Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

5,676 Ratings
Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

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

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Photo of brurevu
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes: The brew poured a deep amber with ample head that billowed quickly and lasted throughout. The aroma is sweet hops, that is a good hop scent with sweet toffee and malt all rolled into one. The first taste was a wow moment. The full on signature Lagunitas hop profile with loads of the sweet malt and toasted sugary goodness to make for a perfect beer. It is definitely unique to say the least and dangerously easy to drink.. Not quite an IPA and not quite a barley wine, but a great brew nonetheless. I love all of Lagunitas’ beers and this may be my favorite.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Generous head over a clear amber body. Lotsa lacing.

More hops than expected. They are the dominant flavor in fact. Malt is not biscuity but rather sweet. Generally sweetness with hop bitterness as an aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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

Pours a coppery amber with copious white foamy head that resolves to a fine lacing.
Smells of hops (pine/citrus) and a fair amount of malty goodness
Sweet with a nice balance from the hops and clean finish.
Not syrupy despite the sweetness, and easy to drink despite the high ABV.
As commented by previous reviewers, there is a characteristic odor that Lagunita's beers have - and a delicious one at that.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer with a complex flavor profile that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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

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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not my normal type of beer, so that might explain the low score, but I didnt really enjoy this beer. I see a lot of unique qualities though, and I respect that.

A: Dark orange/amber, but really no head, and what it does have doesnt really retain.

S: I didn't really get brown sugar, or many of the elements mentioned throughout this review. It has a very mild aroma in fact.

T: Not my style, but definitely dynamic. Very malty with some toasted brown sugar, but nothing overwhelming. Finishes with a strong liquor aftertaste.

M/D: Mild carbonation, and a fairly smooth, but the finish is what makes this not particularly great here. A little too bitter for my taste.

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4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Julian Bottled On Date: 315 = Nov. 11, 2014) into a 13.5oz Libbey, Belgian Tulip/Snifter glass.

Not much more to add than what has already been stated, but here goes:

A- Pours a beautifully clear, deep orange/copper color with a healthy, 1-finger, white, frothy head. Despite the elevated ABV, the head retention was quite strong. (5.0)

S- Heady aromas of sweet caramel malt and hops in the form of pine, citrus (lemon/lime, ruby red grapefruit) and fleshy fruit (peach & pineapple) all in beautiful balance. Ultimately, the victory (with a slight margin) would be given to the malt backbone. (4.75)

T- A sweet and fruity pop of bitterness at the front of the tongue is followed by a palate-coating cherry/caramel sweetness. Never to play 2nd fiddle, the hops come back and deliver a dry, citrus-rind finish. (4.75)

M- Due to the almost 10% ABV, the body is surprisingly light and falls squarely into the category of 'medium.' In addition to the heavy-handed hop load, a good dose of carbonation keeps this heavy weight far from feeling heavy and/or syrupy. That being said, however, I do not see myself ever drinking more than (1) bottle at a sitting. (4.5)

O- Brown Shugga is a highly anticipated seasonal for many and with good reason. Although I have never composed a formal review, this is my 3rd year enjoying it and Lagunitas' consistency is phenomenal. (4.75)

Side Note: Those that are familiar with Stone's Lukcy Basartd will find a strong correlation with regards to the flavor and aroma profile of each. Thankfully, Brown Shugga is an seasonal release and the other is way more limited.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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