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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,893 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,893
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 213
Gots: 803 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Ratings: 4,893 | Reviews: 1,494
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3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a really wonderful copper color, hues of amber, burgundy and orange when struck by the light and atop rests a really nice bone colored head, just under two fingers high that has great retention, a nice layer of froth always hangs around with a great web of lacing left behind. The aroma is nice, lots of rich caramel malt, sweet brown sugar, sticky piney hops with some nice juicy tropical fruit, potent alcohol and sweet maple syrup. The balance of hops to malts is really nice, but the strong alcohol presence is a bit disappointing. The hops really jump out on the tongue with a really nice bite of pine and earthy bark flavors but the beer really brightens up with nice citrus and tropical mango and pineapple like flavors that in a weird way blend well with the sweet rich flavors that the malts bring out. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar and sweet alcohol with a touch of maple are all detectable and well integrated. The body is nicely carbonated has a nice feel in the mouth, a bit lighter than I would’ve expected but it coats the mouth well without being cloying and has a nice crisp finish.

Verdict: A well done beer, I am surprised how well the hoppy elements melded with the malty and sweeter aspects which was really pleasant. This can definitely satisfy on a cold day while not being a rich, overly malty seasonal beer. That being said, I am more excited about the return of Lagunitas Sucks.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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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.

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

12oz bottle into an American pint...

A- dark amber, thin head with oily bubbles, abundant carbonation, very nice lacing

S- hops first, slight nail polish, biscuit

T- sweet, fruity hops...sugar...almost has a woody taste. Great!

M- sticky, carbonation is great at this abv!

O- love this stuff! I think the wait made it better too! This a great Strong Ale, worth the money, very drinkable...

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3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

A-Pours a very clear, dark copper with two thick fingers of off white head.

S-Smells of sweet pineapple and some light malt notes with some caramel.

T-Big notes of pineapple with some dark fruit and a touch of bitterness and alcohol on the finish.

M-Pretty rich and full bodied for a hoppy beer. Smooth and slick in the mouth with low to medium carbonation.

D-For the ABV on this one, it's incredibly drinkable and and reminds me a lot of DIPA's like The Oracle

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3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy brown with amber highlights and a slim creamy beige head. Lacing is moderate.

Smell -- The hop aroma is classic Lagunitas: bright citrus, tacky pine resin, and dank leafiness. Brown sugar, bread pudding, brioche, and red malt.

Taste -- Sweet and a bit syrupy up front with raw cane sugar, brioche, and toasted red malt. Hopping is, again, typical Lagunitas: bright lemon zest, grapefruit pith, and a dab of pine resin and cannibus. There is a bit of bright and astringent plum skin flavor as well. Lingering flavors of candi sugar, red malt, and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body, slightly chewy, with gentler prickly carbonation. Feels pretty good.

Drinkability -- This one grew on me. Didn't care for it upon the first sip, but as the beer warmed I warmed to it. An apt description would be a hopped up imperial red ale paired with delicate baked goods. A bit sweet, yes, but pretty nice. Better than I had anticipated.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,893 ratings.