alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 26, 2007
Well i guess im strange, i was so sure this one was top 50! Very nice murky orange beer with a dirty tan head. A very Belgian tasting IPA with loads of fruity flavors and beet sugar. The best hop taste ever with high bitterness and no resiny aftertaste. The palate is so smooth its almost slimy. Starts sweet and end dry, hidden burn that makes your head spin. Inmense malty body that balances it all out in the end. My new favorite IPA thanks to Drewbeerme for this gem. jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Draft at Which Brew. Very nice sweet aroma, nothing strong just pleasant. Generous head that disappears after awhile leaving a good thin head. Very strong flavor with small alcohol flavor near the end. Perfectly well balanced and very drinkable. Nice hop precense and nothing too strong. Very good brew. Weyerbacjer seems to get better with every new brew recently. Cheers guys, 11 times! Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Perfect ruby-brown body with a medium volume ivory head that settles down to a nice frothy top. Great aroma of pineapple, banana, some light hops and malts compliment. Taste is very different, hoppy yet balanced with a good amount of British malts and fruit. Great smooth palate with a thick body, with a nice spiciness. A very interesting experiment that I look forward to trying after a year or two of ageing. mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2007 So the English learned to grow good hops, huh? Huge hop flavor. Extremely sticky and resiny hop flavor with pine, bubble gum and gummy bears. Citrus flavor is there too, but takes a backseat to the sticky-sweetness. Huge malt up front. Biscuity flavor. Light but intense. Massive sweetness is balanced well by enormous bitterness in the back. It all comes together so well though. The beer is huge in every way, but carefully crafted to maintain balance. Everything fits together perfectly. Even the big alcohol burn is kept at bay by the rest of the flavors. This is the definition of a big beer, and done very well. Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Cotton candy in a glass! So smooth and silky. The English hop varietal pounds in the flavor. Sweet with a subtle hoppy finish. This is a one of a kind triple IPA. Enjoy it slowly. Not such a good idea for this beer to be put on the market in July!?!! Store...then pour.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours out a dark red color, with a thick head that never ends. Smell is hop, grass, grapefruit, pine. Taste is similar, balanced, malty, hoppy, grass, very fresh hops. This absolutely blows double simcoe out of the water. Double simcoe needs to get down on its knees and blow this beer. Very refreshing, very tasty, the ratings have clearly been reversed for this and 2x simcoe. Great beer from weyerbacher. fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
Beautiful clean amber color; creamy head. Nice aroma, cheesy, malty and hoppy, with some pine resin; also some alcohol. Powerful body strength, immediately warming (but without unwanted traces of alcohol), full malty, with sweet caramel flavor, toffee, extreme hopping, very resiny; the only flaw is a kind of paper aftertaste. In the final, there is also a touch of pear syrup. Excellent. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Bomber from Super Saver. Each new Weyerbacher release is like a mini Christmas for most PA beer geeks. Say what you want about Weyerbacher and their beers, but Dan does things that few others have the sack, or the ability, to do. This beer is one of those things. As I poured it into my tulip glass, it showed me a hazy, deep coppery hue, with a creamy 2-finger off-white head which created lovely concentric lace rings throughout its duration. Great appearance, so there’s a 5 for appearance. On to aroma. The smells coming off this are big, and made even bigger because of the extra wafting due to the high ABV. I get big tropical/citrus fruit, including the pineapple/tangerine/honeydew trifecta, plus a solid caramel malt backbone, and a great deal of sweaty female gymnast feet in the aroma (I dated a gymnast at Penn State). The palate is hefty, dense, and it starts out and stays a tad hot. The taste is very hoppy, with a lot of fruity and citrusy notes. I got tangerine, pineapple, mango, black pepper, Bell pepper, honeydew, canteloupe, and caramel malts in this. As it warms, it acquires a bit of a bourbony edge. Overall, this is a big, hefty IIPA, but it is a little rough around the edges, in the way that some Avery beers are a bit rough. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Insanity was the chain-smoking crack-whore of barleywines, yet it still remains one of my favorite. But if you are someone who requires smoothness in your IIPAs, then you may be a bit let down with this one. I think the Double Simcoe is a better IIPA overall, but I also think that this one deserves a lot of kudos. Dan Weirback has done it again. This one should age like a champ. Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 In a pint glass....very malty taste and texture, with a deep amber color. The lab-made "phoenix hop" leaves an excellent lacing on the glass... A malty ., hoppy dry finish with a tinge of alcohol taste....bitter, bitter aftertaste...but I like it...Maybe its the pint glass, but the flavors are muddled, disguised in a hop and malt cover....this does mask the alcohol to a point....so now I try it in a snifter....ahhh the difference...the aromas change to a sour apple almost cider like quality....as I tried to document more of this tasty brew in the snifter, I slowly fell sleepily to the floor....and I drank no more..... Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
This is not what I expected from the beer Weyerbacher calls their "Triple IPA". This beer is dominated by its sweetness not it’s bitter. That said it is a big beer but maybe not as big as I would have expected in extreme flavors. The Phoenix hop has a softer feel like English fuggle hops than like the simcoe hop. This beer comes across as an English Barleywine to me but that’s just "style-typing" I know. The feature of this beer seems to be balance more than bite (like an English IPA).
Appearance: Poured into my large snifter glass, this beer looked like a golden ruby with a hint of orange hue. It had a nice frothy light beige head that fades to a frothy cap. The lacing coats the glass beautifully.
Smell: Malty caramel aroma with strong raw sugars and hints of alcohol esters excite the nose. There is a solid but gentle hop character that presents itself subtly in the aroma as pine sap and orange rind.
Taste: The taste leads of with sweet sugars and juicy fruit attribute. It is very malty and thick, and reaches a certain complexity with out being overly extreme in any category. Caramel brown sugar and red fruit start at the tip of the tongue. Underneath all that sweetness is a firm citrusy pine flavor couples with the alcohol creating a nice spicy taste. The alcohol presents itself as very warming in the belly but other than the detection through a nose it is pretty well masked with thick malts. The aftertaste has a nice onslaught of bitter before the wave of sugars seem to seep back out from your gums. Finally, the real bitter catches up to you. Once your mouth is empty the bitterness seems to grow. Okay, wow, there are the hops! I think my entire palate is beginning to go numb. =)
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and super thick!! It is darn near chewy. The spicy alcohol and hop character keep your taste buds feeling very tingly. The tiny bubbles of carbonation build this beer to feel spectacular in the mouth. I just wanted to swirl and rinse with it like mouthwash.
Drinkability: No deception here; this is *not* a session beer. This is more of a nightcap beer. After one you will feel warmed nicely. Trying to drink this as a party beer may kill you ;-) Let this one warm, and enjoy sipping it slowly.
Hope this is helpful.