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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,698
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 202
Gots: 691 | 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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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber body with brown and ruby hues. Huge light tan head is thick and stays around.

S- Getting a ton of juicy hops. Citrus, grapefruit, pine, sweet malt, brown sugar.

T- Really surprised at the hop presence. The juicy hops are there up front with a malty barley wine flavor in the middle. The finish leaves a sweet aftertaste that really tastes like sweet brown sugar and molasses.

M- Full-bodied, medium carbonation, slight alcohol burn, sticky sweet aftertaste.

O- Very interesting beer. Almost a malty IIPA/ barleywine loaded with sweetness. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JohnnieQuest
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of rpbuckeye
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of pschul4
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- I am an idiot. Well thanks to this idiot's pour I'm looking at 2" of beer at 6" of head in my glass. So yes there is carbonation. It sits a deep amber in the glass with stupid amounts of tan fluffy head

S- Hops in the front, with some sweet malts and alcohol in the background. Sweet malts come through as brown sugar-y hence the name

T- Lots of booze but it integrates well with the other aspects of this brew. The hoppiness resembles 120 minute and the sweet malts really do taste like brown sugar.

M- Starts off really smooth but ends flat. Could use a last second burst of carbonation to clean everything up

O- Nice beer to try, glad to have had it. Sucks is way better IMO

Photo of Supergenious
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of usaftenor
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful maroon-amber-brown with a creamy, foamy, light-brown head. Fits the name of the beer perfectly. Huge lace but little retention.

S: Wow. Incredible bouquet of fresh, fruity, citrusy hops and sweet, caramel, sugary malt. The dry and pungent character of the hops sticks to your nostrils but the finish brings in roasted malt. Fantastic nose.

T: Boom! Hops, malt, sugar, and booze. But those four qualities are balanced. Huge fresh, fruity hops, perfectly roasted malt, and boozy sugars that fill the mouth with flavor and warmth.

M: Incredibly smooth as expected but also creamy, sweet, and very hoppy. Alcohol presence is minimal and the carbonation is on-point.

O: I'm glad this comes in 6-packs because it gave me the opportunity to experience this beer multiple times. Each successive bottle made me appreciate it even more than the previous one. This sixth one brings out the subtle nuances that makes this beer ultimately great. Nearly perfectly executed for the style from start to finish.

Note: this review is the beer straight from the fridge poured into a pint glass. As the beer warms...in both the nose and the taste it's boozier, hoppier, maltier and more flavorful! In my opinion, this needs to be drunk fresh. Sure, it'll age well by mellowing out, but enjoy it for what it is now because the hops are so fresh and the alcohol is so hidden.

Photo of mattdbh
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Steimie
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of drh1382
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of kizyle
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

12oz bottle (2012) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear mahogany w/ a big sudsy, oily khaki head, lazy carb, sticky lacing.

Aroma leads off with piney Lagunitas hops. And... that's about it. Not sure what I was expecting but I'm just getting clean bright hops.

Taste is a combination of piney hops and sweet, chewy caramel malt. Really nice balance between two pretty powerful extremes.

Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy with a sharp bitter finish. Dangerously drinkable for a 10% beer.

Overall a really unique brew. An American strong IPA? A dry hopped barleywine? Interesting, enjoyable mix here.

Photo of mkennedy119
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Ted
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JLG193
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of aleslover
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

12 oz bottle, 2012 release, picked up a six-pack at Whole Foods this afternoon, poured into a nonic pint.

A- Pours a perfectly clear amber color, topped with a big two-inch tan head, nice retention and loads of nice, thick lacing.

S- Sweet brown sugar aroma, some citric hops, smells pretty nice.

T- Big brown sugar sweetness and bready malt, the brown sugar is actually a lot more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma. Citric and piney hops also assert themselves midpalate and are actually pretty well-integrated, I was expecting a lot more of a clash between the brown sugar and hops but it works very nicely. Finishes with sweet brown sugar and a hint of fruity alcohol, which is well-hidden for being so huge, I was surprised to read how alcoholic this actually is.

M- Medium-bodied, soft, creamy feel, a dry finish.

O- A really enjoyable beer, the brown sugar is really bold and delicious, it's also mad drinkable even at nearly 10%.

Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SHODriver
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice looking reddish brown with a finger of off white head and good retention into a dogfish head snifter. nice lacing throughout the drink as well
S: smells of piney hops and citrus. not a lot of sweetness but a little bit of herbal hops as well
T: nice caramel and brown sugar sweetness up front with some slightly piney hops swallow brings a nice oily pine hop with some equally tasty residual sweetness
M: medium carb and a slightly heavy mouthfeel but not excessively viscous
O: pretty tasty beer. good flavors and some nice complexity. I like sucks a little more but this beer is pretty tasty. The hoppiness surprised me but it keeps the sweetness in check.

Photo of wigoalie1
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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