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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,838 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,838
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 207
Gots: 771 | FT: 18
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 RyanK252
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours deep reddish amber copper with a frothy tan head that hangs around a while before settling down and lacing quite well.

S: Dark sugar sweetness, light citrus, tropical fruit and pine hops, some caramel malt, maybe a bit spicy, with a little alcohol.

T: Toffee dark sugar sweetness, pine bitterness, light tropical fruit and citrus hop bitterness, a bit spicy and woodsy, with a little alcohol.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, a little alcohol warmth.

O: Maybe not quite what I was expecting, but pretty good.

Photo of garuda
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Winston3737
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is a decent beer.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Three fingers of thick, fluffy, off-white head with large bubbles. Settles slowly leaving thick lacing. Produces a steady carbonation stream. Color is a clear copper. The brew is attractively translucent.
Smells like sweet toast, some malt, caramel, a little bit of booze.
Taste is tropical fruit, fruit syrup, a little dry hop, but not bitter. Sweet grapefruit. Sour, but more than balanced by sweet. Really smooth mouthfeel, especially for something that's supposed to be 10% ABV. Although I'm halfway through the bottle and I can feel it.
This one is rich in feel, which is fitting since I've just recently polished off a paczki (a rich, donut-like fruit or cream filled pastry eaten on Fat Tuesday). Sip this one, savor it.

Photo of hipHOPSanonymous
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knobs303
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fedigan
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MacStinson
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brm300
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TimErickson
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Mrbseward
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours nice dark copper color with thick, long lasting head. Very aromatic smell, decent taste, overall ok beer

Photo of brewme
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sliprk314
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pmessick
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of infinitebruner
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

February 10, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Medium amber and very clear. It has a thin layer of off-white, pinkish foam, with low retention.

S – A ton of resiny, woodsy, and tropical fruits, mango and papaya, with a touch of pear. Some bready malt with an impression of caramel, and some residual… (wait for it) brown sugar.

T – Malty, bread crust and a touch of caramel. Resiny hop flavor, some earthy, woodsy notes, and a bit of papaya. Light residual sweetness and fairly high hop bitterness.

M – Malty sweet at first then overridden by hop bitterness. Carbonation is fairly high, body is medium-light.

O – This definitely falls between an American Barleywine and a Double IPA, nice malt and hop presence.

Photo of Moooope
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of danh53
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At first taste I thought this was a unique and complex beer, but when it was finished I don't really know where to go with this one. The nose and taste starts with carmalized citrus and ends dry and hoppy with an alcohol bite. Its a mix between an IPA and a barley wine, and I don't think it pulls off that balance in the end. I'm glad I was able to try it.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a solid dark amber with a slight foamy off-white head. Smell is sweet and hoppy - brown sugar, caramel, honey. Beautiful. Taste is also sweet with a relatively mild kick considering it's (!) 9.9 ABV %. I honestly can't believe it has a 9.9 ABV % -- this is a VERY easy beer to drink. One of the most impressive beers I've had in a very long time.

Photo of 1mrbeer
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of rob_o_rob
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,838 ratings.