Beer: Lagunitas IPA, Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Lagunitas is a great brewery down in Petaluma, CA that always comes out with some tasty stuff. They are known for putting a unique spin on traditional beer styles, and of course, their text/stories on the bottles. I was first introduced to Lagunitas by my dad, and I've been a fan ever since.
The flagship of the company is the Lagunitas IPA, which is actually the #1 selling IPA in the state of California. The text on the bottle reads:
"Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this 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!"
Lagunitas IPA pours copper with a thin, white head and some lacing. The flavor and mouth-feel are exactly what an IPA should be - not overpowering. Everything is extremely well-balanced, making this not only a supremely drinkable beer, but a go-to. The bouquet and taste are all hops, but nothing that would make a fan of lighter brews cry foul. Grapefruit and pine notes from the hops take center stage.
This is one of my favorite IPAs, and that's a good thing because it is available almost anywhere.
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