Expecting consistency in a beer that is predicated on bragging about diversity? Not so much. Lone Rider set out to stuff Magnificent 77 with a record-breaking number of hops and the result is impressively inconsistent.Inconsistency is usually a bad thing, especially in beer. This is different though, because you’re getting hammered from different points by various hops.
The initial smell off this beer (poured from the can into a tulip) was really hop-forward and west-coast in nature. The first sip matched it too.
But over the life of the first half of the beer it changed, becoming a much more malt-forward beer in nature. It veered back later in the beer but largely remained a pretty malt-heavy IPA after the initial sips.
Described as Lone Rider’s “take on an American IPA,” this beer is “crafted with 77 different hop varieties from 7 different countries.”
It’s also “clocking in at 7.7% alc/vol and 77 IBUs” and claims to be the “first beer in the world with this many hop varieties.”
Perhaps you’re sensing a theme here???
I’m all for synchronicity and whatnot but the actual ABV and IBU levels feel a) impossible to achieve with that much going on and b) impossible to prove otherwise.
Both are probably real close either way. The flavor doesn’t lend itself too differently and that’s kind of jerk store nitpicking.
The real problem with the beer — aside from the $4.49/pint price tag — is that it’s absolutely impossible to taste 77 different hops in a beer. Guinness records are fun to smash but it’s a lot better when said smashing is done in a practical fashion.
With all these hops in the beer it gets muddled pretty quickly. As far as a whacky, one-off experiment in hop excess it’s fun but it’s not the sort of beer you’d drink on a regular basis regardless of price.