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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,553 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3,553
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 117
Gots: 206 | FT: 14
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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droomyster

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a short copper colored head that recedes quickly. Body is slightly hazy deep brownish red. Strong aroma of cherries and molasses, grassy/citrus hops, lots of alcohol and red grapes. Big blast of sweetness, brown sugar? Heck yeah, and well supported by a strong bitterness. Light doughy yeastiness. Full body, light carbonation. I consider this the chewiest of the chewy. Goes down slow and sticky, lingering medicinal taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 04:33:48 | More by droomyster
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Sturmthis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-22-2013 01:59:34 | More by Sturmthis
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mzwolinski

California

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crytsal-clear and a rich copper in color, with a mountainous off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma is quite appealing as the brown sugar sweetness blends almost imperceptibly with a blend of citric and lightly floral hops. Mild fusel alcohol aromas develop as the beer warms. The flavor begins malty with some light, fruity notes, followed by an almost granular sugary flavor and some mild alcohol warming. The finish is dominating by a biting hop presence, but one which stings only for a second and merges gracefully in to a very well-balanced sugary sweet and somewhat spicy aftertaste. Medium-full body and rather like a mild barley wine in character. A very well-crafted (even if accidentally!) and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 17:55:12 | More by mzwolinski
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-17-2011 18:20:59 | More by twowheelssoar
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Prospero

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

05-24-2014 04:21:14 | More by Prospero
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance: a deep ruby red. good clarity and a finger plus of a tannish white head that leaves a bit of a lacing on the sides. looks tasty but I was hoping for a little more brown.

Smell: slightly weak for such a big brew. hops, citrusy and apricoty. good sweetness.

Taste: opens up with a blast of hops. grapefruit and apricot. a brief moment of super sweetness shines through. toasty malts. the malts are quickly taken back over by a lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy. huge hop bitterness lingers. some warmth thats good for a cold night.

Overall: huge battle of bitter and sweet. bitter wins out for now. its good but i want to revisit this one when it is not so fresh

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:48:26 | More by SportsandJorts
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brentblack1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

09-07-2012 00:28:16 | More by brentblack1
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slim2043

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-30-2012 18:50:40 | More by slim2043
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GuttaMane138

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-31-2013 03:10:04 | More by GuttaMane138
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Googs

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-13-2012 03:11:26 | More by Googs
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-19-2012 01:31:32 | More by SaxmanRick
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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-08-2011 08:16:12 | More by kornkid8600
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beerman999999

New York

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-16-2011 00:13:59 | More by beerman999999
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 Oz Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a hazy copper brown with about one fingers worth of head... sticky lacing...

S: Wow !!! The name says it all.... Brown Shugga' .... with a mix of molasses, burnt malt and touch of hops. Very sweet smelling.

T: The sweet flavors hit you right up front... Brown sugar & molasses... there is some strong hops in the finish and the aftertaste has a lot of hops and burnt sugars in it...

M: Very thick and creamy almost velvet like...with sharpness at the end.

D: Not a session beer.... to sweet to drink of bunch of these and with the ABV close to 10... Wow.

This is my first beer from Lagunitas, it was very interesting. I'll be looking for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 02:40:32 | More by mralphabet
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

10-21-2012 22:56:20 | More by bluesplit63
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3/5  rDev -25.4%

05-03-2014 22:24:00 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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kegger22

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brown with a tiny head that rapidly faded to a skin. The aroma was citrus The taste was malty sweet with little citrus hop backbone. However, and I have rarely (never) described taste this way, Shugga' tasted flat and heavy. The feel was full bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability was good. It still wasn't bad, but the heavy/flat sensation did affect my opinion of the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 19:47:22 | More by kegger22
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beergod1

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown-amber pour with a thin and foamy off-white head. Thin spotty lacing as well. The aroma is hoppy with sweet dark fruit and molasses coming through more as it warms. The labeling on this one really threw me off as I was expecting more of a sweet brown ale. Once my taste buds told me it was actually a Barley Wine I was able to accept the flavor. Very hoppy on the front end, along with some alcohol burn. The flavor mellows a bit as sweet malt start to seep in. The finish is round and fruity with an alcohol burn leftover. Above average, and kind of unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 18:39:50 | More by beergod1
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Bfarr

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown shugga is a hazy red tinted amber with a thin head. A sweet malty aroma leads right into a sugar fest. A very sweet flavor is surprisingly offset by a fuzzy and lightly hoppy feel. It's highly carbonated so there's no syrupy mouthfeel.

I love this beer partially because I love a sweet beer from time to time. It's really easy to drink despite the ABV, which I think is a little more masked on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 23:58:54 | More by Bfarr
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brbrocc

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-18-2012 02:29:52 | More by brbrocc
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zenwatts

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-17-2012 17:32:02 | More by zenwatts
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -50.2%

12-02-2012 20:56:51 | More by tmars13
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 00:54:12 | More by Neffbeer
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srw

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-23-2013 01:01:35 | More by srw
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-27-2013 20:53:51 | More by Kevincredible
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,553 ratings.