Unrefined Shugga'
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Unrefined Shugga'Unrefined Shugga'
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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #186
Ranked #31,628
3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Unrefined Shugga'Unrefined Shugga'
Notes: Unrefined Shugga’ is our winter-warming, holidaze BarleyWine, clocking in at 10% alc./vol. It’s chockfull of malted barley, malted wheat, Munich malt, and crystal malts, then generously dry-hopped with Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade, and Centennial hops. Unrefined Shugga’ gets its name from the addition of whole cane Panela sugar. It’s basically the holidays in a glass.
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stevoj from Idaho

3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Boise Co-op. Clear amber pour with a thin creamy off-white head, solid lacing. Sweet malty aroma, brown sugar. Taste is sweet and malty, toasty, strong, brown sugar with an short bitter finish.

Saturday at 05:41 AM
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Snulip glass and I don’t have the energy to figure out when it was bottled and rather sad that the price is the same it used to be to purchase 6 and now you get 4. Pours an attractive brownish amber with a 2 finger off white head that leaves thick streaks of lace, with nice retention. 4.5

Aroma I still get brown sugar, toffee, caramel, a little breadyness, and honey. 4

Taste follows brown sugar, caramel, toffee, some breadyness, and honey. 4

Mouthfeel is above average, maybe a little sticky not dry, plenty of life, and at 10% ABV it goes down really easy. 4.25

Overall this is really good, not sure I could tell any difference from OG, but still tasty stuff. 4

Thursday at 02:50 AM
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
date stamped 302 1 2
L: deep amber-red body, thinner frothy tan head
S: grain, caramel, brown sugar, floral & piney hops
T: rich & flavorful: caramelized grain, cane sugar, zesty citrus, pine resin, toffee, mild fruitiness
F: full body, ample carbonation, some residual sweetness, but the finish is bitter pine lingering on the palate
O: I wish I could try this side-by-side with Brown Shugga’ for comparison. This was good, but if I remember correctly, the brown sugar gives that one a little more depth of flavor

Nov 20, 2021
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper/amber with a large long lasting cream colored head. Fantastic lacing. Aroma is mild caramel malt and hops. Flavor bolder than the nose. Sugar caramel malt and bitter hop finish. Plenty boozy. Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a mighty fine beer.

Nov 19, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No dating information found.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Long lasting two finger to half a finger off white head. Good sheeting of lacing on the non-drinking side.
Aroma is faint with more malts than hops.
Taste is more of a punch than the smell, with sugary toasted malts (carmelized) jousting with floral and citrus hops. Strong and bitter at the end. The sweet cane and hops trail off in the aftertaste.
More than medium mouth feel. Has a numbing effect on the top of the tongue. Very good supportive carbonation.
Chose this when wanting a cane sugar malty punch to the palate. The hops are equally as ludicrous. How unrefined indeed. Higher ABV% is super evident.

Nov 18, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark hazy amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has malt and cane sugar hints
The taste follows the nose with a malt and cane sugar flavors
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A good Strong Ale
(It drinks light. but packs a strong kick!)

Nov 17, 2021
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Stooven from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

First pass with this last night; might come back to edit after #2. But since it's a pricey 4-pack available for a limited time, haste was in order.

Pours a gorgeous, red/amber with minimal head. Nose is pretty heavy on the alcohol, burnt sugar. Taste -- and this is what I want to revisit -- was not very complex. Alcohol, bitter hop bite, not terribly sweet. Just one-note. Feel was surprisingly light and easy despite the amounts of sugars. Off to do some situps before the next one.

Nov 16, 2021
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper color with a slow building off white head, leaving spotty lacing. Not a very aromatic brew, some caramel malts and hops. Caramel, toffee, the sugar is noticeable but not overly sweet. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

Nov 13, 2021
Unrefined Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 18 ratings