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Viridis Lupulus (2013) - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Knapp85 on 06-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Viridis Lupulus is an unfiltered golden-copper IPA with an aggressive hop profile. Massive amounts of Apollo, Calypso, Centennial, and Galaxy hops fill this beer with dank citrus and tropical aromas.
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Ratings: 203 | Reviews: 44
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 9.99/25.4 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma of pine and citrus
Head large (6 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and frothy island
Lacing good – partial rings and stalactites of small to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy
Flavor of citrus, some malt, ends with grapefruit bitterness with a long hang time; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4.25, Overall 3.9375
The malt coming through makes me think this beer is past its prime but since Weyerbacher (along with many other brewers) doesn’t bother to date their bottles, this beer is reviewed as if bottled today.

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

I’ve never passed up a new Weyerbacher beer when one shows up, & I don’t plan to start now. 750ML corked & caged IPA…not sure why you’d do that, but hey. Split with my wife for a rare Sunday beer.

The pour has the head of an infected beer, virtually impossible to pour without causing a white mushroom cloud of foam. Unfiltered orange. Nose is great, a wild-ride mix of citrus & apricot & raw sugar. Nice mix.

Viridis Lupulus cuts through the haze of non-west coast IPAs with a +2 Short Sword of…sorry. Lovely fruitiness greets the throat with the aforementioned apricots, citrus, shot of pine boughs, plus other, less identifiable southern hemisphere fruitage. Bitterness arrives hard on the heels of the fruit basket, along with herbal notes & spearmint (?). Faintly medicinal, aspirin dust on the end cuts the pleasure matrix a bit. Half a bomber is nice; I could do a touch more.

So close. This is very good, but the bitterness tilts dangerously close to chewing on Advil; it might rise to great if it could lean back from that line a bit.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is extremely carbonated. Massive head that seems to continue to grow. Pours fully clouded amber.

This beer is completely muddled and uninteresting, to be frank. Hops are giving me no specific character. It's an okay drinker but not interesting at all. No clarity of flavor. And the head still hasn't died down 20+ minutes later.

In addition: I left about a third of the bottle in the fridge, uncorked or capped, for 24 hours. The remaining beer was STILL excessively carbonated.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy deep amber color with a thick and massive head of white foam. The head has an amazing level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a grapefruit hop smell with some lighter notes of a pine hop coming along for the ride. Along with the hop are some slightly sweeter aromas of a tropical fruit nature of mango, tangerine, and papaya along with a bit of a caramel smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly fruit sweetened and bready flavor with the fruit being predominantly of a tangerine and mango flavor. Right from the start a rather strong grapefruit hop is present with a little bit of a sour lemon there as well. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors fade more and more with the hop increasing quite a bit and being joined by a slight increase in a crackery flavor taking the place of the bready flavors. While the grapefruit does really grow more potent, with it comes some rather strong resinous pine hop flavors as well as some grassy and herbal hop. With the more crisp nature of the beer due to the loss of the sweet and biscuit moving to a drier cracker taste, one is left with a very resinously bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. For the massive resinous bitter flavors of the beer a slightly thinner body and higher carbonation may have been slightly more appropriate (at least for me) as they were a bit overwhelming and lead to an overly bitter and one-dimensional taste.

Overall – A little too bitter and resinous for my tastes as it lacked a strong base to balance out the hop flavors. If you are a hop heavy for hop sake lover then this is for you and at only at ~ $5 for a bomber it is a nice affordable try.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

25.4oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with over an inch of frothy head. Some lacing. The aroma is citrus and piney hops. Smells slightly sweet and boozey. The taste is piney and citrus hops at first with some light tropical fruit notes. Lots of lightly toasted malts. Pine and malts at the finish with more of the tropical fruit hints. Mouthfeel is too carbonated for an IPA for me. I'm surprised this is only a single IPA because it tastes boozier than I'd expected for the ABV. Good amount of bitterness. Overall, this one is a bit all over the place but I dig it and would buy it again.

Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 4/11/14.Pours a dull burnt orange tinged medium golden with a huge blooming white head in fact an overflow even with a somewhat gentle pour.Citrusy hops in the nose but not real in your face with some mild pine as well,sweet alcohol is there along with caramel sweetness.Really carbonated in my opinion too much,pretty prickly and sharp.Citrus and melon notes on the palate with a real alcoholic edge like alot of Weyerbacher stuff,not in your face alcohol but it plays a big role.Eh not one I'll go back to,the hops don't pack enough punch for me.

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle
I poured this beer it has a copper color body with a thick white head.
The smell has a rich citrus hop aroma to it. The taste is a hop bomb all the way, citrus and piney notes hits.the tongue. Leaves a hop film on the tongue. A little malt om the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall a good beer.
Can't wait to try 2014 hop variety.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg,PA

A- a hazy copper with mahagony tones. A nice 3 finger head with frothy mountain peaks. Lacing is great and the appearance is enticing.

S- apricot, lemon zest and hints of grapefruit...I also get some sweet brown sugar caramel malts.

F- the flavor mimics the nose but the spice the tongue up nicely. The apricot and lemon zest come out first with the brown sugar malts on the back end. Nice complement to each other.

M- tangy and zesty for a beer...I love it. The mouth feel is slightly carbonated but the flavors come out nicely as it goes down.

O- this is a another good brew from Weyerbacher! I would love a case of this and even a quarter keg if I was having a party. Great stuff!!!

Photo of Pencible
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dated 061013 & 101013, Reviewed 101713

A: This poured a nearly opaque copper with rocky white head.
S: It smelled like faint grapefruit and lemon zest, with some apricot and honey.
T: It tasted like bitter resin and grapefruit, with a little waxy hops and sweet honey. It had a strong bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Lively body.
D: This was an ok IPA, but not great. Maybe the scent already faded, but the taste was still plenty potent. Just not all that enjoyable. The body wasn't right for the style, and the finish was a little harsh. So it wasn't very easy to drink either. I simply wasn't impressed with this brew.

Photo of beerbully
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A-Copper colored opaque, thick white foamy head that leaves thick lacing that clings to side of glass. Not much head retention but lacing is long lasting.

S-Citrus hop bomb...grapefruit and mango, notes of pine, grassy, a bit bready with some malty sweetness

T-Follows the nose...nice balance between the citrus and pine of the hops and the sweetness of the malts...followed by a dry bitter finish

M-medium to full bodied, creamy, a bit dry on the back end

O-Nice IPA well balanced, creamy bodied, good hops presence but not over powering ...quite drinkable as the alcohol is fairly well hidden maybe a bit too bitter and dry on the finish but worth visiting again

Photo of TheMultiYeast
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very hazy yellowish brown with a large white head and patchy lacing.

Dank, musty citrus and pine are prevalent in nose. There is a somewhat off-putting character that reminds me of sauteed cabbage and onions. Decent malt balance.

Big pine flavors, some more odd herbal notes, bitterness through the roof, way off balance. Like tea that steeped for way too long. Extremely bitter and dry. Very hard to finish.

Medium bodied, soft, firm due to bottle conditioning.

Yikes. Was looking forward to this but this beer falls short in a number of ways.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle of hops released this year let's see how it held up, looks great deep copper amber with a big head flowing forth light beige thicket of head forms nicely. Aroma has pine, citric notes with orange zest it's a great grassy floral quality of big hop layers in the nose, I'm liking it!!! Flavor is bitter with citrus zest and crushed aspirin, goes down exquisitely nice big beer with big hops and ample malts to balance out the show. Mouthfeel is big oily and accentuates all hop flavors fully I'm in love with this beer, it's a big hoppy badass beer that we need more of, the unfiltered aspect just adds to hop chunks floating in your glass who doesn't love that? Crushing waves of bitterness I'm not embarrassed to enjoy this onslaught of hops it's seems so fresh because of the big unfiltered raw hops in a 7.5% IPA I'm looking for more of this stuff and I know where to find it at retail get ready for a resinous hop mouthfeel with ample natural smooth carbonation all day. Great overall experience there's nothing like this on the market go and try some if you catch it soon, I hope they re release this stuff this coming summer!!!

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/10/2013. Pours very hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, and floral earthiness. Moderate pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a ridiculously hazy dark orange color. I usually have good luck with unfiltered IPAs, so my hopes are a bit high now. The head is ridiculous in its retention; otherwise it's three fingers high and off-white in shade. I'm a huge fan of how it sticks to the glass, doing everything it can to not fade away. Needless to say, the lacing is very impressive, too.

S: No citrus or tropical fruits here - this is pine, pine, herbs, and more pine to the core. The hops come through well, providing a nice floral aroma. Some malty sweetness comes through, as well, and maybe a touch of grapefruit peel. Just a touch. It doesn't smell very impressive when its cold, but comes out of its shell when left to sit a while. Still, I wish it were fruitier.

T: Straight-up bitter. Not quite at "death by pine tree impalement" levels, but definitely at "scraping your tongue with a pine cone" level, easily. Lots of pine bitterness hits the palate first, which seems to gradually fade on the palate. There are also some actually some nice tropical fruit flavors sandwiched between the bitter opening and dry finish, along with some of the malt backbone coming through (moreso as it warms up). Still, finding the former takes hard work - and I don't want any of that shit, it's Labor Day weekend for cryin' out loud.

M: This is why I like a good unfiltered IPA. It's quite crisp and dry - definitely not clean, though - and easy to drink. The initially full body does a good job of getting out of the way in time for the finish, and carbonation levels are spot on. Where it goes slightly awry is how the tongue-twisting bitter dryness fatigues the palate after a while.

O: I'm so thankful this isn't one of those generically bitter IPA's. There are some decent hop flavors here hidden behind the wall of bitter, and is a decent drink at the end of the day. Still, I can't help but think how much better this would be if it were all tropical fruits with minimal bitterness. As it stands, its only standout quality is its unfiltered nature - otherwise it has a whiff of the "same old, same old" east coast pine bomb to it.

Photo of JeffBrenner
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a brownish amber with decent head and carbonation. Sediment is visible. Definitely an unfiltered IPA. Great hoppy and pine smell. A little bit thicker than the average IPA. Hop notes are strong as is a pine and citrus flavor. This is a really decent limited edition IPA. It's definitely on the happier side, even for an IPA. Very enjoyable. Would drink again.

Photo of jbaker67
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a huge cream head. Aroma is pine and citrus with some tropical fruit. Taste is heavy bitter, medium sweet. Finish is also very bitter, just hoppy bitterness throughout and not much else. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint.

Appearance: Has a heavy cloudy amber body with extremely heavy bubbles throughout. White head is thick especially on the first pour rising to just over a finger's length.

Smell:Raw hops, really strong scent that for hop heads it's easy to like.

Taste: True raw bitterness like your biting into the "worst" grapefruit with a hit of the forest in your neighborhood you never go to. Ridiculously strong piney notes that feels like malt explosion.

Mouth: heavy bubble which means high carbonation with above average stickiness.

Overall: Sometimes I think Weyerbacher likes to take things to the extreme and this beer is a prime example. Feels very one–dimensional but for the somewhat modest price might be worth trying....Salud!

Photo of shand
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viridis Lupulus is an outsider in the land of smooth, citrus-forward West Coast single IPAs that are becoming increasingly popular. This is a bitter, resinous pine and herb monster full and full - a classic East Coast style IPA amped up to crazy bitter degrees, and with the trademark balancing caramel malts completely absent. One for the true hop-head, the extremely dry mouthfeel akin to chewing on a hop pellet will turn off all but the most devoted. I really enjoyed it, something different in the crowded IPA arena.

Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very cloudy from the bottle-conditioning. Has a deep auburn/burnt sienna color. Light still embers through the body of the liquid. Head is immense and wonderful. Lacing is sticky and slick-looking.

Leafy hops with a celery note. Lemon-lime and grapefruit citrus with more vegetal and leafy notes. Very green-smelling. Malts are modest, but I can pick up on faint amber grain whiffs. The magnitude of the aroma is smaller than I'd expected, especially after the bursting nose I got when I uncorked the bottle.

Spicy hops upfront. Lots of hop leaf bitterness and verdant notes. More pithy than the nose would have anticipated. Picking up on celery again, but there's a tropical fruit hoppiness at play here now. Unripe papaya, dank hop resin, citrus, blood orange, and toasty maltiness in the middle of it all. Galaxy hops really put on a nice show here.

A nicely-carbonated IPA with a soft bite and swooshy mouthfeel.

This beer really comes together nicely. Two thumbs up.

Photo of babaracas
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark amber with billowing dense cream colored head, big chunks of lace on the glass. Smell: rindy, weedy, grapefruit note, herbal. Taste: messy, herbal, spicy, bitter fruit skin, grapefruit, dried tropical fruit and caramel. Take away: it's messy, sloppy, very bitter but not so great.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, muddled, hazy, opaque, orange-brown coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, off-white head that sits a solid inch and doesn't look like it's going to budge. Nose of floral, green hops, with a mossy and pitch-like resin character blossoming off. Tangy sweet notes in the aromas, also, bringing some balance. Flavors of bitter, resiny hops forward with a solid citrus blend of lemon and grapefruit. Heavy roast characteristics, with some pepper spicing and woody highlights. The roast character bleeds into the aftertaste, along with a tartly sweet and tangy blending. Smooth, mid-bodied feel supports the robust flavor profiles. The finish is crisp and dry, with a tangy citrus linger. This one is bold, but balanced enough to be drinkable. Tasty brew.

Photo of Kendo
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on June 10, 2013; consumed on August 15, 2013.

A: Poured from the 750 ml, caged and corked bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is quite hazy; honey/amber-orangey in color. Active carbonation is apparent right out of the bottle; it results in a very big (3-fingers-plus) ivory head with a lot of staying power. It finally dissipates - somewhat - to a foamy meringue-like head and leaves behind loads of foamy lace.

S: Very nice IPA nose: juicy citrus and some pine needles.

T: First impression is the bitterness at the finish: almost like chewing pine needles. After a couple sips and a palate adjustment, I get some citrus underneath the piney finish - think grapefruit peel or pith - and a bit of lemony drying bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. Malt provides foundation, but not a lot of sweetness. This is primarily bitter; perhaps too one-sidedly so, even for an American IPA. Still, I don't dislike this beer, it's just not too subtle. Relatively high-for-the-style ABV of 7.5% is noted after a few sips, more in the head than in the form of heat on the palate or in the belly.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is active in appearance - it refortifies the head all the way down the glass so at no time is there less than a half-finger of thick foam on top - but fairly gentle on the palate.

O: Very good. Reminds me vaguely of Victory Hop Wallop in the way that it's quite bitter and somewhat one dimensional, but as someone who more than occasionally enjoys the hoppy side of life, I like it.

Photo of Act25
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz into 2 pint glasses, shared with friend. Great complement to our meeting.

Appearance: pours a hazed, light apricot, golden color with a large 2" head that very slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Thick lace all the way down. Great looking, sturdy brew.

Smell: Aggressive hops, but balanced. Nice spice, grass, citrus, and floral tones with a wave of hop bitterness. Very pleasant, very aromatic.

Taste: Many sensations, great beer! Waves of orange, grapefruit, pine, flowers flow on top of a sturdy malt base and finishes long and clean with hop bite. Aggressive, big hops beer akin to Ruination.

Mouthfeel: medium to sturdy bodied beer. Crisp to start, good tingle, dry late.

Overall: Left me happy, and happy to have more. A slow drinker, a meditation beer, a conversation beer. Perfect for a meeting!

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose - aromas of grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has notes of grapefruit citrus along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and hoppy and is a good representation of the style.

Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

25.4 oz beer was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy three finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some crazy lacing on the glass. It is a hazy orange color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy yeast, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, caramel and bready malts, tropical fruits, and dried oranges.

Taste: Pretty much hop forward beer with the malts in the rear. A bit of lingering tingly bitterness that last for a while.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, chewy, lingering bitterness, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I like this IPA, but wish the chalky bitterness could be toned down a bit. Or at least balance it out with more malts.

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Viridis Lupulus (2013) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.