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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Viridis Lupulus is a celebration of the renewal of spring. This will be a new seasonal, being released in spring / early summer each year. Each brew will feature a different selection of hops from year to year. Viridis Lupulus is an unfiltered golden-copper IPA with an aggressive hop profile. Massive amounts of Apollo, Calypso, Centennial, and Galaxy hops fill this beer with dank citrus and tropical aromas. The bottle-conditioning will propel the aromas out of your glass and create a tight, fluffy head. This beer is a pure hop experience!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
750ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. A: Pours a ridiculously hazy dark orange color. I usually have good luck with unfiltered IPAs, so my hopes are a bit high now. The head is ridiculous in its retention; otherwise itís three fingers high and off-white in shade. Iím a huge fan of how it sticks to the glass, doing everything it can to not fade away. Needless to say, the lacing is very impressive, too. S: No citrus or tropical fruits here - this is pine, pine, herbs, and more pine to the core. The hops come through well, providing a nice floral aroma. Some malty sweetness comes through, as well, and maybe a touch of grapefruit peel. Just a touch. It doesnít smell very impressive when its cold, but comes out of its shell when left to sit a while. Still, I wish it were fruitier. T: Straight-up bitter. Not quite at "death by pine tree impalement" levels, but definitely at "scraping your tongue with a pine cone" level, easily. Lots of pine bitterness hits the palate first, which seems to gradually fade on the palate. There are also some actually some nice tropical fruit flavors sandwiched between the bitter opening and dry finish, along with some of the malt backbone coming through (moreso as it warms up). Still, finding the former takes hard work - and I donít want any of that shit, itís Labor Day weekend for cryiní out loud. M: This is why I like a good unfiltered IPA. Itís quite crisp and dry - definitely not clean, though - and easy to drink. The initially full body does a good job of getting out of the way in time for the finish, and carbonation levels are spot on. Where it goes slightly awry is how the tongue-twisting bitter dryness fatigues the palate after a while. O: Iím so thankful this isnít one of those generically bitter IPAís. There are some decent hop flavors here hidden behind the wall of bitter, and is a decent drink at the end of the day. Still, I canít help but think how much better this would be if it were all tropical fruits with minimal bitterness. As it stands, its only standout quality is its unfiltered nature - otherwise it has a whiff of the "same old, same old" east coast pine bomb to it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
60minuteman (751) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Potent aroma of toasted hops, sweet hops, wheat, pale malt, hay and caramel. Flavor is the same. Bitterness is strong, hops are sweet, finish is sticky. Another IIPA from Weyerbacher but I like the diversity in them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1267) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Big bottle. Pours a golden orange color with a medium head. Cloudy. Tropical citrus hop aromas fill the nose. Heavy bitterness, with a slight caramel malt backbone. Big Bitter finish with tropical hop notes throughout. Good head retention. Nice one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerman6686 (4324) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Poured a light orange color with a white head. Aroma of oxidized hops, cardboard and booze. Flavor was bitter sweet, and caramely. Old.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
HoppyScallywag (69) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2014
it has a real aggressive hop bite with a slight sweetness. It calms on the palate quickly and leaves a nice taste in your mouth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1385) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2014
The unfiltered-ness of this beer is evident in the cloudy hues of orange and amber, as well as the unctuous, rich, yeasty notes that waft up from the active head. Lots of fruit, moderately bitter, and very memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1204) - - JUL 11, 2014
Poured from bottle into a snifter glass Appearance Ė The beer pours a hazy deep amber color with a thick and massive head of white foam. The head has an amazing level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass. Smell Ė The aroma of the beer is massive of a grapefruit hop smell with some lighter notes of a pine hop coming along for the ride. Along with the hop are some slightly sweeter aromas of a tropical fruit nature of mango, tangerine, and papaya along with a bit of a caramel smell. Taste Ė The taste begins with a lightly fruit sweetened and bready flavor with the fruit being predominantly of a tangerine and mango flavor. Right from the start a rather strong grapefruit hop is present with a little bit of a sour lemon there as well. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors fade more and more with the hop increasing quite a bit and being joined by a slight increase in a crackery flavor taking the place of the bready flavors. While the grapefruit does really grow more potent, with it comes some rather strong resinous pine hop flavors as well as some grassy and herbal hop. With the more crisp nature of the beer due to the loss of the sweet and biscuit moving to a drier cracker taste, one is left with a very resinously bitter flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. For the massive resinous bitter flavors of the beer a slightly thinner body and higher carbonation may have been slightly more appropriate (at least for me) as they were a bit overwhelming and lead to an overly bitter and one-dimensional taste. Overall Ė A little too bitter and resinous for my tastes as it lacked a strong base to balance out the hop flavors. If you are a hop heavy for hop sake lover then this is for you and at only at ~ $5 for a bomber it is a nice affordable try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4885) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Corked and caged 750mL bottle. Nose is hoppy, very green and dusty, fruity with citrus and faint caramel, but really reminds of a green addition just added to the boil. Pours dark amber actually leaning a bit to brown, kinda ugly, but a dense and rocky beige head redeems the package. Taste is medium-strong bitter to balance medium-strong sweetness, light warmth but not hot or burning, dark swirls of earth and caramel, piny hop, general woodenness. Fruity, lightly floral and strongly herbal, even more earth, lightly oily, stronger resins, this one reminds of a PNW old growth forest instead of a Caribbean beach. Medium body fuller at first but sags with time, watches the impact of the alcohol grow to surpass even the hops. Malt seems relatively sturdy, though. Just not for this price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle and served in one of my Weyerbacher pint glasses: Hazy golden with a HUGE over carbonated head and lots of lacing. Juicy and moderately leafy bitter with a nice malt counterpoint. Dry and metallic finish. The mouth feel is lively for sure... too much (see above). Overall I enjoyed this and this bottle is fresher than the first I had... still I would love one that is only a few weeks old.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (4888) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle sample at the Weyerbacher tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 6/12/14. Clear amber pour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grainy malt, spicy hop and pepper. Malty and sweet flavor with peppery character before a spicy hop finish. I think this has been sitting for a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
closey22 (888) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Cloudy dark amber with thick foamy beige head; aroma is mildly hoppy; flavor is robust hops in your face! feels medium to thick foamy + chewy with some fizz backbone; finishes dry and slightly bitter, more of a roasty hoppy flavor

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