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Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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:
#3,016
Reviews:
1,604
Ratings:
5,731
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
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Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AltBock
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got the 12 oz stubby bottle because I never seen the 22 oz. bottle version of this beer before. It just has a simple yet nice whitish label. The label has to made with some kind of special recycled paper because the label paper feels rough. It's not your regular Average Joe beer paper label. On the label is a red/green square and inside the square is the name of the beer of in big red letters, "Lagunitas" is green letters, the Lagunitas dog that looks oddly familiar like the dog from the Little Rascals in the top right corner, 2 hop plants in the lower right and left hand corner, and the O.G., ABV%, and I.B.U. number at the bottom. If you can see it, outside of the small square is a long sentence about the making of this beer. Don't bother to look for a date or even a batch number on the label because it doesn't exist. If you can find out when they last released their "Sweet Release," then you might be able to determine what month/year it was released. Don't use a bottle opener like I did because it has a twist off cap.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer's color almost looked like the color of the big red letters on the label. Except that the color of the beer had a little more orange/amber coloring in it. It had nice white 1 finger head of foam on it. It had good retention that left behind a minimum amount of white rings and white lace around the glass. It was nice that the appearance wasn't like the paper the label was made out of, Rough.

Smell: The beginning of the aroma started off with candy sugar, brown sugar, and even maple sugar. They don't call it a "Sweet Release" for nothing. Behind the different varieties of sugar was some pine, piney hops, sweet citrus fruits, and maybe a flutter of sweet roasted malt and caramel at the end. If I describe the smell in one word, I would have to use the word "Sweet." That's what it is.

Taste: Was the taste the complete opposite of the smell? Hell No! It was almost identical to the aroma, give or take a few items from the aroma. Like the aroma, it stared off with the candy sugar, brown sugar (or should I say Brown Shugga) and maple sugar. I didn't taste much pine, but what did happen was that the hops mixed into the sweet citrus fruits making a nice size taste of super citrus hops! Then when you think you're done with the taste of sugar, it comes back again. But this time it brought it's friend with them, the caramel. I don't think I got any taste of malts, but then again the sweet varieties of sugar could have beat the malt up and dumped it in Lagunitas's sewer. Believe them when they say it's a sweet release!

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied with nice size amount of carbonation to it. I thought that after the taste of sweet sugars that there would be a strong aftertaste of sweetness. Not this time sugar! This is where the bitter citrus hops shined through the blanket of sugar.

Drinkability: Brown Shugga', how come you taste so sweet? Do that line in the tune of the Rolling Stones classic. This is another one of those beers that would only be good once in a while. It is good, but it's a bit too sweet for my taste buds. It you adore sweet beers, then by all means pick this one up immediately.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice ruby brown color with very little head and carbonation.

Scent of cherries, sugars, alcohol, and some more sweet fruitiness, damn good.

Taste is slightly sweet with a strong maltiness. Finish is a little weak.

Mouthfeel is full, but the lack or carbonation hurts it.

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Photo of Kyrojack
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this was a brassy big brown ale. I enjoyed the fact that it really wasn’t boring like many brown ales can be, but its very evident alcohol content (9.9% and it shows) and lots of graininess give me some reservations regarding giving it a superior rating.

After pouring, the beer had a moderate amount of head. The body was tan, clear and brilliant. Aroma was grainy, with some cereal-ness, but also with a serious amount of hoppiness. Flavor was bitter and hoppy, with a lot of copper metallic-ness and also with a significant amount of malted-milk-ball cereal flavor. The alcohol presence in this beer is substantial, and definitely not concealed by any of this beers other attributes. Mouthfeel was pretty harsh…between the alcohol presence and cereal-ness.

Still, despite all this, this beer is interesting, and I’d recommend it.
I got this 12 oz bottle from 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Photo of AirBob
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkinniePost
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Belittle
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Sarge3130
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful maroon-amber-brown with a creamy, foamy, light-brown head. Fits the name of the beer perfectly. Huge lace but little retention.

S: Wow. Incredible bouquet of fresh, fruity, citrusy hops and sweet, caramel, sugary malt. The dry and pungent character of the hops sticks to your nostrils but the finish brings in roasted malt. Fantastic nose.

T: Boom! Hops, malt, sugar, and booze. But those four qualities are balanced. Huge fresh, fruity hops, perfectly roasted malt, and boozy sugars that fill the mouth with flavor and warmth.

M: Incredibly smooth as expected but also creamy, sweet, and very hoppy. Alcohol presence is minimal and the carbonation is on-point.

O: I'm glad this comes in 6-packs because it gave me the opportunity to experience this beer multiple times. Each successive bottle made me appreciate it even more than the previous one. This sixth one brings out the subtle nuances that makes this beer ultimately great. Nearly perfectly executed for the style from start to finish.

Note: this review is the beer straight from the fridge poured into a pint glass. As the beer warms...in both the nose and the taste it's boozier, hoppier, maltier and more flavorful! In my opinion, this needs to be drunk fresh. Sure, it'll age well by mellowing out, but enjoy it for what it is now because the hops are so fresh and the alcohol is so hidden.

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Photo of ninaturner
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very rich. Very sweet. The brown sugar added during the brewing permeates every aspect of this beer. It poured a color only of what I could describe as liquified brown sugar. A foamy head formed, and as I drank a sticky lace was on the glass. The aroma was of brown sugar. The flavor was of brown sugar. By the way, I like brown sugar. I used to sneak it out of the bowl as a kid when my Mom would bake. There were other tones in this beer: the malt was a nice backdrop flavor to the brown sugar. The only negative was that it was so rich and the alcohol was pretty strong I am not sure I could drink too many of these. My palate would be worn down.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown sugar

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a clear amber/gold with a finger of foamy head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a slight Christmas cookie aroma that us a little sugar and a little but dough in the nose. There is a slight ginger aroma here as well.

The taste has a sweet sugar flavor that has a hint of bread and a nice cookie flavor that is slightly mixed with ginger and brown sugar.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a nice drinkable feel to it. There is a nice smoothness that has a great silky feel

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Raime
4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lagunitas Brown Sugga


Due to Lagunitas constantly putting out great beer ( for the most part ) I wanted this one for quite some time. Seeing as this is the brew Sucks replaced, I shall hold it to the same standard in terms of my ratings. Finally at long last found a sixer for $11.99 at my local shop. Drank one, and I'll review on the second one. Passed up Blackout Stout for this guy, let's hope it was worth it. Enough talk, let's crack this fucker.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear amber with a monster moderately off white head that sticks around forever and a half leaving immediate stick as it slowly dies down to a large frothy canyon amongst the top of the drink. The carbonation appears to be very low on this brew. Lacing is extraordinarily attractive after the brew is finished and leaves a nice sticky ladder to the depthsof the promised land of hell.

Smell - The nose starts of pungent with a large smack in the face of bitter fruit juices and brown sugar. There is an ever presence of alcohol as expected for 9.8% but it is nice and fits the beer very well. Doesn't smell like a high abv stout or what have you, much cleaner without any specific alcoholic beverage to match it up to. Caramel maltyness as well.

Taste - The flavor profile starts off with a smorgasbord of that big bitter fruit juicyness I mentioned in the smell. The brown sugar and malty goodness are as prevent as you would think and the two meld perfectly and turn just a touch spicy on the tail end. Alcohol has a bit of a showing at the tail end as well though it is very tame for the beer being nearly ten fucking percent. The fruits I'm picking up are pineapple dominant with a touch of grapefruit and mango.

Feel - The feel on this one can vary considerably depending on the temperature of the beer as I've noticed. Drink this one on the warm side for full effect. Body is thin to full,again, depending on the temperature. Since the head has settles down to a thick frothy cap after half an hour the brew is very creamy. A nice spicyness in the mouth and all the flavors mentioned in the nose remain. A bit of an alcohol bite but it is so pleasant and fittingly so that you'll wanna smack your wife.

Overall - Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. This one was well worth the wait. A perfect unison of malt and hop. Too fucking easy to drink at just barely shy of 10%. Flavors come together as best they can for the abv and they are just...damn bruh. Lagunitas really did it with this beer. One of the best strong IPAs I have ever come across. Of you are a DIPA fan and you see this, buy it. All. It reminded me of the undercover shutdown ale they put out, only with better hoppyness and better balance. Truly a masterpiece. End review..

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Photo of Benish
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: light copper with a very thick foamy head that dissipated slowly. Translucent with no sediment.

Smell: tons of tropical fruits with strong notes of grapefruit and orange citrus.

Taste: like a hoppy barley wine. Strong notes of grapefruit. Very resiny and especially sweet throughout. There's presence of pungent hop bitterness that compliments the malt. I wouldn't say this beer is complex but it sure is delicious.

Mouthfeel: full bodied and syrupy.

Overall: this is good stuff. I have not tried one thing from Lagunitas that was okay. Everything had been superb.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear red-orange color with a small head after a pretty aggressive pour. The head falls quickly and there are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: I initially got a good amount of citrus hops and some spicy notes from the alcohol. There is a little bit of sweetness, but for the most part, the hops and alcohol are in charge.

Taste: The flavor is also hoppy with some evident sweetness from the sugar. The sugar has a slight syrupy impression that is as much mouthfeel as anything. The beer is attenuated, but it certainly isn't dry. The dryness comes from the hop bitterness as anything. The balance is slightly tipped toward the sweetness in the end with the alcohol setting as an evident warming to linger for a little while in the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I like that it is still balanced slightly toward the sweetness. It is not a beer that I would drink a lot of, but it is pretty tasty and this is the last beer that I bought from a 6-pack. I don't regret that purchase, so you may want to try one too.

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Photo of BColton1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjanega08
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= the pour reveals a move amber beer with a nice looking slightly off white head on it. The head holds decent retention and spotty lacing.

S= a really nice smell to it. I would describe it as balanced due to the tremendous amount of hops and sweet malts. I'm not sure if its placebo but I do get some brown sugar. Nice fruity hops to it.

T= the taste is amazing. Such great flavors. I feel like this is a hop heads ber as well as someone who perfers a more malty base. There is a great amount of fruity hops to it and the brown sugar add a lot. A unique beer for sure.

M= a great body to it. Perfect carbonation to it.

D= great beer. Ill be buying a lot of this in the future. Another home run by lagunitas. I could drunk this all day.

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

Review from notes, 1/16/11. Bottle, pint glass.

This beer pours a very attractive and rich copper color. There was a significant head, which I wasn't really expecting.

Immediately this smelled of hops on the nose. I can't tell if the hops are citrus or pine forward, I pick up some grapefruit but there are earthy/grainy undertones as well. The sweetness of the brown sugar is there as well, almost 50/50 with the hops.

The taste is what you would expect after smelling this beer, hop bitterness and sweetness on the tongue. Brown sugar and carmel malts as well. Very full bodied and strong, with a little alcohol kick.

MF: Full bodied, drying.

Drinkability: Not bad, not great. I finished the bottle and wasn't looking for another one, so probably typical for the style. I'll say above average.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,731 ratings
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