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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,838 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,838
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 208
Gots: 771 | FT: 18
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 ZPB
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at brewery yesterday, where it was listed at 9.9% ABV:

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate colour with impressive head and lacing. Thick but not oily mouthfeel, remarkably "normal" given the high ABV. Aroma of sweet, roasted malts with caramel tones and some plum or other fruitcake spices. These aromas translate into the finish, where I did not expect the almost overwhelming sweetness in the finish.

Overall struck me more as a sweet and malty barley wine rather than a strong ale. Glad to have tried it, but did not order a second.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BigCheese
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear rusty red. Small but sticky looking off white head, head dies quick, does leave some webbing.

S: Grapefruit Hops, maple sugar, molasses, roasted malts. Strong and pungent.

T: Some tropical hops interwoven with a rich sweet malt bill. Caramel, rasins, brown sugar, powdered sugar all come to mind, some piney/herbal hop bitterness in finish. some booziniess too. Initial sweetness also has an english feel to it, maybe the yeast.

M: Syrupy, rich mouthfeel, dangerously drinkable.

O: pretty tasty and interesting, quite sweet/rich but its not cloying. Not mind blowing but quite enjoyable, 6 months aging might smooth it out. I'd definitely reccomend trying it once, great value.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Dave1999
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep rich red colour, transparent with the smallest of white head.

The smell is sweet with a citrus hop smell.

The taste is sweet, there is brown sugar and a lot of citrus little hops.

The mouth feel is syrupy with medium carbonation.

This is strong, sweet and very tasty. Hides it's abv well.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very long time coming... finally! it has a hell of a reputation. it pours a clear dark copper to red color, like an amber, with a two inch off white head that relaxes a little bit in time. the nose is all time, tons of brown sugar and molasses, spice and sweet, but also way more hops than i expected. bitter, a nice contrast to the sweet, nothing offensive here at all. flavor is so complex, nothing like this out there at all. sweet, thick, and boozed out max up front, but it settles into a hoppy, equally boozed, big ipa style. yeast is the same as seemingly all lagunitas beers, which really is my only knock on them, but it works here better than anywhere. feel is full bodied, but not as huge as i thought. its also plenty carbonated, which makes it seem drinkable at a scary rate. excellent beer, worth the hype. it will only get better as the weather gets darker and colder to suit this beer. yum, yum, yum.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: immidiatley I realize that this is not brown, but more if clean ruby amber. I got two finger if slightly tanned head that dissapate slowly And leaves a very nice trail of sticky lacing.

S: Bam! Hops in your face! Wreaks of sticky sweet citrus hopage, with a nice dose of pine in there as well... Has a sweetness to the aroma bit nothing overbearing, along with a slight touch of alcohol.

T: much like the aroma hops forward with a citrus/piney blast balanced out with a sturdy malt backbone, I get notes of toffee and caramel.

M: I find this to be medium to full bodied, and I feel like the brown sugar actually added a granular quality to the mouthfeel, perhaps I'm crazy, bit I find more evidence of it here in the mouthfeel then I do in the flavor, particuarly on the finish.

O: this is a great brew, delicious hops and a nice touch of sweetness, perfect for a hop fix on a colder night, which it is right now, and this really hit the spot.

Photo of hoody711
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Brown Shugga. It will be hard to be unbiased - the hype surrounding this beer as well as my intense love for anything from Petaluma.

A - poured into my tulip. A nice reddish brown with a 3 finger pearl head. Nice lacing, as you would expect. These guys are pros, after all.

S - definitely has that token Lagunitas smell. Citrus hops up front, but there is plenty of sweet malty goodness, and, brace yourself, brown sugar, at the end. Boozy as well. Smells great. (After warming, almost all malts. Citrus is basically gone, just a whiff.)

T - sweet citrus/sugar --> resiny bitterness --> strong bready malts. The alcohol is strong on this one at the end, and leaves behind a decent burn. It's good, but I'm not in love.

M - medium, definitely not heavy. The carbonation is good. See above re: alcohol burn. Despite this, good drinkability.

O - blah, I'm disappointed. I was hoping that this would rank up there with Sucks for me. I have such a soft spot for the citrus IPAs. Obviously, this is not one of those. It is good, complex, and gets better as it warms. Definitely worth trying, especially if you like the strong ales.

Edited after warming to room temp.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,838 ratings.