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Lagunitas Sucks

Lagunitas Sucks

Lagunitas Sucks

Their words, not mine. Also their words

Originally brewed in 2011 as a Brown Shugga’ substitute, due to construction-induced capacity issues. But we liked it so much it had to make a return trip.

So here we have Lagunitas Sucks, a brew boasting a complex malt backbone and a whopping dose of hops to make it a double IPA.

Pours a bit lighter and crisper than expected. The frothy white head doesn’t stick around for long. Hops completely dominate the aroma. Yeah, a double IPA for sure. Hop oils assault the palate. Grapefruit and pine, mostly. Hint of heat from the 7.8% ABV. Rye comes through a bit in the finish. But this is all about the hops. Surprisingly, it’s only 65 IBUs. Thought this would push closer to 100.

Hop heads, get it!

Grade: A

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3 Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf

3 Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf

The Arctic Panzer Wolf displayed on the label is equally terrifying and awesome. But if I saw one of those in the wild, I might soil myself.

And here’s the thing with beers with names and images like this; they’ve gotta back it up. Pours a hazy gold and the aroma is powerfully packed with piney hops. It is, indeed, powerful. I think I have some goosebumps. I even let out an audible “whoa”. That’s what 100IBUs will do to you. Loads of oily pine hops with more citrus late. Extremely bitter and dry. No attempt to hide the 9% ABV, either.Spicy hops become more noticeable as it warms.

This is one of those brews with no middle ground. You’ll either hate it or love it. Those who love bashing, punishing, over-the-top-hopped-brews won’t be able to get enough.

Grade: B

 

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Hoppin’ Frog Mean Manalishi

One of the absolute highest IBUs you will ever find, here is Hoppin’ Frog Mean Manalishi Double IPA.

Hoppin' Frog Mean Manalishi

The hops nearly knock you out with the smell, with a white head that doesn’t quit. I like the deep copper color, but the amount of sediment has me a little concerned.

This is definitely a hop bomb with pine, grapefruit, and some spice. Long, insanely dry, and bitter finish. Some pucker factor

If I’m honest, the 168 IBUs (yes, 168) had me thinking this one would literally be a tough one to swallow. And while it’s huge and hard hitting, it’s not as “mean” as I expected.

Worth trying just to say you’ve done it. It’s an experience.

Grade: B

P.S. This Judas Priest song is, in fact, required listening while imbibing Mean Manalishi

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