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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,678 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,678
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 142
Gots: 235 | FT: 13
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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Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The return of Brown Shugga. Scored me a sixer. 12oz bottle emptied into a squeaky clean snifter glass.

An auburn red beer with a slow-soaring bone head that peaked at almost three fingers' height. What a delicious looking brew! Fluffy head with great lacing and big spotty bubble pop-marks on the surface and along the glass walls. 4.5

Balanced aroma with a dry brown sugar malt and grapefruity hops. Has that signature Lagunitas hop appeal with earthy pine notes. Lightly roasted-smelling with a touch of fruitiness and a steeping alcohol tone.

Bursting with booze heat. It takes a bit away from a rich malt composition of brown sugar, toasted bread, and burnt caramel. The hops are similar to those found in most imperial red ales; grapefruit, pine, with a slight floral quality. Mostly sweet from the alcohol, but finishes bitter and a bit hoppy. Mineral notes detected. A simple and delicious ale.

Drinks smooth, but with big-time warmth. Hefty in the body, but not chunky. Evenly distributed feel with a rougher-than-gentle carbonation. Above-average.

I didn't miss this one last year, but that's partly because Sucks put it out of my mind. I'm enjoying this one more than I had in past years. Brown Shugga is a good brew and, hopefully, here to stay.

thecheapies, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Pando
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Pando, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of mamacita20
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mamacita20, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ryancl, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dphillips, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of YCantWeNotBeSober
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

YCantWeNotBeSober, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a copperish amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains quite well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and soft, sporadic layers of surface foam. Sudsy, thin streaks of lacing.

S- Bright, citrusy hop aroma with an apparent alcohol fume. Sweet-smelling and somewhat toasty malt in the back. Raunchy, strong.

T- Sharp, citric hop flavor sinks its teeth in immediately and is accompanied by fervent alcohol. Brown sugary sweetness is found throughout and doesn't seem to fully mesh with the rest of the tastes. After a few sips, the palate becomes less confused but there's still that lingering alcohol and hop bite that drives the drink but has no real direction amid the near-cloying caramel sweetness.

M- Stinging and hot with medium carbonation and a full-ish body. Somewhat syrupy.

O- I'm so conflicted with this beer. It tastes good but it's so extremely sweet and intensely hoppy that I can only have one and then I want something else. Not bad for what it is...but what is it?

Immortale25, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of kosmak125
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

kosmak125, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

OldhouseRecs, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

sendbeer, Nov 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

TrickkyGangsta, Nov 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

SBoyar1, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: center-pour into tulip glass didn't kick up more than a modest off-white head froth; the beer itself was a beautiful deep amber with strong ruby highlighting

S: smell was straightforward brown sugar; some suggestion of dates and candied fruit

T: much crisper on the palate than the nose - has a heartier malt character that gets away from the "possibly barleywine"-like aroma. Some of the alcohol slips into the taste (this is a 45-ish degree beer I'm drinking). The brown sugar is more subdued and you're left with an almost (whiskey/bourbon) barrel-aged flavor.

M: the woodsiness of this beer also creates a thinning feel on the tongue; some bitter astringence from the alcohol, some from the hops - chewier/maltier feeling up front, a drying finish... modest carbonation.

O: I was really expecting to be sugar-slammed here, or maybe a suggestion of a barleywine-like beer, but all that was mostly on the nose; the beer itself reminded me a little of the Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged beer I'd sampled once. I would say this is a good but not exceptional beer for my tastes.

Greywulfken, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

LCannon4, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

hinemk76, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of babaracas
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish orange with one finger thick tan head, settling slowly to a quarter inch and leaving a spray of lace down the glass. Smell: grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit, dates, caramelized sugar. Taste: brown sugar, lightly toasted bread, pine cutting through the sweetness, then into sugared grapefruit, dried mango-ish tropical fruit. Body ramps from medium to full, with prickly carbonation into fluffy into a chewy, hops and booze soaked finish. Although pretty big and sweet, it doesn't come off as heavy, at all. It would be interesting to try all of Lagunitas' seasonal 9-ish% ASA/Impy Reds together (how different are they?). In any case, this is a win. Bottled 270/365 2012.

babaracas, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ale207, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jnikkel, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-caramel, malt, citrus, pine, floral notes

T-citrus, caramel and brown sugar, pine, hints of vanilla, nice hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy almost viscous

O-a different beer that has some attributes of a DIPA, but with its own unique flavor profile

MDDMD, Nov 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

simi46, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

meehandennis, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of SlowWideTurns
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

SlowWideTurns, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was poured from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a stemless, flared pilsner glass. The beer glowed a dark, reddish honey coloring. It held a one and a half finger head of tight, tan bubbles. This retained nicely, leaving a single sheet of lacing down the glass, and a film across the top of the liquid for the entire tasting. Carbonation appeared light, with no haze or sediment noted. The aroma showed caramel and pale malt sweetness, with a bit of muddy grit. Hops were floral and soapy, adding bitterness. There was an industrial plastic sourness with warmth, along with tart yeast, and souring of apple vinegar. Fusel heat wafted off the top. Our first impression was that there was a nice malty back, with a powerful initial sweetness. The flavoring opened with maple sweetness, citric and soapy hops, orange juice sweetness and acidity, with cutting deep sugary malts, and a light roast. The peak came with Styrofoam plastics, unsweetened iced tea dryness, drying toasty caramel malts to cut, and melted caramel sugar to the finish. The latter blended with an equal sweetness and richness of heavy creamer, to help the malts cut the continuous piney hop bitterness. The aftertaste breathed of surprising bitterness of hops and soap, souring yeast, black pepper and booze, warming winter spice, and light caramel sweetness. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium. There was a nice syrupy coating to the mouth, with a final pucker from lemon in the aftertaste. There was soft slurp, sip, cream, and froth, while the lips and fingers are left sticky. The mouth was ultimately cooled and happy, with warmth rumbling up from the tummy. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the warming, seasonal feel, with hearty flavoring the whole way through. There was such a nice blend of warming spice, with sweetness of malts and a biting lick of soapy, citric, and piney hop bitterness. This made for a uniform sip throughout. The nose was also certainly stark, and with such fusel booze it can be seen to overwhelm the light of heart with fiery booze. The tea-like lemon flavoring, at times, does tip the flavor’s balance, but this is a very tasty, season-appropriate beverage.

TheBrewo, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Hopmodium, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

xacidx, Nov 17, 2012
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,678 ratings.