Walking around my new neighborhood looking at all the people having birthday parties, block parties-- I found myself thinking "what would be the perfect beer to bring to one of these social events?"
So while wandering through an ordinary package store, I came across Lagunitas IPA.
I looked at the bottle, pretty standard inviting sensation. With money handed off and some spoken words about it from the lady behind the counter, into the brown paper bag it went. My first thought when I opened it was “This is going to smell really hoppy with a grapefruit scent” off went the cap “yup” I was right Big on the aroma with a hoppy-sweet finish.
I poured it into a stein, it has a pale copper body with an inch of white head and a lacing that lasts. Long lasting carbonation and the aroma of hops, a touch of citrus (grapefruit, orange), cracker.
Hop forward with moderate bitterness mid to late palate. Light in body with a bit of stickiness on the palate. Simple and straightforward. With an 6.2 ABV and brewed year round, I say its a safe bet.
A little background on the this craft beer is Lagunitas IPA was first seasonal way back in 1995,and since the mid 2000s, Lagunitas has been one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the United States, increasing from 27,000 barrels in 2004 to 106,000 barrels in 2010.
In my opinion, this is really a great example of a handcrafted West Coast-style IPA. The taste is exactly what you expect from a strong IPA that doesn't offend the newer craft beer drinker.
I suggest paring it with a good old fashion clam bake, or simply by itself is always good.