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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,602 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,602
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 124
Gots: 212 | FT: 13
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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01Ryan10

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-07-2011 05:35:43 | More by 01Ryan10
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.4%

01-15-2012 04:28:12 | More by bkbergen
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mlklein27

Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.4%

02-21-2014 01:09:49 | More by mlklein27
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JayDub667


5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I said in my profile, I'm a simple beer lover. Don't care about the lace, head, color... I will say it looks beautiful in a frosty mug. Nice amber with not too much of a head. The taste is amazing. Hoppy, spicy, and sweet all at the same time. Goes down smooth and leaves your taste buds begging for more. You can taste the alcohol but, even at 9.9%, it's nowhere near as prominent as a lot of beers near this potency. Great tasting beer that packs one hell of a punch. I drank 3 last night and felt like I downed 7 or 8 MGD's. I would HIGHLY recommend this incredible, delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 08:21:14 | More by JayDub667
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Brew_Bro

Florida

5/5  rDev +24.4%

03-12-2014 21:51:51 | More by Brew_Bro
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maltlikker

Colorado

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-10-2011 05:32:43 | More by maltlikker
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PeterNeilsonPMN

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had this on tap tonight in Marcella's Restaurant in Columbus Ohio. Very fresh, fruity smell and taste. Deep dark golden brown, clear. Lovely color. Very hoppy. It was perfect with the Italian appetizers we had while waiting for the main course. One of the nicest beers I've had in a while. Impressive. The restaurant is awesome too. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 05:10:59 | More by PeterNeilsonPMN
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HKUSPC40

Washington

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-18-2013 21:53:52 | More by HKUSPC40
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steevbr

Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.4%

05-24-2013 21:01:47 | More by steevbr
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fortheunheard

New York

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-17-2011 23:56:11 | More by fortheunheard
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-22-2012 06:52:12 | More by KC9LDB
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HiLLWiLLiam

Mississippi

5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't believe this beer is 9.9% ABV seeing as I sip them like wine coolers on the daily. There is only one store in my set that carries them and I buy him out of stock in singles regularly. Beautiful red tint, smooth going down. High class no matter how you look at it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 02:32:31 | More by HiLLWiLLiam
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Sinewave

Texas

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-18-2011 21:10:01 | More by Sinewave
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Gehrig

Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown Shugga reminds me of a Brian Regan sketch, when he is describing how good the food should be at a $1,000/plate political fund raiser: "Oh my God! This is so good!" This is nothing short of outstanding. I'm very reluctant to dole out 5s, but this is gets 5s across the board from me.

A dense, durable finger of slightly tan froth tops a copper-brown body, and the pint glass is decorated with layers of lacing--great presentation. The smell is amazing--full of hops, like a loaded IPA and close to a good DIPA, but there's much more as well. Lots of brown sugar allows this beer to more than live up to its name, but is accompanied by caramel and whiffs of fruit. A terrific nose, and one of the more complex ones I've ever had.

The taste is it, IT, for strong ale. Lots of hops, sugar, and fruit, and amazingly all are held in balance. I can't say how impressed I am with this. Ideally carbonated and smooth like a Larry Bird jump shot, the mouthfeel and drinkability on this are spot-on--not too sweet, not hop-dominated, just right. Upon reflection, I'm doubly amazed that the high ABV (9.9%) is so easily masked. Just superb.

This has officially joined my short list of favorite beers. I tried to think of ways in which to improve this that might result in a slightly lower score in some way, but cannot, and I'm glad for it. Five stars. Amazing beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 19:39:57 | More by Gehrig
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astrayan

Michigan

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-10-2012 19:48:14 | More by astrayan
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-24-2011 14:30:44 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Bleeberspliegan

Virginia

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-22-2011 22:59:53 | More by Bleeberspliegan
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Peter

New York

5/5  rDev +24.4%

02-08-2014 05:00:22 | More by Peter
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smithmd4

New York

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-27-2011 05:57:00 | More by smithmd4
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RViator325

Washington

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-29-2011 04:16:17 | More by RViator325
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jam354

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-14-2011 17:03:27 | More by jam354
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William123


5/5  rDev +24.4%

09-01-2012 01:41:11 | More by William123
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Popp24

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-09-2011 23:33:16 | More by Popp24
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jakewise

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

02-26-2014 08:55:14 | More by jakewise
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mcphish22

Maryland

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-18-2011 04:23:28 | More by mcphish22
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,602 ratings.