Stoopid is as stoopid does: Lagunitas – Hop Stoopid – 92
What do I do on a rainy Sunday when brew plans get canceled? Yep, get a little day drunk as I move through my east coast beer haul. My latest treat is the aptly named, Hop Stoopid, from the fine folks at Lagunitas. Any guesses on what style this may be? If you said porter, you’re an idiot. If you said IPA, you’re a genius.
The bottle carries a stern “102 I.B.U. 4 U.” alert across the stop along with the OG (1.085) and ABV. This makes it easy for the hophead to quickly recognize a bottle that will float their boat. The side of the bottle has a brief screenplay outlining how the brewer used hop extract, normally used by macro brewers, to dose this beast. Very interesting start!
I pried the top off with my trusty keychain bottle opener and got a nice hiss of CO2. Then a bit of hop aroma escaped. As I was traveling, I poured it into my finest portable clear plastic glassware. It pours gently into the cup with a nice viscosity and a little bit of carbonation. The head quickly dissipates from the huge amount of head-killing hop oils. It has a lovely deep honey colored hue and is packed with hop smells.
The first drink brings an upfront sweet hop punch, followed by an intense bitterness with a heavy hop flavor that settles and develops while warming your gut. Lots of floral and citrus hops here. The hard bitterness subsides into a pleasant reminder with each subsequent drink. The 8% ABV isn’t noticeable initially but works its way into your brain as you move through it. Each drink brings another fresh hop blast to wash over and coat your mouth. It just won’t give up!
The super hop forward taste reminds me of some my favorite floral hoppy IPAs but the bitterness is kicked up a notch to keep you in line. This is definitely more for the hophead but is certainly worth a try if you aren’t afraid to dabble in the style. I really wish Lagunitas would distribute in OH/KY/IN. Hopefully, their once their Chicago brewery gets online it will filter its way down to us en masse.
I can’t find my receipt right now but I know it was sub-$10 for a bomber of sweet hop juice. A big thumbs up from this hop fan.