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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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4,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,671
Reviews: 1,445
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 198
Gots: 676 | FT: 16
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pack of this today...couldn't wait to try it out.

appearance: pores a dark copper with a frothy brownish white head.

smell: caramel and hops, mostly hops.

taste: Caramel, citrus from the hops, some brown sugar mixed with a lightly malty/smokey backbone that balances it out nicely. Very well balanced with a slight hint of alcohol. I think I prefer this over SUCKS. I wish I had a bottle to make a full side by side comparison.

Mouthfeel: slick, sticky mouthfeel but doesn't linger for too long.

Overall: I'm highly pleased with this and looking forward to breaking out the next bottle. Another solid brew from Lagunitas.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear burgundy/copper color with a ton of thick lacing from a three finger off-white head that has since become about a third of the size. Really doesn't get much better than this in the appearance department.

Aroma: Piney sugar-coated citrus hops and definite caramel malt undertones.

Taste: Damn that's a lot of flavor. Lets talk hop character; immense pine, dankness, bitter grapefruit, and a lot of bitterness packed into 51.1 IBUs. Really wakes up the palate. The malt is noticeably sweet with caramel and just a hint of brown sugar, and helps to support all of the bitter hops without overpowering them. Finish is surprisingly tame given the huge flavor build up but the aftertaste leaves the palate aching with echoing bitterness and burnt caramel. The 9.9% ABV is all but hidden in the flavor but leaves a nice warmth in the throat.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with too much carbonation and average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Brown Shugga' is exactly what the style implies. The hop character of an imperial IPA with the malt presence of a barleywine. At $9.99 a sixer it's pretty hard to pass up. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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

A-a clear ruby with three fingers worth of bubbly cream colored head

S-caramel malt and piney citrus hops

T-caramel malt, brown sugar, bitterness is more mild than the smell would suggest. Very well hidden alcohol.

M-medium body, good carbonation

Overall sweet and sticky, but not cloying, but still has a very large hop presence. Very well done and drinkable.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,671 ratings.