theisti (3497) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington. Pour is chill hazed copper golden with a thick one inch slightly off white head. Thick, sticky lacing. Aroma of giant, pine grassy resin hops. The hoppiness burst out of the bottle even while pouring. Some lemon peel in the back. Really not much malt to speak of. Taste is gritty, piney, resiney hop goodness straight forward and simple, this is a hop bomb, though the malt adds more to the backbone then the nose suggested. Malt is toasty and biscuity in the back. Finish is dry, bitter and nicely grassy. Palate is thin to medium, as mentioned bitter and dry. Hops were nice and clean in this one.
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Top 5 beer at beerfest this weekend. The hops were so dinstinct, that after 43 other beers I still longed to try this one again.
Jellobiafra (7) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2009 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle...Refreshing, not too strong tasting IPA with a wonderful hoppy taste. Just enough citrus and bitterness to leave yo wanting another bottle, and another...
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a great looking gold with thick off-white head. Aroma is hoppy citrus. Flavor is nicely balanced as well, lots of hop flavor, piney, citrus, malty, seems delicate as well, nice strong bitter. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium high carbonation, it is a soft beer as well. Over all, not something to cringe at, very smooth and refreshing..........
Caskalefan (157) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful balance, creamy body, nice malt backbone, inviting citric/piny esters, long finish, soft carbonation, perfectly married flavors...this is Lagunitasís best effort...Iíve definitely found my new favorite spring/summer ale!
patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 bottle at Ft Wayne tasting - Pours mostly clear light copper with a medium sized fizzy head. It has a pleasant aroma of citrus and flower accented hops. The flavor is of good, fresh, strong, hops with citrus notes. A good malt backbone supports all that hops and the finish is the expected lingering bitterness. Well done.
Rerate from another Fort Wayne tasting - Grapefruit flavor and aroma is the only thing I have to add to my first rating. 8/4/8/4/15. Close enough. Iíll leave my rating as is.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wife picked this up in Wis. Good pine and citrus aroma. Copper body with off white head and good laceing left on pint glass. Some dry cirus vine resin in flavor along with some sugary citrus flavor. Cool and crisp on the palate little dry lingers afterward but good refreshment.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Canals in Lawrenceville, NJ. Light chestnut pour under a medium dusky white head. Piney and citrusy aroma. Grapefruit punches you up front then the flavor mellows and balances with hearty malt. Mild vanilla and milk chocolate compliment the flavor. Silky mouthfeel with a bitter hook. A smartly crafted stoopid ale.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is dank orange hops, lots of residual sugar, a bit of fresh grapefruit rind, and malt.
Wow. Smells like a nice barleywine.
Apperance is golden mead with scant, quickly disappearing head.
Taste is initially all oranges, but slowly gives way to a pine bitterness and malt sweetness that is very well in-balance for the style.
Lots of backbone on this one, surprisingly. Perhaps underattenuated? There is a lot of gravity here, but a lower than expected alcohol level just going by taste and past experience.
Second taste brings more grapefruit rind into play with the sharp carbonation and crisp, sweet malt backbone.
Simple, but very, very nice.
Finish is not very cloying, and lingers decently well with the rind bitterness.
This is very, very nice.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
So Iím getting pretty tired of super-malty hop bombs, but for some reason this one just really sat well with me last night. Itís by no means a perfect beer, and I can understand the "itís a syrupy mess" complaints, but for the price/quality ratio itís hard to go wrong. Iím not sure Iíd pick this over Pliny, but luckily I havenít moved to CA yet, so I donít have to make that decision.
I think Hop Stoopid and Old Rasputin can be kin in the "solid and reasonably-priced beer that hasnít been hyped to death" category.