Lagunitas “Brown Shugga Ale” Review (#008)

“Brown Shugga Ale”

by Lagunitas Brewing Company
ABV: %9.84
IBUs: 51

(Beer Advocate’s page on this beer)
(Rate Beer’s page on this beer)

From the brewery:

Brown Shugga was originally a failed attempt to make our Olde GnarlyWine Ale way back in 1997. Boatloads of Brown Sugar were added to the boil in an attempt to rescue the batch. The result was quite different from the Olde GnarlyWine we were looking for, but the Accidental Release of Brown Shugga that year was the beginning of an annual rampage caused by a beer that follows no style guidelines and can best be described as…. Irresponsible.

This beer poured nicely into a smaller pilsner glass (poured a third of a bottle and was able to get my nose in the glass)

Appearance: A beautiful orange and red with a chunky white head that left lacing all over the inside of the glass. Very clear with fine carbonation.

Smell: Apples. Bold, citrus with floral, and sweet malts. This beer has a ton of aroma coming off of it representing the size of this beer.

Taste: Amazing flavors, of fruit, brown sugar sweetness, and a huge hop finish: bitter and dying, but extremely complex. This heavy brew is a great desert in and of itself.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing but still very strong presence. The story shown above behind this beer – the Old GnarlyWine Ale gone awry – is very present in this beer in that it is strong and feels big.

Drinkability/Palitability: Medium to low; this is a slow sipping – next time out of a tulip glass and I will write the notes up on here – after meal beer. You could drink a few of these if it was not for the teamwork of such a high ABV and weight.

Notes: I love everything this beer is, and have never been let down by Lagunitas. This brew has a very ‘fall season’ feel; particularly the North East, where I live. It’s apple smell mixed with the sweetness brings to mind Autumn. Next time I drink this – in the tulip glass – I will be trying this beer with sliced apple and some sharp cheddar cheese. I have never seen a Lagunitas for sale that I have not tried; and anytime I see a new one, I cannot help but to buy one or a few. Which leads me to:

Up Soon on “Down The Pie-rate Hole”:

Beer Review of Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (it is in my fridge)

Interesting note about the photo above. This picture was taken on my iPhone, like all the pics on my blog. We were doing a photo shoot at Laveggio, taking the pics to go up on their website, and I brought along the liquid inspiration to keep going after a full day of work, and get done what we needed to. This picture was taken at the exact same time as one of the promo shots, and you can see how the pic was lit up; the flash is what you can see in the upper left.


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