Hop Stoopid - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev -8.8%
22oz bomber I found at the Liqour Locker in Gloucester, MA. No freshness date. My bottle does not say "Sonoma Farmhouse" on it.
Pours a hazy gold into my tulip glass. A rather harsh pour yields just about NO head... what's going on here? (A second pour later after the beer had warmed some left a much nicer, 1 finger head)
The aroma strikes the expected hop-heavy grapefruit chord. There is a slightly unusual, subtly candy-like sweet note to the smell of this beer, reminding me vaguely of bananas.
Taste: Hop overload, but surprisingly malty to round things out. An initial blast of puckering, grapefruity bitterness is followed by some alcohol warmth and a mellow, bready finish that nicely fights off the initially powerful hops, inviting me to take another sip without destroying my palate. The malt sweetness in here, as it's aroma suggested, is very slightly banana-like in its character.
The feel of the beer is perfect, lightly carbonated, somewhat oily, and satisfyingly palate-coating.
The initially poor appearance of this beer disappointed me from the get-go, but once I stopped looking at it I was duly impressed. Verging on novelty-bitter at 102 IBUs, there is plenty of malt to back up the hops, and the end result is fairly well balanced. I will most definitely return to this brew, it would be a great accompaniment to some strong food.
09-13-2009 16:08:30 | More by MisterSH
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
A: Pours a nice golden amber color that produces a small, short-lived head that leaves a small spotty lacing along the glass.
S: The first note I get is a mass dose of honey! Not as hoppy as I thought, but still really bitter and floral. Malty as well. Caramel and a toasty note are present as well.
T: Pretty well balanced. Again, a massive honey note almost dominates the profile. Caramel, clove honey, rose, floral and aromatic hops. Not as bitter as I thought.
MF/D: Pretty dry and bitter, long bitter finish, medium body
09-12-2009 00:16:46 | More by scottyshades
4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a bright, gauzy golden orange with a small head of tight, creamy bubbles. Smells hoppy, but not knock-me-over hoppy. Lively grapefruit and orange over sugar cookies. Pineapple, lemon, and a hint of pine too. Tropical fruit coats the tongue, followed by sweet floral hops, citrus pulp, peaches, pine resin, mint, and a certain special dankness. Mmmmm. Lots of hops and not a whole lot of malt...which is the point, I believe. Sweet and rindy overall. Medium bodied, bitter, and quite drinkable.
Hop Stoopid. Yup...
09-09-2009 04:42:36 | More by wedge
4.2/5 rDev 0%
Bomber into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a clear orange/amber body topped by half an inch of dense white foam. The head displays great retention, eventually settling into a ring around the edge of the glass and a cap in the middle that looks like Saturn - a ring around a circle - very cool, and a half-point bonus for luck. Good lacing for a beer that appears to be only moderately carbonated at most.
S: I got a huge whiff of pine from over a foot away as I first poured the beer, and upon closer inspection find a powerful nose of nothing but big, bold, juicy hops. The pine sticks around, but eventually cedes supremacy to pure, pungent grapefruit. Hops heaven.
T: The bottle's promise of "102 I.B.U 4 U" is totally fulfilled, with the hops providing a glorious dose of bitterness. While I usually prefer "balanced" DIPAs, I'm loving the juicy, bitter one-dimensionality of this beer. Hop Stoopid makes it pretty clear what its purpose in life is, and doesn't hesitate to deliver.
M: Surprisingly thin, with too little carbonation to clear away the stickiness of the hops.
D: The lack of any malt sweetness to balance out the hops keeps this one from being as drinkable, to me at least, as some other DIPAs; still, I wouldn't turn down another bomber.
Notes: A great example of a style I love, and certainly one of the more affordable west coast DIPAs available out east. I can't wait until Stone comes to CT later this month so I can do a side by side between this and Ruination.
09-09-2009 01:45:36 | More by woosterbill
4.13/5 rDev -1.7%
Nice amber color with a voluminous white head that seems to last forever. It was ages before the lace broke up on top and there was a significant amount of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Seriously one of the nicest looking beers I've had in a while. Strong grapefruit aroma and maybe a hint of some floral notes. Tastes like a bite out of a fresh, juicy grapefruit with a nice, snappy bitterness. The dryness is quick and everlasting and leaves me wanting more. The bitterness and alcohol are definitely strong but certainly not overwhelming. While it's definitely on the packing a punch end of the scale, it still manages to stay in balance enough to be a highly enjoyable. Not the best IPA I've ever had but definitely very good.
09-08-2009 01:39:46 | More by apbarwood
4.45/5 rDev +6%
650ml bottle poured into pint glass sept7 2009
A Glows a golden orange and clear enough that I could read these words through the glass. Slowly it foams out of the bottle and pours a nice thick off white head that has great retention slowly falling too a 1/4 inch film that leaves plenty of lace
S Smells pretty strong, lots of citrus fruit and some mild caramel with a little booze
T Tastes like grapefruit but magnified with a burnt sugar aftertaste, its a massive flavor hard too grasp but fun trying
M Not thin but not overly thick either and a decent amount of carbonation
D I have very few complaints with this beer and I doubt you will complain while drinking it
This is not where you would want to begin your journey through IPA's but it might be where you finish it
09-08-2009 01:30:21 | More by wordemupg
3.53/5 rDev -16%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange with a finger of lightly packed larger bubbles. The head quickly recedes leaving an off-white film and a little bit of lacing down the sides of the glass.
Smell: Abundant hops. The citrus and pineapple common in many DIPAs is completely lost here. The only smell is pine and juniper hop bitterness. Wowsers!
Taste: Much like the nose, this is all hop bitterness. Stoopid-ly hopped is the understatement of the year. There is little to no balancing maltiness or sweetness in this brew. Pure hop bomb, through and through.
Mouthfeel: Starts crisp, but ends as a sticky mess. This really isn't surprising based on the taste, but it's vaguely welcome. If I had to guess a feel for this beer, this would almost certainly be it.
Drinkability: The 8% ABV is well-masked, but the hop bitterness is so overdone, that almost any other brew will be flavorless when consumed following this beast. This beer, while enjoyable, will almost always be a one-and-done for me.
09-07-2009 18:27:57 | More by COBeerBuff
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $3.99 at local grocer, occasionally on sale for less.
A-Pours a beautiful golden-orange hue with a 2-3 finger, creamy-white head with good retention and modest lacing. A very light appearing DIPA, perhaps due to the hops being extract and oils instead of the typical whole hop in the mash.
S- The hops are very fragrant, piney, citrus, and sweet. The aroma is very pronounced, and pleasant.
T-A definite hop bomb but nicely balanced with an ever present malt backbone. There is a faint sweetness in the finish that is very pleasant. Great taste. I don't care how filling, or not, it is.
M-At 102 IBU, I expected a full frontal assault on my taste buds. This, however, was exceedingly smooth, especially given the 8% ABV. Carbonation may have been a tad light as mouthfeel was slightly watery.
D-A very good DIPA. My favorite from Lagunitas.
This is an extraordinary value compared to other brewery's offerings for DIPAs. Hop Stoopid is readily available to me at $3.99 a bomber, and often less, compared to others' at $4.99 to $6.49.
09-05-2009 04:25:26 | More by velosuds
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Aroma is fair
Good bitterness, good balance wish i could get this more often.
Lagunitas provides a great line a beers and this is at the top.
I love the big beers and this is one of them. The aroma isn't always there, but maybe I'm not always getting the fresh batch.
Fresno is NOT that far away from Lagunitas, and I'm a little upset that we don't get the full line of all their beers, but thats another story...
I do love this beer, but it isn't perfect, but it's dang good!
Just opend another bottle, must be fresh
aroma! make that 5 !
09-05-2009 02:24:27 | More by ReDave
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
From a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orange color with a nice big white head. The head goes down to about one finger and has decent retention and leaves ok lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is very hoppy, mainly getting pine and citrus upfront. The taste was good. Pine hops first followed by citrus then dominated by grapefruit. Kind of bitter, in a good way. Very hoppy. The kind of IPA I love but not an everyday IPA. At an 8% ABV it isn't noticeable at all. A great IPA, and at a decent price I'll pick up another bomber from time to time just to enjoy.
09-04-2009 06:32:55 | More by dismal
3.95/5 rDev -6%
Buddy brought one from Greensboro NC for us to split.
A- Light yellow/brown in color, good head at first. Little to no lacing.
S- Floral hops, not much else. Not offense but very simple.
T- Very restrained hops taste as opposed to the smell. Not very extreme. A well balanced beer, yet still quite hoppy.
M- Very substantial. Not sticky, not watery, but substantial.
D- It's a very sessionable and drinkable beer. Not so extreme it's unenjoyable, but also not bland at all.
Buy one if you get a chance, it's worth it.
09-04-2009 01:33:16 | More by fff
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
4.78/5 rDev +13.8%
poured a cloudy brown/amber mix with a thin but sticky cream colored head
smell is well balanced sweet malt with citrus hops... this is what beer candy should be...
taste is big bold bitter drying hoppiness backed with a thick malt backbone
mouthfeel is creamy as all hell medium to thick body
drinkability is real high with this one a perfect DIPA
09-01-2009 20:45:51 | More by sliverX
4.72/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured from bomber into my cuvee de trolls glass, a very nice orange golden color, nice head with very nice lacing. Bitter hoppy smell with a hint of sweetness, taste is slightly bitter with that same sweetness in the back. Very smooth, unlike most ipa's this one does not leave a dry feeling in my mouth, the bitterness lingers a little but there's no harm in that. I love the balance between the bitterness and sweetness.
Very easy to drink, I barely noticed the alcohol in this beer, this could easily get one to act hop stoopid!
08-31-2009 23:34:51 | More by yesferro
3.78/5 rDev -10%
Pours a golden rusty color with some slightly tan head, poofy, sticks around. Little lacing, but lots of head. Very clear, no funky flying stuff at all.
Nose is uber grassy, lots of lemon peel going on. First sniff is way overwhelming in a good way. Lots and lots of grassy, some lavendar and other floral scents, lightly sweet. Very inviting.
Taste is a bit of a letdown after the nose- the grassy hops are still around, followed by a very bready malty brick wall, and a sweet lingering aftertaste. But it's a little off balance- not quite blended just so.
Mouthfeel is okay, sudsy, light, chewy. Overall it's a pretty swell brew- needs a little more tinkering, but at around 5 or 6 bucks for a bomber, and a pretty good hops fix? It's in the win column.
08-31-2009 20:03:54 | More by scooter231
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
bomber poured into the brandy snifter. Label displays an old farmhouse and states this brew is carrying an 102 IBU load. This bottle set me back $4.75 from the LBS. Very clever name in my opinion.
Pours a golden, hazy amber color with frothy head that settles quickly and laces the snifter. Aroma is very powerful with lots of citrus hops up front. Also lots of of sweet caramel and bready malts. Taste is right on spot. Alcohol is well hidden by this beast. Taste is sweet and smoth with subtle hints of bitter hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation bubbles from the base. Drinkability is very high due to the phenomenal taste. Great brew from a well respected brewery.
08-31-2009 02:50:16 | More by abrand
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
got this in a trade with cdflem.
Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a snifter.
A: Honey gold and surprisingly clear. Not a trace of sediment, I could even see my fingerprints clearly on the other side of the glass. Developed a really thick and fluffy white head, but it didn't stick around for long at all. Quickly turned into sticky lacing going down the side of the glass.
S: Pineapple and pine. A total hop experience if bitter is your thing.
T: Not as strong as the aroma would suggest. As it warmed, it became much better. Must have had it too soon right out of the fridge, because my second glass was much better than the first. The almost overwhelming hop bitterness gained a lot of balance with the malt and sweetness the warmer it got.
M: Very smooth and clean on the finish. I'd call it mild to medium bodied.
D: This did not disappoint and am looking forward to having more.
08-31-2009 00:51:17 | More by jlb307
3.85/5 rDev -8.3%
I bought a bomber of Hop Stoopid at a specialty shop. Poured in to a pint glass.
Pours a bright gold color and is crystal clear. There are a lot of little bubbles rising in the beer. A thick foamy white head caps the brew, and is remarkably resilient, leaving thick rings of lace down the glass.
Smell is a sweet caramel flavor, with a bit of fruity esters along side.
The taste is also a sweet caramel malt flavor, followed by a sour bitter turpentine aftertaste. As the beer warms up, or perhaps the 8% ABV gets to the consumer the bitterness is less noticeable and objectionable. In this case I'd say the 2 glass and beyond are better than the first.
Mouthfeel is OK, medium bodied, a little cloying perhaps. Not a great thirst quencher.
Drinkable for a DIPA once you get past the first one. At $4.30 a bomber it wouldn't become a staple at my house, but it is good.
08-30-2009 23:05:36 | More by RJLarse
4/5 rDev -4.8%
22oz. bottle served in a tulip. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured a hazy golden-orange with a creamy, white, half-inch cap. Decent head retention, followed by a central, light skim of foam and some thin, delicate sheets of lacing around 3/4's of the bowl. Nose reveals sweet grapefruit and perhaps a hint of caramel or toffee in the mix. Sweet character is somewhat diminished in the mouth, however still present. Some citrus astringency up front, followed by a piny/resinous, slightly medicinal quality in the middle, and finishing with some sweetness, and a lightly lingering bitterness at the end - not getting too much of a suggestion of malt throughout, although its presence is definitely detectable. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied with carbonation that is slightly prickly on the middle of tongue, but picks up towards the finish. Easy drinking with a balance that leans slightly more towards the bitter side of the style, but not in an off-putting manner. ABV is well-hidden at 8% as well. Also, can't beat the price - I think I paid $3.99 or $4.99 for a bomber. I haven't had too much from this brewery, but definitely a quality offering.
08-30-2009 21:52:52 | More by Jwale73
4.2/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-28-2009 02:36:07 | More by Phyl21ca
4.75/5 rDev +13.1%
poured from bottle into tumbler pint.
woah... boy is this a hop bomb! smell is STRONG pine hops. some tiny citrus notes that are hidden underneath all this pine hoppiness! taste is the same.... HOPPY from start to finish. almost impossible for me to pick up the tiniest malt notes on the tongue at the finish. bottle says ibu 102. i was prepared for some extreme bitterness but it was more than tolerable. drinkability is amazing for such high ibu and abv. i WILL buy this again... maybe later today.
08-27-2009 21:52:27 | More by tj4288
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-26-2009 23:38:56 | More by womencantsail
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured from the bottle a bright and clear copper gold with two fingers of rich white head.
You can smell this one from across the room. The aroma is loaded with massive amounts of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine resin.
Of course, it tastes as hoppy as it smells. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine along with a nice caramel malt finish. The 8% alcohol is there but faintly.
Medium bodied, somewhat dry, and moderately carbonated.
Easy to drink, well-balanced, and hoppy as a bunny in heat.
08-26-2009 20:36:01 | More by Monkeyknife
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours a slightly hazed, tangerine tinted amber color with two fingers of light beige head. Keeps a thin lace and leaves a ring or two of stick on the sides.
Smell, as you might expect, is boldly hoppy. Loads of citrus in particular, with a nice juiciness to them that invites me in. They're also resiny and dripping with pine sap, and some bitter grapefruit pith tells me this is going to be a bomb. I do get some alcohol as well, and a bit of caramel sweetness.
Taste is a hop assault on the taste buds. Citrus and pine hops really attack the palate, and are followed up by a big dose of hop bitterness. Not quite as bitter as I expected, though, which is a good thing. Lots of hop flavor going on here. There is a juicy fruitiness to this beer and also some caramel sweetness that provide a nice base. There is a raw, herbal character to the hops as well, almost tea leaf-like, and that character is actually more prominent than the pine. As I get deeper into this glass the bitterness starts to mount and I can tell that by the end of this bomber my palate will be completely destroyed. But it will be an enjoyable experience getting there.
Mouthfeel is a hefty medium body with aggressive carbonation, yet given that and the ample bitterness it's still pretty smooth. Not quite as creamy as I might like with this level of hopping, however.
This brew will definitely give you sensory overload, as it is definitely aggressively hopped. That being said, I'd hesitate to call it a hop bomb because there is a ton of hop flavor, not just bitterness. There's also a bit of sweetness, so at the end of the day there is a ton of flavor to enjoy here, and it's the lack of those things that characterizes a hop bomb, in my opinion. This is just a super hoppy, tasty brew. I will definitely pick more of this up in the future, especially considering it's a bargain price.
08-26-2009 00:53:16 | More by number1bum
4.53/5 rDev +7.9%
A - Huge white head with great big air. The body is a golden brown with a medium amount of carbonation.
S - Super hops! Fruity and inviting.
T - Hoppy with an extraordinary amount of bitter goodness.
M - The texture is soft and smooth. It goes down easily, which may result in problems for me.
~ It's a good thing this bad boy comes in a bomber. If it were a six pack I'd not sure I'd make with all this hops. Either way, you should do yourself a favor, and get Hop Stoopid.
08-26-2009 00:33:21 | More by cdkrenz
5/5 rDev +19%
I always make a point of picking up at least one of these bombers whenever I see them. Ever since I first tried it at the Brewery Fest in LA on the Sony lot (and subsequently didn't leave the Lagunitas sample tent until I started getting uncomfortable stares from the servers), I have loved this beer.
Pours a golden/orange tint amber with a pillowy head. Grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops greet your nose saying, "hi there, let's get to the drinking already." Crisp medium bodied refreshment, well balanced between the hops and malts, with just the right amount of alcohol. Effervescent but not overpowering, you can drink these all day...I did!
08-26-2009 00:16:10 | More by Pup
Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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