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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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4,895 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,895
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 213
Gots: 805 | FT: 14
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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Ratings: 4,895 | Reviews: 1,494
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of beerman207
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a nice orange color with a nice lace and head retention. Beer is very inviting

S: pine hops, malt, pungent but in a good way

T: wow This is a Delicious beer. Taste is bitter but sweet; hops come through and linger for a while with a nice balance of malt

M: best mouthfeel in a strong ale I've had. It is very refreshing and does not dry the palate

O: very pleased with this offering. Looking forward to having more.

Photo of stonermouse
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

Pours a beautiful, clear amber with a thin head. Looks close to ruby-colored. Very nice look.

Huge aroma, but mostly generic malts and a bit o booze. Just a small bite of rum and cherry, almost like a mai tai.

The flavor is super-complex- tons going on here. Starts sweet, with a sharp caramel bite. The hops join in, and add a second layer of sharp piney flavor. It finishes with an earthy and bread-like softness, but leaves a lot of flavor behind. There's a bit of booze here, but the 10% is mostly well-hidden. Surprisingly not as sweet as I expected, but much more complex.

Finishes sticky, with a lot of flavor on the palate.

This brew does a lot of flavors, and it does them well. It's kind of like the Italian sandwich of beers- it has everything in it, and somehow they all seem to work together.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A hop forward aroma with a big sweet malt presence. Upfront are some ripe citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy hops with a little pine resin. Big malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and toast. Brown sugar adds some sweetness. A scent of alcohol is also pretty noticeable. A very juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the scent gives off, a strong taste that starts out hop forward and ends in malty sweetness. Big burst of bitter citrus up front with notes of grapefruit, mango, orange, tangerine, and lemon. Some earthy hops and resin in the mix. Midway the hops give way to a big bready taste. Toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. The brown sugar is tasted towards the finish. A very good full flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and slightly syrupy. A little of the alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A very good Strong Ale. Strong flavors but balanced between the hops and malts. The sugar adds a nice kick and doesn't go overboard with the sweetness.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company out of California. This is one of Lagunitas' better regarded beers.
Score: 92

Bottle stamp code is 26365315, meaning it was bottled on or around 09/20/12. Served in a Minneapolis Town Hall Belgian-style tulip and enjoyed on 11/09/12.

Appearance: Pours a nice copper color with three fingers of foamy beige head that takes forever to settle. Leaves a thick lacing on the side of the glass as it recedes. Amazing lacing, unreal retention. 5/5

Smell: Caramel malt, grapefruit, grassy hops and molasses/brown sugar. Reminds me of six-month old Three Floyd's Behemoth with some brown sugar added. Citrusy pine as well. Faint alcohol esters tingle the nose towards the back end of a whiff. Bold and balanced. 4.5/5

Taste: Not quite as smooth or balanced as the nose led on. The alcohol is much more present than it was in the nose, and the flavor is much more malt-forward that the nose led on. Lemony caramel malt and a touch of earthy, slightly spicy hops that remind me a little bit of hop profile of Oskar Blues' Deviant Dales. The hoppy bitterness lingers on the middle of the tongue in the finish. There is some brown sugar on the mid-palate, but to a lesser degree than was present in the nose. The alcohol tingles the palate slightly. I am not quite sure I would call this one "boozy," but it is apparent this beer is not of a low ABV (it is 10%). As the beer layers, the IPA-like qualities of tend to wash over the palate more and give it a more consistent citrusy bitterness throughout. Though the above taste description may sound like I did not enjoy this beer, that could not be less the case. I found this brew quite tasty. The disappointment comes from an aroma that built me up for a flavor that the beer did not deliver. Nonetheless, this is a really solid brew. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied with below average carbonation. Oily, but dense on the palate. The beer's viscosity and low carbonation allow it's bitterness to sit and layer on the tongue. 4/5

Overall: Labels are overrated, but I was shocked to find out that this one was a strong ale. I thought it was an IPA and would have guessed American barleywine in a blind tasting. The nose is excellent, and the appearance is great, while the taste is merely "good." I would certainly drink this one again -- especially at the price.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out, particularly if you like IPA or American-style barleywines. Casual beer drinkers may be put off by the bitterness.

Pairings: Glazed ham.

Cost: $9.99 for a six pack.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber with a 2 finger light beige head. Huge clumps and trails of lacing litter that glass.

S- caramel, dark fruits, biscuit, citrus, and pine.

T- sweet caramel, citrus rind, toasted malts, and bitter pine and citrus at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice and creamy with slightly dry finish from the bitterness.

O- First time trying this beer and a very tasty strong ale. Almost a hoppy imperial red ale that has some dark fruit notes along more sweetness. Glad I picked up a 6 pack.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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