In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Lagunitas Brewing Company IPA

Aroma: “Very unique but subtle hop flavors: white wine, pear, grape juice, light spice/peppery. Some malt sweetness evident. Somewhat restrained hop profile with slight citrus, earthy almost Noble hop character.”

Flavor: “An intense hop juiciness, with white wine, gooseberry, lemon grass, pineapple, melon. Not much malt character—hop flavor is the show! Finish is mostly bitter but balanced, with a slight lingering bitterness.”

Overall: “A wonderfully hoppy beer in the best way. Bitterness is appropriate, though a touch more malt character would be good. Hops are decidedly American with citrus and pine at the forefront. Lacks complexity of some others, but still very tasty.”