Hops Infusion - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

867 Ratings
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78
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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Made with seven hop varieties, this deep copper-orange IPA is loaded with juicy hop notes of pine, lemon zest, and a layer of pink grapefruit and a strong foundation of toasted caramel malts underneath it all give this beer a complexity that's unparalleled.
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Ratings: 867 | Reviews: 670
Reviews by MaineBirdMan:
Photo of MaineBirdMan
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this one from a 12 oz bottle.
There wasn't much on the nose. I was hoping for some nice floral aromas from the hops. I was a little disappointed.
It had a slight cloudy appearance. Burnt amber color.
No head.
There was a nice bit of fruit on the finish and some alcohol. Nothing to write home about. Tasted a little flat. Could've been a bad bottle. One of the many problems I've been discovering from discount beverage stores.
I wouldn't want to waste my tastebuds on too many of these.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a deep yellow/gold color with with nice head that leaves some real nice lacing.Aroma is piney hop thru and thru,with a very slight caramel background.Iam not a hop head by any means but this was suprisingly good,I would get again.This did have a little complexity in my opinion not just total hop craziness.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one came out of the tap with a deep, hazy orange color that was quite inviting. The beer was filled almost to the top so I didn’t get much of a head.

Smell – The hops here were quite evident. The dominant smell seemed to be that fuggly aroma that you get with a lot of East Coast IPAs. Also typical of the region is a nice, somewhat sugary malt balance which is always appreciated.

Taste – The nose tells the story to this ale. The hops came on a little lighter than I expected, but otherwise you have a nicely-balanced IPA. There were also some resiny notes in the background that kept things entertaining.

Mouthfeel – This one was medium in the body with a nice, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability – Another enjoyable ale from Weyerbacher!

Photo of boston2bburg
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a huge pillowy head, retains about a quarter inch. Lots of very sticky, clumpy lacing on the glass, very encouraging. Color is light orange, slight haze.

Aroma is so citrusy it's hard to tell it's from hops alone. "A" for originality here. Bailie says it smells like orange cleaner. It's a combination of orange, peach and apricot.

It's actually a pretty well-balanced, easily drinkable beer. There isn't much malt flavor, but enough is present to mellow out the hops. In the words of Bill Belichick, "It is what it is," and that is a hop-overload IPA. For all the hop aroma and flavor, there isn't an overpowering bitterness to the beer. Very easy on the palette. Very interesting and worth a try.

Photo of wrycon
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lighter bronze in appearance. Quite carbonated with tight lacing, but no retention. Smells nice enough - some slight citrus and pine. Though the malt kills the aroma. Initial taste is a malt v hops battle. There's the caramel roast on the bottom and up top a resiny tang. The midpoint is dominated by the malt, but it steps aside for a semi-sweet and bitter hop finish. Tastes like English-style, but with a more defined hop character.

Like It? Sure

Photo of JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orangey brown. Small head dissipates quickly. Visible sediment...

Aroma: Strong hoppy aroma combined with nice malty balance. Slightly fuity, citrusy aroma.

Taste: Strong hoppy flavor dominant. Love the combination of American hops used in this as it lends an interesting flavor. Slightly bitter aftertaste which lingers a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp & clean with only the bitter aftertaste left in the mouth.

Drinkability: Good IPA. Very smooth and refreshing. Nice to enjoy after a long day. Could enjoy a few of these...

Comments: Thanks to Warriorsoul for this. I enjoyed it all the way through. Slightly more bitter than I usually enjoy, but still good. A bit more malt balance would improve the overall flavor.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Hops Infusion with the crazy cartoon hop label, which states 7 different types of hops were used in producing this brew. Pours from the bottle a deep golden red with a half inch head of tightly packed tiny bubbles on top. Aromas are sweet caramel covered candy hops all the way. Citrus, grapefruit, spice and herbal piney notes collide in the nose. Dank and resinous while still not being as forward as many other IPA's.

First sip brings a crystal pale, caramelly malt backbone with a hint of toasted bread. Green, earthy hops jump out mid palate. A tad spicy with notes of citrus, grapefruit and pine needles. Mid level bitterness throughout makes this one quite refreshing. Lots of resiny hop oils stick to the side of the mouth as the flavors seem to battle one another. I like it. Per Weyerbacher's website this is brewed with Target, Magnum, Cascade, Liberty, Willamette, Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops...definetly a unique hop bill there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy...the brew makes itself be known. I could see myself sitting down to a few of these if they were available locally. An interesting IPA to say the least and one for those who are more hop oriented. If I have the opportunity I will probably purchase this one again.

Photo of blitz134
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Small head formation, came up nearly white and about a quarter inch thick. Chilled on the top of the glass for a bit on top of a clear caramel body infused with amber highlights.

Smell isn't overly strong of hops, some floral and grassy, straw aromas dominate over some sweet caramel malts. Lackluster really.

Taste...ughhh...its beer, but not very good beer. It has a dirty earthy flavor to it. Not really any hop flavor profile. A little kick of bitterness which would be nice if this had some real flavor. I"m gonna work on finishing this one down, but its gonna be hard.

Mouthfeel is full though and a little creamy. Its hard to get past the taste though and it definately brings the drinkability down. I'm glad I bought only one. Not Weyerbacher's best by any means...

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Amber in color, with a thick white head that gave some good lacing. The aroma was primarily floral, as well as a little buttery. Hops in the taste, a little citrus (grapefruit). I thought it felt a little sharp, but still really enjoyed it. Will try it again.

Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The new bottle looks nothing like the one shown - big old hop cone on a blue background. The beer also tastes little like the original. It's darker now, a more proper IPA bronze, with a white head. Massive hoppiness in the nose - coarse, leafy, welcoming.

Welcome to Hop Central. Leafy, tea-like, earthy, cirtus, pine... all kinds of hoppiness flow over the palate but now there's a nutty Weyerbacher-style maltiness to back it up. Thankfully there's no Amarillo in here - it would seriously screw up the interplay of flavors going on. Firm, firm bitterness as well. Finishes with a refreshing lingering hoppiness, medium mouthfeel and could probably drink this until my taste buds went numb.

Far closer to what I think they intended with the first version, and a tasty alternative to some of the usual excellent choices.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Lion's Pride

Pours an orange amber color with a very white head it is thick and creamy with ample lacing.

The aroma is fresh very hoppy, citrus with earthy notes. The aroma is like a fresh hop cone very nice. Latter notes of malt in the back support with a slight buttery crystal malt.

The mouth is smooth. From what you expect with the aroma is a slight let down but that said it is nice. The taste malty to start the taste turns to a earthy hop flavor. The taste is a bitter finish but finishes very clean. a well round IPA.

If the mouth were a tad heavier you could easily convince me that it was a double IPA

Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle, no freshness date to be found. States that this beer has 4 times the amount of hops as their IPA, seven types of hops are used also. On the label is a picture of a hop cone with electrons whirling around it.

Appearance: Hazy sunrise orange hue, lack of clarity is most likely due to the massive use of hops. Thick pillowy white head forms, a by product of the hops ... good head retention.

Smell: Smells somewhere between fresh picked hop cones and hops that have been steeped like tea. Hop leaf, citrus and earthy within. Hop oils are so pungently sweet with undertones of raw cane sugar syrup. A hidden fruity ester or two with some biscuity malt shows through the hops for a very brief moment.

Taste: Egats! Hops are imploding over taste buds! Mellow medium body, very smooth on the tongue with a lower level of carbonation. Hops, hops and hops ... they go from juicy fruit and citric rind to herbal and earthy with flowery flavour throughout. Hop oil is sweet and overly expressive, tastes of fresh hop tea. Malt is nearly nonexistent other than the mouth feel, they are pretty much masked by the hop's clout. Some fruit esters punch a small hole into the flavour threshold, a very small hole that is. Bitterness is up there but this is more of a hop flavour ale than an overly bitter ale. Complexity of the hops makes the mind go a tad towards madness. This beer never real has an end and has an everlasting finish, it just keeps lingering with hops.

Notes: Well, well, well aren't we the little hop bastard of the bunch, delicate but strong. Hop addicts will get a soothing fix of this one, only ballsy beer drinkers should attempt to drink Hop Infusion.

Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden orange pour with ample off-white head. Good head retention with plenty of lacing. Nose is powerful with hops. Citrus, pine, spices, and floral notes abound. Mouthfeel has plenty of hops bite and medium carbonation. Taste is spicy, crisp, and refreshing-mostly pinecone with some grapefruit background. Light bodied and goes down easy. Little malt taste in evidence, as this one's all about the hops and they deliver a highly drinkable ale. Finishes clean without any significant aftertaste.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled, couldn't find any freshness dating...pours a darkhone, light brown shade of amber/almond. Cloudy with a nice fine white head and leaving well segmented and dispersed lacing. Nose is ,suprise, hops! Pine, resin, brine you name it. Full bodied brew, mucho hop character up front and thinning only slightly at mid stage and upon the finishing vapors. Hop heads rejoice, this will satiate your hop hungry taste buds and aroma sensors. Not as bitterly crunching as other notable hop monsters, nor as full bodied and satisfying. Well worth a try, none the less.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. No freshness dating. Label states "7 types of hops" and "4X more hops than our IPA". Hmmm....

Appearance: Poured a hazy honey color. Small, creamy head dies to a tiny layer atop the beer. Patchy lacing of the glass.

Smell: Nice aroma. Floral, spicy, and citrus all combine well.

Taste: Me OldFrothingSlosh. Me hophead. That being said, I certainly expected more of a kick from the supposed quadrupling of the hops (which begs the question of what is the IBU of their "regular" IPA?). This is not the case. While there may be vast quantities of hops in this beer, together they do not offer a satisfying flavor. I just couldn't pick out any defining taste in this beer. Frustrating indeed, as I am one who loves the hop. And was excited to try this. Other than the hodge-podge of hoppy flavors battling it out on my tongue, I didn't taste any truly noticeable malty sweetness. All hops.

Mouthfeel: Average. Crisp and well-carbonated.

Drinkability: The very dry and crisp finish, with minimal aftertaste still didn't make this a "I must have another drink" beer. An "earthy" aftertaste was a turn-off.

Photo of jakester
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a sampler case from Weyerbacher. Expiration date clearly marked on the case!! YEA!!

Pours a very clear medium orange with a 2 finger head of cream colored foam. The head eventually, and slowly, drops to a good coating and a sticky ring. You can count all the sips. Beautiful.

Aroma is hops out the wazoo. Smells of juicy citrus/grass, maybe a little oily, There is a slight caramel aroma here as well, but it is muted by the hops. I like it. Hop aromas decrease over the duration of the drink.

Isn't nearly as bitter as one might expect from a label that says seven types of hops, but there is a HUGE hop flavor. This is obviously the focus of this. The taste is juicy/citrusy/oily, but in a hop goodness kind of way. Lord help me, I do like this beer. As it warms you get an earthy/herbal taste, probably from, duh, hops. Aftertaste is long with oily, resiny hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy but oily. High level of sweetness; lips actually stick to the rim of the glass. Carbonation is soft. Finish is a very long oily sweetness.

If you don't like hop flavor, I don't think you could drink this. I am an avowed hophead, and I really like this. I would buy a case of this.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle,served into a flaired tulip glass.
Clear meduim copper color with a 2" off-white creamy head. Good retention leaving some lace curtians atop the glass. Well carbinated with some tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the aglss and constiant streams rising from the center from the glass.

Strong,very complex hop aroma spicy/earthy/woody,grapefruit,grassy,herbal,lots of mint,piney comes through as the beer warms. Nothing other than hops,lots of late hop additions and dry hopping the aroma's would suggest.

Piney,resinous tastes up front,a bit of a suprize,not mush pine aroma,although they did come through as the beer warmed. Turns grapefruitty as the pine tames down. Has a suprizingly good balance for all the hoppyness. Lots of sweet honeyied maltiness.Has a toungue wrenching hop finish with mouthwatering grapefruittyness. Yet not to overbearing,very nice.

Medium bodied with some syrupy/cloyingness. A good ipa with a very interesting hop profile.Just can't imagine drinking more than a couple of these. had this beer and didn't really like it,maybe the beer has changed or my tastebuds have changed. Either way,a beer worth a try.

Photo of Kraken
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/24/09

Poured from a 12.2 oz into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour evokes a 1 finger head that falls quickly and leaves spotty lace. Color is mildly cloudy orange amber.

Nose- Very nice, bright, floral, some lemon zest & assorted citrus notes. Some sweet notes of candied lemon.

Palate- Some tangerine, light notes of orange. Plenty of puckering bitterness, lemon pith. Brief passing sweetness. Mild spice. Long and bitter finish

Mouthfeel- A bit dry active.

Drinkability- Good. One of the better Weyerbachers I have had recently.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured out of 12oz. bottle at cellar temp. with the shinniest label ive ever seen. poured into a pint glass, pours a cloudy deep orange color with some nice off white, almost orange head that has great retention, lasts pretty much to the end. some sticky lacing.

the smell is full of fresh flowery, citrus hops. quite nice.

the taste is absolutely great. huge range of all sorts of hop flavors. definately not overly bitter and just a little bit of a malt presence. the hops almost remind me of a fresh hop ale, theres, citrus and piney notes, with flowery hops all over. there are 7 hop varieties used in this IPA and it definately shows. medium body with kind of a minimal carbonation to it.

this is a great session beer, such a smooth flavor combined with a very drinkable ABV. great IPA here, id recommend to any hop head. this is the first one ive tried from weyerbachers and i cant wait to get at the rest.

Photo of far333
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey color with an off-white head that leaves a half inch of dimpled foam that lingers long, but leaves nearly no lace. Aroma is bright citrus hops with some honey. Mouthfeel is just a little watery upfront, but tingly in the finish. Flavor is bright and fesh citrus hops, some grapefruit and orange rind, with citrus peel, some pine, and an aftertaste that goes back and forth from sweet to bitter, almost like just after eating a grapefruit wedge. Even leaves the same puckery flavor in the cheeks.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber orange with a decent off-white head. Good lacing on the top of the liquid.

I can smell the hops as I open the bottle. Pine, grass, and a little bread come through.

This one has a high pucker factor. An immediate onslaught of hops twists my tounge around. Very piney and dry. Lots of acid burn. A subtle sweetness lurks underneath. I wish it would come out a little more.

Moderate mouthfeel and decent carbonation.

I'm sure hopheads love it. It's a little much for me.

Photo of BadBadger
2.08/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I must say that this is pretty nasty tasting brew. Just plain awful, really. The beer pours a rather dark amber coloration. There is a very nice foamy head (best thing about this beer). The smell is hoppy. The taste is an odd mess. A mixture of sweetness and bitter hops which does not really work. The bittering is confused, being neither here nor there. If you love a hyper-hoppy beer, as I do, then avoid this Frankenstein. There are many other better examples out there.

Photo of goodbeerallday
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drunk with the hop monster himself, a17c.

A: Beautiful colour, held to the light it looks layered. The best way to describe it is like a cheap basketball orange. Head diminishes quickly but leaves a residue of crusty white on the glass.

S: Piney and quite buttery. Can definitely smell a big cauldron of hops. Grassy fresh nose cannot wait to tuck in into this bad boy!!

T: Thick creamy palate showing big signs of butter..Taste lingers on the tongue teasing you, making you want to try some more. Refreshing body that dissipates into a smooth ale. Sticky resiny taste.

M: Thick at the front, lingers on the tip of your tongue and works its way to the back of your mouth, the body continues to grow slightly but then dissapears.

O: As the name suggests : 'Hop infused' you aren't dissapointed. Nose doesnt match the taste. One of the more sessionable IPAs, but was expecting a bigger bitter in your face brew. Could polish a few more of these! Appearance was very inviting, more beers should look like this.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excellent 1.5" head, a dark amber color, rapid deterioration of the head and lace, pretty hazy.
Not a fan aroma wise, cheap smelling & wood.

Taste, was good, heavy caramel malt gives the approach of balance. Really was expecting more of a smack in the hop taste buds. Bitter and more alcohol on the palate than desired. Didn't really get any citrus feel for the hops, kinda muddles, don't know if they cancelled each other out, the different varieties don't play together as nice as I'd like.

I guess I just had my expectations set too high, its not as if I didn't enjoy the beer, I just thought this might be some awesome find, but there's probably a dozen better ipas in CA alone.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is beer is way too much of a gimmick to me, I think when they decide to brew a beer like this they were just trying ot cash in on the extreme beer market. Little did they know what makes IPAs like Ruination, 60 min and 90min great is the fact that they threw a ton of hops in and still balanced out the flavors. This beer appears a semi-cloudy orange copper tone, with a nice full cream colored head very nice. Seven hop varieties so the aroma ya there are some hops here, hops of every variety: floral, earthy, pine cone like, and citrus tones. One huge bouquet of hops, enjoy this factor of the hodgepodge of different type of hops coming together. Flavor is all hops little malt hurts the overall taste of this beer. Kick's you in the teeth one beer that is not overly hopped just underly malted. So, I stand by my opinion that this beer is a gimmick and the mouthfeel get ready for some hep resin thickness that I actually like the moutfeel to. Not that drinkable, but worth a try. This isn't a hopheads beer, it's just too unbalanced to drink more than one.

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Hops Infusion from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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