Thursday, 29 December 2016

Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga' Substitute Ale

According to the copy on the six pack, Lagunitas Brewing Company brewed their first batch of Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga' Substitute Ale in 2010 when they were unable to brew their BrownSugga. Since that time, Sucks has become what the 12oz bottle refers to as an "un-limited release". It's a hefty double IPA--8% and 63.21 IBUs (which is as specific as I've ever seen). Sucks comes all the way from Petaluma, California.

It's a clear and brassy ale that pours with an eggshell head. It's nose is both sweet and sticky, with a considerable resinous quality. The flavour, too, is quite sweet, with a sugary candy vibe mingling with dank hops, a smack of evergreen, and a serious booze kick.

I'm a fan of Lagunitas Sucks Brown Sugga' Substitute. Good stuff, it proves to be a real misnomer. Not as accessible as their standard IPA, but much more engaging. In truth, though, it is a tad too sweet.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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