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Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'
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4.03/5
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5,758 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): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 12-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,024
Reviews:
1,612
Ratings:
5,758
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
301
Gots:
1,377
Trade:
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Photo of nunitn
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clean taste for a strong ale. Well done.

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

Photo of Paradox1000
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am addicted to hops, so actually prefer the "Sucks" substitute, but this is a tasty ale!

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Photo of Ned57
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely mahogany color with a thick, white head that is slow to fade and clings nicely to the glass. Smell is fresh baked bread, pine, and a little grapefruit pith. Taste is grapefruit up front, dark fruits and malt in the middle, fading to a sweet, almost cloying finish that takes a long time to fade. Fully body. Slow winter sipper, delicious in every stage, flirts with being too sweet and yet somehow doesn't cross that line.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty beer. Like light molasses. I can mostly smell the alcohol. The taste matches the name - brown shugga and strong ale. A sweet, late night sipper.

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

Amazing flavor with little alcohol taste.

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Photo of Momon
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep copper with 1/2 finger of white head

Smell: Piney hop aromas and baked bread

Taste: Hop bitterness up front with plenty of dark fruit and malt in the middle leading to a slightly sweet, boozy finish that reminds you how big this beer is

Mouthfeel: Full body and heft, cloying in the finish

Overall: This beer is not about balance at all in my opinion. But thats what this one is all about. Up front it has a lot of character of an American-style barley wine with the aggressive hop character, yet the malt comes in and hits you even harder leaving the boozy finish. Yet, I still go right back for the next sip.

A winter-warmer for sure.

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Photo of Bajdog
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dctarga
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JarMills
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N9MMA
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from the bottle, 2017 seasonal brew into a chilled mug. A bit of a thin light brown, creme colored,head, good up front hoppy burnt roast flavor. Seems to taste like grapefruit and a hint of juniper scent in there too. Looong finish on the hops that sits in the back on the roof of your mouth, a finish I enjoy. It is a little bit warm on the finish, a very slight hint of alcohol hot, but well concealed by the loads of hoppiness on the back end. I would buy this again in a heart beat. Really nice finish as the last of the contents warms up a bit. A full rich hoppy California style Ale. Exceptional value if you can get a case of it for the Holidays.

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Photo of ImperialTony
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall a delicious American strong ale. Finishes smoother than most in this category. This is a release I look forward to In the holiday season. It would be my go-to if it was available year round

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Photo of Timfromthemainland
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 11-7-17
Beautiful, clear, clean red/brown beer with a 1/2" off white (sand) head. Good looking lace rings left behind.
Caramel malt, pungent weedy, grassy hops.
Earthy, slight sweetness - molasses like. Earthy, root-like hopiness. Grainy.
Full body, slick...well carbonated. Lengthy finish. Sweet up front but enough hops to balance.
Transcends styles..kind of like Arrogant Bastard did when it was new....interesting beer.

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Photo of gandres
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Friday, November 24, 2017 5:48 PM
Bottle 12 ounce poured to wine glass
Sight: Light amber, small head, almost no lacing
Smell: hoppy aroma, slight boozy scent not overpowering
Taste: Medium bitterness, sweet, bold and complex
Mouth feel: very good, ice follow through, long finish, sticky, strong bitter aftertaste
Overall: Excellent beer, specially with the price. Definitely something to look forward to.

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Photo of arr3388
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An absolute favorite. Pours a wonderful copper brown. Deep rich flavor, warms you up for the holidays! Really great both ice cold out of a chilled mug or a bit warmer than that out of a snifter. No way to tell the high ABV while drinking it's so smooth and pleasant, but you'll know when you're done.

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

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

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rabbott2
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,758 ratings
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