Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3,649 | Reviews: 1,296 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured into a small tulip glass a clear deep reddish orange with a tight one finger head that stuck nicely to the glass as it settled slowly into a slight off white soapy-like mass.Ahh there are some hops in there and lots of em big and piney in the nose over top ofsweet and caramel and brown sugar with hints of cherry as well.Somewhat sweet at the offset mainly caramel malt and dark fruit with underlying notes of brown sugar these flavors meld very nicely into a viney,sprucey hoppy finish that lingers nicely.A great American strong ale with a nice American hop profile,not as sweet as I had thought it would be and thats ok with me another good one from Lagunitas.
01-07-2007 01:03:37 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
On tap at Eli Cannon's a while back. Taken from notes scribbled on the back of a "beer tastin's" flyer.
Served in a snifter glass, at the perfect temperature. 55 degrees or so. Color is hazy, orangey and toffee-like. Very bright and interesting. Whispy white head. The head dies out about halfway through. Minimal lacing. Big, sweet, caramel laden aroma. Hops are definitely present, in a piney, citrusy sort of way. Very barleywine like. Is that what this is supposed to be? Somehow strong ale doesn't seem to fit. This is much closer to Bigfoot, Old Crustacean and the like than it is to UBU ale or Double Bag, to name a couple strong ales. Some alcohol and heady, estery fruit. Prune and apples. Slight vinous notes. I'm not really getting much in the way of brown sugar, unless that's some of that odd caramel sweetness. The flavor opens with big, bold sweetness. Huge amounts of caramel malt, the brown sugar much more present than in the scent. The sweetness rides all the way through the finish, though its well tempered with plenty of hops. Balanced, I'd say. Plenty fruity and "bigbeer-ish". Some red grape and sherry, with healthy doses of apple, pear and plum. Assertive piney hop flavor. Minimal booze, though you don't forget its there. A little bit of a saccharine bite in the end. Huge, syrupy body with modest carbonation levels. All around a pretty hefty feeling brew. One hell of a snifter sipper.
I bet bottles of this would age very well. I'll have to pick a few up next time I see it. I assume the keg on hand was fresh, and its already got a bit of that sherry agedness to it. Very nice. I'd like to buy this by the gallon and watch my entire saturday slip into hazy orange oblivion.
01-06-2007 10:36:51 | More by UnionMade
4.18/5 rDev +4%
Pours a light chestnut in color, there are some orange and amber highlights. A thin, yet creamy off-white head that settles a bit. The nose is coupled with freshly squeezed orange juice, nuts and sweet malts; some caramelized brown sugar is also detected during warming. Very creamy and lip smacking sweet; thick and lucious malts, with a near medicinal hops backbone. Becomes a bit dry, but more flavors emerge in the way of brown sugar, and sticky maple syrup. Traces of alcohol, but they add to the flavor and body. One of the best strong ales that you can find; a nice winter sipper and great tasting beverage!
01-02-2007 18:58:23 | More by GeoffRizzo
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
22oz bomber. $4.29 at Grapes and Grain Mequon
A-Beautful amber body with a reddish glow. Body was clear with a late-blooming fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.
S-Caramel sweetness followed by a dash of hops. The brown shugga' really seems to make a presence as a flavor as opposed to an alcohol-increasing adjunct. The sugar must have been added late boil or during fermentation.
T-Mollases, sweet malt, and hop bitterness make for a great combination right from the start. A candy-like presence starts at the sip and reappears at the swallow. The aggresive hops come through nicely to offset the sweetness.
M-Soft body with a nice hop harshness to satisfy the hop head in all of us. Extremely warming as it goes down. High abv is there but not a nuisance.
D-Definately a big beer with big flavor. Easy to drink for something of this size and IBUs. Not an everyday'r, but a wonderful example of a neo-american strong ale.
01-01-2007 22:34:47 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
2.03/5 rDev -49.5%
Brown sap color body with a off white head that dont last long.Some bubbles coming up from the bottem.
Malt and some Shugga.
Booze and some shugga and the bitternes comes through but the malt keeps it subdued.
I dont really know how I feel about the mouthful,I would give more points if the taste wasnt full of booze but its a strong ale.The carbonation is easy going.
I plan on having a few of these and leaving the rest for some other time.I dont thik i have gotten a taste for these types of beers yet.The booze taste really takes away from the enjoyment of drinking this stuff.This is nothing new, just to me it taste alot like ABA. Ill try some more of it later on.
01-01-2007 02:36:53 | More by MmmIPA
3.9/5 rDev -3%
Pours a ruby hued brassy color in to a pint glass. There is a decent one finger head with some mild retention and lacing.
The scent is very sweet and malty presenting notes of toffee and New England brown bread. A pleasant hopping prevents the scent from being overwhelmingly sweet.
Taste and Mouthfeel:
Here's a beer that is definitely pushing the boundaries of its style. The mouthfeel is bitter and full with a strong alcohol presence. For being 9.9% ABV though I find this beer to be incredibly tasty and well balanced when you put the apparent alcohol on the side. It tastes like figs and raisins with just the right touch of hopping. The finish is a little thick but the flavors are semi pleasant touches of bitter grapefruit rind which then moves on to a mild figgy aftertaste.
Pretty much the only thing hurting this beer drinkability is its near 10% ABV. It's rather tasty and well balanced given its make up to me.
It's a lot better than I thought it would be. I was expecting something a little more dopplebock like but I was pleasantly surprised by the hop and fruit character this beer presents.
12-23-2006 20:25:59 | More by Grundle20
3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
Appearance: The pour is a light brown with orange highlights and a white frothy head. Good retention for the ABV.
Smell: The nose is sweet with lots of brown sugar, maple syrup, toasted malts, caramel malts, west coast hops, and alcohol.
Taste: Loads of brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, toasted malts, and caramel malts kick this beer off aggressively. Warming alcohol, citrus, and pine join the sweet flavors in before the finish. The alcohol is a little bit too noticeable.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, oily, and a bit rough around the edges.
Drinkability: The alcohol is a bit much for this brew. I could see it benefiting from a year or two in the cellar.
12-23-2006 08:22:58 | More by goschool
District of Columbia
3.3/5 rDev -17.9%
great to see this stuff distributed on the east coast
golden-amber with some decent lacing up top. the head is not huge but persistent. well carbonated
floral hop aromas with a touch of citrus. the malt does sneak in, but it's mostly vegetal. sweet tasting, with a considerable hop character, despite only 51 IBUs. it could use some ageing, as the booze seems a little harsh. the complexity can't compare with hibernation or nosferatu (or even arrogant bastard) and it's surprisingly dry. i suppose that's the reuslt of cane sugar
this is gold to some, but i'm not sure i fit in that category. i'll stick it in the cellar
12-23-2006 06:11:16 | More by bruachan
3.7/5 rDev -8%
A - burnt orange in color, with a thin dark tan quickly lacing head, scarce small bubles of carbonation wander their way towards the top
S - surprisingly hoppy, more like an IPA than a strong ale, but whatev, a nice and mellow molasses/brown sugar background, surprise surprise
T - hoppy as the aroma had indicated, but stronger, almost DIPA hoppy, with a strong brown sugary sweet-bitter after taste battle
M&D - not quite smooth, but it doenst try to be, bitter and sweet a great battle instead of a blend, a great play on the tongue, very nice, lagunitas brews well
12-22-2006 03:25:33 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
The beer pours an orangy-amber color, clear, and with a thin white head. Not much lacing to speak of. There is an aroma of dark fruits and, well, sugar.
The taste is quite big with hops, a huge malt backbone, and a dry, sweet finish. The finish is where this beer gets its name, as it does almost taste like brown sugar. I honestly had no idea this beer was nearly 10%, as you can't taste the alcohol at all. The mouthfeel was clean, and the finish was dry. Overall this is a nice, warming brew with hops and sugars battling it out on your palate for supremecy.
12-21-2006 15:24:05 | More by BBM
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
Light, coppery color. Nice small head that leaves some great lacing on down the glass. Hoppy aroma, sweet smelling. Big hoppy flavor blended with a bevvy of malt in the backround. Nice sweet flavor to it. Faint, faint alcohol note to it in the finish. Nice body. The whole package comes together quite well. Have wanted to try this for ages. Got a bottle from beerrun13 in a trade and a bottle from my Secret Santa callenak. Well worth trying on a regular basis.
12-19-2006 02:06:51 | More by lackenhauser
3.65/5 rDev -9.2%
Served from a 12 oz bottle into a US pint glass.
Pours clear amber color with a very small amount of off-white head which dissipates rapidly. The nose is all candy sugar and brown sugar, sort of like a slightly more spicy or American Belgian ale. Not bad. The flavor is very potent brown sugar/candy flavor, with a slightly muted hops presence, all mingled with alcohol, but mostly brown sugar. There are some spicy notes, and the aftertaste is a kind of unpleasant bitter brown sugar/maple taste. The mouthfeel is full, and surprisingly, not very syrupy. Drinkability is decent, but this obviously not something you would ever want more than one of.
Overall, interesting and sweet. Lagunitas never lets me down; that said I don't think I'll be buying it again.
12-16-2006 00:21:28 | More by auntfloyd
3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
I got the 12 oz stubby bottle because I never seen the 22 oz. bottle version of this beer before. It just has a simple yet nice whitish label. The label has to made with some kind of special recycled paper because the label paper feels rough. It's not your regular Average Joe beer paper label. On the label is a red/green square and inside the square is the name of the beer of in big red letters, "Lagunitas" is green letters, the Lagunitas dog that looks oddly familiar like the dog from the Little Rascals in the top right corner, 2 hop plants in the lower right and left hand corner, and the O.G., ABV%, and I.B.U. number at the bottom. If you can see it, outside of the small square is a long sentence about the making of this beer. Don't bother to look for a date or even a batch number on the label because it doesn't exist. If you can find out when they last released their "Sweet Release," then you might be able to determine what month/year it was released. Don't use a bottle opener like I did because it has a twist off cap.
Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer's color almost looked like the color of the big red letters on the label. Except that the color of the beer had a little more orange/amber coloring in it. It had nice white 1 finger head of foam on it. It had good retention that left behind a minimum amount of white rings and white lace around the glass. It was nice that the appearance wasn't like the paper the label was made out of, Rough.
Smell: The beginning of the aroma started off with candy sugar, brown sugar, and even maple sugar. They don't call it a "Sweet Release" for nothing. Behind the different varieties of sugar was some pine, piney hops, sweet citrus fruits, and maybe a flutter of sweet roasted malt and caramel at the end. If I describe the smell in one word, I would have to use the word "Sweet." That's what it is.
Taste: Was the taste the complete opposite of the smell? Hell No! It was almost identical to the aroma, give or take a few items from the aroma. Like the aroma, it stared off with the candy sugar, brown sugar (or should I say Brown Shugga) and maple sugar. I didn't taste much pine, but what did happen was that the hops mixed into the sweet citrus fruits making a nice size taste of super citrus hops! Then when you think you're done with the taste of sugar, it comes back again. But this time it brought it's friend with them, the caramel. I don't think I got any taste of malts, but then again the sweet varieties of sugar could have beat the malt up and dumped it in Lagunitas's sewer. Believe them when they say it's a sweet release!
Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied with nice size amount of carbonation to it. I thought that after the taste of sweet sugars that there would be a strong aftertaste of sweetness. Not this time sugar! This is where the bitter citrus hops shined through the blanket of sugar.
Drinkability: Brown Shugga', how come you taste so sweet? Do that line in the tune of the Rolling Stones classic. This is another one of those beers that would only be good once in a while. It is good, but it's a bit too sweet for my taste buds. It you adore sweet beers, then by all means pick this one up immediately.
12-15-2006 21:37:40 | More by AltBock
3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
12oz bottle, received in a trade from santoslhalper, I'm assuming this beer has some age on it, because thats what he does with most of his beers.
I let this one warm on the counter for a good ten minutes.
Pours a dark amber brown, with some orange highlights and a slight haze after the pour. A puffy two-finger head rises and falls in short time to a ring of foam, with some small islands within. Soon after, the haze disipates and its quite clear. Nice lacing persists.
Smells s sweet, obviously full of brown sugar and molasses character, a little raisiny, too. This smells like a malt bomb, but the aroma is rather one-sided. No notable hoppiness. Definite hints of alohol
Taste is full of that brown sugar sweetness, with the same fruit notes in the nose, although more plum-like in the mouth. Really though, the dominant flavor is that massive, dying-to-be complex syrupiness. There's a hop presence here, but its quite muted, appearing only as a slight palate smack as I swallow, accompanied by a building flavor of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is full and warming, but also somewhat reminiscent of cough syrup. I think thats probably due to the fusion of sweet and ABV.
Drinkabilty is pretty good, but at this ABV, with such an obvious presence, this is a definite sipper.
Overall I found this to be a tasty that creates an _obvious_ warmth when you drink, from mouth the whole way down to stomach, lingering. I can feel it warming my head as well. This is a hefty brew that is somewhat overwhelming, its strength seeming to play out more so than its depth of flavor.
12-12-2006 12:04:07 | More by foureyedgeek
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
A nice bright copper/burgundy pour. Hints of red and brown along the rim. Good head, dense foam with some clumping and lacing as it went down.
Aroma of malt and caramel. Hints of apricot and sugarcane. Hops and some dry pine are faint, towards the back.
Tastes rich in malt, but not overpowering. Some pumpkin pie spices are available but hard to find. Definite maple/brown sugar influence, but only if you think about it.
Smooth. Doesn't stick, seems kinda light. The alcohol sneaks up on you. I was feeling good.
The aftertaste is a bit much for me. Too sweet for my dry tastes.
12-06-2006 23:59:04 | More by Mebuzzard
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
appearance: pours a very clear, see through copper color. tons and tons of carbination which forms a very nice head.
smell: burnt caramal and lots of brown suggah. a bit of that lagunitas hoppiness.
taste: a tasty beer. they seemed to have upped the hops this year and I'm not complaining. mixed in there are sweet caramal and warm brown sugger. just a trace of alcohol that you feel in the gut
mouthfeel: drinks super light as you would expect from all the sugar.
drinkability: drinks like a beer half it's strength. i'll have to be carefull because i could put a few back before i knew what hit me.
This is a very good winter beer.
12-02-2006 01:03:19 | More by pjwilson
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
Picked up a couple singles at Beaumont Market. Poured this 12 oz. to a standard pint glass.
A: Clear bronze with 1/2 finger of creamy ivory head. Carbonation bubbles swirl up through the glass.
S: Sweet initially but with a spiced hop presence that's tingly in the nose. A little bit minty, with the hoppy herbalness of a nice tea.
T:Mellow sugary flavors with toasty malts. Has the spiciness of a strong Belgian ale, the caramel of a balanced IPA and a plethora of juicy citrus hops. Becomes sweeter as it warms, a delicious beer.
M: Viscous, thick mouthfeel. Laden with hops this beer's mouthfeel comes off as slightly syrupy, and slightly nutty and sour in the finish. A medium body with light carbonation.
D: Definitely a strong ale but good enough for seconds . Pleasing, well-balanced (sweet with a potent hop kick) and a high gravity. Try one - you may find yourself having another.
11-30-2006 01:23:43 | More by msubulldog25
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance- A light mix of honey and an IPA like amber. Like Wonderbread crust color. No carbonation visible. Not an impressive head, but a lingering skim of foam, and some decent lacing to boot.
Smell- A little bland or muted. But some definite sugary sweet malts of a darker character are picked up though.
Taste- This is a great balance of bland malts sweetness, brown sugar sweetness, and hop bitterness.Starts with a caramel malt sweetness blended with light hops leading to the middle and finish of solid brown sugar sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Easy palate and very well incorporated alcohol.
11-29-2006 05:02:59 | More by scruffwhor
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Clear amber beer. No bubbling. Thin, off-white hea ... Hey, where'd the head go? The smell is a busy combination of dark sugars and malt and delicate floral and citrus hops.
That malt taste is talking to me, but it's hard to hear over a very bitter dose of hops compounded by the nearly 10 percent ABV. It's thick and smooth. Very dry.
Brown Shugga could take some getting used to, but I think I could really like this stuff. The alcohol comes across with such a heavy vodka-esque bite.
11-26-2006 18:30:57 | More by maundythirsty
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev -1%
One of the things I get most excited for during the holidays is the release of this beer. Such a good flavor, and at 10% it leaves you feeling terrific. Pours a light copper color with a light head and seemingly endless bubbles. The smell is malty, with a hint of nut and some fruit as well (although nothing distinct). The taste is big and warm. Mostly the best parts of a brown ale with lots of candied sugars, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. You can tell this beer is made with care. The aftertaste is pleasant, but very monolithic and leaves something to be desired in terms of variability. Overall a terrific beer.
11-24-2006 21:58:35 | More by Toddv29424
3.63/5 rDev -9.7%
Lagunitas Brown Sugga' pours a cloudy deep copper, with nice lacing. The initial mouthfeel is rather thick with a peculiar and odd feel. The smell is cleaner than the taste, and there is a melon-like flavor hidden within the heavy alcohol content. There is also a pronounced sticky, sweetness, which is reminded on the lips when dry.
I find this brew pretty decent, but lacking heart. The alcohol is too high for the flavors expressed.
11-24-2006 19:49:32 | More by indy169
3.2/5 rDev -20.4%
22oz. brown bottle, no obvious date information but 263D10423 was inkjetted near the bottom label, and 11142721115 was inkjetted on the neck.
Hazy seared caramel. Thick, dense soft tan head of mixed size bubbles that stands steady and is topped with a fine cream-like layer. Eventually it starts to fall leaving thick pock marked lace on the glass and coming to rest at a thin collar with some dust. Minimal sluggish carbonation streams rise. Sweet brown sugar, pine sap, and prickly alcohol aromas. Piney hop resin washes across the tongue dropping sweet brown sugar bombs before fading into the back behind warm alcohol. The hops come to fill out all aspects of the flavor and when coupled with the alcohol, it attains an almost pine-sol like solvency. Not particularly smooth, the pine adds a rough-cut texture to the medium-full body. The fine carbonation eases the drinkability somewhat. The finish comes to be filled out with an almost medicinal alcohol flavor laced with pine that leaves me wondering where the brown sugar sweetness went. This was an okay beer, but I probably wont be revisiting in the future.
11-20-2006 16:10:09 | More by hopsaplenty
3.3/5 rDev -17.9%
Pours a clear dark copper with a light khaki head. Aroma primarily consists of caramel, malt and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium in body. This was a lot hoppier than I was expecting from a beer made with raw sugar. It's not really that sweet at all. Piney, floral hoppiness is in the forefront of the flavor profile. The maltiness leaves a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. The hops impart a drying finish toward the back. Alchohol is hardly noticeable.
I'm a little underwhelmed after trying this one. I guess i was expecting something a little sweeter under the guise of a brown ale made with raw (brown)sugar. This one disappoints.
11-20-2006 04:49:18 | More by Winter
3.63/5 rDev -9.7%
(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a warm light brown body with a light tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. No sign of carbonation because the body is a bit to dense.
S- This beer has a light toasted malt note with a sweetness and a note of dark sugar and white sugar hint as well.
T- The slight sweet caramel malt flavor has a note of dry spice and dark rum that adds its own sweetness. There is a hint of darker sugar that comes through just a hint as it warms. The finish is a nice herbal citrus hops but the sweetness still lingers after the sip.
M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat. At the finish when it is really warm there is a slight alcohol heat that is a nice contrast to the sweetness.
D- This beer has an interesting flavor and I can see where it gets its name. It would be nice to have some big flavors that balance with the sweetness.
11-19-2006 04:22:07 | More by rhoadsrage
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
Copper color with a nice fluffly white head. Aroma is has a nice sweet malt with a bit of hops and alcohol. Flavor is with brown sugar dominance with a bit of molasses and some citrus tones. Alcohol is very noticeable after finishing only one. There is a definite presentation of malt and has a sweet finish.
11-16-2006 23:47:37 | More by jclzony
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,649 ratings.