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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,597
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 122
Gots: 211 | 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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Photo of Dodo2step


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 21:56:42 | More by Dodo2step
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-16-2013 07:01:38 | More by RayUF07
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-22-2012 06:52:12 | More by KC9LDB
Photo of Gushue3


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- amber with an orangy glow to it, the tiniest bit of carbonation to it. a light foamy head about one finger quickly goes away.

Smell- you guessed it, brown sugar, sweet smelling, also smelly of alcohol

Taste- sweet but not too sweet. it hits me right in the corner of my mouth below my ear. theres a nice subtle hop lingering

Mouthfeel- smooth on the tongue, perfect ammount of carbonation feels good

Drink- love the taste but the sweetness could be too much for me after a few. still an excellent beer

i first had this on cask at stoddards in boston and was one of the best beers ive ever had. the bottle lacks the original pint i had but still a great beer

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:10:49 | More by Gushue3
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-20-2012 23:00:20 | More by ltdantheman
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-20-2012 01:14:35 | More by Goldfishman
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-28-2012 16:26:23 | More by hayesjw
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-02-2013 19:52:52 | More by AOShabaz
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired in a trade as generous extra from Bulkman (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/27/10).

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a moderate off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving some patchy lacying

S: Brown sugar is certainly apparent along with a sweet caramel malt, toffee, and some faint citrus hops. Smells very sweet and sugary.

T: Brown sugar and caramel malt make up the bulk of the flavor profile with some citrus hops taking the back seat. A pleasant taste, but not terribly complex.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate and slight creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down. A little gritty as well.

D: The sweetness holds this one back for me, but the abv. is well hidden.

Overall this certainly and interesting offering from Lagunitas and one that should be tried by fans of the style with a sweet-tooth. Thanks again Chuck for throwing this one in the box! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 16:33:16 | More by Lunch
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-10-2012 17:20:59 | More by adamant1912
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-18-2013 23:34:43 | More by ChipMurray
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

07-21-2013 15:22:17 | More by mwbrady12
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-03-2013 00:39:34 | More by dsshuck
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3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was pretty good.

Appearance- dark reddish color, transparent

Smell- brown sugar, molasses

Taste- brown sugar, molasses

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- It was a pretty good beer. Definitely a winter beer , will drink it again most likely in winter

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:28:27 | More by jeffjeff1
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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/2/12 Tasting Notes. Poured fom 12oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking bronze brew with good clarity. There was 2 fingers of creamy looking light tan head. Good retention, as this slowly settled to a dusting. Ample lacing...

S) Graham cracker crust and fresh juicy grapefruit with a sprinkling of sugar.

T) Quite malty and very hoppy... What a nice balance we have here. Sweet caramel and melting brown sugar, in perfect harmony with light pine, grapefruit and champagne mango. The alcohol on this was very well hidden. I picked it up just a little as this warmed up.

M) Full body with moderate carbonation, which kept this easy on the palate. It is slightly syrupy, but really very smooth. Nice aftertaste...

O) Thanks Lagunitas, what an excellent beer. Reminded me a bit of a few barleywines I've had recently. This was a pleasure to drink, and really hard to believe the ABV is nearly 10%. Glad to recommend this beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 19:08:52 | More by RoamingGnome
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-03-2012 17:26:03 | More by Ri0
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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, solid, cream-colored 2 finger head from a turbulent pour. Good retention and awesome lacing. Liquid looks bright and clear, but it's actually extremely cloudy and translucent upon closer inspection. Brown ale with red highlights.

Pine hop notes through the nose, accented by molasses and, yes, brown sugar. Relatively subdued aroma for the big flavor.

Very sweet brew: caramelized sugar and molasses. It's quite hoppy, but that only manifests, flavor-wise, as some vinous pine notes. Develops nicely as it warms, without the sweetness becoming overpowering.

Lovely mouthfeel: silky and smooth. Almost no sting, but the beer is still lively and not at all syrupy. Slightly dry finish, with more alcohol presence as it dries.

You'd have no idea this beer clocked in at 10% ABV if you didn't read the bottle; it's unbelievably smooth. It works wonderfully as a night cap, or as a stronger brew during the day. Pairs well with food. It's a little strong as a lunch brew, but works excellently to relax after work.

This beer reminds me a lot - lot - of DFH Burton Baton (minus the oak). That's a very high compliment.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:44:31 | More by Roguer
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-13-2012 03:51:24 | More by pearljam118
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:25:00 | More by MadScientist
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice deep copper and orange with a fairly large head that quickly faded to a small ring. There's no real lace.

The flavors here are fairly straightforward for the style, but then again, this doesn't really fit into a standard style. Brown sugar and light malts dominate the smell. The same can be found in the front of the taste, while substantial hops linger through the finish. The mouthfeel is assertive and interesting.

Drinkability is outright dangerous for the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 08:59:22 | More by watermelonman
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-11-2012 12:43:59 | More by jriggins6
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-03-2013 03:31:38 | More by ant880
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-15-2013 23:36:51 | More by EB1
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-03-2014 03:30:32 | More by psoriasaurus
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Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pour was light brown color, pretty clear. Nice foamy head, and some lacing.

Smell - Malts, brown sugar, hops and alcohol.

Taste - Brown sugar, malts, alcohol taste to it

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and malt taste.

Drinkability - Alcohol is high at 9.9, bery nice beer. i enjoyed this one, slow drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 22:31:23 | More by auxiliary
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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