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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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90
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4,846 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,846
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 208
Gots: 773 | FT: 18
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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Photo of pmessick
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of infinitebruner
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

February 10, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Medium amber and very clear. It has a thin layer of off-white, pinkish foam, with low retention.

S – A ton of resiny, woodsy, and tropical fruits, mango and papaya, with a touch of pear. Some bready malt with an impression of caramel, and some residual… (wait for it) brown sugar.

T – Malty, bread crust and a touch of caramel. Resiny hop flavor, some earthy, woodsy notes, and a bit of papaya. Light residual sweetness and fairly high hop bitterness.

M – Malty sweet at first then overridden by hop bitterness. Carbonation is fairly high, body is medium-light.

O – This definitely falls between an American Barleywine and a Double IPA, nice malt and hop presence.

Photo of Moooope
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of danh53
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At first taste I thought this was a unique and complex beer, but when it was finished I don't really know where to go with this one. The nose and taste starts with carmalized citrus and ends dry and hoppy with an alcohol bite. Its a mix between an IPA and a barley wine, and I don't think it pulls off that balance in the end. I'm glad I was able to try it.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a solid dark amber with a slight foamy off-white head. Smell is sweet and hoppy - brown sugar, caramel, honey. Beautiful. Taste is also sweet with a relatively mild kick considering it's (!) 9.9 ABV %. I honestly can't believe it has a 9.9 ABV % -- this is a VERY easy beer to drink. One of the most impressive beers I've had in a very long time.

Photo of 1mrbeer
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of rob_o_rob
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JordanKerns
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raisingfable
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Crystal clear, bready, harmonious caramel/brown sugar and hops, with perfect (not-over-the -top) stickiness to compliment its flavor profile. I love savoring this beer and letting the hops build up, sip after sip. May not be for everyone, but the fresher the better in my book!

Photo of 29mikoyan
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice solid ale with flavors of honey, brown sugar, malt, and a beautiful spicy and earthy hop feel. The aroma is that of flowers and sweet caramel candy.

Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nhoelzen
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LagersAndAles
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer fresh, starts getting really interesting with a little age too.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper-red, clear, and off-white head. Very full. Lacing.

S - Pine, with a slight citrus bit, and a honeyed maltiness.

T - Follows the nose, but flips what is out front. The first hit is sweet, the honey-like sugars and a bread flavor like a rich dinner roll, followed quickly with a big punch of pine, a touch of lemon, grapefruit, orange, as well as a bit of floral. The close is pretty bitter, but the malt backbone keeps it rounded.

M - Big time beer, almost no alcohol on the tongue. Slick, full, a touch crunchy with hop oils in the close.

O - This is one of the better strong ales I've enjoyed, handles the combination of bitterness and sweetness well, making it a pleasure to drink. With a 10% ABV, this is one that I'm glad comes as a 12 oz. (wish more beers did). Excellent.

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

first off I love stouts but this might be my favorite beer thus my craft journey
L : dark copper amber hugh 4 finger Creamy off white head lots of lacing poured in wide mouth goblet at 45`
S: grapefruit (cutties) slight hop and little spice
T: kinda weird but smells of citrus grapefruit mainly with caramelized brown shugga:-) this is f n delicious does have slight alcohol finish but to expect with almost 10%
F lite carbonation that coats your mouth
O : I love this beer kinda taste little like stone ipa but 100 times better and it has brown sugar come on who dont love brown shugga

Photo of Matt_Sewell
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dripa8
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of raphe
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of proonz
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaximalC
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber color with a modest cap of off-white foam. Peculiarly sweet and tropical aroma consists of grapefruit, toffee, passion fruit, toasted bread, and brown sugar.

The taste features grapefruit up front, along with a bready malt base. Sweetness seeps through more on the back end than anywhere else, but even then there’s piney residue to compete with. The body is more substantive than the appearance would suggest, which, along with moderate carbonation, creates a tingly, creamy mouthfeel that is the finest aspect of this brew.

I don’t know if it’s age, undiagnosed brain damage, or happenstance, but this is the second beer in a row that tastes nothing like the prior incarnation I recall from years prior. I remember this as a sweet, brown brew (you know, kinda like the name “Brown Shugga” would suggest), not the amber hop bomb I have before me. As far as a pale ale goes, this isn’t half bad, but it’s not at all what I was expecting.

Photo of mwar
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,846 ratings.