Viridis Lupulus (2013) - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Knapp85 on 06-29-2013)
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2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

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Viridis Lupulus (2013) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.