chickenflea (336) - 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.
DiscerninDrunk (27) - - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber, some brown, moderate haze, light tan head medium retention. Aroma of woods and red berries, some sweetness. Flavor starts with a cherry like essence, moves into some sweetness with resin, fades in a long slow finish with strong woody bitterness. Quite nice.
Khaggerty118 (69) - Olney, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’ll be honest here, its too much. I don’t know if my taste buds have turned but I feel this is just a full-on-in-your-face-malty-hoppy-behemoth that lacks that refined taste. I prefer light body ipa’s so I may be biased, but the malt sweetness is too much. Apricot juice, thats its.
sinfull (833) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber / orange color; medium off -white head. Strong aroma of pine , grapefruits , a bit of resin and malt. Sweet malty taste with citrus and pine on the beginning , strong hops bitterness in finish and aftertaste. Full body , low carbonation.
1guywith_aboat (227) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber pour. Hoppy aroma with some malt present. Flavor is very floral. Smooth and crisp. medium body.
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark amber color with a small foamy head. Sweet hops nose. Sweet malty, resin and very peppery taste. Light bitter aftertaste that lingers quite long.
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big sweet nose with little direct hop aroma. Deep amber color with a spongy head. Warm round body of malt with a heavy dose of alcohol that injects hops into the corners of the mouth. Not so bitter actually though the flavor is characterized by hops. Slight alcohol burn after swallow and a peppery finish.
sudomorph (600) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 5/13/14. Consumed 7/30/14. Pours a bright Orange with a one and a half finger, off white head that laces well and a lot of fine sediment. Aroma has nice notes of pine, slight resin, and tropical tangerine, and slight alcohol Taste is a strong bitter with big, pungent resin, pine, citrus, slight bread, alcohol, and a drawn put aftertaste. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Resiny texture in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall a nice beer. Great display of the hop.
adster (341) - 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 (2408) - 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 (127) - - 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.