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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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5,741 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:
#3,015
Reviews:
1,605
Ratings:
5,741
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
302
Gots:
1,362
Trade:
13
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Ratings: 5,741 |  Reviews: 1,605
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a dark amber bordering on cola with a big white head.

Aroma is malty alcohol lotta biscuit to it.

Taste is a very strong hoppy barleywine. Similar to fresh Bigfoot.

Good, but I'd kinda like to see the hops integrated more thoroughly.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The color is a deep, clear amber with a sticky white head. On the nose is burnt brown shugga' and a hint of orange marmalade. The taste follows the nose, and that is a good thing. The flavors are sweet and phenolic with weak citrus notes. Brown Shugga is medium bodied and easy drinking. I first had this at a festival and the server described it as a Barley wine, but I agree with BA it fits better in the strong ale category. This beer is very enjoyable.

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Photo of LukeGude
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ksimons
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear ruby with three fingers worth of bubbly cream colored head

S-caramel malt and piney citrus hops

T-caramel malt, brown sugar, bitterness is more mild than the smell would suggest. Very well hidden alcohol.

M-medium body, good carbonation

Overall sweet and sticky, but not cloying, but still has a very large hop presence. Very well done and drinkable.

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Photo of stumac
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a reddish copper color with a nice off white head with decent lacing. the nose is shugga, sweet malts, caramel, molasses. the taste is sweet malts up front followed directly with bitter hops, shugga, caramel, subtle dark fruits like dark cherries, subtle red apple. Light to medium bodied, medium to low carbo. American Barleywine? I think so...

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Photo of bismarksays
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmur112
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour a dark orange with a one-finger off-white head. Heavy amount of lacing.

S - Citrus hops and caramel malts. Aroma is fairly sweet.

T - Sweet with lots of caramel malts and brown sugar. Good amount of citrus and pine in the finish.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - Another excellent brew from Lagunitas. This is a very drinkable beer for 9.9% ABV. Exactly what an american strong ale should be.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this on tap recently at La Cav Du Vin. Served to me in a tulip glass. This beer is a clear, medium brown color. Decent sized head probably about 1/2 inch when drawn from the tap before settling to a decent surface cover with nice lace. Smells of brown sugar and malt along with some citrus hops are certainly present. Tastewise this beer is certainly sweet upfront with caramel and brown sugar present before the hoppy bitterness also makes its presence known almost immediately. I would not say the balance is not good, but neither primary flavor (the sweetness nor the bitterness) is stronger than the other. Very interesting indeed. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinkability could be a bit more easy to drink, due to its overall strangeness. I would certainly drink this again.

Eric

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

A: pours a nice looking reddish brown with a finger of off white head and good retention into a dogfish head snifter. nice lacing throughout the drink as well
S: smells of piney hops and citrus. not a lot of sweetness but a little bit of herbal hops as well
T: nice caramel and brown sugar sweetness up front with some slightly piney hops swallow brings a nice oily pine hop with some equally tasty residual sweetness
M: medium carb and a slightly heavy mouthfeel but not excessively viscous
O: pretty tasty beer. good flavors and some nice complexity. I like sucks a little more but this beer is pretty tasty. The hoppiness surprised me but it keeps the sweetness in check.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GTB
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Mattyb79
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Gemini6
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beer4B
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of shand
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a hazy red-amber color. This is a highly carbonated brew, judging from the evident carbonation bubbles. The head is pretty puny though, less than a fingers worth without much retention. Lacing is great though. The smell is loaded with hops and grapefruit. It's not all that bitter though, there's a sweetness to the brew for sure.

This tastes dank. Seriously, this has some serious ganja going on. There's a bit of a sweetness to the aftertaste too. It's almost like sugared grapefruit as the aftertaste. It's a good beer. The mouthfeel is great, it's just thick enough to make the beer feel substantial without becoming too sticky or cloying. The drinkability benefits from this - it hides it's alcohol very well.

This is a pretty good beer from Lagunitas. It's not my favourite beer in the world, but it's unique (who the hell would mix a barleywine and an IPA?), tastes good, and could really be someone's favourite beer. Recommended.

EDIT: 11/19/2012: Brown Shugga's back, so I went back and looked at my old beer novice review. "Who the hell would mix a barleywine and an IPA?" I guess I really hadn't had many barleywines at all then! I still think the sugared grapefruit line is perfect for the finish though.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of msumike89
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

A - Pours a clear copper with an inch of somewhat loose head. Laces well.

S - Very fruity, some dark sugars and molasses come to mind. Slight metallic touch as well.

T - Raisins, booze, quite bitter as well. Some toasty malt and a touch of sweetness, but not overly so. Some grassiness keeps the flavour from being too heavy. Nonetheless, very thick flavours in this.

M - Moderate in body with a nice low carbonation. Slightly chewy.

D - Not as heavy as I initially feared. For some reason I was expecting something in the brown ale category... dunno why. This however is pushing barleywine territory.

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Photo of sposter4
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dental
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,741 ratings
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