Hoo Lawd
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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American Black Ale
3.68 | pDev: 13.59%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: While the average IPA lands somewhere between 40-60 IBUs, this latest release clocks in at 658 IBUs (international bittering units). Hoo Lawd, as it has been affectionately named, comes from the sensation you get after you take your first sip.

Brewed with an experimental hop referred to as "Alpha Beast" along with Simcoe, Warrior and Amarillo hops in CO2 extract, Hoo Lawd takes dark IPA into an intergalactic black hole of hoppiness. Sam and Brewmaster Tim Hawn worked with Yakima Chief Hopunion to procure all of the hop varieties and formats for this beer. While other awesome, uber hoppy beers have claimed to achieve higher theoretical IBUs, Hoo Lawd has received scientific confirmation and documentation from two independent labs that this is, in fact, the hoppiest commercial beer ever brewed.

The beer will be available on tap at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in downtown Rehoboth Beach, DE on December 2 beginning at 5 p.m. for a happy hour featuring the Alstrom Brothers of BeerAdvocate fame, and available at Extreme Beer Fest, held in Boston this spring of which Dogfish Head has been the title sponsor for many years.
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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big props to slvrmon82 for the mini-growler assist for this rarity. Shared with a bunch of people at the '16 RBWG... Pours black with a thin dark tan head, still pretty decent lacing... Piney hoppiness is huge on the nose with some light acrid black malt... Flavor is like piney sandpaper... Hugely abrasive on the finish.. Very interesting experiment, and interesting as long as you view it as an experiment.


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Photo of johnnnniee
2.41/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Sample from EBF 2016
Only one of us ventured to get a sample of this and honestly it was plenty for the three of us to get a sample. Resinous earthy piney hop pellet aroma and flavor. Bracingly bitter downright undrinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Intense, Bitter, Raw, Roasty

At 658 International Bittering Units, according to Dogfish Head, "Hoo Lawd has received scientific confirmation and documentation from two independent labs that this is, in fact, the hoppiest commercial beer ever brewed." Dropping opaque black from its growler with a rich coffee colored head, its nose is punched with pure hops plus some astringency and roast in the recovery. A big bear hug of hop bitterness that does not want to let go embraces the palate, which is absolutely annihilated by endless layers of hop bitterness and a coarse, abrasive and raw mouthfeel that gets squeezed dry. Roasted malts amplify the perceived bitterness, but also complement it with some flavorful balance. Finish? Nothing but a hop smacking linger that literally lasts for hours. HOO LAWD! Haters gonna hate, but this is one hell of a fun experiment from Dogfish Head.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #108 (January 2016).

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Hoo Lawd from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 26 ratings