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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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90
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4,671 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,671
Reviews: 1,445
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 198
Gots: 676 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Photo of Matt640
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little sweet and boozy for my taste. Interesting enough, but dont care to drink another anytime soon.

Photo of seifer1886
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been drinking (and loving) its substitute—Lagunitas Sucks—for years, but somehow I never found or created the opportunity to try Brown Shugga' until now, when I finally bit the bullet and bought a six-pack. Amusingly—though this is a very good beer—its Sucky substitute *is* the better ale; but I really love Lagunitas Sucks, so that's not a knock on its Sweet Release predecessor.

Indeed, as I wrote, this is a very good beer. It's richly sugary, yet aggressively boozy, balancing out the sweetness; it's smoothly, roundly brown, with a robust, but not overly-thick, mouthfeel, as well as a finish that much cleaner than one might expect from a brown-cane-added strong ale; and, for its style, it's surprisingly bitter (51.1 IBU), in a good way, showcasing a smart and sophisticated use of hops to add balance to an otherwise bombastic, blown-up beer.

With its sparklingly-clean caramel color, Brown Shugga' is really a brew of rare breed: heavy and strong, clean and shiny, balanced and smooth, a bit woody and benevolently saccharine, big but also blithely self-assured. Indeed: the brewer's belief that "this Special Ale is Something Unique" seems anything but misplaced.

Photo of Weaselbob74
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ngaron
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drone
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PG2G
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krl2112
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of senglish7
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoozerMcGee
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhawkYu
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bongobeer
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REEK
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tyleeis
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lee_Adams
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For hoppy beer fans, you'll love this. The sugar doesn't quite come to the fore like I'd hoped, but the look is beautiful, nice creamy foam after pouring, leaving lacing as it falls and taste is decently complex. With floral and fruity notes, the finish is bitter.

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, dark, yet clear, mahogany color with two full fingers of off-white head that slowly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with tons of floral hops, clover, caramel and some faint notes of malt.

Taste: Delicious! Nice, sweet malty flavors up front, quickly followed by some assertive, but not at all overpowering or out of balance hops, and finishes with some more brown sugar/caramel-like sweetness. I also get notes of dried stone fruit, like prunes and raisins, as well as some faint hits of chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy with little to no carbonation. With an ABV of 9.9%, there is quite a bit of alcohol on the palate, instilling a pleasant warmth.

Overall: Damn, this is a great beer! I love the balance between hops and sweet! Lagunitas, you knocked it out of the park with this one!

Photo of REY_CORTEZ
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of datalager
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevinsterne
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwswigs
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Herze
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,671 ratings.