Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga’ Substitute Ale)
Reviewed by Brady White on December 18, 2014 in Holiday Guide
- Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company
- Origin: Petaluma, CA, US
- Rated On: December 17, 2014
- Best Before: Bottled October 8, 2014
- ABV: 8.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: American Double IPA
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 32oz bottle pours a clear, bright, yet darkish golden yellow colour, with two fingers of loosely foamy, though chunky, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendidly grotesque cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly abates.
It smells of bitter citrus (orange, pineapple, and lime) cream, caramel malt, a further apricot fruitiness, and a twinge of somewhat dank pine essence slowly on the rise. The taste is fairly bitter pine resin and muddled citrus rind, soft bready caramel malt, middling apricot/peach, soft chalky notes, a bit of musty weediness, and a distinct lack of any overt booze warming. The carbonation is moderate, though a tad prickly at times, the body a kind of flaccid medium weight, yet still evenly and pleasantly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the hop fruitiness more up in front with the consistent grainy caramel sweetness, than lounging back with any lingering dry bitterness.
Hoppy? You bet your mistletoe-adjacent ass it is. Bitter? Hardly at all – Scrooge himself seems to have wielded control over that particular item on this wish list. Anyways, a worthy mea culpa/marketing stunt, whatever, it’s quite good, and way more approachable/poundable than I had been led to believe. If you’d like something to complement those ubiquitous oranges and that pine tree essence wafting about, go find yourself some Sucks.