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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,897 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,897
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 214
Gots: 805 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Ratings: 4,897 | Reviews: 1,494
Photo of edchicma
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional brew! Rich caramel in appearance with a small head. Beautifully sweet maly aroma with hops undertones. Taste Sweet malt presence blends into a mid-hop burst..finsihing in a hop finish with a tad of sweetness remaining. Alcohol was present but by no means overpowering. Smoooth with a great dry finish. Mouthfeeel was excellent for such a high abv.

Photo of cnbrown313
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Release, 12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - Pours a redish copper color with no haze at all. Generous off white head that lingers for a bit.

S - Smells sweet and... well a little bit like brown sugar. Biscuty smell as well

T - The taste up front is sweet and smooth. You can definitely taste the brown sugar and almost a little bit of a graham cracker taste. The 9.9% ABV is almost completely hidden. It warms you a little as you sip it, but it never tastes boozy at all.

M - I would have liked a little thicker mouth feel, as this one was medium bodied and a little thin. But, all in all it has a nice mouth feel.

O - This is how big fall beers should be done! I'm not a huge Lagunitas fan, but I look forward to this release every year.

Photo of Hootie159
4.15/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a review for the 2010 release. I have had last years as well and decided to give it another go. 9.99% ABV.
It pours a very deep amber with about a finger of head. I got no lace. The smell is pretty light for a strong ale. Toasted brown sugar, toffee and citrus drift into my nose holes. The taste starts shockingly sweet. Very malty, very sweet. It is almost balanced by citrus and pine hop flavor but not quite. A bit better than last years cola taste. It is still far too sticky and leaves a mouth coat for days. I get that its thick, strong and sugary but it becomes a bit much by the end. On the drinkability scale, eh, always an interesting beer to sample each year, but the ABV and sweetness scream hangover, even if you're careful. Still, pretty tasty if you are in the mood for sweet and heavy.

Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Morris729
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark golden brown in color with a thin and sticky off-white colored head. Nose is sweet caramelized malts, brown sugar, pine, and a bit of fresh cut grass. Starts off with sweet brown sugar, almost too sweet, but is quickly balanced by bitter notes of pine oils and raw hop flavors. The fact that the abv is 9.9% is quite a surprise as I couldn’t detect any notes of alcohol. However, it does explain the increased difficulty I’m having typing this review! I’ve been a fan of all the Lagunitas beers I’ve had to date, and this one is no different. A nice choice for a nightcap that I’m sure I’ll buy again.

Photo of Pahn
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

12oz bottle into a wine glass. Reviewed from notes taken in late March, 2010.

Appearance: 1/3 inch just off-white head settles quickly. Hazy, deep ruby/amber color. Loops of lacing.

Smell: Citrus (orange) hops and some nice caramel. A bit sugary. Smells like a great balance of fruity and sugary.

Taste: Bitter, hoppy, and sickly sweet. Tons of citrus (orange and grapefruit) hops, tons of sugary sweetness, with some caramel and almost no maltiness otherwise. Not what I expected at all.

The combination of huge sweetness and (in this context) overdone hop bitterness makes for a disgusting flavor... but I'm still giving this a 4.0 for taste. The thing is, it tastes like it says it's going to taste. This is a bomb of sugar and hops. To me it tastes awful, but if you have a sweet tooth (I don't) and are a hop head (I kind of am), this could be the best beer you ever taste. Also, points for 10~% ABV not showing itself at all in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, light to medium bodied. What you would expect a sugar shock + hop bomb to feel like.

Drinkability: My notes here simply state "too f*ckin sweet." I was angry at the taste of this beer. Also, I hate when a beer smells good but tastes bad.

What can I say? If you go into a beer called "Brown Shugga'" that boasts of its intense sugary sweetness without a sweet tooth, you're kind of a moron. The day I tried this beer, I was that moron. I can tell that this is a well-done beer if you like this flavor profile. I don't.

Photo of ZachKelly
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this on tap recently at La Cav Du Vin. Served to me in a tulip glass. This beer is a clear, medium brown color. Decent sized head probably about 1/2 inch when drawn from the tap before settling to a decent surface cover with nice lace. Smells of brown sugar and malt along with some citrus hops are certainly present. Tastewise this beer is certainly sweet upfront with caramel and brown sugar present before the hoppy bitterness also makes its presence known almost immediately. I would not say the balance is not good, but neither primary flavor (the sweetness nor the bitterness) is stronger than the other. Very interesting indeed. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinkability could be a bit more easy to drink, due to its overall strangeness. I would certainly drink this again.


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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brown Shugga purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga.
appearance: Beautiful! orange, brown, amber. Clear with a pretty decent creamy head.
smell: Wow, what a nice balance of malty sweetness and hoppy, citrus accents.
taste: And just as great as the nose advertises. Sort of a barleywine mixed with a DIPA....carefully mixed and well executed.
Creamy and quaffable.
Between Avery, DFH, and Lagunitas...what a great lot.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into shaker glass at 45 degrees. #21 of a case I picked up in early December.

Pours w/1F of off-white/cream colored head over fairly clear, yet viciously thick amber body, with just a touch of carbonation flowing up ever so sloooowly.

Aromas are chock full of dull hop goodness. Lots of pineapple, caramel malt, and rich bread.

Quite creamy on the palate. Rich. Flavors are full of West Coast hops, navel orange sweetness, and various other citrus elements. Touch of tobacco leaf. Almost DIPA like overall. Pretty clean on the mouthfeel for being 10%.

Delicious beer overall, and such a good choice for this time of year. Rich and sweet, with great hop presence.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a beautiful ruddy copper/amber tone with a good degree of clarity to it, maybe a finger of beige head lacking much retention, lapsing into a thin collar; nice lacing.

aromatic nose replete with hops (citrus, some pine) and a notable caramel malt presence, subtle brown sugar notes. the hop characters lead the way in the flavor, with the malt and brown sugar sweetness opening up more mid-palate and then hops and some alcohol present in the finish. pretty damn tasty. sort of a crossbreed between a DIPA and a barleywine.

full/medium bodied with moderate carbonation. for a beer approaching 10% ABV this drinks pretty well.

originally reviewed: 10-31-2010

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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