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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,835 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,835
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 207
Gots: 770 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1/29/2007 $3.59 22 oz. 9.90% No best by date.


Startingly amber/ruby in color with a clarity I rarely see in beers. A faint haze of tan foam wisps around my goblet.


Ripe tropical fruit notes come through with a burst of sweetness imparted by the brown sugar. Aromas are indicative of a Belgian double, namely the belgian candied sugar, which I suppose comes from the brown sugar.


Smooth, yet simple mouthfeel opens up this sweet brew. Notes of the tropics (pineapple, fig and starfruit) couple with a tinge of warm alcohol. Sugar is apparent, though whether brown, or candied is difficult to discern. Finish is slightly bitter, though not to the extent of the 51.1 IBU's the bottle promises. It is nice to have the sweet balanced by the mild bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of hero27
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
9.9% abv

Pours a dark amber with an orange tint.
Rich caramel, sweet roasted malts, (the obvious brown sugar) with a slightly hoppy pine finish.. slightly medicinal & peppery as well.
This is a meal in a bottle...very sweet & rich. Plenty of alcohol burn..maybe a little over the top. But overall, a good offering from Lagunitas that does not disappoint.

Photo of scottoale
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks to be another beauty from Lagunitas with an O.G. of 1.100 and the bittering of 51.1I.B.U with a fairly hefty 9.9ABV...sweet !! Out pours 12oz. of a deep copper colored, 2 finger of off-white headed ale of beauty, as I thought. Nice sticky lacing...ooh la la!

Smells malty and brown sugary with a hint of hop bringing up the rear. Let's taste it. Sweet and malty with nary a hop finish. A little sweet at first but as it warms just a hair, the hops start to kick in nicely as well as the alcohol starts to warm the finish. Full rich mouthfeel and flavor, this beers got some body and some legs as well.

Very tasty stuff that goes down easy but be warned, this is a truly strong ale, one of a kind in it's style! Try it, you'll never know till you do...I recommend this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled October 9th 2012.

A: Pours a clear reddish copper with a dense two finger white head. Not much visible carbonation. Head laces the sides of the glass nicely.

S: Initially there is a citrus / floral hop aroma which is quite pleasant. You can also get a nice sweet malt in the background.

T: More malty than the aroma would lead you to think. Dont get me wrong there is a great hop kick in the middle of this brew. Sweetness from the brown sugar is a great compliment to the hop. Lingering hop taste.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, a very warming brew. Isnt too sticky from the hops but still has a bit of a nectar like mouthfeel. A little hot right now.

Overall a pretty damn good beer, has more hops than most strong ales but still fits well in the category. Can't wait to try this again after it has been able to sit for a bit.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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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 ;)

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ericj551
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga pours a clear amber orange with a lasting head. The smell is like a good barleywine, sweet and rich caramel malt aroma with a nice spicy, slightly citrusy and floral hops. Taste is a smooth balance. The sweet malts are up front, with a dark fruitiness. Hops follow will a nice but not overwhelming bitterness and a herbal, almost medicinal flavor. The beer is slightly less sweet and full bodied then I would expect for just under 10%, but that would make sense with the addition of brown sugar. The mouthfeel on the one is incredibly smooth, almost creamy. Alcohol is more noticeable as the beer warms.

I'm glad to see Lagunitas coming to my area, I've had a chance to try five different beers from them recently.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,835 ratings.