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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,911 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 4,911
Reviews: 1,495
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 215
Gots: 807 | FT: 14
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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Ratings: 4,911 | Reviews: 1,495
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Great looking beer. Pours a slightly hazy honey-amber with a finger of dense, frothy off-white head. Plenty of clingy lace.

S - Smell is intoxicating. Abundant hops - mainly citrus and pine - plus honey, apple and some sort of x-factor, like jasmine.

T - Taste-wise, the first impression is bitterness, like a west coast IPA. This quickly yields to big, rich sweetness, like a barleywine. The whole experience is immensely fruity, bringing apple, grape, grapefruit and raisin. Perfectly balanced and the sweetness is big, but in no way cloying. Brown sugar doesn't come through per se - it's more like a honey sweetness. Aftertaste is cool and dry, with some grapefruit hoppiness.

M - Mouthfeel is big, round and velvety. Pure luxury on the palate with a moderately long finish.

Overall, this is a dangerously delicious brew and one of my favorite seasonals. Luxurious, but approachable and dangerously drinkable. Virtually no perceptible signs of the high ABV, and a damn good value, to boot.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep reddish garnet, similar to a barley wine in color, maybe a tad darker. The head was very slight and faded quickly, leaving a thin ring. The smell is tropically sweet malt with the cane sugar in, in addition to, a kind of bittersweet hop edge and ripe fruit, with both citrus and plums.

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Mmmm, first are the dark fruits and the rich sweet malt, which underlies all the other flavors very nicely. The hops and citrus come in second with a bitter edge that mixes well with the sweetness. Towards the end of the profile is a second helping of a sugar cookie like malt with the heat from the alcohol only a little masked. This being said, the booze character brings no heat, just warmth. Mouth feel is think and delicious. A great beer that's opened my eyes to the strong ale.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,911 ratings.