Hop Stoopid
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #268
Ranked #1,590
4.21 | pDev: 9.74%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
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Notes: Clean this mess up or else we'll all end up in jail...those test tubes and the scale...just get 'em all outta here..." He was referring to the complex super-critical-CO2 hop extraction equipment set up on the table in the lab across from the brewhouse. Hop extracts are for the BIG brewers, he thought - suitable only for crummy sub-standard and barely-passable industrial lagers, not the subtle and elegant craft beer made here. But wrong he was. The New Brewer does not eschew any possible inputs. In this case the mountain of extracts will replace the mountain of hop vegetative material in the kettle thus creating cleaner hop flavors and preventing the otherwise spinach-like mess of a kettle full of super-hopped wort from clogging up a pump or worse. The sensuous honey-like amber ooze was administered intravenously to the wort kettle and the sacrament was complete. Another kettle of Hop Stoopid is once again raised up and fermented on high.
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

among the best:
A bright yellow - nice show on the pour - solid 2 finger head and complex lacing settles to a amber film

S hops all the way - world class

T this stands up to the dogfish head standard

M a bit oily in a good way

D sip to savor

Jul 16, 2015
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TomFdds from California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I absolutely love Hop Stoopid. It was a Friday ritual for me for a while. It's available, inexpensive and very very hoppy. Hard to beat combination. Cheers!

Jun 10, 2015
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ryaneasterling from California

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is wonderful, especially when fresh. I loved this beer (and pricepoint) so much that I named my two prized fancy rats "Hops" and "Stupid"...They are both deceased now but the Hop Stoopid lives on. Great beer for the price, "hippy man's colt 45"

Jun 06, 2015
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RobAM from Pennsylvania

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...

Apr 03, 2015
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Fieldzy27 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.

Sep 26, 2014
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange with a light frost to it, which is to say, not crystal clear. Head foams up to two fingers in height and in a beige color. Lacing strung about randomly, but lightly. Aroma is well-balanced and tamed hops, with specific notes of citrus, orange, pineapple, and a little pine. Biscuit malts support the hop aroma well. Flavor profile is citrus, pineapple, papaya, orange, with a little pine in the back. Malt notes are carried mostly by subtle biscuit notes, with light notes of bread. Mouth feel is crisp and smooth with a medium to medium-thin thickness. Overall, a sublime edition of a hop forward IPA that refrains from being boisterous or over-compensating. It's easy to drink, and provides a great experience from first pour to last sip. Very nice.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Jan 25, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

L: Pours a clear deep amber with a generous white head. The head falls rapidly and laces the glass.

S: Great hop bouquet (evergreens and citrus), malts, and fresh baked bread.

T/F: Bitter hops at the forefront with a nice mix of sweet-ish malts and bitter hops at the finish. Slightly warming from the alcohol. Moderately carbonated and resinous.

O: This is a delicious Imperial IPA, and one of my first true craft beer 'loves'. Every time I revisit Hop Stoopid it's like running into an old friend. I love what Lagunitas does with their brews and this is probably one of their best.

May 22, 2015
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Beerds from Alabama

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First IIPA out of a bomber and damn good. $5 for this is a steal. Lagunitas has it going on!

May 13, 2015
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DrunkenNoodleStyle from Nevada

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Jan 11, 2015
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joekoz007 from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into IPA glass. Pours clear, golden amber with1.5 finger head. Heavy lacing. Aroma is piney and dank. Taste when cold is a dank pine explosion with some residual booziness. As it warms, more balance is evident. Malty caramel notes balance the hops and booze. Much better warmer than ice cold. Mouthfeel is a little oily due to all of the hop resin but still nice. Overall, an excellent beer. Highly recommended.

Oct 15, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bold and balanced. A good floral and citrusy character with a good caramel malt backbone. The high IBU is well disguised and gives it a good drinkability. A classic west coast DIPA

Oct 15, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale has a thin, off-white head and a clear, bubbly, orange-golden appearance, with some lacing left down the glass. The aroma is very piney and orange-smelling. Plus, some breadiness shows up. Taste is full of pine resin, citrus, orange peel, sugar, and bread. For a 102 IBU beer, it’s just NOT that bitter. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale finishes dry and refreshing. Overall, this is a wonderful beer. RJT

Aug 01, 2012
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold to amber under a dense persistent 3” clingy cream colored foam collar.
S: The fragrance is just above mid-range with grapefruit and grapefruit rind, spice and malt.
T: Big malt flavors give way to a grapefruit rind bitterness with citrus, herbs and spice, faint cardamom. The brewer places more emphasis on hop flavors and character than on hop bitterness.
F: Creamy medium body, very soft carbonation.
O: A deliscious mix of big hop flavors and big malt with a moderate hop bitterness.

May 25, 2015
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lazarwolf from Kansas

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Stoopid Smells like an amazing dIPA. And it is very good. But I don't think it is world class. The aroma when you open a bomber is impressive. But the flavors are some what muddled. This is not to say I didn't enjoy it. But the flavors are somewhat muddled. It is hard to pick out anything other than general pine and general citrus. I would buy this again. Especially at the $3. that my local liquor store is charging for a 22 oz. but it pales in comparison to Pliny or the calling.

Mar 12, 2016
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great IPA. Strong, bright, and bitter. The smell is hoppy and sweet with a hint of apple. The taste is smooth and grainy and hoppy. Good balance and very tasty. One of my favorite beers. yb

Apr 29, 2015
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jancona from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a nice malt backbone to balance some extreme hops! As it warms and the sweetness comes through, this beer becomes amazing.

May 07, 2015
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Eeroomnhoj from Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good beer! I think this is a beer I can drink one or two of, but definitely not one I'd drink on July 4th.

It is sweeter than other beers but fairly smooth nonetheless. I'm going hiking this week and plan to grab a few more of these for afterwards.

Definitely a keeper.

Jul 21, 2015
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden color with slight Amber hues. Chunky seafoam style topping stays afloat with thick, sticky lace all over. An awe inspiring appearance.

This one is fueled by hop extract. Not the actual plant material we all know and pray to. But, it sure does smell like whole cone, fresh hops!!
Sticky lupilin, herbal earthiness...if you've ever crushed up a fresh hop cone in your hands...you know what I mean. A light, herbal and grainy malt thing also is detected in the fine aromatics of this Stoopid ale.

The first sip is just...wow. Soo clean, but wildly complex. The golden ale style malt brings out this grainy and herbal malty flavor that I just love. Clean, but mean. Light bodied feel, crisp with maybe a dash of sweet bread. The malt plays the role of a very flavorful and excellent feeling base, or low end, like a bass guitar. The hops, or the hop extract is the lead guitar, rythm, singer and drummer! It's hard to separate the hop flavors, because it just tastes like a fresh-hop, whole cone style lupilin explosion. 102 ibu's?? There is almost no bitterness...just layers of fresh hop flavor. Earthy, subtle pine, very herbal and "hearty". 8% abv?? Doesn't seem possible. I'm thinking 6% tops. This stuff is Soo damn easy to drink, it's dangerous.

Hop Stoopid....damn. just really impressive how such a complex brew can be Soo easy. I love the earthy and grainy hop after taste and malty backbone. The balance of flavor blurs the lines of tradition and makes it's own, new tradition.

Dec 08, 2018
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do_ob from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a slightly hazy gold with 1 finger of white head. Smells great - lots of pine and grapefruit. Also some mellowed notes of green apples and mango. Medium weight to the body, and very creamy. Grapefruit, pine, and citrus up front with a little bit of spice on the back end. Good amount of hop bitterness, especially towards the middle. Finishes smooth and leaves a tart grapefruit aftertaste.

Very nice. I feel like if Little Sumpin' Ale were redone as an east coast Ale/IPA, this would be the end result. Same taste, same flavors, only more pine (and hops, obviously). Great beer, and at $5.99 for a 22 oz. bottle, I'll be picking this one up pretty regularly.

Apr 28, 2015
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice golden orange, with a foamy white one-fingernhead. Leaves nice lacing. Smells a wonderful piney citrus with a somewhat floral with a variety of citrus fruits showing up.
t\Taste is simply lagunitas. Piney resin bitterness that resonates into the nose. Tastes very fresh and hoppy. The finish has a good balance with the malt. I have had this before, and enjoy even more. Great beer especially for the price. $3.99.

May 02, 2015
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Brittonnash from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Mar 08, 2015
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coltonbrimhall from New Mexico

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

- lighter golden brown with a nice light brown head
-such a sweet delectable hop scent, one of my favorite smelling beers
- a very very hoppy ale but so sweet with some burnt notes at the end. very complex beer amazing for the cost.
- smooth like silk on the palate
- overall a amazing beer really liked this and for the cost it is untouchable

Apr 30, 2015
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bound4er from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle. Dark straw to light amber appearance with a nice white two finger head. Smells of oily and dank pine with minor citrus notes. Sticky dank hops and semi-sweet bready malt are the two main flavor components. Finish is clean and persistent. Feel is what you'd expect from a West Coast DIPA - medium to medium heavy body and moderate carbonation. I passed over buying bombers of this because freshness always seemed to be an issue. Now that this is available in 6-packs it will be a staple in my fridge - this is a tasty DIPA that is priced right. Well done Lagunitas.

Jan 26, 2017
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle, Julian-dated June 6th, 2015 (8 months ago). Clear gold color with a creamy frothy head. Smell is dank; citrus, pine, lemon perhaps - very dank hops as it warms especially. Balance is achieved with just a little bit of malty sweetness to offset the massive hop pallet. Taste is clean, hop squeezed goodness, sour/dank and amazingly refreshing. I love the little hop bite on the edge of the tongue this beer leaves. The dazzling taste combines with a very otherworldly, growing feeling in the back of the head as you feel the hidden alcohol come to the surface. Refreshing, yet such a tempting beer to just keep drinking. A pint and 6 oz could even have you a little incapicitated for a while. I can't get enough of the cool refreshing taste, this beer sets quite a standard at $5 a bottle. I love when these higher abv IPA's take on such a dank, sour, clean tone and this one is a perfect example of one of my favorites I've tried. Outstanding.

Feb 18, 2016
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drgonzo767 from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack at The Keg in Clarksville IN, a great store. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Poured with a smallish head. Little lacing. Maybe I poured it too gently lol. But so pretty to look at, like apple juice.

Smells of pine, citrus, light earth, some floral. It's not POW in your face like a hop forward double, nice and balanced aroma.

Tastes like it smells. Light dank pine resin, citrus is there, light bread so there is some malt balance. Pine increases some with temperature. This is almost weird, but I don't know where the 102 IBU is. Now, that can be good or bad...Did you expect an in your face bitter hop bomb? Then it might be disappointing. Did you expect some wonderfully balanced IPA that was smooth in taste and encourged a session drink because it didn't overpower you? Then this is your ticket...and it is a scary ticket, because it REALLY hides the 8% ABV. You better take note of that first because as I said it encourages session drinking!

Feel is just perfect for me. Crisp, light carbonation, a light oil to the tongue. It's refreshing, too refreshing for 8% ABV. See how I keep coming back to that?

Overall: It is a clean, balanced IPA that hides the booze. So drinkable. Which I like. So many higher ABV IPA's overpower and fill you up, this one does not. Great beer for killing a sixer at home.

Jan 14, 2017
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