Steph’s New Brew Review: Lagunitas Sucks

Steph’s New Brew Review: Lagunitas Sucks

Lagunitas Brewing Company Lagunitas Sucks, 8% ABV 63.21 IBU Imperial IPA

Appearance Clear, bright orange; fluffy white head.
Aroma Bright aromas of pine, citrus, tropical fruits.
Taste Juicy citrus, tropical fruit notes with resinous pine supported by a subtle malt cushion.
Mouthfeel Medium-bodied; medium carbonation.
Overall The bitterness is apparent, but not overly aggressive, making this a super easy-drinking beer. This continues to be one of my favorite IPAs ever.

Lagunitas Sucks was first brewed back in 2011 as an emergency replacement for the winter seasonal, Brown Shugga’ Ale. Due to a mistake in the brewing schedule, Brown Shugga’ was not released that year. The Sucks label included an apology from the brewery.

While awaiting the delivery of a new brewhouse, the brewing team was brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS every 3 hours to keep up with demand.

It was too late when they realized only 60 barrels of Brown Shugga’ could be brewed every 5 hours. For every case of Brown Shugga’ brewed, Lagunitas would be short 3 cases of the daily beers.

The solution was to brew a Brown Shugga’ Substitute Ale, a complex yet drinkable beer brewed with a medley of barley, rye, wheat, and oats then dry-hopped for a big, juicy hop aroma and resinous hop flavor.

Lagunitas Brewing Company’s main brewery is located in Petaluma, California. Due to rapid growth over the past few years, a new facility was added in Chicago. With the additional of the Chicago facility, both Brown Shugga’ and Sucks are brewed year-round.

Wanna pick this one up? Lagunitas Sucks is available in 6-packs, kegs, and awesome 32-ounce bottles.
Click here to see where Lagunitas is sold.
Check out… this video from Lagunitas Brewing Company

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