Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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2.68/5 rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
From: 750ml, Hyvee in Omaha, NE
Date: Bottled in late January 2012, if I'm reading the label correctly
The idea is excellent: use copious amounts of what's generally considered one of the tastiest, fruitiest, most complex hops available. Unfortunately, the beer seems to suffer from what I've noticed to be a common problem in Weyerbacher's beers: unrestrained, obvious ethanol in aroma, taste, and feel. This becomes particularly acute in the taste, and generally lends to the belief (for me) that the beer either ages terribly (ten months is certainly a long time for a DIPA, but should it have this severe of consequences?), is poorly brewed, or some mixture of both. The only way to really tell is to visit the brewery or find a particularly fresh bottle, but I don't really envision myself seeking this opportunity out.
Pours a substantial 2cm head of tan foam that has above average retention. Gradually, the head fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass, leaving modest lacing along the edges of the glass, a few dots and lines scattered haphazardly about. The body is a hazy, dark brown color with reddish tints. Light brings out orange and red tones from within the otherwise brown body coloration. Carbonation is visible through the murky body, and it appears fairly active.
Aroma is of subdued grapefruit and musty orange, which bespeaks the Simcoe hops used in the hopping and dry hopping of the beer. Unfortunately, these aromas are sitting atop not a caramel-sweet malt character, but easily noticeable ethanol. The alcohol isn't piercing, but it's obvious, which detracts from the hops and any malts used to balance things out.
As a few others have noted, this is a fairly hot mess of ethanol with hops and malts making up the balance: I don't know why others aren't tasting it. Opens with expected, though perhaps not as intense as expected, grapefruit and orange rind hop flavors, with a bit of medium-dark (caramel) malt sweetness in the background. Mid-palate is where the ethanol sharply bleeds into the grapefruit and orange-rind hops, also reducing the maltiness that would otherwise be evident. Back of the palate finds hop bitterness alongside ethanol flavors, and a bit of medium-dark malt character. Aftertaste is expectedly bitter, with lingering malt character and ethanol as well.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy in weight, with medium intensity carbonation, that lends to a slightly fizzy, but overall acceptable feel for a double IPA. The ethanol is what hurts here, easily felt alcohol burn across the tongue and throat, and felt in the nostrils. Finishes fairly dry, as one would expect from the hop and ethanol content.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2012 02:50:42 | More by falloutsnow
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