16 February, 2010

Lagunitas Brown Shugga' Sweet Release

Lagunitas Brown Shugga' Sweet Release


9.84% abv

I've had Brown Shugga before, at the Chico Brewfest this past fall. I remember enjoying it, but I also remember going back for Lagunitas' Hop Stupid offering a second time.

Brown Shugga poured very bland, with very little head. I was afraid it might be flat, but luckily it wasn't. It has a slightly sweet aroma, with a good bit of alcohol warmth. Fairly sticky cling on the glass. It has a very smooth mouthfeel, with a strong warm feel about it. It isn't as sweet as I thought it would be, instead it is malty overtones that hit you. There is still some nice hoppyness in the middle, but the smooth malts give a great aftertaste.

Overall, I'm enjoying Brown Shugga.



sean said...

I've never had the bottled version, I wonder if it's better than the stuff they had on-tap at the joint across the street? I wasn't a big fan of that -- way too sweet.

Chris said...

I wouldn't even rate this as sweet. Maybe on a scale of 1 to 10 it would be a 2 on the sweetness scale. 10 obviously being your sweet sweet ass.

sean said...

Then it's definitely different than the on-tap version I've had here. That one had a really noticeable almost cloying sweetness to it. I may have to pick up the bottled version to try, 'cause usually I'm a big fan of the Lagunitas beers.