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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,350 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,350
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 181
Gots: 489 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001)
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4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown Shugga' is a real winner. Aside from packing a punch at nearly 10% abv the flavor of this beer makes it a star. Smooth nutty malt base and a piney hop finish shine with a nose of hazelnuts and eucalyptus. Great beer with venison or any roasted gamy meats.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mooseo
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pretty bright amber with a large frothy white head.

S - Sweet bready caramel malt, brown sugar, juicy grapefruit, pine.

T - Citrus and grapefruit hops burst onto the palate, followed by sweet burnt caramel, brown sugar and a light breadiness. Finishes with piney hops, herbal spice, and lingering toasted grains.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and a little sticky. Dry finish.

O - A delicious strong ale, and very hoppy. The sweet malts do lend some balance but the hops are on full display here. Easy drinking with a slow building alcohol warmth.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly transparent brownish orange…some nice bubble action going on in the middle…two fingers of light khaki colored head sticking around for the review...looks good, but anticipating it being a bit watery…(4/5)

Smell: Tons of piney hops…citrus hops, sweet malt, candy sweetness, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit and some caramel…tons going on here if you stick your nose all the way in…(4.5/5)

Taste: Piney, earthy hops, sweet malt and alcohol heat right off the bat…there is a nice brown sugar sweetness to this, definitely living up to the name…sweet malt is there but fighting a severe uphill battle…some spice (clove maybe) to this one…some caramel and cream notes…finishes with pineapple, citrus, pine and tons of hoppy bitterness and resin…tons and tons of flavor…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with tons of carbonation…sweet, chewy, resiny…some piney bitterness in the after taste…alcohol heat very apparent…(3.5/5)

Overall: Wow! This brew is somethin’…it’s an overabundance of pine/citrus/earthy hops that dominate and then some…sweet malts do their best and are complimentary…I’d have to say the brown sugar stops this thing from going off the hops deep end and does round off/balance the super hops where the sweet malt leaves off…my lips are sticky with hops resin, this is anything but “watery”…there is some spice warmth that I wasn’t expecting…the only downside with this one is the alcohol heat which is undeniable and maybe a bit to strong…it’s super drinkable, maybe scarily drinkable seeing as it’s 9.9% ABV, but that’s the risk you take…I’m not sure if I could drink more than 2 of these in one sitting and still complete full, coherent thoughts, but one is very, very nice…(4/5)

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been lusting for this for a while - since last year's fiasco/ marketing ploy. It almost lived up to the hype....

Great color - bright caramel. Not much in the nose....expected more signature Lagunitas scent up front. Once I taste the first sip though, I can see instantly that the lack of a heavy hop nose is indicative of the GREAT balance exhibited in this brew. Just enough hop bite, mellowed by a perfect malt sweetness.

Each sip left a ring of thick lacing. Like a redwood tree, it's easy to count the "sip-age" of this brew. I'm counting thirteen "rings" and I'm almost to the bottom and ready to order another...

Why-oh-why can't I drink this every month of the year?

Overall, this may not be spectacular, or even the best that Lagunitas has to offer...but, I can't imagine a better pour on any given Thursday.

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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a New Belgium globe glass at Global Brew in O'Fallon, IL. The body is a solid brown color with a red tint. Slightly more than a one-finger head that has good retention and nice lacing along the glass.

Nice aroma that has strong pine and fruity hop notes with a solid caramel malt base.

Very tasty flavor. The hops flavors dominate up front with nice blend that follows the aroma fairly closely featuring both the tasty bitter pine notes and some light tropical fruity notes. The malt flavors are solid and offer a sweet balance to the hops.

Medium mouthfeel in the texture and very little notice of alcohol for the abv. Very drinkable. An execellent beer and I will be seeking this out in bottles soon.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a (very fitting) amber-brown clear body with a fluffy off-white head that reduces to some chunky white foam that sticks to the glass.

S- Freshly cut grass, yeast, citrus, caramel, slight booze.

T- This beer starts off with a sweet, brown sugar and caramel flavor and ends bitter and resinous. Some booze on the finish.

M- Medium-heavy body, medium low carbonation.

Overall a decent beer. Good balance, but not as complex as I would have liked. Lacking hop characteristic.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,350 ratings.