1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

Educational use only; do not reuse.

4,844 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,844
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 208
Gots: 770 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Brown Shugga' Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,844 | Reviews: 1,484 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Hessian257
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.

Photo of mzeld
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
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.

Photo of HamGlade10
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BeerNW
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dkroger24
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Bottle opened on 10.26.12.

A - Pours a clear orange-brown with a one inch light tan, foamy head with good retention.

S - Hoppy pine mostly and some sweetness.

T - Hoppy pine, then some sweet candy, carmel malts and brown sugar.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body, a very sweet finish.

O - Hoppy up front with a sweet brown sugar finish.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 11/5/12

Clear, deep copper hue. The head is a billowy two and a half fingers. Foam is slow to dissipate, leaving meandering trails of raised lace on the glass.

The aroma is citrus hops, brown sugar, pine and some bread. It smells very Lagunitas and, aside from a hint of soap, it smells really good.

The taste is comparably Lagunitas - Lots of pine with washes of citric hop juiciness. The hops are an odd bedfellow to the brown sugar, but it seems to work well. Perhaps it is the sugars coming across as toasted versus sticky and sweet.

The feel is medium, or maybe a bit heavier. It is prickly with hop resins with hop oil mortar. Carbonation is similarly feisty, making for a grabbing feel.

Well, Brown Shugga' does sweeten up with warmth. Regardless, I like this more than when I had it many years ago.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

A: Pours a nice amber color with a fingers worth of head that recedes to a semi-thick layer of bubbles

S: Get a good dose of sweet crystal malts along with a healthy helping of hops as well. Hops are citrusy and earthy. Definitely barleywine-esque

T: Follows the nose. Starts off sweet with a punch of hops. The sweetness continues while the hops fade off a bit. Simple, but good

M: Medium-full bodied due to the brown sugar, with low-moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: Barleywine gone wrong? Not at all. Pretty basic, with a bunch of malts and hops along with a good dose of brown sugar. Glad to see this one back

Photo of cfrobrew
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my jester king stem glass.

Appearance: nice clear amber color with a thick creamy head and bubbles clinging to the glass.
Smell: hoppy with a strong malt and floral background
Taste: much hoppyer than I thought it would be. I'm a little disappointed about the hoppy ness but it does tone down the alcohol of the beer.
Mouthfeel: smooth but nicely carbonated
Overall: I enjoyed this beer a good bit but I wouldn't go seek it out. If I was somewhere and it was on the menu I would order it though.

Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SniperHarrison
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of tsherm91
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brn9000
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mixed_master7
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Myst
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jesus808
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,844 ratings.