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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,849 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,849
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 208
Gots: 778 | 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 matt23j
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of indianabeerman
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper in color. The nose is hoppy. The flavor profile has a blend of subtle malty sweetness and hop bitterness – the hop bitterness comes out on top.

I’m probably giving in to the marketing too much but I swear that I can catch the faint essence of brown sugar. This beer certainly paired well with baked ham and potatoes for a classic Sunday dinner with the family.

Photo of CMundt4994
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EQSATUB
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eziel
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kylo76
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbkirk
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of beardown
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sunn
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite Lagunitas being one of my favorite breweries, I always looked over this one since I'm not a huge fan of barley wines. I saw one 6 pack left and figured I would give it a go. I'd like to formally apologize to Lagunitas for doubting them because this beer was great.

I figured it would be a malt bomb barley wine. After smelling it I was nervous I was right. I could smell those Lagunitas' hops, but the smell was dominated by a malty smell. The taste, however, is different in a good way.

The malt flavor is still there, but the Lagunitas' hops run the show while the malt compliments the hops. Easily drinkable at 9.9 percent and a fantastic beer.

Photo of bigbutter
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trav123
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Waggman
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dessert beer on it's own or pared with something. Beautiful colour and very nice nose. Taste is a little too malty for my taste but it masks the high abv pretty well. Nice sweet caramel flavour. Lagunitas just make great beers no matter style.

Photo of morrowd3
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLaw55
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If Lagunitas Sucks! is the hop forward DIPA of their line, then this is the malt forward version. I would say Hop Stoopid is the tropical flavored version. This is an exceptional malt balanced DIPA that is quite worthy of it's name.

Would seek out and purchase again.

Photo of pstam87
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thisguyneedsabeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark amber beer with a high yellow-biege, fluffy head that leaves a LOT of lacing on the glass!

Nose: Caramel malt, butter, dried fruit, alcohol, orange, clementine, marmelade and syrup.
Taste: Syrup, caramel, dried fruit, pine, tropical fruit, wood and resin. A special "Lagunitas" taste that I've recognised before...
Body: Full body with medium carbonation. Oily, smooth taste with a lot of components. Great dry finish. A bitter taste that stays and even increase at the end.

This is a ****ing great beer! I think it's a little too sweet for a dinner but great after a good meal, skip the desert!

Photo of emyers
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a half-inch off-white head dissipating quickly into a thin lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt up front with a surprisingly strong tropical/citrus hop presence strikes an interesting balance.

Taste: Similar to the smell - mix of sweet caramel and tropical hops. The hops accentuate the malt backbone very well. No real alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: It's fairly difficult to classify this beer - doesn't really come off like a typical American barleywine, but it's very good.

Photo of buschbeer
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FLUID OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

It is rust colored with burnt orange highlights. It has a few inches of tan head topping it off.

It has a sweet alcohol smell. There is also a slight citrus aroma.

The taste is just like it smells. It starts out sweet. Then the alcohol comes into play. The finish is citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium.

It has been several years since I have had this beer. It is pretty darn good. I actually pretty much like all Lagunitas beers, but I typically buy Ohio and Michigan beers since I'm a homer.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,849 ratings.