Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,994 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,994
Reviews: 1,512
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 228
Gots: 849 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Ratings: 4,994 | Reviews: 1,512
Photo of gillagorilla
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Union 2nd Anniversary glass

A: Beautiful deep brown that is still able to be seen through. Nice strong head that leaves some nice lacing.
S: Excellent sweet malt flavors that are perfectly mixed with a pine hop flavor
T: Deliciously malty with a nice subtle bit of hoppiness to it.
M: Nice even bit of light carbonation.
O: Great beer at a great price with a nice ABV. This one will keep nicely.

Photo of David8bit
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good mouth feel. Yeasty bready taste. Tasty brew, but too sweet for session beer in my opinion

Photo of bassboneman
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer, despite its ABV, pours a little lighter in appearance than you'd think.
It is VERY drinkable, which could be a dangerous thing, again considering the ABV!
Unlike beers like HopRod where you can clearly discern the alcohol finish - this beer does not seem to have that!
I hope y'all enjoy this beer as much as I do!
Up yours!

Photo of OrangeMen
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Bright amber, orangish hues, glistens when held to light, very transparent and clean. Pours two finger thick, soapy/bubbly white head. Sticky lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Sweet sugary malts, slighty toasty, rich. Bright pine, sweet citrus hops, slightly floral, sweet and sticky bitterness.
Taste- Bright and fruity bitter hop profile, piney, citrus oranges, and slight pineapple. Rich underbelly of sweet and sugary malts, toasty/bready. Finishes with a wonderful balance of sweet and bitter.
Mouthfeel- Lighter to medium mouthfeel, very sticky and slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.
Overall- Wonderful balance to this beer, sweet sugary malts and bitter hops. A rather good marriage than a contrast of styles, both aspects blend well together. A very sticky feel, bright and fruity.

Photo of mikeg67
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops, bready malt, caramel and ripe fruit. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Bready, caramel malt, sugar candy, ripe fruit, herbal, citrusy hops and alcohol nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Delicious, dangerously easy to drink brew.

Photo of mtomlins
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a big, full bodied beer with a sweet caramel nose and body with pleenty of bittering hops to balance things out. Really nice and pretty easy drinking albeit with some hot alcohol notes.

Photo of nsheaxc
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Overall this brew is a hard to miss for the winter time. For sure a best "bang for your buck" beer when it comes to hoppy strong beers that you can get almost anywhere.

Photo of timwatson31
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to this one, and afterwards I am kind of "meh" about it. I like hop bitterness in my beer, but this has an odd bitter note at the end that I did not like. I tried two and gave the rest of the six pack a good home with a friend who likes this style beer more than me.

Photo of Gajo74
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a combination of amber and copper with a two fingernail length head. This head dissipates into a creamy and sticky lace that retains quite well.
The aroma is intense! As the name suggests, the first thing that hits me is the brown sugar. As I get further along in the drink, other aromas come through strongly such as citric, orange rind and grapefruit, as well as a heavy resiny hops aroma.
The taste is dynamic. It starts off with a strong malty sweetness; again, brown sugar and citric fruits. As with the aroma, the bitter hops becomes more prominent as I get further along with the drink.
Medium to full bodied but very drinkable. Syrupy and chewy but crisp at the same time due to the stinging carbonation.
This is the first American Strong Ale I have rated. I don't know what to make of this style in the sense that it feels like an IPA to me. I would like to rate other examples of this style to compare. Nevertheless, I'm impressed by this one. It is quite intense and the high ABV gives you quite the pleasant buzz!

Photo of RobbyGeriak
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. Missing a bit more sweetness but overall solid

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge head, nice balance between pine and molasses-y malt. Fantastic winter brew.

Photo of jprivott
2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bitter, burnt sugar notes throughout

Photo of blindtiger24
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy copper with good carbonation. Great lacing on the sides of the glass from the sticky head.

S: Dank, woodsy hops jump right off the first pour. Smells like many other Lagunitas IPA varieties.

T: Big, tangy, sticky, citrus and pine hop flavors. Definitely some biscuity, bready notes as well. Melds with a nice, sugary, malt, candied nut flavor at the end.

M: Boozy, warming, sticky from those hop oils and lip smacking malt sweetness.

O: An enjoyable beer, but I would prefer a little less intensity of the hop flavors in favor of more malt or spice complexity. Overall, enjoyable, but seems more a true IPA our double IPA than a strong ale.

Photo of DarienMcl
2.82/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bitter but not a big hop guy good for an ale

Photo of Lulloyd
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty. Hoppy as most Lagunitas beers are but not overly so. Nice malt blend.

Photo of Tim-ORourke
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I am not a Pale Ale guy, but this one is great because it is well balanced with sweetness, malt and spice. The fact that it is 9.9% abv and tastes this good is impressive to put it mildly.

Photo of TimShank
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great smooth beer. Carmel, brown sugar. Really well balanced.

Photo of Tom_O
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid strong ale with lots of flavor. Classic Lagunitas. I would recommend "Sucks" overall though.

Photo of pmangold
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

smell was dead on with some hops and pine. a sweet taste with juicy hops and some malt in the finish. overall another great brew from Lagunitas.

Photo of dmgeng
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The much coveted "Brown Shugga'" became mine and it was pretty tasty.

A - Deep amber color. Mostly clear with fluffy eggshell head and nice lacing.

S - A very rich character with malt, toffee, some hops, and some dark fruit present. This is a very complex aroma with some alcohol and caramel in the background. It has a traditional ESB, fruity yeast character but to the next level.

T - Matching the smells, the flavor is even more complex with tons of depth. I sense an american brown but with more hops, no chocolate character, and a strong toasted sugar flavor. The fruity yeast and hops are more predominant on the tongue with the malty, grainy, and toffee flavors mixing well together. There is a bitterness but it is in no way dominant and only lends a compliment to the rich malt character.

M - Medium to full mouth-feel with light carbonation. It's lightly syrupy but isn't cloying with some residual bitterness and you can feel that it's alcohol level and attenuation are spot on to make this beer a winner.

Overall, a delicious beer. I would prefer their hoppier offerings but I am not disappointed by this beer. This is no doubt an American strong ale with the rich malt character and American hops really make this beer a tasty winter beer.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of Harvest06
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: hot, sweet carmel. mouthful: full body.

Photo of hirschi801
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect beer so good for its class!

Photo of Tracker83
2.41/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Couldn't detect any hoppy aromas in the smell. Taste was overpowering onion and garlic flavors. I fear I had a bad bottle because I usually love Lagunitas other offerings. I will try it again in the future to confirm whether or not this was indeed a bad bottle.

Photo of CO-Bloom
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. Beautiful reddish-amber color with about a finger of off white head. The head dissipates into a quarter inch head that sticks around through the experience. Incredible lacing the lets you know this thing really is going to be sticky sweet.
S- overwhelming sweetness. Molasses, brown sugar and caramel. And believe it or not you can detect some hops, like someone caramelized some hops in brown sugar.
T- exactly like the smell only two-fold! It beautifully follows the noise. The hops help to balance out the unbelievable sweetness and booze although it is still a malt/sugar bomb. While the booziness is there (just slightly) it does not taste anywhere close to the nearly 10% ABV it has.
M- this thing is deliciously stiiiiicky. You might feel like you have to power wash your lips halfway through. Carbonation is perfect.
O- My go-to winter beer (along with Left Hand fade to black vol. 1 and Great Divide Hibernation ale) seriously near perfect IMO.

Photo of jdwilliamson79
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas does it again. One of my top 3 fav breweries.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,994 ratings.