Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Raime
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
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 OldManMetal
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer: deep amber in color, crystal-clear and sparkling, with a lasting giant pebbly off-white head; lacing consists of goodly, IPA-like rafts and ladders. The nose is a big, enticing blend of cotton candy, juicy pineapple and sweet/spicy florals over a more subdued grassy pine backdrop; significant boozy overtones round it out nicely. Up front, the palate is bitter pineapple and citrus with piney highlights; mid-palate the sweet/spicy characteristics emerge and bring the flavor into alignment with the aroma, and assertive boozy undertones fulfill the aroma's promise. A very nice sweetish, light-caramel malt backbone is on prominent display; this is ultimately a hop-forward beer, but the malt presence is considerable. The finish is caramel malt and pine, followed by the onset of a moderately bitter grassy pine flavor that lingers for a few minutes. Retrogustative olfaction is decidedly grassy. Mouthfeel is on point for the medium body, and the texture is creamy with a perfect slight pepperiness from the modestly-expressed fizzy carbonation. This is a very smooth drinker for the ABV, and damned tasty to boot. (12 oz bottle, no code date)

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Photo of rjd722
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: On tap, nice amber-brown color, small head but solid lacing.

Aroma: Malt forward with some sweetness, slightly boozy.

Taste: Flavor matches the expectations set by the aroma, Malt City.

Feel: Very smooth, medium carbonation with a malty bitterness coating your mouth.

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Photo of devo1980
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For me, just not a fan. Has a very strong flavor that is unique to any beer I have had before. I can see why some folks would love this. It has a very interesting aftertaste that is sort of sweet, but overall I would not buy this again.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Amber red, two fingers of foam.

Smell: Musty citrus, fruity sweetness

Taste: Very Hop forward beer, but with enough early sweetness to successfully
prevent a runaway hop freight train. (Nice)

Feel: Full, nicely carbonated, a bit astringent.

Overall: Really becoming a fan of hoppy beers, but only those that approach the
overall experience in this same manner: (DFH 90 Minute another that does this well.)

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Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- Dark red/copper in color. Pours a slightly tan colored two inch head. Head recedes slowly with a good amount of lacing left behind.

aroma- Very sweet with toffee, pine, and orange candy being most notable.

taste- Lots of caramel and brown sugar sweetness at first followed by a little bit of pine hop flavor and bitterness. That orange candy sweetness definitely shows up towards he finish along with a little bit of lingering pine flavor/bitterness and caramel sweetness.

feel- Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little sticky first but surprisingly clean in the finish.

overall- Great strong ale that maintains just enough balance despite all the sweetness. Kind of reminds me of SN celebration if the malt bill was doubled. Definitely a good winter time pickup.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.91/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks great: clear Amber color with massive frothy head that seems to never fade. Smells like burnt plastic, or maybe like after you've run an old school vacuum cleaner too long and the rubber puller started to get hot. As it warms, I do get some light dried apricot but the rubbery plastic is still there. Tastes sweet with carmelized brown sugar, almost syrup or molasses like. Finished a little dry but then the carmelized brown sugar lingers into the finish. Think some of the burnt plastic character carries into the finish also. I get no hops. Feels full with a touch of some warming alcohols, but not hot. Overall, if the strange off note wasn't there I think I could dig. Otherwise, this one is a strange curiosity.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A beer that is as good as advertised. It is sweet without becoming cloying and still has just enough bitterness to burst through the brown cane sugar. And you can't really tell that its borderline 10% ABV.

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

Cool beer here, plenty unique. Brown color with reddish hues. Aroma of brown sugar, (duh) and not much else.

Hides alcohol with all that sweetness. Easy drinking, but watch out. Still gives a little hop prick to ya, even through out all that sweetness. Good stuff. Deceptively strong.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: ruby red color with white head
S: big sweetness and hops
T: hops, sweetness, and alcohol/medicine.
F: fairly thin and the medicine flavor lingers.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great sweet sugar and hop combo. Somehow balances that, and dank and citrus, in a way that's sweet yet highly drinkable. Avoids the cake-like cloying trap other sweet DIPA's tend to employ. This stands on its own. Caramel, floral and citrus. Alcohol is hidden except for the peppery/ sweet after-bite. Sips quickly for a nearly 10% abv. brew. The only downfall is that I only took out a single to buy from the six pack I found at the market. What a value.

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Photo of Antnego
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fun Fact: Let this one breathe a few minutes before sipping. The bouquet really opens up when you give it a chance.

This one pours with a deep, amber hue with a fizzy, thin head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is medium and sticky. Nose is a mix of piney, grapefruity hops with brown sugar/honeyed malts. Taste is sweet and citrusy up front, followed by notes of brown sugar, molasses and caramel. This is definitely a hop-forward beer, but not so much as Lagunitas' flagship beer. Mouthfeel is very sticky and resiney. Overall, this is superb, complex beer that gives you the best of both worlds - the sweetness of malt and brown sugar adjunct with the bite of an IPA.

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

L - Slightly Hazy burnt amber red, 1/2 inch head quickly vanishes leaving nice lace
S - Musty fruit, grass/pine and brown sugar
T - Full bodied hops, orange, slight bitterness. Followed by an earthy sweetness
F - Great upfront heaviness, firm mouthfeel as it spreads evenly, to a crisp sweet lingering goodbye
O - One of my favorite Lagunitas beers

Perfect for late fall/winter. The closest thing to an Old Fashion experience. Heavy alcohol, fruit, bitters, leaving you ready for another.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really tasty brew that threatens to make a strong ale fan out of me. Grapefruit, malt and hops with a softening base of light roast and toffee. As others have said, the high alcohol is almost not even noticeable. It is not the most complex beer I have had, but the blend of flavors is very well balanced and the long finish calls you for another sip.

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Photo of jhartley
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Julian dating 281 5 (October 8, 2015)
Pours a nice dark amber-red-brwon with a lot of off white head. My glass is full of lacing....ridiculous!
Getting a nice hoppy aroma, not what I was expecting, although I don't really know what I was expecting...Sour lemon and pine dominating.
Taste...Clean hops taste up front with pine and a citrus bite; maltiness comes in at the end to round that out and then leaves a nice bitterness behind on the palate.
Mouth feel is...well I guess medium. Not a hint of the 9.8% abv that's listed on the label. Honestly I had no idea it had that high of an abv, either.
Overall, I never really looked into it or had plans of buying it, so when I had to complete a mix-a-six I saw this on the shelf and grabbed one. I liked it, but not enough to really go and look for it again; just satisfied with it to have had it this one time. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard a little, just not hoppy enough. This isn't a bad beer by any means; I won't be rating low, it's like I said I won't really be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always a nice beer from Lagunitas. Taste follows the smell of rich caramel malts and citrus hops. Finish has a nice spicy kick that finishes rather clean and dry. Good n' hoppy!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle. Look is orange amber with an off-white head and sticky lacing. Smell is caramelized sugar, hop oil, apricot and pineapple notes. Taste is caramel, toasted bread, hop oil, spice and citrus flavors. Feel is chewy in body and smooth in the finish.

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into goblet

A- Nice clear copper. Light tan head is dense and retains at 1/4". Good lacing.

S- Booze sting. Brown sugar sweetness, earthy hop.

T- Sweet, and brown sugary. No wonder the name. Hop character comes up faintly in the taste.

M- Hop bitterness is up there, along with booze, but sweetness evens it all out. Great balance.

O- Booze forward, but surprisingly balanced. Depth isn't great, but at least the name rings true to its attributes.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Dark amber color, clear in appearance
Smell - brown sugar, caramel, dried apricots
Taste - Molasses, caramel, burnt brown sugar, candied orange, dried apricots
Feel - Sticky, dry, slightly warming

Overall - A little too sweet for my liking, but not a bad winter offering.

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Photo of trentbent
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- Looks great! Cream lace, moderate foam, amber orange brown sexy.
S/T/F-Smells and tastes like burnt brown sugar but it blends with the carbonation is oh just the right way that it's great even to this non-lover of "sweet" beers.
O- Is there even alcohol in this?! Oh, 9.8%, you will notice in your head before your mouth. This beer is a delight. Well done.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark amber nearly orange/brown with a thick white head.

smells like caramel and sweet hops. not overly strong aroma but still an aroma present.

taste is caramel malt and heavy hop. mostly dark heavy fruit hops, some pine as well. finishes dry and sweet. goes down very smooth, makes me wanna keep sipping!

overall this is a really good beer. easy to drink which is deadly for a beer that is essentially 10%. different than Lagunitas Sucks but still great. Lagunitas always hits on their big beers.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber brown orange. Smells of bitter orange rind, caramel and floral grassy hops. Tastes like orange, grapefruit, bitter hops and caramelized brown sugar. Medium body with mild carbonation. The alcohol is covered up pretty well. Overall a good, strong, bitter and hoppy ale.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: crystal clear body bubbly head with just a slight off white color the body is a nice dark amber with ruby red edges

S: resiny floral hops with a little bit of burnt sugar

T: nice deep sweetness with a huge dose of burnt sugar and bitterness from the hops that come off more floral on the taste has some dates and figs taste with a little bit of cane sugar

M: lighter to slightly medium

O: nice sweet beer with a good dose of malts and hops this is this like arrogant bastard and a little like Old Stock Ale but smoother and has a little bit better taste. This beer lingers on the tongue and has such nice figs and toffee taste very easy to drink

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Oct. 12, 2015

L- Deep amber, great clarity, one finger off white head.

S- Sweet dates and toffee, little bit of the alcohol coming through.

T- Similar to aroma, sweet dates, a bit of hops in there, light bitterness on the finish, a little warming on the tongue.

F- A thin syrup, good carbonation, pretty drinkable for the abv.

O- A very nice, not too sweet, malty beer that would go great with some winter weather, and a great price for a higher abv offering.

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4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I mean come on... It's lagunitas and hops. Of course it's gon be good, man! But it is fantastic. Big sweetness and big hops. Typically tropical as lagunitas does so well. Great body and mouthfeel. Damn good!

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 5,644 ratings.
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