Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)

The other half brought this home awhile ago for me and I was really excited because I’ve heard amazing things about the beer, but never seen it or tried it. Let’s see if it lived up to the hype.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Originally brewed in 2011 as a Brown Shugga’ substitute, due to construction-induced capacity issues. But we liked it so much it had to make a return trip.”

Random: The last time I had a brew from Lagunitas was July 2014.

This brew poured with a two finger, thick, egg white consistency head. It was cream-colored. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange color with lots of carbonation. Val noted that the bubbles were very large. The nose was very fragrant with citrus, peach, pear and some mango. It also had a slight floral note. The taste was ridiculously good. It started with citrus and quickly went into pineapple, mango and peach. Some sweetness came through at exactly the right time with the malt backbone present as well. The body was light and the booze was well-integrated and only provided mild warming at the end of the sip. It was quite crisp too. The finish was long and sticky with citrus and honey along with tropical fruit. This beer was just spectacular. The flavor was complex without being disjointed and it didn’t have a lot of booze heat. For $7.99 a 32 ounce bomber, you just can’t beat the flavor and the price point. This is officially my new favorite Lagunitas beer, and if you follow the blog, you know this is saying a lot, since I love almost all of their beers. Get this now.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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