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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,909 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,909
Reviews: 1,495
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 215
Gots: 806 | 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: 4,909 | Reviews: 1,495
Photo of Karibourgeois
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bassboneman
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer, despite its ABV, pours a little lighter in appearance than you'd think.
It is VERY drinkable, which could be a dangerous thing, again considering the ABV!
Unlike beers like HopRod where you can clearly discern the alcohol finish - this beer does not seem to have that!
I hope y'all enjoy this beer as much as I do!
Up yours!

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a review for the 2010 release. I have had last years as well and decided to give it another go. 9.99% ABV.
It pours a very deep amber with about a finger of head. I got no lace. The smell is pretty light for a strong ale. Toasted brown sugar, toffee and citrus drift into my nose holes. The taste starts shockingly sweet. Very malty, very sweet. It is almost balanced by citrus and pine hop flavor but not quite. A bit better than last years cola taste. It is still far too sticky and leaves a mouth coat for days. I get that its thick, strong and sugary but it becomes a bit much by the end. On the drinkability scale, eh, always an interesting beer to sample each year, but the ABV and sweetness scream hangover, even if you're careful. Still, pretty tasty if you are in the mood for sweet and heavy.

Photo of SargeC
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber with a minimal, light-tan head.

Smell: Sweet quality, fruit juice with underlying hops.

Taste: powerful sweet character dominates. The hops peek through just enough to be interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a syrupy quality. Leaves a sticky film on everything it touches.

Drinkability: Very flavorful and unique. It reminded me of a light Barley Wine.

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jooler
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great hoppy smell and look but tastes pretty sweet with a very noticeable alcohol taste. Lagunitas sucks is a lot better

Photo of Mcwill51
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of boesesfleisch
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It was pretty hard to believe this beer was nearly 10% ABV, as it drinks very easily. Has a very interested balance of malty sweetness and west coast hops. A Must try.

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pint @ Taco Mac

this was a surprising brew, mainly because it hides its gravity so well. I found myself asking if the 9.9% abv was a typo on the menu.

Aside from the drinkability it tasted about how I thought it would. Sweet and thick. Not a bad sweet though, it was a rich nutty kind of sweet.

Still though, the sweetness is kind of overpowering and I definitely would have trouble polishing of a few of these back to back (aside from the fact that I would be stone cold hammered if I did). Otherwise, a great beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Pittsburgh Bottle Shop

A- dark caramel amber color with a 2 finer head that has some stayng power. 5 minutes later and it is still there. Nice spiderweb lacing.

S- pine hops with caramel hints. i also get some wafts of alcohol coming through.

F- strong pine on the mouth with hints of citrus. I also get some of the brown sugar coming through when the alcohol hits.

M- A chewy feel and the alcohol comes out as it goes down the throat. Smooth though with a punch.

O- Not a bad beer but after a while the alcohol overtakes the flavors and it becomes more of a grain beer. Very good though for the most part.

Photo of jws6w7
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tzieser
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper color with a fluffy white head. fainter than expected nose, some definite sweetness going on, but the hops were definitely there as well. I was expecting a much sweeter taste at first, but then I reminded this is a west coast barley wine, and should be treated as such. very sweet malts up front, the brown sugar is there and the hops take control of the lingering flavor. The mouthfeel is phenomenal on this one. velvety smooth. This was a great beer, but I feel as though it should be cellared for a few years to mull the hop flavor a bit. Definitely pick this one up if you see it.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Ikea brandy snifter. Appearance is translucent amber with a surprisingly thick brown head - especially for being in a snifter! There's lots of lace for the first few minutes, although that's mostly gone towards the end of it.

Smell is citrusy hops, with some alcohol burn. I was really surprised, since I was expecting more of a toasty brown ale, but this actually smells like it could be an IPA.

Taste hits you up front with lots of citrusy hops. Little bit of resin in there too. Swallow is nice and malty, and that's where the brown sugar taste comes in. Finish is pretty sweet from the brown sugar, with some well-incorporated booziness.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, with some nice prickly carbonation that does well to cut through some of the maltiness and booziness.

Overall, this is definitely an interesting beer, although I'm really not sure what to make of it. I feel like they could have definitely gotten away with calling this a DIPA, although I guess they did a little better not attributing it to a style at all. I tend to like hoppy beers better when they're a little bit lower-ABV, and the brown sugar mixed with the booziness can make it seem a little sickly sweet occasionally, so I do have some problems with it. But the hop flavors are really nice, and the brown sugar is a nice addition, and it's definitely unusual and interesting, so I did really enjoy it!

Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As sunset approaches this beer blends in with the environment. Pours like the sun going down over the ocean.

Alcohol smell, sweet malts, west coast hops.

Big alcohol taste, dark sugar, molasses, some hops. Delicioso! It slowly coats your tongue and rocks you to sleep.

Aftertaste finishes big, sticky, and long.

Buy this one when you can.

Photo of justjonas
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bob3701
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Great clear copper color with a big off white fluffy head that quickly goes into a thin film with minor lacing. Aroma of cotton candy and caramel malt. The taste took me by surprise, I was expecting a super sweet brew and the first mouthful was sweet like toffee. As I progressed it did not seem as sweet and I was starting to feel the burn of alcohol. It really goes down easy though and that could be dangerous considering the ABV for me.

Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear burgundy/copper color with a ton of thick lacing from a three finger off-white head that has since become about a third of the size. Really doesn't get much better than this in the appearance department.

Aroma: Piney sugar-coated citrus hops and definite caramel malt undertones.

Taste: Damn that's a lot of flavor. Lets talk hop character; immense pine, dankness, bitter grapefruit, and a lot of bitterness packed into 51.1 IBUs. Really wakes up the palate. The malt is noticeably sweet with caramel and just a hint of brown sugar, and helps to support all of the bitter hops without overpowering them. Finish is surprisingly tame given the huge flavor build up but the aftertaste leaves the palate aching with echoing bitterness and burnt caramel. The 9.9% ABV is all but hidden in the flavor but leaves a nice warmth in the throat.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with too much carbonation and average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Brown Shugga' is exactly what the style implies. The hop character of an imperial IPA with the malt presence of a barleywine. At $9.99 a sixer it's pretty hard to pass up. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of vkv822
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Clear, burnt orange/amber red color with a foamy, off white head.

Big resiny, juicy hops upfront, really pleasant, as expected from Lagunitas. These blend very well with a strong backing of sweet, caramel malts. Has a faint boozy warming finish.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

A very enjoyable strong/festive/winter ale. Nothing too fancy, just a very tasty hop profile matched well with a solid malt backbone.

Photo of chris657
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, medium head. Brown ale brewed by feeding brown sugar cane to the brewery yeast. There are suspended solids in this beer. Malty and sweet. Full flavored ale. Malty and hoppy. Brown sugar gives the beer somewhat of a Belgian Ale flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is a little crisp. Aftertaste slightly harsh. Some bottle aging would help this beer a lot. Still a nice taste and a very interesting idea.

Photo of WKyle
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to a pint glass. No bottled on or bb date.

The look of pouring this is great. Orange to a slightly dark copper color. Not a lot of head on this pour. Slightly hard to see through so not completely transparent.

The smell is that of sugar and hops. It smells surprisingly like an IPA which i am very fond of. I i like having the hops character and the malt so balanced but i think the sugar is great. Also a bit of fruit from the zest of lemon.This all goes for the taste as well.

This is a bit thinker than most of the IPA's iv'e had and thats not a bad thing. I definitely have to say that as iv'e had a few drink i begin to taste the alcohol a bit more. I am still surprised by the fact that this is ABV 9.99% and its so easy to drink . Good for Lagunitas.

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown with a thin tan head.Decent retention,and nice lacing. This beer looks thick.Aroma is sweet,and bready. Body is thick,with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of malty brown sugar,and spice.Nice bit of hops,and a good burn in the finish.

Photo of clvand0
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to trying this one. Pours an amber color with a moderate head that has excellent retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma was of caramel malts, but nothing much more. I expected maybe some brown shugga... The flavor is somewhat caramel-like. Alcohol is apparent and there is a lot of sugar in the taste. Too much sugar. Slightly thin. Not a bad beer, but too sweet and thin.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,909 ratings.