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Hop Stoopid - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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6,885 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,885
Reviews: 2,054
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 250
Gots: 1,065 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: lou91 on 03-07-2007

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Photo of DrunkenNoodleStyle
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a five (5). You like IPAs? Buy one. Enough said.

Photo of RobAM
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brewery is quickly becoming one of my favorites...

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic tumbler.

A- Pours a deep golden color with hints of copper, pale gold when held to the light. The head is comprised of big sudsy bubbles that are tight and compact. As the head deflates it leaves soap sud looking lace in globby patches. The head simmers down from a half inch down to 1/4 and retains there fairly well. Carbonation looks lively like its trying to hold the head from falling down. A very Good looking beer. (After drinking the globbs of lace turn to sheets of big bubbles)

S- Aroma of orange zest and fresh grapefruit followed by caramel and light hints of alcohol heat. Smells good and the aroma is strong. Not wildly complex but comes together very well.

T-Intense bitterness strikes the pallet first and despite the nose its actually full of pine resin, after that comes ruby red grapefruit and bitter lemon peel. The malt is there simply to carry the intense hoppy flavor and bitterness, imparts little to no character. Alcohol is just slightly perceptible but only a flash in the pan at the finish, at 8% its very well hidden. The swallow is also extremely bitter and then and only then is any sweetness apparent. Not complex, not wildly flavorful but the flavors that are present are quite good. Well put together but this is truly for hop heads.

M-Carbonation is full, body is fairly light. After each swallow the mouth is stripped dry it seems. I think its basically the definition of a tongue scraper when it comes to bitterness factor it translates directly into mouthfeel. Its really a fun beer to drink.

O- Overall a dominant hop forward beer that has just enough malt backbone to carry it without it interfering with your hop fix. As it warms the beer slides to a little more pallet-able but for the most part if you don't like bitter, avoid. However if you like to push the IBU limits (reads 102) this is for you. I have had several beers above this stated measurement that were for sure less bitter. If i'm not mistaken this is made with hop extract instead of cone or pellet so if you think extract is inferior I say give this guy a try.

Photo of Junger11
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Very good beer. Good hoppy bite, with a smooth finish. I will definitely be grabbing it again.

Photo of hopphead31415
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice variety by Lagunitas. I haven't seen it before so I think it is a new brew. It has 8% ABV and 102 IBUs. I'll be happy to review it piece by piece below.

Appearance: This one pours a really nice crisp clear golden color. A light will shine right through and you can see the tiny bubbles coming up through the golden liquid.

Smell: The smell is great, but is a bit too subtle for my liking. A beer that boasts the alcohol and IBUs of this caliber deserves a more aromatic presentation for the smell. It has a great smell, but it is just not very strong. The smell is a bit floral and malty hops that really entices the beholder to take a nice gulp. I get hints of nutty cracker and bubblegum.

Taste: The taste is the best part of course. I get a delayed flavor which is pretty nice, because most beers instantly show their flavors. You take a sip and wait a good one Mississippi and then you'll get a nice malty foundation of creamy honey, but it very quickly fades into waves hops. The hoppy part isn't very bitter which is a fine distinction. The bitterness comes at the very end with a nice resinous coating of the tongue. I also get a hint of fruits like mango and pineapple.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is great. It is smooth and the carbonation is tickling the tongue at the end of each sip.

Overall: I think that this is a great beer for any time of the year. I like that it has a higher ABV so that you can unload after a long hard day and at the end of the first beer you are already having a mild buzz. I think that the IBUs are not excessive as they are balanced by a malty body that makes for a very drinkable beer. Drink it nice and cold and be sure to pour it instead of drinking it out of the bottle.

Photo of Brittonnash
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPAs, it exactly what I look for; hoppy, strong, a little sweet. Near perfect.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are several interesting things about Hop Stoopid right off the bat. The first is the Sonoma Farmhouse designation and a label that eschews the usual wordy drivel. Maybe the brewery will let the beer speak for itself for once. The second is the fact that only hop extract and hop oil were used, not whole hops or pelletized hops. I'm a little skeptical, but if it tastes good, why not?

Radiant orange with pineapple colored trim. The relatively light color (for the style) says that there will be little, if any, caramel malt to get in the way of the hop love. Atop the beer is a lemon chiffon colored cap that is whipped creamy and is sticky enough to leave quite a bit of residue on the glass. In the end, beautiful, fat rings of resinous hop crust appear on the glass.

The nose is a tropical punch bowl of delightfulness. Unfortunately, I couldn't find which hop extracts were used. Cascade and/or Centennial is a good guess, along with something like Simcoe and/or Amarillo for that orange-pineapple-passionfruit vibe. The aroma may not be as pungent as if 'solid' hops were used, but that's probably just my imagination.

I wasn't thrilled with the two Lagunitas DIPAs that I reviewed prior to today (Maximus and 12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale). Hop Stoopid is pretty good though. It packs a tremendous amount of hop flavor into each mouthful, while keeping scathing bitterness and noticeable alcohol to a minimum.

The amount of pale malt is mid-range for the style, with a biscuity sweetness that holds down the bottom end with ease. There's a considerable amount of pine sap present, in addition to orange, white grapefruit and pineapple. I like what I'm tasting, but that little voice that whispers 'damn, this is phenomenal beer' is quiet. Hop Stoopid is good, but it isn't 'stoopid good'.

I'll use the drinkability score to indicate that the flavor score was close to a 4.5 without quite getting there. Besides, the beer *is* stoopidly drinkable. The body/mouthfeel is medium-full with an enjoyable smoothness.

Hop Stoopid is one of my favorite Lagunitas brews. It comes close to entering the upper echelon of California DIPAs, but falls short of the very best the state has to offer. No crime in that. I'm glad I had the chance to see what the hype is all about. Thank you Talisker.

Photo of BikeChef
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had forgotten how good this is, and in these days of $10+ bombers what a great value it remains.

Pungent, dank hops-- a bit more of the onion-y style than I remember (But I like that!). This is in contrast to the more fruity hops of Sucks.

What's old is new and what's new is old... definitely bringing this back as a go-to DIPA for me.

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have waited a long time to get some of this, and it was well worth the wait to say the least.Poured into a imperial nonic a slight hazed bronze color with a tight sticky one finger white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled into a creamy mass atop.The hop complexity in the nose is outstanding,a healthy dose of grapefruit and apricot-like fruitiness,a hint of pine resin,and sweet alcohol and caramel all come together nicely.At first sip the grapefruit flavors really stick out and they just burst out at ya,mild alcohol dipped apricot flavors and some leafy/herbal flavors round out the hop profile,there is a slight biscuit sweet malt base but it never really cuts into the hops.Just fresh tasting and great,the alcohol is sneaky but I would drink this all night....and pay for it the next day.

Photo of RoyalT
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a thin-looking florescent orange in color with a moderate head.

Smell – The smell here is big in the hops department. I'd say it almost had to have been dry-hopped. The hops are balanced, so there's not one big dominant hop aroma. Brewers usually go overboard on the pine when they want to make a hop bomb, but this has some strong citrus and fruit to go along with the pine and even some grassy notes.

Taste – As I thought its bark is bigger than its bite. Now, if this was billed as a dry-hopped IPA I'd be OK with it, but this is sold as a DIPA and it's just not there. It lacks the strong malt balance of a well-made DIPA but otherwise is very refreshing. It's gotta just be killer on-tap.

Mouthfeel – This just is medium-bodied. It has a good feel for an IPA and is very smooth. The bitterness isn't painful like some of the hop bombs out there on the market.

Drinkability – This is an extremely sessionable beer that all hop-lovers can appreciate. And really, out of the bottle it tastes like it's on-tap.

Photo of tectactoe
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 22 oz bottle. Pours a tacky, stingy yellow color, highly opaque and cloudy. Thin white head that relaxes on top, leaving a respectable trace of lacing through the top half of the beer. Nose hits with a huge assortment of pungent hops and intense grapefruits. Pineapples and mangoes are swarming around as well. First sip - slightly dank, heavy amount of oily resins and pungent hops - both bitter and sweet, a cornucopia of citruses, fruits, and pines. Malt overtones in the finish help to balance out the ending, but this beer was meant to be bitter and hoppy. Heavy on the mouth, sticky, slick, and held up by a medium amount of carbonation.

Seriously great beer. Amazing flavor, so full of pines, resins, and hops that are counterbalanced perfectly by the fruity citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple flavors which ironically come from the hops as well. Slight malt finish puts a nice close on things. I recommend this beer to everybody.

Photo of imperialstout27
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Stone IRS tulip.

A: Poured a clear golden amber color with a moderate off-white head. Pretty nice looking; nothing exceptional.

S: Whoa. Big aromatics. Juicy, juicy hops. Seemed quite citric at first, with notes of mango. Then very herbal, dank undertones as I kept smelling. Very herbal and grassy, and quite compelling.

T: Hops are herbal and piney - and almost minty and cannabinoid. Maybe I've had too many IPAs recently and I'm becoming numbed or immune or something, but it doesn't seem bitter enough for 102 IBUs. That being said it's plenty bitter with a good malt structure - not super malty, but a nice backbone that leaves the hops to take center stage. Hops are tasty without being abrasive. Also got some interesting notes of raw pumpkin at times on the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, with a good level of fine carbonation.

D: Pretty damn high. I'm enjoying the hop profile, the malt is enough to make the beer full flavored without being in any way heavy or sweet. At 8% it's going to limit your ability to drink large quantities, but it's also not as alcoholic as many other DIPAs.

Overall, a very enjoyable DIPA that's quite easy to drink for the style. The hop profile is interesting, and not the pure citrus bomb that you often get with the style (not that that's bad). It's a little bit different, and so I praise it for that. I'll defintely buy it again.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. 8% alcohol. After reading the label it appears this beer is a product of using hop extract... lets see how it works.

A- Pours a very crystel clear yellow-orange fluid that produces a quarter inch head that falls to a good rim and froth on the top of the beer like ice on water. Random large bubbles linger. Excellent lacing clings to the glass like paint on a wall.

S- Huge scent of citrus... grapefruit, orange, lemon and grassy hops upfront. Also a light sweet lemon grass scent is noted with a barely there alcohol nose.

T-M- Outrageous amounts of hoppy goodness! Fresh grassy flavor upfront followed by almost sweet citrus hints that beg the taste buds to except more. Hop oil like feel just not to overpowering with a mild malt feel at the end of tasting. Light carbonation on the tongue allows this bitter bomb to stealthly move quickly down the pipe with little to make you believe this one is packing 8% alcohol.

D- Very drinkable... very recomended. Like this beer because it gets to the point. Make hoppy beer drinkable... thats it. Will get one for my brother when i go to North Carolina this weekend.

Photo of Clonies720
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale. 22oz bomber bottle. 102 International Bittering Units as described on the label. Poured into my new 1 liter German- Hofbräu brewery beer stein!

Appearance: Clear, bright orange with a pale white foamy head. Very little lacing with decent head retention.

Smell: Strong aromas of pine, citrus, grapefruit, fresh-cut grass.

Taste: Bitter, clean, slick hop-resin coats the mouth and tastes ohhhh so good! There are more flavors here but I am loathe to interpret and type them all out. But I will say it has a light, sweet malt backbone that keeps the hops from completely overwhelming the senses.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation. Like I said in the taste part, it is slick, and thick, and just coats your entire mouth in hoppy, bitter goodness.

Overall: This ain't your average Imperial IPA. It is certainly a thirst quencher and has enough hops for a "hophead". I'd like to see this beer at medium to medium-high carbonation to match the big 8% ABV and Imperial IPA profile, as I believe it's a tad under-carbonated.

Photo of steelerguy
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark golden color, little lighter than I was expecting. Big fat bubbles, thought it was a little too carbonated at first but this dissipated quickly enough. Nice tall sudsy white head.

S - Hops first, floral and sweet. Light caramel malts and a little bit of bread. Very nice.

T - Surprised that this is over 100 IBU. Definitely bitter but balanced well by the sweet malt. Citrus hops hit my palate first followed by pine in the finish. Sweet throughout, but tastes great, the sweetness is no where near overpowering as it is balanced by the hop bitterness. Excellent.

M - Right on for a DIPA. You can tell there are some sugars still left in there not only by the smell and taste but also the feel. Not syrupy by any means, but no where near too thin. They did not over attenuate this beer to get to the 8%.

D - This beers smells and tastes so good and although it is not light, the sweetness and hops dominate and you don't really feel an alcohol warmth. The citrus really adds a refreshing character. Extremely drinkable for a DIPA.

Overall, I have not been the biggest fan of Lagunitas, but I think this beer is great. Hop extract or not, I really like it. Clean tasting and the hops really do shine, did not get the grassy notes you can get from too much dry hopping. I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of blackearth
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Otto's Wine Cask in Brown Deer, WI. Poured a bright golden body with a white head and good lacing. Aroma is of sweet citrus hops like orange and grapefruit. Medium bodied with an orange peel flavor. The malts hold up well with the bitterness but don't steal the show. Long, pleasantly bitter finish. Great drinkability for a double IPA, although it didn't seem like 102 IBU.

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Translucent gold with a medium foamy white head

S: Big piney hop smell with some florals in the background

T: Earthy, piney, citrusy as expected. However the nice sweet honey tones were not so expected. Clearly there are strong hops but it's not overly bitter and there is a nice balance of malt.

M: Smooth and well carbonated but with a decent amount of bitterness. Not much heat shows through. It's certainly lighter than I had expected.

D: For the style it's quite drinkable but as a beer in general it still takes some hop tolerance.

Overall, I'm quite impressed with this beer. I had expected over the top hops and not much else. Turns out it's well balanced and hopped but not over the top. I'd drink it again.

Photo of ROBORB
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip from a bomber this beer pours a nice golden orange hue with a 1 finger head that stays on the glass from start to finish. The smell is fantastic. I could pick up strong grapefruit notes, honey, and pine perhaps. The taste is bitter at first with a good sweetness to mellow it out. As this beer warms I am really liking how it becomes lighter on the palate. This is a fantastic Double IPA and should be bought when found.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper-colored beer with just a halo of head and a small amount of lace.
Citrus aroma, outdoorsy, a little bit of sweet malt.
Mostly a grapefruit taste, some piney hops, a tiny bit of malt.
This beer was very hoppy, even a little bit on the raw side.
Decent, not great.

Photo of NWer
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in the bottom of two pint glasses from a bomber.
Great head retention, nice lacing as it slowly dissipated. The taste? All it's cracked up to be. A very good IIPA worthy of its reputation.
Went down very easy - especially considering the tripel that preceded it.
I'm looking forward to adding a few of these to the beer fridge to have on hand.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a frothy off-white head. Looks to be fairly bubbly. smells of tart, fruity hops.

Calm up front, followed by a slow rumble of hop flavor that keeps building. Feels like I have to keep exhaling to let the hops out.

Respect to Lagunitas for their experimentation. I'm not too crazy about hop overloads in general, but this makes for an interesting pour and a nice change of pace.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours coppery brown with 2 fingers of head with decent, not great retention.

Piney, resinous aroma with a big hit of citrus hops. Also a hint of caramel malt.

Similar to smell, malt up front, then huge pine and citrus hops, with decent malt on the finish to balance the lingering bitterness.

Slightly oily, but actually pretty moderate mouthfeel, with some slight astringency.

While the abv is somewhat apparent, drinkiability is still quite good; easy to get through this in a hurry.

Photo of marvin213
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big foamy head is small bubbles--a big plus in my experience. The bubblies begin to dissipate quite quickly, though a full cover remains even after the pour has settled. Lacing residuals leave their mark where the foam hath faded. When I looked at the beer immediately post-pour sitting on the kitchen countertop, I thought it was light; here in the living room I think it's on the browner side. In line with my skin tone analogies, it's got a decent yet unevenly tanned body.

The smell is citrusy, grapefruit hop goodness. It conjures picturesque images of California beaches, complete with coconut oils blowing in the breeze. The carbonation seems to bring each refreshing smell into my nose subtlely--like bubble by bubble. Maybe I smell some grassy pine playground in the background. Each time I waft for new aroma, the smell is consistently impressive. It's like oranges and pineapple fruity. This beer smells like it's good for you.

The taste is fruity, and sweetly delicious with an unmistakable presence of enamel-pulling hop. I love that juxtaposition. This is the balance I'm looking for: lip-licking Vitamin C-type flavor palatable enough for a Southern belle, compacted with a hoppy bitterness that makes teeth and taste mesh in savory sensation. Put more simply, it's well-balanced, citrusy hop bomb. I've never deemed a beer worthy of an "exceptional" taste distinction, but this is one with which I consider it quite carefully. If I knit-pick for negatives, it's a little light for a DIPA. It's like a West Coast Hopslam without that rip-roaring double-digit ABV. With genuinely no disrespect, I consider it like a Hop Layup...but that's kinda stoopid.

The mouthfeel is terrific. The acids, the hops--it's like music in my mouth. I've already alluded to this balance but it's like the longer you allow the beverage to settle and sit, the more you confirm this is indeed a harmonious mixture. Though its light and tangy qualities defy most of the DIPAs I've experienced, this is a special (and legitimate) hop monster worthy of its name [see other reviews for failing and misleading "Hop" monikers].

This one really deserves some credit for its drinkability. Thankfully the distribution is solid enough here in the Carolinas for this to be my craft beer summer go-to. It's a light and refreshing DIPA! Are you kidding me? Eight percent ABV makes this the most sessionable hop bomb I've ever encountered. At $4.95 after its 3,000 mile road trip to my specialty shop, I'm tempted to do $30 sixers every time (it's really more like $30/12 since they're 22oz bombers)! Labeling Hop Stoopid exceptionally drinkable is a real no-brainer. HA!

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is piney peppery malts.

The flavor is sweet sugary melon, salt(?), and some bready malts followed by a good sized piney slightly resiney bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, not as good as I had hoped. It was a solid IPA, but not too interesting and what was up with the salt?

Photo of generallee
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the ABV (8%), I.B.U. (102) and the O.G. (1.085). There is no noticeable freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a nice deep golden color with good clarity and plenty of active carbonation.

Smell: The aroma has bright citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and lemon over some nice spruce like piney notes. I am also picking up some sweet grain and alcohol.

Taste/Palate: Its medium to full body body starts with citrusy grapefruit and lemon hop flavor notes sweetened buy an almost candy like malt and alcohol. This sweetness slowly fades and the bitterness from the hops builds. The hop flavor notes turn to freshly cut spruce pine, resin and herbal bitterness which hangs onto the tongue and lingers long into the finish.

Notes: This is a solid hopy beer with nice West coast hop complexity. It is almost all about the hops so I would say that it is aptly named.

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Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 6,885 ratings.