This year has certainly seen a massive change in my tastes; it doesn’t seem that long ago that I was so unsure about IPAs that I had decided to put them aside and concentrate on other styles. I’m not sure what changed that, but certainly the number of excellent IPAs that have found their way into the shopping basket must have had a positive effect.
|The Beer||Lagunitas – Sonoma Farmhouse, Hop Stoopid Ale; 8% abv, 102 IBU|
|Aroma||A fresh, fruity combination with fusions of grass, hops and delicate citrus aromas|
|Appearance||Amber, little or no carbonation, slightly opaque|
|Taste||Complex; the mouth is treated to a swirl of fruitiness – on the orange side – with a very bitter edge and elements of malt, even edging towards caramel; whilst the bitterness hits from start to finish and is long lasting, I found it not too mouth melting and very well presented|
|Mouth feel||Full bodied, with a mash-up of creaminess and dryness (if that is indeed possible, but you should get the point), soft and smooth; the alcoholic side muscles in throughout|
|Comments||Very enjoyable; even if there are complexities in the overall experience this is one of those beers that is honest and pretty much what you’d expect from a double IPA.|