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:
5,676
Reviews:
1,588
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
299
Gots:
1,332
For Trade:
13
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Ratings: 5,676 |  Reviews: 1,588
Photo of JDizzle
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

It's off red copper color looks real nice. Not much head.

It smells sweet and hoppy. Perfume like?

The taste is a lot like the smell. It's hoppy and bitter with a nice sweet malt bill. It's nothing special, but pleasant.

Mouthfell is medium. I thouhgt it would be sweeter and thicker.

Not bad...

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Photo of LukeGude
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of gillagorilla
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Union 2nd Anniversary glass

A: Beautiful deep brown that is still able to be seen through. Nice strong head that leaves some nice lacing.
S: Excellent sweet malt flavors that are perfectly mixed with a pine hop flavor
T: Deliciously malty with a nice subtle bit of hoppiness to it.
M: Nice even bit of light carbonation.
O: Great beer at a great price with a nice ABV. This one will keep nicely.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of aracauna
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jakey likes! Pours a crystal clear medium brown with amber highlights. The head is oddly yellow (not sunshine yellow, but a dull creamish yellow) and looks almost greasy or buttery. The head forms nicely and sticks around long enough that I can't complain. Even when it's mostly gone, what's left manages to sheet the sides of the glass. The first thing that came to mind after the first sniff was leaves. It's that smell when you're out in the woods and you pull leaves from a branch and crush them. The hoppy leaf smell dominates the soft warm malts underneath. The flavor is what stole my heart, though. You've got buttery biscuits topped with caramel and toffee flakes topped with a dollop of cream sprinkled with brown sugar and a light drizzling of maple syrup. Actually, that makes this thing sound sickeningly sweet, but it's not. It's just sweet enough that you'd call it sweet but no more. The slightly herbal hops are easily picked out but don't overpower or even dominate. An exquisitely balanced brew and one that I wouldn't guess was over 6% just by the taste.

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

Pours a pretty burnt orange color topped by a half-inch of creamy ecru head that sticks around for the duration. Aroma of crisp floral hops, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of brown sugar. Palate is initially sweet, with caramel malt and a considerable amount of brown sugar intensifying mid-palate. A light spiciness comes through right before the swallow, finishing with a good amount of warming alcohol. Body is smooth and creamy, quite enjoyable. On the whole a good beer, but be careful - the well-masked alcohol can sneak up on you.

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Photo of krl2112
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VaTechPhilly
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear Ruby with rust and auhburn colored parts. A small white head caps it with decent retention in the form of a thin skin.

S- Sticky, dank hops. Its that dense, wild onion and fleshy weeds kind of smell with hints of grass stain.

T- Still more of that dense hop character. Brown sugar does little to sweeten it up buy it does manage to come close to balancing things out. There is a rock candy /crystalized sugar kind of taste.

In all this is pretty good. I remember I had this last year at at bodega. I wouldn't have many qualms with drinking this again.

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Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Vintage 2012

A: Pours a crystal clear amber orange with a big 3 fingers width of light khaki colored head which takes a good amount of time to dissipate down to a thick film that remains throughout the drink. Leaves tons of layered lacing.

S: Just a huge and wonderful hop aroma. Citrus, tropical fruits, and pine/juniper explode from the glass. Orange and pineapple are prominent. Hints of sweet malt but for the most part this is a hop bomb. Some booze makes itself known towards the end of the glass. If this were a blind tasting you would certainly think this is an IPA or DIPA, and a great one.

T: Piney hops, citrus rind. Bitter hop bomb. A touch of burnt sugar. I get little to no sweet characters.

M/D: Surprisingly light mouthfeel, which I think is attributed to the fairly big carbonation and the quick drying characteristic. No hint of the almost double digit ABV and drinkability is surprisingly high. This one could get your smacked up pretty quickly with this drinkability at 9.99%.

O: Overall, this is a very good beer, albeit not what I was expecting. In my book this is clearly a DIPA. In fact this has one of the strongest hop bitternesses Ive had in a long time. Not sure where the Shugga in the name came from as this is far from sweet! None the less, very enjoyable. Im curious as to how this one would age, I think Ill pick up a couple more to find out what happens when the huge hop characters die down.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Czequershuus
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep clear ruby-hazel, with a large head. The aroma offers lots of sticky, piney hops, resin, cannabis, and caramel. The flavor i sweet and sticky with resinous pine, cedar, and caramel. The mouthfeel is rich and sticky with lots of carbonation. Overall this is a straightforward beer, but completely delicious. It is malt driven, but the hos also play a huge role, with all their cannabis and resin suggesting tones.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brbrocc
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of briandaube
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sazz9
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur... thanks, Dan! I can't believe I haven't picked it up myself in all this time.

A: Rather bronzish with a nice two finger creamy foam of head. Retention is pretty good, and it has pretty good lacing.

S + T: Brown shugga is right, both in aroma and flavour. Big caramelized sugar blending in quite nicely with a toasted malt and a little spot of hoppiness. A rather nicely balanced beer.

M + D: A little big, kind of sticky... it leaves a fair bit of residue behind, which has me smacking my lips for a while after each sip. A little rich, perhaps, but a good beer... solid beer. I'd be game for more, though the alcohol makes it a bit of a slower indulgence brew.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a clean amber with a solid off white head of about 1.5 fingers. Very sticky lacing

S- Huge aroma. A carmelized, sugary sweet smell. Candy apple. Fuity hops on the backside. Some pine. Delicious smelling beer

T- Very, very sweet. Taste does a solid job of following nose. Some of the flavor reminds me kind of a sherry taste. Also detect maple, syrupy molasis, vanilla, honey, cider, and brown sugar. Alcohol is present with the warmth. Pretty mellow though without a lot of bitterness, but some level of bitterness shows to battle the sweetness. Not real balanced though, IMO. A level of cloying.

M- Full body. Moderate carbonation and drinkability. As mentioned, alcohol is present. Dry finish

O- Quite different than anything i can remember. I am not a huge barley wine guy, but this was enjoyable. I wouldn't have 2 in a row or drink it often simply because the sweetness level of this beer was just too much for me to take. I don't have a ton of barleywine experience at this point, but this one seems to match the profile. Maybe even a cross between a barleywine and a DIPA. The flavor profile doesn't fit my palate all that well, but i respect the effort here by Lagunitas. Good job

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Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 5,676 ratings.
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