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Lagunitas Sucks

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Your Daily Pint for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 is: LAGUNITAS SUCKS

What it is: An 8%-ABV imperial IPA.

What it tastes like: There’s a reason this beer’s always mentioned when hopheads discuss their all-time favorite imperial IPAs. Lagunitas Sucks hits all the marks: Bright, juicy grapefruit and orange; hints of tropical fruit; fresh grass and pungent pine; a smooth bready malt cushion; bitterness that isn’t overly aggressive—it’s way too easy to drink.

Why does Lagunitas suck? They don’t. If memory serves us correctly, the California brewery offered this beer for the first time back in 2011, temporarily replacing its very popular Brown Shugga’. Anticipating a volley of criticism from Shugga’-lovers, they opted for the self-deprecating name Lagunitas Sucks “Brown Shugga’ Substitute Ale.” After tasting the new beer, we can’t imagine too many people were upset.

Why does Lagunitas Sucks not suck?
Well, for starters, the flavors we listed above. If you really need another reason, check out the beer’s new packaging this year (yes, that’s a 32-ounce bottle in a paper bag).

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Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.


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