Clearish and bright pale golden color with a small capping of off-white foam that swifts away kind of quick, leaving a partial skim and a few small, skinny patches of stringy lacing.
Aroma is clean and hoppy with a soft lemony candied waft of citrus with touches of peach, pineapple, and nectarine. Very close to what their Hop Stoopid conjures up without as much oomph to it.
Taste is more of the same and quite likeable in the hops dept. with all sorts of citrusy fuzz, pith, and pulp of peach, orange, pineapple, nectarine, and lemon mixing about. Very clean, crisp, and rounded in tone with a slower backing of pale bready malt holding it all together. Again, this is quite similar to the Stoopid.
Body is boldly clean, crisp, and semi crunchy within a steep medium feel. Grows a heavier fuzz of hoppy citrus as it goes and maintains a firm tongue tantilizing amount of fun and fuzzy hopitude to a mildly set but quite present bite of pithy, juicy, citric bitterness.
Another solid brew by Lagunitas that goes side by side along with the Hop Stoopid! A drinkable citrusy hoppy treat! Yum!
Served In: Pint Glass
A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pretty, red copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh, citrusy and with a touch of raw herbal notes that is quite nice. There is a touch of malt backbone in the nose as well, supporting crystal malt character provides a hint of caramel and there is a nice, toasted malt towards the finish. The hops contribute aromas of tangerine, candied citrus peel as well as some tropical fruit notes; the hop fruit notes seem to become more noticeable as time goes on too.
Lightly sweet tasting, but with a biting hop character from the get go. This is fairly smooth for all its hoppiness, especially up front. The lingering finish has a clean, biting, though not overwhelming, big bitterness that really lingers on the tongue. A touch of peppery carbonation and a light body (with just enough heft to carry the ample hops) make this quite the quaffable IPA; almost more of an over-the-top hoppy Pale Ale. A touch more aggressive hop character provides notes of pine, a touch of menthol, and just a touch of dank, raw hop flavor. This definitely has a nice balance of hop flavors to it; I like that the citrus / fruit notes dominate with notes of tangerine, bergamot, lots of lychee and floral tropical fruit flavors.
This really needs to be in a bigger bottle, a 12oz bottle of this is not nearly enough. Quite tasty and a nice surprise, this sits nicely as a quite drinkable beer from this brewery along with Hop Stoopid.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
Served In: Tulip
Color is amber. Smell is hoppy, with citrus, pine, and all the good things you expect. Taste is good but more malt sweetness than expected. Hops bitterness is obvious, and quite honestly is far stronger for an American Pale Wheat Ale than you'd ever expect. Feel is solid, with carbonation notable.
Overall, this one is a good bottle. HOWEVER, it's not an American Pale Wheat Ale. It actually reminds me of the old recipe for the Lagunitas IPA. The grapefruit, citrus and hop oils in the IPA were among my favorites. Until they changed the recipe apparently. This one is far closer to that recipe, with a bit more malt sweetness. Really good bottle, but not in the style apparently. I am rating this as an overall beer, rather than in the style.
Served In: Pint Glass
After hearing and reading some good reviews on this one I decided to go to SouthBayDrugs and buy two small bottles of this to try tonight.
Pours a clear, light amber color with a creamy inch of foam on top. Decent retention and a bit of lacing as well.
Yum, pine and citrus candy on the nose, pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, peaches, lime, hints of grass, and a sweet and slightly nutty malt background. Resiny hop aroma, a good dose of pine upfront but eventually yields to the tropical and citrus hops. Hints of biscuit in the background with a touch of caramel. I can’t deny that this smell very appetizing.
The taste is quite different from the aroma. First I get a mixture of toast and bready malts on the front with hints of toffee and a bitter tropical finish. Pine flavors are evident in the finish. Bitter grapefruit, lemon rind, un-ripped peach, and bitter orange can be tasted in the finish. A sweeter orange flavor develops on the 2nd and 3rd sip. I can taste some zesty wheat flavors after a few sips. Definitely more wheat flavors later on. Somewhat of an odd wheat zest, sweetness, and bitter hop combination of flavors.
High carbonation, not sure if it’s the carbonation that slightly stings the tongue or the hop bitterness, maybe it’s a combination of the two. Full bodied.
Pretty good beer overall, wouldn’t mind having again, not blown away as I first thought I would but hard to beat for the price.
Served In: Pint Glass
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