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Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

Rating: 4.05

A sixth Lagunitas beer now and one from a brewery that I was always quite a big fan of, ever since I first tried their A Little Sumpin’ Wild back in March of 2012 and loved it. Sadly the brewery has now been acquired, at least in part, by Heineken which means that it’s now more easy to acquire in the UK but also that standard are more likely to fall; hopefully that’s not the case though but we shall see I guess. This one is a bomber style bottle of their Hop Stoopid ale that I picked up in Glasgow a month or so ago and it’s a beer celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, having first been introduced way back in 2006 in California which means the beer is now 20 years old but hopefully it still hold up against some of today’s double IPA’s. Coming in at 102 IBU’s with 8% abv., this one is a big beer from the brewery that I has excited to see making it to the UK and one that I was quick to go out of my way to pick up when I spotted it for sale in my local bottle shop. The beer will be my first from the brewery since I managed to sample their Lagunitas Sucks offering on-tap in London last summer so this one is long overdue and I can’t wait to crack the bottle open now.

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a medium amber and sitting quite bright in the glass, this one from Lagunitas has a very clear body and is topped with a foamy white head that’s about a centimetre tall and holds pretty well initially as well as leaving a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a fresh and strong, resinous pine aroma open things up with a nice citrus backing a touches of grapefruit as well. Some pleasant tropical fruits are up next and I got a hop bitterness too before the malts started to make themselves known. There was a few caramel notes and some bread like sweetness around the middle followed by some juicy notes to see things out but the hops and pine are definitely what dominates without ever really overpowering.
Taste (9/10): This taste follows on well from the nose with some plenty of resinous pine and grapefruit to open things up and it actually seemed a little more pronounced than with the nose. The tropical fruits were up next with some mango and pineapple coming through alongside a bit of orange and further hop bitterness that seemed slightly floral. The middle of the beer was more malty with some bread and caramel sweetness along with some juices from the fruits that remained from earlier on. Towards the end there was some biscuit flavours and some further touches of pine and citrus as well; excellent stuff.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and loaded with a strong hop bitterness thanks to the resinous pine and grapefruit. The beer had average carbonation and seemed quite smooth whilst the finish was a very dry, crisp one. There was some sticky sweetness from about the middle onwards and the beer seemed more balanced and varied as a result.

Overall (17/20): Really nice stuff from Lagunitas again here, this one is a hop bomb to start with thanks to the huge hit of resinous pine to open things up but there was also plenty of sweetness and malts coming through from the middle onwards to help balance things out. I particularly enjoyed the tropical fruits, especially the mango that featured quite early on but the entire beer was a good one.

Brewed In: Petaluma, California, United States of America
Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Also Known As: Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid Ale
First Brewed: 2006
Type: Imperial/Double IPA
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Bottle (651ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £7.50

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