Life is uncertain. Don’t sip: Lagunitas Brown Shugga’

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A year after I missed out on trying Lagunitas Sucks! I’m still sad. When I saw a six-pack of Brown Shugga’ at my local beer store I picked it up, not wanting to miss out on this holiday release. I’m normally a hops-lover, but as the weather turns colder I like to sample some more robust ales and stouts, and I think Brown Shugga’ is a great example of a solid ale to keep stocked for visitors.

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It pours a gorgeous coppery golden color with a big foamy head. This might be attributed to poor pouring on my part. Even my non-beer drinking boyfriend said “That doesn’t look like a proper pour.” As the head calmed down it left a beautiful thick lace along the glass.

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The first sip was pinier than I expected, the hops were a pleasant surprise. As the beer warmed up each sip became maltier with tasty caramel, and yes, brown sugar notes. I really enjoyed this ale. It’s the perfect beer to try out on less outwardly adventurous drinkers; at first sip it’s pretty accessible, but over the course of the glass it becomes more complex. I’d definitely recommend this, but am still eagerly awaiting the return of Lagunitas Sucks!

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Vitals:  Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint  glass straight out of the (regular*) fridge. 9.9% ABV

Taste:  B+  Tasty ale with a nice warm finish.  An ale is never my first choice, but I’d definitely recommend to ale drinkers, or to an IPA lover like me looking to sample something more winter-appropriate while still getting your hops fix.

Drinkability B+  I didn’t realize until after I’d finished the glass that it is 9.9% ABV. Doesn’t have a strong alcohol taste at all, but it sneaks up on you.

Packaging  I love all the Lagunitas labels. Nothing fancy, but strong brand aesthetics with the usual fun tidbits: “Life is uncertain. Don’t sip.”

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Value:  B+  $10.99 for a six pack. I think this is a good value for a solid beer.

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*In very exciting news we recently purchased a separate small fridge just for my beer collection! Merry early christmas to me!

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