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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,679 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,679
Reviews: 1,446
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 199
Gots: 679 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Photo of sleazo
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful amber with a big three inch head into my weizen glass. almost got the whole bomber in. The smell is caramel malt with a minor hop backbone. Taste this was sweet at first but as i have consumed my palatte has become accustomed to it. There is a decent ammount of hops to balance the sweet. You usually do not see this ammount of sugar in a non Belgian beer. i fear the hangover. Due to the sweetness which borders on cloying and the fact that im drunk off of one bomber limits the drinkability.

Photo of e30todamax
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of cbl2
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1/29/2007 $3.59 22 oz. 9.90% No best by date.


Startingly amber/ruby in color with a clarity I rarely see in beers. A faint haze of tan foam wisps around my goblet.


Ripe tropical fruit notes come through with a burst of sweetness imparted by the brown sugar. Aromas are indicative of a Belgian double, namely the belgian candied sugar, which I suppose comes from the brown sugar.


Smooth, yet simple mouthfeel opens up this sweet brew. Notes of the tropics (pineapple, fig and starfruit) couple with a tinge of warm alcohol. Sugar is apparent, though whether brown, or candied is difficult to discern. Finish is slightly bitter, though not to the extent of the 51.1 IBU's the bottle promises. It is nice to have the sweet balanced by the mild bitterness.

Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of scottoale
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks to be another beauty from Lagunitas with an O.G. of 1.100 and the bittering of 51.1I.B.U with a fairly hefty 9.9ABV...sweet !! Out pours 12oz. of a deep copper colored, 2 finger of off-white headed ale of beauty, as I thought. Nice sticky lacing...ooh la la!

Smells malty and brown sugary with a hint of hop bringing up the rear. Let's taste it. Sweet and malty with nary a hop finish. A little sweet at first but as it warms just a hair, the hops start to kick in nicely as well as the alcohol starts to warm the finish. Full rich mouthfeel and flavor, this beers got some body and some legs as well.

Very tasty stuff that goes down easy but be warned, this is a truly strong ale, one of a kind in it's style! Try it, you'll never know till you do...I recommend this one.

Photo of Sarge3130
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled October 9th 2012.

A: Pours a clear reddish copper with a dense two finger white head. Not much visible carbonation. Head laces the sides of the glass nicely.

S: Initially there is a citrus / floral hop aroma which is quite pleasant. You can also get a nice sweet malt in the background.

T: More malty than the aroma would lead you to think. Dont get me wrong there is a great hop kick in the middle of this brew. Sweetness from the brown sugar is a great compliment to the hop. Lingering hop taste.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, a very warming brew. Isnt too sticky from the hops but still has a bit of a nectar like mouthfeel. A little hot right now.

Overall a pretty damn good beer, has more hops than most strong ales but still fits well in the category. Can't wait to try this again after it has been able to sit for a bit.

Photo of hophugger
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first one of these. Found a couple at the back of the shelf at my beer store. Pours a nice caramel clear color with a big bad head and really nice lacing. Aroma is of hops and sweetness, kinda nice. The hop bitterness and the brown sugar hit at the same time, providing a very pleasant blend of flavors. They are balanced so well that they are fighting each other to be on top. Sugar leaves a little in the aftertaste, leaving a nice cool hop bitterness with a touch of citrus rind, not bad. Overall, I am happy with this brew, as I am with everything Lagunitas has put out !!!!!

Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of hero27
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
9.9% abv

Pours a dark amber with an orange tint.
Rich caramel, sweet roasted malts, (the obvious brown sugar) with a slightly hoppy pine finish.. slightly medicinal & peppery as well.
This is a meal in a bottle...very sweet & rich. Plenty of alcohol burn..maybe a little over the top. But overall, a good offering from Lagunitas that does not disappoint.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ericj551
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga pours a clear amber orange with a lasting head. The smell is like a good barleywine, sweet and rich caramel malt aroma with a nice spicy, slightly citrusy and floral hops. Taste is a smooth balance. The sweet malts are up front, with a dark fruitiness. Hops follow will a nice but not overwhelming bitterness and a herbal, almost medicinal flavor. The beer is slightly less sweet and full bodied then I would expect for just under 10%, but that would make sense with the addition of brown sugar. The mouthfeel on the one is incredibly smooth, almost creamy. Alcohol is more noticeable as the beer warms.

I'm glad to see Lagunitas coming to my area, I've had a chance to try five different beers from them recently.

Photo of kevanb
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a really wonderful copper color, hues of amber, burgundy and orange when struck by the light and atop rests a really nice bone colored head, just under two fingers high that has great retention, a nice layer of froth always hangs around with a great web of lacing left behind. The aroma is nice, lots of rich caramel malt, sweet brown sugar, sticky piney hops with some nice juicy tropical fruit, potent alcohol and sweet maple syrup. The balance of hops to malts is really nice, but the strong alcohol presence is a bit disappointing. The hops really jump out on the tongue with a really nice bite of pine and earthy bark flavors but the beer really brightens up with nice citrus and tropical mango and pineapple like flavors that in a weird way blend well with the sweet rich flavors that the malts bring out. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar and sweet alcohol with a touch of maple are all detectable and well integrated. The body is nicely carbonated has a nice feel in the mouth, a bit lighter than I would’ve expected but it coats the mouth well without being cloying and has a nice crisp finish.

Verdict: A well done beer, I am surprised how well the hoppy elements melded with the malty and sweeter aspects which was really pleasant. This can definitely satisfy on a cold day while not being a rich, overly malty seasonal beer. That being said, I am more excited about the return of Lagunitas Sucks.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kirok1999
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown with a quickly fading off white head. Decent lacing. Smells very sweet, slight hops. Taste is definite brown sugar, this is a very aptly named beer. Sweet malts, massive brown sugar, very slight hop notes, make a nice, drinkable brew.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,679 ratings.