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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,678 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,678
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 142
Gots: 236 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

spw109, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

AndyAvalanche, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of MadScientist
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.

MadScientist, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jnardone235, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

aubuc1, Jun 01, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mjw1200, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mixed_master7, Nov 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of kzoobrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kzoobrew, Oct 31, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a redish amber color with a two finger beige head that settled to a half inch tight bubbled head to the finish with lots of lacing. smell of brown shugga, slight citrus and floral aromas and alcohol. taste is very sweet sugar and toffee and some citrus maybe oranges on the back of the palate. mouthfeel is thick, syrupy and weak on carbonation. the 9.90 abv limits the drinkability but i would buy it again for a high test pick me up.

billybob, Feb 24, 2007
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Kevincredible, Oct 27, 2013
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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.

Dodo2step, Jan 04, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

superdedooperboy, Apr 21, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

brownbeer, Dec 15, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 .

WakeandBake, Dec 08, 2009
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

KC9LDB, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mikefuski17, Nov 21, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color nice head with good lace down the glass.
S: Smells sweet. Smells like a fresh caramel roll.
T: Much the same as the smell. Very sweet but with some dark fruit in there.
M: Medium to full bodied, very sticky...goes down smooth.
D: This is a great winter sipper. I would buy this beer again for sure.

loren01, Dec 06, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

adamant1912, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bundy462, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

AOShabaz, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Cubatobaco, Mar 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

LightnerLiquorKS, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kjrod20, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of GregSVT
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

GregSVT, Feb 01, 2010
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,678 ratings.