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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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4,835 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 4,835
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 207
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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Release, 12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - Pours a redish copper color with no haze at all. Generous off white head that lingers for a bit.

S - Smells sweet and... well a little bit like brown sugar. Biscuty smell as well

T - The taste up front is sweet and smooth. You can definitely taste the brown sugar and almost a little bit of a graham cracker taste. The 9.9% ABV is almost completely hidden. It warms you a little as you sip it, but it never tastes boozy at all.

M - I would have liked a little thicker mouth feel, as this one was medium bodied and a little thin. But, all in all it has a nice mouth feel.

O - This is how big fall beers should be done! I'm not a huge Lagunitas fan, but I look forward to this release every year.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

12 oz bottle from Bert's
Pours a crystal clear medium copper color with a huge yellow white head that slowly dissipates to a cap and lots of leggy lace. Earthy and piney hop aromas mixed with a fair amount of caramel light fruit and candy and darker sugar. There's a solid shot of ethanol in the aroma that reminds you this is a big beer, but it never seems harsh. The flavor is big and sweet up front with lots of candied and darker sugars. Solid earth and resinous hop flavors with barely any harsh edges. A bit of warming alcohol lingers long after each sip. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a really nice big beer, I really enjoyed it.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into glass:

A: Pours caramel brown with a 2 inch off white frothy head that dissipates quickly

S: I'm first hit with Lagunitas' typical hop profile...followed by a sweet, caramel malt aroma. Smells like an extra malty barley wine with a ton of west coast hops. Not bad...

T: Very similar to the nose...hop forward with a malty finish. Hoppier than one would guess from the description but enough sugary malt flavor to balance out the finish. Don't necessarily get the brown sugar but a definite sweetness comes into play. Good...not great.

M: Nice, sticky mouthfeel typical of most barley wines. Viscous enough to layer the mouth with flavor but only slightly cloying.

O: I love Lagunitas and their approach to brewing. They make affordable, tasty beers with a great abv to price ratio. Brown Shugga falls behind Sucks and Stoopid for me but a very good offering that I certainly look forward to. I have a six pack hanging out in my pantry that I'm going to sit on for a while...curious to see if age will mellow this one out.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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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

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage, enjoyed February 26, 2015. Lagunitas mason jar.

Appearance: Clear deep copper one and a half finger head. Good lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Big malty sweetness. Nutty, touch of rye maybe?, molasses.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly boozy finish in the mouth. Definite boozy finish in the belly. Definition of warming.

I'm not a huge fan of this one fresh, time definitely helps mellow it out an improves it!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,835 ratings.