Do you like ales, kind of like an IPA, that pound you in the face with hoppy bitterness? I do. In fact, it’s my favorite kind of beer. To me, 120 Minute IPA from DogFish Head is too sweet (think Barleywine) and leaves me wanting to pucker my lips when I’m done.
Today’s visit takes us to Petaluma -based Lagunitas brewery where we will try their Hop Stoopid Ale.
Hop Stoopid is a strong beer – measuring 8% in alcohol. However, it doesn’t come across as being way too bitter. I’m not sure what the IBU rating is, but Lagunitas balances the intense hop flavor with enough malt to make this a very smooth and balanced beer.
If you like a blast of bitter with a crisp finish, Hop Stoopid might be for you. Please weigh in with your comments below if you’ve tried it!