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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,771 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,771
Reviews: 1,302
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 156
Gots: 261 | 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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Photo of Aaron420
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a deep rust orange color with a almost no existing off white head.

Smell was more hoppy than I expected but still had the sweet smell of caramel and brown sugar which you would expect with the name.

The overall taste of the beer was very smooth. It was very drinkable, could easily sit there and before I know need another one. Which is impressive for a 9 plus ABV. It was hoppy but also sweet, the sweetness is probably why this 9 plus beer is so easy to drink.

Aaron420, Feb 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

danthehopslamman, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

warnerry, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Dbrulet, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street in Boston after one of Beer Panther's tastings. Todd bought a bottle so I followed suit (ok I'm admitingly a beer lemming).

In very small print around the bottle is written "We were making Gnarlywine in 1998, messed up the recipe, and this is what we got. This ale is accidental and we have no idea what kind of style it conforms to."

Huge, thick robust head. Smells very much like a Stone product, AB or the like. Sweet, pine nose. Pine taste up front with sweet caramel pulling in the rear. Mouthfeel is smooth but leaves an oily coat on the tongue.

Very tasty product, and quite enjoyable after shoveling out from a blizzard.

fdrich29, Jan 23, 2005
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

aquazr1, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

LCS46208, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

sm0key, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Mattco, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MNMike, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

zdauber, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Moo5152, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

filled a growler of this at clinton road consumers and split with a friend. a little above fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass.

pours out a clear deep amber color with a big fluffy, retentive off white head. lots of sticky lace on the glass.

it smells like a DIPA with a very nice balance. first you get piney and a little bit of citrus hops balanced by a sweet candied caramel, sugary malt.

again, definatly like a big DIPA. resinous pine and citrus hops are met nicely by a sticky candied caramel, brown sugary malt.

heavy mouthfeel, but not nearly as thick and heavy as i might have expected. some lingering bitternes is there.

alcohol was just an after thought, i could not taste it at all which made this pretty drinkable.

dogfishandi, Feb 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Mantooth, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jminch, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

amstokesdb9, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Beldark, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dmk91, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber brown approach with a nice bulbous tan head leaves awesome sparatic lacing with each sip. Aroma: Vinous hops with caramel sugar slightly burn nose this beer is awesome, full malty approach to this old ale. Taste: Great amount of hops sugary with hops piney, earthy, citric tones this is a great old ale very nice brew can't be beat in my opinion. I want some of that Brown Sugga' baby, gives me sweet loving sweet sugary malt ridden flavor makes me want to have more of this brew. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied old ale from this brew I know what's coming my way complex flavors galore. Drinkability: Wow, how can you do this to common folk alot of flavor that most people aren't ready for however hallelejuah for this example of a kick ass old ale.

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2004
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

timontheroad, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mtpHokie, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Thinking Man's in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger off-white head that quickly fades into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

Smells much hoppier than I'd anticipated. Lots of citrus aromas joined by a mild spicy sweetness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Again, I wasn't expecting a whole lot of hops here but that's what I got. Large hits of grapefruit joined by sweet caramel malts and a small spice kick at the end. The flavor profile took some getting used to, but I liked it more near the end of the beer than I did in the beginning. I would never have guessed this was almost 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good wet feel with good thickness and carbonation.

Drinkability is good. It's an interesting mash-up of styles that's easy to drink once you get used to it.

Overall this is a very interesting beer that's certainly worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bdk1417, Jan 02, 2014
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,771 ratings.