holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2007
12 oz bottle thanks to my SS! Pours an amber with a wispy white head and mmm ... that nose .. a strong carmel, grapefruit, floral, hits me in the face .. that’s what a double I should smell like. Sweet flavors of grapefruit carmel, resiny pine fizzy and bitter. Finishes bitter and piney. An excellent beer. 505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Aroma is somewhat weak, malty but not too much hops. Pours orangish with a nice small head, nice lacing. Flavor is awesome though. Sweet, grassy, floral tastes, with a nice finish. Somewhat full bodied. Pretty good stuff. zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle obtained in a trade with Illinismitty. Thanks Sean!!! Pours a cloudy brown color with a small, very white bubbly head that rapidly disappeared. Aroma is hoppy and grassy with pleasant ester notes and bittering hops at the end of the nose. Flavor is a very nice balance of bitter and sweet hops with very pleasant ester and grassy notes through-out. Very enjoyably balanced and moderately sticky on the palate that warms a little at the end. Thanks again Sean, this is one tasty beer! Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle courtesy of santoslhalper. Aroma is fruity with a grassy metallic tang reminiscent of a European strong lager. Sweet alcoholic notes and malty nose. Murky amber body with off-white creamy lacing head. Heavy watery body, almost chewy, with medium carbonation. Starts very malty with nice sweetness. Grassy undertones. A strong but surprisingly balanced fruity hoppy bitterness takes over and balances nicely with the alcoholic sweet malt. Some warming. AFter is bitter but pleasantly sweet with a bit of chalkiness. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Pours a pink hued crystal clear rich red amber to brown with a healthy white head dwindling slowly. The nose is fantastic, even on a day when my nose is less clear than usual. The rich sweet malt and thick resinous hops each loom large enough to balance each other out. Piney resin and grapefruit are melded with alcohol to the rich malt backbone. Notes of caramel. The beer isn’t over carbonated, and yet has enough viscosity to be nice on the palate. Slight alcohol warming post swallowing. The foam on this beer is even bitter. Nearly as bitter as Moylander was. Big rich malt backbone slathered with grapefruit bitter hops. Pine resin is clearly present. The finish is smooth and creamy and sweet with alcohol, while the aftertaste brings back that deep grapefruit seed bite. As this brew warmed, I was picking up some wintergreen notes in the hops, though not the detriment of the beer, surprisingly. Rather enjoyable to say the least.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Piney, orangey, hopalicious fun. Interesting to see that only one hop variety was used and I am not sure I’d ever even heard of Simcoe before this brew. Interesting and worth another go. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
This starts out with the scent of Simcoe hops (shocking I know). Pours a slightly cloudy amber, with a thick, slightly tan, lasting head with good lacing. The flavor is of the hops balanced upon a strong sweet malt. It starts off kicking in with the flavor of citrus zest mixed with pine, fades into a hint of sweet, and finishes with a nice long bitter taste. The alcohol in this beer is amazingly well hidden (making it a dangerous one). The beer has a nice thick, slightly oily palate. This is up there with the best IIPA’s I’ve had. doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2007
I was really looking foward to tasting these since I love Simcoe hops in my beer. Big frothy head that mostly lasted. Heavy hops aroma, with pine, citrus, and of course, grapefruit. Very distincly Simcoe. Nice mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Long after taste. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Served at the 1/1 gathering at Radio Maria, Champaign. Thanks Tom! Amazing to me that only one hop is used and this complexity is achieved. Notes of peach and tropical fruit on the nose lead into a good balance of sweetness and hops. Some chamomile and honey notes apparent. Solid, and hides the 9 ABV well. johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
NIce IIPA. Very nice. The hops are upfront as they should be. The hops have the piney/citrus taste that they should. There is enough malt there to back the hops up though. The flavors are very nice as they range from peach, to tropical to bannana. I really enjoyed this beer and I think this is one people should seek out. Weyerbacher has made it a year round beer and that is good news for all!