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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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90
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3,561 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 3,561
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 118
Gots: 209 | 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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this today. This is one of those common brews that I have still yet to try. Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip because I am not as cool as drabmuh.

The beer has a beautiful appearance. Crystal clear and clean copper, like a brand new penny. The khaki colored head is frothy and dense, coating the glass with lacing.

The aroma bring smalt, alcohol, pine, resin, hops, caramels.

The flavor is big and bold. A strong ale indeed. Nice ratio of hops to malt. Though I know the hop character will fade with age, I am curious to see how well this ale might benefit from some time in the cellar. Sweetness throughout.

Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. Sticky and resinous on the palate. Alcohol presence is there.

A full flavored beer. One in any given night is plenty for me. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 01:25:22 | More by Huhzubendah
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip.

A - Pours a rusty and reddish amber, with a head of big, sticky off-white bubbles. Distinctly Lagunitas label design, with that nice texture they always have, wrapped tightly around a squat bottle. Solid presentation from a brewery that understands the importance of the little things. The head slowly recedes to a thin, soapy film with a bubbly ring around the edges that leaves substantial chunks of sticky lace.

S - Hop forward, with a big West coast character of citrus, pine, and some sweet fruity notes. Some malt in the mix adds to the sweetness, with hints of maple, brown sugar, and sweet toasty malts. With a name like 'Brown Shugga' I was certainly expecting more malt and less hops, but it is Lagunitas after all...

T - Opens up with lots of sweet caramelized malts, giving way to a mid-palate of earthy malt and more sweet notes. The finish is an intense punch of West coast hops, with an emphasis on pine and citric rind. The huge malty sweetness and assertive hop astringency don't exactly work together, but rather fight for the spotlight of this brew. Throw in 10.00% ABV and this brew becomes a little disjointed. Resinous hop oils linger in the aftertaste, winning the battle over the malty character.

M - Carbonation is lower, but quite crisp. Body is a bit heavy, and quite syrupy, oily, and a little warming. Pretty general stuff for this style of brew, but not really my thing.

D - Coming into this I was hoping for something unique and interesting, a certainly seasonal. What I got was more or less another West coast hop-bomb. Certainly a tasty beer in the end, but with the description I was expecting less hop more malt, and I still think that's what I would have preferred here. Regardless, this is a tasty offering from one of the few American craft breweries that distribute to my neck of the woods, and for that I'm thankful.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 23:20:46 | More by Converge
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The return of Brown Shugga. Scored me a sixer. 12oz bottle emptied into a squeaky clean snifter glass.

An auburn red beer with a slow-soaring bone head that peaked at almost three fingers' height. What a delicious looking brew! Fluffy head with great lacing and big spotty bubble pop-marks on the surface and along the glass walls. 4.5

Balanced aroma with a dry brown sugar malt and grapefruity hops. Has that signature Lagunitas hop appeal with earthy pine notes. Lightly roasted-smelling with a touch of fruitiness and a steeping alcohol tone.

Bursting with booze heat. It takes a bit away from a rich malt composition of brown sugar, toasted bread, and burnt caramel. The hops are similar to those found in most imperial red ales; grapefruit, pine, with a slight floral quality. Mostly sweet from the alcohol, but finishes bitter and a bit hoppy. Mineral notes detected. A simple and delicious ale.

Drinks smooth, but with big-time warmth. Hefty in the body, but not chunky. Evenly distributed feel with a rougher-than-gentle carbonation. Above-average.

I didn't miss this one last year, but that's partly because Sucks put it out of my mind. I'm enjoying this one more than I had in past years. Brown Shugga is a good brew and, hopefully, here to stay.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:13:05 | More by thecheapies
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younger35

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank it on tap from the cask at a local bar. Hand pumped from the barrel into a snifter. Served around 50 degrees. Was impressed from the start!

Appearance- Very deep amber/pale brown color. Broke nicely around the edges to a light almost yellowish amber. Great frothy head. Beer looked very inviting.

Smell- Had a sweet almost candy like smell. Subtle floral tones.

Taste- Sweet brown suger, caramely taste. Hints of vanilla undertone the woodsy sweetness. Big burst of alcohol is very pleasant on the back of the tongue. Nice hop characteristics balance the beer very well. The taste sticks with you.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, alcoholy feel. Very mild cask carbonation, perfect for this beer.

Drinkability- Fantastic. The Alcohol is very pronounced but overall a very tasty beer. This is a very unique beer that I would highly recommend if you ever run into it on tap.

Serving type: cask

02-02-2007 16:42:25 | More by younger35
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Marq18

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a nice gold amber with moderate amount of head and a little bit of lacing. Maybe a little bit more of an aggressive pour would have opened it up a bit.

S- Smells great, a little bit piney, grassy and spicy caramel.

T- Instant bitterness of the hops on the front end. A little bit of alcoholic harshness- expected.

M- Low to moderate amount of carbonation with a warm, creamy mouth feel.

O- Overall a good strong, relatively hoppy, ale but would like a little more malt flavor given the name.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:52:54 | More by Marq18
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naterock

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, Reddish brown in color with a rocky head that laces heavily.

Smells of sweet candy sugar, and a piney hop nose. rich smell.

Tastes incredible! Sweet brown sugary/toffee flavor upfront that gives way to a nice hop bitterness and a finish that is slightly dry with a slight alcohol burn. but overall it's really good!

Mouth is medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation. Dry finish and a cloying nature of this beer just leaves the flavor in you mouth. Creates a distinct warming behind your ears. Drinks fairly easy but I couldn't slam more than a few. Would be great around a fireplace, or out on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 16:21:15 | More by naterock
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured out orange amber in color, with a remarkable clarity. The head was very minimal in size, but a slow and steady stream of carbonation kept in alive for a while. The handsome looks were quite nice, but the smell was simply outstanding. Sweet, citric, and soft, the nose only gave a slightest hint of the hidden potency in the form of rose oil like fusels.

The taste was quite bitter which came as a surprise to me. The hops were herbal an assertive, and the fusel alcohols carried them right to the throat. This made the beer taste quite dry and reminded me of scalded milk. The sweetness was there underlying the hops, but the appearance of it was only fleeting.

The mouthfeel was light and drinkability high. This is quite a feat considering the strength. I do see a promise of improvement here with some aging, although I am not sure this will hold up for the really long haul.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 02:52:59 | More by rajendra82
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lochef81

Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep mahogany amber hue with a small cream colored head that is short lived and gives way to a gentle off white lacing and thick alcohol legs. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and sticky definitely coats every inch of your palate for a long time. The nose is very sweet with some nice hop notes and a definite alcohol vibe. This is not subtle, which is one of my favorite things about Lagunitas beers. The flavor is almost reminiscent of a barley wine. It is deep and malty with a hearty dose of west coast hops and a very strong alcohol bite on the finish. Im a huge fan if lagunitas but this beer is not quite my taste. It is very good just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 04:58:56 | More by lochef81
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davemarc87

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-28-2014 18:20:25 | More by davemarc87
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Lagunitas is not scared of using sugar. A copious amount of brown sugar is used in this brew, hence the name.

Towering off-white head with a sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Orange amber glow is inviting. Aromatic layers of caramelized sugar, hop oil and apricot/pineapple fruiti- ness peel away as the beer warms. Think slightly chewy body. Heavy malt, not too sweet with a very blended, toasty caramel duo of malt flavors ... caramel is stronger though. The brown sugar builds on the maltiness to carry on the sweetness. Hops and alcohol keep an even keel with a sharpness and spicy citric flavor. Fruity esters, malt sweetness and some strong hop oil leave a long trail for the aftertaste to walk down.

The alcohol is there, no denying that, but it does not show its true strength. Dangerously drinkable comes to mind; Lagunitas--making sweet beer taste excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:40:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Aaron420

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a deep rust orange color with a almost no existing off white head.

Smell was more hoppy than I expected but still had the sweet smell of caramel and brown sugar which you would expect with the name.

The overall taste of the beer was very smooth. It was very drinkable, could easily sit there and before I know need another one. Which is impressive for a 9 plus ABV. It was hoppy but also sweet, the sweetness is probably why this 9 plus beer is so easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 23:07:08 | More by Aaron420
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-02-2014 23:29:30 | More by danthehopslamman
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-16-2012 23:11:23 | More by warnerry
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-10-2013 18:44:41 | More by Dbrulet
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street in Boston after one of Beer Panther's tastings. Todd bought a bottle so I followed suit (ok I'm admitingly a beer lemming).

In very small print around the bottle is written "We were making Gnarlywine in 1998, messed up the recipe, and this is what we got. This ale is accidental and we have no idea what kind of style it conforms to."

Huge, thick robust head. Smells very much like a Stone product, AB or the like. Sweet, pine nose. Pine taste up front with sweet caramel pulling in the rear. Mouthfeel is smooth but leaves an oily coat on the tongue.

Very tasty product, and quite enjoyable after shoveling out from a blizzard.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 23:09:21 | More by fdrich29
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-24-2013 21:33:37 | More by aquazr1
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LCS46208

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2014 01:26:50 | More by LCS46208
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sm0key

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 19:13:01 | More by sm0key
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Mattco

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-14-2013 16:39:42 | More by Mattco
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MNMike

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-20-2014 02:26:22 | More by MNMike
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-12-2014 04:39:14 | More by ccurrid
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zdauber

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-27-2014 18:55:13 | More by zdauber
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Moo5152

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-15-2013 17:21:31 | More by Moo5152
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dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

filled a growler of this at clinton road consumers and split with a friend. a little above fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass.

pours out a clear deep amber color with a big fluffy, retentive off white head. lots of sticky lace on the glass.

it smells like a DIPA with a very nice balance. first you get piney and a little bit of citrus hops balanced by a sweet candied caramel, sugary malt.

again, definatly like a big DIPA. resinous pine and citrus hops are met nicely by a sticky candied caramel, brown sugary malt.

heavy mouthfeel, but not nearly as thick and heavy as i might have expected. some lingering bitternes is there.

alcohol was just an after thought, i could not taste it at all which made this pretty drinkable.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2011 18:41:49 | More by dogfishandi
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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-16-2011 00:56:08 | More by RyanPS
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,561 ratings.