Wow. Yesterday's beer was terrible! I'm leaning on a NorCal favorite, Lagunitas Brewing Co. to make up for it. As a hop head, I turned to Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale for a redemption.
Hop Stoopid poured a clear orange in the glass, with a soapy head. Big mango and tropical fruit (am I just getting lucky with my IPAs?) dominated the nose.
Despite it's aggressive name and 102 IBUs, Hop Stoopid drank smooth, with a big strawberry-mango front aggressively hopped, leading to a bright middle where the hops took center stage and closing on a slightly syrupy, bitter note.
Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid is sure to titillate beer drinkers who have earned their stripes but isn't likely to make a convert out of a hops hater.