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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,228
Reviews: 1,352
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 178
Gots: 427 | 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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Photo of IronLover
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep caramel in color with hints of amber and perfect clarity. Poured with a rich, foamy off-white head that leaves a well defined ladder of sticky lacings. Citrus orange and grapefruit aromas with an underlying sweet sugary aroma. Smooth, creamy feel with soft, pleasant carbonation.Medium to full bodied. Grapefruit and orange citrus flavors ride a wave of sweetness through the middle. Finishes lazily with sweet caramel flavors that taper to pine hop flavors and the faintest hint of alcoholic heat. The way the flavors come to a slow finish really slows the pace of this to a sipper. A nice combination of sweet caramel flavors and citrus hops.

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Beestin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Very clear, coppery amber liquid with small quarter inch yellowish off white head comprised of small bubbles that settles fairly quickly into light foam covering on surface and a thicker solid ring of bubbles around edge of glass.

S = Fairly strong up front smells of hops with some citrus peel and some light pine, there is an almost acrid quality to it which I do not find particularly pleasing, I had hoped for some more brown sugar, maple syrup type scents, but they just don't seem to be there.

T = Slight metallic quality to it with some citrus rind, uncooked whole wheat bread dough, perhaps a small amount of cinnamon crackers, but still the almost battery acid like metallic bitter taste that hits up front and then comes back in the finish just detracts from the flavors in the middle. Not that impressed.

M = Medium to medium-light body, surprisingly thin for the OG, still, it does have good mouthcoating and the carbonation level seems just about right, not quite as soft as I tend to like, but not a high stinging level either.

D = I don't know about this one, I do not find either the taste or the smell overly enticing and the ABV while not too strong is present. I really didn't particularly want to finish the whole glass and don't really want another. That said, it is not really hard to drink either, just not my cup of tea.

Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DerrickW
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mikefuski17
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Vogt52
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of timmy2b
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of jriggins6
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of chilidog
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas, Wow, not what I expected, this is a very good, well enjoyed beer!

It poured a nice dark copper, rich clear color. Nice full head, slight tan with a good lace path left glass-side. (I was expecting, well something brown)

The aroma was sweet toasted malts, an aroma of good crusty bread.

The taste says it all. Toasted malts with a good sweet layer of well carmalized brown sugar. Kinda like brown-sugar cinnamon toast.
This full bodied beer is thick but a great blended hop does'nt allow it to get to sweet. The 9.9% stay's in check as well. Only a slight alcohol hint is noticed in the taste. This allows this beer to be very drinkable. Caution; that also allows that 9.9% to sneak up on ya.

Overall; very drinkable with a good, clean mouthfeel. The mouth is left with a slight oil feel but with a sugar sweet finish.

Photo of NJB145
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of NonicPanic
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oelergud
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist-off cap. Large red letters on the label.
Translucent copper mahogany body with low carbonation. Creamy tan head with small bubbles.
Scent of caramel, grassy hops, flower, hay and of course, brown sugar.
Rough hops swirling in caramel and brown sugar with nutskin and vegetable, well balanced. The aftertaste is a hoppy long lived malty rush, quite strong and very tasty.
Medium-full body, some coating and a rough feel.
Highly drinkable, delicious and warming.


Photo of ZorPrime
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brown color beer with a fine bubbles foamy head. The aroma presents notes of citrus with some sugar, brown sugar actually. It makes this beer a little caramelized. Medium intensity aroma. Tastewise, it is burnt sugar with some fruity notes. Complex. Caramel in there too. The taste linger in the mouth, this is wonderful... I'm going crazy over this beer. One hell of a good brew. Delicious... can't stop drinking...

Overall, an excellent brew.

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

I peer into the glass and see a hue that is very unique and quite splendid. The color is hard to pin, a brownish-reddish-peachish hue that is rather sexy. The filtration adds an element of clarity adding sparkle. If the head and lacing kicked it up a notch, I would give a 5.

The smell is as expected, brown sugary malt. A pine hop splash helps break up the malt bill. When agitating, it brings out the nearly 10% heat to my nostrils.

The taste is rather sweet consisting of ample brown sugar blending with caramel malts. The sweetness has a pear or apple like fruitiness. In comes the staple Lagunitas lemon and grass pine malt to add a kick.

I substantial coating of the mouth occurs once swallowed following a medium in the mouth type feel.

Not the most drinkable beer due to its sweetness, but rock solid like most Lagunitas brews.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/2/12 Tasting Notes. Poured fom 12oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking bronze brew with good clarity. There was 2 fingers of creamy looking light tan head. Good retention, as this slowly settled to a dusting. Ample lacing...

S) Graham cracker crust and fresh juicy grapefruit with a sprinkling of sugar.

T) Quite malty and very hoppy... What a nice balance we have here. Sweet caramel and melting brown sugar, in perfect harmony with light pine, grapefruit and champagne mango. The alcohol on this was very well hidden. I picked it up just a little as this warmed up.

M) Full body with moderate carbonation, which kept this easy on the palate. It is slightly syrupy, but really very smooth. Nice aftertaste...

O) Thanks Lagunitas, what an excellent beer. Reminded me a bit of a few barleywines I've had recently. This was a pleasure to drink, and really hard to believe the ABV is nearly 10%. Glad to recommend this beer...

Photo of kaseydad
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snifter pour with a beautiful amber color and some burgundy highlights. Nice beige foamy head with major lacing along the sides. Syrupy aroma with molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and some whiffs of orange. Hoppy taste with some bittering hops and a nice rounding out smoothness on the swallow. A lot smoother than I remember this brew. Newer recipe? Either way it is outstanding. Lingering bitterness remains. Easily drinkable though multiples will definitely get you fuzzy pretty quick.

Overall I love when Lagunitas brings this beer out once a year and it's unique in it's own way. Check it out and you won't be disappointed with the experience.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, light red brown amber colored with a huge light tan head that lingers leaving excellent lacing, clear

S: amazing aroma of citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, lemon, caramelized sugar

T: grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, toffee, strawberry, brown sugar,

M: higher carbonation, alcohol amazingly well hidden, slightly viscous

O: The most amazing part of this beer is that the alcohol is so well hidden under a depth of hop and malt flavor.

Photo of jondeelee
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga' has an aroma that lives up the name, being full of caramelized brown sugar aromas. But these are joined by a surprisingly strong series of hop notes, which bring in grapefruit and pine scents. The malts contribute a few hints of peach and orange, rounding out the nose.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately sweet and sugary, and again lives up to its name. The sugars fly hot and heavy, being a fight between brown and cane sugar flavors to see which can first overwhelm the tastebuds, or at least bring about a case of diabetes. Luckily, the hops play a nice refereeing role, bringing in a healthy dose (51.1 IBUs) of grapefruity hops to balance things out. Just at the end, when the sugars fade away, a strong toasted grain and light nut base appears. The aftertaste is mainly hops, with fading sugars and grains, and lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy.

Overall, this is good beer, though I did find the sugars became rather strong after a few sips, and due to the high alcohol content (9.99% ABV), a tinge of vodka-like alcohol hung around the edges. Still, I suspect anyone who already likes Lagunitas--a company deliciously geared towards over-indulgence--will find this a nice addition to their line.

Photo of vcoggins
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RyanAU
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mrmanning
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Irishboy. A deep tan pour with some haze. Head is beige and leaves spotty lace. Nose of pit fruits, lots of caramel malts, demerera, citrus, dark bread. Tastes of woody brown sugar, citric hops and rye bread crust, butterscotch, caramel, plum, sweet candy. Sticky and sweet finish with a slight hop bite towards the end. Has mellowed out nicely with some time on it. Thanks Richard!

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,228 ratings.