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Hop Stoopid | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hop StoopidHop Stoopid

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head. Golden with amber hues. Thick head with nice lace

S: Grapefruit, citrus and light hops.

T: The hop character is one dimensional and is somewhat mild, especially for a DIPA. More peppery than spicey. Earthy notes.

M: Very easy to drink DIPA. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: It’s a decent DIPA with no single memorable quality.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very fine and quite sizable ipa. looks gorgeous, tons of white lacing and a puffy white head that stays an inch tall the whole time. sticky honey colored liquid, immaculately clear, with slowly rising little bubbles looking all lazy and carefree like a lava light. the nose is definitely on the sweeter resiny end of the hop spectrum, oily and fruity. thats all i really smell here. flavor is very bold on the hops, and although its over 100 ibu's, it doesnt seem very bitter to me at all. there is a tropical fruit vibe that hits before and after the bitter that really tames it. its going great with some russian rye bread and sharp cheese, but i could also imagine it going well with a big rare steak. there is a very summery feel to this ipa, less abrasive than many, and far more drinkable. the mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, its rich, but not as oily as i thought it would be from the extract and from the nose. its got well moving carbonation and it finishes long and intriguing. overall a pretty good beer here, especially for less than 5 bucks a bomber.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Stoopid is of the best I've had from Lagunitas. The poured of this beer is a deep copper color with a thick white foamy head on top. The smell of the beer is a bomb of hop aromas, everything from pine to citrus and some earth in there too. The taste is strong with hop flavors that instantly dry the mouth out and leave you wanting another sip. The mouthfeel of this beer is oily and has a nice thickness to it. Overall this beer is a must try for any hop head. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Endeared for not only having some of the best tasting hoppy beers in the nation, but also for protecting their consumer's wallet with budget-minded price points- its no wonder beer's like Hop Stoopid are an obvious choice for hop-head near and far.

Its bright golden hues invite a closer look while its array of citrus and tropical hop aromas drift above the rim and continue to draw us in. With a playful backdrop of caramel and faint honey and light nutty notes; these sweetnesses give the fruit flavors a vibrant and juicy taste.

As its juiciness seeps into the tastebuds, the individual character of red grapefruit, tangerin, pineapple, apricot and mango all weave together to seduce the palate with its mouthwatering effects. Just beneath it all, the thin caramel plays out like graham cracker to dissolve off the palate late, like cotton candy and allow the hops to carry the ale's finish.

A finish of growing bitterness is of citrus pith and soft pine resin while the hops and alcohol warmth dry the palate effortlessly, leaving behind a fleeting malt presence but more importantly a clean smooth bitterness and a tame rosy-spicy bite.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I can't comment on the appearance of this one much as it was served in a dark and dank bar, but it seemed to have excellent clarity at the very least.

Smell: Fresh and floral with grassy undertones, the hop aroma jumps out of the pint glass and mesmerizes the senses. Nearly perfect.

Taste & mouthfeel: Floral and fruity, this beer is all about the hops. Malt is supportive and subtle, lending little more than a bready backbone. Bitterness is low-to-moderate for a DIPA; it's more about flavor and aroma here than sheer palate-wrecking bitterness. Alcohol is hidden completely; I had guessed that this was 6 to 7 percent ABV and it certainly drinks like it.

Notes: This one really surprised me. I'm generally not a big fan of Lagunitas, but they do have their occasional winners, and this is definitely one of them.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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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 Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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

Poured from an inch or so from above the glass give you a big white to slightly off white head above a clear copper golden colored IPA. The head slowly recedes into a decent lacing with a small biscuity looking head about an 1/8 inch high that just sits in the middle above this American double.

Pretty decent strength to the aroma on this beer, it consists of of citrus hops with some piney and slight floral attributes with undertones of some caramel malts in the background.

The citrus to pine hops dominate the taste, the aftertaste also is dominated with citrus hops but also seems to have a little of those caramel malts sneaking through this medium bodied beer.

A pretty dang good hoppy beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Paired with pizza. If I remember right, I bought this at Wally's Wine in Westwood. Expectations are high; even though I don't usually like this style, I usually like this brewery's beer.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, pretty decent thickness, and good retention - especially considering the relatively high ABV. Colour is a transparent copper gold.

Sm: Quite hoppy, as expected. Maybe some cream, but certainly dominating hops. a bit musty, making me suspicious it might be hopped without regard for balance. Aroma is moderately strong.

T: Quite hoppy, but complex and balanced in its hoppiness. While the hop content is certainly high, the beer maintains its flavour profile throughout, giving it a consistent pleasant taste that doesn't go bad by the finish like many IPAs. Very tasty indeed. I dig the build and the well-maintained balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but with some mustiness and a touch too much thickness. Overall, it does complement the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Lagunitas has impressed me. This is one of proportionately few IPAs that I actually like and would have again. I'd fancy giving her a spin on draught.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the beer everyone is talking about from one of my favorite breweries.

Bought a bomber of this for $3.49.. not only the cheapest bomber in the store, but it's of a double IPA, what a deal!

Pours a nice copper/orange color with small head and tons of lacing. Lots of bubbles floating to the top. Smell is very citrus-like.. one of the 'citriest' IPA's I have smelt. Taste has a great body and mouthfeel to it.. nice and wet. The bitterness is amazing and the citrus flavors really come out in the taste (pineapple/mango sort of taste?). Very different tasting for the style but oh do delicious. Awesome deal for the price and a great beer.. mucho kudos!

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of bone white foam, settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace. The body is a golden-copper color and perfectly clear.

S - A strong, pineapple and grapefruit hop aroma. Definite malt backbone, with some light caramel and toast.

T - Sweet and hoppy up front with lots of pine and grapefruit flavor. The pine flavor takes over in the middle along with some toasted malt notes. The hops darken in the finish with some tobacco like notes and moderate bitterness that gets just a little bit soapy.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is certainly one of the better DIPAs I have had. The hop aroma is very nice with all of the right notes. The flavor is balanced to favor hop character over bitterness, which is as it should be. The downside is that the flavor is almost cloyingly sweet and the extreme fruitiness of the hops exacerbates this characteristic. The somewhat soapy bitterness also hurts drinkability. In the end, this is a very nice DIPA, but for my money, Hopslam is still king.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously traded by Mr. Luis and the source.

A: Pours a clear amberish orange with an initial one-finger white head which fades to a thin cap leaving faint rings and splotchy lace.

N: Big time citrus (grapefruit, orange, tangerine) and tropicals (guava) along with dank sticky herbal weed-like notes. Some floral and malt too.

T: Juicy resinous extractables with pronounced citrus and herbal taint. Some caty and pine mix it up with the malt backing.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slick and oily. Well balanced for a hop bomb. Bitter and dry finish.

O: Hard to beat for the price point. A really good hop monster here.

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

Hop Stupid into NBGG

As I cracked open this bottle, I could already smell the amazing hop and citrus come through, it actually made my mouth water.

Color is a clear bright orange/gold. Pours a 1 finger slightly yellow off white head. The head is very thick! Very thin amount of lace at first, but once it warms up a tad, the lacing is amazing. It is a wall of lace!!! Gorgeous! It had great retention. With the great head retention, it makes this beer mighty fine looking. 4.5

Aroma: Huge on the floral and pine hops. Wow. Grapefruit citrus, orange peel, and pinapples. Very bready/biscuity malts.

Taste: Hops, hops, and more hops! Pine and floral hops shine through best. A touch of booze, but nothing bad. Some citrus notes, big on grapefruit. The orange peel is a little present, but not so much the pineapple. Again, the malts are very bready.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter. Leaves a well defined aftertaste of hops, leaving the mouth extremely dry. Medium bodied. Carbonation is medium, but it feels just right on the palate.

Overall, well I am on a somewhat empty stumach as compared to normal when I drink beer, but I am already feeling a buzz after going through about 12 oz of this beer. Yes that is kind of sad, but I was in the sun all day and am kind of dehydrated. Once it get through the rest of this bomber I may be well off for the night. It is good, but potent. I want to drink more and I will!

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

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear coppery amber with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy brite-white head. Solid retention with a few creamy dollops in the middle, firing up beautfifully when swirled, and leaving a great latticework of sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is straight up West Coast awesomeness, with a piny fume of resinous hops and spice, luscious citrus character consisting of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit, and additional other underlying malt sweetness that really nicely compliments the citrus and balances the hops.

The taste is pure hop juice, consisting of fresh, sticky, resinous hops that are extremely well balanced by absolutley juicy citrus character and sweet caramel maltiness. The balance is so good in fact that it almost renders that huge hop profile almost subtle in nature at times, with the sweet aspects really coming foward and showing off what they've got. The bitterness is intense in the finish, making sure that you don't forget why this is called Hop Stoopid. The mouthfeel is a mix of creamy carbonation and some slicker hop oils sliding throughout. There is just a touch of heat in the body but it's well integrated into the flavor profile and just accentuates the other aspects.

Wow! One of my favorite hoppy beers in a bottle, the mix of big sweetness and bitterness work extrememly well together, creating one nicely balanced and drinkable DIPA. I really need to go grab another bottle of this and enjoy while it's still fresh. Great stuff!

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/19/2014. Pours lightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge mango, papaya, peach, tangerine, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with huge citrus/tropical hop presence with light-moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big mango, papaya, peach, tangerine, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, papaya, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hop flavors with moderate malt sweetness; with a great crisp hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA! All around awesome complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a Highland Brewing pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a moderate size near white head. The head is rather sudsy, has good retention, and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

First encounter with this one (I think). I braced myself for an extreme and challenging beer that earned the title Hop Stoopid and lists an IBU of 102. The aroma promises plenty of hops, in a complex combination that produces citrus, apricot, floral, evergreen and herbal notes, with the citrus dominant. Hoppy but there's nothing really foreboding about the delightful hoppy aroma. Seems as great as possible for style, and great regardless of beverage.

Taste?: No question; there are plenty of hops here, but there's also a significant contribution from some sweet toasted grains that cut the bitterness back a good bit. The result is still a strong and very hoppy beer, but not what I'd call challenging. Long lasting, and tasty aftertaste from the hops. The complex mix of hops adds interest to what can be a one-dimensional style. In addition, the malt is evident in the background. Approaches 4.5

M: The high IBU and 8% ABV contribute to a bit of harshness on the tongue, but considering these, the beer is relatively smooth. Medium carbonation.

O: excellent example of DIPA style.

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Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 7,467 ratings.
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