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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,827 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,827
Reviews: 1,481
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 208
Gots: 765 | FT: 18
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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Photo of dcloeren
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into shaker glass at 45 degrees. #21 of a case I picked up in early December.

Pours w/1F of off-white/cream colored head over fairly clear, yet viciously thick amber body, with just a touch of carbonation flowing up ever so sloooowly.

Aromas are chock full of dull hop goodness. Lots of pineapple, caramel malt, and rich bread.

Quite creamy on the palate. Rich. Flavors are full of West Coast hops, navel orange sweetness, and various other citrus elements. Touch of tobacco leaf. Almost DIPA like overall. Pretty clean on the mouthfeel for being 10%.

Delicious beer overall, and such a good choice for this time of year. Rich and sweet, with great hop presence.

Photo of litheum94
5/5  rDev +24.1%

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 Goliath
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a one inch light tan head. There is good head retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is nice. There's some great citrusy hops with a big dose of sweet brown sugar. There's some nice caramel and a bit of alcohol as well. I really like the smell of this beer.

The taste is quite nice. There's a great citrus hop quality followed by caramel and sweet sugar. There's a touch of alcohol as well. I dig it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is relatively high. The flavor profile is pleasing which brings me back for more. The ABV is high, but well incorporated. I just dig this beer.

Photo of Kromes
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very clear brown/amber color with a thick off white colored head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: There is an alcohol aroma with pine, pepper hops and some caramel malt aromas. Mostly hop and alochol though.

T: There is a nice caramel/brown sugar base to this beer. The hops really stand out. A nice oily pine/citrus flavor and bitterness that has to be strong to balance out the sweetness of the sugar and caramel flavors. There is only a slight alcohol flavor which is surprising given the 9.8%.

M: It has a spicy mouthfeel from the carbonation. The beer is a little thick, but smooth.

D: Quite a kick to this beer. Nice flavor, but it is strong. Kind of limits the drinkability a little. I would definitely recommend the beer but not more than a few in one sitting.

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!

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nygannon
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Knoxrb12
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of hophugger
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first one of these. Found a couple at the back of the shelf at my beer store. Pours a nice caramel clear color with a big bad head and really nice lacing. Aroma is of hops and sweetness, kinda nice. The hop bitterness and the brown sugar hit at the same time, providing a very pleasant blend of flavors. They are balanced so well that they are fighting each other to be on top. Sugar leaves a little in the aftertaste, leaving a nice cool hop bitterness with a touch of citrus rind, not bad. Overall, I am happy with this brew, as I am with everything Lagunitas has put out !!!!!

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Sarge3130
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brown Shugga purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga.
appearance: Beautiful! orange, brown, amber. Clear with a pretty decent creamy head.
smell: Wow, what a nice balance of malty sweetness and hoppy, citrus accents.
taste: And just as great as the nose advertises. Sort of a barleywine mixed with a DIPA....carefully mixed and well executed.
Creamy and quaffable.
Between Avery, DFH, and Lagunitas...what a great lot.

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

Photo of GreenMind
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,827 ratings.