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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,656 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,656
Reviews: 1,443
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 198
Gots: 666 | FT: 16
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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Photo of rxthree
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a hard beer to review... to me this tastes a lot like a DIPA/Barleywine hybrid... like Arrogant Bastard, Devil Dancer, etc... It's delicious for sure and the fact that it only cost me about $1.50 a bottle certain adds a ton. Twelve oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A: Red/orange-ish brown with two finger very light tan color head. Lots and lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, blood orange, sweet malt... smells very similar to Lucky Bastard ale from Stone that I recently had.

T: Grapefruit, citrus, orange peel, brown sugar (duh), some booze. It's hoppy, but it's not bitter due to the sweet malt and sugar. This beer tastes quite awesome. I usually do not enjoy this "type" of beer... and by this "type", I mean, some of the beers mentioned above and as well as DFH 120 minute (although quite different)... but this beer is nice and sweet... and not overly boozy or overly hoppy. Very well balanced I would say.

M: Syrupy, chewy, and thick.

O: I like it. Not my favorite style, but this one works. I will be aging a couple of the six pack I got today to experiment - will report back a few months/years later ;)

Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Brown/amber with a 2 finger off white head. Typically Lagunitas lacing that covers the glass.

S - Sweet and hoppy with notes of overripe pineapple and a bit of melon. Hints of pine are also found, but it moves into the brown sugar and caramel malts.

T - It starts off with a tropical hop flavor with notes of overripe pineapple and passion fruit. There is a bite of pine bitterness right before it moves into the maltiness of the beer. The sweetness is brown sugar, caramel, and sweet bread. When fresh the hops stand out.

M - Medium feel with excellent carbonation and tangy bitter on the palate.

O - Cool beer by Lagunitas that uses some unique hops to blend in with the sticky sweetness.

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cherry copper color with a thin off white head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- The nose is really sweet with some caramel and dark fruit scents.

T- Nice sweet malt flavor with some brown sugar (obviously) and a bit of a medicinal finish. The alcohol is definitely there and it creates a nice warming effect on the way down. Really not finding as much hop bitterness as I would have thought.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

D- This was a pretty solid brew. Could have used a bit more balance with additional bitterness.

Photo of fuzzcherry
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ethanmc12
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Beestin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Skunkdrool
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MattSharpless
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hootie159
4.15/5  rDev +3%

Photo of kmo1030
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice dark copperwith a sticky tan head that laces well. caramel molasses smell. i notice a good amount of a fresh cut pineapple and mildy alcoholic smell too. very sweet up front, reminds me of a maple flavored frosting. brown sugar shows up big towards the middle with just a bit of dark fruit, fig, prune, and some pears. the herbal hops at the finish round things out some, but don't balance by any means. sort of thin bodied for the flavor. not too distracting, but noticable just the same. decent drinability, i think i'd prefer it in a 12 oz bottle though. not something i'd drink regularly, but a nice change of pace.

Photo of linnymtu
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of RuckusDu
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of OStrungT
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange brown with a lot of sediment. The off white head fades a little fast, leaving a good lacing. It smells slightly of alcohol. It has a sweet aroma. I can smell a good toasted malt scent. It has a slight raisin like aroma. This beer has a malty taste. Quite malty. I can only detect the alcohol a bit. It warms my throat slightly as it goes down. It has a sweet caramel taste. Not too much for hop flavor though. I can also taste some brown sugar, hence the name Brown Shugga'. This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a malty sweet aftertaste. I dont think this beer would make the greatest session beer. It is higher in alcohol, and the flavor is sort of aggressive, and might wear thin after a little while. As for just one, this beer is pretty good. I am glad that I tried it. If you see it, it is worth a try.

Photo of vandemonian
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Brown Shugga poured without much head and has an orange amber colour. The smell is hoppy and slightly sweet: nice. The taste is quite hoppy but develops some sweet maltiness through the middle and the aftertaste wasn't really bitter for me. The texture is slightly thick and carbonated. This is a very nice beer.

Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of NODAK
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells deeply sweet...the brown sugar and molasses are certainly noticeable. However, I get somewhat of a floral hoppiness in there as well, leading me to believe this won't be just a sugar bomb.

Pours an amber color with a fair sized, but somewhat loose head.

The taste doesn't surprise at all, with a high level of brown sugar sweetness come across right away in the body. However, a somewhat strong (nearly IPA level, really) bitterness comes across and cuts through the sweetness and even lingers a little while after the swallow, along with the sticky sweetness. As it warms, the alcohol does come out a bit but for the ABV it isn't bad at all.

It isn't all that complex or interesting, in my opinion. Basically a sugary beer with a fairly high hop character. It's different, I'll certainly give it that. At the end of the day though, I'm not sure I'd seek it out.

Photo of Prospero
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Slay40
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,656 ratings.