Lagunitas Brown Shugga’

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Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Lagunitas, CA

Brown Shugga’ American Strong Ale

9.9% ABV

Last holiday season, Lagunitas didn’t have a chance to put out Brown Shugga’, the brewery’s American strong ale made with a heaping dose of brown sugar. Instead, they opted for the Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale it’s “Brown Shugga’ Substitute.” It was a great beer for sure, but now that I’ve finally tried some of that shugga’, I know what I’ve been missing.

The beer pours a super clear orangish copper brown. I agitated the pour a little bit, so I got about two fingers of a reall thick, creamy head and lingered a long time. Not sure if that’s how it usually is, but it was like a scoop of ice cream on top and left behind some really strong lacing and alcohol legs.

I was expecting a sweeter malt note on the nose, so I was surprised when I was hit with this really pungent juicy hop aroma. There was lots of grapefruit and a little orange and citrus. Definitely a sweeter note from the brown sugar. Malts are certainly there. It’s a really sweet, rich aroma.

There was a strong hop bitterness on the tongue, mild carbonation and very smooth across the palate. The hops are much more subdued, but there’s definitely some grapefruit and citrus there. The end is much sweeter, finishing off on an almost cola note. It leaves behind this grainy, sugary film on your tongue. There’s just a touch of alcohol on the finish. Really great stuff

Wait for it … wait for it …

Pour some shugga’ on me.

There it is.

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