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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,781
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 159
Gots: 269 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bob_d_j, Nov 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Lebzilla, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Nick_RobertsM3, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Thrashsquatch, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

kodt, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

gspeer711, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of bound4er
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Nice looking orangish amber appearance with an off white head.

S. Notes of sweet cherry, baking spice and caramel malt. Not the most forward smelling beer but nice nonetheless.

T. Nice mix of sweet malt and hop bitterness. Some cherry, spice and bready malt followed with a perfect shot of lingering citrus hop bitterness.

M. Creamy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation.

O. Another great beer from Lagunitas. At almost 10% ABV and priced around $9 per 6-pack this has to be one of the better beer values out there.

bound4er, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Beermazter310, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Trruss1086, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Mikegonzo, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of MattyBones
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pack of this today...couldn't wait to try it out.

appearance: pores a dark copper with a frothy brownish white head.

smell: caramel and hops, mostly hops.

taste: Caramel, citrus from the hops, some brown sugar mixed with a lightly malty/smokey backbone that balances it out nicely. Very well balanced with a slight hint of alcohol. I think I prefer this over SUCKS. I wish I had a bottle to make a full side by side comparison.

Mouthfeel: slick, sticky mouthfeel but doesn't linger for too long.

Overall: I'm highly pleased with this and looking forward to breaking out the next bottle. Another solid brew from Lagunitas.

MattyBones, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JKV96, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

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

ZachKelly, Nov 12, 2013
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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
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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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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
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,781 ratings.