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Beer of the Week: Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

Beer of the Week - Lagunitas Hop StoopidThis week’s featured beer is delicious IPA named Hop Stoopid, yet another beer from Lagunitas. I’ve featured their beers several times as of late – but hey – I can’t argue with a brewery that consistently brews great quality beers! And ’tis the summer season which means hoppy beers are in abundance. This beer is extra hopped, and dry hopped at the end, however it is also “extra malted” so the malt backbone does a dandy job of balancing things out so it isn’t too bitter, despite it’s larger IBU rating.

Tasty Mug Review

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, deep gold with a nice foamy head, good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Smells super hoppy to me, with hints of pine and citrus. Nicely aromatic. As the beer warms slightly the malty aroma emerges more.

Taste: I was very pleasantly surprised at how well the flavor of this beer rounds out when compared with the strong hop aroma and the high IBUs. Just as a side-note, I’m still working my taste buds up to super hoppy IPAs and on first pass this smelled as though it would be heavy duty. Has a really clean, hoppy and bitter finish to it with a slight sweetness that lingers in the mouth afterward.

Mouthfeel: Nice, creamy medium-bodied beer that goes down smooth has very well-balanced carbonation. Follows the typical mouthfeel that is characteristic with most Lagunitas brews.

Overall: Fits the bill for hop heads and non-hop heads alike – a very good middle-of-the-road and well-balanced IPA that should be a real crowd pleaser. Yet another good brew from Lagunitas.

Tasty Mug Rating: 4.34 / 5

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 102
Original Gravity:
Malts: Not listed
Hops: This is a dry-hopped beer
Special Ingredients: Not listed
Availability: Year-round
Food Pairings: Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Grilled meat, fish or barbeque. I personally think this would go well with any spicy dish.
Glassware: Snifter, Tulip, Oversized Wine Glass
Aging: Can be cellared for long periods, under the proper conditions

Where to get it:
This one should be available at most stores that carry a decent craft beer selection.

 

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Beer of the Week: Stone Enjoy By IPA – 05.17.13

Stone Enjoy By IPAThis week’s featured brew is Stone Enjoy By IPA, my particular bottle being for 05.17.13. If you haven’t acquired your bottle by now, don’t despair – there should be more batches available soon (if not already). This is the seventh batch of the Enjoy By IPA, and it’s extremely popular so I’m sure there are many more to come.

Stone says:
“You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We’ve not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you’re getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn’t randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we’ve sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.”

Tasty Mug Review

Appearance: Pours a clear pale to medium amber with a nice, frothy head and nice retention. Lots of lacing around the glass as you drink.

Smell: Hops, hops and more hops! Definitely some notes of citrus and tropical fruits with perhaps a hint of floral. Very nicely aromatic.

Taste: Starts off very bready then rolls into the fruity sweetness. Finishes with a pleasant, hoppy bitterness that lingers on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy beer with nicely balanced carbonation and crispness.

Overall: This is a solid IPA from Stone. Comes off very fresh in flavor and is very enjoyable to drink. There’s virtually no hint of the amount of booze in this brew until you start to feel it from sipping your way through the beer. Stone is one of my favorite breweries and this beer doesn’t disappoint.

Tasty Mug Rating: 4.11 / 5

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.40%
IBUs: 88
Original Gravity: Unknown
Malts: Not listed
Hops: Not listed
Special Ingredients: Not listed
Availability: Rotating (to encourage drinking in a timely manner it is released in batches with labels that clearly indicate the “drink by” date)
Food Pairings: Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Grilled meat, fish or barbeque
Glassware: Snifter, Tulip, Oversized Wine Glass
Aging: Enjoy this beer to the fullest by consuming it before the “enjoy by” date on the label

Where to get it:
A bit hard to come by; this is a beer that often requires you to be on friendly terms with your local beer store. I personally picked my bottle up at Northwest Wine & Spirits because the gentleman at the counter was nice to me. 🙂