Brown Shugga'
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #74
Ranked #9,225
4.03 | pDev: 11.17%
May 06, 2022
Dec 13, 2001
Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'
Notes: IBU 51.1
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
4.24 by vickersspitfire from Texas on Mar 11, 2022
Photo of izraelc
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by izraelc from New York

Pours a hazy amber. Thick foam. Malty aroma. Big flavors. Bitter hop body followed my syrupy malt sweetness. Light brown sugar finish. You can taste the alcohol. Complex but well balanced. An excellent strong ale.

Mar 05, 2022
4 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 14, 2022
4.16 by mikerieder from South Dakota on Dec 05, 2021
3.94 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Nov 21, 2021
3.65 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 14, 2021
Photo of jimmah120
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12oz bottle

One of my old favorites, this is a big boozy sugary drink with a decent scent and look, and dangerous drinkability. I used to get sixers of this for $8 back in college, and many a blurry night were spent in its embrace

Jul 31, 2021
3.75 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
2 by jeschaefer from Texas on Apr 18, 2021
3.69 by Myboymi from Kansas on Mar 08, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
4.21 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
3.91 by iamclifford from Illinois on Jan 05, 2021
4.56 by Argail from Louisiana on Dec 21, 2020
3.96 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Nov 08, 2020
4.19 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2020
4.15 by Archfiend from Illinois on Sep 28, 2020
Photo of Raymysterio911
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Raymysterio911 from Washington

A nice seasonal option when I can find it. Decent nose, goes down smooth for a heavy hitter. I hope the woke agitators dont cancel the brew's name. Reminds me of darker skinned gf's back in the day. Much respect for this "brew of color." lol

Sep 17, 2020
4.48 by Jarrod_LC from Louisiana on Sep 05, 2020
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
4.01 by BlueJay2852 from Texas on Jul 01, 2020
Photo of maxpower
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by maxpower from Missouri

12 oz bottle pours a deep reddish-brown in color with a beautiful creamy beige head that leaves sticky sheets of lace in the glass. Strong aromas of grapefruit and caramel candy. Full bodied with a thick almost syrupy mouthfeel. Sugary, dark fruit and caramel flavor.

Jun 05, 2020
4.39 by lebrisa from Connecticut on Jun 03, 2020
Photo of OK_Denise
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by OK_Denise from Oklahoma

Wowser, this is a pretty stout Am Strong Ale!! For me, it is is a bit overpowering with the initial bite and then the finish is a bit bitter. It is a really good beer for this style, but I cannot say that I find it to be a great beer. I know that is weak but that is just due to my taste. As always, I recommend you try this (if interested in the style) and form your own opinion.

May 24, 2020
3.79 by Cfitty from New York on May 24, 2020
4.18 by Flathead5173 from Ohio on May 12, 2020
Photo of dd53grif
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a copper color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. No discernable aroma. Tastes of brown sugar. Starts out sweet but finishes with a hoppy bitterness.

Apr 30, 2020
3.41 by RuffReader from Texas on Apr 19, 2020
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
4.4 by Yendor61 from Michigan on Mar 14, 2020
3.5 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 09, 2020
4.94 by Jut025 from Pennsylvania on Mar 08, 2020
Photo of Reef
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Reef from South Carolina

Bottling code from September 2019

Dark translucent copper, one finger of beige head, clumpy lacing. partial cap, variegated bubbles.
Caramel, dates, dark honey, spice cake aromas
Light hop tart orange citrus, pine, yet also brown sugar, and caramel flavors
Substantial body, alcohol noticeable, initial hop bite, but nice balance that drinks too quickly. Lingering hop tingle. Carbonation dissipates steadily but is stubborn given the ABV.
Evergreen standby in the winter months.

Mar 04, 2020
4.67 by a_silva_016 from Arizona on Feb 02, 2020
4.1 by AndrewTobias from Pennsylvania on Jan 21, 2020
4.1 by Bigskyjim from South Carolina on Jan 07, 2020
3.8 by ImperatorScab from Tennessee on Jan 04, 2020
Photo of defunksta
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear, orange color (slightly amber) with a moderate off-white head. SRM of 17. (3.50)

Aroma: Strong aromas of sweet caramel and syrup. Syrupy soaked, brown-sugar baked, French Toast. Mostly syrup, brown sugar. Some cardboard as the sweetness rides up the nose. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose folks with a dirty, sweet but also dank hop flavors. Straight syrup and bitterness, but enveloped completely by a syrup, brown sugar, and cardboard sweetness. Then you think you're done. But another wave of sweetness drizzled-syrup comes through. As you can guess, another wave of sweetness lingers through the end. (3.25)

Feel: Heavy, sweet, syrupy. Actually good carbonation, but then it gets enveloped by the sweetness. Surprisingly enough carbonation to keep it from being resinous though. (4.00)

Overall: A thick, heavy, syrupy rendition of a beer. Tons of brown sugar, caramel sweetness. There are hops. But completely enveloped by the sweetness. If you took a 9% imperial IPA, then dumped brown sugar in for another 2-3% of sweetness, then that is this beer. Caramel, syrup, and then even cardboard sweetness. The sugar hides the alcohol but discloses a syrup-soaked cardboard flavor. Dear God, please don't make this Diabetes Bomb again. (Final Rating: 3.45)

Jan 01, 2020
4.15 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Dec 27, 2019
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 6028 ratings