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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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3,602 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3,602
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 124
Gots: 212 | 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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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-12-2014 13:26:01 | More by pat_usher
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jakecattleco

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-31-2013 08:19:22 | More by jakecattleco
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a medium copper brown in color with a lot of red hues mixed in too. A fairly sizable head forms and retains very well with good lacing too. Pretty translucent with just a touch of haze in the body.

S- Some medium hops bitterness right up front before the malts start mixing in. Hops are upfront in the beginning, but take a backseat towards the end, but are very piney in flavor throughout. Malts are somewhat delicate and not as strong as the hops, but caramel and slightly sweet in nature.

T- Once again, moderate to strong hop presence up front, but in the taste, the hops are the dominant flavor throughout. In the middle of the drink, some caramel and pale malt flavors kick in. These are less sweet than in the scent, and display no brown sugar sweetness as the name would suggest. Drink ends with the same hop bitterness it began with, this time lingering a while after the sip ends.

M- Fairly smooth and high in carbonation. Rather easy to drink despite the high alcohol level. This could be dangerous if one were to buy a six pack and was determined to finish it in one go.

Overall, this reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot with less of a hop presence. The hops are still there and very high in quality flavor-wise. The balance the hops and malts strike in this beer make it one to savor....and then maybe have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 00:58:15 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-24-2012 13:58:43 | More by Mark5252
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Rons35

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-10-2013 19:57:21 | More by Rons35
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IPAIsaac

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-19-2013 05:20:47 | More by IPAIsaac
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Natural510

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-brown color with a faint head, lacing which is slight but residual.
Very unique nose which combines sweet maple syrup with heavy forest-pine hops.
Flavor is also a complex medley of sweet brown-sugar (what else), caramel malt, floral & pine hops, orange rind and grapes with a juicy, bitter finish.
Full in body, and in spirit. What more can you ask?
I like this, a lot. Another winner from Lagunitas, both in originality and in creating a satisfying drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 13:30:05 | More by Natural510
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-15-2013 14:40:47 | More by ROBSTARR
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-01-2013 04:25:59 | More by Ristaccia
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freed

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was supposed to be a Barleywine, but it turned out wrong? I believe the story because I believe some of the greatest things are mistakes. Like Post-it notes.

The amber color is great. A noble dark red. The head retention is great, and the aroma, as you lift the pint to you face, it very inviting. A sweet and suble hop aroma. Tasting it is a wonderful celebration in maltiness. After all, beer hasn't always included hops. The strong malt body is very satisfying. This beer, sold in 22oz bottles, is the perfect beer as for a session. Its sweet and spicy, and seems like it might compliment german food and maybe thai food, though the thai food may wrangle with the beer for spicyness.

If you're lucky enough to find this, or any Lagunita's beer, grab it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 20:23:38 | More by freed
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearnce: Poured a medium copper with a huge creamy foamy near white head.

Smell: The smell has an odd fruity, spicy flavor to it, mixed with sweet and wood notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Not as alive as the smell, but much more well rounded. The malts are incredibly sticky sweet, balance the alcohol well, and the hops are smooth and not out of control at all. Some wood and caramel notes are present but not focused. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: The only thing that hurts the drinkability on this one is the alcohol presence in the belly. It's a suprise. Other than that, this is a pretty killer beer. One of the best from Lagunitas I've had. Thanks to GClarkage for the bottle!!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 04:03:45 | More by santoslhalper
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: orange and red hues, just a touch on the cloudy side. Capped off with a thin and fizzy head. The color is rather pleasant and maintains a certain radiance and warmth to it. The walls of the glass were almost bare as lacing was token

S: sweet profile that makes me think of butterscotch and belgian candies. Roasted malts, and an essential companionship of lemon and pine hops

T: malts give a good bottom end and allow the sweeter stuff to mingle in the mouth. Sweetness of brown sugar, caramel, and soft medicinal honey syrupy appeal (not a bad thing). I think the medicinal characteristics are a direct result of the hops (lemons, pine, grapefruits) that do the trick of cutting through the sweetness from time to time. Also hits with a bit of bite and spiced cherries and fruits.
All in all this guy is pretty balanced for what flavors their are, and their is a bunch and nothing is over the top! Great sipper

M: mild and creamy body, super agreeable and gratifying. Body has the strong ale style right, all while maintaining a good hop profile. Alcohol notes pop through after sitting, in any event I hardly realized

D: what the devil! why have I not had this before? I have found new favorite to add to the list, sheer wonder in a bottle. Without a doubt one of my favorite strong ales to this date

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 02:53:44 | More by Magpie14
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a pretty, clear amber red and produced a two finger high white bubbly head. It dissipates fast into good lacing.
The smell is like with all Lagunitas, a full presence of hops. This one certainly has a good dose of sweetness to it
Tasting the beer, I feel maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel and honey flavors. This sweet start is quickly balanced by a earthy, pine hop character in the middle. The finish is a very balanced bittersweet combination of hop and malt.
Great winter beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 03:43:33 | More by Hopfenpeter
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oldedog

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-03-2012 16:03:16 | More by oldedog
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wolf_switzer

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2013 17:08:24 | More by wolf_switzer
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-03-2013 17:46:05 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-25-2012 01:36:46 | More by Peyton5410
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-09-2013 23:24:10 | More by gueuzedreg
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-21-2013 19:18:30 | More by mikefuski17
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RaulMondesi

California

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok, so the Raul man has seen Brown Shugga' categorized as many things - brown ale, Barelywine, American strong ale... Whatever it is, it's off the hook! Juice, caramel, malt... Raul is feeling it like a K-town rub down. Clean, svelte...

Like Tinker, to Evers, to Chance...

Yep!

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2014 05:00:25 | More by RaulMondesi
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-18-2013 18:15:18 | More by RobinLee
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-03-2013 13:21:06 | More by In_Control_Mike
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Tawny colored, with a head retention that I found superior than in most Beers with this ABV.

Smell: Candi sugar, and those barley sugar lolipops I loved as a kid (sucre d'orge).

Taste: Beyond the obvious malt sweetness and alcohol prickliness, this Beer had a woody, green leaf mouthfeel, it left a acidic sensation that reminds me of an arugula and spinach salad. It canceled out most of the cloying sugars.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 22:28:18 | More by Goldorak
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-25-2013 00:19:06 | More by StlHopHead77
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bconsidine

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-20-2012 13:25:33 | More by bconsidine
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,602 ratings.