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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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BA SCORE
90
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3,647 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3,647
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 132
Gots: 226 | 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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magine

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2%

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a hazy deep orange nearing red amber color, with maybe some sediment as well. Has a thick, fluffy off white head. Head settles to a nice patch island and lace coats the glass nicely. Good looking brew.

Brew smells sweet and hoppy; brown sugar, caramel, sweet malted yeasts. Has some barley and hop resin in the nose as well. Good smelling brew.

Brew is smooth and full bodied; creamy and sweet. Brew has a nice malty presence and some resiny hops. Dark fruit hops maybe. Almost has some chewiness to the mouthfeel. A complex flavorful brew. The sweetness thins it out enough to keep wanting more an more. Brew has a bit of a kick to it as well, finishing slightly dry and ends a bit boozy. This is a great tasting brew.

Bring on the cool weather with this; somewhere between a heavy IPA, winter warmer and a barleywine, complex indeed. A very good tasting brew that will warm you up for sure.... any time of year. Very good stuff here.

05-20-2011 01:33:20 | More by magine
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-16-2012 19:49:50 | More by John11486
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tclipse

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-26-2014 00:58:24 | More by tclipse
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Birdlegs

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-22-2013 09:23:51 | More by Birdlegs
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kbnooshay

New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured a clear orange amber color with a very thin off white head. Smells like a hopped cough syrup. Weird. Well this tastes like a barelywine with brown sugar in it! A LOT of brown sugar. This is citric and super sweet. The hop flavor is definitely grapefuity. Hints of molasses and dark fruit really make this interesting. Feel is super slick and oil with slight tingling from the carbonation. I could drink a few of these but the result would be drunkedness.

Delicious.

01-28-2009 04:17:29 | More by kbnooshay
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fmccormi

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1%

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of October 9, 2012 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle in a Julian variant (“28369508,” the 283rd day of 2012 being October 9th). So, a day over four weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): Just about three fingers of good, light-tan head comes off the pour here, coming off of a ruby-hued, medium- to dark-amber colored body that’s crystal clear. Excellent retention here, as the beer still has a half-centimeter of solid head left a couple minutes after the pour; broad, even lacing all the way around the glass, with a lot of coverage. Thick collars as it goes down. Excellent, appearance, in every aspect.

Smell (4.0): Some very nice, moderately rich (but not overly sweet), bready malt character is most evident here, smells kind of like sweet potato dinner rolls. Which is awesome, because those are delicious. That said, there’s a very bright, aromatic citrus character here, like fresh orange juice with some some fresh-cut flowers. Little bit of toasted grain in the back, à la whole-wheat toast.

Taste (4.0): This is rich and moderately complex, but it’s quite a bit softer than I was expecting—as in, not so aggressive. And that’s okay! Rich, grainy malt with a moderate toast (again, like a toasted multigrain bread with a little spicy rye in it), that really isn’t so sweet as you might think (given the name of the beer). That said, it does have a light brown sugar sweetness built into it, which helps smooth over the toasty and spicy aspects of the malt body. The hops, meanwhile, offer a moderate orange juice sweetness that finishes with a solid red grapefruit zest bitterness that helps dry out the beer toward the finish. No yeast character detected, but some moderate, boozy vapor is definitely in the mix. The finish is very nice, kind of a tangy citrus quality that’s not quite bitter or sweet.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The body is fuller than medium-weight but not heavy-, moderately oily, and has very subdued carbonation. A light tingle as it goes down, a little burn on the back end. In spite of the rich malt body, it doesn’t exactly finish dry but it’s far from syrupy. Good, not great, certainly not excellent mouthfeel—solid but unremarkable.

Overall (4.0): This is a nicely crafted beer, and the fact that Lagunitas will happily put out something of this size and character for $10-12/ sixer is fantastic. This beer’s category is so broad that you grade them as much on overall satisfaction as anything else, and as far as that goes this is a very nice beer and an excellent value. Say what you will, but that counts. And beyond that, it’s just tasty and satisfying for a broad range of (admittedly American-biased) palates. Yummo.

11-03-2012 20:15:52 | More by fmccormi
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jnardone235

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-24-2013 05:22:34 | More by jnardone235
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imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-18-2014 21:16:05 | More by imyourhero21
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

01-19-2013 16:18:42 | More by Segelstrom
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aubuc1

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +2%

12 oz bottle in to imp pint glass. Pours tea-brown with an offwhite head (my overly aggessive pour). Can definitely smell brown sugar, some sort of fruit that I can't peg, and raisins. Taste is sweet, apricot, with bitterness in the back. The alcohol lingers a little, but doesn't overpower initially. Not overwhelmingly drinkable because of the alcohol, but smoothe nonetheless.

06-01-2008 22:26:54 | More by aubuc1
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +9%

12 oz. bottled poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Kind of an orange copper color, almost hazy, when held up to the light you can see small particles. Speaking of held up to the light, it just glows. I guess a more simple way to put it is that it doesn't quite look like any American Strong Ale that I've had (even though it varies so much), it seems lighter. There's a good sized head that's an orange color, decent lacing.

Smell is good, hoppier than I expected, but based on all the beer I've had from Laguniatas, that's how they role. There is certainly a big malt presence, smells very sweet, brown sugar detected, hence the name. Hops smell like citrus. Overall kind of a sweet boozy smell.

Tastes very good, loving it. A unique, but good blend of both sweet and bitter. Sweetness right off the bat, call it power of suggestion but brown sugar detected, overall a good malt presence. Very Hoppy, citrus zest, and a little bit of pine. Very good tasting overall.

Full bodied, as mentioned a good, unique balance of bitter and sweet. Good carbonation level and a strong bitter finish. Very drinkable. Had it in the past, my buddy and I killed a growler in a short evening, so I'd say dangerously drinkable, really enjoyed this bottle this time.

02-20-2011 01:17:05 | More by AndyAvalanche
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mixed_master7

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-05-2012 21:00:21 | More by mixed_master7
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-18-2014 01:24:50 | More by beersdmf17
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Deep orange body. Pours darker than an DIPA but lighter than a barleywine. I guess when breweries make "mistakes" they do not fall into a specific category. Creamy off white head with great lacing and retention.

Styles converge in the smell much the same as in the appearance. Aroma is reminiscent of Lagunitas DIPA line up blended with an Olde Gnarlywine. Sweet malt and brown sugar meld spectacularly with a strong hops profile.

Sweet sweet brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Did I mention this was sweet? While very sweet an assertive hop presence balances this one out rather nicely. Light grapefuit and pine hop flavor. Subtle booziness but rather enjoyable.

Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied. Pleasant sweetness lingers.

I am going to be honest with myself and all of you reading this. If it were not for an inner battle of self control this sixer would have been gone in a night. Far too easy drinking and massively enjoyable. While this may not be on any "best beer" list it is certainly a favorite.

10-31-2009 22:31:20 | More by kzoobrew
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazed ruby-amber with a finger of richly creamy beige foam. The head settles to a thin ring, leaving behind a few splotches and legs of lacing as it disappears.

A bit of rich maltiness in the nose gives way to grapefruity and floral hop notes and some fruity esters.

A bit thick and chewy in body, with a very moderate carbonation and a bit of a slick mouthfeel. The underlying sweet malt character is overwhelmed quickly by layers of citrusy, piney, and a bit of herbal hop notes, pit fruits (notably cherries), and some warming alcohol as it enters into a very long, dry, bittersweet finish.

Extremely drinkable, despite the hefty 9.9% ABV, and quite desireable as well. It's a sipper, no doubt, but a very pleasurable one. Any essence of brown sugar is obviously hiding in with the malt underneath the hops, but it takes away from nothing. Quite superb.

04-21-2009 20:55:32 | More by superdedooperboy
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours clear amber with a small head.

The nose is a hop bomb. Big, bright, fruity hops, floral with caramel tones.

Hop forward in every sense with the body being somewhat syrupy, a hit of brown sugar and sweet caramel malt midway finishing with bitter hop acids while somehow maintaining a chaotic balance.

Lagunitas seems to be the hopheads brewery. I thought this would be, not really sweeter because it's sweet, but maybe less hoppy. Awesome stuff that'll sneak up on you if you aren't careful.

12-15-2009 01:08:38 | More by brownbeer
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

A clear bronze/amber color with a moderate sized tan head , light carbonation , spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt , brown shuggar , floral and citrus hops and a pale malt of some kind . Flavor is quite sweet up front with some nice floral, pine and citrus hops , medium bitterness some caramel, burnt shuggar and broun shugger , full body with a slightly oily mouthfeel , a slightly alcoholic finish , very drinkable and good , a very good value and a good brew all around .

12-08-2009 22:57:14 | More by WakeandBake
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MadScientist

New York

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. A persistent, light-tan head made of small, creamy bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the galss.

S: A strong hops aroma with lot citrus, pineapple, some pine and a some tropical fruit. Blindfolded, think I was about to get into a very nice Double IPA. There is a light malt sweetness and a moderately-strong, flowery alcohol aroma.

T: Tastes like hops candy with an aggressive hops bitterness countered by a moderate malt sweetness and a strong citrus hops flavor. The hops have the same citrus, pineapple and resinous pine flavor noted in the aroma. The malt has a little caramel flavor. All of this is blended with a moderate alcohol that is somewhat sweet. The balance is bitter with a big malt support. The finish is somewhat dry and the aftertaste is of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderately-strong level of carbonation.

O: Lagunitas has always been a true and constant friend of the hophead and this is a good example of their generosity. An assertively bitter American Barelywine with a huge hops bill in the nose, flavor and bittering. bit more sweetness than the average American Imperial IPA.

12-08-2012 01:25:00 | More by MadScientist
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dsshuck

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-03-2013 00:39:34 | More by dsshuck
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kjrod20

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-25-2013 18:51:07 | More by kjrod20
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mjw1200

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-06-2013 13:56:13 | More by mjw1200
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3%

P- Pittsburgh Bottle Shop

A- dark caramel amber color with a 2 finer head that has some stayng power. 5 minutes later and it is still there. Nice spiderweb lacing.

S- pine hops with caramel hints. i also get some wafts of alcohol coming through.

F- strong pine on the mouth with hints of citrus. I also get some of the brown sugar coming through when the alcohol hits.

M- A chewy feel and the alcohol comes out as it goes down the throat. Smooth though with a punch.

O- Not a bad beer but after a while the alcohol overtakes the flavors and it becomes more of a grain beer. Very good though for the most part.

01-04-2013 21:56:42 | More by Dodo2step
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-22-2012 06:52:12 | More by KC9LDB
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GregSVT

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz bottle into a tall pint glass

A: Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head that fades to near nothing and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose makes me think this is a super sweet beer until I detect the hops. Lots of sugary sweetness, caramel, toffee, and citrusy hops. Really smells awesome.

T: The taste is where this brew shines. A sugar sweetness and toffee with a big grapefruit hops flavor on the finish. Not too bitter and not too sweet.

M: The feel is great as well...thick and creamy with good carbonation.

D: I could probably drink a few in a night but after that the big flavors here would be a bit much. The big ABV really makes this hard to drink too many though.

Pretty damn good and different...really tastes like an IPA with maple syrup.

02-01-2010 06:08:31 | More by GregSVT
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AOShabaz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-02-2013 19:52:52 | More by AOShabaz
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,647 ratings.