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:
5,666
Reviews:
1,585
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
298
Gots:
1,329
For Trade:
13
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Photo of marcdalke
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Joelboy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Bartos
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Giantspace
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of laxer8811
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ctrevino
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of blmar311
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of JDD419
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of hero27
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
9.9% abv

Pours a dark amber with an orange tint.
Rich caramel, sweet roasted malts, (the obvious brown sugar) with a slightly hoppy pine finish.. slightly medicinal & peppery as well.
This is a meal in a bottle...very sweet & rich. Plenty of alcohol burn..maybe a little over the top. But overall, a good offering from Lagunitas that does not disappoint.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MEW
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Hamburgers
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy dark reddish amber with two finger white head. Head quickly dissipates to thin film leaving some nice lacing. Aroma big on malt, some caramel, piney hops, and brown sugar. Flavor is somewhat sweet balanced by a bitter finish. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation and just a slight oily texture.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is a nice brown, with a nice foamy head. The taste is a bit sweet and it's hard to tell it is 9.80%. The feel is nicely smooth and overall it is a good beer. Usually If I'm going for a higher abv I'd prefer an imperial stout or IPA over an APA or anything barrel aged, but this is a solid APA.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Beautiful rosy amber with a nice head and a ridiculous amount of lacing.

S: Smell's like a sweet IPA. Candied fruits, alcohol and yeast.

T: Follows the smell: hops, brown sugar, and fermented fruit.

D: Drinkability is great! Its a big beer and there's no attempt to cover the nearly 10% ABV, but the alcohol has a refreshing warming feeling.

Overall: This a tasty beer and although its a bit unbalanced, its a must try. Its original and refreshing and a great autumn beer.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of maximum12 from secret santa 09, thank you. Poured from a bottle into a smuttynose tulip. I thought this was a brown ale and I popped it open for lunch, oops, now it's open and there's no turning back. The beer has a great syrupy amber color, reminds me of a nice american barleywine. The pour yields a one finger off white head that fades to a tight ring, but leaves a substantial amount of bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is very sweet, brown sugar as expected, dark fruits, sugary syrup, vanilla and toffee. There isn't much to balance out all the sweetness in the nose.

The taste is more sweetness at first, brown sugar, toffee and vanilla but it is followed by a nice dose of citrus hop flavors. There is some definite grapefruit in there that leads to a nice balanced finish.

The beer is surprisingly carbonated for an American Strong Ale, and the hop balance to all the sweetness creates a nice dry finish and interesting flavor combination. This reminds me of an aged big foot, definitely a lot sweeter, but the mouthfeel and body are similar for me. This is a beer I will not turn down in the future.

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Photo of cmillsLA
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall it was good just had a slightly lighter body and heavier alcohol flavor than I expected.

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Photo of jackb112
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet Jesus this thing will hit you hard. So ridiculously strong. I like these tough ones in the fall/winter.

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Photo of dtm426
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweeter than I imagined. Hmmm.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color with a thick two finger white head that clung to the glass and lasted throughout the drink.

The nose picked up some nice earthy tones, caramel malts, and a vauge scent of licorice - I don't know, maybe it's the brown sugar that I'm tasting.

Tastes hoppy, very sweet, the caramel malts and sugar crystals were almost too sweet; especially as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was pretty well balanced, a good carbonation level; the aftertaste was slightly unpleasant, like too much sugar in the Kool-Aid.

Certainly drinkable, it didn't taste like it was 9%+ alcohol.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 5,666 ratings.
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