kramer (5005) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with a slight reddish tinge under a large foamy off-white head that left nice lacing. Aroma is of big piney hops up front with a decent caramel malt base that tries to push thru the hops with minimal success. Hop profile is certainly unique and gives it a nice single hop simplicity. Unique flavor as well, very green hoppiness like the aroma. The malt is certainly there, but plays second fiddle. Well hidden alcohol at 9% ABV. Mouthfeel is thick and just shy of syrupy with nice soft carbonation. The carbonation is a nice surprise from a Weyerbacher beer, these guys are the filter kings. The mouthcoating texture really makes the finish last. Really a pretty nice beer, one of their best yet. I’d like to see a series of these single hop IIPAs.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 22oz. Clear reddish/amber on the pour with an off-white head. Full hop nose of fruit and flowers. This one begs to be smooth and balanced, but I think that the hops are still a tad too alive and not cooperating with the overall homeostasis of the brew. Very nice regardless, almost creamy. I’d like to try this one again, it’s almost really delicious.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Well, I know now what gives this brewery it’s hop signature. All of their beers seem to have a bitter astringency on the finish that seems out of balance when young. Pours clear burnt-orange with a tight eggshell head. The aroma is intence, grapefruit with cayenne on it if you can imagine that. The palate is akin to biting into a sweet tangerine with all the acid and tartness of a red grapefruit. What a rich mouthful of IPA this is. The alcohol does show up at the close but only to warm and contribute to the spiciness of this brew. This finish is the only part of this book I didn’t like. A very green astingent hop lingers a little too long and compels me to take another sip to cleanse it away. I feel that with six-months to a year of bottle age would place this beer at the head of the table.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz: pours a orange copperish color into a snifter with good two inches of fluffy head and leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of fruit. grapefruit, mango, with notes of pine and resin. The palate is pretty medium bodied and fairly oily. The hops are also balanced out with a strong malt backbone. Great Impy IPA. Grab one if you can
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Metallic golden-orange body with fine, pale particulate matter and a thick, frothy beige head. Abundant carbonation is noticeably lethargic. Fresh and pleasant aroma of mango, grapefruit and pine with some sweet pale malt syrup notes. Surprisingly strong tropical fruit flavors with obvious sweetness. The hops have to duke it out with the residual sugars well into the finish. Good, but could be better with a little more attenuation. Plus, I prefer my DIPAs with a more lacerative edge that Simcoe can’t achieve. Throw in some Columbus at both ends and we’d really be in business.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 Great beer!!! Hazy amber color with floral/ hoppy aroma. Slightly sweet taste with fantastic hop finish. Citrusy but not too much. One of my new favorite IPA’s
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive medium amber hue with a large, creamy light tan head. The aroma is explosive with bitter, yet smooth, hop tones of peaches. Malty hints of caramel and dark bread follow behind along with an almost sweaty yeast tone (seems to work in this case, though rather odd…). Significantly sweet for an IIPA with lots of caramel malt and very smooth throughout with low acidity. The finish is clean and very fruity (peaches and apricots) with a not-quite-bracing bitterness. Really, with as much malt presence as is here, it’s difficult for this to be over-the-top bitter. The body was a little thinner than I was expecting, though still creamy and complimented by a soft carbonation.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pretty clear copper-orange color with a larg,e creamy, lasting, light yellowish tan head. Good bit of both hops and malt in the nose: grass, citrus, caramel, alcohol and perhaps a bit of apricot. The flavor is pretty well balanced between bitter grapefruit and sweet caramel malt along with some subtle spicy orange/lemon zest and pepper...subtle but noticeable. This one is super sweet in the very beginning and before it finishes in the front...a bitter hop punch. Sweet and sticky through the rest of the tounge until it comes to the long bitter finish. Once this one warms a bit, it becomes the most floral beer I’ve ever smelled, tomato plants everywhere. Full body with a good amount of carbonation...nothings too heavy or clumpy which is nice. Overall a pretty damn nice iipa, even though it becomes a bit unbalanced when it really warms up.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared with Immy. From bomber pours a clear orange with thick off white head. Nose is piney with some citrus. Body is syrupy with a medium bitter finish. Flavor is a resiny pine. Pretty good, but somehow lets you down.
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, deep copper/amber with a HUGE khaki head. An incredibly piney, resiny aroma. Lots of grapefruits and orange rinds. Peaches and cream become apparent as it warms. Very one-sided towards the hops, but SO mouth-watering. Full enough to go down creamy and smooth, but there’s still plenty of tingle for the tongue. Pretty grainy and earthy actually. Starts with some cream and caramel. A super-dry, bitter finish that lingers. Alcohol is hidden well. The best yet from Weyerbacher.