Juicy Bits - Double Dry-Hopped
WeldWerks Brewing Co.

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #184
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,101
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 7.47%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
85
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WeldWerks Brewing Co.
 
Colorado, United States
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Notes: We took Juicy Bits (our popular New England-style IPA featuring a huge citrus and tropical fruit hop character with a softer, smoother mouthfeel from the adjusted water chemistry, higher protein malts, and lower attenuation) and dry hopped it with more than double the amount of Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops, bringing the total hop rate up to more than 6 lbs per barrel, the most we have ever used in a single IPA.
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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on February 7, 2020. DDH Juicy Bits opens with hints of pineapple, tangerine, apricot, and papaya on the nose, following with notes of orange juice, peach, passion fruit and grapefruit in the taste. This intensely dry hopped version of our flagship New England-style IPA was crafted to showcase the complex fruit character contributed by nearly 7 lbs per barrel of Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops. The finish is soft and rounded, with just enough bitterness to balance the fruit juice character.

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Photo of mkh012
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3 weeks ago.

Pours hazy orange with minimal off-white head.

The nose is orange, pineapple, peach, and dough.

The taste is dank hop candy. Orange and pineapple with subtle green onion and pine in the background. Light to medium bitterness.

The mouthfeel opens medium+ and gently bitters out on the backend.

Overall, very good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

if these guys have a winner in juicy bits, they certainly also have one in this double dry hopped version, where the bright fruity citrus character of the hops come out even more, especially in the nose. its interesting that this doesnt seem over the top or forced, hoppy as it is, its also kind of drinkable for a style that usually fills me up and/or grosses me out after one or two. still quite thick and murky to look at, but it gives rise to and holds an airy white head that looks to lighten it up a bit, and it really doesnt drink that way, with distinctive orange and lemon and melon notes dripping from the aroma and flavor, it has an almost delicate character, intense a the hops certainly are. some grassy greenness to it, grounding and balancing not vegetal, bitey, harsh, or overdosed, the softness of the citra and the distinct honeydew character of the el dorado in full effect here. usually with a ton of mosaic on something i get some cat pee essence from them, but none of that is here at all, and it makes me think mosaic is the least of the three in this additional dry hopping, but i cant be certain. in any event, its a great mix of the hops here, a lighter than it looks base beer that i appreciate, and when optimally fresh, this is really delicious. as often as not the hype proves to be warranted with these guys, which for how many beers they make i guess is a pretty good ratio. i would give this the slight edge over the original...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ Weldwerks.

B / GOOD

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10/16/18 impression from a can purchased at Weldwerks:

500ml standard pull-tab can with yellow label.

"New England-style IPA Double Dry Hopped with Citra, Mosiac [sic] & El Dorado hops."

6.7% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Looks like Juicy bits. Hazy/turbid with a fluffy white head that lasts maybe 3 minutes at most. Body colour is orange; could be more vibrant.

AROMA: Papaya, citrus, juicy fruits, guava/tropical fruit leanings, tangerine juice, pale malts.

No overt yeasty notes, off-notes, or booze are/is detectable.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Hop profile is enjoyable but mild for an IPA, hitting on the all the notes I mentioned I found in the aroma but not committing to them fully; this wants for depth of flavour and hop pungency, and I don't know that the double dry hopping gimmickry elevates it above plain ole Juicy Bits.

Lacks off-flavours, booziness, and overt yeasty flavours. Cleanly attenuated. Balanced if subdued; this needs more hop flavour to really stand out.

TEXTURE: Coarse and pulpy yet wet and refreshing. A bit sticky but not chewy or viscous or anything. I'd prefer a cleaner (read: filtered) mouthfeel with a bit more approachability, but this is fine in its execution. Carbonation is within the ideal range. I find no faults, just areas that could be improved; this could do well with a bit more body and a smoother feel.

OVERALL: This runs $18 per 4-pack, which is $4 more than plain ole Juicy Bits. I can't say I'd get it again since Juicy Bits is probably better and is definitely cheaper, but it's a fine IPA that will please fans of the Johnny-come-lately "turbid IPA" substyle. I remain unconvinced that double dry hopping is anything more than a marketing gimmick - have craft beer enthusiasts forgotten that dry hopping is for aroma only? Does a slightly better (if that) aroma justify a 25% increase in price?

High B- / WORTHY

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Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a golden color verging on orange; the cap is a finger high and leaves some shards behind

Smell: Pineapple and peach

Taste: Pineapple and peach tones, with the peach flavors building through the middle; modest bitterness, through the middle but the finish remains juicy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Expertly crafted, with some nice juicy flavors

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Photo of Frudel
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right after the can opening, you can smell a nice tropical smell waving to your nostrils from afar.
Look like a hazy orange juice like expected, a nice white head on top.
Smells doesn't stop to amaze me, you get some mangos in there, let's see if it's as good as the nose.
Taste of light to medium sweetness, light tartness from the citrusy hops, a well balanced bitterness can be noticed as well.
The only thing missing to beat Treehouse or Trillium would be the mouthfeel, even with the 7% it didn't feel medium to full bodied, but I'm just being silly because that beer is quite something!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 9/28/17; drank 10/12/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque yellow/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice, noisy bright white head; frothy lace.

Pineapple, peach, sweet apple & faint dry grass notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Pineapple & mild apple flavors up front; dry grass, mild peach & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

A touch hot, especially considering the abv, but otherwise this is just about perfect. Excellent.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz crowler, served in a snifter glass. Pours a fairly turbid yellow-orange body with a one finger white head, plenty of effervescence that sticks around for a while, good lacing. Smells of rich grapefruit zest and orange pulp, touch of floral as well. Minimal malt sweetness is evident at first. Flavour is remarkably similar to that of the base Juicy Bits, but with a more pronounced grapefruit presence, with the same big grapefruit skin zestiness lingering on the finish. I thought this was better than the base beer, although it didn't really add more to the beer other than accentuating certain hop aromatics. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, creamy, a bit more smoother drinking than the base beer with less bitterness on the finish.

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Juicy Bits - Double Dry-Hopped from WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 85 ratings