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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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90
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3,806 Ratings
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91
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Ratings: 3,806
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 161
Gots: 273 | 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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Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

xdefeatsy, Oct 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Brushkanna, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Goldfishman, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

RyanAU, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

linnymtu, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mecmd, Oct 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Marco_Gtz, Jan 26, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

LoganMc, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of martyl1000
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monks Kettle. Nice looking pour into a goblet, a clear reddish brown, with a thin white head and delicate lacing that slides down the glass

Surprising hop-forward aroma. Perhaps its just too cold, but I'm not getting any of the sugar sweetness in the nose or in the mouth. I'm even wondering if the bartender has given me the wrong beer.

martyl1000, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of richj1970
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber almost red color. Very generous 3 finger head with some nice lacing.

S: Nice mix of sweet caramel and hops. A bit of piney resin.

T: Really complex mix of some slight sweetness from the malts with bitterness from the hops. Some roasted grains, caramels, and bold hops.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: Interesting brew. I take one sip and I'm thinking DIPA. The next sip and I'm thinking stronle ale. Nice balance and complexity.

richj1970, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

appetiteforparis, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

MPSTARR, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Kaveman, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Sarge3130, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

imyourhero21, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

BeersAndBears, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

seavercm, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Kevin_Young, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Kind of an orange copper color, almost hazy, when held up to the light you can see small particles. Speaking of held up to the light, it just glows. I guess a more simple way to put it is that it doesn't quite look like any American Strong Ale that I've had (even though it varies so much), it seems lighter. There's a good sized head that's an orange color, decent lacing.

Smell is good, hoppier than I expected, but based on all the beer I've had from Laguniatas, that's how they role. There is certainly a big malt presence, smells very sweet, brown sugar detected, hence the name. Hops smell like citrus. Overall kind of a sweet boozy smell.

Tastes very good, loving it. A unique, but good blend of both sweet and bitter. Sweetness right off the bat, call it power of suggestion but brown sugar detected, overall a good malt presence. Very Hoppy, citrus zest, and a little bit of pine. Very good tasting overall.

Full bodied, as mentioned a good, unique balance of bitter and sweet. Good carbonation level and a strong bitter finish. Very drinkable. Had it in the past, my buddy and I killed a growler in a short evening, so I'd say dangerously drinkable, really enjoyed this bottle this time.

AndyAvalanche, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Mistofminn
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this for the first time last winter, but never got around to reviewing it. I didn't feel that a review that was months after the original tasting were worthy of a review, so I waited patiently until this surfaced again. Fresh 2009 batch, first time I've seen it this year.

Pours a golden brown, amber color with a thick and chunky tan head. Slow laboring carbonation and clear texture, coupled with the brilliant shade of amber and the light tan head give this one a pretty good look.

I already know before I put my nose near the glass that this is going to be sweet. The bottles I had last year were in February or March...not fresh like this. Boom! There is a ton of hops in the nose in this one! Totally wasn't expecting that. I would venture to say that the hops actually out do the sweet brown sugar and malt notes. Intense!

The taste, unfortunately, is no where near as hoppy as the aroma. This is where the sweet brown sugar based malt comes in. Sweet and intensely malty, just like it should be.

Smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation. I would have liked to see a heavier body and a higher carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, another solid offering from Lagunitas. Every beer they make has that "Lagunitas" hoppy feel to it, and this one is no exception. I would be able to peg this as a Lagunitas brew in a blind tasting no problem.

Mistofminn, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of fmccormi
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of October 9, 2012 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle in a Julian variant (“28369508,” the 283rd day of 2012 being October 9th). So, a day over four weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): Just about three fingers of good, light-tan head comes off the pour here, coming off of a ruby-hued, medium- to dark-amber colored body that’s crystal clear. Excellent retention here, as the beer still has a half-centimeter of solid head left a couple minutes after the pour; broad, even lacing all the way around the glass, with a lot of coverage. Thick collars as it goes down. Excellent, appearance, in every aspect.

Smell (4.0): Some very nice, moderately rich (but not overly sweet), bready malt character is most evident here, smells kind of like sweet potato dinner rolls. Which is awesome, because those are delicious. That said, there’s a very bright, aromatic citrus character here, like fresh orange juice with some some fresh-cut flowers. Little bit of toasted grain in the back, à la whole-wheat toast.

Taste (4.0): This is rich and moderately complex, but it’s quite a bit softer than I was expecting—as in, not so aggressive. And that’s okay! Rich, grainy malt with a moderate toast (again, like a toasted multigrain bread with a little spicy rye in it), that really isn’t so sweet as you might think (given the name of the beer). That said, it does have a light brown sugar sweetness built into it, which helps smooth over the toasty and spicy aspects of the malt body. The hops, meanwhile, offer a moderate orange juice sweetness that finishes with a solid red grapefruit zest bitterness that helps dry out the beer toward the finish. No yeast character detected, but some moderate, boozy vapor is definitely in the mix. The finish is very nice, kind of a tangy citrus quality that’s not quite bitter or sweet.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The body is fuller than medium-weight but not heavy-, moderately oily, and has very subdued carbonation. A light tingle as it goes down, a little burn on the back end. In spite of the rich malt body, it doesn’t exactly finish dry but it’s far from syrupy. Good, not great, certainly not excellent mouthfeel—solid but unremarkable.

Overall (4.0): This is a nicely crafted beer, and the fact that Lagunitas will happily put out something of this size and character for $10-12/ sixer is fantastic. This beer’s category is so broad that you grade them as much on overall satisfaction as anything else, and as far as that goes this is a very nice beer and an excellent value. Say what you will, but that counts. And beyond that, it’s just tasty and satisfying for a broad range of (admittedly American-biased) palates. Yummo.

fmccormi, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange amber with a medium off white slowly fading head with good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, yeast and some citrus and pine as well. Taste has some good caramel malt, yeast mild orange and bitter hops. Palate is a medium to full body, carbonation is good and a smooth mouth feel. Finishes with a good caramel malt and yeast flavor followed by citrus, orange notes and bitter ending for balance. Considering this is a barley wine it is not as strong, reminds me more of an DIPA, but it is still good. Overall very good, smooth, balanced and flavorful brew.

Samp01, Sep 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Techichi, Nov 18, 2014
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,806 ratings.