Name of beer
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Petaluma, California & Chicago, Illinois
What the brewer says
“…special homicidally hoppy ale. Savor the moment as the raging hop character engages the Imperial Qualities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!”.”
Thankfully, this beer is more straightforward and less full of b****cks than the text strewn around the label.
I’m coming to the conclusion that, on days when all I want is a nice beer and there is nothing I know on the bar or in the fridge, the best option is “go for the IPA”.
I’ve not been let down tonight. After a busy day, I owed it to you, dear readers, to have a beer. Honest, it’s all for you.
Lagunitas IPA claims a “raging hop character” and delivers.
The first thing that hits you is the sweet aroma. VERY sweet.
I was a touch worried that the beer itself might taste sickly, but it doesn’t. Instead, you get a lovely strong flavour that lasts long after you swallow the ale.
The other thing of note is the unusual bottle size. At 355ml, it’s bigger than the regular craft bottle, but still well short of a 500ml ale.
To say much more on this would be to waffle, suffice to say that it’s a classic IPA, full of hoppy flavour and a bit of a treat at 6.2% (not to be knocked back on a session).
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