Viridis Lupulus (2013) - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Viridis Lupulus (2013)Viridis Lupulus (2013)

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Dark gold and hazy orange colour. Fluffy off white 1 1/4 inch head that took a while to fizzle down to a 1/2". Minimal lacing so good head retention on this one.
AR: Good fruity hop aromas on the nose. Mostly tropical with mango, guava, pineapple with some citrus like orange, tangerine and a bit of grapefruit. Malt aromas of biscuit and toasted cereal grains. A little hint of green pine in the background. While there's some nice aromas on this, none of them jump out but all seem to be a bit subdued.
T: Get more grapefruit and lemon in the flavour than on the nose. Pink grapefruit rind for sure with tart lemon. The pine is also a bit more prominent than in the aroma. The tropical flavours are toned down compared to the nose. The malt flavours are a little more bready also. Leaves a rather bitter grapefruit aftertaste that lingers.
M: Decent carbonation, slightly crisp on the tongue, finishes off dry.
OV: Not bad. Worth trying and if you more go for biting IBUs than juicy fruity hop flavours then you'd really appreciate this one. The nose was more balanced and promising than the taste for me.

More User Reviews:
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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a hazy amber color with an off-white head. There was abundant lace.

Hoppy, hoppy aroma. Citrus and pine. Sweet malt.

Grapefruit hops, a little resiny pine. Malt background.

This was a very hoppy beer. If you don't like big hops, this beer isn't for you. I certainly liked it.

Photo of Pork_Lord
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite choice of hop pairing by Weyerbacher, but I think I can
understand what they were going for here.

This beer proudly stands on its own among the other the other fantasies crafted by Weyerbacher. It has back bone and personality, especially as you warm up to it. The more you drink it the more your palate develops deeper fruit notes and over sees the hops that had been baring down on you

If this beer had a hand I would shack it.
I'd spit on the ground, call him a son-of-a-bitch and hope that I'd see him around soon.

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

A deep, rich, bright gold color, this beer fits in the median of the color spectrum for IPAs. It's got a cloudy depth to the body. A soapy white head reaches and lingers at one finger tall, dropping slowly and leaving patchy deposits of lacing as it recedes.
The aroma pours out of the bottle and I'll call it dank. It's definitely a smell partakers of a certain substance would like. I like it, too, and the potent mix of dank, raw, earthy, leafy, floral bitterness does it well.
It's bright and clean, with all of the elements of the aroma coming through in the flavor, not quite as dank but just as raw. Leafy without much pith, it's a sturdy bitterness that should appease most hopheads. There's some citrus and rind in there too.
The feel is equally clean and bright, the particular leafiness making it fairly dry while a sort of juiciness evens it out. The medium body holds up, crispness is gently biting and consistent, and it has a nice smoothness for an overall very well-rounded mouthfeel.
I love Weyerbacher's price point, and at $9 for a 750, Viridis Lupulus is no exception.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dull orange color with about 2 fingers of super sticky white head. Smells like dank hops and grapefruit in a wicker basket. Citrus and faintly oniony with a very small bit of caramel. Very intense hop aroma.

Very dank hop flavor and wow very big bitterness encompasses the entire back of the tongue. Some bright citrus up front but then the beer goes into raw hop flavor. Very earthy and raw hop leaf flavor and a bit spicy and oniony. Extremely faint sweetness lingers with massive hops bitterness lingering. I thought it might be tough for this beer to compete with double simcoe but they are completely different beers. For those that truly seek big hop flavor. Very spicy and herbal with a touch of alcohol heat. Pretty good. Body is surprisingly light with lots of carbonation. Almost no malt presence at all.

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 smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A slight dull amber body, mostly brown with a little pit of peach orange hue to it, and fairly opaque. Very nice foaming light tan head with a large soapy swiss cheese retention to it as well.

Nose is a good blasting hop angle. Lots of dry earth and large danky quality. Deep grass, and some faint hinting citrus possibly grapefruit hiding in the back. Muddy a little bit, but with a good fruit accent that makes it quite interesting. Very nice, but not going to be everybody's cup of tea. Not much malt presence or angle either, this beer is letting the hops just all shine.

A real nearly juicy mouthfeel with a light body but has quenching properties. Huge dank and dry earth qualities, with a large lingering serious bitter dryness. Lots of earth and soil finish with a dank juicy quality. Virtually no sweetness on this brew, but with a subdued malt backbone. Hops are all forward on this one, but focus toward pine earth and dirt primarily with a little bit of hinting fruit balance. Spicy and herbal as well.

Overall a real good solid earthy hop bonanza, but this is not your fruity hop chasing tropical rush. So keep that in mind. A worthy large IPA worth drinking.

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 DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - A very dirty unfiltered copper amber color with a solid 1/2 inch of sticky white head that lasts forever.
S - Citrus hops sweet and peach in nature but not as bitter as everyone describes. Not too bitter of malty a perfect balance to the nose.
T - Bam! Hits you with a blast of bitter and acidic hops that clings to the palate but it does balance after a bit leading to more of a citrus peel hops and some pineapple hops. I really enjoy how the palate adjusts to this hop assault making way to mild touches of soapy suds and a bit of crystal malts.
M - Medium bodied for sure not as thick as a DIPA but great for an IPA.

Overall I really enjoyed this IPA it was well worth the 7 dollar bomber price just to pop the top and enjoy such a hoppy IPA. Recommended!

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 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 themind
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a very herbal like hop profile this beer satisfies. This is a good IPA that has a decent amount of bitterness to it but its not overwhelming. It's very drinkable and I feel that the brewers at Weyerbacher did an excellent job. If you looking for a good American IPA this is a good place to start at an affordable price.

Bottom Line: Worth the money as it satisfies.

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 Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dark ornage color with a nice 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Thick lace develops.

Smell: floral tones and bitterness creates a nice aroma.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, and a hint of floral tones create a nice beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late.

Overall: this is a very tasty beer that comes off as very fresh and full of hop flavor. Easy to quaff. Definitely must seek this one out.

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

750ml bottle corked and caged. Opens with a vigorous pop. Pours a dirty copper color, certainly an unfiltered brew. Cloudy, with an equally soft pillowy foam that retains quite well and laces the glass expertly. In the past, clarity in a brew was a sign of its quality; now the exact opposite is true. Dank hoppy aroma of pine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, leaves, lemon, peppercon, dried papaya. Very bright and semi tropical aroma with some plant like elements. In the taste, very bitter and earthy, with some intense unripe citrus rind flavors. Resinous hops are definitely in 3D here, seriously another dimension of hops. Bitter as all hell, perhaps even beyond; I must have been a bad, bad boy. This beer is a bad boy. Bad meaning delicious and worthy; a rare kind of bad. Leafy, oily hop resins coat the palate. Medium bodied, with a prickly mouthfeel and delicate smoothness. Carbonation is at a soft medium. Overall, this is a fantastic example of American IPA. Delicious, smooth, hoppy, strong, brilliant in every sense of the word. Have yourself a pat on the back Weyerbacher team, this is a resounding success.

Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of hops, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops - a surprising amount for a single IPA - some malt, a little citrus (grapefruit), and pine in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but the hops is a little out of balance (a little on the harsh side). Still, not too bad.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a n overly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A decent IPA, but there are better examples of the style to be had. Nonetheless, drinkable.

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 kaelingirl
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a moderate white head that shrinks fairly quickly but sticks around for the duration. The aroma starts 1/2 citrus 1/2 floral and becomes piney/resiny as it warms up. Bitterness dominates the taste and I wasnt able to pull out any other flavors. Very astringent, but it leaves you thirsty and wanting more. If you are looking for a bitter IPA, find this one.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark amber color with a generous white, two fingered lingering soapy head.

S - Pithy grapefruit with dank grapefruit tropical aroma and a slightly bready malt character - one dimensional aroma that's still good.

T - Pithy grapefruit, spicy, bitter pear and apple, bitter passionfruit, and citrus.

M - Medium body and super dry.

O - Citrusy, dry, pithy...buy it now before the hops fade.

O -

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 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 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.

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