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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,672 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,672
Reviews: 1,446
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 198
Gots: 677 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Brown/amber with a 2 finger off white head. Typically Lagunitas lacing that covers the glass.

S - Sweet and hoppy with notes of overripe pineapple and a bit of melon. Hints of pine are also found, but it moves into the brown sugar and caramel malts.

T - It starts off with a tropical hop flavor with notes of overripe pineapple and passion fruit. There is a bite of pine bitterness right before it moves into the maltiness of the beer. The sweetness is brown sugar, caramel, and sweet bread. When fresh the hops stand out.

M - Medium feel with excellent carbonation and tangy bitter on the palate.

O - Cool beer by Lagunitas that uses some unique hops to blend in with the sticky sweetness.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A - Nice amber-copper color, clear, huge 3-finger head.
S - Pretty bold aroma, citrusy, almost dry.
T - Very hoppy, citrusy flavors. Not as sweet as I feared. Yet fairly smooth. Does not burn, but you feel the alocohol as you get maybe halfway through the beer. Reminds me a bit of a mild barleywine.
M - Medium to full bodied. would be better IMO if malts were more forward.
O - A well done beer that just isn't my favorite style. I'll drink the remaining from my six (I might even experiment with mixing, who knows), but I can handle just one at a time. not because of the ABV but because of the hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of minterro
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting this for about a year now, I like the "Sucks" so hopefully this one is freaking awesome if "sucks" was the substitute.

Bought from Spartan Spirits East Lansing for about 2.50 a bottle. Poured into a snifter

A&S: citrus hops (oranges grapefruits) also some pineyness with a touch of spiciness. Color is a ruby red and translucent. The head is foamy and pretty thick and almost a yellow tan color. Head dies a bit over time but nothing that dramatic.

T&M: Very bitter upfront which is pretty unusually considering that usually falls toward the back. The alcohol is not super present however there is the normal warming presence felt when the beer is very alcoholic (yet another interesting part of this beer). There is much more caramel present in this one then would be expected by the smell. Very smooth and dry finish with piney hops thrown in.

O: Very interesting. many elements about this beer are unusually however they still complement the style so I would say this beer is pretty darn good. Totally met if not exceeded my expectations.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured vigorously into my DFH glass. A three finger cherry tinted head that relaxes, and settles slowly and gently onto this gorgeous copper colored brew. Probably more lacing than I've ever seen left behind! Tons of sticky, spider web lacing on every bit of the glass! Beautiful clarity!

S- Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and crushed pine needles mulled in caramel/honey tea. Some nice green grassiness blended with sweet sugary candy. Smells alot like an American Style Barleywine.

T- Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, raw sugar, pine sap and little hints of caramel and licorice. Not as sweet as the name would imply... more like a lightweight American B.W. Hoppy/citrusy/piney with little hints of honey cough drop and sweet malts.

M- Bitter and astringent with a nicely done malty/caramel backbone. Call it what you want, I call it a West Coast Barleywine... nice amount of pine, tropical and southern fruit, alcohol, and a subtle sweetness that gives a nice balance.

O- Really great to have this again this year. It'd be cool if it was an all year round brew. I could see drinking this even during the warmer months sitting by a fire at night. Great balance without alot of alcohol for a 10% brew. Great job once again Lagunita's!!!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A shockingly reddish orange hue with some dark brown highlights. Fluffy light tan head. Beautiful clarity and great retention.

S: Surprisingly citrusy (hops) with some rich caramel. Lots of pineapple too. Nice rich brown sugary malts.

T: A really interesting brew. There's tons of left over toffee, burnt sugar caramel. Some fruitiness, (not as much as in the aroma though) and heavy malts. There is some hops on the finish and a light bitterness. Strong hop oil flavor and some heat from all that alcohol. Really delicious winter brew.

M: Medium body, with some slickness.

O: So good and so balanced. I can't believe how good this sweet beer tastes.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,672 ratings.