's one of the best "shelf" beers out there!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (dated 12/16/13) into a tulip. Appears a beautiful orange color with a good amount of off-white head, that leaves good lacing. Head sticks around for a bit, and never really goes away.

Nose is full of citrus and tropical fruit, along with floral notes. Completely hop forward and dank. This is a great smelling IPA. The taste is all bitterness. Tons of tropical fruit and citrus. Lots of orange and grapefruit. This feels very green and resinous, but is wonderful. Almost no malt to speak of whatsoever. The aftertaste is very bitter and lingers.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, lots of active carbonation, and finishes pretty clean for a DIPA. Overall, this is a great DIPA when fresh. Learned my lesson last time, check bottle dates and don't let it sit. The citrus and tropical fruits are wonderful, and the lack of stickiness is different, but great. The smell is really the strong point here, and keeps drawing me back in.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle to tulip. Unsure of the exact bottling date, but it is pretty fresh.

light golden body, crystal clear, yielding a large, frothy, effervescent, 2.5-finger off white head. very inviting

orange pith more than grapefruit. grassy floral notes, pineapple and pine, mild oniony quality

solid mix of malt sweetness, grapefruit and pine. dry, low carbonation

Owing to the lower alcohol content, this is far less of an undertaking than OTWOA. It is closer in alcohol content to Hop Stoopid. Comparing those two, this is similar in appearance, but the aroma and taste are more powerful. That's a good thing. Yet the "drinkability" on this is through the roof. One of the few beers I'd drink more than one of in a night.

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with amber hues with small bubbles rising to the head. Head is nice big two finer of cream colored foam that fall so slow and laces very well.

Aroma is big tropical fruit mango hints of pineapple, good floral notes, earthy hints all on a sweet malt base that isn't overpowered by the hops. Some underlying citrus bitterness along with pine but most of the hop aromas are not overly bitter. Very nice and balanced IPA.

Taste is just like the nose nice sugary malts with lots of tropical fruits. Hops are bitter with out being over done well balanced, floral, fruity with hints of pine. Nice well balanced and enjoyable IPA.

Mouthfeel is good medium with mellow carbonation seems to fit the beer well.

Overall very enjoyable good beer, nose is wonderful tropical fruit market the taste is almost as good. Little bit different then most IPA's much more fruity with out being overly bitter.

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,223 ratings.
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