Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

5,685 Ratings
Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Photo of Sulvar
1.66/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Honestly this is one of the worst beers I have ever had. I bought a six pack two months ago, and I can't bring myself to drink anymore of it. I've tried to give this away to friends when they come over and so far 3 people have drank about half of it and dumped the rest. The brown sugar taste is way too over the top into the disgusting range.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Jhastings79
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can I say? To me, this is just one of those beers that I fell in love with from the first drop that hit my tongue. Right off the bat you get the hoppy sensation that wakes your taste buds and lets them know that you mean business. And there is no denying the brown sugar that they so proudly named this beer after. But don't get too caught up in getting that third and forth opinon too quickly the ABV will sneak up on you very fast.

Look both ways before you cross the street with this treat.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing 'Brown Shugga' @ 9.9% a American strong ale , served from a 12oz bottle purhased for $3.50

A-pour is a light amber , good size off white head that is leaving a small spotty lacing along the the stein

S-big west coast pine hoppiness , caramel sweetness , brown sugar

T-lots of hops sugar fruit balanced in a big brew , with a hoppy bitter finish

MF-good carbonation , full body , feeling the ABV as I sip this beer

Ov-big beer , good beer , glad I was able to grab one

prost LampertLand

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Photo of JEdmund
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red, nice head and thick lacing

Big, juicy, fruity hops! Caramel sweetness but not brown sugar (surprising)

Huge flavor, with gobs of hops at the forefront, held up by a mountain of malt, too. Hops are big American citrus ones, though there is also a long, stinging bitterness in the finish. It’s nearly astringent, and there’s also that scorched sugar flavor adding to it, really drying everything up. Despite its heft, the alcohol is well hidden, as I never get a boozy kickback.

Maybe I’m mistaken, but isn’t this supposed to have brown sugar be a part of the flavor? I didn’t get it all. Aside from that, it’s another big, tasty, hoppy ale from Lagunitas.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Hermthegerm for the bottle!

Appearance: Pours amber with an insane amount of carbonation and ginormous 2 finger head that's got some staying power.

Smell: Dark fruit, (sure enough)brown sugar, sweet malt, and some hoppiness. Delicious.

Taste: A fight between hops and malt that malt wins, handily, though that isn't a bad thing. This does kinda taste like brown sugar, bottled. Malt backbone lets the hops bite through for a second, but then they sing backing vox to the malt's double tracked chorus that screams into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation lends itself to the nice mouthfeel of this beer, despite it being a big one.

Overall: Definitely glad I got to try this one. It's a big malty beer, but I definitely like it. Not sessionable by any means, but I'd gladly drink again.

*Revisit: Had this fresh for the first time and the hops balance out the malt much better. Bumped up the taste a tick.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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