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Hop Stoopid - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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5,228 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5228
Reviews: 1896
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%


Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lou91 on 03-07-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am having better and better double IPAs, this being one. Its well hopped, and the flavour comes through well supported by the malt backbone, without killing my palate. Very drinkable, even at lunchtime. Not complex, more high IBU hopping, enjoyable nevertheless. Good head and lace. Above average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 00:52:06 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super clear apple juice color with a nice 2 inch stark white head that fades to a small frothy cap. Bubbly ring lacing on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest hops, grapefruit, and pineapple juice. Very fruity and juicy smelling. Taste starts with grapefruit juice hops, pineapple juice, and a sweet malt backbone. Very refreshing and delicious. A very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation levels but this has a somewhat medium body. A bit thick and creamy but not too much. Exceptionally easy to drink. Great smell and great taste all around. One of my go to DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 06:10:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 14:02:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

C’mon it’s called Hop Stoopid! What more could I ask for. So I delightfully opened this one up last night. Poured a very nice hazy and murky golden amber color with a very nice two inch plus head of foamy lace and a decent amount of suspended particles. The head faded slowly leaving behind copious amounts of side glass lace. The smell was overloaded with floral citrus hops that just exploded with aromas of tangerine and orange with the slightest touch of pine thrown in. The flavor was so remarkably smooth and fresh; it was in a word wonderful. A full on floral hop assault that just did not let up. Great stickiness and dryness to the fell and a taste that was very bright and full of orange and pineapple flavors with the right amount of sugar thrown in for good measure. This was just great, a really nice hopheads IPA and a very smooth brew indeed. I almost found this one to be sessionable, but the ABV will steer you away from that, even though you could not pick up the slightest touch of it in there. Overall this was a really fine beer for sure. I enjoyed every last sip of this sticky resin filled taste. I would have to highly recommend this one to anyone out there that really loves the hops, this will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 00:24:24 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear amber with white 2 fingers worth of foam which stays around forever. Great white lacing.

S: Huge aroma citrus and pine; tons of hops in the nose. A bit of sweet malt to round things out.

T: Very bitter, yet a refreshing, almost sweet, malt finish. The citrus and pines come through wonderfully.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

D: Definitely a bitter hop bomb, but still a great beer and pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 23:38:56 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive head; a curtain of lace sticks to the side of the pint glass

Smell: Herbal citrus aroma. redolent of pineapple and pith

Taste: Not much of a chance for the malt to make an appearance, though there is a bit of the biscuit, up front; by mid-palate, the pith and pineapple dominate and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: For all the hype about 100+ IBUs, I found this somewhat ordinary; it's a very good beer but I have had many DIPAs I would prefer; still, at its price point, this is a very good value

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:08:15 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright orangey color ale with large foamy head with great retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of floral hops with great notes of grapefruit. Taste is also a very well balanced mix between some floral hops with citrus and grapefruit ester with a subtle bitter finish. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. What a surprise and what a great mix between slightly sweet malt with great hoppy presence while not overtaking the beers and more profile then just bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 02:36:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious Imperial IPA with a delicate balance of malt support with a showcase of tropical and citrus fruit flavored bitterness.

The big IPA pours with a bold golden color with amber highlights. A froathy, creamy head caps the beer with good staying power and broken rings of lace around the edges. A classic IPA look.

Aromas are outstanding: ruby red grapefruits, tangerine, pineapple, appricot, and mangos give a juicy, mouthwatering scent to the beer. Powdered sugar-like sweetness promotes the appetizing fruit flavors but without becomming a center piece all on it's own.

Flavors follow suit with the up front sticky sweet flavor of candied grapefuits, oranges, pineapples with a clean citrus bitterness to finish the beer. Mild acetone alcohols give a minty flavor but also a mild solvent note that weaves in and out of the resiny bitterness. Graham crackers, caramels, and cotton candy round out the sweet taste but with an evaporative effect.

Creamy and moderate early, the beer makes a quick transition to bitterness, dryness, and bite in the finish. Crisp, clean, and refreshing, the beer makes quick work of the malt influence and favors the alcohol and bitter dryness deeper and deeper in the finish and aftertaste.

An exquisite beer that nicely exemplifies the style. A subtle push here and there with the hop character could land it in the conversation with Pliny and Dreadnaught. But with it's reserved fashion, we'll keep it just off of the pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:19:40 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a nice apricot color with a thick, creamy head. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Very sweet with fruity and floral esters--more toward the floral end of the spectrum than many DIPA's. The fruit is definitely the main aroma, however, and I can smell grapefruit, apricot, and a tiny bit of pine.

T: Tastes much like the nose, but is a little bit underwhelming. Starts out sweet, and fades into a little bitterness. A little less floral and slightly more piney than the nose would indicate.

M: Fairly light in the mouth without a ton of carbonation. Slight hints of alcohol on the swallow.

D: Quite drinkable, and a little on the lighter side as far as DIPA's are concerned. All of this is especially true given how cheap this is compared to most other available IPA bombers. Strangely enough, however, I think I prefer Lagunitas' Maximus to this.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 02:09:16 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down leaving some lacing on the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The beer has a significant amount of hop bitterness, but this isn’t overpowering because there is a substantial amount of malts helping to balance them off and get the alcohol level up. Similar to the smell, flavors of citrus and pine resin from the hops are present in the taste, which also has some initial hints of caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the bitterness is not overpowering and although alcohol is noticeable in the taste for the most part it is masked.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 18:08:10 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, lightly effervescent, orangey-copper body with a small, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, citrus aroma with scents of both tangerines and grapefruits. Some background notes of green, freshly-picked garden herbs.

Taste: Light pale malts mingled with sharp citric hops and a strong, resounding bitterness. Fairly citrusy throughout. More of those herbs, too. Some slight toffee sweetness struggles and writhes beneath the hops. Tangy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat oily texture.

Drinkability: This Double IPA from Lagunitas should please those hop heads out there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 21:25:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 11:32:03 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! And it moves on to a beer I should've had a long time ago, frankly. It pours a clear straw-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dark greens, light pine, toffee, and some very light mint. The taste holds notes of greens, toffee, caramel, very light mint, and very light lime. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, this is a pretty solid DIPA, but it lacks a lot of the hop character I was expecting, both from the style and the name. Don't get me wrong, it was still tasty, but it falls short of great for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 05:27:27 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Union Jacks in Philly (Manayunk), and although I wouldn't normally do this, I'm going to review it because I think I've got the gist of it. It's basically an intensely citrus hop bomb, so...

It was delivered to the bar right from the faucet with a huge head of frothy off-white foam atop a golden-orange-amber body. The head retention was excellent, and it left marvelous lacing about the glass.

The aroma was bombastic, loaded with pine and citrus and other fruit: pineapple, tangerine, lemon, apricot, ...? ... juicy berry?

In the mouth it's medium-full in body with a crisp carbonation that gently zests the palate - not that the taste-buds need to be awakened ;)

The flavor is as the nose suggests, rim to rim with citrusy, fruity, and piney hop flavor. As you progress through the glass different aspects of it come through, mainly with citrus upfront followed by more of the standard fruit throughout the middle. Towards the end of the pint, the piney/grassy and gently sprucey (and even lightly minty) notes become more apparent.

Interestingly, the bitterness is kept in check, and it doesn't clock you in the head, or leave it chokingly dry. Nor is it raspy, or overtly resinous.

The one drawback, however, might be that the malt character is limited. It seemed almost like a hop-champagne in a way as the malt was simply a base for the almost liquid hops! It seemed a bit one-sided, but on the other hand, that did leave it more open to display the hop flavors which were complex; and it didn't build on the palate. Perhaps it's more drinkable because of the straight-forward nature of the malt.

If I chance by a bottle I'd love to try it again and do a more proper review.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2009 21:54:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. I've looked for this offering from Lagunitas on previous trips Stateside, but didn't come across it. Since we have numerous other beers from this brewer in our local alcohol demarcation zone, it was only a matter of the import agent for this account getting off their ass and rectifying the situation. A few weeks ago, a co-worker of mine brought up his recent trip to the local bottleshop, and asked if I knew of this 'Hop Stoopid' beer. After verifying that I was indeed in the correct dimension, it was clear that I needed to do a little shopping of my own.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some adequate sudsy chain link fence lacing around the glass as it evenly bails.

The smell - OMFG - the smell - orange, grapefruit, pine, and motherfrakkin' pineapple, all duly and inescapably right in your face - I could very well marry this aroma (I am in liberal Canada, after all), with a subdued, but still up for it caramel/toffee malt. Anyhoo..the taste starts with more semi-sweet grapefruit rind, orange pith, and a lessened tropical fruitiness that is briefly mourned, but quickly forgotten, as the well supportive bready caramel malt takes up the flag, aided by a soft toffee sweetness, mildly resinous pine cone astringency, and some further leafy, floral, and subsequently perfumed hops.

The carbonation manifests in only a mere tingle, the body a low-key medium weight, and the mouthfeel smooth and a little creamy, while the alcohol is noticeable as only a slight warming effect, mainly because I couldn't stop sipping this stuff long enough to notice. It finishes off-dry, the sweet and somewhat sugary fruity hop notes still good to go, and the malt hardly a wallflower by the same measure.

Ok, maybe the flavour suffers a bit in comparison to the heady nose, but that's hardly an indictment. Also, the bittering effect of the 102 IBUs is actually a little less intense than I was expecting, but the overall drinkability of this doozy of an DIPA renders that a moot point. Hop Stoopid: will u marry me? My gf is ok w/ it (she better be, I shared it with her, and she liked it).

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:46:46 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed amber/orange coloration, nice, full white head.

Aroma is a splash of citrus and pine, some tropical fruit, some pineapple, lemon...all AMerican hops, here? Or other varieties as well. It's a clean, but zesty, lively nose. Great stuff.

Taste: a blitz of bitterness, more of the same flavors return from the nose, then cool and mellow. Bigger hops, and bigger booze, but it doesn't dominate or bludgeon one. Sharp, sticky, big citric hop, PacNW feel, but not blistering of blinding or punishing in any way. Alcohol is barely felt as well.

How stoopid is it, with the hops? I've had hoppier, from Lagunitas, as well, I think. And what's with this Sonoma Farmhouse Ale thing...sure, I get that means that it's a WEst Coast hop bomb, we all get that....is there an inside joke here, that no one's telling me?

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 07:01:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a fresh bottle of Hop Stoopid - figured it was time to post an updated review, as the previous bottle wasn't all that fresh. This year's version says 7.7%

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam with great retention and lacing. Transparent copper-gold color with a few bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - There is a boatload of pine and zesty citrus, but it's kept in check by a solid backbone of caramel and bready malts. This smell is much more lively in this fresh bottle (surprise, surprise...).

T - I actually don't need to change my original review too much. In the fresh bottle there is more hoppy bitterness at the onset, but then it moves to toffee, caramel, and bready notes, before dissolving into hop flavors, with an emphasis on pine and orange zest. There's a mounting bitterness in the aftertaste but it's not overwhelming.

M - On the lighter side, with lots of residual oily resins. Carbonation is reasonable, and the texture is very soft and silky. Might not be big enough for the ABV, although this was more of a problem with it pushed past 8% last year.

D - The price is superb - you could buy almost three bottles of this vs. one bottle of Dreadnaught. Everything else about it is totally solid - nice texture, good taste, reasonable ABV (for a DIPA), etc.

Really glad we get this in Chicago, and really glad I got to taste a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 01:42:30 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is exactly what you want out of a 2IPA, floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts off with a strong burst for grassy hops bitterness and a citrusy sweetness. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but provides a nice balance. There's a little bit of an alcohol sting, which is surprising for a beer with 8.00% ABV and also a background flavor of caramel. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent hop bomb that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 03:20:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap recently at Jak's Tap and Lunar Brewing.

Pint arrives, it's a hazy orange color, with some clarity, and soapy foam on top that laces a little bit.

Sweet and resiny hop aroma, citrus and mild tropical fruit.

Flavor is also sweet, moderately bitter, with an aftertaste of canned pineapple. The sweetness is sort of a turn off, like the leftover syrup in a can of pineapple or peaches. It's full bodied, with a good pale malt presence adding much needed bready balance. Honestly I gave this a few tries, and ultimately the fruit sweetness got too cloying.

One and done, I probably won't look for this if it's bottled.
2009 edit: The fresh bottled version was great, review forthcoming...

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 14:59:12 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Update on ratings 10-25-13. This looked like new bottle & I believe my hunch was rewarded!

Much bigger nose, more citrusy punch, pineapple & grapefruit mix with tangerine

Got this one from Rbald42, big ups to Ryan!

Pours a semi-effervescent amber with 2 fingers of beige head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Herbal & leafy hops, not much else

T: Herbal hops, a bit of tangerine, plus leafy hops up front. Biscuitty malt, grapefruit, & hint of apricots, dryness & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, leafy hops, a touch of honey dryness, a bit of caramel & just a touch of red delicious apples

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation & fair balance, thickens up as this warms

Drinks fairly easy, ABV is well hidden, but this isn't the right blend of hops to get me too excited. Still, I'm always thrilled to try anything from lagunitas

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 03:15:08 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, pale and bisquit malt scent along with a slight Carapils aroma. The hops are lovely. They have a bold Northwest aroma that's citrousy and refreshing to the nose. The taste is great. It has a big, bitter hop bite at the start and it pretty much carries through to the end. The malt create some balance, but not enough IMO. It goes down easy and resinates on the tongue. It seems a bit thin in the finish. It hides the 8% abv. well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker, but could use a bit more malts and body. It's just a little too thin for my taste.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2008 19:29:35 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle without a "best by" date into an Imperial pint glass (get it, IIPA?). Beer is orange and hazy (this is probably chill haze). Forms a tight white head that falls away slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is mild but present.

Beer smells sweet and bitter. Aroma is more subdued than I thought it would be but there is plenty of pine style hops present and there is a lot of malt. I can pick up a slight flavor of alcohol in the nose as well. At only 8% I may be imagining it, just writing what I think.

Beer has some bitterness at the back end and it is of a pine variety. A slight aftertaste but not overpowering. There is a lot of malt in the front of mouth, a nice sweetness. There is nice mid palate connectiveness.

Mouthfeel is full. This is a big beer, this shouldn't be surprising. It is highish in alcohol without being thin. A good, health mouthfeel and I give it points for that. Drinkability is high, about as high as a DIPA can go. Well done, check it out DIPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 05:58:55 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is great and is very hoppy. I get a ton of pine and papaya, with some other hop notes mixed in as well. The flavor is just as good, if not better. I get a lot of papaya, pine, pineapple and a little bit of biscuit malt. The beer has a ton of hop flavor. Low to medium bitterness and extremely drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer and a great value.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:12:55 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, orange color with ruby highlights. It had a small, bubbly, tan head that left a little lace.

S - Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit! Also, some orange peel and sweet caramel.

T - I love the grapefruit with touches of orange and a nice burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a great DIPA. The grapefruit flavor is great. Can't wait to grab some more!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:47:21 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a three-finger thick head that was poured a touch too vigorously as it over-flows the top of my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, reddish tinged, copper color. Luckily a heavenly nectar of hop concentrate greets my nose as I pour this; it is a mix of orange blossoms, intensely sweet aromatic notes of ruby red grapefruit, tangelo and lychee. I may be a bit tipsy right now, but this aroma is just so freshly vibrant, intoxicating and freshly hoppy that I just have to spend some dedicated time enjoying the aromatics wafting from this tipple. Hints of pine, and a certain rank hop character form the secondary wave of the hop attack, while not quite reminiscent of its closest cousin, it certainly has a certain dank quality that is at least evocative of it. Wait, there it is; there towards the end, notes of hemp seeds, menthols and a certain, easily placed, aromatic, essential oil. Egad, the aroma is perfectly exquisite; so much so that I am almost certain that the flavor cannot live up to the odoriferous emanations from the surface of this brew. So what do I do, well I'll just have to spend a few moments more enjoying the aroma. It is really interesting, at first the fruity citrus hop notes were what dominated the aromatics, but now the rank, herbaceously, pernicious weed character is what is most distinctive, though the citrus character still plays a prominent role. You really can't ask more from the aroma of a hop focused beer.

The first sip is creamy up front, it is quite smooth; after all this time smelling the brew a lot of the carbonation has mellowed. It is not quite as hoppy as the aroma suggest, but it is darn near there. The hop flavor is a mix of citrus notes and green, herbal notes. I get flavors of bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, tangelo, lychee, apricot and other-sort-of tropical fruit like notes, plus I also get notes of basil, menthol and some savory herbal notes reminiscent of its persnickety cousin. At times the herbal notes take on characteristics of garlic, green onions, freshly cut savory herbs. The beer is quite drinkable, light, but with enough heft to carry the ample hop character. There is enough malt sweetness that the citrus notes stick to the palate in the finish. A solid bitterness runs throughout this beer; strangely enough it never gets astringent and is quite clean for a beer that has been obviously been hopped this much. The particulary rank almost garlic-like character must come from Summit hops.

While the flavor of this brew does not quite live up to the aromatics emanating from this beer, this is certainly the most enjoyable brew I have ever had from Lagunitas (though I should warn you that it may take a particular breed, a hop head certainly, to enjoy the characteristics of this brew. I wonder how much of my enjoyment of this brew is situational? I'll definitely have to try this again, but it is really hitting the spot right now; this is the last beer after a night of drinking malt focused brews. While my head may certainly be feeling the effects of the alcohol content, the aroma and flavor hide it amazingly well and make me think that I could quaff this brew pints at a time; a dangerous situation I might almost feel lucky enough to experience until the next morning. I am quite pleased; it is rare that the beer I end up with at the end of a night of a rating marathon (anything over three beers qualifies for me), is the best brew of the night. In fact I better score this beer now, as the longer I drink this and the more the alcohol effects me, the higher it score is going to rise. Actually on that note, this makes me think that I need to revist a lot of beers from my ratings past so that I can down-grade them.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 22:15:46 | More by Gueuzedude
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Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,228 ratings.