Hops Infusion | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with seven hop varieties, this deep copper-orange IPA is loaded with juicy hop notes of pine, lemon zest, and a layer of pink grapefruit and a strong foundation of toasted caramel malts underneath it all give this beer a complexity that's unparalleled.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ksiazewski
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of jayteez
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

MMMM, MMMM, MMM B!&#%! This is one of the many beers my co-workers have turned me to. Hops infusion is the business, jack! Delightfully crisp, hoppy brew that goes down oh so smooth. Love it love it love it! Going to pick up more this break! YUMMY to my tummy!

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Photo of LiquidSanity
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of whallgren
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of thebrood1987
4.92/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderful smell of that "pink grapefruit" Weyerbacher describes and herbal, juicy and floral aromas as well. On the taste I get that hop bite in the beginning with the sweet juicy hop flavors mixing in with a really rich caramel malt taste. It ends with with the lingering caramel sweet malt taste with a very herbal hop tasting bitterness.

Not only is it a juicy, herbal hop flavor I also get that pink grapefruit taste the brewery describes mixing with a pine taste as well. So much going on in this beer that it melds together to ultimately give a herbal bitterness.

Actually this is my first Weyebacher beer and definitely not my last. They definitely proved to me that they can make a really earthy resinous and complex IPA. Actually this is unlike any other IPA I've tasted... and for that along it gets a top notch score.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Medium amber with brownish hues. Slightly cloudy with off white head which lasts satisfyingly long. Hoppy aroma with hints of citrus with an odd, though not unpleasant sour note, sort of like juniper berries.

Full hit of hops at first taste. Bitter and mouth puckering bitterness, with almost no malt noticible except for body and as the brew warms. The multiple hops are noticable as a sensitive palate will be able to distinguish at least several unique hop flavors.

Slightly fizzy and dry. Good for the experienced beer drinker.

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Photo of Tpsauer
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of bogus564
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, this offering from Weyerbacher displays a lovely cloudy caramel color, with a nice head delivered by a good amount of carbonation.

Smells of hops, as I would expect a beer named Hops Infusion to. Nicce and bitter, with some grassy notes. Mmm.

The first drink - certainly doesn't disappoint. More than one hops type (again, named Hops Infusion) making me happy. I'm catching a nice lemony, grapefruity sensation. But wait, there's more - I can also pick up the roasted malt flavor, which gives it just a hint, not a strong suggestion, of sweetness. Caramel.

This is one I could drink all day. As a matter of fact, I might order myself a pizza and do just that. This one was a delight.

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Photo of blackbearywheat
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle

HAzey Brown color to it

First I would just say HOPs!! This if you love hops is the one for you!! Extremely hoppy all over
Hoppy citrusy and earthy flowerish! Very good! Goes down Smooth.Extremely Drinkable. I drink atleast a 6 pack of this a week. Definately recommend this one to all the hop lovers I know.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Pours a golden copper with a spider web lace and sturdy khaki head cap containing a few scant bubbles rising. Quite impresive lace for an IPA..

Aroma is equisite. Best guess is simcoe but matters not. Piney and judicious in the citrus department with a solid Spree candy component.

First swigs: Complimentary nose to flavor. Bright Sinkist orange and pink grapefruit notes. Tart sugary aspects. Focused Tang juice.

Feel is medium bodied with a well carbonated bright zest.

Last swigs: Approches 2IPA status, but maintains an Am IPA level. Drinkability is ideal. This went back with a huge smile. Finally! HopsIfusion is where it should be! Next, I'd beg for a true 2IPA from Dan & the gang!

Beer is good. Happy shape shifting beering.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JohnnyM2002 for sending me this great brew!

Poored a deep amber, copper, w/ a one finger head wich settled nicely, fine lacing throughout. Smell and taste both lived up to the name! Smell came through strong piney, with citrus overtones, very fresh smelling. Tatsed AWESOME.. Grabbed you right away with the fesh pine taste and lingered for a good bit, almost begging you back for more. Very smooth and highly drinkable, if I had more access to this I could be in trouble! Overall highly recommended, excellent hop bomb!

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Photo of EPseja
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BRAND NEW RECIPE for Hops Infusion from Weyerbacher. Technically it's a new beer, so it deserves its own entry for rating, but the powers that be moved it here, lumped in with reviews for the other, very different version.


Served from a 12oz. bottle at just below cellar temperature in a pint glass. Nice, vibrantly colored new label.

A - Pours golden copper-orange in color with just a touch of haze and a huge, fluffy off-white head that rises to well over an inch and stands with fortitude. The top of the head is marshmallowy soft and the view from the side reveals larger than normal bubbles that help to keep it aloft. Lacing begins to set up as the head creeps downward; sticky and crusty in appearance. As you reach the bottom of the bottle, the lacing left behind looks like crystalline limestone scale, arranged in a fine, gossamer lattice. Fantastic.

S - Sweet, juicy, honey-dripped summer peaches floating in a vat of ruby-red grapefruit juice. Medium to light bodied maltiness, and a hoppy green freshness that's crisp and enticing. As the beer warms, subtle notes of snow-covered pine bough become apparent, augmenting the previously mentioned freshness.

T - On the tip of the tongue, it's the light, juicy fruitiness and toasted, sweet malt calvary that leads the charge... sitting atop horses of fresh bitter hops, of course. The hop profile's openeng statement begins only shortly after the beer hits the middle of the tongue. Excellently blended, the hops don't present themselves with a punch, but rather a massage... gentle at first, but digging down into the deep muscles as it moves to the back of the throat. There is only a slight drying after the swallow, but the hoppy aftertaste is long and remains snappy. Also noticeable in the aftertaste is the fruity-type bitterness one might get from the skin of a peach. An excellent testiment to the effects that can be achieved with the right blend of hops.

M - Enters the mouth with an oily, slick wash. Grows to a pleasing froth with a slightly aggressive tingle of the tongue. Swallows with the ease of a wave retreating from the beach back to the sea.

D - An amazingly well balanced IPA, with both the fruit and bitter aspects checking each other. A beauty to pour, to smell, to taste and to enjoy.

This new recipe is leagues apart from the old "4X" yellow bottle recipe, in every department. Most noticeable is the special attention that was paid to the delicate balance of malt and hops. Kudos to Weyerbacher for caring enough to continually develop their good craft beers into great craft beers.

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Photo of ralree
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Gold color, pretty transparent, nice fluffy white head, decent retention, nice lacing.

S: Strong hop smell with barley and grapefruit. Smells like a winner to me. More grain than some other IPAs.

T: Grainy malt tastes really good with the hops up front and strong. This is definitely an American IPA, with a huge dose of hops. Grapefruit flavor remains in the background compared to the others, unlike some fruity IPAs. A bit of a walnutty taste in the background. It's not too sweet at all.

M: A little waterier that I like, but still very good. Very dry - leaves mouth clean. Medium-bodied. Non-astringent. Carbonation good.

D: Drinks well. Would be good alone or with a meal.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Classic IPA appearance. An aggressive pour produced a nice head which creates lace down the glass. The head waned into patches of tight bubbles.

The aroma is an excellent nutty pine hop scent, not overly hoppy at all. Very rich nose with a creamy sweetness to it.

The flavor, like the aroma, is not overly exaggerated as many beers of the style are. This does not mean the beer does not have hops. Piney and oily sweet. Very smooth. This beer is concentrating more on the flavor of the hops than on achieving an intense bitterness, although a substantial bitterness does come through in the dry finish.

I am giving this beer an exceptional (5) drinkability score, because it is surely the most drinkable IPA I've ever had. This is achieved without sacrificing hop character, and I would recommend this beer to the many who consider the IPA style on the whole too overstated and extreme (which I am not, however there are many of you out there).

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Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is hot stuff. This is actually a well balanced American IPA (it typicfies the style, in my mind). It is more drinkable than their Simcoe, but bearing a family resemblance.

This is my favorite Weyerbacher, by far (of course this is currently my favorite style too). Get yourself some!

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Photo of cmiley123
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WARNING: I am a hophead. Bought direct at the brewery. A clear, bright copper body, topped by a frothy head of nooks and crannies, which settles down into a nice rough topper with some beautiful lace. Nose is a hop cornucopia, florals and citrics. Taste show more balance, with some good malt laying down some cover for the hop assault. Take a mouthful, and swallow in a few sips. The malt goes first, and each sip leaves more and more hop bite. Had this at a Stoudt's Microfest shortly after its introduction, and fell in love. Since then, it has only improved: more clarity, more malt presence, more consistency, and more stability. It's not HopDevil, but its not a bad thing to be the #2 highly hopped ale in PA.

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Photo of fragilemacabre
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was bought to baptize a growler named Hank (after Bukowski, naturally).

The quality of the head was quite pleasing. Hefty and abundant and a relatively dark goldenrod head that fades slowly into a good beige film that coats the entire glass. It's a radiant amber color, translucent without looking dirty.

Its smell and taste live up to its name. I can't think of a thing I would change. It has a pleasant lack of carbonation (although this is a personal preference of mine, I think any more would overwhelm the flavor) and I couldn't ask for more hoppiness.

This was a good way to inaugurate the growler, and I now understand the appeal of fresh beer.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a short, fat little tulip yields a radioactively-glowing clear amber body capped with two fingers of soft, rocky white foam that retains at a frothy sheet and leaves interlocking rings of foamy lacing

This beer really smells terrific. It's a little shocking. A scream of piney citrus juice with funky reefer; tobacco, cat pee, potting soil, tanned leather, a light whack of spruce, hello grapefruit...all showing up before a richly malty and mouthwatering caramel note...with booze in it.

Taste is caramelly-smooth and here come the hops and the alcohol... wooo! A parade of all things green, aromatic, chewy and sticky... with a solid, but very well-managed minerally bitterness and a splash of citrus. A slight dry-hickory honey barbecued character emerges in the edibly-sticky finish.

Exceptionally smooth and sticky-mouthed. Outstanding drinkability.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is pale copper with lots of floaty things swimming around about to make a home on my taste buds and one major crown on top that stuck around like a unwanted relative at Thanksgiving. It poured out to reach over three inches high and tumbled over the top of the glass. I wasn't expecting it to explode upon pouring, none the less, the head crumbled very slowly with large bubbles, divets and marshmellowy like lacing attaching itself to the glass like thick spiderman webbing.
The smell reeks of its namesake - hops! and plenty of them. Amazingly sweet, citrusy sharp hop sense with a dry wood-like backing, reminded of super dry kindling cedar firewood. Its like the hops are dried out but made into liquid form somehow? Infusion, eh?
Hops, hops, and what the hell, some more hops, mostly in the middle through to the finish, really not all that strong but makes a welcome presense. Lightly citrusy, floral, woody, earthy drying and a good hop bitterness, but somehow put together smoothly without being over the top or hop heavy.
Medium body a bit lighter then I expected and to me the only real thing lacking in this brew.
A hop heads delight - life is to short to have not tried this hop infusion. Fusion indeed.

Thanks to Francisweizen for the bottle.

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Photo of Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden amber color with a tint of orange and a creamy and sticky white head. Nose is fresh raw hops with notes of citrus and pine oil. Medium to full in body with a thick and juicy texture. The flavors are quite aggressive in the mouth with tastes of juicy raw hops at first and some balancing syrupy sweetness followed by bitter grapefruit-rind flavored hop resins and tannins. The hop oils coat the tongue and remain in an aftertaste that lasts until the next sip. Not much of a balanced beer, but if you like hops (and I do) then this is a must-try. If this beer were available here in Texas, I’d always have a few bottles in the fridge. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample!

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Photo of mschofield
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden red-amber, sparkling clear and well carbonated. Two finger creamy off-white head that leaves bits of lace down the glass.
Hop oil filled aroma, citrus, flowery and earthy. Smells like a hop garden growing in a pine forest.
Bitter 'juicy' taste, toasted malt, caramel, very hoppy, grass, lemon peel, christmas trees and orange rind
Good session beer, very drinkable, medium bodied.

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Photo of dickroop
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A moderately aggressive pour from this longneck generated a great overflow of fine foamy head that laced very extensively and nicely. Beer was a clear amber.

The nose was a little sweet and yeasty.

This beer tasted very smooth and mellow, not the hop-bomb that the name might suggest. The hops were light and citrusy, well balanced, with malt that later generated some biscuity flavor as the beer warmed. The bottle said 7 different hops were blended. All I can say is that they were blended well and wonderfully balanced. This beer had a gentle but pleasing bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was light- to medium-bodied, a delightful tang of carbonation, only a slight stickiness. Drinkability was outstanding - it went down so easy and tasted like another. Add this to my list of "buy again". This is a great beer.

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Hops Infusion from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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