Monday, August 27, 2012

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

type: double IPA (just an 'ale' according to Lag.)
origin: Petaluma, CA
price: $5/22oz
ABV: 8%
NSP: 10.4

Everything about this is designed to take hops to the limit.  The label is deep green and highlights the 102 IBU*, preparing you for the beast within.  Although they stray from using the phrase, this is really a double IPA.  It's more inline with the full-bodied, highly bittered type of DIPAs; whereas Pure Hoppiness is much more aromatic,  Tower 20 is just plain boring, and Double Daddy is just unbalanced and shitty.  The malt backbone is deep on this one, and it's nicely tempered by the ridiculous level of hopping.  In the spectrum of fine DIPAs, this treads more towards The Elder it seems to me, and unless you've been living in the barn shown on the label, that's obviously a high compliment.  The best part is that nearly any store carries this, and the NSP is high.  So drink up, and up, and UP!

* This is, apparently, the limit to human bitterness tasteability.  Me fail English?  That's unpossible.

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