Lagunitas Doppel Sticky

Posted: January 5, 2016 in Altbier, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Reviews

Although Lagunitas is owned by Heineken now, I’m still interested to try their beers. This is the first one I’ve tried since the takeover.

doppel sticky

ABV: 7.7%

Style: Altbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Where do we go from here?” The words hung in the air like treacle. They flowed wantonly and dripped off of every horizontal surface oozing downhill as molten sugar is wont to do. ‘Dude, whatever you do, don’t go straight.’ All heads nodded, a different idea of ‘straight’ in each mind. This gathering of dreams stood at the very center of decision making, the epicenter, the geodetic center of the brewery. Everything hung in the balance and the treacle question caramelized from one layer of thought to the next until it cooled sufficiently to arrest its own descent. The answer was everywhere obvious. ‘Forward, never straight.’ Forward into the fog, into the spaces that no eye yet pierced. Only a fool would rush in where even angels feared to tread and still this was the way forward. In that moment of clarity they leapt the proverbial leap from the lion’s head. The yawning void accepted their courage and something new and unexpected was found. It is only upon the precipitous that freedom is gained, that liberty is earned. What’s it got to do with beer?”

Random: I really like the blue bottle cap on this beer. Maybe I’ll make a magnet out of it.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with moderate carbonation. The scent was not at all what I was expecting. It had a marked hop with grass and citrus. After a few sniffs and searching for some other scent, there was a touch of yeast and wheat. The taste was also very hoppy. It had significant hop bitterness with grass. Then, yeast and banana came through with light sweetness at the end from the malt. It had a medium thick body with more than enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy and had the same strong, grassy hop note. A bottle of this was $2.50 ($.21 per ounce). I didn’t dislike this beer, but it was nowhere near what I expected from the style. I found it to be way too hoppy and that overwhelmed all of the other flavors for me. I’m glad I tried it, but I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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