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

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Added by kbub6f on 12-13-2001

BEER STATS
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#3,158
Reviews:
1,624
Ratings:
5,797
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
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Photo of shand
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a hazy red-amber color. This is a highly carbonated brew, judging from the evident carbonation bubbles. The head is pretty puny though, less than a fingers worth without much retention. Lacing is great though. The smell is loaded with hops and grapefruit. It's not all that bitter though, there's a sweetness to the brew for sure.

This tastes dank. Seriously, this has some serious ganja going on. There's a bit of a sweetness to the aftertaste too. It's almost like sugared grapefruit as the aftertaste. It's a good beer. The mouthfeel is great, it's just thick enough to make the beer feel substantial without becoming too sticky or cloying. The drinkability benefits from this - it hides it's alcohol very well.

This is a pretty good beer from Lagunitas. It's not my favourite beer in the world, but it's unique (who the hell would mix a barleywine and an IPA?), tastes good, and could really be someone's favourite beer. Recommended.

EDIT: 11/19/2012: Brown Shugga's back, so I went back and looked at my old beer novice review. "Who the hell would mix a barleywine and an IPA?" I guess I really hadn't had many barleywines at all then! I still think the sugared grapefruit line is perfect for the finish though.

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Photo of Rihup
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with an inch of somewhat loose head. Laces well.

S - Very fruity, some dark sugars and molasses come to mind. Slight metallic touch as well.

T - Raisins, booze, quite bitter as well. Some toasty malt and a touch of sweetness, but not overly so. Some grassiness keeps the flavour from being too heavy. Nonetheless, very thick flavours in this.

M - Moderate in body with a nice low carbonation. Slightly chewy.

D - Not as heavy as I initially feared. For some reason I was expecting something in the brown ale category... dunno why. This however is pushing barleywine territory.

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Photo of rdoggg
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer tastes like brown sugar, but good.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep rich red colour, transparent with the smallest of white head.

The smell is sweet with a citrus hop smell.

The taste is sweet, there is brown sugar and a lot of citrus little hops.

The mouth feel is syrupy with medium carbonation.

This is strong, sweet and very tasty. Hides it's abv well.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tclipse
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a clean copper/amber pour with a slight amount of head that quickly fizzed away into oblivion.

smells of fresh piney hops up front, a slight chipotle pepper smokiness overtone, very sweet scents of figs, and grassy/earthy hops again.

such a sweet malty overtone it's hard to not fall in love with this. a mix of hops with the malt profile, and i'm guessing what would be the million pounds of brown sugar that went into this makes this pretty balanced for the most part.. seconds after you take the first sip you get the sweetness of the sugar come at you and a smile appears.

full body with low carbonation makes this a good sipper. you feel the 9.9% abv in the chest as a nice warm feeling (perfect for these cold days) ut you don't really taste it.

i haven't had this one since winter of '09/'10.... almost 2 years. this is one of those instances where i'm glad they took the beer away for a while.. because i't better than i even remember it. for a beer in general, it's a personal favorite.. nothing all that excellent about it, it's just delicious and i'm glad it's back.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.62/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. some sort of coding on bottle but i cant make out what it is.

A: bright copper. clear. head is big and white. retention is great as is the amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: smells like spoiled raisins. cant tell if this is a diac brew or what. but something serious is wrong here.

T: the sweetness is prominent and a bit cloying. in an unpleasant manor. plums. a defiant old sweet malt flavor. meh.

M: moderate carb on a full body.

D: unrefined and crude is what first comes to mind. i recall this being hoppier the first time i had it, while this bottle just seemed like a mess. either way, cant say i have ever been blown away by this beer. pass.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eli Cannon's a while back. Taken from notes scribbled on the back of a "beer tastin's" flyer.
Served in a snifter glass, at the perfect temperature. 55 degrees or so. Color is hazy, orangey and toffee-like. Very bright and interesting. Whispy white head. The head dies out about halfway through. Minimal lacing. Big, sweet, caramel laden aroma. Hops are definitely present, in a piney, citrusy sort of way. Very barleywine like. Is that what this is supposed to be? Somehow strong ale doesn't seem to fit. This is much closer to Bigfoot, Old Crustacean and the like than it is to UBU ale or Double Bag, to name a couple strong ales. Some alcohol and heady, estery fruit. Prune and apples. Slight vinous notes. I'm not really getting much in the way of brown sugar, unless that's some of that odd caramel sweetness. The flavor opens with big, bold sweetness. Huge amounts of caramel malt, the brown sugar much more present than in the scent. The sweetness rides all the way through the finish, though its well tempered with plenty of hops. Balanced, I'd say. Plenty fruity and "bigbeer-ish". Some red grape and sherry, with healthy doses of apple, pear and plum. Assertive piney hop flavor. Minimal booze, though you don't forget its there. A little bit of a saccharine bite in the end. Huge, syrupy body with modest carbonation levels. All around a pretty hefty feeling brew. One hell of a snifter sipper.
I bet bottles of this would age very well. I'll have to pick a few up next time I see it. I assume the keg on hand was fresh, and its already got a bit of that sherry agedness to it. Very nice. I'd like to buy this by the gallon and watch my entire saturday slip into hazy orange oblivion.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear brownish red with a good amount of off-white head. Good lacing down the glass.

Lots of toffee bready malts and brown sugar in the aroma. A few hops cut through the sweetness

Same flavors as the aroma. Sappy sweet with a little hop bitterness. A bit boozy at the end.

Syrupy but falls just shy of cloying. Alcohol shows through a bit more than I'd prefer on this ABV.

Meh not bad, but not really something I'd be looking for either. I don't really have strong positive or negative opinions about this beer.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ricecracker420
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

When i poured this beer into a glass, it has a dark amber color body with a 2' tan head to it. The smell has a sweet raisin aroma to it. The taste is hop and malt up front, very boozy, but as it warms up, i can taste a little brown sugar sweetness. The mouth feel is real good and overall this is a good sipping beer.

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Photo of drone
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of retry4z
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A clear yet murky brown/amber, as barleywines are known to be. A half finger off-white head that settles rather quickly. Some lacing.

S: Cane sugar, molasses, pear, lemons and apricot.

T: Whoof! The sweetness overwhelms, but in a good way. I discovered later that this was a variant of Old Gnarlywine, which I had recently and loved. There's lots more brown sugar in this one with a depth and complexity that demands that it be sipped. Warm and inviting. Dark fruits slide in with an apricot dance. Sensual. Wraps itself around you and doesn't let go.

M: Medium to strong with medium carbonation. Thick and chewy.

O: A great fall beer with an ABV that packs a wallop. Lagunitas never fails.

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Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,797 ratings