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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

3,604 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,604
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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misterscooter

California

2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love Lagunitas and really respect their beers but this one was a bit more than what I prefer. I think it is probably a great beer for some people but I had a hard time getting my preferences out of the way and just rating this beer.

It pours a cloudy gold and brown with a small head that was gone quickly. Quite a bit of stuff floating around in there (normal or bad pour?) and the carbonation keeps it moving and keeps a bit of foam on top the whole time. The smell is very hoppy and a little sweet.

The taste hits me. I appreciate the complexity but it is just a bit too hoppy and sweet for me. There is a straw/grain taste and the high alcohol content is definitely noticeable as well as some yeasty overtones. Again, very carbonated feel in your mouth and hoppy and dry at the end. As it warmed up, it did mellow out so maybe I had it colder than this beer should be.

With the high alcohol content of this guy and how harsh it seemed to me, I doubt I could drink more than one. But I should try it again in case it was just a bad pour.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 03:46:44 | More by misterscooter
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Morbo

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper with about an inch of fluffy almost-white head. The head lingers for a while and leaves plenty of lacing behind.

I am shocked and delighted by the hop presence in the nose. Lots of sweet pineapple, and an instant mental association is good pot. ...And I know this sounds crazy, but I get some ketchup from it as well.

Well, it is about as sweet as I had expected, considering the name. Thankfully, the hop bitterness almost balances things out. Not too complex, maple syrup and molasses pitted against citric/piney hops.

It is fairly heavy and lacking in carbonation, so it comes off as pretty syrupy. It's not quite on the level of Super Troopers maple syrup chugging, but I am definitely not running to the fridge to grab another bottle.

Booze isn't present in the flavor, but you definitely get a nice warming sensation from this one. An interesting beer, even if it isn't very complex, but it is too sweet and syrupy to be anywhere near sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 07:31:59 | More by Morbo
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a red hue to it with a minimal head. The beer was very hoppy smelling. This brew I was hoping was going to be really great, but it was just to high on the alcohol burn and too sweet for my taste. I will not buy again

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 14:55:09 | More by Minkybut
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours out as an amberish colored brew with a white head on it. The head settles but leaves a nice lacing. The smell of the beer is semi sweet, not as sweet as I expected it to be from the name. There was a little bit of a roasted smell in there and some hops as well. The taste wasn't overly sweet, I guess I took the name of the beer too literally... The flavors were decent in my opinion. After finishing it off I found myself saying that it wasn't the best beer out there but I suppose it'd be worth another try.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:43:16 | More by Knapp85
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25.4%

09-29-2012 05:02:03 | More by NilocRellim
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mjtiernan

New York

3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-15-2011 16:14:01 | More by mjtiernan
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.4%

03-24-2013 01:47:06 | More by HeyJim
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Aeromaximus

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-25-2012 05:52:07 | More by Aeromaximus
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep copper color. 2 finger super sticky and fluffy off white head.

Very abrasive nose. Solvent alcohol hop resin tropical fruit burnt sugars and a bit of sour milk? Nose calms down a bit as the beer breathes.

Milder than the nose but nothing too special. Lots of burnt caramel sugar. Big malty monster really. Pretty smooth and only a touch of alcohol heat. Subtle underlying bitterness that balances the malt. Smooth with pretty good flavors but really nothing special. I like it but its not my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:25:48 | More by jtierney89
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jwmarcum

Missouri

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-15-2012 21:15:02 | More by jwmarcum
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Another6Pack

Michigan

3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-22-2011 01:22:45 | More by Another6Pack
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Sakura99

Oregon

3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, as another poster stated, I'm not a "fancy" reviewer; I just drink the beer and tell you what I think of it. I waited a LONG time to try this beer, and I have to say, I was disappointed. It's not a bad beer, but it didn't taste the way I expected it to. The name doesn't describe the taste IMO, but I can't really get mad about that since it wasn't made to taste like brown sugar (this was a woopsy-daisy barleywine to which they added a poop-ton of brown sugar in an effort to salvage the product...they liked it and decided to bottle it as a beer), and the lingering aftertaste is remarkably brown sugary if you wait a minute or two, and you're looking for it. The immediate impression I got upon first swig was a bit of a watered-down Sierra Nevada, taste-wise. It's got more of a bitter taste than I expected. And it WILL mess you up, consider yourself warned. I drank three and I was so toasted that I got sick, and that doesn't normally happen with me. It's not bad, but it's not something I really think that I'll buy again. I'm more of a Lil Sumpin' kinda girl. If you're looking to get schmammered, I think any Lagunitas beer will do the trick for ya lol, but this one will have you on your ayse for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:25:00 | More by Sakura99
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ninaturner

Florida

3/5  rDev -25.4%

05-18-2013 02:29:47 | More by ninaturner
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-17-2013 20:52:51 | More by BGsWo22
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carlitos92

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-18-2014 13:32:13 | More by carlitos92
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trelihan462

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark-brownish red with a thin, off-white head. Decent amount of lacing sticks around.

Smell - Very hoppy and spicy, but a little sweetness to it as well.

Taste - Super hoppy, but has a really sweet aftertaste. Interesting combo.

Mouthfeel - Pretty spicy right away, burns on the way down.

Drinkability - Overall, it's not a -bad- beer, but I can't say I'm a fan of it. It's a little over-hopped and I don't think brown sugar works very well in an I.P.A., I was expecting a stout or a brown ale for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 05:02:26 | More by trelihan462
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-04-2012 18:37:08 | More by AWS2111
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-26-2013 01:32:46 | More by rypkr
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JJFordick

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-14-2012 21:06:53 | More by JJFordick
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scanny24

Florida

3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-22-2013 21:57:17 | More by scanny24
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EdelweissDad

Georgia

3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-12-2012 01:22:49 | More by EdelweissDad
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kustard

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-18-2013 17:27:35 | More by kustard
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-18-2012 20:37:49 | More by chrispoint
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jcparish88

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-11-2012 03:50:58 | More by jcparish88
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KevT

California

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-14-2014 20:53:19 | More by KevT
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,604 ratings.