Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA
Hop Stoopid
Imperial IPA
8% ABv
22oz. bottle

This beer smells like roses, raspberry, orange blossoms, and a touch of lemon mint, with some subtle hints of pine and clove. I got dizzy from sticking my face down into the glass and euphorically hyperventilating through my nose.

I was initially skeptical of this beer because of the horrible name.  The shelves of my local beer store are crowded with gimmicky hop-inflected names, as if we could forget that IPAs are made with hops.  These ultra-hopped beers often sacrifice balance for over-the-top bitterness.  Thankfully, this beer is an exception.  The overpowering hops taste is the focus, but it is eminently drinkable, even by non-HopHeads, as preliminary participant-observation has suggested.

After a couple of sips my palette was ruined for another high quality IPA I had sitting nearby. This herbaceous fever-dream is on our “Good” list, even if the name makes us shudder with embarrassment.

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~ by nininja on December 8, 2009.

One Response to “Lagunitas Hop Stoopid”

  1. I remember that aromatherapy episode. Excellent use of nosing glass.

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