Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,307
Reviews: 1,365
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 179
Gots: 472 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance: a deep ruby red. good clarity and a finger plus of a tannish white head that leaves a bit of a lacing on the sides. looks tasty but I was hoping for a little more brown.

Smell: slightly weak for such a big brew. hops, citrusy and apricoty. good sweetness.

Taste: opens up with a blast of hops. grapefruit and apricot. a brief moment of super sweetness shines through. toasty malts. the malts are quickly taken back over by a lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy. huge hop bitterness lingers. some warmth thats good for a cold night.

Overall: huge battle of bitter and sweet. bitter wins out for now. its good but i want to revisit this one when it is not so fresh

Photo of kirok1999
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown with a quickly fading off white head. Decent lacing. Smells very sweet, slight hops. Taste is definite brown sugar, this is a very aptly named beer. Sweet malts, massive brown sugar, very slight hop notes, make a nice, drinkable brew.

Photo of Giantspace
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of williamherbert
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep reddish-orange color with a massive, fluffy head. Very clear. lace ain't gonna be happenin'. Slight haze.

Has a sweet malt -- almost German -- smell, that almost smells like a good ol' fashioned taffy pull. Very sugary sweet with smells of chocolate and toffee. An unreal sweet, sugary malt.

An interesting sweet malt beverage. It's far too sugary and malty sweet for this hophead. Reminds me of Goya Malta with almost a winter ale flavor thrown in. Good for that style. The sweetness could be described as "insane."

As it warms up, thickens up. This is such an odd beer. The brown sugar of the name is almost palpable. It's not a repeat beer. It's way too sweet for me.

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zac16125
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Vintage 2012

A: Pours a crystal clear amber orange with a big 3 fingers width of light khaki colored head which takes a good amount of time to dissipate down to a thick film that remains throughout the drink. Leaves tons of layered lacing.

S: Just a huge and wonderful hop aroma. Citrus, tropical fruits, and pine/juniper explode from the glass. Orange and pineapple are prominent. Hints of sweet malt but for the most part this is a hop bomb. Some booze makes itself known towards the end of the glass. If this were a blind tasting you would certainly think this is an IPA or DIPA, and a great one.

T: Piney hops, citrus rind. Bitter hop bomb. A touch of burnt sugar. I get little to no sweet characters.

M/D: Surprisingly light mouthfeel, which I think is attributed to the fairly big carbonation and the quick drying characteristic. No hint of the almost double digit ABV and drinkability is surprisingly high. This one could get your smacked up pretty quickly with this drinkability at 9.99%.

O: Overall, this is a very good beer, albeit not what I was expecting. In my book this is clearly a DIPA. In fact this has one of the strongest hop bitternesses Ive had in a long time. Not sure where the Shugga in the name came from as this is far from sweet! None the less, very enjoyable. Im curious as to how this one would age, I think Ill pick up a couple more to find out what happens when the huge hop characters die down.

Photo of moarmare
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

When i poured this beer into a glass, it has a dark amber color body with a 2' tan head to it. The smell has a sweet raisin aroma to it. The taste is hop and malt up front, very boozy, but as it warms up, i can taste a little brown sugar sweetness. The mouth feel is real good and overall this is a good sipping beer.

Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cherry copper color with a thin off white head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- The nose is really sweet with some caramel and dark fruit scents.

T- Nice sweet malt flavor with some brown sugar (obviously) and a bit of a medicinal finish. The alcohol is definitely there and it creates a nice warming effect on the way down. Really not finding as much hop bitterness as I would have thought.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

D- This was a pretty solid brew. Could have used a bit more balance with additional bitterness.

Photo of Cubatobaco
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of T_Hass
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of sukwonee
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a hard beer to review... to me this tastes a lot like a DIPA/Barleywine hybrid... like Arrogant Bastard, Devil Dancer, etc... It's delicious for sure and the fact that it only cost me about $1.50 a bottle certain adds a ton. Twelve oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A: Red/orange-ish brown with two finger very light tan color head. Lots and lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, blood orange, sweet malt... smells very similar to Lucky Bastard ale from Stone that I recently had.

T: Grapefruit, citrus, orange peel, brown sugar (duh), some booze. It's hoppy, but it's not bitter due to the sweet malt and sugar. This beer tastes quite awesome. I usually do not enjoy this "type" of beer... and by this "type", I mean, some of the beers mentioned above and as well as DFH 120 minute (although quite different)... but this beer is nice and sweet... and not overly boozy or overly hoppy. Very well balanced I would say.

M: Syrupy, chewy, and thick.

O: I like it. Not my favorite style, but this one works. I will be aging a couple of the six pack I got today to experiment - will report back a few months/years later ;)

Photo of kmo1030
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice dark copperwith a sticky tan head that laces well. caramel molasses smell. i notice a good amount of a fresh cut pineapple and mildy alcoholic smell too. very sweet up front, reminds me of a maple flavored frosting. brown sugar shows up big towards the middle with just a bit of dark fruit, fig, prune, and some pears. the herbal hops at the finish round things out some, but don't balance by any means. sort of thin bodied for the flavor. not too distracting, but noticable just the same. decent drinability, i think i'd prefer it in a 12 oz bottle though. not something i'd drink regularly, but a nice change of pace.

Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RuckusDu
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of target88
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of OStrungT
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange brown with a lot of sediment. The off white head fades a little fast, leaving a good lacing. It smells slightly of alcohol. It has a sweet aroma. I can smell a good toasted malt scent. It has a slight raisin like aroma. This beer has a malty taste. Quite malty. I can only detect the alcohol a bit. It warms my throat slightly as it goes down. It has a sweet caramel taste. Not too much for hop flavor though. I can also taste some brown sugar, hence the name Brown Shugga'. This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a malty sweet aftertaste. I dont think this beer would make the greatest session beer. It is higher in alcohol, and the flavor is sort of aggressive, and might wear thin after a little while. As for just one, this beer is pretty good. I am glad that I tried it. If you see it, it is worth a try.

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Smells deeply sweet...the brown sugar and molasses are certainly noticeable. However, I get somewhat of a floral hoppiness in there as well, leading me to believe this won't be just a sugar bomb.

Pours an amber color with a fair sized, but somewhat loose head.

The taste doesn't surprise at all, with a high level of brown sugar sweetness come across right away in the body. However, a somewhat strong (nearly IPA level, really) bitterness comes across and cuts through the sweetness and even lingers a little while after the swallow, along with the sticky sweetness. As it warms, the alcohol does come out a bit but for the ABV it isn't bad at all.

It isn't all that complex or interesting, in my opinion. Basically a sugary beer with a fairly high hop character. It's different, I'll certainly give it that. At the end of the day though, I'm not sure I'd seek it out.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,307 ratings.