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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,701 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,701
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 146
Gots: 243 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

xdtfx, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Robyn, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of minterro
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting this for about a year now, I like the "Sucks" so hopefully this one is freaking awesome if "sucks" was the substitute.

Bought from Spartan Spirits East Lansing for about 2.50 a bottle. Poured into a snifter

A&S: citrus hops (oranges grapefruits) also some pineyness with a touch of spiciness. Color is a ruby red and translucent. The head is foamy and pretty thick and almost a yellow tan color. Head dies a bit over time but nothing that dramatic.

T&M: Very bitter upfront which is pretty unusually considering that usually falls toward the back. The alcohol is not super present however there is the normal warming presence felt when the beer is very alcoholic (yet another interesting part of this beer). There is much more caramel present in this one then would be expected by the smell. Very smooth and dry finish with piney hops thrown in.

O: Very interesting. many elements about this beer are unusually however they still complement the style so I would say this beer is pretty darn good. Totally met if not exceeded my expectations.

minterro, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ltdantheman, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Sspeer1, Oct 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

scootercrabb, Dec 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

assman79, Oct 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

larryarms847, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Nage37, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Marco_Gtz, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ale207, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of droomyster
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a short copper colored head that recedes quickly. Body is slightly hazy deep brownish red. Strong aroma of cherries and molasses, grassy/citrus hops, lots of alcohol and red grapes. Big blast of sweetness, brown sugar? Heck yeah, and well supported by a strong bitterness. Light doughy yeastiness. Full body, light carbonation. I consider this the chewiest of the chewy. Goes down slow and sticky, lingering medicinal taste.

droomyster, Mar 13, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Sarge3130, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MrDave, Jul 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

timmy2b, Dec 25, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice looking reddish brown with a finger of off white head and good retention into a dogfish head snifter. nice lacing throughout the drink as well
S: smells of piney hops and citrus. not a lot of sweetness but a little bit of herbal hops as well
T: nice caramel and brown sugar sweetness up front with some slightly piney hops swallow brings a nice oily pine hop with some equally tasty residual sweetness
M: medium carb and a slightly heavy mouthfeel but not excessively viscous
O: pretty tasty beer. good flavors and some nice complexity. I like sucks a little more but this beer is pretty tasty. The hoppiness surprised me but it keeps the sweetness in check.

SHODriver, Oct 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

AndyEdgar, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired in a trade as generous extra from Bulkman (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/27/10).

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a moderate off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving some patchy lacying

S: Brown sugar is certainly apparent along with a sweet caramel malt, toffee, and some faint citrus hops. Smells very sweet and sugary.

T: Brown sugar and caramel malt make up the bulk of the flavor profile with some citrus hops taking the back seat. A pleasant taste, but not terribly complex.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate and slight creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down. A little gritty as well.

D: The sweetness holds this one back for me, but the abv. is well hidden.

Overall this certainly and interesting offering from Lagunitas and one that should be tried by fans of the style with a sweet-tooth. Thanks again Chuck for throwing this one in the box! Recommended.

Lunch, Feb 01, 2010
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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%

dagubna, Sep 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

beerman999999, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

seavercm, Dec 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

mwbrady12, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Beestin, Apr 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,701 ratings.