Buzz Words / Slider / Uncategorized / February 18, 2021

Buzz Words: Lagunitas Sucks Imperial IPA

Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company

City: Petaluma, CA

Availability: Late November/December

ABV: 7.85%

IBU:  63

According to Lagunitas Legend, the Petaluma-based brewery had some capacity issues when brewing their Brown Shugga ale, so they whipped up the Lagunitas Sucks as a substitute. The Sucks was so popular that they’ve been rolling it out ever since. 

It’s a good thing for us, because this stuff is delicious. It looks like liquid gold in the glass, and taste the same in your mouth.  The floral hoppy nose is followed up by a hoppy punch that unleashes the beer’s 63 IBU’s when it hits your tongue. Unlike most hoppy beers, the fruit is on the sweeter side, more mango-ey than grapefruity. That sweetness morphs into a biscuity maltiness that makes it really easy to crack open another one.

A little too easy, in fact: the crisp, sweet hops make this feel like a much lighter beer than it is. We’d even consider it a session beer, but at 7.8 percent, it might not be the kind of session you’re looking for.

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Billy Brown
has a hard time standing still. A few years ago he combined his passion for the active lifestyle with his love of toys and somehow made a job out of it as a journalist specializing in outdoor sports and adventure travel. An avid runner, climber, crossfitter and snowboarder, he has tested gear around the world, from canyon running in Jordan to ice climbing in Chamonix. He writes for Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Wired, and Backpacker, as well as on websites like Gear Institute and Contact him at [email protected]

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