Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'
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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): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 12-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,306
Reviews:
1,627
Ratings:
5,817
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
303
Gots:
1,399
Trade:
13
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,817 |  Reviews: 1,627
Photo of Arseel
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber color with a large thick white head on top. Has a super sweet hoppy smell to it. This has a very overpowering sweet taste definitely get the sugar taste.

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Photo of superwho24
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of karengarys
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has become an all time favorite of mine - Lagunitas has made many solid reasonably priced beverages, and this is on the top of my list.

Pours rich copper with a little head, just right..

Smells floral and sweet, I get grapefruit also.

Aah, the glorious sip! SO JUICY! RIch and syrupy, tastes of citrus - a mix of sweets and tarts. No taste of strong alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel is also glorius, not thin like many beverages - almost syrupey. Fizz is solid.

Finish is clean.

This is a favorite go-to high-gravity brew!

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Photo of jonnydas
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas knows how to do it. I'm a huge A LITTLE SUMPIN' SUMPIN' fan, but this will do.

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Photo of fishguyac
2.14/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of florydaboy13
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe the best bottled strong ale you can buy. only surpassed by some of my local craft brewers like Due South's growlers

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Amber. Good clarity. Light carbonation. 1 finger of white head.

Nose
Molasses, caramel, toffee, overripe pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and dank.

Taste
Molasses, caramelized brown sugar, and toffee. Grapefruit, overripe pineapple, and musky mango. Off-dry dankness with lingering pine and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky, smooth, moderately bitter, and off-dry.

Overall
HIGHly malty with a tropical hop bitterness that cuts the sweetness well. Molasses, toffee, and a brown sugar dryness stand out.

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Photo of DrummerJake57
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One the best brews I've ever had! Mmmmmm good.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am addicted to hops, so actually prefer the "Sucks" substitute, but this is a very 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
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,817 ratings