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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,691 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,691
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 146
Gots: 236 | FT: 13
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

chewy6935, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Axnjxn, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of JamesMN
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

JamesMN, Nov 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

chiva, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

beav19, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear ruby with three fingers worth of bubbly cream colored head

S-caramel malt and piney citrus hops

T-caramel malt, brown sugar, bitterness is more mild than the smell would suggest. Very well hidden alcohol.

M-medium body, good carbonation

Overall sweet and sticky, but not cloying, but still has a very large hop presence. Very well done and drinkable.

ksimons, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Guitars_and_beer, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Stidge77, Nov 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

tipofthetongue, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mlefebvre7, Nov 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JamieDuncan, Nov 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

lostgrrl666, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MJSawyer, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Dope, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Dbrulet, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jemarent, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

chrishiker1409, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

MJSJr, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Piggly Wiggly tulip. Bottled in 9/2012, so a little over a year old now.

A - Dark burnt orange. Eggshell white head is very creamy looking and leaves good retention.

S - Stale hops, brown sugar (surprise!).

T - Burnt sugar, Black tea hops, caramel. No hint of alcohol. Very smooth.

M - Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

O - Really well rounded beer. I like it much better than the fresh version. It seems to be a much smoother and easier drinking version.

jeff1973, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

teamwiggum, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of uvachief
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasty. Sweet. Strong and powerful. Odd after taste. A little like a good dip. Definitely taste and smell the brown sugar. Very mellow in your mouth. Sweet release is a good name as you have a hint of brown sugar in the after taste. Don't have any? Get some!

uvachief, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

zaptone, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

gueuzedreg, Nov 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

DaKur, Nov 09, 2013
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,691 ratings.