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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,804 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,804
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 160
Gots: 274 | FT: 12
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Jordy777, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

prdstmnky, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

MattNelson, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new seasonal release to me from Lagunitas, I was unaware this beer had such a high abv. Expectations are moderately high based on the brewery and this beer's high ratings.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a beautiful semi-clear brassy amber colored body with some sediment floating around. Just under two fingers of fluffy doughy beige head. Very nice head retention for such a high abv. Looks pretty damn nice for what it is.

S - Smell is pretty accurate to what I was expecting. Lots of fresh grapefruit hops, dusty bready malt, brown sugar, some red berry jam type smells, and some alcohol burn.

T - Taste is of bitter resinous grapefruit hops, some pine, hint of soapiness, some rye-esque spiciness, sticky brown sugar, and biscuit malts.

M - Feel ends sticky, sugary, resinous, bitter, and dry. A simple, fitting, classic Lagunitas style ending.

Overall, I'd say this is a fairly typical Lagunitas offering, not too much spectacular than any of their other highly hopped beers. This beer could probably also pass for either a DIPA or an American barleywine, but it's fine where it's at. Definitely a nice slow sipper of a beer, and I am glad I got this while I could. Recommended.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga' ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

BeerMeBrah, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

marcdalke, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ng85, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of RaggaD
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

RaggaD, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of myuncle
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

myuncle, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Acropora, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dwtyler, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

salinasa, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

alwaysplayin, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear amber in color with a big red hue. Head is off white, just over one finger and retains nicely.

Smell has some floral aromas forward along with light herbal and perfume like hop aromas before clean smelling yeast and a good earthy malt come in near the back end.

Taste is great. Lots of rich nutty and and subtle sweet caramel malt flavors are forward. More great herbal and floral hop flavors come in on the back end with very mild amounts of bitterness and a semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is great, rich malty body with light hop bitterness. Lots of hoppy oil blend with moderate carbonation to give this a fluffy yet Crisp feel.

Overall this was an awesome beer. Great balance and lots of complexity.

Fcolle2, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jeff96gt, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Qbdoo
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - light, reddish brown

Smell - piney (I wish I could say more but I just don't have a nose)

Taste - a great balance of hoppiness, sweetness and malt. I was wary of a beer whose name brags about sugar, but they get it just right. I don't really taste the booze.

Mouthfeel - lighter than I expected for such a big beer but very pleasant. Carbonation is rather subdued.

Overall - just what I'd hoped for: bold hoppy flavors softened by a light, sweet touch. A rich beer but not cloying. I'm trying this on a cold November night and this is just what I wanted in my beer today.

Qbdoo, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

NickSMpls, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jpd026, Nov 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Hopstronaut, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

dsm45, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ItsGotaBeUrBull, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

BryanK, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jds8411, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Ikea brandy snifter. Appearance is translucent amber with a surprisingly thick brown head - especially for being in a snifter! There's lots of lace for the first few minutes, although that's mostly gone towards the end of it.

Smell is citrusy hops, with some alcohol burn. I was really surprised, since I was expecting more of a toasty brown ale, but this actually smells like it could be an IPA.

Taste hits you up front with lots of citrusy hops. Little bit of resin in there too. Swallow is nice and malty, and that's where the brown sugar taste comes in. Finish is pretty sweet from the brown sugar, with some well-incorporated booziness.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, with some nice prickly carbonation that does well to cut through some of the maltiness and booziness.

Overall, this is definitely an interesting beer, although I'm really not sure what to make of it. I feel like they could have definitely gotten away with calling this a DIPA, although I guess they did a little better not attributing it to a style at all. I tend to like hoppy beers better when they're a little bit lower-ABV, and the brown sugar mixed with the booziness can make it seem a little sickly sweet occasionally, so I do have some problems with it. But the hop flavors are really nice, and the brown sugar is a nice addition, and it's definitely unusual and interesting, so I did really enjoy it!

MasterfulIdiot, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

PA-Michigander, Nov 15, 2013
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,804 ratings.