Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,324 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,324
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 180
Gots: 479 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Danny1217
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice red brown color with some thick tan foam at the top. Lots of nice lacing.
Strong hop aroma balanced by the sweet scents of caramel and yes, brown sugar.
Very thick and creamy, almost overpowering. Very bitter, but sweet at the same time. Caramel sweetness and citric bitterness. Some slight alcohol warmth. Dry finish. Powerful brew.

Brown Shugga' is an over the top beer with lots of hop bitterness as well as malty sweetness and about 10% alcohol. It manages to be balanced with all its extremities and the result is delicious.

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

Had on tap at Mutiny Hall in Seattle.

A: A nice brown/mahogany color with a one finger khaki colored head on top. Nice head retention with solid lacing all around the glass.

S: Brown sugar, caramelized sugar, some light citrus fruit.

T: Similar to the aroma with a lot of brown sugar. The hops were a bit more prominent with some bolder citrus fruit, grapefruit mostly with a nice amount of pine as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink for ~10%.

O: Pleasantly surprised, though I shouldn't really be since Lagunitas makes some solid beer. Would drink again.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Bottled September 20, 2012.

A - Pours a bright amber color with perfect clarity. The head is a half finger of off white densely packed carbonation. Paints the walls of the glass as I drink.

S - Smells of citrus hops, molasses, and egg bagel. The aroma is subtle and a bit different from the norm.

T - The flavor begins sweet, almost too sweet. Tangerine and brown sugar with an earthy finish. Citrus hops and booze make themselves known.

M - Thick body and regular carbonation. Smooth.

O - This beer is a different animal. The sweetness is complex and pairs nicely with a mellow hop earthiness. This is a very solid beer that I will get again as the cold weather approaches.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Release, 12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - Pours a redish copper color with no haze at all. Generous off white head that lingers for a bit.

S - Smells sweet and... well a little bit like brown sugar. Biscuty smell as well

T - The taste up front is sweet and smooth. You can definitely taste the brown sugar and almost a little bit of a graham cracker taste. The 9.9% ABV is almost completely hidden. It warms you a little as you sip it, but it never tastes boozy at all.

M - I would have liked a little thicker mouth feel, as this one was medium bodied and a little thin. But, all in all it has a nice mouth feel.

O - This is how big fall beers should be done! I'm not a huge Lagunitas fan, but I look forward to this release every year.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Bert's
Pours a crystal clear medium copper color with a huge yellow white head that slowly dissipates to a cap and lots of leggy lace. Earthy and piney hop aromas mixed with a fair amount of caramel light fruit and candy and darker sugar. There's a solid shot of ethanol in the aroma that reminds you this is a big beer, but it never seems harsh. The flavor is big and sweet up front with lots of candied and darker sugars. Solid earth and resinous hop flavors with barely any harsh edges. A bit of warming alcohol lingers long after each sip. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a really nice big beer, I really enjoyed it.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,324 ratings.