Hops Infusion | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Hops InfusionHops Infusion

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 Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold bitterness for a late night zesty beverage. Hops in aroma, and the balance of taste is tilted toward bitterness. Dry aftertaste,and acidic grapefruit. An IPA plus, like a 1.5X compared to a DIPA. Seven varities of hops makes for a chewy medium plus bitterness.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

These guys are located right in my back yard so to speak. They make some really nice beers and some bad ones too. This one falls right in the middle. This beer is on the darker side of the color spectrum and it's quite hoppy. The balance is ok but the complexity I think struggles a bit. This isn't their best IPA but it is a good one to start off with.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured hazy light amber in color with a thin head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surfaces. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Aromas of citrusy and piney hops as well as caramel malts fill the nose.
T: There is a good balance between bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the caramel malts--the overall taste isn't that bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and coats the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because the hops are not overpowering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Basically a hop tea with some beer thrown in. Much more delicate in the hopping that I had thought. Good head retention and proteins visible through the orange-ey bronze color-just off from clear. Aromas a boquet or floral, citrus, perfum-ey, piney, and earthy scents. Very bold, but not astringent, sharp, or off-putting in any way. All 7 hop varieties lay carefully against the medium malt base. Along with the characters present in the aroma, I pick up some orange, ginger, corriander, grapefruit, and much more spices and citrus fruits--too numerous to mention. The beer never becomes bitter to astringent or sharp levels. Impressive. Finishes quite dry and a little cloying. After 7 different hop varieties, I'll have to wash this one down with a beer.

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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange, very saturated color. Sticky lace, good head initially that settles into an irregular skim across the top, with outcropping of bubbles here and there.

Earthy and sweet malt aroma, floral hops seem to become apparent in the first sips. Lightly bitter finish, almost aspirin like. Fairly dominant malt flavors, with the hop bitterness sliding in just after. Fuller body, similar to SNPA. Overall it's a good well-balanced IPA, but there are so many others out there like it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey amber color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with particularly good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful. Taste is also dominated by the citrus hops which are quite good but malt seems a bit too discreet and out of balance. A bit too one-dimensional and more caramel/sweet malt base would have brought a better balance in my opinion.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus (mostly orange) and pine. There was a burnt toast malt aroma, too.

T - It had a spicy first sip with piney/resiney hops. The citrus flavor was mild but it had a strong caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good IPA. Like everything I've had from Weyerbacher is is on point.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper-amber color with a small white head and not too much lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some divergent hops. The nose has citrus, floral, and piney aromas. A bit of caramel in the background. The hops don't seem to really get together all that well in the end. The taste reflects this as this is a bit much going on, yet the taste isn't all that hoppy. Mild malt in the background. Feel is slightly bitter with a mild dryness. Drinkability is okay, but I prefer their DIPA.

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Photo of nickfl
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on a hazy, dark copper colored body. The foam dissipates quickly but leaves thick lace.

S - Musty, powdery pine hop aroma with some citrus elements; mostly lemon. Definite caramel malt presence in the background to contend with the hops, but the pine/ citrus character dominates.

T - Pungent, minty hop flavor up front with some pine and a bit of wood; not oak, more like popsicle stick (I know, weird). Some malt, toast and light caramel, in the middle with lemon/lime hops. The finish is somewhat malty with moderate bitterness and lingering pungent hop flavor, unfortunately it also holds on to the tongue-depressor woodiness that has turned into a sort of stale, cardboard like astringency.

M - Medium-thick creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, very astringent finish.

D - This is a hard beer to judge, but I can easily say that it is not very drinkable. The heavy hopping rate by itself makes this a less sessionable beer, but the intense astringency seals the deal. Nonetheless, the hop flavor and aroma are very nice and the minty notes are really excellent. I wish this beer came together better in the end, because it has great potential, but the chalky astringency and the strange woody/oxidized flavor are hard to overlook.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a deep yellow/gold color with with nice head that leaves some real nice lacing.Aroma is piney hop thru and thru,with a very slight caramel background.Iam not a hop head by any means but this was suprisingly good,I would get again.This did have a little complexity in my opinion not just total hop craziness.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright citrusy and floral hops greet you in the nose of Weyerbacher's Hops Infusion. The bottle label notes that it's made with 7 different varieties, and no one particularily sticks out. It's a slightly hazy amber brew, with a huge dollop of frothy off-white foam perched on top. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves thin rings of craggy lace about the glass. In the mouth it's delicately crisp with a fine carbonation and decidedly medium body. The flavor delivers a rich, mouth-coating combination of caramel-drenched & biscuity malts and citrusy, floral, and piney hop flavors. It's a bit one-dimensional as there's so much going on at once, but it delivers a solid punch of flavor that's backed by a solid bitterness. And interestingly enough, it fades fairly quickly in the finish for being such a robust beer. The hops, malt and bitterness all linger a bit; but it's not nearly long enough to wreck the palate. Nicely done!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus along with caramelized malts.

T: The taste pretty nicely balanced with strong flavors of hops bitterness and sweet citrus fruitiness, both of which hit you hard up front. There’s some caramel flavor as well and a decently hearty malt character. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, nice kick, this is a beer that is worth drinking for an evening. However, I don’t think this one would be the first hop bomb I’d select when I’m walking through a store.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a darker amber color, clear, with a small off-white head that retained and laced fairly well. Fruity aroma, citrus and some tropical fruits, with a sweet malty base. Taste of citrus: lemon zest, orange blossom, grapefruit; sweet malts nicely balanced by lots of leafy and herbal hops, yet it's not as strong or bitter as you'd imagine. Medium body, juicy, and pretty drinkable, though I was satisfied with just one glass.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.65 for a single at Greenlife in Asheville, NC. What a steal!

Appearance: Pours out a clear orange-hued body with a soapy, light biege-colored head. Plenty of great lacing throughout.

Smell: Even halfway through pouring the beer, I could already begin smelling citrus fruits. Leaning in closer, there's plenty of oranges, grapefruits, and passionfruits. Not to be outdone, there's also some malty caramel and toasted grains present as well.

Taste: Initially, there's an outpouring of sugary sweetness and juicy orange, with a zesty lemon flavor close behind. A dash of cream and some caramel before one last flare of fruit flavor hits the tongue right upon swallowing. Finishes with a minty herbaceousness that lingers for quite awhile. Sure, there's plenty of hop flavor, but any sharp, biting bitterness remains muzzled.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a fair amount of carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An enjoyable IPA. Sort of a forebearer to the heartier Double Simcoe IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored with 3 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Herbal hops & not much else

T: Herbal hpps & biscuitty malt up front, along with citrus bite. Dryness & herbal hops follow as this warms, along with some juicy grainyness, plus a burst of grapefruit, plus a bit of caramel. Finishes fairly crisp, with herbal & citrus hops with some nice caramel back up. Damn near pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, a good, not great AIPA that is probably too balanced for serious hop heads, but I like it...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent orange-amber, more orange than amber. The head is French vanilla in color, average in size and is softly pitting. An average amount of lace in small sheets appears on the glass after the cap has deflated.

The nose is of--what else?--hops. They're primarily of the citrus zest variety, but there's a little background earthiness goin' on as well. The aroma is of average intensity, not the aggressive assault that the label would suggest. The flavor is likely to be another matter. At least I hope so.

I'm not that impressed. Yeah, it's hoppy, but not overly so. Nowhere near as hoppy as many of the other IPAs that I've had lately. Seven varieties of hop is an interesting idea (or a clever marketing gimmick), but in this case, it doesn't translate into exceptionally hoppy flavor.

In fact, the hops are well matched by--and maybe even subservient to--caramel malt. Not something that one would gather from the name or the label and not something that appeals overmuch to this hophead. I couldn't begin to pick out the various members of the hop bill, but again, citrus and pine lead the way. The body/mouthfeel is good; medium-full and gently carbonated.

Don't get me wrong, this is not bad beer. It's just that there are a hell of a lot of good IPAs out there and this one does nothing to distinguish itself. If you going to call your beer 'Hops Infusion' the least you could do is to push the limit on hoppiness/bitterness. Thanks to Jason for the bottle.

Note: Others describe haziness or hop flecks, but mine was absolutely clear. Did I get a hop-deficient batch?

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