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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Envelopes, Oct 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ScottP, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Sturmthis, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of mzwolinski
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crytsal-clear and a rich copper in color, with a mountainous off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma is quite appealing as the brown sugar sweetness blends almost imperceptibly with a blend of citric and lightly floral hops. Mild fusel alcohol aromas develop as the beer warms. The flavor begins malty with some light, fruity notes, followed by an almost granular sugary flavor and some mild alcohol warming. The finish is dominating by a biting hop presence, but one which stings only for a second and merges gracefully in to a very well-balanced sugary sweet and somewhat spicy aftertaste. Medium-full body and rather like a mild barley wine in character. A very well-crafted (even if accidentally!) and drinkable beer.

mzwolinski, Jan 20, 2003
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

zenwatts, Jan 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

linnymtu, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

slim2043, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Sonofalime
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Sonofalime, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

TheMarkE, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of ali1987
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ali1987, Dec 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Auraan, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at House of 1000 Beers, first time grabbing a bottle here to drink. Pours a beautiful amber red with an off-white/relatively tan pillowy head, good retention and lacing. Smell reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks from last year -- sweet and hoppy, with a resinous malt character that is reminiscent of other Lagunitas offerings, but more pronounced here. Flavor is similar but super sweet, which is good but some may find it over the top. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth, with little hop bitterness, but very good. Over all this is a very good beer, and makes me realize just how much Lagunitas means to me. Cheers.

rodlavers, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

dataylor21, Jan 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bh123, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok, so the Raul man has seen Brown Shugga' categorized as many things - brown ale, Barelywine, American strong ale... Whatever it is, it's off the hook! Juice, caramel, malt... Raul is feeling it like a K-town rub down. Clean, svelte...

Like Tinker, to Evers, to Chance...


RaulMondesi, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of BigCheese
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear rusty red. Small but sticky looking off white head, head dies quick, does leave some webbing.

S: Grapefruit Hops, maple sugar, molasses, roasted malts. Strong and pungent.

T: Some tropical hops interwoven with a rich sweet malt bill. Caramel, rasins, brown sugar, powdered sugar all come to mind, some piney/herbal hop bitterness in finish. some booziniess too. Initial sweetness also has an english feel to it, maybe the yeast.

M: Syrupy, rich mouthfeel, dangerously drinkable.

O: pretty tasty and interesting, quite sweet/rich but its not cloying. Not mind blowing but quite enjoyable, 6 months aging might smooth it out. I'd definitely reccomend trying it once, great value.

BigCheese, Nov 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

bluesplit63, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mrchrisray, Nov 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jakecattleco, May 31, 2013
Photo of kegger22
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brown with a tiny head that rapidly faded to a skin. The aroma was citrus The taste was malty sweet with little citrus hop backbone. However, and I have rarely (never) described taste this way, Shugga' tasted flat and heavy. The feel was full bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability was good. It still wasn't bad, but the heavy/flat sensation did affect my opinion of the flavor.

kegger22, Nov 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

hinemk76, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

NumberNone, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of beergod1
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown-amber pour with a thin and foamy off-white head. Thin spotty lacing as well. The aroma is hoppy with sweet dark fruit and molasses coming through more as it warms. The labeling on this one really threw me off as I was expecting more of a sweet brown ale. Once my taste buds told me it was actually a Barley Wine I was able to accept the flavor. Very hoppy on the front end, along with some alcohol burn. The flavor mellows a bit as sweet malt start to seep in. The finish is round and fruity with an alcohol burn leftover. Above average, and kind of unique.

beergod1, Oct 31, 2010
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,701 ratings.