Summertime and the living is greasy…sure felt like summer today…and I love it! Sweat, sweat and more sweat. So much better than 8 inches of snow or 15 degrees above zero. The heat makes me thirsty…so lets drink!
My drink of choice today is beer #179, Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company from Petaluma, California. An American Double IPA or Imperial IPA, this brew has an ABV of 8%.
The color of honey was the best way to describe this and look at that head…huge and white and frothy. It left some of the best lacing in the glass of any beer I have had to date. Excellent nose…hops, hops, hops, and a bit of sweet malts with aromas of grapefruit, flowery scents, caramel, and a bit of lemon. Talk about a hop explosion taste wise. The taste was all about hops, grapefruit, pine…you get the picture. Even know I smelled the malts, they really get masked in the taste. This was one bitter brew with a lovely bitter aftertaste that lasted quite a long time. It had a body somewhere between medium and heavy with lots of carbonation. Beware…it is easy to drink (at least for hop heads) but the alcohol, hidden well, rears its ugly head. I think I drank this too quick as I was quite parched and was feeling slightly tipsy from it. I know…call me a lightweight.
Yum! This was really, really good. Me likes quite a bit. A Kingly brew indeed! This one goes out to a fellow co-worker who once visited Petluma with another co-worker (both men) on a business trip and visited a winery…together.