Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.04/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA opens to a huge citrusy, hoppy note, the bottle overflowing with pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, lemon oil, dandelion stems, anise, mint, and eucalyptus, showcasing virtually every hop aroma. The hops do swing toward the bitter side here, the dandelion stem, resin, and eucalyptus especially present, but enough sweet and oily notes are present to make the nose balanced—impressive, considering there’s only one hop variety in here. The hops are joined by a selection of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, which combine with some of the hop aromas to produce a strong, musty Concord grape overtone. Large scoops of brown sugar add further sweetness. This rests on a bed of biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and peppery bread, which adds earthiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, offering hopheads an excellent selection of aromas, and while the intensity of the hop aromas far exceed anything else in the beer and produce a sense of imbalance, the result is enticing enough that this matters little.
On the tongue, the beer is, as expected, quite hoppy, with pine resin and grapefruit rind dominating, the more bitter notes of dandelion stem, anise, and eucalyptus somewhat weaker, but still very present, and below that, a spicy mint and pepper note. The fruit esters begin with a shot of pineapple that blends surprisingly well here, joined by cherry, orange, and berry, the last three in lesser quantities. Dollops of brown sugar abound, and the biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and peppery breads from the nose translate nicely. In subsequent sips the anise, pine resin, and pineapple can combine to form a slight, but unfortunate overtone of rubber inner tube. The aftertaste is a bitter continuation of the main mouthful, the pine resin and eucalyptus especially present here, burning at the tongue and soft palate for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.
Overall, there is much to be liked in this beer, and hopheads should definitely give it a try. There is a slightly strong alcohol note that becomes especially present in the latter half of the mouthful, and the rubber inner tube overtone is occasionally disconcerting, but there’s still enough in here that the beer is worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2013 00:28:26 | More by jondeelee
4.19/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Pours a dark bronze, like a dirty penny. It's cloudy as can be with a haze. It forms a soapy, sudsy head. Sweet alcohol, grapefruit, damp hay, citrus, must and a little bit of tropical fruits are in the aroma. On the palate, pine, fuzzy papaya, pineapple and lemon. Strong hop notes are complimented by a big caramel malt flavor. Solid bitterness adds to the fuzzy texture. Alcohol, pine, citrus oil coat the mouth and are quite aggressive. This is a beer for those who really like beers. Surprisingly medium bodied and quite dry, light for the strength.
Overall, this is an intensely hoppy, bright, yet funky beast caught in its primeval form. Unapologetically brash, palate wrecking , explosive, yet rewarding. Any fans of barleywines and double IPAs should reach for this one.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2013 01:02:59 | More by Stinkypuss
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A - Before opening the high amount of yeast sediment is very evident. A good 1/4 inch sits at the bottom. Beyond that, the body pours much darker than expected, a cloudy orange/red that looks more like an american style barleywine. Head is overwhelming, even an overly conservative pour yields a 3-4 inch head that recedes moderately. Lacing is ample.
S - Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting. No freshness date, but I'm thinking this may be past its prime. Hop aromas fall into the fruity category, as was expected with simcoe hops. Not much else going on in the nose.
T - Hops are relatively forward, although not nearly what I was expecting. Malt notes come through almost as well as the hops with a rich caramel/fresh bread flavor. Like the nose, tropical fruits prevail with minor notes of citrus coming through.
M - Mouthfeel is great, a bit viscous for an IPA but otherwise smooth and mild on the mouth.
O - A really good beer, but not a really good IIPA. I am hoping that this bottle has been on the shelf past its prime because the hoppiness leaves a bit to be desired. Not what I was expecting, but still quite a good beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2013 02:30:48 | More by ChimRichels
Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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