SphinxTX (2875) - 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 (165) - 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 (4010) - 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 (2628) - 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.
vinerd (17) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice brownish orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma is citrusy hops, pine and malt. Flavor is caramel, pine, fresh citrusy oily resinous hops, grapefruit. Has a nice oily mouthfeel and finishes a bit astringent and bitter with some lingering sweetness and citrus to counteract the bitteress just enough to work well.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The nose is beautiful! Itís made up of dry herbal, grapefruit,nice malt backbone. The pour is also nice. Pours a nice bright copper with a nice head that leaves good lacing. Flavors are nice and very balanced witch is great. Not just hop water, but more of a well balanced IPA. Flavors are that of a very floral, piney, bright citrus with a nice caramel malt balance. Great job!
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber: Deep gold/light amber w/ a lasting, medium white head. Very pungeant hop aroma... Grassy, piney, resiny and raw... And a hint of grapefruit. Caramel and toasty hop figure into the mix as it warms. Go figure... A beer called Hop Stoopid with hops all over the place...! Very little fruitiness other than hops. Hop flavored, but slightly sweet balance. Grassy again, piney, woody, toasty malt, caramel (very light), and oddly enough, pineapple hops. Finish is semi sweet, resiny, lightly piney, and overall, nicely complex from hops. Medium to full bodied, medium CO2, smooth, but not creamy. Nice hop complexities between aroma and flavor! Typical west coast IPA... I wish I could get out there to try more in person on tap!