Imperial IPA

Today’s beer is Hop Stoopid!

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Bottle Size: 22fl ounces/ 650mL

Cost: $4.50 (At a beverage barn)

ABV: 8%

Background information (via wikipedia)Lagunitas “Hop Stoopid” is an American Imperial (or Double) IPA. Hop Stoopid has a alcohol content (ABV) of 8% and comes in at 102 IBUs. It is made with hop extract and oils rather than flowers for stronger hop flavors. “For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a gaurantee built right into the name!”

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Appearance:  A shade of orange/yellow. Very light haze. Half finger head that fades fairly quickly. Not much lacing.

Scent/Smell: Lots of citrus hops as you would expect from “Hop Stoopid”. Pineapple and grapefruit aromas, in addition to some orange and a touch of lemon. Nice sweet caramel malts as well.

Taste: Very light caramel sweetness at the onset. Then an earthy bitterness with citrus and floral hints hits the tongue, a lot going on here. In the end, there is a piney, grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Quite dry, not the easiest going down.

Drink with (food): Grilled meats, fish, earthy cheeses.

Grade: A

I love this beer, I wish that I could have it on a more regular basis. Lagunitas, good job!

Next: Flat Tire Amber Ale



Today’s beer is Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale.

Bottle Size: N/A purchased it on tap

Cost: Two beer tokens (approx. 7 dollars)

Alcohol (ABV): 8.0%

Background Information (via wikipedia): Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1987 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor from Park Slope, quit their jobs and founded the brewery. The pair hired graphic designer Milton Glaser, best known as the creator of the logo for the I Love New York campaign, to create the company logo and identity.

Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City.In 1996, they acquired a former matzo factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Imperial IPA

Appearance: Pours a  light amber. A 1 finger white head which goes away quickly and laces the glass.

Scent/Smell: Got a wood like smell combined with citrus (grapefruits and oranges); a little bit of malt as well with some slightly bitter hops.

Taste: Similar to the taste, full of fruity undertones. it does carry a lingering bitterness after done. Not as strong in the taste department as you’d expect from a double IPA. Simple.

Mouthfeel:  Quite well carbonated with a medium body. Quite easy going down, particularly for a brew with its ABV.

Drink with (food): Fish, other grilled meats, and various cheeses.

Grade: B+

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, although I wish I didn’t have to spend two beer tokens on it. It’s taste more like a basic IPA than an imperial IPA. If and when I visit the Brooklyn Brewery again, I am sure I will have another glass of this brew.