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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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3,678 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 3,678
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 142
Gots: 235 | 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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Photo of waldoiverson
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into imperial pint

A: fluffy offwhite head of about 2 fingers with an agressive pour, body is burnt orange and quite handsome

S: Sour citrus with some crystallized sweetness, almost like a very dry cider.

T: Sweetness of grapefruit and then it rounds out to a sour tang

M: smooth, not bitter and minimal carbonation

D: the ABV is sneaky on this so by flavor i could have many but by tolerance one or two max

waldoiverson, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Hmmm... This "American Strong Ale" pours a clear dark red color with no head at all. There is no retention at all. Thin and delicate lacing.

The aroma is of dark fruits. Brown shugga comes through. No hops. Some alcohol.

The flavor is a lot more alcohol with dark fruits. Even some bright friuts like peaches. Grapes are there. It reminds me of some raisin cookies or something. ALcohol comes through even more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a little dryness in the end.

Can't have more than one maybe two of this one.

hoplover82, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 1 finger head with excellent retention and a clear brown color.

Smell is of some fruity phenols with some fusel alcohols. There seems to be some crystal malt, brown malt, biscuit malt, and chocolate malt underneath. However, this is a stretch of a guess as the alcohol is a bit dominant. That's what will be yielded with that much brown sugar though. There is also a big whiff of hops.

The beer is a little too dry from the amount of sugar. There is some crystal malt sweetness and perhaps some brown malt and what not. However, the amount of sugar dries this beer out and takes away the body and flavor of the other malts. There is a bit of hop bitterness and flavoring to balance everything out.

The mouthfeel suffers because of the abundance of sugar to get the ABV up.

This isn't way too strong for 9.9% abv beer. But it is a little astringent. Cut back on the sugar and boost the malts up a little, and I'll like it more.

As the beer warms it becomes more astringent and boozy.

A friend and I split a sixer. I'm not mad that I have two more, it's a strong beer for a cheap price it will knock me on my ass.

jasonjlewis, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wiseman Jorge brought home a sixer and decided to share. Damn, 9.5%!

Appearance: A ruby red body when held to the light. Thin khaki cap drags decent lacing. Very gentle carbonation within.

Smell: Cherry pie feeling, brown sugar (duh), and maybe some maple syrup. Getting some barley too (weird). Smell is all sweet - not getting much of anything else out of it.

Taste: Well, I must say that they've masked the alcohol pretty well. A lot of sugar in this one, but not so much as to make it unpleasant. Tons of brown sugar, molasses, red berries, some oak and a touch of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and heavy with tons of mouth-numbing and warming effects. Medium carbonation tickles me mouth.

Drinkability: A little too sweet and too alcoholic to drink very many. Alcohol actually starts to burn after a while. Still, this is kind of expected from a strong ale. Worth a try, but don't go searching for it.

ThreeWiseMen, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Burnt orange color, no head or lacing

S: Nothing on the nose

T: Tastes like a mixture of bitter, burnt molasses and pine needles with astringent. Not diggin this taste at all.

M: Hot on the mouth due to the ABV, not much in the way of carbonation.

D: Not very. The taste in my mouth is bad from this, though the buzz is damn good. I won't ever get this again.

cindiwindi1025, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of benclimbs
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to drink from the bottle since i enjoyed it outside during an evening bouldering session couple hours ago...so I can't say much about the nose. I thought there were some really interesting heavy malt characteristics, and some trippy yeast flavors especially at the finish. Wasn't boozy tasting at all, and I enjoyed the moderate hopping, added a little bitterness but not much. It is definitely unique and a pretty solid beer. I thought it compared with Double Dog, though much less intense, less hoppy and far easier to drink...so maybe i'm on crack and it doesn't compare at all, its a solid brew though.

benclimbs, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to ale glass, pours a coppery orange shade with a creamy off white head eventually fading

smells of sweet biscuity, super grapefruit hop bomb creaminess, yum

taste is creamy and sweet, syrupy, great hop presence leaning on the grapefruit kind, molasses, biscuit, caramel, toffee, bitterness wrestles with the sweetness and balances out but bitterness prevails in the end

mouthfeel is of lingering hop astringent dryness, sweet and sassy, heavy weight, alcohol is masked professionally, an amazing beer overall!
delicious!

drxandy, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of RunDWP
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden brown into a tulip with a light orange, fluffy head. Plenty of sheeting on the glass as I sipped. Sweet, molasses aroma. Flavor is dominated by brown sugar (surprise!) and malt, with a tea-like bitternsess at the finish. Thick and rich mouthfeel. It's rather sweet, not that complex, or balanced, but somehow it's a bit addictive, and I couldn't smell or taste the alcohol. Enjoyable, change of pace brew.

RunDWP, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: on-tap at Mad 4 Mex in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark copper/ brown color with a thin off white head. Aroma is brown sugar, cinamon, hazelnut and hops. Flavor is similar to aroma with a nice balance of brown sugar, cinamon and a strong hop presence. Finishes sweet and bitter.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown twist off bottle. Poured into an oversized snifter. Transparent reddish copper with a nice off white 2 finger head. Leaving assorted bubbles of retention. Drapes of thin lace.

Grapefruity hops at the nose with a wonderful sweet malty aroma. Touch of vanilla, orange peel, and piney hops.

Thick and creamy with a mild dose of carbonation. Sweet up front with modest amounts of grapefruity hops. Citric orange peelish flavors, burnt caramel and toffee pizza crust like doughy flavors.
Fish is sweet and smooth with a great big hop linger. Some warming at the swallow, but not enough to say, hey this is a 10% abv beer.

Delicious!

Buebie, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of gearbike
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown pour from tap. Duh. I get the name after drinking this one. Strong sugar taste as in tasting the brown sugar when baking. Has a smooth malty background. A medium to thick body and the high alcohol make this a nice warmer. Even though the flavors are complex the overall result seems a bit flat. So not really exterordanry and at the same time it would not work as a session beer do to the high sugar and alcohol.

gearbike, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass. Episode of 1981 Memphis Championship Wrestling playing in background. ~!

Pours a hazy caramel like color with a thick & fluffy 2 finger deep off white head.

Smells of sweet burnt sugar, huge sugar, fruity, boozy, maltiness.

Sweet malt overload, toasted malts & sweet caramel malt, slightly fruity, vanilla, sweet sugar.

Thick, chewy, moderate carbonation, slick, smooth, warming.

The sweetness & ABV makes this a 2 bottle max for me. Mostly from the sweetness.

An interesting brew right here. I remember enjoying it more before I reviewed it. Something to learn there? Will gladly have again.

bbothen, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of optiontwo
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz. poured into generic pint glass

Appearance: Ruby Red/Brown color, decent carbonation and lacing, one inch head.

Smell: Smells like a nut brown to me but I know it's not. Sweet caramel and nuts in the aroma.

Taste: That's more like it. The description of this beer is right on. A good American strong ale with the sweetness of cane sugar. Sweet brown sugar flavor upfront with slight alcohol heat towards the end and finally a nice crisp hop bite. I feel as if the sweetness would be a bit cloying if it weren't for the amount of hops used. Ultimately the taste is quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than most strong ales I've tried but that's not a bad thing. Carbonation feels right.

Drinkability: Taste is sweet and crisp, mouthfeel is thick so these kind of contradict each other when it comes to drinkability, but with it being 9.5% I'd have to say that it's not very high.

Overall: Another great brew from Lagunitas that I'll definitely be picking up again.

optiontwo, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Morbo
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper with about an inch of fluffy almost-white head. The head lingers for a while and leaves plenty of lacing behind.

I am shocked and delighted by the hop presence in the nose. Lots of sweet pineapple, and an instant mental association is good pot. ...And I know this sounds crazy, but I get some ketchup from it as well.

Well, it is about as sweet as I had expected, considering the name. Thankfully, the hop bitterness almost balances things out. Not too complex, maple syrup and molasses pitted against citric/piney hops.

It is fairly heavy and lacking in carbonation, so it comes off as pretty syrupy. It's not quite on the level of Super Troopers maple syrup chugging, but I am definitely not running to the fridge to grab another bottle.

Booze isn't present in the flavor, but you definitely get a nice warming sensation from this one. An interesting beer, even if it isn't very complex, but it is too sweet and syrupy to be anywhere near sessionable.

Morbo, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of largadeer
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear amber-red in my tulip, nicely colored with an off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Rich, sweet and fruity. I suppose there's a trace of brown sugar, but this is more fruity and boozy than anything. Faint sourness as well, along with a bit of leafy hops.

Taste & mouthfeel: As the aroma implies, this borders on being cloyingly sweet. Heavy on the palate but somewhat muddled, the faint fruity sourness doesn't gel right with the spicy sweetness and leafy hop bite. Somewhat thin in body despite the sweetness, with a surprisingly bitter finish. Can't say that I'm a fan of this one.

largadeer, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of mjryan
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber coloured, with a simple white head. Good retention and some lace. Aroma is very sweet and fruity. Flavour is very sweet, with a large hop presence. Bitterness tries to balance the sweetness, but loses in the end. Has a very full body with a moderate carbonation level. This is an intensely sweet beer, which is no supprise considering its called brown sugga and says something about sweet release on the label. The large hop presence was unexpected and really this beers saving grace for me. The hops, although muted by the huge amount of residual sugar in this beer, added another layer, that kept things from getting boring or nausiating. One is good in a night. Would make a great dessert beer.

mjryan, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 11-23-08

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber, not much head, and thin rings of lacing.

Smell is sweet and sugary, in a good way. A nice smoked malt aroma is hidden in the background.

Taste is sweet and roasty, with a very enjoyable hop flavor and bitterness at the end. Not overly complex, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, right for the malty sweetness.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, considering the abv.

Overall, a good beer, and a smart choice for a good time.

BMoney575, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of DaggerEyes
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange hued body. Thin light tan head.

Interesting nose...brown sugar, fruit, slight almond scent. Ameretto. Maybe a bit of orange peel. Pine sAp and pine needles. A brighter boldier hop profile than I had anticipated

Medium bodies beer with a moderate ammount of carbonation. Sweet sugary hoppy a little bit of spice.

DaggerEyes, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with no sediment, a two finger off white head that i had to produce with a hard pour, and some average lacing. Aroma is hoppy, notes of pine and citrus. The nose isn't all too dissimilar from the Imperial Red, maybe slightly more sweetness. Yes, this thing is sweet. Very sweet, but not drain-pouring, outrageously so. There's a nice balance between the dark sugary sweetness and bitter, citric hops. Sugar coated orange slices, hints of caramel and maple syrup. Alcohol is completely well hidden in the flavor, but it can be felt in the throat on the way down. Thick and creamy to say the least, the epitome of full-bodied. Yeah, the high ABV can be felt in the brain as the glass begins to empty. A nice brew, strong, sweet, bitter, balanced in a big way. I'm not sure how many more brews I can have tonight after this one.

KeefD, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall
A sweet Two Hearted? That's what I first thought of while drinking. At first the citrus really threw me off, I was expecting something more Nutty. Halfway through the glass I got more of the sugga' (if that's what they call it) and by the finish I could feel the alcohol and less of the citrus that boned me in the beginning.

cadenwhitaker, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Listening to Pearl Jam..
Poured a copper color with a nice fluffly white head. Nose has a nice sweet malt with a bit of hops and alcohol. Taste is brown sugar dominance with a bit of molasses. Alcohol is very noticeable after finishing only one. There is a definite presentation of malt and has a sweet finish.

barleywinefiend, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of easement
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange. Little head and very little retention.

S - molasses brown sugar. smells sweet. maybe some apples in there, too.

T - Malty and really sweet. As you drink it, it gets more sweet.

M - Light carbonation. Very syurpy. Very Thick.

D - I enjoyed it a lot at first, but then the sweetness got to be too much. It's good for one at a time. I can't imagine this being a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

easement, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of GeoffM
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours very smoothly with a solid head that retains nicely. Good lacing. A lovely dark amber color.

Smell - Decently malty but also lightly sweet. Must be the brown sugar.

Taste - Gorgeous mouthfeel, nearly sticks to the tongue, but pleasantly so. Bitter with a sweet aftertaste. Hops are more apparent when first tasting, malts noticeable in the finish, which is pretty nice considering the bitterness. Alcohol is hidden pretty nicely.

Overall - Simply solid. A nice little experiment, nothing I'd go crazy over but worth giving a shot.

GeoffM, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly supprised by this beer. First off it is a great deal at under $10 a six pack. It pours a reddish copper with a silky tan head. The nose has fruity hops and rich malts. The taste has lots of caramel malts and bitter hops. The body fits the style well. A great beer from Lagunitas that strays away from their usual recipes.

rye726, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of Douglas88
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade with Ty. Pours a light brown with little to no head. The taste is mostly a sweet smooth malt, some hops, citrus, cinnamon and apples, and some brown sugar. It's a great mix that really blends together nice. No real notice of the alcohol. An easygoing drink with a lot to like.

Douglas88, Nov 11, 2008
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,678 ratings.