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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,688 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3,688
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 146
Gots: 236 | 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 martyl1000
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monks Kettle. Nice looking pour into a goblet, a clear reddish brown, with a thin white head and delicate lacing that slides down the glass

Surprising hop-forward aroma. Perhaps its just too cold, but I'm not getting any of the sugar sweetness in the nose or in the mouth. I'm even wondering if the bartender has given me the wrong beer.

martyl1000, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of larryarms847
5/5  rDev +24.4%

larryarms847, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Nage37, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

unclekeith, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of watermelonman
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice deep copper and orange with a fairly large head that quickly faded to a small ring. There's no real lace.

The flavors here are fairly straightforward for the style, but then again, this doesn't really fit into a standard style. Brown sugar and light malts dominate the smell. The same can be found in the front of the taste, while substantial hops linger through the finish. The mouthfeel is assertive and interesting.

Drinkability is outright dangerous for the alcohol content.

watermelonman, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of AmitC
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent product overall.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. A very deep amber color. Otherwise very clear except for some suspended very very fine particles. Excellent light tan colored almost two fingers thick head with good retention. The receding head leaves an excellent tracing behind. A few small bubbles seen rising up.

Aroma is strong and punching. A mix of super strong malt and very bitter subtle hops. Use of brown cane sugar as suggested by the bottle suggests some sweetness along with strong maltiness. However, bitter hops are equally strong and rise up to give an excellent aroma. Some alcohol but overall dominated by rich and strong bitter malt. I love the aroma as such and it is very inviting.

Flavor is excellent. A very strong bitterness for something not an IPA or barleywine. Very upfront hops that dominate leaving the strong malt base as a sidekick. Malts are huge and in abundance but for me hops just overpower everything not to the point of extreme bitterness, but just enough bitterness that is worth savoring. A little bit of alcohol and kick is felt. Very warming. Boozy - no. Aftertaste is also full of bitterness.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly full. Moderate to low carbonation. No astringency of any kind for me. Some may find it bitter or boozy or way too malty, but this is just a perfect blend.

This drinks so easy, you realize this when you finish it in 15 minutes. Damn, it is 10%. Can't drink a lot in a single session. Got to care for liver.

AmitC, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ant880
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ant880, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of SHODriver
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
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper/brown, with 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Sugar cane and alcohol! Lots of brown sugar and toasty malts.

T - Sweet as a M)($%*(^$%($#^%. Wow. Lots of sugar. Lots of alcohol.

M - Oily, medium bodied, and fairly high carbonation.

O - Good, but I can only drink about half of one of these and I am done. Too sweet and strong

BeerDawgs, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of srw
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

srw, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of auxiliary
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pour was light brown color, pretty clear. Nice foamy head, and some lacing.

Smell - Malts, brown sugar, hops and alcohol.

Taste - Brown sugar, malts, alcohol taste to it

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and malt taste.

Drinkability - Alcohol is high at 9.9, bery nice beer. i enjoyed this one, slow drinking beer.

auxiliary, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of xdtfx
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

xdtfx, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

mmilyko, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of hoppymeal
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber and copper color, clear, with a good size cream-yellow head. Aroma is sweet honey and a little caramel, cereal and a hint of booze. Hops are more evident in the taste but heavier on the malt side with some sweet grapey-ness, and rich caramel malts. A nice spicy alcohol bite in the finish. I have really been enjoying some high alcohol malt bombs recently so this beer is going down quite easily.

hoppymeal, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company - Brown Shugga', poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours copper ruby amber with a good sized soapy head that retains quite well. Glorious lacing.

Smell - Hoppy, red malts, and some booze.

Taste - Hoppy citrus orange and resiny with a blast of hot booze.

Mouthfeel - Almost heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Hot and boozy. Drinkable and quite dangerous haha.

Overall - Solid brew, a kick in the face. Strong ale with a nice juicy hoppy blast. Recommend.

JMScowcroft, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Bfarr
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown shugga is a hazy red tinted amber with a thin head. A sweet malty aroma leads right into a sugar fest. A very sweet flavor is surprisingly offset by a fuzzy and lightly hoppy feel. It's highly carbonated so there's no syrupy mouthfeel.

I love this beer partially because I love a sweet beer from time to time. It's really easy to drink despite the ABV, which I think is a little more masked on-tap.

Bfarr, May 11, 2010
Photo of JMad
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was bright and clear, the color was a dark amber, copper with a thick, off-white bubbly head that left some good lacing. The smell has lots of brown sugar, a good helping of grapefruit and a hint of vinegar. I first tasted alcohol in the back of my mouth, then there was an overwhelmng brown sugar taste. In the background you could barely taste a hint of bitter, citrusy hops, the beer finishes sweet. This is a very thick brew, it has low carbonation and every sip leaves you wanting more. At first the taste is kind of strong but after awhile it smooths out and this became a very enjoyable drink.

JMad, Feb 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

csmalley, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Alpar
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Alpar, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of richj1970
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber almost red color. Very generous 3 finger head with some nice lacing.

S: Nice mix of sweet caramel and hops. A bit of piney resin.

T: Really complex mix of some slight sweetness from the malts with bitterness from the hops. Some roasted grains, caramels, and bold hops.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: Interesting brew. I take one sip and I'm thinking DIPA. The next sip and I'm thinking stronle ale. Nice balance and complexity.

richj1970, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Marco_Gtz, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jeffthepony, Nov 08, 2012
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,688 ratings.