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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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4,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,193
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 178
Gots: 412 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium ruby brown. Despite a relatively dark color, it's very clear and bordering on translucent. The head is gorgeous. A finger and a half thick of offwhite bubbles. Retention is lasting and as the head sits there, it's lightens to an almost white color, giving it a creamy look. Lacing is thick and attractive.

The scent is aggressive with floral notes of tropical flowers. The look and smell both very much resemble a pale ale or an India pale ale. Eventually brown sugar notes evolve.

It's got an almost strange taste, like a combination of a pale ale and brown sugar. The high alcohol is well-masked but gathers steam in the swallow and lingers til the next sip.

Once again, the resemblance to a pale ale or IPA is unmistakable. The only difference is a larger malt bill, with caramel malt highlighted. Sugary sweet up front with orange rind bitterness building into the finish. A medicinal feel walks hand in hand with the bitterness unleashing an assault on the palate. Medium bodied despite the high ABV. Very warming.

I don't think this is as good as Sucks, but it's an interesting beer. Still tastes IPAish to me. A good beer.

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My first one of these. Found a couple at the back of the shelf at my beer store. Pours a nice caramel clear color with a big bad head and really nice lacing. Aroma is of hops and sweetness, kinda nice. The hop bitterness and the brown sugar hit at the same time, providing a very pleasant blend of flavors. They are balanced so well that they are fighting each other to be on top. Sugar leaves a little in the aftertaste, leaving a nice cool hop bitterness with a touch of citrus rind, not bad. Overall, I am happy with this brew, as I am with everything Lagunitas has put out !!!!!

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Julian Bottled On Date: 315 = Nov. 11, 2014) into a 13.5oz Libbey, Belgian Tulip/Snifter glass.

Not much more to add than what has already been stated, but here goes:

A- Pours a beautifully clear, deep orange/copper color with a healthy, 1-finger, white, frothy head. Despite the elevated ABV, the head retention was quite strong. (5.0)

S- Heady aromas of sweet caramel malt and hops in the form of pine and citrus (lemon/lime, ruby red grapefruit) notes compete with beautiful results. Ultimately, the victory (with a slight margin) would be given to the malt backbone. (4.75)

T- A sweet and fruity pop of bitterness at the front of the tongue is followed by a palate-coating cherry/caramel sweetness. Never to play 2nd fiddle, the hops come back and deliver a dry, citrus-rind finish. (4.75)

M- Due to the almost 10% ABV, the body is surprisingly light and falls squarely into the category of 'medium.' In addition to the heavy-handed hop load, a good dose of carbonation keeps this heavy weight far from feeling heavy and/or syrupy. That being said, however, I do not see myself ever drinking more than (1) bottle at a sitting. (4.5)

O- Brown Shugga is a highly anticipated seasonal for many and with good reason. Although I have never composed a formal review, this is my 3rd year enjoying it and Lagunitas' consistency is phenomenal. (4.75)

Side Note: Those that are familiar with Stone's Lukcy Basartd will find a strong correlation with regards to the flavor and aroma profile of each. Thankfully, Brown Shugga is an seasonal release and the other is way more limited.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,193 ratings.