Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'
BA SCORE
84.8%
Liked This Beer
4.03 w/ 5,690 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,924
Reviews:
1,592
Ratings:
5,690
Liked:
4,823
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
11.17%
Alströms:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
302
Gots:
1,336
Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,690 |  Reviews: 1,592
Photo of Bookaboom
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BH712
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle to tulip.

Really tried to like this one, but I'm struggling. For such a "sweet" beer, there is an overabundance of earthy hop and alcohol astringency that totally messes up the flavor and aroma. Sometimes I get an intensely sweet, almost-donut flavored dessert beer, and sometimes I get a medicinal herbal mess.

Could greatly benefit from:
-Easing up on the hops
-Using less yeast to allow more sugars to remain unfermented
-Using a juicier hop like Galaxy or Cascade
-Using a Belgian yeast like in Sumpin Wild

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Photo of sloggettstrength
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz pint glass from bottle.

Look: Clear copper color, pours two fingers of nice off-white head.

Smell: Strong hops, but lacks the typical citrus like aroma, but still includes a floral like aroma.

Taste: Strong on hops again. I do enjoy hoppy flavor, but I was expecting a little sweeter from the brown sugar, which does hit you with the malts at the end. Not a bad beer, but not what I was expecting. It did grow on me while drinking it though.

Feel: A tad dry, but not overly dry. The alcohol warms it and slightly numbing. Coats the mouth well however.

Overall: Not what I was expecting; but it was a very good an enjoyable beer. Wish it was just a bit stronger on the brown sugar character.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a snifter glass at fridge temps.

Appearance: clear and copper with a really nice and creamy off-white head and beautiful Belgian lace.

Nose: distinct aroma of fresh hops right out of the package when home brewing, earthy, resinous, floral and fresh. No malt character at all in the nose.

Taste: Rich and thick despite them using ample amounts of simple sugar in the brew which will dry out the beer and give it less body. Slightly hop forward but the brown sugar malty goodness carries it to a fairly sweet and kinda boozy finish. The alcohol is pretty warming in the finish. This beer coats the mouth and is wonderful.

Overall: I really did like the fresh hop character in the nose and I'm really a fan of more malt forward beers (not a hop head like some craft beer connoisseurs). I also really like that this beer comes in a six pack. It gives me a chance to try it over the next few months to see the hop character fade and the brown sugar maltiness come to the forward. I don't think it was a very expensive 6-pack either. $12-13 I think. That is an excellent value for money when you consider that this is the better part of 10% alcohol. The use of cheap brown sugar instead of the more expensive malted barley. Great job Lagunitas!

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Photo of Jonoesh5
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful deep orange/amber body with a hefty 2 finger tan head. Nice lacing on the glass as the head dissipates. Smells hoppy like an IPA, but without as much citrus. I'm getting mostly brown sugar and hops. Mouthfeel is bitter and dry. Definite alcohol warmth and a numbing mouthfeel as beer warms. Overall, looks can be deceiving. Expected something more with this one, but certainly worth the $2 from a local Ohio grocer.

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Photo of pandow
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

served in a goblet from draft. definitely lagunitas with the intense aroma, thick mouthfeel and good lasting roasty taste. not dry or sweet, good new age style interpretation

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Photo of NCMatt
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goodspeed83
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of pjbfromkc
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Mike-Harms
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Going to rate this better than average, but with the caveat that I didn't care for it. There is a hop bitterness that cuts through the sweetness that I am not able to stand.

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Photo of wapcap
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noelito76
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoostaBia
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chelseaw30
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JothHu
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of juzh12
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dditto2
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber.Very thick white head. Hoppy smell, sweet and spicy. Taste is sweet with hops and malt balanced very well. Strong: 9.9%abv. It is a very good beer from a mix n match sampler.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of quang_dam
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twb0392
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MiWolfman
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.8% out of 100 with 5,690 ratings
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