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)
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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#414
Reviews:
1,624
Ratings:
10,310
pDev:
9.72%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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660
Gots:
2,720
Trade:
30
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Photo of witts2000
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nctide
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmfoley1975
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kash2112
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spoonhawk
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chewy6935
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markthompson536
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDocT
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me get this out in the open. I hate "cutesy" beers. Sweetwater has a human derriere printed on the bottom of their cases. A waste of printing ink. Don't get me started about Magic Hat. So when I saw this beer's name and read the long, rambling reason they came up with it, I thought, "Ugh. Cutesy beer. Pass." But I was so impressed with Lagunitas' other beers that I had to try this one, especially since it is an IPA.

Appearance 4.25: Pours out a light golden color with a nice 1/2" head and excellent lacing. Some particulates swirling around, which is always a good thing.

Smell 4.25: Wow, gorgeous nose on this beer. Pine hops to the hilt. Also smell some lovely grapefruit hints here along with a certain rye-like spiciness. Promising.

Taste 4.5: Front is slightly sweet with a big hit of alkaline hops. Middle is sweet, but it is perfectly balanced by a huge wave of expertly mixed hops. Levels of pine, citrus rind, chlorophyll...just heavenly. Finish is wet and also sweet, but there is a spiciness here that balances it out and also balances out the heavy onslaught of hops. Aftertaste is long and almost minty, with delicious swirls of hops flavors fading in and out of focus.

Mouthfeel 4.5: Excellent, balanced mouthfeel for a beer this big. No hint of any alcohol and the beer is just expertly balanced on the palate at almost every level.

Overall 4.5: Excellent beer and an outstanding Imperial IPA. A fantastic sessioner and I imagine it would be excellent with food, especially greasy food. Would love to find this on tap somewhere nearby, especially with football season coming up. Lagunitas has yet to let me down with anything, "cutesy" or not. Recommended.

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Photo of wehabeertrader
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZakFaruki
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: poured from the generous 1 Quart bomber into a tumbler, pours a murky golden amber with a thin white head, leaves a good amount of lace on the way down. Kinda looks like a glass of piss after drinking one too many Redbull & Vodkas in vegas that one night.

S: Citrus, tropical, spice, its very inviting, floral like an IPA

T: Citrus and Malt do battle across the nose, with a slight presence of oat as well, fades into a biscuit-like flavor, finishes semi-dry

F: Medium bodied, with a high carbonation to boot, has a chewiness to it like a DIPA, and some hop oils as well.

O: While its not a beautiful looking brew, it's sure is tasty. Lagunitas has mastered the balance between hop and malt which makes this brew exceptionally good, a must try for any craft enthusiast.

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Photo of everclear
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marv_Duper
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great Fall beer. Nothing average about it. Beautiful color & aroma, and strong & flavorful, too. Perfect for Thanksgiving--or kicking off that long weekend at the lake. Not so good if you're working tomorrow...

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Photo of SveNss0N
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Extol
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarthVorador
3.42/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of apasternak
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too malty, not much aromatic hops

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jsn1376
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TobiasAngel
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waynebeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of squonk45
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

was worried it would be brown sugar sweet but just a faint taste of it.. nice bitter sweet citrus taste , The state of West Virginia has got to let this brewery in . part of my mix and match six pack has Lagunitas somehthin sweet in freezer now be ready to test in 15 minutes or less

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer_Nye
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,310 ratings
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