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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,806 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,806
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 160
Gots: 273 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001)
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

loupap, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Bernardkowalski
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.

Bernardkowalski, Feb 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Shango42, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet sugar goodness! For those brown ale fans, this is a fun one...if the gold standard is Sam Smith, this is in the discussion. It's a beautiful brown pour, very strong in alcohol...I would limit the consumption with a nice session beer behind it..

jaydanahy, Jan 31, 2009
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

01Ryan10, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

bkbergen, Jan 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

mlklein27, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of JayDub667
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I said in my profile, I'm a simple beer lover. Don't care about the lace, head, color... I will say it looks beautiful in a frosty mug. Nice amber with not too much of a head. The taste is amazing. Hoppy, spicy, and sweet all at the same time. Goes down smooth and leaves your taste buds begging for more. You can taste the alcohol but, even at 9.9%, it's nowhere near as prominent as a lot of beers near this potency. Great tasting beer that packs one hell of a punch. I drank 3 last night and felt like I downed 7 or 8 MGD's. I would HIGHLY recommend this incredible, delicious beer.

JayDub667, Nov 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Techichi, Nov 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Brew_Bro, Mar 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

maltlikker, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of PeterNeilsonPMN
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had this on tap tonight in Marcella's Restaurant in Columbus Ohio. Very fresh, fruity smell and taste. Deep dark golden brown, clear. Lovely color. Very hoppy. It was perfect with the Italian appetizers we had while waiting for the main course. One of the nicest beers I've had in a while. Impressive. The restaurant is awesome too. Highly recommended.

PeterNeilsonPMN, Nov 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

HKUSPC40, Nov 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

steevbr, May 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

fortheunheard, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

KC9LDB, Dec 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't believe this beer is 9.9% ABV seeing as I sip them like wine coolers on the daily. There is only one store in my set that carries them and I buy him out of stock in singles regularly. Beautiful red tint, smooth going down. High class no matter how you look at it.

HiLLWiLLiam, Nov 27, 2010
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Gehrig
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown Shugga reminds me of a Brian Regan sketch, when he is describing how good the food should be at a $1,000/plate political fund raiser: "Oh my God! This is so good!" This is nothing short of outstanding. I'm very reluctant to dole out 5s, but this is gets 5s across the board from me.

A dense, durable finger of slightly tan froth tops a copper-brown body, and the pint glass is decorated with layers of lacing--great presentation. The smell is amazing--full of hops, like a loaded IPA and close to a good DIPA, but there's much more as well. Lots of brown sugar allows this beer to more than live up to its name, but is accompanied by caramel and whiffs of fruit. A terrific nose, and one of the more complex ones I've ever had.

The taste is it, IT, for strong ale. Lots of hops, sugar, and fruit, and amazingly all are held in balance. I can't say how impressed I am with this. Ideally carbonated and smooth like a Larry Bird jump shot, the mouthfeel and drinkability on this are spot-on--not too sweet, not hop-dominated, just right. Upon reflection, I'm doubly amazed that the high ABV (9.9%) is so easily masked. Just superb.

This has officially joined my short list of favorite beers. I tried to think of ways in which to improve this that might result in a slightly lower score in some way, but cannot, and I'm glad for it. Five stars. Amazing beer!

Gehrig, Feb 10, 2008
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

astrayan, Dec 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Bleeberspliegan, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Peter, Feb 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

smithmd4, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

jem2112, Nov 15, 2014
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,806 ratings.