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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,776 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,776
Reviews: 1,302
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 158
Gots: 264 | FT: 12
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

RayUF07, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

crob3888, Nov 20, 2011
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
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

scootercrabb, Dec 08, 2011
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%

dataylor21, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

kemoarps, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ToadiesForCody, Apr 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

rspauldi, Jun 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jeffthepony, Nov 08, 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%

Sonofalime, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bccrosley, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

BeerMeBrah, Nov 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Alpar, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dwoolley1, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

themind, Mar 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

beerman999999, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

dheldman, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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

IPAIsaac, Nov 19, 2013
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ScottP, Mar 26, 2013
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,776 ratings.