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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,771
Reviews: 1,302
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 156
Gots: 261 | FT: 12
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%

BuddytheElf, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dmorgan310, Nov 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

purdueflyguy, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

soccerfancooch, Nov 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

GeoffreyM, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

brealbg, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of MrCee
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy but with a soda feel that makes it seem a little bitter as well as sweet. Light on the color. Nice on the alcohol content so it seems like it should be loaded but it isn't.. Ok on the aftertaste. A decent beer for people that are not into hoppy beers. A nice diversion but not something you would want a six pack of.

MrCee, Nov 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

beersvh23, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jplopez21, Nov 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

e30todamax, Nov 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

chickenm, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

closisinthehouse, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Fahz, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap served into a pint glass

Rereveiwed on 11 27 12 bottled, in weizen glass

A - Clear dark amber with 3 finger khaki head with excellent lacing and fantastic head retention, poured 20 min and still had 1 finger head.

S - No surprises malty and brown sugar. Caramel and a little coriander spicy notes as well. Loads of fresh piney hops.

T - Nice sweet flavors with earthy saltiness but heavy wheat and caramel. Very sweet on the front palate, great malt profile, really showcasing the sweetness here. Sharp strong bitter piney hops finish that fades rapidly. Bit of warming booze on the back end but pretty well balanced considering the 10% ABV, though this does become a bit too prominent as the beer warms.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp

O - Very nice beer, captures the brown sugar sweetness while still maintaining that signature Lagunitas hoppy fresh finish. I really love this beer, a great seasonal and I could drink this anytime, though I like the Sucks a bit more.

williamjbauer, Nov 28, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, very fresh. More in the cellar to see how this one develops. As it is now it’s pretty big and brutal with a lot of booze on the nose and in the flavor. Pours dark reddish amber, with a big cream colored head and a good deal of lacing remaining on the sides of the glass. Sweet, malty aroma, yes brown sugar and toffee; booze as mentioned; piney resinous and grapefruit hops. Flavor follows suit. There’s nothing subtle about this one; it’s sweet and sugary; lots of bitter pine and grapefruit hops that linger quite a bit in the aftertaste; sweet and sticky finish; up front alcohol, big time toasty bread and caramel malt character.

Medium-full body; medium carbonation; very smooth, rich and creamy feel. I guess I don’t get the excitement over this one that much; it felt like a chore to drink; way hot and heavy-handed. It’s obviously well-made and somewhat tasty, it just struck me as unnecessarily massive, even on a cold night. Very much a cross between a highly hopped barleywine and a big DIPA.

tobelerone, Nov 28, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Lucky's Beverage (Woodstock, GA). 9.99/ 6 pack. Bottled 09/02/12. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours ruddy orange amber with a finger and a half pale head. More islands of lace than expected for a near 10% brew.

Smells of piney hops and burnt caramel. Hoppy and sweet.

Palate is hit initially with a powerful burst of pine and tropical hops but soon after the sweet molassesy brown sugar kicks in. Pine, orange peel, brown sugar, pepper, burnt caramels, floral bitterness, peppery spice, grass, faint raisin bread, biscuit and a healthy dose of booze on the back end. There's alot going on in here.

Medium full bodied with fairly sharp carbonation. Finish rests on the tongue with citrus rind and carmelized sugar.

Another mighty fine beer from Lagunitas that falls squarely into strong ale territory. There are hops a-plenty but with a very intetesting and complex sugary malt bill backing them. This stuff is really nice now but I suspect that I'd be rewarded if I can show the patience and restraint to save a few for 9-12 months. I'm looking forward to seeing how this changes over time.

ThickNStout, Nov 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

BoilDinner, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

duobob, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

AdamP, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-golden color with a huge, fluffy, dark egg shell colored head. This monster of a head has a life of its own. It stubbornly hangs on either because it knows how sexy it is, or because it mocks me because it somehow knows how I want to dive into this thing. I've really been waiting a while to try it. Toasted malt, brown sugar, grassy and lemony hops, notes of bread, and just a hint of clove on the nose. The mouthfeel is interesting as it gets a little dry in the middle, but finished nice and wet. Very interesting flavor profile. Alternating citrus and pine with sweet unfermented sugar backbone that presents itself more in the beginning and at the finish. Nice fresh finish with some perfuminess that lingers. I like this one.

DocJitsu, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

wyatt13, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bluerabbit, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Rojopunk
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber in colour

S - tones of hops with slight citruws and suagar notes

T - very sweet some achole light hop notes

M - malty and full bodied

O - The name and the season drew me in its getting colder and brown shugger sounded great. I love langunitas. This beer starts out with a bigger hop smell with light hints of citrus and sugar. Next the first sip is sweet and hoppy . One might think this is a ipa.After the a few sips the brown sugar notes hit you and one begins to be reminded of a barlywine . I love this beer sweet and barlywine like but perfect for the colder seasons .

Rojopunk, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

LSLarry64, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,771 ratings.