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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,903 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,903
Reviews: 1,495
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 214
Gots: 807 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Ratings: 4,903 | Reviews: 1,495
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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz stubby with my Sierra Nevada Balloon glass.
Notes from 11/10/13

A: Dark coppery caramel amber body with some ruddy orange hues and a slight haze effect. Thick finger of egg white suds adorn the glass top never full subsiding. Generous swaths of lace and sticky dots paint the glass all the way down the drink.

S: Gooey caramels and brown sugar over lightly toasted bread. Similar to a light molasses character. Somewhat akin to an American style barley-wine with a firm hop presence of pine resins, earth, spice and dank herbals. Alcohol is slightly evident in the nose. Nice overall with the brown sugar really coming through in the nose.

T: The brown sugar is apparent providing an overall sweetness to the beer add some bready malts and touch of caramelized fig fruitiness to the base. There is a nice punch of moderate hop bitterness to the beer that brings pine, spice, and herbals with some lesser notes of citrus fruit. The alcohol is warming and very present. Almost harsh in a way that too many of these bad boys will leave your head a poundin’. Not entirely balanced but the flavors are great. One bad ass little brew with some big barley-wine tendencies.

M: The mouth feel is moderate leaning towards heavy with a bit of light syrupy thickness. Has a nice frothy texture form the carb with a modest bittering and light drying efforts on the finish. Warming alcohol on exhalation with a slight resinous linger.

D: Brown Shugga is one beer that don’t fuck around. It packs a wallop in both flavor and alcohol. It is a little unbalanced but in a good way like one would expect from a Strong Ale. The malts dominate over a modest hop kick and the brown sugar comes through nicely in both flavor and aroma. Both tasty and robust. I would say one could cellar this but why wait. A great seasonal classic.

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mscudder
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a globe.

A - Ruby, copper hue with an two-finger ivory head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Booze, dark fruit, a bit of brown sugar and some molasses.

T - An interesting blend of a number of tastes: some hops like a DIPA, alcohol warmth of a barleywine and a touch (I stress, a touch) of sweetness from the sugar and caramel malts. I cannot help but feel this is just a bit overwhelming, with the weight of the alcohol trumping the underlying flavors.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Heat from the alcohol.

O - Lots of things going on here. I would be interested to see how this one aged... It has all the ingredients to become outstanding given the test of time.

Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GPHarris
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring and sheet throughout. the body was brown and hazy.
s - brown sugar! some toasted malt and light hop aromas.
t - syrupy and sweet.
m - thick.
d - great and definitely a one of a kind beer.

Photo of gwiedman1
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TubaDan
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of SawDog505
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my Lost Abbey tulip, bottled on the 299th day of the year. Pours a clear orange red, with a one inch off white head, that leaves plenty of lace. Smell is tangerine, pine, hard candy, carmel, and a hint of grapefruit. Taste is pungent hops, sweet candy, and a hit of grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, nice amount of life, a touch dry, and the most dangerously drinkable beer I have ever had. This is different, easy drinking, and complex beer. Love this so much and did I mention at $10 a six and amazing deal. Lagunitas is a great and very affordable brewery, don't ever change.

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Pours out a murky brownish-orange color with a nice 2 fingers of foam head. Average retention but considerable lacing. On the nose I get sweet, over-ripe peaches and grapefruit.

The beer is full-bodied with a firm feel. Very sweet on the front of the palate with malty flavors of toast and marmalade. Hops contribute a lemony note at mid-palate that is not overly powerful, but well-balanced. Finish is very citrusy with flavors of lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple and just a whiff of warming alcohol (much less than I expected at this strength).

Overall, an excellent American Strong Ale and a definite must-try for those who love Stone's ``Bastard'' beers. This one is very much in the same tradition. It's a big bruiser of a beer with huge sweet notes, a good dose of citrusy hops, and a fair amount of complexity.

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 krl2112
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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 ChugginOil
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in Delirium snifter

A- Very dark amber in color. When poured aggressively, a couple fingers of off-white head developed atop the brew. The lacing is clinging to every inch of this glass when tilted.

S- Really strong up front with a sweet sugar, hoppy blast. Underneath the hop scent lies the beastly 10% ABV begging for you to sip.

T- Very sweet and hoppy with balance well achieved. Grassy hops mixed with sweet brown sugar bellow throughout each sip. The high potency of this brew is well masked.

M- Full smooth feel that's barely bitter on the end and is rich in flavor. Good carbonation makes for a super smooth flow when sipped. Great balance!

D- Due to it's potency I wouldn't recommend slammin' a sixer in a night's session but it is definitely a great occasion beer that is my favorite from Lagunitas.

Also, I will be cellar-aging a few to look for developments over the next year and a half

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of chcfan
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Deep amber color with thick off-white head rising ridiculously thick...maybe to the very least two finger's length.

Smell: Light scent of honey and hops. it's one of those

Taste: Complex and bitter, you feel hints of caramel and hops. Malty as you want it and seriously addicting.

Mouth: Really sticky with medium to heavy bubbles. The roasted caramel finish is honestly the cherry on top.

Overall: Beautifully well crafted brew that is pretty much a hybrid DIPA. it absolutely dellivers and I will be crazy not to buy this again. This is another reason why I have fallen in love with Lagunita's....just keep them coming. Salud!

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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