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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,710 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,710
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 147
Gots: 247 | 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 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 bundy462
4/5  rDev -0.5%

bundy462, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of target88
4/5  rDev -0.5%

target88, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jackndan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga': And here I was all ready to assert that this was a barley wine, it absolutely has that same creamy, melted butterscotch flavor, with a sharp snap of sweet and hops toward the end that I've tasted in other BW's. I peeked at their description on the site though, and I'll be damned if two hundred pounds of brown sugar does not make for one fine brew. Pours a barely hazy golden amber, with a nice initial head that leaves a thin skin on the top throughout, and a bit of lacing. Definite sweetness and sugars in the aroma. As already suggested, smooth and buttery mouthfeel, very nice. I'm half way through and the beer gets a wee bit cloying, this is not a beer that you'd have several of in an evening. I'd have another one tomorrow, and more than one any night between October 15 and April 15, so I'll not be too harsh on the drinkability.

Nice taste, but I'm not convinced that this is an Strong/Old Ale.

jackndan, May 22, 2004
Photo of mcdsports
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mcdsports, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ethanmc12, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev -0.5%

zimm421, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of leedorham
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

leedorham, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of magine
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a hazy deep orange nearing red amber color, with maybe some sediment as well. Has a thick, fluffy off white head. Head settles to a nice patch island and lace coats the glass nicely. Good looking brew.

Brew smells sweet and hoppy; brown sugar, caramel, sweet malted yeasts. Has some barley and hop resin in the nose as well. Good smelling brew.

Brew is smooth and full bodied; creamy and sweet. Brew has a nice malty presence and some resiny hops. Dark fruit hops maybe. Almost has some chewiness to the mouthfeel. A complex flavorful brew. The sweetness thins it out enough to keep wanting more an more. Brew has a bit of a kick to it as well, finishing slightly dry and ends a bit boozy. This is a great tasting brew.

Bring on the cool weather with this; somewhere between a heavy IPA, winter warmer and a barleywine, complex indeed. A very good tasting brew that will warm you up for sure.... any time of year. Very good stuff here.

magine, May 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
Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -0.5%

John11486, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of AOShabaz
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

AOShabaz, Nov 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

KC9LDB, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

wolf_switzer, Nov 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Mikexw, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of kbnooshay
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange amber color with a very thin off white head. Smells like a hopped cough syrup. Weird. Well this tastes like a barelywine with brown sugar in it! A LOT of brown sugar. This is citric and super sweet. The hop flavor is definitely grapefuity. Hints of molasses and dark fruit really make this interesting. Feel is super slick and oil with slight tingling from the carbonation. I could drink a few of these but the result would be drunkedness.


kbnooshay, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -0.5%

sunofneurot, Oct 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mjw1200, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

unclekeith, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of jnardone235
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jnardone235, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of AndyEdgar
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

AndyEdgar, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of billybob
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
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mixed_master7, Nov 05, 2012
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
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,710 ratings.