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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,691
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 146
Gots: 236 | 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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3/5  rDev -25.4%

1Sundown2C, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of ali1987
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ali1987, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of beergod1
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown-amber pour with a thin and foamy off-white head. Thin spotty lacing as well. The aroma is hoppy with sweet dark fruit and molasses coming through more as it warms. The labeling on this one really threw me off as I was expecting more of a sweet brown ale. Once my taste buds told me it was actually a Barley Wine I was able to accept the flavor. Very hoppy on the front end, along with some alcohol burn. The flavor mellows a bit as sweet malt start to seep in. The finish is round and fruity with an alcohol burn leftover. Above average, and kind of unique.

beergod1, Oct 31, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dwoolley1, Nov 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.2%

tmars13, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Neffbeer, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of linnymtu
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

linnymtu, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of themind
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

themind, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of hinemk76
4/5  rDev -0.5%

hinemk76, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bccrosley, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of MNPikey
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

MNPikey, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

clay23, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Slynger
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga: a deep, clear, reddish orange with some small, dirty white bubbles that leave lasting lace.

The nose is sweet malty caramel, toffee, and brown sugar with fruity cherries and citrus, and earthy-spicy hops. Deliciously intriguing.

Full bodied with a lightly sharp, soft, and creamy-curvy carbonation. Flavors of sweet brown sugar and burnt toffee; fruity cherries and apricot citrusy hops. Grassy, spicy, earthy hops linger in the finish.

Wow! A really tasty and unique brew that I enjoyed way too quickly. Awesome.

Slynger, May 01, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

kirkse, Nov 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

RKing44, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of jpro
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle from Piggly Wiggly. Poured into a Maudite snifter...

A: Pours a tea-like, light brown with some red highlights; 2.5-finger, doughy head that manages great retention and leaves some sticky sheets of lace.

S: Sweet, piney hops; caramel malt; some alcohol, too.

T: Tastes sweeter than it smells... still plenty hoppy, though; orange rind; pretty robust.

M: Full-bodied; moderate-high carbonation; a touch creamy with some serious zing; thick; a heavy brew.

O: Much hoppier than I was expecting... I thought this was going to be more of an imperial brown ale - oops! This would be interesting to try with some age on it. A good winter ale, for sure.

*from notes: 12-12-12

jpro, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear rusty red. Small but sticky looking off white head, head dies quick, does leave some webbing.

S: Grapefruit Hops, maple sugar, molasses, roasted malts. Strong and pungent.

T: Some tropical hops interwoven with a rich sweet malt bill. Caramel, rasins, brown sugar, powdered sugar all come to mind, some piney/herbal hop bitterness in finish. some booziniess too. Initial sweetness also has an english feel to it, maybe the yeast.

M: Syrupy, rich mouthfeel, dangerously drinkable.

O: pretty tasty and interesting, quite sweet/rich but its not cloying. Not mind blowing but quite enjoyable, 6 months aging might smooth it out. I'd definitely reccomend trying it once, great value.

BigCheese, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of matty
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored beer with a slow fading huge head.Aroma is green apple and caramel.Taste is caramel,green apple and sugar cane.You don't feel the alcohol on your tongue and it goes down smoothly.Four of these and goodnight!I would buy again and recommend.

matty, Nov 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jakecattleco, May 31, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%

dagubna, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

elec, Oct 19, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into brand new Abbaye du Val-Dieu snifter

A: No real head, some active carbonation. Very clear brownish red coloring.

S: No wafting needed on this beer. I could smell it from a foot away. Malty sweet and some brown sugar notes. A little hops.

T: Strong sugary sweet. Some floral hops (that become more noticeable in a burp). Not bitter, but a soft burnt caramel taste. A good healthy boozy warmth.

M: Warm, a little creamy and some nice fizzyness

D: I could only imagine drinking 1 or 2 of these, but it would be good with a hearty meal.

mdwalsh, Feb 28, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

CreightonSM, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Westuh, Sunday at 11:43 PM
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,691 ratings.