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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,685 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,685
Reviews: 1,446
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 201
Gots: 683 | FT: 17
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours over into a snifter nicely. Heavy blaze in color, trace/vanishing head/steadfast lace.

S - Bitterness felt in the nose from the hops, but brightened up by hints of sugar.

T - This is a beer that needs to sit out before consuming (goes without saying). The taste matures throughout the beer, bringing more complexity with every sip (Lagunitas Staple Move). Well-balanced hops with a bit of a kick 3 quarters through (reminds me of Hop Stoopid a bit, but mounting on more malt)

MF - Almost perfect amount of weight on the palate and tongue. Not overly carbonated.

O - I was glad I grabbed a sixer of Brown Sugga' this year. Last year, I obviously missed it (Hence, the birth of Lagunitas Sucks), but the absence made the palate grow fonder! Zing! But what a great beer. Deserves all the hype behind it.
I wanted to mention that, while this is not my favorite effort by Lagunitas, I do appreciate it more than their other beers. I tend to associate Lagunitas Hop-heavy recipes more appropriate for the warmer Texas weather. But Brown Sugga' still manages to settle perfectly into the Holiday Season. Cheers.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: 12.12.2014
The aroma, my god. Summer fruit -- strawberry!

Having this again two years later. From a 12 oz. bottle, this time. Makes me certain about my 2012 experience, that the Monks Kettle bartender gave me the wrong beer.

This is superb. It's taking me outside my comfort zone . . .
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On tap at Monks Kettle. Nice looking pour into a goblet, a clear reddish brown, with a thin white head and delicate lacing that slides down the glass

Surprising hop-forward aroma. Perhaps its just too cold, but I'm not getting any of the sugar sweetness in the nose or in the mouth. I'm even wondering if the bartender has given me the wrong beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Note - Bottle says day 270 on the neck in small black print.

A - Poured this down the center and left a massive yellowish off white four finger head with different sized bubbles that left above average odd looking lacing. Nice dark blood orange semi-hazy beer.

S - I pick up some citrusy hops and a definite sweet maltyness from the sugars they used, which remind me of a strong sweet juice of some kind. As the beer warmed more I picked up some mango, peach and more subtle tropical notes.

T - Get the sweetness right up front, almost candy-ish which gets bitter and has a finish that reminds me of a bitter citrus rind off of a orange. The sweetness and bitterness fight one another for domination. Do not pick up on the alcohol on the flavor but can feel it after it goes down.

M - Nice chewy, soft full bodied beer that is slightly oily and is quit pleasant in the mouth. My tongue feels like it has been cleaned by something astringent after drinking for a while (like Listerine.) Would get higher marks if it was not so aggressive on my palate.

O - A really impressive closing beer which packs a lot of sweet flavors, and is not the most drinkable in my book. Gets cloying after half way through. Good luck with this one because it packs a sweet punch, Cheers! After further drinking I found that pairing this with something salty like nuts really helps cut the sweetness and makes this a better brew. Try it, you will not be disappointed.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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  rDev -0.7%

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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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3.91/5  rDev -3%
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.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,685 ratings.