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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,675 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,675
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 142
Gots: 235 | FT: 14
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Syraquse, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

TastefulNudity, Nov 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Kevin79, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of MostlyNorwegian
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown Shugga is dry. The raw cane sugar dries this beer right up so It has some boozy notes up top. A little raisiny and caramel in the sniffer with a bit of the hops in there too. This is the first one, and hey my guy didn't have any in the cooler and I am drinking it out of the bag at ambient temperature. I want slices of cured meat and pickled things with it at this threshold.
Very minimal lacing, if any with very very slight bubbling disruption on the surface with a quickly receding head.
Served it in a (red) wine glass. Handsome appearance. A slow motion beer. Not one for the quaffer. One to linger over while things get into the off ramp of life.

MostlyNorwegian, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

denverick, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of scotorum
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear deep amber with a huge beige head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and very dense lacing.

s: Pine. Later, some vinegar. Uh oh.

t: Funky spoiled fruit under sharp hops. Fortunately the flavor does not linger through the dry finish. OK it's almost 10% ABV and does not burn the back of the throat much. But really. that and its sexy good looks are about all it has going for it.

m: Moderate with great body,.

o: Maybe I got a bad batch. Just not going for the funky dirty feet vinegar aroma and flavor. An isovaleric acid in the hops issue? Whatever it is, it's the first bad Lagunitas I have had. Reminiscent of my first Brooklyn Monster barleywine, which was like drinking liquid dirty gym socks (fortunately later bottles of that were better).

Not the expected "sweet release" the bottle label promised by a longshot. Love the appearance, which screamed quality. All downhill from there. If it was any worse it would have been a drain pour. Actually, it may be very soon.

If the others in the sixpack are better, I'll be back to re-review.

UPDATE 11/13/13: Had a second bottle tonight and fortunately it lacked the offending vinegar aroma and taste which caused me to drainpour the last few ounces of the first. However I did still get a dirty socks odor, and yet much more caramel malt and brown sugar in the flavor. Consequently upgrading my rating, which was a: 4.75 s: 3.25 t: 2.75 m: 4.0 and overall 2.75, ave. 3.08, to the above.

UPDATE 11/21/13: Third bottle from the sixpack lacked the vinegar and sock odor. Not sure what to make of that except the added sugar may result in some instability remaining in the bottle? Anyway this was even better but I won't bother raising the rating again unless the rest of the lot proves to be as good or better than this one. Hoppier but almost as malty as slightly cheaper ales I enjoy such as Shipyard Chamberlain and Geary's Pale Ale, but the higher ABV and somewhat meatier body makes the extra couple of bucks per sixpack for Shugga worth it as a nightcap.

UPDATE 12/19/13: Can't believe I waited this long to have another from the sixpack, but unfortunately this one is similar to the first, except the vinegar/dirty feet smell and taste are subdued enough that it is not as close to being a drain pour. Still, far from the promised "Sweet release." Funny how one bottle can be ok and yet another from the very same sixpack can be so much worse.

scotorum, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mattyrubes, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance: a deep ruby red. good clarity and a finger plus of a tannish white head that leaves a bit of a lacing on the sides. looks tasty but I was hoping for a little more brown.

Smell: slightly weak for such a big brew. hops, citrusy and apricoty. good sweetness.

Taste: opens up with a blast of hops. grapefruit and apricot. a brief moment of super sweetness shines through. toasty malts. the malts are quickly taken back over by a lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy. huge hop bitterness lingers. some warmth thats good for a cold night.

Overall: huge battle of bitter and sweet. bitter wins out for now. its good but i want to revisit this one when it is not so fresh

SportsandJorts, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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2Xmd, Nov 04, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, solid, cream-colored 2 finger head from a turbulent pour. Good retention and awesome lacing. Liquid looks bright and clear, but it's actually extremely cloudy and translucent upon closer inspection. Brown ale with red highlights.

Pine hop notes through the nose, accented by molasses and, yes, brown sugar. Relatively subdued aroma for the big flavor.

Very sweet brew: caramelized sugar and molasses. It's quite hoppy, but that only manifests, flavor-wise, as some vinous pine notes. Develops nicely as it warms, without the sweetness becoming overpowering.

Lovely mouthfeel: silky and smooth. Almost no sting, but the beer is still lively and not at all syrupy. Slightly dry finish, with more alcohol presence as it dries.

You'd have no idea this beer clocked in at 10% ABV if you didn't read the bottle; it's unbelievably smooth. It works wonderfully as a night cap, or as a stronger brew during the day. Pairs well with food. It's a little strong as a lunch brew, but works excellently to relax after work.

This beer reminds me a lot - lot - of DFH Burton Baton (minus the oak). That's a very high compliment.

Roguer, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,675 ratings.