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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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4,195 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,195
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 178
Gots: 414 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,195 ratings.