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 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 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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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 emerge077
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 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 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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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 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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Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to THECPJ for this one.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with an off white head, about one finger in height. Dissipated quickly leaving some chunky foam on top. Nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Has a nice hop aroma, some pine but more sweet citrus, lemon and grapefruit. The back end has a heavy dose of malts - some biscuity malts and a good amount of caramel.

T: The malts are more present in the taste than in the smell. There is a bready taste at first and then the hops kick in with some grapefruit. There is a slightly bitter taste at the end.

M/D: A little thicker than expected. Overall, not as hoppy as I thought it would be based on the name, seems a little unbalanced, but not bad.

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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 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 smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy, the color is an orange amber. The head last but is thin. Nice lace on the glass.

As the name implies, this beer has a very large hop nose. Kudos for the freshness and the presence of malt.

Very bitter, in fact, too bitter, even for a hop head like me. The malt briefly shows up on the first taste but is quickly gone to the astringent hop. The aftertaste is exclusively hop and it seems to go forever. The brew is fairly rich and the carbonation is high (which is necessary to counteract the bitterness).

Drinkable? I think not. Interesting? Definitely.

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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle, no freshness date to be found. States that this beer has 4 times the amount of hops as their IPA, seven types of hops are used also. On the label is a picture of a hop cone with electrons whirling around it.

Appearance: Hazy sunrise orange hue, lack of clarity is most likely due to the massive use of hops. Thick pillowy white head forms, a by product of the hops ... good head retention.

Smell: Smells somewhere between fresh picked hop cones and hops that have been steeped like tea. Hop leaf, citrus and earthy within. Hop oils are so pungently sweet with undertones of raw cane sugar syrup. A hidden fruity ester or two with some biscuity malt shows through the hops for a very brief moment.

Taste: Egats! Hops are imploding over taste buds! Mellow medium body, very smooth on the tongue with a lower level of carbonation. Hops, hops and hops ... they go from juicy fruit and citric rind to herbal and earthy with flowery flavour throughout. Hop oil is sweet and overly expressive, tastes of fresh hop tea. Malt is nearly nonexistent other than the mouth feel, they are pretty much masked by the hop's clout. Some fruit esters punch a small hole into the flavour threshold, a very small hole that is. Bitterness is up there but this is more of a hop flavour ale than an overly bitter ale. Complexity of the hops makes the mind go a tad towards madness. This beer never real has an end and has an everlasting finish, it just keeps lingering with hops.

Notes: Well, well, well aren't we the little hop bastard of the bunch, delicate but strong. Hop addicts will get a soothing fix of this one, only ballsy beer drinkers should attempt to drink Hop Infusion.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade shaker pint glass.

I miss having Weyerbacher beers readily available. Oh well... This one pours a clear amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose is kinda weak, comprising light pine and caramel notes. The taste has the same components, but there's definitely a bit more umph this time 'round. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a prickly smooth feel. Overall, a nice IPA, maybe not the pinnacle of the style, but a tasty bit o' hops nonetheless.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/01/12 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy amber color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, light citrus hops, light grapefruit, lemon. Pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, and grapefruit. Lots of malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel has no bitterness in it at all.

o - Overall a decent IPA, though on the malty side. Easy to drink and no hoppy bite, the hops are light in this one, though it still tastes good. Worth trying once.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is beer is way too much of a gimmick to me, I think when they decide to brew a beer like this they were just trying ot cash in on the extreme beer market. Little did they know what makes IPAs like Ruination, 60 min and 90min great is the fact that they threw a ton of hops in and still balanced out the flavors. This beer appears a semi-cloudy orange copper tone, with a nice full cream colored head very nice. Seven hop varieties so the aroma ya there are some hops here, hops of every variety: floral, earthy, pine cone like, and citrus tones. One huge bouquet of hops, enjoy this factor of the hodgepodge of different type of hops coming together. Flavor is all hops little malt hurts the overall taste of this beer. Kick's you in the teeth one beer that is not overly hopped just underly malted. So, I stand by my opinion that this beer is a gimmick and the mouthfeel get ready for some hep resin thickness that I actually like the moutfeel to. Not that drinkable, but worth a try. This isn't a hopheads beer, it's just too unbalanced to drink more than one.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy ice tea. Fine white head settles quickly with low lace.

S - Sweet and fruity. Peaches, jalapeno, cilantro, passion fruit, lilac, and orange peal.

T- Woody bitters up front. Fruity center with yellow raisins and orange zest. Floral hops and sweet caramel malt through the finish. The profile is a little disconnected with the fruit and malt playing out separately from the bitter flavors.

M - Medium body. Nice carbonation.

O - Not a bad IPA. On the sweeter side of the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber with a nice creme head that falls rather quickly. Sticky sweet apricot toned floral piney hops. Flavor is sweet with a bitter tone. Flavor leans more towards the sweet side. Seems to lack a bit of balance. Still fairly nice though. Feel is good. This is pretty easy to drink, but it just rests a bit too far on the fruity side for me to appreciate it as much as other American IPAs. Still nice though.

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