1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,697 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,697
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 202
Gots: 690 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Brown Shugga' Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,697 | Reviews: 1,449 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kevanb
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a really wonderful copper color, hues of amber, burgundy and orange when struck by the light and atop rests a really nice bone colored head, just under two fingers high that has great retention, a nice layer of froth always hangs around with a great web of lacing left behind. The aroma is nice, lots of rich caramel malt, sweet brown sugar, sticky piney hops with some nice juicy tropical fruit, potent alcohol and sweet maple syrup. The balance of hops to malts is really nice, but the strong alcohol presence is a bit disappointing. The hops really jump out on the tongue with a really nice bite of pine and earthy bark flavors but the beer really brightens up with nice citrus and tropical mango and pineapple like flavors that in a weird way blend well with the sweet rich flavors that the malts bring out. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar and sweet alcohol with a touch of maple are all detectable and well integrated. The body is nicely carbonated has a nice feel in the mouth, a bit lighter than I would’ve expected but it coats the mouth well without being cloying and has a nice crisp finish.

Verdict: A well done beer, I am surprised how well the hoppy elements melded with the malty and sweeter aspects which was really pleasant. This can definitely satisfy on a cold day while not being a rich, overly malty seasonal beer. That being said, I am more excited about the return of Lagunitas Sucks.

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

Photo of crowsnest
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kirok1999
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown with a quickly fading off white head. Decent lacing. Smells very sweet, slight hops. Taste is definite brown sugar, this is a very aptly named beer. Sweet malts, massive brown sugar, very slight hop notes, make a nice, drinkable brew.

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Giantspace
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of williamherbert
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep reddish-orange color with a massive, fluffy head. Very clear. lace ain't gonna be happenin'. Slight haze.

Has a sweet malt -- almost German -- smell, that almost smells like a good ol' fashioned taffy pull. Very sugary sweet with smells of chocolate and toffee. An unreal sweet, sugary malt.

An interesting sweet malt beverage. It's far too sugary and malty sweet for this hophead. Reminds me of Goya Malta with almost a winter ale flavor thrown in. Good for that style. The sweetness could be described as "insane."

As it warms up, thickens up. This is such an odd beer. The brown sugar of the name is almost palpable. It's not a repeat beer. It's way too sweet for me.

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 Beestin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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 rxthree
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a hard beer to review... to me this tastes a lot like a DIPA/Barleywine hybrid... like Arrogant Bastard, Devil Dancer, etc... It's delicious for sure and the fact that it only cost me about $1.50 a bottle certain adds a ton. Twelve oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A: Red/orange-ish brown with two finger very light tan color head. Lots and lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, blood orange, sweet malt... smells very similar to Lucky Bastard ale from Stone that I recently had.

T: Grapefruit, citrus, orange peel, brown sugar (duh), some booze. It's hoppy, but it's not bitter due to the sweet malt and sugar. This beer tastes quite awesome. I usually do not enjoy this "type" of beer... and by this "type", I mean, some of the beers mentioned above and as well as DFH 120 minute (although quite different)... but this beer is nice and sweet... and not overly boozy or overly hoppy. Very well balanced I would say.

M: Syrupy, chewy, and thick.

O: I like it. Not my favorite style, but this one works. I will be aging a couple of the six pack I got today to experiment - will report back a few months/years later ;)

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of linnymtu
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ethanmc12
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cherry copper color with a thin off white head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- The nose is really sweet with some caramel and dark fruit scents.

T- Nice sweet malt flavor with some brown sugar (obviously) and a bit of a medicinal finish. The alcohol is definitely there and it creates a nice warming effect on the way down. Really not finding as much hop bitterness as I would have thought.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

D- This was a pretty solid brew. Could have used a bit more balance with additional bitterness.

Photo of fuzzcherry
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Skunkdrool
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Hootie159
4.15/5  rDev +3%

Photo of MattSharpless
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,697 ratings.