Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 12-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,685
Reviews:
1,591
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
299
Gots:
1,335
For Trade:
13
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Photo of RickS95
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium ruby brown. Despite a relatively dark color, it's very clear and bordering on translucent. The head is gorgeous. A finger and a half thick of offwhite bubbles. Retention is lasting and as the head sits there, it's lightens to an almost white color, giving it a creamy look. Lacing is thick and attractive.

The scent is aggressive with floral notes of tropical flowers. The look and smell both very much resemble a pale ale or an India pale ale. Eventually brown sugar notes evolve.

It's got an almost strange taste, like a combination of a pale ale and brown sugar. The high alcohol is well-masked but gathers steam in the swallow and lingers til the next sip.

Once again, the resemblance to a pale ale or IPA is unmistakable. The only difference is a larger malt bill, with caramel malt highlighted. Sugary sweet up front with orange rind bitterness building into the finish. A medicinal feel walks hand in hand with the bitterness unleashing an assault on the palate. Medium bodied despite the high ABV. Very warming.

I don't think this is as good as Sucks, but it's an interesting beer. Still tastes IPAish to me. A good beer.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeGude
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to my buddy UA8 for the hookup!

Pours a nice dark ruby red with a very small light bien head. The nose is very nice, it's sweet like brown sugar as well as dark fruits.

Very unique, the brown sugar flavor is there, it's sweet and a bit chewy. Nice layers of spices and maltiness come through a it warms. The carbonation is a bit low, but it is well done and smooth drinking. Overall another slam dunk for Lagunitas.

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Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of VaTechPhilly
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of krl2112
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of gillagorilla
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Union 2nd Anniversary glass

A: Beautiful deep brown that is still able to be seen through. Nice strong head that leaves some nice lacing.
S: Excellent sweet malt flavors that are perfectly mixed with a pine hop flavor
T: Deliciously malty with a nice subtle bit of hoppiness to it.
M: Nice even bit of light carbonation.
O: Great beer at a great price with a nice ABV. This one will keep nicely.

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Photo of aracauna
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jakey likes! Pours a crystal clear medium brown with amber highlights. The head is oddly yellow (not sunshine yellow, but a dull creamish yellow) and looks almost greasy or buttery. The head forms nicely and sticks around long enough that I can't complain. Even when it's mostly gone, what's left manages to sheet the sides of the glass. The first thing that came to mind after the first sniff was leaves. It's that smell when you're out in the woods and you pull leaves from a branch and crush them. The hoppy leaf smell dominates the soft warm malts underneath. The flavor is what stole my heart, though. You've got buttery biscuits topped with caramel and toffee flakes topped with a dollop of cream sprinkled with brown sugar and a light drizzling of maple syrup. Actually, that makes this thing sound sickeningly sweet, but it's not. It's just sweet enough that you'd call it sweet but no more. The slightly herbal hops are easily picked out but don't overpower or even dominate. An exquisitely balanced brew and one that I wouldn't guess was over 6% just by the taste.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty burnt orange color topped by a half-inch of creamy ecru head that sticks around for the duration. Aroma of crisp floral hops, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of brown sugar. Palate is initially sweet, with caramel malt and a considerable amount of brown sugar intensifying mid-palate. A light spiciness comes through right before the swallow, finishing with a good amount of warming alcohol. Body is smooth and creamy, quite enjoyable. On the whole a good beer, but be careful - the well-masked alcohol can sneak up on you.

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Photo of dental
3.8/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Yancey82
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CreightonSM
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Jlabs
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Azpittil57
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 5,685 ratings.
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