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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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90
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4,831 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,831
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 207
Gots: 767 | 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 JVan
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A shockingly reddish orange hue with some dark brown highlights. Fluffy light tan head. Beautiful clarity and great retention.

S: Surprisingly citrusy (hops) with some rich caramel. Lots of pineapple too. Nice rich brown sugary malts.

T: A really interesting brew. There's tons of left over toffee, burnt sugar caramel. Some fruitiness, (not as much as in the aroma though) and heavy malts. There is some hops on the finish and a light bitterness. Strong hop oil flavor and some heat from all that alcohol. Really delicious winter brew.

M: Medium body, with some slickness.

O: So good and so balanced. I can't believe how good this sweet beer tastes.

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of skyisland
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Craftonly23121
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of khargro2
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of gtermi
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a nice golden copper body with a thick white head that quickly fades and leaves tons of lace on the glass.

S: A nice amount of spicy hops and a little bit of sweet malt. Really smells a lot like other Lagunitas beers. I like it a lot!

T: There is a strong amount of spicy hops and has your typical Lagunitas hop flavor. As the beer lingers, I start to really get a strong sweet malt flavor.

M: The beer has a nice amount of carbonation and has a good amount of crispness on the back of the tongue.

O; This is a delicious beer and I really cant wait to see how this beer ages. I think that itll get better with age.

Photo of GregoryMo
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this today. This is one of those common brews that I have still yet to try. Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip because I am not as cool as drabmuh.

The beer has a beautiful appearance. Crystal clear and clean copper, like a brand new penny. The khaki colored head is frothy and dense, coating the glass with lacing.

The aroma bring smalt, alcohol, pine, resin, hops, caramels.

The flavor is big and bold. A strong ale indeed. Nice ratio of hops to malt. Though I know the hop character will fade with age, I am curious to see how well this ale might benefit from some time in the cellar. Sweetness throughout.

Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. Sticky and resinous on the palate. Alcohol presence is there.

A full flavored beer. One in any given night is plenty for me. Good stuff.

Photo of twizzbeatz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DrewV
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal-clear golden amber in the glass with a 2-finger foamy head after an aggressive pour.

S: Typical Lagunitas aroma, a bit sweeter perhaps and a bit less citrus. Some caramel malt in the mix. Not bad. By comparison, Maximus and Lucky13 both have shockingly awesome aromas. But all is not in the smell...

T: A bit reserved in the flavor, strangely enough. Some tasty flavors coming through, but nothing prominent. I guess I can detect the brown sugar in there just due to the mild sweetness and hint of molasses, but no real overpowering flavors that I might expect. Similar to Undercover Shutdown, but a bit more relaxed. As the glass warms, however, the flavors really open up and the typical strong ale flavors come through. This brew MUST be allowed to warm up. A bit boozy as it warms, but nothing objectionable.

M: Well carbonated, but not quite the body I would expect from a big ale like this. Again, the carbonation and full-bodied feel tend to improve as the beer warms. Once it gets above 50 degrees, it truly does become a "strong ale."

O: The 9.9% ABV is pretty well hidden, but comes through as the beer is allowed to warm up. Overall this is a significant contender in the strong ale category. Definitely one to wait for year after year.

Photo of Thedaver4220
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Lagunitas' Brown Shugga pours a clear golden amber color with a nice big fluffy head. The smell is hoppy with a touch of sweetness, classic lagunitas smell IMHO. A nice medium body leads into a balanced taste of sweetness and bitterness. You get the brown sugar taste, but it's not over whelming. Overall this is a great beer and I can see why people were upset last year, but it birthed sucks so that's pretty awesome. And let's just call it 10%, because you can't taste the 9.99% that it's listed at anyway, so that .01% won't make a difference IMHO. Great beer that's devilishy sessionable, and with Lagunitas great pricing you can't lose with Brown Shugga!

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, caramelized malts, brown sugar, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit hops and caramel malts with some caramelized sugars and some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with a bit more bitterness and some brown sugar. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops, some bitterness, sweet caramel malts and brown sugar, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great overall balance with a nice malty profile with brown sugar and hops providing balance.

Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice clear amber/ruby color with a small white head.

S- Hoppy, pine hops, touch of citrus hops, caramel malts, fruity, toasts malts, nice spices.

T- Malty and sweet, caramel malts, fruity, touch of cherries and citrus hops, some piney hops, a little spicy.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A solid beer worth picking up. Very tasty and to alcohol is well hidden. I will be pick some more up as soon as I can.

Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Ernest78
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DMc8ride
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JuniperJesus
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Navalartichoke
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of morningthief
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of genitempo
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.

Photo of martyl1000
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.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,831 ratings.