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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,779 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,779
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 158
Gots: 265 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Nicked, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of averydylan
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

averydylan, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

JeffTheJuice, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my Lost Abbey tulip, bottled on the 299th day of the year. Pours a clear orange red, with a one inch off white head, that leaves plenty of lace. Smell is tangerine, pine, hard candy, carmel, and a hint of grapefruit. Taste is pungent hops, sweet candy, and a hit of grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, nice amount of life, a touch dry, and the most dangerously drinkable beer I have ever had. This is different, easy drinking, and complex beer. Love this so much and did I mention at $10 a six and amazing deal. Lagunitas is a great and very affordable brewery, don't ever change.

SawDog505, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of PaulD
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

PaulD, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jwat, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of peacebone116
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cannot believe that I have never reviewed this beer....Brown Shugga is one of my perennial favorites! This is a review of a 2009 Brown Shugga', aged in a 12-oz bottle, poured into a tulip on 11/30/12.

A: Insignificant off-white head sits atop a hazy reddish, auburn body. There appears to be decent carbonation throughout the body.

N: Pine and...well, caramelized brown sugar, honey, a touch of nose-tickling citrus.

T/M: Taste fully follows the nose with a blend of delicious pine notes that mingle with the sweetness of the malt. The body is about medium, just thick enough to support the slightly hot alcohol in the body. There is an oiliness that completely coats the tongue, spreading the flavors across--this one seriously hits all the different taste buds: sweet, bitter...okay, well, that is really it, but it seems quite awesome!

This beer aged so well. Lagunitas has played with this recipe off and on (the bottle indicates a 9.84% ABV & 51.1 IBU for this vintage), but this year was quite good fresh and even better with some age on it. I recall drinking this one a year later and finding it very good....it seems to have only gotten better (minus the haziness that set in).

On a side note, I paired this beer with a pasta dish featuring caramelized onions, yellow bell pepper and shrimp flambe with Sambuca and red pepper flakes. The sweet anise flavor of the Sambuca shrimp played well off the sweet, sugar malt of the ale, and the spicy flavors from the dish's pepper flakes complimented the hoppy qualities.

Good Shit!

peacebone116, Dec 01, 2012
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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
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,779 ratings.