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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,587 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,587
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 121
Gots: 211 | 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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Lang44

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-10-2012 13:25:07 | More by Lang44
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A hop forward aroma with a big sweet malt presence. Upfront are some ripe citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy hops with a little pine resin. Big malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and toast. Brown sugar adds some sweetness. A scent of alcohol is also pretty noticeable. A very juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the scent gives off, a strong taste that starts out hop forward and ends in malty sweetness. Big burst of bitter citrus up front with notes of grapefruit, mango, orange, tangerine, and lemon. Some earthy hops and resin in the mix. Midway the hops give way to a big bready taste. Toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. The brown sugar is tasted towards the finish. A very good full flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and slightly syrupy. A little of the alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A very good Strong Ale. Strong flavors but balanced between the hops and malts. The sugar adds a nice kick and doesn't go overboard with the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 07:30:17 | More by MattyG85
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BFick

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-10-2012 05:49:15 | More by BFick
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jegross2

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company out of California. This is one of Lagunitas' better regarded beers.
Score: 92

Bottle stamp code is 26365315, meaning it was bottled on or around 09/20/12. Served in a Minneapolis Town Hall Belgian-style tulip and enjoyed on 11/09/12.

Appearance: Pours a nice copper color with three fingers of foamy beige head that takes forever to settle. Leaves a thick lacing on the side of the glass as it recedes. Amazing lacing, unreal retention. 5/5

Smell: Caramel malt, grapefruit, grassy hops and molasses/brown sugar. Reminds me of six-month old Three Floyd's Behemoth with some brown sugar added. Citrusy pine as well. Faint alcohol esters tingle the nose towards the back end of a whiff. Bold and balanced. 4.5/5

Taste: Not quite as smooth or balanced as the nose led on. The alcohol is much more present than it was in the nose, and the flavor is much more malt-forward that the nose led on. Lemony caramel malt and a touch of earthy, slightly spicy hops that remind me a little bit of hop profile of Oskar Blues' Deviant Dales. The hoppy bitterness lingers on the middle of the tongue in the finish. There is some brown sugar on the mid-palate, but to a lesser degree than was present in the nose. The alcohol tingles the palate slightly. I am not quite sure I would call this one "boozy," but it is apparent this beer is not of a low ABV (it is 10%). As the beer layers, the IPA-like qualities of tend to wash over the palate more and give it a more consistent citrusy bitterness throughout. Though the above taste description may sound like I did not enjoy this beer, that could not be less the case. I found this brew quite tasty. The disappointment comes from an aroma that built me up for a flavor that the beer did not deliver. Nonetheless, this is a really solid brew. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied with below average carbonation. Oily, but dense on the palate. The beer's viscosity and low carbonation allow it's bitterness to sit and layer on the tongue. 4/5

Overall: Labels are overrated, but I was shocked to find out that this one was a strong ale. I thought it was an IPA and would have guessed American barleywine in a blind tasting. The nose is excellent, and the appearance is great, while the taste is merely "good." I would certainly drink this one again -- especially at the price.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out, particularly if you like IPA or American-style barleywines. Casual beer drinkers may be put off by the bitterness.

Pairings: Glazed ham.

Cost: $9.99 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:46:56 | More by jegross2
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laxer8811

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-10-2012 03:07:52 | More by laxer8811
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber with a 2 finger light beige head. Huge clumps and trails of lacing litter that glass.

S- caramel, dark fruits, biscuit, citrus, and pine.

T- sweet caramel, citrus rind, toasted malts, and bitter pine and citrus at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice and creamy with slightly dry finish from the bitterness.

O- First time trying this beer and a very tasty strong ale. Almost a hoppy imperial red ale that has some dark fruit notes along more sweetness. Glad I picked up a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 02:16:58 | More by kawilliams81
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ctrevino

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-10-2012 02:11:49 | More by ctrevino
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Cadusk

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-10-2012 02:06:47 | More by Cadusk
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rudy0908

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-10-2012 01:33:32 | More by rudy0908
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visualmartyr

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-10-2012 01:03:39 | More by visualmartyr
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-09-2012 23:30:46 | More by Hanzo
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jspaner

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-09-2012 22:32:08 | More by jspaner
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SalMineo

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-09-2012 17:22:04 | More by SalMineo
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stogirelli

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-09-2012 15:41:59 | More by stogirelli
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bccocx

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-09-2012 14:40:58 | More by bccocx
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-09-2012 13:23:02 | More by sailorastro
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Beerbuddy21

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-09-2012 03:51:54 | More by Beerbuddy21
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Nightrain87

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-09-2012 03:12:34 | More by Nightrain87
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leinie13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-09-2012 02:37:43 | More by leinie13
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-09-2012 02:15:32 | More by HoistinBrews
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Ashley's in Westland, MI.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful copper color, with a good 3/4 inch head that goes nowhere before drinking. Big creamy lace on the glass as it goes, and leaves a residual 1/4 inch the whole glass. I will be giving this one a swirl to get the leftovers. A ton if bubbles moving in this one makes it an almost picture-perfect beer.

Smell- Big, full, sweet, earthy hop bite on the nose, followed by a big carmelized sugar and marshmallowy sweetness. Smells great.

Taste- Big bitter draw followed by a myriad of flavors. Cane sugar, faint white pineapple, sour creamy persimmon, gingerbread maltiness, grassy funk, balanced earthy hops, hop bitterness that sticks around on the teeth and palate. Complex and sweet the whole time-even with the bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- Milkshake creamy head that hangs up in the mustache, followed by a dense smooth, thick feeling draw. Minimal carbonation in the mouth with a sweet coating afterwards. A bit heavy feeling but nice. No doubt a strong one.

Overall- A great brew. Thrilled that I got a draft offering. One of Lagunitas' strongest brews. Very tasty and complex. I will definitely get this again

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 02:04:08 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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KelOne333

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

11-09-2012 01:57:14 | More by KelOne333
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Fanhitter


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft Pint @ Ashley's Westland 11-7-2012

In the pint glass, this beer holds a deep burnt auburn hue, with impeccable transparency. Even with a broken surface of microscopic bubbles instead of any sort of head, this looks like a serious brew.

Smells mildly sweet at the top of the glass, a bit grapey even. A good hop presence is notable with a nose in the glass.

Tastes surprisingly mild for a sugared up barley wine or whatever this claims to be. You'd never know it was 10 percent based on the malt to hop flavors. An apricot flavor drifts faintly in after swallowing, and a burnt prune flavor unexpectedly follows on the finish.

On the sip, its got a mild bite to it, not unlike a strong Canadian beer. A bit boozy, but nothing outrageous. For a strong beer it's silky and easy to gulp or sip despite being a bit syrupy.

Overall, this beer is great. Halfway through drinking a nice wine texture comes out in it, that some might find unpleasant, but I find it very enjoyable. For a malt and hop lover it may disappoint, but for the whole package, it's pretty solid. In all honesty I wasn't expecting this beer to be as mellow as it is compared to other Lagunitas offerings, but for a strong beer it stands out. I could easily be overserved with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 01:55:49 | More by Fanhitter
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Durb777

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-08-2012 20:43:58 | More by Durb777
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ZPB

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-08-2012 17:44:06 | More by ZPB
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,587 ratings.