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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,893 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,893
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 213
Gots: 803 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Ratings: 4,893 | Reviews: 1,494
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage, enjoyed February 26, 2015. Lagunitas mason jar.

Appearance: Clear deep copper one and a half finger head. Good lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Big malty sweetness. Nutty, touch of rye maybe?, molasses.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly boozy finish in the mouth. Definite boozy finish in the belly. Definition of warming.

I'm not a huge fan of this one fresh, time definitely helps mellow it out an improves it!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful maroon-amber-brown with a creamy, foamy, light-brown head. Fits the name of the beer perfectly. Huge lace but little retention.

S: Wow. Incredible bouquet of fresh, fruity, citrusy hops and sweet, caramel, sugary malt. The dry and pungent character of the hops sticks to your nostrils but the finish brings in roasted malt. Fantastic nose.

T: Boom! Hops, malt, sugar, and booze. But those four qualities are balanced. Huge fresh, fruity hops, perfectly roasted malt, and boozy sugars that fill the mouth with flavor and warmth.

M: Incredibly smooth as expected but also creamy, sweet, and very hoppy. Alcohol presence is minimal and the carbonation is on-point.

O: I'm glad this comes in 6-packs because it gave me the opportunity to experience this beer multiple times. Each successive bottle made me appreciate it even more than the previous one. This sixth one brings out the subtle nuances that makes this beer ultimately great. Nearly perfectly executed for the style from start to finish.

Note: this review is the beer straight from the fridge poured into a pint glass. As the beer warms...in both the nose and the taste it's boozier, hoppier, maltier and more flavorful! In my opinion, this needs to be drunk fresh. Sure, it'll age well by mellowing out, but enjoy it for what it is now because the hops are so fresh and the alcohol is so hidden.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2012) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear mahogany w/ a big sudsy, oily khaki head, lazy carb, sticky lacing.

Aroma leads off with piney Lagunitas hops. And... that's about it. Not sure what I was expecting but I'm just getting clean bright hops.

Taste is a combination of piney hops and sweet, chewy caramel malt. Really nice balance between two pretty powerful extremes.

Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy with a sharp bitter finish. Dangerously drinkable for a 10% beer.

Overall a really unique brew. An American strong IPA? A dry hopped barleywine? Interesting, enjoyable mix here.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

12 oz bottle, 2012 release, picked up a six-pack at Whole Foods this afternoon, poured into a nonic pint.

A- Pours a perfectly clear amber color, topped with a big two-inch tan head, nice retention and loads of nice, thick lacing.

S- Sweet brown sugar aroma, some citric hops, smells pretty nice.

T- Big brown sugar sweetness and bready malt, the brown sugar is actually a lot more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma. Citric and piney hops also assert themselves midpalate and are actually pretty well-integrated, I was expecting a lot more of a clash between the brown sugar and hops but it works very nicely. Finishes with sweet brown sugar and a hint of fruity alcohol, which is well-hidden for being so huge, I was surprised to read how alcoholic this actually is.

M- Medium-bodied, soft, creamy feel, a dry finish.

O- A really enjoyable beer, the brown sugar is really bold and delicious, it's also mad drinkable even at nearly 10%.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

A: pours a nice looking reddish brown with a finger of off white head and good retention into a dogfish head snifter. nice lacing throughout the drink as well
S: smells of piney hops and citrus. not a lot of sweetness but a little bit of herbal hops as well
T: nice caramel and brown sugar sweetness up front with some slightly piney hops swallow brings a nice oily pine hop with some equally tasty residual sweetness
M: medium carb and a slightly heavy mouthfeel but not excessively viscous
O: pretty tasty beer. good flavors and some nice complexity. I like sucks a little more but this beer is pretty tasty. The hoppiness surprised me but it keeps the sweetness in check.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color with a good 1 finger head. The lace just screams sugar and sweetness..sticky lace all on the glass.
S: Smells of big pine up front with some sugary sweetness on the nose.
T: Very sweet and sticky on the palate right away... an IPA-like snappy crispness to boot. Can definitely taste the sugar in this one... wow.
M: Well carbonated indeed, the flavors really come out in this one.. citrus, even a peach like crisp bite to it.
O: Solid, the 9.99% will really sneak up on you though! A must try !

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,893 ratings.