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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,833 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,833
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 207
Gots: 769 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of mschind
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass with a one inch creamy head that fades to a thin persistent cap. Brilliant clear copper color.

S- Resinous hops with a big malty molasses blast.

T- Follows the nose with the brown sugar/molasses sweetness dominating but nicely rounded out by the hops which take on a citrus note.

M- Rich medium body, well carbonated which helps to balance the sweetness.

O- I look forward to this every year. I think it would cellar well but I'm not that disciplined. The big malty sweetness the aggressive hops is an unusual combination that really works here.

Photo of mscudder
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a globe.

A - Ruby, copper hue with an two-finger ivory head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Booze, dark fruit, a bit of brown sugar and some molasses.

T - An interesting blend of a number of tastes: some hops like a DIPA, alcohol warmth of a barleywine and a touch (I stress, a touch) of sweetness from the sugar and caramel malts. I cannot help but feel this is just a bit overwhelming, with the weight of the alcohol trumping the underlying flavors.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Heat from the alcohol.

O - Lots of things going on here. I would be interested to see how this one aged... It has all the ingredients to become outstanding given the test of time.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a Duvel tulip. 2012 vintage!

A - pours a copper red-orange, big white-orange head that sticks around for a good while

S - sweet caramel and piny hops, a bit of citrus, followed by a bready maltiness. A little bit of booze hits the nose as well

T - you really get the sweet caramel from the brown sugar, then quickly hops to the face. Intense bitterness, piny, citrus follows that initial mellow sweetness. A big biscuity backbone finishes up

M - full-bodied, a bit of burn from the 9.99% abv, definitely not overpowering

O - yet another great offering from Lagunitas. I hadn't had this one before, then with all the hype of it not being produced last year got me excited to try it this year. Definitely did not disappoint, happily recommended.

Photo of reviticus
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dmatsui
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is for the Sweet Release -

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. half-finger off-white soapy head with surprisingly good retention. Not much visible carbonation, but lots of lacing and alcohol legs.

Sweet, trademark Lagunitas hops up front in the nose with biscuity, roasty malts in the background. A lot hoppier than I thought it was going to be.

If there's one thing Lagunitas does right, it's a huge I, II, IIIPA. Sweet Release is perfectly balanced with hops first and foremost with big citrus, fruity and bitter as hell qualities. The malt base is just as beefy with huge amounts of sticky, thick malt. There is a maple quality in the back of the palate. It's just a huge beer with lots of complexities in the hop and malt bill with a booze presence that'll most likely effect this review. It's spicy, savory, thick, stout, sweet and sturdy as hell.

This was my first taste of Brown Shugga and was happy that it was the special release I busted my cherry on. This is a great beer and perfect on a cold night. I plan to pick up a few more cases of this.

Photo of jtd1969
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange golden,fairly clear, with a tint of red. Slighty cloudy mainly due to abv... Good carbonation. Good lacing

S - Pleasant sweet citrus smell, some slight sugary malt
T - Lots of burnt sugar with caramel... Throw in some clean citrusy/grassy/spicy hops... A treat... Big and Bold at 9.9

M - Big smooth beer that lingers with hops, good carbonation

O - WOW, It is so good! I really enjoyed this beer!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a very large brownish, off white head that is dense and foamy; great retention

S - sugar, floral, citrus, cake batter, bread

T - caramel, sugar, bread, big citrusy hops, bitter finish, big warm alcohol in the finish

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated, lots of alcohol

This is complex and delicious. The malt is sweet but approachable. The hops are forward but balanced and citrusy. The booze is there and slows down the drinkability. Overall, this is really a great beer. I'm glad they brought it back.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear ruby-orange. Head has orange highlights and it is light and frothy. The head dies off a bit but leaves absolute cloths of lacing. Shocked at the beer's clarity. Beautiful color and glowing body.

S-I was expecting brown shugga'd maltiness up the wazoo, but boy this ale is well hopped. Sweetened citrus flesh hops. The citrus-liqueur hoppiness is backed with lighter pine and plenty of caramel and brown shugga' malt. I really love the nose…of course Lagunitas hooks me up with a hoppy treat of a nose.

T-The hops are very willing to assert themselves. Whoa, the hops go from grapefruit and blatantly transition into uber-green grass and then again morph into a different (more clementine) citrus firework display. Caramel and light nuttiness. Malted fruitiness is of booze-soaked cherries. Brown shugga' is there but not as stressed as the name would lead you to believe. Booze is evident of course. Lagunitas has the tendency to show some booze but it doesn't detract from the flavor. A beer just a shade under 10% almost always shows its alcohol. A tasty balance of hop and malt.

M-Chewy maltiness. Booze dries out the palate. Hops lend a long bitter finish. Big but easy to put away. A six pack could be dangerous because although the booze is evident, the beer somehow goes down smoothly and quickly. Caramel lingers and lingers.

O/D-Another high ABV gem from Lagunitas hard time choosing if I like this or Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale more. Really surprised by the brawn of the hops here. I was expecting a big one-sided malt bomb. Instead, its a big malt bomb wearing a hoppy fur coat of awesomeness. Must sip slowly…so strong yet so tasty.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2012! Been waitin on this.

Pours a nice copper ale with the same old dome centric white etched surface. Smells like alcohol, hops, sugar and brown sugar and a bit of cotton candy. Flavor is sweet and boozy with some hints of caramel and sugar. Medium bodied with reserved carb and a wet finish. I like this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden amber with a tinge of red. Pillowy, off-white 2 finger head. Good retention. The resulting lace is thin but consistent and with great stick.

Smell - Notes of grapefruit and sweet malt notes; hints of caramel, toffee and, well, brown sugar.

Taste - Starts with a mellow roasted malt flavor, and a moderately bittersweet citrus hop note that stays consistent from start to finish. Mid-taste a bit of sugary sweetness kicks in; subtle notes of toffee and caramel... but mostly it's just a sweet brown sugar flavor that comes through and builds up until the finish. Definitely a malt forward beer, but there's just enough citrus hop presence to give this brew a semblance of balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. A touch syrupy, which you might expect from a beer with loads of brown sugar dumped into it. Despite this, it doesn't feel quite as heavy as it should be.

Overall - It's a unique beer, anyway you slice it. I'd call it an Imperial Brown, except there's a tad too much hop presence to be a true brown. Beware: This thing has the qualities of a puppy, but it kicks like a mule! At 9.9%, it drinks closer to a 6.5%, and it'll sneak up on you like a ninja in the night if you're not careful. Not the most complex flavor or presentation, but when taking into account the strength and it's subdued quality, it's quite an impressive beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,833 ratings.