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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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3,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 3446
Reviews: 1292
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%

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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New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Good sipping beer on an 85 degree sunny day"

12 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods Orlando. No freshness date, but at 9.5% ABV, I'm not too concerned

Minimal head while poured into a wine glass. You can tell this is thick as the last couple drops from the bottle sat on top of the beer as little spheres dancing around.

Smell of sweet sugar and raisins.

Big taste of carmelized sugar that stays on the tongue for a while until giving some piney hops a tiny window to shine through.

Overall, this beer is a solid example of a big American strong ale/barleywine. One every once in a while when I need a break from IPA's in fine for me.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2009 20:08:03 | More by jrjohnso
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a clear medium brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light cream colored sudsy head that lasted for a good while, finally reducing down to a thin film and large collar with good streaky lacing.

The aroma was boldly sweet upfront with sweet bread malts, light pine and citrus hops and a sweet doughy yeast along with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit), a dark fruity ester (figs and dates) and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was extremely malty sweet with a big caramel presence from the start to the finish, progressing with a moderate hoppiness, a slight citrus peel bitterness, a mild yeasty appeal and a strong presence of fruit along and ended with overwhelming alcohol taste. The flavor lasted a bit long in duration, with the bitter sweet alcohol taste fading slowly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and a bit syrupy in texture with an almost medium carbonation.

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Orangey amber pour with a decent amount of sticky lacing being left on the glass. Head stuck around for a while and was thick and foamy.

Floral and hoppy in the aroma. Like a barleywine and IPA. Resin, pine, citrus, and brown sugar. Don't get much of the malt though.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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