Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute Ale

Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute Ale
7.85% ABV
The Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA
12 oz bottle
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
No date on bottle
Reviewed on 1/26/13

This IPA pours a light golden amber color with a frothy, bubbly slightly off-white head.  Good lacing.  Lively with lots of carbonation.

Smell consists of strong hops, pine, citrus, wood, grapefruit, some malt, spices.

Taste consists of bitter with strong pine and citrus notes.  Some notes of spice and a bit sugary.

Mouthfeel is quite bitter and dry on the palate.  Has a fairly smooth finish.  After a few sips, the hoppiness takes over the tongue.

Overall, a strong tasting IPA that has some blasts of bitterness and strong pine and citrus flavors.  This is one of those hoppy, dry, bitter IPAs that take over the palate--my kind of beer, and definitely one for the confirmed hophead.  This matches up well with other strong IPAs such as Palate Wrecker.  Nicely done. 

My score: 96

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