chickenflea (327) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark for an IPA. Cloudy as well. I am intrigued by what is to come. Two finger off white head settles in. Lacing is generous and persistent, coating the glass. This brew has some substance. I am salivating over an opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite styles.
The first whiff is intriguing. I couldn’t help pass the newly opened bottle under my nose before pouring. Simcoe hops. This should be an education as well as an adventure. Do I sense a roastiness? Strange for the style, but very pleasant. The hops smell delicious. Not quite as aggressively hoppy as Cascade. There is an earthiness, almost tobacco like quality here as well. The malts smell delicious as well. This is one of the best smelling beers. A yeasty cheesy hint is in there as well.
Oh, but the taste! The malt is right there immediately. Almost too sweet, but the malt never overwhelms the other flavors that come parading through. The hops are huge, but not astringent. This is not the withering English hop profile. It is a citrusy like a navel orange. The combination with the malt produces a tropical flavor. Some pine sap overtones in the finish. This beer is so delicious, I can’t believe it. Sip after sip does not disappoint.
The flavor follows the smell...thankfully.
The flavor profile is an absolute dead ringer for the nasal profile and is even more bombastic. Sometimes I think I overuse the word ’explosion’ when describing great beer of this style, but there’s no other word that comes close to capturing the density and intensity of the flavor. Detonaton perhaps? Only a hint of alcohol.
This beer is a chewy as some imperial stouts. Wonderful. It causes the flavor to cling to your mouth. My tastebuds have fallen into a long wet kiss. Where did this beer come from. It should really be no surprise. It is a double IPA. But this beer is exceptional in most categories.
I have had several Weyerbacher offerings in the past. They were of high quality. But this is the best of all their offerings. Great job.
adster (158) - HUNGARY - JUL 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sötét borostyán, opálos színéhez foghatóval csak a kategória legnagyobbjai rendelkeznek, mindenesetre már jó előre belopja magát a szívünkbe, még azelőtt, hogy a mázsányi komló jelenlétének bizonyítékaként előtörő nehéz gyantás, néhol ecetes savanykásságba, majd hagymalekváros édességbe, mézes élesztősségbe átcsapó illatáradat teljesen levenne minket a lábunkról. Sziruposan indul, masszív test fogad minket, melyet természetesen az amerikai komló szivárványszínű, agresszív keserűsége ural egy enyhe, citrusos érintéssel. Minden kortyot öntetszerű, mézes édesség övez, mely csodásan kiegyensúlyozza az összhatást, remekül kerekíti le az ízeket. Mindez egy átható, élesztős lepelbe burkolva, melynek maradványai egyébként jól láthatóvá is válnak a pohárban. Egy gyengédnek a legkevésbé sem mondható, markánsan keserű, mégis gazdag és rendkívüli módon élvezhető ízvilág, mely egyértelműen a műfaj legnagyobb remekei közé emeli ezt a mesterművet.
ALLOVATE (2349) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oooh, aaah, little bit too much sea monkeys bobbing about in the glass. It is almost bright but the yeast here is almost off putting as it floats about giving it a negative vibe. Head is a soppy mess of dense foam, beigish, messy; great lace. Pungent, resinous, fresh hop nose bursting with notes of pine-needles, camphor, eucalypt gum, tree sap and blackbutt honey, fresh baked brioche and lemon candy. Very English in delivery. Floral on the palate with a Nottingham yeast vibe. Fragrant, zesty, spirited pot pourri and rose petal flavour. Biscuity, bready and heavy in the finish. Alcohol is well masked and well behaved making it dangerous. Short in the swallow. Huge presence of orange zest and juice. Body is medium and very oily. Massive bitter edge breaks it up. Quite nice. Really sessionable, which is trouble. (12fl.Oz, Bottled 26/03/13, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
Ctplt777 (73) - - JUL 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love it! Never had anything from Weyerbacher until this one and I’m super impressed. Lots of piney grapefruit on the aroma. Super fresh smelling. The taste is spot on. Well balanced super bitter. Lots of pine, grapefruit and some woodsy stuff on the taste. Super refreshing just awesome beer. I love the use of only Simcoe hops here, it really shows what the hop does and how it tastes. Definitely will be having this again.
jsnicholas (76) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz): Pours a cloudy amber. Small head. Lots of flavors with a Carmel malty taste and some bitterness in the finish. Very Nice.
ReeceG (52) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured into a snifter, with a light amber color, had a nice nose of pine and grapefruit with the taste providing more of the same with a balanced flavor profile and slight malty background with a bit of an alcohol burn at the end. a well done brew and a good reminder of why i love the simcoe hop
AndrewMichaelZ (47) - - JUL 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into Dogfish IPA glass.
Pours a deep, hazy, opaque copper with a creamy head. Strong citrus and grapefruit notes on the nose with resiny back notes.
Mild carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and a bit sticky. Sweet maltiness plays against the strong hops. Bitterness hangs on the palate for long enough.
Weyerbacher does it again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hockeybeerguy (1618) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter and a tulip. There was basically the same look and smell in both glasses.
The appearance had a nice ruddy orange coloring to it with a decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The lacing stuck nicely to both glasses.
The smell had a nice spicy and piney aroma running under my nose.
The taste had a decent bitter piney and slightly citrusy flavoring. There was a nice sharp bitter citrus aftertaste and it had a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly good sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation was appropriately harsh for the style.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA well worthy of having again.
SNL (207) - - JUN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy Brown pour, minimal light Brown head.
Sweet malty Nose, notes of prunes. Sweet taste, notes of prunes and bitter malts.
Unusual DIPA, but decent.
Oily texting, medium body, average carbonation.
Maverick34 (2174) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught from d 55. Orangey pour white head. Floral hops and citrus and pine nice enough.
wedgie9 (1836) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 6/12/14 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at Maine Wine and Cheese. Pours lightly hazy amber with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is pine resin hops with some nice caramel and brown sugar malt. The flavor is about the same, this is a very nicely balanced DIPA, with plenty of pleasant bitterness. The body is a sticky medium plus with average carbonation and a long bitter resin hops and burnt brown sugar finish.