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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

3,599 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,599
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 123
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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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-06-2014 04:40:56 | More by alexx93
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-05-2014 19:31:50 | More by MikeWard
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-04-2014 19:33:31 | More by Whsrickqb12
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sansho

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-04-2014 02:46:00 | More by sansho
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3/5  rDev -25.4%

05-03-2014 22:24:00 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-02-2014 23:29:30 | More by danthehopslamman
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-02-2014 01:11:53 | More by MattXT
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Ksource

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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JRossoni

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-01-2014 04:46:42 | More by JRossoni
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-01-2014 02:47:24 | More by RoninTK3
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So Alberta missed out on the Brown Shugga train this last season so I had to wind up in sunny (this time) Victoria BC to snag a 6-pack. How exactly do distributors make these sorts of decisions? In any event, I got to relive the experience and now can write a legit review of this beer on the basis of more than fuzzy memory traces (particularly fuzzy considering the ABV on this heavy hitter). Color is lighter than expected, a clear reddish brown with generous amounts of sturdy light beige head. Smell is intensely sweet and malty, yet with a hop presence that makes one think IPA, fruity with a wisp of pine. Is this beer a barleywine, a double IPA, or a key example of the shades of gray, ill-defined "Americans strong" category? Probably a hybrid that features elements of all these styles. The palate is extremely fruity for starters, fruit punch, grilled pineapple, and candied boozy peaches carrying the top note and some faint cherry and plum in the background. There is also a tangerine peel, pepper, and faint pine hop presence that serves to cut the heavy-duty brown sugar sweetness, and to my palate the sugar is not as prominent as the name and initial expectation might suggest. This beer is surprisingly drinkable, on the thin side of moderate, and the well-concealed booze makes things even more dangerous, although I find that the alcohol presence does grow over the course of a bottle or two. Moderate carbonation and finishes sweet yet with some added medicinal bitterness not apparent at the front end. Hoppier, lighter, and perhaps sweeter than its stablemate Hairy Eyeball but certainly a close cousin, with some IPA ancestry apparent as well. I'd drink this on a semi-regular basis if it was more available in my neck of the woods. Maybe my liver is glad it is pretty scarce.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 03:06:51 | More by CalgaryFMC
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atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,599 ratings.