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Hop Stoopid - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,062
Hads: 7,280
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 18.9%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,401 | FT: 7
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
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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 BigMike
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber.
Clear golden, orange color with a one finger head.

Nice BIG fruity aroma. Pineapple, oranges, starfruit, grapefruit.
A little bit of spiciness creates a wonderful nose.

I get a hoppy punch right off the bat. Lots of pine, citrus, and pineapple flavors.
The finish has a nice bitterness to balance it all out a bit.

Very good mouth feel. Not overly carbonated or dry. Very
drinkable.

Hop Stoopid is overall a verygood DIPA

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Photo of gibby
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of Olmatty trade, cheers man.

Poured into an oversized wine glass(as usual). Nice amber color with a huge 2 finger soapy white head. I could smell hops right away, bubble gum, citrus, very pleasant and inviting. Very nice taste, lots of hops again but nothing overpowering. Little bit of malt balances it out, nice carbonation. Little thin in the mouth for a DIPA but I have zero complaints. Only 7.7% so I could probably put a couple bombers down at one sitting if I wanted to. Price tag on the bottle says $3.99 and for that low price this beer is a hell of a deal. Most DIPA's are in the $10 range. Glad its finally rolling back into PA in the past few weeks. I will buy some more. Worth seeking out if you are a fan of hops.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A crystal clear medium golden color in the glass. Half an inch of pure white head faded over a minute. An average amount of meandering carbonation bubbles. A few lace blobs.

An extreme hop aroma hit before it was out of the bottle and continued from in the glass. A full nose full had a backbone of a mix between hops and marijuana. Very light pine note.

The only word to describe the major flavor is hops. The secondary flavors or all hops also. The third notes show just a minor note of white pepper.

A nice thickness on the tongue and the flavors cling well. Carbonation is noticeable at just the right amount.

A fantastic beer. This one would go well with anything involving strong cheddar cheese. It should be the desire of any fan of beer to make this a must find.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light gold in color. A very nice inch of white head sits atop the beer. Smell is glorious floral hops. Just the way I like them. Plenty of sticky, webby lacing. This one has the mouthfeel that I love. The malt is behind the scenes and letting the hops take the main stage. Wow. I've not been too impressed with the Lagunitas stuff that I've had to this point, but this is one of the top beers I've had. Plenty of hop bitterness in the taste. Very clean and well done. I love this beer.

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Photo of chaz410
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle purchased at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte NC.
Pours a beautiful bright amber with a thin but thick white head.
Smell...Did someone just mow the lawn!?!? Tons of grassy and sweet pine hops. Not much fruit hops but lots of sweet herbal hops. LOVE the smell!
It has a very crisp floral bittering taste right on the front. Needs more malt but it's still very pleasant. I wish there was some more after swallow flavors as well but the hops are crazy up front. There's also a blandish mineral water flavor at the end.
Drinkability is good for hopheads only!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into an SA pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden amber color with a sticky-two finger head of white foam. Left a decent amount of lace and carbonation was lively.

S: Smells quite potent; grapefruit and citrus hops, a bit of floral and herbal funkiness with some light pine notes. Runs the hop gamut.

T: Lightly sweet and toasted biscuit flavor to start, with a bit of honey and lemon added to the herbal, grassy flavor. That's the last you taste of the malt. A rush of oily hop resin dominates the palate and leaves a sticky blend of hop leaf and spiciness in your mouth. A real hop wallop.

M: Mouthfeel is full and sticky, but still pretty drinkable.

D: A DIPA for true hop fans. A nice malt offering at first, but still a very big beer, and a little unbalanced, but I think that's the point here. Good to share or take one to your face and suffer the consequences.

Another fine Lagunitas offering and a bomber worth picking up, even though it was nearly 5 bucks.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a decent head and patchy lace.

The aroma of hops,light grapefruit,papaya,honey and tropical fruits.
The taste is sweet,fruit notes,hops,citrus,piney and some subtle malt notes.

The feel was slightly bitter,well enough balanced on a medium body beer with a smooth carbonation and some alcohol warmth towards the finish.

Notes: A good beer with a hop kick and a touch of spice. Medium carbonation and easy enough to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
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).

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Photo of GreenCard
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale copper-gold, good clarity, huge bloom of sudsy yellowy foam with great head retention

Aroma: like walking through a hop field on harvest day; plus fresh-cut braeburn apple slices, wild flowers, pine needles, passion fruit, and malty caramel

Flavor: medium malt sweetness and a lot of fruitiness (particularly fresh passion fruit); hints of tangerine marmalade, Earl Grey tea, and hibiscus flowers; finishes semisweet with a surprisingly smooth and balanced hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium full body, pert carbonation, a slight chewiness, and some alcohol warmth

Other comments: The fruity elements in the aroma and flavor of this beer are incredible! Very tropical and lush. This beer teeters on the edge of needing a little more bitterness and being just right. At first it starts to be a little to fruity and sweet, but then it gets dried out just right by that quite perfect bittering level. I'm pleased that it's not overly bitter, as I expected it to be. This is damn good and would be really interesting to try on cask, if they even serve it that way.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NCAA basketball and uber-hoppy beer? Yeah, I think I can make this work.

Appearance - A very nice light copper color. Very clear. Much clearer than many hop bombs. Great bright color. Half inch of very nice head. Good lacing, nice trail of tiny bubbles reaching for the sky.

Smell - From across the room! Wow. Lots of hops. Comes with some of that pine resin. Sticky almost. But balanced by citrus and grapefruit. Very aggreeeassssive. God it smells good.

Taste - Fantastic. Wonderful. It starts off with that piney hop, but it has a great citrus backbone. It really mellows it out, and provides a sweet tartness. The finish is perfect. Not astringent or bitter, but sweet and lingering. Just when I thought it was going to go all piney/bad on me, it mellows out and gets sweet. The hops linger on the tongue forever, but get a little sour as they hang around. That slightly unpleasant original grassy pine is all that keeps this from being perfect.

Mouthfeel - Very nice. It's crisp, and not too syrupy. Refreshing and not too heavy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty damn good. It's delicious, but not sure how many I could put away. Absolutely no hint of the booze, however. Ok, having finished this guy much more quickly than expected, I have to revisit. This beer is insanely drinkable. Goes down probably too smoothly, it's just begging me to get into trouble.

Wow. This is a fantastic beer. It belongs right up there with the best IPA/DIPA's out there. Almost surprised this Lagunitas, since I'm not always impressed with their offerings. This one is just fantastic however. A great hop balance, and sweetness. Great job. If anything, I am underrating this one. I would need to line it up against my favorite IPA/DIPA's in order to properly evaluate it. It's certainly in the conversation.

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Photo of gatornation
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light orange/amber color with small head and average lacing...smell is pine and hop and citrus it smells good..the taste is better then the smell it is outstanding... it stars out with a hop smack and big pine and floral hits really delicious but not at all bitter at 102 ibu it then gives you a delicious hit of pine and grapefruit other herbs and floral flavors for the palette with a nice malt finish... this dipa packs an unbelievable flavor for 7.7 abv its is outstanding... iwill match it with hopslam,double trouble, 90 minute even pliny its that good... the mouth feel is the same..this is a great dipa that is way to drinkable... its one of my favorite dipas i highly recommend this one..less than $5 for the 22 oz bomber makes it a good buy i am not the biggest fan of langunitas brews but this should be their flagship

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Photo of oldhippie247
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal-clear medium gold with lively carbonation. Fluffly white head lingers nicely.

Big hop aromas with more than ample supply of piney, herbal notes, with citrus playing the backup role. Nose reminds you of a certain distant cousin of the humulus lupulus plant.

Palate is dominated by a big bittering hop addition, but is adequately balanced. Citrus is a little more pronounced on the palate than on the nose. Mouthfeel is nice and full, with hops and malt combining on a long, bitter finish.

So far this is the best Lagunitas offering I've tasted. A great beer for hopheads with more than enough bitterness, aroma, etc., without double-digit ABV. A better-than-average price makes this a no-brainer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange/golden with white head that retains well.

Nose is a light citrusy bliss, aimed towards lemon and ruby red grapefruit.

On the palate the ruby red grapefruit comes through, with delightful tartness, and other miscellaneous tropical fruits in the background. The mouthpuckering grapefruit never leaves center stage, however. Gentle biscuity malt is in the balance, but overall this is one whopper of a citrusy IPA.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is an interesting beer. I won't go as far as saying it's the best double IPA I've ever had, but I will say it's the most unique, and I dig unique. Very clear, vibrantly orange with a large and particularly fluffy and foamy head. This beer also has a lot of rising bubbles going on, like soda, and keeps it up almost the whole time it took me to drink it, which wasn't long. Again, unique. Super resiny lacing as well. Smells strongly of piney, citrusy hops. Taste however is much less bitter than I would have thought, given the pungent nose. Don't get me wrong, it's amazing. All hops. Big, luscious, juicy fruity pineapple melon mango hops. No pine bitterness at all as suggested on the first whiff. It's really crazy how much raw hop flavor this beer has yet such a low bitterness, though it claims 102 IBUs 4 U right on the label. Must have something to do with the hop extraction technique they used. Taking the actual physical hop out of the beer and adding it in extracted syrup form is an interesting idea, and I think they may be on to something. Slight honey sweetness (I hear it's infused with honey) and a faint pale malt. I could've easily given the taste a 5, but I tend to like bitter beers actually so I wouldn't mind a little more bite. But then it would just be another good but un-unique double IPA, and this beer is more than that. Super soft mouthfeel, light and airy. Almost feels like beer flavored air going down my throat. Highly drinkable can't get enough want it all the time. As a note, the label states a 7.7% abv while this site says 8.2%. This is truly a unique beer and I've really never had anything like it.

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Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Bomber into goblet. Pours clear, golden orange, 1 finger head fades to film and ring, leaves lacing. Lightly active.

SMELL Caramel malty sweetness mixed with floral and citrusy hop notes is very pleasant. Smells like a pretty good IPA. It's also a bit piny and boozy. It's very pungent, and pretty rich. Very nice.

TASTE is a little grainy, but with strong citrysy hop flavors, and some floral notes. Malty sweetness is identifiable, but not really caramel. All of this is accompanied by a moderately sharp bitterness. It is quite balanced and clean.

FEEL medium carb, medium/full body, slight warming, vague drying influence with clean finish that is just a tad bitter.

OVERALL Not wicked filling considering its size, tasty, clean. Stands a bit above most of the the pack. A good value for the price. I think Maximus is my favorite of the Lagunitas IPA's.

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Photo of nc41
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edited review 10-13-10. The last two bombers I've had have been very dissappointing, where's the citrus jolt? More malty and sweet than i remember. Last nights bomber was from Bestway so i know it's fresh. Maybe my palate has changed a lot, last nights brew was a B DIPA at best, and nowhere as good as Maharajah or Hopsickle.

I was surprised to say the least. In an ocean of average to good brews this one surprised me. Love Hopslam? This one is as close as it gets. Citrus on the nose right off the bat, grapefruit. The 1st sip carries thru to the taste buds, from the fruity citrus nose. Love this stuff, and at a better price than Hopslam. One very worthy brew. Easily worthy of buying by the case, and there isn't many I would say that about. Let me be clear I do love this Ale, and the comparison to Hopslam is in regard to the style not the over all quality. Hopslam is truly unique.

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Photo of brewbucker
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $4.29. One of the better DIPA's I've had in a while. Pours a very clean darkish copper with an medium head and decent carbonation. Aroma is big resin pine and citrus. Flavor is very crisp and fresh. More big pine, citrus rinds, malts. This is one of the most dry, bitter and surprising brews I have had in a while.

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Photo of Naugled
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in chalice

A: thin head but crystal clear light copper color, and low carbonation.

S: wow, intense, but pleasant. I got pine, pine, pine with some citrus. close to juniper but not exactly.

T: great hop flavor without being too bitter. doesn't taste as piney as it smells. Not gin like at all. There is bitterness but not as much as you would think for an over hopped beer. However, the hop forward flavor doesn' t allow any malt to come through. could be balanced better.

M: medium to light body with a smooth feel in the mouth, the low carbonation helps. Not as coating or sticky as I would have thought.

D: a drinkable hop bomb. I could have a few of these.

A unique beer overall that really does hit the spot. Holds up to the hype.

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Photo of beertunes
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a clear deep yellow color with more than a 1/2 inch of slightly off-white head that left a medium amount of lacing.

The aroma is strongly dominated by a piney hop scent with slight citrus hop undertones.

The flavors are completely dominated by the pine, none of the citrus hops show through on the tongue. There is also virtually no malt taste for the hops to cling to. This beer is almost like drinking watery pine tar.

Surprisingly solid body for a beer so lacking in malt. Perhaps because of the pine tree ground up into it? The hop taste really coats and sticks to the tongue, almost to the point of being annoying.

Drinkability rates low because half way through you're starting to suffer from palate fatigue. This beer is too much of a one trick pony to have several of.

Overall a pretty good beer from a brewery I like a lot. Worth trying and having again, just not more than 1 at a time.

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Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A finger of steam rises up out of the top of the bottle immediately after the cap is popped, and goes right up the nose with smells of honey and hops.

Pours crystal clear light copper color with swarms of fine bubbles running from bottom to top. An inch thick cap of tightly bubbled orangey-beige foam rises up and slowly sizzles down.

Inviting aroma of sweet tangerine and floral notes, some honey and cinnamon.

Flavor is a good balance of malt and hops. Starts out sweet citrus, morphs to honey and fruit, moves to grapefruit rind, then piney bitterness builds, followed by a hard-edged burnt marshmallow. Pine and honey linger. An odd sweetness rides benath and rises up and intrudes on the bitterness occasiionally.

Moderate mouthfeel, a little slippery, not overly full or creamy. Tasty beer, pretty drinkable, but something about it isn't coming together for me.

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Photo of bwd110
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into trusty pint glass.

A - deep golden amber, great clarity to this brew! Nice fluffy 1 inch head. Great lacing throughout. This beer is certainly carbonated nicely.

S - Soooo, there are hops in this beer? Huge blast of pine hops, undertones of fresh citrus and grapefruit. Slight alcohol esters present, no sweet or yeasty notes detected. This one tells you it is all about the hop.

T - A slight letdown from the aroma, hops immediately hit you, but not nearly as strong as the nose would imply. After the initial hop bitterness, there is a big drop off in taste where a healthy dose of malt would balance the hops well. Instead, there is only a faint malt base, but I gotta say the beer is very smooth and the lack of malt does not kill this one for me. Finishes crisp and dry with one final hop kick in the pants.

M - Smooth and silky, medium body, really good carbonation.

D - Surprisingly good, could have a few of these and not walk away with a completely obliterated palate, my sobriety would be in question, however

All in all, I was a little perplexed with the difference between the nose and the overall flavor of this dipa, but as it warmed and the deeper into the bomber I got, the more I enjoyed this one. Will definitely revisit this one soon.

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Photo of ROBORB
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The clarity is excellent. I can hear the piper from miles away. A white cap that wisps against the walls, and a few bubbles rushing to the surface.
The song was one of olde, the aromatics of grapefruit thrown against a freshly cut pine sapling, lying next to the mound of freshly tilled earth and the piles of freshly cut grass. I can hardly remember the melody, but my heart leaps when I hear it...
The balance is excellent, orange cream-sickle with the peel thrown in, a dense malt-syrup note that is overridden by the bitter finish, but leaves a sense of completeness, of wholeness. Funny how something so bitter can yet be so sweet... it's the way of art, I suppose.
And the feeling is full, almost creamy, with the finish being dry. However, the spiciness could have been brought out far better had the carbonation been a bit higher.
One would love to perch atop a hill and hear the piper in the fresh breeze, as this beverage was consumed. One would hardly believe the apparent level of bitterness, for it seems to be easily enjoyable, far too easy to throw back a twenty-two quickly. I close my eyes and picture the scene... A small price to pay for this experience. Four dollars, ninety-nine cents! A small price indeed.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a brown 22 oz. bomber, this version is 7.7%. Pours out a burnished copper hue in appearance with impressive clarity, crisp and clear as they say. Tall tight cream coloured head that recedes slowly, leaving thick foamy horizontal watermarks of lacing in its wake, and valleys of hoodoos forming the remaining cap.

The aroma is every hop bomb lover's dream come true, a clean robust olfactory slap and tickle of pine needles and ruby grapefruit rind. Notes of orange, citrus, and a mild earthy spice as well. I wish someone would make this into a perfume or cologne...

Flavour is surprisingly clean throughout, some buried semblance of what could be an unobtrusive biscuity malt holds up the well-behaved stampede of 102 I.B.U.'s worth of hops body surfing across the palate, where an explosion of astringency occurs on the finish and well into the aftertaste. One might have to wait for low tide until this lingering hoppy aftertaste finally subsides. Yeah, the use of hop extract was really well-played in this instance. Definitely not a balanced ale, but certainly uniform and consistent.

Mouthfeel is fuller yet smooth, and lacks the slick oiliness that I was anticipating on the finish. There's a bit of a soapy texture, but really hardly noticeable considering the how high the hop presence actually is. Very well contained.

What can I say, you know why you bought this bottle--buy the ticket and take the trip--and it delivers the goods in a civilized hoptastic manner. A great DIPA, I'll definitely be going back for more.

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Photo of photomike
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me tell you guys a story. It's a happy story, a sad story, a hoppy story, a stoopid story. This is about the first time I had Lagunitas Hop Stoopid.

I have to tell you all I was skeptical. Despite being relatively new to the beer game, I'm a bit tired of hop this, hop that, "THIS hop bomb is the new hip thing, blah blah." Look folks, I've had both the Plinys, and I really can't fathom a hop bomb being significantly better than both of them. That said, I drink every hyped up DIPA with a grain of salt. This was no exception.

It poured a tall, clear, light amber color with a tall, fluffy white head into my dad's tall, clear pilsner glass. Very good looking beer with pretty respectable head retention. Nice so far.

The smell was even better. Big time hops. Like what I imagine walking through a west coast hop garden (orchard? vineyard?) would be like. Big time pine and grapefruit.

I brought the glass to my lips, very excited for what lay before me.

Jesus H., that is a LOT of hops. This beer hits you in the face with bitter. I don't know what the other reviewers are saying about this thing not living up to the 102 IBUs; I can't even believe the amount of bitter hoppiness in this beer.

I swear to you, my first reaction tasting this beer was. oooh man. Jokes on us, people. Lagunitas is CLEARLY just mocking all us beer geeks with this one. "Ha ha, look at those little fools falling for anything that puckers their little hopholes."

You know what this is like? This is like the time I stole a hop pellet from the Stone brewery tour and ate it. Seriously. That much concentrated hop flavor.

I kid you not, an hour and a half and one toothbrushing later, I can STILL taste the bitterness on the back of my tongue. I even used that little tongue scrapy pad on the back of my toothbrush! Ridiculous.

I didn't like it. At first. But as soon as my tongue poked its head out of its invisible turtle shell, I was back in business. My little 'buds were freaked out for a minute there, but things were getting better. A lot better.

With every sip this beer improved until I accepted it for what it is.

Hop Stoopid is not a balanced beer. It's not.

What we have here is a beer intended to see just how hoppy we can get a beer and still have it be enjoyable. And I think that is exactly what it is. Any hoppier and this stoopid little guy would not have been tasty at all.

The mouthfeel is dominated by the tightening of my tongue muscles near the bitterness receptors, but other than that, it is pretty clean. Not a lot of residual coating or burn from the high ABV or carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty damn high when you consider the ABV and IBU. Despite feeling a bit tipsy, I could have kept going after the bomber was gone.

A gimmick beer, maybe, but Hop Stoopid is just stoopid enough to work.

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Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,062 ratings.