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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,776 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,776
Reviews: 1,302
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 158
Gots: 264 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001)
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4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2013 so about 18 months on it. This has to be the sweet spot cause I had it after a year and it was messy. Now
that typical Lagunitas sweetness has really mellowed and the balance is perfect. Still getting some of the hops with a perfect mouthfeel and heavenly smoothness. This has given me faith in ageing there beers as the other shugga's and undercovers I aged were not that great.

Boomblaze, Nov 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.69/5  rDev -8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a half finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma has a mild grass and floral smell, with some lemon in the background.
The taste is bursting with flavors: lemon, grapefruit, brown sugar, strong caramel and anise. Great..
The texture is crisper.
Almost too drinkable for the high ABV.

Fatehunter, Saturday at 09:57 PM
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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%

joeyjoey104, Saturday at 09:05 PM
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2.25/5  rDev -44%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

BeerOps, Saturday at 01:21 AM
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3.9/5  rDev -3%

Dark amber in appearance. Pillowy head that settles to a sticky ring leaving spider web like lacing on the glass.

Piney hop forward nose. Malt background, light maple syrup and whole wheat bread aromas.

Not as sweet as I thought it'd be. Malt body with a very, very light brown sugar taste. Everything is washed away by the piney, resiny hops.

Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated, finishes semi dry.

I must say I was a bit disappointed with this brew. Reading the reviews I imagined I was in for a unique malt forward, perfectly balanced strong ale. Instead I got something closer to an American barleywine. Overly hopped, out of balanced and one dimensional. One reviewer compared this to hairy eyeball. I disagree, as I feel that hairy eyeball is much more balanced and tastier than brown shugga. But as with everything else; if you've enjoyed this in the past then that's all that matters. Cheers!

RexBanner, Saturday at 12:57 AM
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Mild flavor with a nice sweetness.

brentdill, Friday at 02:51 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,776 ratings.