egg (438) - USA - DEC 22, 2017 alassio (99) - USA - DEC 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was in Tampa in October and while trying to find something halfway decent there and got one of these. It was so incredibly delicious, that I figured I must have been desperately beer-starved at the time and had lost all perspective. Then I came home to Wisconsin and found it at Woodmans, and it is still incredibly delicious, time and time again. It’s been a month now, it is still a grand delight at every sip, and it still kind of semi-trounces all my old standards (Stone Ruination, Bells Hopslam, Victory Hop Wallop, Tyranena Hop Whore). This is a beautiful, beautiful beer.
Pours dark reddish brown. Nose faint hops, boozy, strong beer. Taste is bitter, caramel, astringent, chocolate. Good but super old school.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Sep 2006
Poured from 22oz bottle a hazy amber with a huge billowy head of foam that shrunk but remained as a billowy layer for the entire session. Color me impressed!
The smell is all hoppy and fruity, as in grapefruit and that's pretty much what I was hoping for in this style of ale.
The taste is really all about the hops.The grapefruit bitterness is big and I'm finding it's hitting my taste buds on a more than positive note. Yep, if this was available locally and I needed a real hop fix, I'd turn to this one with no hesitation. And...as far as the abv goes, it's hidden pretty darned well so I'm able to tip the glass to my mouth more easily than I should be able to...;^) That says something about how well this DIPA is made by the crew at Weyerbacher.
Bottom line: I've had DIPAs that had a goodly amount of malt flavour in 'em to create a respectable balance and I've been able to enjoy those interpretations but... this isn't one of *them* and that is more than ok in my book. See it? Buy it!
My thanks to Nutbrown for "throwing" this one in in our trade!
Edit: I just received another bottle today(June 16, 2008 from fellow BA Yamar)) so I'll see if anything has changed, tastewise, since I last had this one.
Well, the big grapefruit notes are still there with a touch of grass but I'm noticing more of the malt this time, a touch of caramel and a bit of bread. More balance than I reported in my first review. Nice medium mouthfeel and it finishes with a nice bitter hop kick. I'm so glad I got a chance to try it again so I could put a few more details in this addendum to my review. Thanks Kevin!
gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Bottle; pours cloudy amber with a thin khaki head; aroma of pine, citrus fruits, and a touch of caramel; taste has light bitterness with citrus fruits and pine with a hint of caramel sweetness; finish is dry and slightly bitter with some pine notes Prue (33) - Havre de Grace, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2016 spruce, citrus, floral, amber, cloudy, minimal head, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body, average carbonation, bitter, BlazerT (1331) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle. Sensoric. Deep amber, medium hazy, floaty with small to medium, semi-thick, white head. Poor head retention and nice lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits (mango, papaya), resinous, also some moderately noticeable citrus notes (first of all oranges with some grapefruit). Malts are clear - biscuity and bread. Taste is medium to high bitter thru the whole time, perfectly balanced with malts. Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, finish is sticky, bitter and fruity. Refreshing, ABV is well hidden, which makes it even more drinkable, powerful and dangerous. In general this was one of my first US breweries that I’ve tasted (next to Flying Dog and Andersons Valley), still have old school Weyerbacher in my cellar, so this rating could be a little bit objective, but this beer definitely rocks in it’s powerful bitter taste. Afters few years I’ve tasted similar beer from ToOl SHOCK series: !!!PA Simcoe Mosaic !!!
PhillyCraft (8193) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Many bottles and taps, Draft at P house, clear copper orange with small white head. Notes of sticky pineapple, malt, sugar, bitter pine, and other orange skin fruit. This used to be one of my favorite ipas when i got into the game but after drinking clean juices like boat, old man hill hops, and good cali stuff its impossible to go back to these boozy, sticky, and sweet hoppy offerings. Grzesiek79 (4481) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 12, 2016
Zakupione w Dyspensie, Radom. No podwojny chmiel Simcoe wali po nosie konkretnie. Aromat w tym piwie najlepszy, a co dalej. Wyglad to srednia piana, malo trwala kolor metny bardzo rozowo szary. Smak slodycz i nieco chmielu, ale generalnie slodowosc slodkawa ma gore nawet nad podwojnym botanicznym Simcoe. Do tego jest to piwo bardzo alkoholowe wiec ze smakiem tu najslabiej 619photos (19) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Tastes like itd been aged in bourbon barrels. Bit on the heavier side for my personal taste for DIPA. Couldnt drink too many of these..and i enjoy some DIPAs thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2016
From notes (10/16/15). Pretty straightforward, slightly under-inspired DIPA. Lots of pine and not much fruit from the Simcoe. Not bad, though. Frank (4255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2016
This is a glass of 2003--an amber colored, super bitter, super sweet IPA. It smells like a pine forest complete w/ a damp pad of pine needles and earth underfoot and tastes like hopped malt extract. It is big and syrupy on the palate w/ a bit of alcohol burn to it. This is really typical of everything wrong w/ the giant IPAs of decades past and I’m glad most brewers have moved on.