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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)
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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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4.31
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25.06%
 
 
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Photo of sloany
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first review, so please be gentle.

Bottle to Tulip

A- 1" head quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Copper to orange in color.

S- Wow. Very agressive. Dank, resiny and piney with floral backnotes. What I would expect from a DIPA.

T- Again, Wow. Attacks the palate. Very hop forward with a nice restrained balance of sweetness. Grapefruit up front with a finish of pineapple.

M-A little syrupy. Carbonation does a nice job of distributing flavors across the palate.

O- Nothing subtle about this beer! Big hops all the way through. Bouquet develops nicely throughout (my nose has been stuck in the glass the entire time). All in all, a very nice West Coast DIPA.

Question- Does anyone know the hop profile on this? i'm thinking C's with maybe some Magnum?

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear, light golden body with a 2+ finger white head. Nice retention and smatterings of lacing along the glass.

Solid aroma that jumps out as soon as it is poured. Primarily tropical fruit notes like mango and pineapple dominate the aroma, but there is a light citrus and pine resin note in the background. Not much notice of the malt.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma. Very tasty blend here of rich hop flavors featuring the aforementioned tropical hops. A touch of grapefruit and lemon flavor balances the hop notes. A light malt backbone makes for a nice finish.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected for an Imperial brew. But, this drinks more like and IPA to me than a double. Still, a superb beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Uber Tavern. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, Sucks was a clear golden color with a small white, foamy head on top with great retention and moderate lacing.

S: Extremely tropical, mango, tangerine, orange, lots of citrus in the aroma. Very faint grain malt aroma, but fruit flavors dominate.

T: A great tasting IPA, more tropical fruits - grapefruit, orange, mango, it was great. In the middle there is some fresh grass with minimal bitterness. Overall, extremely juicy. Has a slightly spicy finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely drinkable, drinks easier than abv would indicate.

O: Could be the best Lagunitas beer I have had. Would stock this in my fridge all the time.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This much hyped beer is exciting for me, tucked away in the corner of the country I am. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live in my apartment in high-altitude Libby, Mont.

A- Pours a one finger thick white head with nice retention for the style but not so much for the ABV. A cloudy straw-colored body with medium clarity. Looks just fine I suppose.

S- Juicy brew. Hop oil is very present, floral and bright. Juicy passionfruit and pineapple. Very sugary. Surprisingly tropical and not bruising with the hops. Interesting and rather delightful.

T- Like a buzzsaw on the palate, aggressive hops and floral fruitiness. Not a beer I'd imagine would be friendly to those not fond of DIPAs. Could be better balanced, but not bad. Just jarring.

M- Thick, bubbly and very dry finish. Hits the tip of the tongue especially well.

O- Good, not worthy of the 99 score in my opinion. Be wary of this, despite the aromatic and fruity aroma, this is a hoppy son of a gun.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Golden with a fair amount of carbonation. Plentiful white head and loads of sticky lace. Aroma has lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Secondary to this is a bit of malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol in the background. Resinous pine balanced nicely with a slight sweetness. Some of the alcohol is noticeable at the end. Despite the strong hop aroma, it finishes with only a medium amount of bitterness and is somewhat dry. Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of hardy008
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours marmalade orange with a three finger white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma is inviting with grapefruit, pineapple, and peaches.

Tastes a little less sweet than the aroma suggests, but still has a very nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pine, and citrus zest.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation, and a grapefruit pineapple aftertaste. Very nicely made. I could buy this on a regular basis, just like I do with Hop Stoopid, and a Litttle Sumpin' Sumpin'.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As soon as this is opened, floral hops and citrus explode onto the scene. Dig my nose in and get delicious whafts of papaya and weed mon.

Tastes of grapefruit rind, cracker-crust middle, finishing off with floral hops, bong resin and pine. A lot going on here (wowwy) and yet, maintains its complexity. Extremely well-balanced with the malts--one of the best in it's class.

Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with a dry hop finish on the back of the tongue. You'll want more.

Love this shit!!!! IMO, this hop profile is askew from the rest of their lineup which I think tends to be harsh. What makes this so great is the fact it's in six-packs at an affordable price. I'll stand this right up there with FFF ZD anyday. This is masterfully constructed and super easy to drink. As they say "Doggone good".

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Photo of scootpolute
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one is great!! I’m impressed indeed, YUM!!! The last couple of Lagunitas I’ve had have been less than desirable compared the NW rivals, espacially the growing WA beers!!! Appearance is OK, pretty clean, good lacing... Much lighter than the typical DIPA... I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing ’it’ in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing and will get again and...…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

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Photo of theruckus33
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle

A: Beautiful head retention. Starts with a wonderful billowy white head with ample lacing throughout. Dark golden hue with good carbonation that creeps up to the top - wonderful.

S: Pine, Grapefruit, Clementines, Biscuit malt

T: Citrus, honey, ginger snap

M: Light but boy the head is super silky great mouth feel

Overall: Get it,

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Photo of mmapes
3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells piney, grapefruit, a little funk. Primarily the pine/citrus hops.

Pours cloudy orange/peach/amber. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Not much head. A little fizzy.

First taste: orange/grapefruit. Then hops. Long hop finish. Very bitter. Very little malt flavor. Second sips reveal how sweet the beer is. This is almost the opposite of a stout. It's flavor is light, fruity, and hoppy. What's surprising is that Its body is round, a little heavy.

All in all, it's an interesting experiment, but I probably wouldn't buy it again. I do like heavy sipping beers, and I do like refreshing hoppy beers, but usually not in this combination.

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Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about two fat fingers of off-white head. The foam hangs around for a while and leaves some decent, chunky lacing on the glass. The beer is cloudy and straw colored. A few Champagne-like streams of carbonation are visible.

S-The smell is a total tropical hop bomb. I get mango, mandarin orange/tangerine, and pineapple mostly, but also a touch of resin and pine. There is a little bit of bread and grassy straw, too, but this thing is a sweet smelling monster-hopped special.

T-The taste has a huge tropical hop component that provides most of the same flavors noted above, but there is also a pretty decent hit of doughy bread in there. I wouldn't say the bread flavors counteract the tropical hops, because both are quite sweet, but it does provide a little structure. Very little bitterness. Slightly sweet alcoholic punch.

M-The feel is oily and smooth with lighter carbonation and a medium-weight feel.

O-A totally fruit-forward-in-your-face hop bomb of a beer. And I mean that in the best way. This a great-tasting IIPA style beer, but brace yourself for some sweetness and fruity hops. I enjoyed it, but I couldn't handle more than one per evening. Cliche review comment: this beer is really good, but lacks the balance to make it great. (See Pliny the Elder.)

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Photo of KFBR392
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden typical IPA look. Lacing was surprisingly absent. Very thin head but possibly due to large alcohol content.

Smell: Kind of an orange peel citrus hoppy aroma here. The exotic fruits definitely dominate the aroma, with some hop character.

Taste: A lot of the Lagunitas Ales and IPAs have a very similar dry hop character. I get a lot of this with this beer. For me, it masks many of the other things happening in this beer. The front of this beer is a very sweet hop character but then is quickly hidden. The dryness sticks on the palette along with a darker hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, dryness is there but has a pleasant taste to it.

Overall: I had high expectations for this brew but was a little disappointed. Lagunitas makes some very solid beer and I would say this one is just that, solid. A little unique tang for an IPA, worth a try but don't go out of your way for this one.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into an oversized wine glass

A- Poured a very clear light golden color with a big bubbly head, nice chunky lace

S- Huge aromatic pungent and juicy grapfruit, lots of pine, pretty dank, lots of hop sweetness. Smells like concentrated hops.

T- Tons of sweet tropical mango hops, pungent grapefruit, a little dank, and pineapple hops. Some cotton candy sweetness. This tastes like wonderful sweet hop syrup, no hop bitterness what so ever.

M- So so smooth, medium body, soft carbonation, dry finish

O-This is a sweet tropical hop paradise. Such an amazing and easy to drink beer with no alcohol presence. I have got to get more of this one.

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Photo of brewtus
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this hilarious bottle into a tulip glass. Light orange with a single finger white head. Smells are lots of pine, earthy, sweet bread, citrus of course. Taste starts off with carmel and blends into citrus and rosemary, mango, and has a nice thickness to it, very smooth, if this is a substitute, keep messing up because this is amazing. It's a pretty consistent Dipa, doesn't change too much from start to finish,

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Old to light gold. Beautiful 2 finger head retained throughout drinking with lots of lace.

Smell: Mango, Pineapple, sweet caramel malt.

Taste: This thing is awesome. Mango, pineapple, peach, some bitter hop but not overwhelming. Toffee and caramel back end.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy and drinkable, especially for a medium bodied IPA

Overall: This thing is amazing and I look forward for it every year. Try it. Especially for its value. Can't say enough good things about it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A slightly darker gold, still transparent with heavy bubbles on the body. White head about one finger's length off the body.

Smell: Deep hops scent that is more aroma than scent. It just lingers in the nose.

Taste: Definitely bitter, but a smooth pine feel that comes off incredibly well. Strong grapefruit off set with a incredible potent serving of hops.

Mouth: Medium, slightly heavy carbonation with an after taste that just lingers in the mouth the grapefruit skin is pretty evident.

Overall: Pretty damn good beer. It is not good it is really good, I have a couple of other Imperial IPAs that I would put ahead of the food chain but this one does the job (and some). Salud!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Belmont Station. Purchased good and fresh.

A: Straw coloration drifting into orange. Clear with a good refraction through the glass. Fluffy almost white head. Aces.

N: Fever for the hops. Pine and earth are dominant with the pineapple and mango playing back up. It's a deep full scent with that cracking, sweet nature I always attribute to a well done dry hopping. A deeper inhalation yields some clementine and passionfruit.

T: A taste that can only be referred to as dank. (Need to jazz that description up a bit.) Pine needles and evergreen forest floors. Bites and stings with lupulins. (Lupulins are sedatives. I will sleep well tonight.) Needs more citrus, though.

M: Scraping and filling. Alcohol's second string.

O: This beer makes me verbose and lyrical. (Or pretentious? I don't think Lagunitas has that aim, though.) This is an all star beer that I buy every time it comes out, which, now shouldn't be a problem with the expansion in place. Lagunitas sucks, indeed.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready malts and a little sweet fruit with a ton of piney, resiny and slightly dank hops.

The flavor is sweet watery / washed out malts with a good sized piney, dank and tropical fruity hop bitterness (not as much as expected from the nose though). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit watery.

Overall, a very fine resiny, dank, fruity IPA - a little watery though.

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Photo of Docrock
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Lagunitas glass:

A - poured a orange amberish color with an average head that faded quickly. nice sticky lacing.

S - its all about the grapefruit, its beautiful with just a hint of a pine aromatic. one of the most pleasant smelling IIPA's i've had with the abundant butnot overpowering Grapefruit. after a couple of sips i was catching a whiff of Honey as well.

T - the taste is a bit more balanced than the aroma with the citrus up front and the pine throughout the mouth. the pine lingers just a bit and there is a sense of the malt on the finish.

M - it seemed to be light in body with average carbonation but after about 2/3 of a bottle i could feel the alcohol creeping in.

O - i really enjoyed this beer. the aroma was inviting, little aftertaste, and easily drinkable. It was a bit shy in the maltiness character but I was happy to have scored a six pack yesterday! This will always be on my list of buys when available.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some orange and amber highlights as well as significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall foamy head that slowly reduces to a finger tall dense foamy head covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Significant aromas of hops - tropical/pineapple, citrus/ruby red grapefruit, and floral/orange blossom. Very light amounts of caramel malts and some artificial sweetener sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness but that is quickly overtaken by the flavors of the hops - first there are huge amounts of tropical/pineapple, followed by a slightly lesser amount of citrus/ruby red grapefruit, and just a touch of floral/orange blossom. Light to moderate amounts fo bitterness which fade away after a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a light amount of dryness in the finish (which lingers on).

O: This beer is actually quite easy to drink as the mouthfeel is quite nice and the alcohol is well hidden - there are also beautiful aromas and taste of the hops. The hops are really highlighted with this brew and I'm very excited to finally have found it and gotten the chance to try it (I missed it last year because I was travelling).

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

Sucks was quite a departure from what I've been used to with Lagunitas. I'd venture to say they are famous for their heavy hopped brew. However, this one was, well....different.

For a second the beer had that hoppy flavor to go with the typical fruity/floral nose. However, the hoppy flavor died down quickly and basically disappeared. I didn't get any aftertaste. I can only describe it as if the ground suddenly fell away from you and you were floating.

Yeah, it was great. The hops without the hops! Odd.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A lovely dIPA from the knee-tas.

Pours a light color golden, nice foamy white head. Would like to see more rock and lacing for higher score, but still looks really good

Aroma is hops. Mango, white pepper, green grass, grapefruit (mostly), persimmon. Some pine
Booze in the back end

Malt didn't come through in the nose, and it struggles in the taste. But it is there. Light biscuit and sweet bread. They take a pounding though from the hops. While just shy of resiny, the hops dominate. Still, they seem light. The brightness of the grapefruit and mango lift up the more earthy flavors just a bit. They hit right of the bat and power throughout the gulp.

Nice bite on the end. A touch of booze, but otherwise very drinkable.

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Photo of laynethiele
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As I waited for the Bell's Hopslam to be delivered, I saw an earlier delivery of Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Sub Ale) sitting there. I thought, " Well, I'm here for two 6's of Hopslam maybe I'll try this."
Wow! Good find at a good price. The case listed it as limited release. I am sorry I only grabbed one.

The aroma of this beer is luscious grapefruit and pine. Everything I love in hops!
Color was golden with a white head.
Again, the aroma was intoxicating of grapefruit and pine.
The taste was right in line (no surprise, our taste comes mostly from smell) with the aroma. Grapefruit-piney goodness! Dry, yet quenching! Loved this beer!!
Hope to get ahold of some more. I will definately buy at least a six pack if I do. It's that good.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

EDIT (03/22/13): After having this recently even fresher than the last time, I'm jacking up the score on taste. This is delicious, and is officially my new favorite year-round IPA that is only available in 6-packs.

Okay, I admit that, as of this writing, I haven't had the chance to indulge in their Brown Sugga' ale... So I'm not using this as a substitute for anything other than the last novel beer I've had. But is this a novel beer? No, but it's definitely one of the strangest I've ever had. Read on! Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Pours an initially yellow-golden color, much to my surprise, that quickly turns amber-orange by the time I've poured half of the bottle in. The head is generous (about 1 finger) and amazingly doesn't seem to die down completely throughout consumption. Lots of bubbles whiz around, and the color is slightly cloudy, but by no means is it unfiltered. This looks far more like a saison/farmhouse ale than a DIPA, but it's still really fascinating.

The smell, at first at least, is a pure bouquet of hop cones like nothing else! And I don't mean "grapefruit" or "citrus" aromas here... As a new brewer myself who's just finished a homebrew IPA, this smells pretty much like the fresh batch of hops that is first siphoned directly out of the batch, except with far more strength and aggressive freshness. I couldn't find any other notes at first, but as it warmed up, the citrus aromas were initially obvious, but the tropical flavors (especially mango and papaya) were quite surprising. The beer seems to be mutating from a dry-hopped Belgian strong ale to a West Coast IPA here...

The flavor consists of a hop explosion at first, but in quickly takes the most malty, dry turn I've ever seen a beer this hoppy take. The hops pretty much vanish as soon as the malts take place, leaving behind a massive orange peel finish - and later on, a mango and passion fruit ending. At first, for whatever reason, I was tasting corn notes that were driving me up the wall... But with patience and commitment the tropical notes and citrus blend, as well as spices resembling coriander and rosemary came out in full bloom. This is not to say that there wasn't a question mark above my head the whole time. This is especially true for the finish, which as a wet yeasty feel combined with dryness... As well as a malt flatness combined with earth-dug hop zest. I love it, but it's screwing with my head like nothing else.

My God! What is this concoction? It's remarkable as hell, but it pretty much defies categorization. Everything starts in one way and ends with another with this beer... And for that reason alone is an incredible recipe. Not sure how often I'd take another again, but it is relatively easy for me to drink (save for the malt dry finish), so I will take another if offered. Yet, ever since having it, I have been craving to return to the store and analyze everything about this beer. Call me nuts, but it simply is the least "sucky" beer possible. No clue what it is, but it's good. Yes, good. Let's keep it at that!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased late March, poured vigorously into a Bell's tulip. Based on today's consumption and that of multiple six packs. Surprised I never reviewed this beer despite drinking half a case of it, mainly fresh.

Aroma: By far the best part of this beer. Did a blind tasting of this vs NG IIPA and this definitely smelled better. Lots of sweet sticky honey, toffee and biscuity maltiness. Big bouquet of floral and citrus hops. You're not going to miss smelling this nose when you have this beer. (5)

Colour: Perfectly clear, copper orange body that pours with a big 3cm white head when poured vigorously. It looks great. The collar is substantial but not the biggest I've seen. Tons of lacing on the opposite side of the glass I'm drinking from. Generally a very appealing looking beer and I'm not sure how that could be improved upon. (5)

Flavour: Big floral hop punch up front, some sweet bready maltiness in the middle, punctuated by floral and citrus hop bitterness. Really good standing on its own. Not gonna lie, when I drank this in a blind tasting aside a NG IIPA, this beer tasted like water after I drank some of what turned out to be the NG IIPA. It's entirely possible that its not fair to evaluate this beer next to an hoppier, probably fresher DIPA. But on its own, this definitely stands as a flavourful, delightfully hoppy beer. (4)

Mouthfeel: Nice! Medium-bodied on the thicker side. Resinous beer that coats the heck out of my tongue with the good carbonation making my tongue tingle with the bitter aftertaste. It runs a bit dry, which doesn't really quaff my thirst but makes me want to drink more. The problem is that its a 7.85% ABV brew and there are times when I don't really want to drink more. Nicely done. (4)

Overall: Great beer, great value for what amounts to a DIPA (I don't care what anyone says) at $9/6pk. On its own, it stands up to most of the other excellent DIPAs I've had, but it doesn't quite supplant them. It smells great, looks great and that goes a long way towards making this an enjoyable beer to drink. I'd probably take this over stuff like Hopslam and Double Crooked Tree, but maybe not over something such as Pliny the Elder. (4)

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.
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