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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale

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. 

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