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Viridis Lupulus (2013) - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 203
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 3.85%
Wants: 5
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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Photo of TheMultiYeast
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (2,159 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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! (748 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,985 characters)

Photo of JeffBrenner
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,189 characters)

Photo of kaelingirl
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Dark golden tan with a monster 4+ inch foamy, thick head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Sweet grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, oranges. Grapes, added sugars and some spices with a minor malt backbone in the finish.

Taste - Starts out with a nice big bitter grapefruit and pine flavor. Some sugars along with a nice mild malt backbone come in after palate adjusts from the hop bomb. Nice note of lemon and a little grassy hop flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Straight up hop bomb coats tongue and leaves it bitter and numb. Palate gets more hops along with some sugars and malts. The aftertaste is hop bitter and dry.

Overall - Pretty good, bitter piney hops galore. Not a citric, fruity affair, but dry, bitter and grapefruity. Wish the malts were more present, cause I think it would make the beer more balanced and enjoyable, cause the one dimensional hop bomb, which is good, isn't great. Decent enjoyable beer, alcohol masked well, and good price, 7.99$ for the 22ozer. (1,031 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,289 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev 0%

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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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 - (412 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 061013
Best By 101013

A: Pours a hazy orange amber color with a massive head that very slowly creeps down the glass and leaves some nice lacing

S: Bursting at the seams with citrusy and grassy hops. Get some yeastiness in there as well. Behind the scenes lies some sweet maltiness

T: Starts off with some grassy and earthy hops with a very strong malt backbone that provides some sweetness. Not nearly as citrusy as the nose would lead you to believe. Bitter throughout, but more so towards the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Aside from looking and smelling great, this is just your average IPA. Nothing that sets it apart from your typical IPA, although the price is nice and it drinks easy enough as you don't really notice the 95 IBUs until the finish. Apparently the hops will change every year, so hopefully next year might be more then just aromatic hops (895 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (250 characters)

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Viridis Lupulus (2013) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.