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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,709 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,709
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 147
Gots: 247 | FT: 13
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 brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a small head.

The nose is a hop bomb. Big, bright, fruity hops, floral with caramel tones.

Hop forward in every sense with the body being somewhat syrupy, a hit of brown sugar and sweet caramel malt midway finishing with bitter hop acids while somehow maintaining a chaotic balance.

Lagunitas seems to be the hopheads brewery. I thought this would be, not really sweeter because it's sweet, but maybe less hoppy. Awesome stuff that'll sneak up on you if you aren't careful.

brownbeer, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear bronze/amber color with a moderate sized tan head , light carbonation , spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt , brown shuggar , floral and citrus hops and a pale malt of some kind . Flavor is quite sweet up front with some nice floral, pine and citrus hops , medium bitterness some caramel, burnt shuggar and broun shugger , full body with a slightly oily mouthfeel , a slightly alcoholic finish , very drinkable and good , a very good value and a good brew all around .

WakeandBake, Dec 08, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Beerswag, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

AndyEdgar, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Goldfishman, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of loren01
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color nice head with good lace down the glass.
S: Smells sweet. Smells like a fresh caramel roll.
T: Much the same as the smell. Very sweet but with some dark fruit in there.
M: Medium to full bodied, very sticky...goes down smooth.
D: This is a great winter sipper. I would buy this beer again for sure.

loren01, Dec 06, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

pearljam118, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

dgeebs07, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bdel34, Dec 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

IrishGermanAmerican, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

tpauer, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

adamant1912, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tall pint glass

A: Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head that fades to near nothing and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose makes me think this is a super sweet beer until I detect the hops. Lots of sugary sweetness, caramel, toffee, and citrusy hops. Really smells awesome.

T: The taste is where this brew shines. A sugar sweetness and toffee with a big grapefruit hops flavor on the finish. Not too bitter and not too sweet.

M: The feel is great as well...thick and creamy with good carbonation.

D: I could probably drink a few in a night but after that the big flavors here would be a bit much. The big ABV really makes this hard to drink too many though.

Pretty damn good and different...really tastes like an IPA with maple syrup.

GregSVT, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Gushue3
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- amber with an orangy glow to it, the tiniest bit of carbonation to it. a light foamy head about one finger quickly goes away.

Smell- you guessed it, brown sugar, sweet smelling, also smelly of alcohol

Taste- sweet but not too sweet. it hits me right in the corner of my mouth below my ear. theres a nice subtle hop lingering

Mouthfeel- smooth on the tongue, perfect ammount of carbonation feels good

Drink- love the taste but the sweetness could be too much for me after a few. still an excellent beer

i first had this on cask at stoddards in boston and was one of the best beers ive ever had. the bottle lacks the original pint i had but still a great beer

Gushue3, Jan 14, 2011
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper/brown, with 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Sugar cane and alcohol! Lots of brown sugar and toasty malts.

T - Sweet as a M)($%*(^$%($#^%. Wow. Lots of sugar. Lots of alcohol.

M - Oily, medium bodied, and fairly high carbonation.

O - Good, but I can only drink about half of one of these and I am done. Too sweet and strong

BeerDawgs, Nov 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kjrod20, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Robyn, Sep 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Travisnin, Jan 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

brbrocc, Oct 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

RayUF07, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ale207, Nov 18, 2012
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,709 ratings.