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Monday, April 20, 2009

Lagunitas Brown Shugga'

Lagunitas Brown Shugga
Lagunitas Brown Shugga':

That's something different! The easy-going brown ale gets a crafty, sweet makeover. This is a session beer that's spent some time in the weight room -- bursting with flavors that are defined and toned but not bulky. Brown Shugga' is mildly sweet in the way you'd expect -- earthy and deep with a tangy touch. Reminds me of a glaze. Boy, I bet it would be great with a baked ham!

The sweet yet not sweet taste of Brown Shugga' reminds me a bit of Dogfish Head Raison D'etre in the sense that it glows with an almost wine-like dryness despite the sweetness to the tongue. Not caramel, not fruit, but the brown shugga' makes its mark on the taste buds in a memorable way. Brown ale lovers have to give this beer a try. But be warned: Lagunitas Brown Shugga' packs a smooth punch at 9.9% abv.

Tradition, move over. This is a brown ale that has finally seen the next level without going too far over the edge.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga':

Representation: 1.0
Accessibility: .89
Style: .95
Personal Preference: .99

Total Score: 3.83 Flags

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