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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,243 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,243
Reviews: 1,358
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 179
Gots: 435 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no date. Poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 12/08/13. Review written from notes.

A - Brownish red with a finger of dense small bubble, off-white head. Mostly transparent with moderate carbonation. Head lasts. Distinct bands of carbonation.

S - Not very fragrant. Citrus hops and caramel malts.

T - Clearly a strong ale, but sweet... brown sugar does come through. Almost completely masks ABV. Malt flavors are forward. Some hoppy critrus flavors.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry and sticky, likely from the sugars.

O - Despite a lower scoring, very enjoyable and very easy to drink, in fact too easy to drink considering the high ABV.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-12-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear ruby-brown with a 2-finger light tan head that lasts and lasts. Great lacing.

S - Orange-themed, spicy dank potpourri, brown sugar, caramel, hop buds. Not overly strong but very sweet and pleasant.

T - Much like the smell with an extra dollop of brown sugar, lightly burnt caramel, candied pineapple and orange zest, hop oil, pepper, significant hop bitterness that is well-tempered by the residual sweetness. Alcohol is dangerously subdued.

M - Heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Resinous, thick, milk shake, sticky, gooey, good.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. It's a sweet and bitter holiday-flavored treat that sits well on my palate. I now understand why Lagunitas made fun of themselves for not releasing this and instead, substituted Lagunitas Sucks. It's a good beer at a really good price point for 10% ABV.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a nice effervescent amber with a thick creamy off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves big lacing

S- big citrus hops fronts the aroma with some subtle bready sweetness mingling in here and there.

T- the same hops forward flavor with some pine flavors thrown in to the mix. The malt background is not huge, but it does hold its own and support the hops well.

M- full with a slight oily feeling to it from the big hops.

O- a great big flavor IPA-style beer. Not sure the brown sugar/cane sugar made a huge difference flavor-wise when compared to the regular Lagunitas IPA, but it is a good beer all the same. Would be interested to try the two head-to-head for a comparison.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,243 ratings.