(Someone wrote to me about Sierra Nevada Torpedo and O’Dells.)
I’ve had Torpedo recently and it was quite good; I might even have a bottle at home. Many brews list the hops but I still don’t know one from the other, and there seem to be dozens. I think I’ve had O’Dells, but not recently; I’ll keep an eye out.
As for the Laughing Dog, it seems that some brewers are out to out-hop each other, sometimes losing balance and ending up “all hops, no flavor.” I’ll go pretty far down the hops road. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid is a good one. There’s a Lagunitas tasting at the Growler & Gill tonight, but Janet is under the weather so I think I’ll skip it. Of course Stone makes some very hoppy ales, but I’ve been very happy with those. I just noticed a new one. I like their Arrogant Bastard, but now they have an Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I’ll have to try it soon.
Back on the hops topic, I noticed grumbling about Samuel Adams Rebel IPA, their first “West Coast Style IPA.” The grumbling is because it does NOT contain Rebel Hops. <rummage, rummage> Ah, here’s the list, from the Sam Adams website: HOP VARIETIES American Cascade, Simcoe®, Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo. I looked on Beer Advocate and all the scores were in the “3s” ranging from 2.98 to 3.99, averaging around 3.6. Everybody said it’s a pretty good beer but nowhere near “West Coast” in hoppiness. In fact several people suggested that it might be a way to introduce neophytes to IPA without scaring them off. [I had that thought about the Captain Lawrence East Coast IPA.]
Looking up Torpedo, it turns out that the hops involved are “Magnum/Crystal/Citra as a dry hop.”