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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,780
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 159
Gots: 266 | 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%

TheKOshow, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

VTWicked, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Vintage 2012

A: Pours a crystal clear amber orange with a big 3 fingers width of light khaki colored head which takes a good amount of time to dissipate down to a thick film that remains throughout the drink. Leaves tons of layered lacing.

S: Just a huge and wonderful hop aroma. Citrus, tropical fruits, and pine/juniper explode from the glass. Orange and pineapple are prominent. Hints of sweet malt but for the most part this is a hop bomb. Some booze makes itself known towards the end of the glass. If this were a blind tasting you would certainly think this is an IPA or DIPA, and a great one.

T: Piney hops, citrus rind. Bitter hop bomb. A touch of burnt sugar. I get little to no sweet characters.

M/D: Surprisingly light mouthfeel, which I think is attributed to the fairly big carbonation and the quick drying characteristic. No hint of the almost double digit ABV and drinkability is surprisingly high. This one could get your smacked up pretty quickly with this drinkability at 9.99%.

O: Overall, this is a very good beer, albeit not what I was expecting. In my book this is clearly a DIPA. In fact this has one of the strongest hop bitternesses Ive had in a long time. Not sure where the Shugga in the name came from as this is far from sweet! None the less, very enjoyable. Im curious as to how this one would age, I think Ill pick up a couple more to find out what happens when the huge hop characters die down.

zac16125, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

erlenmeyer, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of terribleone
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

terribleone, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of kshizzle101
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Slightly hazy red in color. 2 inch head and thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Sweet malts, pine hops, and booze

T - Strong pine hops and fruity undertones, backed by sweet and biscuity malts. Aftertaste is a little spice and some burn from the booze

M - Very heavy, but exactly what this kind of beer should be. Perfectly carbonated.

Overall - I prefer the 2010 version of this beer but 2012 does not disappoint. If you love bold, in your face beers, 2012 Brown Shugga is a must try. I bought 12 the other day and plan on aging at least 3 of them.

kshizzle101, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of samturner
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

samturner, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Amber, 1 1/2" off white head

S- Dank hops, apple, spices tingle the nose

T- Burnt sugar, dank signature lagunitas flavor, alcohol

M- Medium body, normal carbonation, alcohol heat, bitterness tingles the tongue,

O- A freak, a deformity brought on to us, when a recipe went wrong. The flacholent musk from this beast is offensive, the obscene flavor is out right blasphemy. This autrosity. I will hide it from the world, for they will never understand, and love it as my own, and drink this abomination, until i cannot stand.

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of dasunder
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

dasunder, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Pat316
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Pat316, Nov 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Softestdog, Nov 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.2%

olbubba, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice amber/slightly copper color with a solid ginger of caramel colored head, good retention, nice lacing.

S - Lots of sweet malts and caramel, abundant citrusy (grapefruit/orange) hops, brown sugar is prominent. Very surprised with the citrusy hoppyness.

T - Tons of citrusy goodness. Grapefruit/orange i think, not extremely bitter, lots of brown sugar flavors. Basically a citrusy hop burst IPA with some brown sugar. Citrusy hops definitely outweigh the SHUGGA.

M - Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Easy to drink.

O - Very good beer, just not at all what I expected. The brown sugar compliments the sweet citrus very well, but it is in no way the main attraction of this brew.

MacQ32, Nov 22, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doing a vertical with a new 2012 bottle and a bottle from 2010 when the beer was last made.

2012--pours a clear orange with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.
2010--the same as the newer bottle, but with a slighly hazier body.

2012--sweet citrus up front with pineapple and grapefruit followed by a sweet caramel finish.
2010--caramel and citrus dominate with a slight oxidation aroma. There are some sweet bread notes as well.

2012--grapefruit and pineapple here as well with pine and slight caramel notes. The finish is lightly bitter.
2010--sticky caramel and brown sugar flavors up front with notes of vanilla, maple, and oranges. There are some slight oxidation notes here as well.

2012--medium, sticky body with lowish carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.
2010--same as above.

2012--a nice, hoppy strong ale. Simplistic, but enjoyable.
2010--still enjoyable after 2 years, but a bit past its prime. I generally prefer this beer with at least 6 months on it, but with no release last year, I couldn't do a 1 year comparison.

n2185, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

sil1, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Lee_Hancock, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of chickeni3reast
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

chickeni3reast, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of volta
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

volta, Nov 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

GreyGhost4, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bh123, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/22/12

Appearance: Light brown from a distance, but really more of a reddish copper - moderate, off-white head - keeps a nice ring, a small cap, and some nice, streaky lacing

Smell: Hoppy, as one would expect from Lagunitas, with an unexpected amount of brown sugar - citrusy, with fleshy, oily grapefruit and orange - some sweet pine - a mild cat urine aroma I've encountered in some other Lagunitas beers - caramel malts and caramelized sugar - brown sugar is quite obvious

Taste: Sugary, sweet, hoppy, yet not disgusting - sweet caramel and crystal malts - caramel sugar, molasses, and most importantly, brown sugar - oily citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit - sweet, resiny pine and mint - lightly bitter, somehow doesn't clash with the sugary sweetness - some hot alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between medium and full body, low carbonation, a bit sticky and syrupy, with some alcohol heat

Overall: First you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women

I'm honestly curious if they added brown sugar pre and post fermentation. The sheer amount of brown sugar sweetness in this is impressive on a few levels. Honestly, this should be disgusting. Yet, somehow, it works as a sipper. I don't think I would want to drink more than 1 of these, but that's not the point. I like brown sugar, so I guess that's why I like this beer.

angrybabboon, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

swetsastonic, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Sakura99
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, as another poster stated, I'm not a "fancy" reviewer; I just drink the beer and tell you what I think of it. I waited a LONG time to try this beer, and I have to say, I was disappointed. It's not a bad beer, but it didn't taste the way I expected it to. The name doesn't describe the taste IMO, but I can't really get mad about that since it wasn't made to taste like brown sugar (this was a woopsy-daisy barleywine to which they added a poop-ton of brown sugar in an effort to salvage the product...they liked it and decided to bottle it as a beer), and the lingering aftertaste is remarkably brown sugary if you wait a minute or two, and you're looking for it. The immediate impression I got upon first swig was a bit of a watered-down Sierra Nevada, taste-wise. It's got more of a bitter taste than I expected. And it WILL mess you up, consider yourself warned. I drank three and I was so toasted that I got sick, and that doesn't normally happen with me. It's not bad, but it's not something I really think that I'll buy again. I'm more of a Lil Sumpin' kinda girl. If you're looking to get schmammered, I think any Lagunitas beer will do the trick for ya lol, but this one will have you on your ayse for sure.

Sakura99, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

EmmetD, Nov 22, 2012
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,780 ratings.