Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +5%
a: pours a nice deep orange copper color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leacing a ring of lace around the edge of the glass as well as on the top of the beer
s: caramely malts a little sweet light piny hop aroma
t: caramel, malts, a brown sugar flavor hints of the alcohol little bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation
overall, this is really good i will buy more
03-27-2008 20:34:08 | More by happygnome
4.55/5 rDev +13.2%
Appearance: Lives up to its name. Looks like melted brown sugar. light, rich, brown color
S: refreshing flowery hoppy smell, with some very mild citricy hops in the background, with the malty smells playing second fiddle to the hops
However, these hops smell excellent
T: sweet sticky goodness, with a light hoppy bite coming in at the end. lots of brown suggar and hops, and it works out a lot better then it should.
M:Slick, lightly sticky, light for a 10% ABV brew
overall: this is a epic beer, and I give it a 4.5/5
its a VERY good limited release form Lagunitas. Strong brewing skills where at work to making something like this work that had this much brown sugar (as a home brewer myself, I can appreciate the work they put in to making this one work.
Highly recommended. If you see if, get it!
12-02-2012 07:25:31 | More by jucifer1818
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.
pours a beautiful ruddy copper/amber tone with a good degree of clarity to it, maybe a finger of beige head lacking much retention, lapsing into a thin collar; nice lacing.
aromatic nose replete with hops (citrus, some pine) and a notable caramel malt presence, subtle brown sugar notes.
the hop characters lead the way in the flavor, with the malt and brown sugar sweetness opening up more mid-palate and then hops and some alcohol present in the finish. pretty damn tasty. sort of a crossbreed between a DIPA and a barleywine.
full/medium bodied with moderate carbonation. for a beer approaching 10% ABV this drinks pretty well.
10-31-2010 02:57:10 | More by perrymarcus
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Notes from 12/09/2010:
12 oz. bottle at 45* into a snifter.
A: This pours a reddish-brown color with a finger and a half of off-white head that laces very well.
S: It's tough to categorize this from the nose; it features notes of maple syrup, caramel apples, and some bourbon-y vanilla notes.
T: The taste is of hazelnut, cinammon, sweet dark fruit notes, apples, and maple syrupy bourbon.
M: It has a thick body with some creaminess and leaves the lips very sticky.
D: This is tasty but a bit conflicting and out of balance.
12-19-2010 06:31:15 | More by bucklemyshoe
4.18/5 rDev +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.
11-25-2013 03:02:28 | More by richj1970
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
I had a dream last night. I was trapped, held hostage in a monstrous gold and porcelain castle. The front steps were like the steps of the state house, overlooking the long slope of a grassy hill upon which the mansion was set. I'm not sure why I was trapped there or what the obese, burly owner wanted... His face was emblazoned with a deep red scar in the shape of a supernova over his right eye, and the stain seemed to drip down his barrel-chest and form another explosion, almost as if he was being slowly consumed by some burning evil, despite his cordiality and joviality. My friends and I ate meats and cheeses at the banquet table and drank a wonderful nectar, I even took precise notes (which I will recall here in order to satisfy the estimable reader's curiosity):
"Dark amber with two fingers of light tan head that laces a little. Perfectly clear, quite pretty.
Tons of brown sugar, molasses, alcohol. Sweet malts and sticky pine resin hops meld to form the aroma...
The flavour opens up with more caramel-molasses sweetness, but the hops certainly come in to balance with a big piney-grapefruit-bitter wallop.
Chewy, warming, medium carbonation and a good, slick, mouth-filling presence."
He's throwing a party tonight, and I thought it may afford me a chance to escape, but the party was so huge that he had to have security stationed at every doorway, whether in the grand ballroom that had woods as a back wall, or at the top of the front steps where one stepped into the next layer, as it were, of the house... set up almost like an onion, I recall it to have been... and the last thing I remember is searching down a hallway that seemed to be constantly shrinking, with strange artwork on the walls and guards at the ends... Many, many colours here, not just the porcelain and gold, and the desperation was setting in as I remembered the ghastly scars that covered his grotesque upper body and he smiled and acted as though he were a benevolent father, but I knew that though I could have all the fun I wanted within those walls, there would never be any escape... and I had yet to discover a good reason why he wanted to keep me...
08-30-2007 02:46:27 | More by khiasmus
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Ruby red color, clear. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks small but nice, off white color.
Resiny/piney hops and sweet caramel malts.
Taste & Mouthfeel:
Sweet malts, caramel, hint of maple. Hop character is very present, I get resin-piney, slight spicy. There's some black cherries I could detect. Full bodied, yet pretty syrupy.
Finish & Aftertaste:
Slight peppery finish, dry fruity aftertaste.
01-09-2011 22:33:20 | More by mjurney
3.1/5 rDev -22.9%
This to me was only slightly better than the Hairy Eyeball Ale. In fact I would say these to beers are nearly identical except for two things. The Brown Shugga has higher alcohol content but it is hidden better with the flavor and so it is not as offputting. Also, there seems to be a bit more molasses or brown sugar used and a bit less dried fruit which makes it slightly more balanced.
01-18-2009 07:06:42 | More by supercolter
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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