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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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4,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,176
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 177
Gots: 402 | 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 Ri0
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Brown/amber with a 2 finger off white head. Typically Lagunitas lacing that covers the glass.

S - Sweet and hoppy with notes of overripe pineapple and a bit of melon. Hints of pine are also found, but it moves into the brown sugar and caramel malts.

T - It starts off with a tropical hop flavor with notes of overripe pineapple and passion fruit. There is a bite of pine bitterness right before it moves into the maltiness of the beer. The sweetness is brown sugar, caramel, and sweet bread. When fresh the hops stand out.

M - Medium feel with excellent carbonation and tangy bitter on the palate.

O - Cool beer by Lagunitas that uses some unique hops to blend in with the sticky sweetness.

Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of aoampm
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JRed
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright reddish ruby in body topped by thick, off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing. Strong aroma of pineapple, some citrus, candy sugar, toffee, and molasses. A warming drink: molasses, toffee, citrus, booze, hop resin, some bitterness, some spice, finishes dry. Thick in body with medium carbonation. A tasty, surprisingly drinkable strong ale.

Photo of mkennedy119
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of shivtim
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clearish brown with a hint of red. A little viscous. Nose is alcohol, some malts, and sweetness. Almost like a malty wine. Taste is like a bitter barley wine. Has hints of smoke, sweetness is there but not too overdone, and hops in the finish. Alcohol is hidden pretty well in the taste (although not in the nose). Not bad.

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

After nearly 1000 reviews on this beer I'm not sure how much more I'm going to be able to add.

Brilliant clear copper colour. Nice tan head

Sweet caramel malts with a nice combo of citric/pine/spice hop

Caramel malts up front. Slight wave of booziness from the high abv, but its well masked. Hop trio take over the rest of the trip. Nice balance.

Good fullish feel.

I liked this one

Photo of Minkybut
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a red hue to it with a minimal head. The beer was very hoppy smelling. This brew I was hoping was going to be really great, but it was just to high on the alcohol burn and too sweet for my taste. I will not buy again

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of IronLover
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep caramel in color with hints of amber and perfect clarity. Poured with a rich, foamy off-white head that leaves a well defined ladder of sticky lacings. Citrus orange and grapefruit aromas with an underlying sweet sugary aroma. Smooth, creamy feel with soft, pleasant carbonation.Medium to full bodied. Grapefruit and orange citrus flavors ride a wave of sweetness through the middle. Finishes lazily with sweet caramel flavors that taper to pine hop flavors and the faintest hint of alcoholic heat. The way the flavors come to a slow finish really slows the pace of this to a sipper. A nice combination of sweet caramel flavors and citrus hops.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Very clear, coppery amber liquid with small quarter inch yellowish off white head comprised of small bubbles that settles fairly quickly into light foam covering on surface and a thicker solid ring of bubbles around edge of glass.

S = Fairly strong up front smells of hops with some citrus peel and some light pine, there is an almost acrid quality to it which I do not find particularly pleasing, I had hoped for some more brown sugar, maple syrup type scents, but they just don't seem to be there.

T = Slight metallic quality to it with some citrus rind, uncooked whole wheat bread dough, perhaps a small amount of cinnamon crackers, but still the almost battery acid like metallic bitter taste that hits up front and then comes back in the finish just detracts from the flavors in the middle. Not that impressed.

M = Medium to medium-light body, surprisingly thin for the OG, still, it does have good mouthcoating and the carbonation level seems just about right, not quite as soft as I tend to like, but not a high stinging level either.

D = I don't know about this one, I do not find either the taste or the smell overly enticing and the ABV while not too strong is present. I really didn't particularly want to finish the whole glass and don't really want another. That said, it is not really hard to drink either, just not my cup of tea.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,176 ratings.