JFGrind (1912) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There’s a lot going on with this offering from Weyerbacher for only $4USD for a double-duece bottle. Thick foamy head, copper body and a strong botanical aroma. The bitterness from the Simcoe hops is strong, well blended with malts to your palate will effortlessly enjoy. Weyerbacher constructs a winner of a 2XIPA that is perfect for summer consumption.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to ross for the trade! Off-white head above copper-orange pour. Excellent lacing throughout. Hop-loaded nose, all citrus and pine. Also catch some caramel or candy in the nose. True to its name, the simcoe hops presence is ever-noticeable in flavor as well, but there is good balance. Citrus hops and molasses malt combine quite well. Although I’ll concede that the hops do outweigh the malt, it is not in such an overpowering way that the malt gets lost. The finish is hops bitterness, but a lingering sweetness remains after the hops notes fade. The resultant alcohol burn is minimal but noticeable. Good stuff, and a fine example of the IIPA done right.
Tmoney99 (11915) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy complex spicy citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy citrus bitter flavor with a solid bitter finish that was long lasting. This is a standout brew.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
CLear copper with a dense creamy off-white head that laces the glass bery nicely. The aroma is fantastic, floral, citrus, light spicy, pineapple, even some light butterscotch. The flavor is equally as good. Loads of pineapple, pine, and citrus. One of the best hop showcases I have had. The hops well complemented by the malts, caramel, medium sweet. Yum. Fantastic palate. Soft silky with just enough bite. Excellent beer.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 On tap at HalfTime Beverage. Poured amber with a large somewhat fizzy off-white and amber head. Aroma is strong pine, some lemon zest, orange, some sticky candy, biscuit dough and an almost smokey meaty undertone. Taste is powerful and very dry, bitter pine and citrus simcoe hops. There’s a sweet malt profile here, but the bitterness of the hops keeps kicking its ass and knocking it to the background. Very bitter dry finish. Body is thick and sticky. Wow, Weyerbacher... if I were you I’d be quite proud of this. Now keep brewing beers with this kind of flavor profile.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours orange brown with a large beige head. Aroma of floral piney hops& citrus. Flavor is smooth, citrusy, slightly herbal, with a bitter hoppy finish. Nice body, good brew.
beerbomb (213) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours better than average with a nice dense head-Aroma is top notch clean, fresh fruity hops scent but in way no hints at the strength of the ensuing hops blast. Flavor is an H(ops)-Bomb of grapefruit and resinous pine with a sweet but in no way thick malt prescence. I enjoy a variety of IPAs but have never felt a recurring blast of grapefruit in every single sip quite like this (and thats a good thing in the way of IIPAs) The result of a flavor profile which is very centralized (no doubt due to the use of only Simcoe hops) Aftertaste is lingering sweet malt and grapefruit rind with a very pleasant warmth. If you need a hop smack, this will work.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Hazy deep copper colour with a beautiful thick white head that lasts and lasts. Beautiful hoppy aroma, pine, citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruit notes as well. Sweet bready and lightly caramelly malts backing up the hops. Very fresh hop flavour, pine resin, grapefruit and sweet bready/toasty malts. Hoppy bitterness kicks in beyond the sweetness. Finish lasts and lasts with the hops and malts playing off one another. Well-balanced, very tasty, west-coast style IIPA.
Hazy deep orange coloured beer with a thick creamy white head. Bright orange citrus aroma, mixed with pine resin and soft lightly spicy notes as well. Much cleaner aroma than when I had it on tap. No grassy notes. Flavour is great. Sweet fruity hops, peachy and orangey with a heavy perfumy spiciness over it. Sweet peachy malts and a lingering hoppy finish. Lightly metallic on the finish. Okay, but not as great as the hype would suggest.
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willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
06.12.06 Bomber. It’s been a while since anything from Weyerbacher has really blown me away, but wow is this beer tasty. Beautiful beer is a deep orange-honey amber color beneath a lasting, lingering, and madly lacing pale beige head. The aroma is killer, loads of simcoe goodness, as advertised, with cat pee, pineapple, and resin, plus background notes of orange rind, biscuit, and honey. Grapefruit abounds in the flavor, leaping across the palate in dominant contrast to the stable and supportive doughy malts. With a blast of citrus and resin bitterness the beer strips the mouth clean, an astoundingly dry finish leaving behind only wisps of sweet grapefruit and biscuit to linger lightly. Reading the stats, I cannot imagine the beast to be fully 9%, but I begin believing as I feel the warmth wash over me. Marvelous beer -- I think the most enjoyable Weyerbacher I’ve tried...and not a moment too soon.
eaglefan538 (2943) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 First tasting: a pretty nice dIPA, but not at the top of the class. The pour was fairly standard, orange to copper in color, with a good head showing and ok lacing. The aroma was resinous grapefruits, maybe some pineapple. The flavor was mostly citrus, resinous, and piney hops with a caramel base underneath. Finishes bitter. Re-rate: Nov ’06, not much has changed. Re-rate: Feb ’07: more melons noticeable underneath it all, definitely hearty, creamy, and full mouthfeel this time on draft. A nice beer.