Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'
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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 12-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,103
Reviews:
1,619
Ratings:
5,787
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
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301
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Ratings: 5,787 |  Reviews: 1,619
Photo of pmcadamis
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this on tap at Old Chicago in Peoria!

A - Clear amber brew topped with a tight one finger white head of really fluffy and crispy-looking foam. The head reminds me of that white stuff that people put underneath their Christmas villages.

S - Wow! Super-hoppy and very sugary too. I can smell the brown sugar for sure, but this is pretty much all about the big Northwestern hops. Cascade maybe?

T - This is really piney, a little bit citrusy, and very solidly malted too. The brown sugar is there, but again...hop city! The malts live up to the very demanding nature of the hops and serve to make this crazy brew balanced....if you can call a nearly 10% abv beer brewed with brown sugar balanced.

M - Full bodied, nicely carbonated...crisp, but never distracting from the flavor. Really sugary and boozy. This is balanced, moderately dry on the finish, and somewhat oily. A very solid and structured brew!

D - Sobriety be damned! I want more of this glorious stuff! This is really an outstanding brew....could take the place of a brandy after dinner, but it's balanced enough to drink a few of if you aren't planning on operating any heavy machinery in the next few hours!

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Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jwswigs
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Westyn
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ksimons
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear ruby with three fingers worth of bubbly cream colored head

S-caramel malt and piney citrus hops

T-caramel malt, brown sugar, bitterness is more mild than the smell would suggest. Very well hidden alcohol.

M-medium body, good carbonation

Overall sweet and sticky, but not cloying, but still has a very large hop presence. Very well done and drinkable.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this on tap recently at La Cav Du Vin. Served to me in a tulip glass. This beer is a clear, medium brown color. Decent sized head probably about 1/2 inch when drawn from the tap before settling to a decent surface cover with nice lace. Smells of brown sugar and malt along with some citrus hops are certainly present. Tastewise this beer is certainly sweet upfront with caramel and brown sugar present before the hoppy bitterness also makes its presence known almost immediately. I would not say the balance is not good, but neither primary flavor (the sweetness nor the bitterness) is stronger than the other. Very interesting indeed. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinkability could be a bit more easy to drink, due to its overall strangeness. I would certainly drink this again.

Eric

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Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of NJB145
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kamikazeokami
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JDizzle
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

It's off red copper color looks real nice. Not much head.

It smells sweet and hoppy. Perfume like?

The taste is a lot like the smell. It's hoppy and bitter with a nice sweet malt bill. It's nothing special, but pleasant.

Mouthfell is medium. I thouhgt it would be sweeter and thicker.

Not bad...

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Photo of MKrauss
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MidwestBA
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer from jyounger30, thank you for this bottle.

Poured into a nonic at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A deep dark copper color with a reddish hue. There was a nice one finger tan head with bubbles and foam. The head lasted for a few minutes and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The clarity of the beer is clear. There is a little bit of effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A dark brown cane sugar, similar to raw sugar in boiling water. There is nice malt aroma with some alcohol and caramel. There is a biscuit/toast aroma with some yeast.

Taste: A rich heavy malt complex with brown sugar, caramel and the alcohol. I can taste a bready/toast and yeast flavors.

Overall: The mouth feel is heavy and slightly carbonated. The body of the beer is thick and the finish lingers for a few moments. This beer will sneak up on you and kick you in the butt. The alcohol flavor is there but not dominating. The beer has a great flavor and is easy to drink . When I drink strong ale beers, I expect the beer to have a well rounded flavor and is not overly alcoholy. Good job, this the first beer from Lagunitas and I like was I am tasting.

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Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: January 30, 2016... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: helping Shan chop food for a new dish and preparing to show the boys The Desolation of Smaug... APPEARANCE: slightly opaque, sparsely bubbly amber orange brown body... the head is off-white, thick and chunky to begin... then it settles to an erratic, uneven heap of bubbles, soap and clouds--frankly, a surprise for a beer that sports a 9.8 % ABV... AROMA: a blast of raw sugray sweetness, coats the usual suspects in the hop bomb that Lagunitas lights--I sense Citra, the Columbus, the garlic of Summit... being a barleywine, the maltiness is a powerfully sweet, nondescript monolith of bread loaf... PALATE: heavy, slightly syrupy... active at the teeth and equally animated at the end... a force to be reckoned with... TASTE: dank, earthy, resinous and deeply infused with the sugary sweetness of cane; fewer floral notes of which to speak, and the malts solidify a forceful, meal-of-a-glass to experience... offers up a side dish of vegetable overtones, including prune and green bean... OVERALL: Having had--and enjoyed--the Sucks as a substitute, this presents an altogether heavier, sweeter, demanding version of its substitute--just what a barleywine should do...the overall drinking experience is sippable, stoic and contemplative...drinking into dinner,t the beer complimented a skillet comprised of chicken, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, and bacon... quite a victory in that consideration....

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Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been told Lagunitas uses a Julian dating code on it's bottles. Assuming that is true this beer was bottled on October 6, 2010. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear orangish copper color with a 1 finger white head that end up leaving just a thin white cap for the duration. Pretty good lacing down the glass.

Nose is hoppy at first, surprisingly so, with citrus, piny and resiny notes, yet it smells just as sweet at the same time. Has a caramel sweetness that seems almost sugary.

Taste is very sweet at first, some caramel malt, toffee and, not surprisingly, brown sugar. Not as hoppy as the nose, but they are definitely there. I got some citrus in the nose but the hops in each sip are of the piny/resiny variety with a hint of bitterness. Also a slight warming of the back of the throat from some alcohol.

Thick, full body. Medium carbonation keeps it from being even thicker and syrup-like. Smooth finish despite the alcohol warmth.

Goes down smooth enough but the sweetness might keep from enjoying more than one in a sitting. Even with the slight warming at the end of each sip the 10%ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The color is a deep, clear amber with a sticky white head. On the nose is burnt brown shugga' and a hint of orange marmalade. The taste follows the nose, and that is a good thing. The flavors are sweet and phenolic with weak citrus notes. Brown Shugga is medium bodied and easy drinking. I first had this at a festival and the server described it as a Barley wine, but I agree with BA it fits better in the strong ale category. This beer is very enjoyable.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brown Shugga purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga.
appearance: Beautiful! orange, brown, amber. Clear with a pretty decent creamy head.
smell: Wow, what a nice balance of malty sweetness and hoppy, citrus accents.
taste: And just as great as the nose advertises. Sort of a barleywine mixed with a DIPA....carefully mixed and well executed.
Creamy and quaffable.
Between Avery, DFH, and Lagunitas...what a great lot.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a stout lil' 12 oz into a shaped pint. The body is that of a steeped black tea and the head is a light yet clinging 2 inch head that leaves behind a nice dusting for a lacing.

Smell: A treat for the proboscis and then some its a melody of floral notes, malty nuances, subtle pumpernickle, obvious mounds of brown sugar and alcoholic undertones.

Taste: This one is quite delectable to say the least. They hit the nail on the head because its packed to the brim with shugga' but not sickeningly so. There is a nice balance of thick caramelized malt and almost spiced complexity that is counterbalanced with a citric resinous hop. Thankfully the backbone of this one never gets overwhelming but rather stands back to mediate the malt and hop combination. The finish is astringent with a discernible bitter character and a slight pinch of molasses.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonated just right, an aftertaste but doesn't overstay its welcome and although somewhat sweet it isn't sticky.

Drinkability: Surprisingly the abv is not a good indicator because it drinks to me like a 6% session; but in the strong ale category it ranks high.

Overall: I will say its a strong offering from what i've seen as of now to be a pretty legit brewery in their offerings. I almost put off the review because I was savoring the beer outright with this one because its a familiar yet distinct flavor of its own.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,787 ratings
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