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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,586 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,586
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 121
Gots: 210 | 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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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear copper hue with a 1 finger off white head.

S- Deep brown sugar nose that leads to a wave of piney hops.

T- Brown sugar, caramel, molasses followed by deep, piney hops and a bit of an alcohol aftertaste.

M- Thick with medium-low carbonation.

D- This one really delivers and is certainly one of Lagunitas best. Great sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 03:38:32 | More by Lothore
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brown Shugga'
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. Brown Shugga pours a light mahogany with a slightly off-white head that drops kind of quickly and leaves a halo around the edge of the glass, which leads to thin lacing. Aromas of fig, prunes and molasses are immediately present, with a hint of strong alcohol. Strong malty sweetness in the first sip, and the high alcohol lingers for awhile. Sweet malts are balanced nicely with the hops that finish the taste. Its actually hoppy-er than I thought at first, epecially for a 51 IBU Strong Ale. Solid mouthfeel, with a complex palate and perfect carbonation. Delicious and definitely worth getting.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 08:37:36 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-20-2012 07:50:29 | More by MarioM
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-03-2013 01:48:59 | More by CreightonSM
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-22-2013 04:47:30 | More by JLapadura
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-26-2013 23:21:38 | More by MPSTARR
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-26-2014 03:10:51 | More by Marco_Gtz
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yikes! This smelled like a sugary, yet inviting beverage. I've never really tried a "stong ale" , but this seemed like a run of the mill brown ale as the dark amber appearance and minimal head and lace fortold. The scent told of amber ale but was sweet. Mouth was, unique. Bitter rounded out the palette and sweet made it's presence known, but the chewiness of this beer above all, made it a really decent wash. Taste was all malt, imperial alcoholic properties like a decent bock with a tuned up ABV. There was some raisin but mostly the fruity taste of orange came through. What an exceptional taste.

Hell, I don't know where this will fit, but I want to explore it again. Great stuff. Amber ale like none other. Great!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 09:30:57 | More by Ricochet
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown, with a two finger creamy head. Good retention leaves behind moderate lacing.

Aroma is malt driven, and dominated by caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Toasted grains pop up towards the rear with some solvent like alcohol.

Flavor is well rounded and fairly mild. Not nearly as sweet as I expected. Brown sugar and burnt caramel flavors blend very nicely with toasted malts and heavy biscuit flavors. No hop flavor, but not cloyingly sweet either. Mouthfeel is sticky and heavy. Drinkability is quite good.... this hides it's almost 10% quite well.

Overall a good beer, but not the best from Lagunitas. I'll definitely buy it again, and it is well worth the $3.99 I paid for the bomber. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 23:45:44 | More by phisig137
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark translucent copper with a small amount of light tan head. Just a bit retains around the edge of the glass, leaving small spots of lacing.

S: Boozy caramel sweetness, with notes of brown sugar as you might expect. There's also a floral touch of hops.

T: Just short of cloyingly sweet, with a fairly big hoppy kick towards the finish. There's some slight nuttiness. The alcohol is fairly noticeable as well.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

D: Drinkability isn't bad, but it's a little far on the sweet and boozy side.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:11:34 | More by seand
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-26-2013 22:57:40 | More by ScottP
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-17-2013 07:41:15 | More by spw109
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-14-2013 23:20:22 | More by scottDC
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-25-2013 18:51:07 | More by kjrod20
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-14-2012 17:34:45 | More by Ncpogs
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company - Brown Shugga', poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours copper ruby amber with a good sized soapy head that retains quite well. Glorious lacing.

Smell - Hoppy, red malts, and some booze.

Taste - Hoppy citrus orange and resiny with a blast of hot booze.

Mouthfeel - Almost heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Hot and boozy. Drinkable and quite dangerous haha.

Overall - Solid brew, a kick in the face. Strong ale with a nice juicy hoppy blast. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 20:13:46 | More by JMScowcroft
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2013 02:21:42 | More by Hypersomnia
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-12-2012 23:36:35 | More by GaryMarkle84
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-19-2012 02:45:19 | More by JxExM
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

08-31-2013 08:09:44 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-05-2014 03:51:00 | More by bmurray10
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- I am an idiot. Well thanks to this idiot's pour I'm looking at 2" of beer at 6" of head in my glass. So yes there is carbonation. It sits a deep amber in the glass with stupid amounts of tan fluffy head

S- Hops in the front, with some sweet malts and alcohol in the background. Sweet malts come through as brown sugar-y hence the name

T- Lots of booze but it integrates well with the other aspects of this brew. The hoppiness resembles 120 minute and the sweet malts really do taste like brown sugar.

M- Starts off really smooth but ends flat. Could use a last second burst of carbonation to clean everything up

O- Nice beer to try, glad to have had it. Sucks is way better IMO

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 03:06:35 | More by pschul4
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-10-2013 00:54:53 | More by TheMarkE
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into snifter. Bottle is from 2008 Holdiay release. Comes in at 9.5% with 51 IBUs.
Consumed on 2/17/09

A-Nice darkish red. There is a minor head that leaves a nice ring around the glass. Miniscule lace.

S-Hops smack your nose. Similair to a fresh St. Rogue Dry Hopped Red. Dark fruit comes next.

T-Hops hit you fast. Malty caramel sweetness than ensues and remains. ABV is balanced in there.

M-Very, very sticky. Feels like you are drinking a sugary beer.

D-Takes a while to get through due to sweetness. A little too sweet for my taste. It doesn't feel like you are drinking a 9.5% beer.

Not one of my favorites from Lagunitas. It took 3 weeks to kill the sixer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 18:56:55 | More by mjl21
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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep caramel color, nearing a nice amber color. Crystal clear with a slow, steady stream of carbonation. Only could muster about a finger's worth of head out of this one and it didn't last long. Splattered lacing all around.

S - The smell kind of caught me off guard with this. Given the high abv, style listing, and that it was a failed Gnarleywine, I was expecting high malts and sweetness. I am getting lots of sweetness, but that's only as a result of the large amount of brown sugar in the nose. Outside of that it smells like a really fresh IPA. Lots of pine and citrus smells. The clash between the hops and malts / brown sugar is tantalizing.

T - Given the great smell, this beer had some expectations behind it. The front-end of this is a lot more malt and sweet than the nose, which carries through throughout the rest of the beer. About midway through, the hops shine through, but bring more bitterness than fruity notes. It's only near the end of the beer that this beer gains some floral and citrus notes, but the bitterness and sweetness continues through in the finish. Orange and grapefruit come through strongly at the very end.

M - Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with pretty low carbonation. Leaves a nice coating on the mouth, and a relatively long and flavorful finish.

D - Drinkability is moderate. As I get further in the beer, the sweetness and bitterness begins to take its toll and as it warms the alcohol really becomes apparent. Near the beginning, it's a fantastic beer, but it drags on as I drink more.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:53:30 | More by nhindian
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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