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 Yoda22
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a semi hazy copper with thick 2 fingers of head that lingers and laces.

S- Not what I like out of an IPA - getting a honey and yeast combo I think. A very faint citrus/pine presence as the beer warms up, but not enough. As it warms it smells a little boozy too.

T- Kind of weird like the smell - not what I would expect or hope for from an IPA. Minimal hop bitterness though not completely missing. It's pretty well balanced I guess, not a total loss. A lingering sweet/toffee like flavor stays in my mouth.

M- Medium Body, a bit too light on carbonation

O- Meh, it's average. Someone who likes maltier IPA's might enjoy this more than I did, but not my cup of IPA.

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Photo of DIM
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, golden orange color. It poured with a sticky but short lived head.

s: Lots of caramel malt and plenty of leafy citrus aromas.

t: Bracingly sweet caramel with a hugely bitter hoppiness that tastes vaguely of grapefruit.

m: Slick and prickly.

o: Not bad but there are plenty of better IPAs to be had.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle @ Rooster's Beak.

A: It pours a lovely clear orange color with a finger+ of clean white head.

S: Piney hops, orange flavors, and some balancing malt.

T: Mild citrus, strong piney hops.

M: Medium body thickness, creamy.

O: Great beer. I expected very little and got a solid DIPA-ish IPA.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark amber with some carbonation and a big, puffy, off-white head that lasts a long while, leaving patch lace on the Dogfish Head pint glass.

Zesty citrus is balanced by honey and caramel with light pine scent in the background.

The flavor profile is surprisingly subdued with some bitterness, but no real distinction. The finish is long, bitter and astringent.

Light to medium body with a watery texture and fizzy carbonation. Astringency and dryness in the finish are unwelcome.

Drinks well with pizza or wings. This is a solid beer, but falls short of expectations.

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

bottle picked up from Half Time in Poughkeepsie

tan hue capped by a thin head, light lacing rings my pint glass. nose of crackery malt, light grapefruit and a bit of yeast. Taste is malt upfront and bitterness. Hops dont add much profile. medium bodied.


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Photo of ThirstyBehr
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the weyerbacher sales rep for this sample!

A- deep amber color, thick off white pillow head that slowly inches down the glass

S- sweet nose, very malty, bread and sugars, a slight fruit scent lingers from the hops

T- hops are much more present in the taste and forward, piney, but not too bitter, taste is balanced nicely with the malt backbone

M- medium body, light carbonation, slight stickiness left on the tongue

O- overall a pretty solid brew, a piney ipa that balances its bitterness with heavy sweet malts, a good ipa for those that don't like citrusy hops, or bitter ipas.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the bottle at Jembetat Gallery and Café in Rochester, NY. It was poured into a footed, Weizen-style pilsner glass, and glowed a toasty caramel color. It held a one finger head of tan bubbles which receded quickly. This left patchy lacing and a thin film over the beer, which hung around for the remainder of the tasting. Carbonation appeared solid, and no real haze or sediment was noted. The aroma spoke of pure, crisp malts. These were pale and lightly toasted. The hops quickly came in to dominate the nose, with big citric and floral varietals. There was a big metallic twang which cut right through the center of all the nice notes, with some light booze and a thin pineapple flash. With warmth the aroma became closer to a doppelbock, with honey inclusions and darker, sweeter malts. As we sipped, bright apple and pear fruitiness rode in on a wave of tarry malts. There was much more of a muskiness than expected. This took us to the middle, where bitter grain and earthiness came through almost as strongly as the bittering citric hops and rind. The finish was of chemical phenols, soapy hops, light booze, and a big malty mix. The final stand eventually evens out, with more bitterness at the outset. The aftertaste breathed of soapy hops, thick minerals, stinging booze, and bitter grain. The body was medium to thick and the carbonation was average. The mouth was cooled and refreshed, with a lacking of drying that was expected from the bitterness and the hops. There was pleasant slurp and light cream throughout. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank rather easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. There was a nice malty base for the style, which became even deeper with time. This set a nice place for the bittering hops to be showcased. In the end this was nice overall for the style, and a bit more complex than initially expected.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep orange-copper with a minimal amount of white thin white head that lingers for a while.

S: A piney hop aroma competes with a sweet malty character. Citrus aromas lurk in the background.

T: A well balanced beer. An initial burst of pine and citrus (lemon and grapefruit) vie for primacy with a pleasantly malty base with neither one overpowering the other. Bitter initially which fades as sweetness rises, but neither go too far.

M: What I would expect for an American IPA; it's not light, but not too heavy either and has enough to carbonation to give that initial sip a little zing.

O: This is a pretty good example of what an American IPA should be, lots of hop character, but well balanced with a tasty malt bill.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Hops Infusion is a tasty IPA. Hoppy and bitter as it should be.

A: Amber colour and a 5 mm head that lasts prety well. 4.

S: Citrus hops. Creamy. 4

T: Malty with bitter hops in the aftertaste. Yum. 4

M: Creamy mouthfeel. Great. 5

O: 4

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7 hop varieties? Bring it on

Pours a pretty clear bright amber/orange hue with a big frothy off white head. Good looking beer. Smells like a hop forest. Sweet juicy fruits with tons of pine, citrus, herbs, and flowers. A bouquet of hops. Smells stick sweet.

Medium in body and super bright tasting. Slightly sweet up front with a huge crescendo of hops finishing the sip. Makes for a really good sip but hard to identify flavors. The hops truely are infused into one big flavor in this beer. Could possibly benefit from a bigger malt body to bring out some more of these.

On the juicy side midway through but cuts out real real dry. Not bad but could've been pulled off better. I like the effort though.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a wonderful rich golden orange with a nice inch of fairly dense off white head. Really nice retention, decent lacing

S - Some sweet malts, and citrusy malts mostly. Although there is definitely some piney qualities in here as well. Lemon, orange and grapefruit stick out most, although the nose is a little underwhelming.

T - Really liking it, a little sweet bust mostly nice citrusy hops (grapefruit/lemon) meet piney hops up front, a real nice dry bitterness follows into a nice piney bitter aftertaste. Malty sweetness lingers throughout.

M - Solid medium bodied brew, nicely carbonated, pretty drinkable, bitter and refreshing mmm mmm.

O - Anytime you have a beer that gets several flavors from hops alone I'm on board. This was a very delicious and refreshingly bitter brew, and I don't think I had ever seen this Weyerbacher offering before, they never dissappoint

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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 chilly460
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker amber with some honey colored highlights. Nice retention and lacing

S: Sweeter malt backbone here, piney hops come through as well. Pleasant enough aroma, but not a big "aroma" beer.

T: Again, more malty caramel backbone comes through first. Honey flavors as well. Hops are subdued, but provide fair balance.

M: Nice soft feel to it, good carbonation.

D: I'd definitely do this again, not a game changer at all, but a solid brew on days I don't feel like a hopo forward beer.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - nice copper/amber body, small white head that fades quickly, good lacing
S - piney and citrusy, but a little medicinal
T - very good, bitter, grapefruity, delicious
M- creamy delicious and drinkable as hell
O - very good beer, doesn't stand out from other IPA's other than its local

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

Poured into pint glass, no date on bottle

A: Deep amber color with slightest bit of haze, fluffy white head with good retention, bits of lacing.

S: Hop oil with sweet candy sugar aroma. Light sugar coated candy hops.

T: Citrus, piney, floral, earthy, herbal, hops of all kinds mixing together. Sweet twang of hop oil mixing with a hint of malt.

M: Light-medium body with lower carbonation, very drinkable. Smooth finish with lingering hop flavor.

O: Pretty tasty, very unique with the very sugary sweet hop flavor. Almost reminds me of that southern tier ESB (harvest I think) duking it out with an IPA.

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Photo of wrycon
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lighter bronze in appearance. Quite carbonated with tight lacing, but no retention. Smells nice enough - some slight citrus and pine. Though the malt kills the aroma. Initial taste is a malt v hops battle. There's the caramel roast on the bottom and up top a resiny tang. The midpoint is dominated by the malt, but it steps aside for a semi-sweet and bitter hop finish. Tastes like English-style, but with a more defined hop character.

Like It? Sure

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.62/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy gold/orange with a 1.5 finger creamy off-white head.

A little hint of pine with some sweet malt. Not as much nose as I'd expect from an IPA.

Slight citrus/floral upfront rounding into a little bit of a toffee malt flavor. Finishes with a pine bitterness and too much astringency.

Mouthfeel and carbonation levels are solid.

Flavors don't meld in this one. Not very complex and the aftertaste kills the drinkability on this one.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Can't find a freshness date.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch head that doesn't retain longer before lowering to a white ring with bubble formation on the surface that's actually similar to what a hurricane looks like on doppler radar. Ha. Good lacing.

S- Sharp, pungent hop aroma. I can tell this is probably gonna be pretty bitter. A bit of fuminess that shouldn't be so apparent given the beer's 6.2% ABV.

T- Nice. Not as bitter or boozy as the aroma leads you to believe. Actually, very well-balanced. Bitterness is definitely there but not overwhelming. Maltiness is also making a strong appearance but still plays second fiddle to the alpha acids. Quite crisp altogether. Goes down smoother than your average IPA (unless my viewpoint is skewed since I'm used to beers with a high amount of IBUs).

M- Medium carbonation that hardly feels fizzy. Once again, good balance keeping everything simple yet fresh. I like this beer.

O- Wow, what a great IPA. Not overly complex but that's exactly how I like it. I could drink multiple of these and be a happy camper. Good show, Weyerbacher.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a darker, hazy amber color with a nice white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell reminds me more of an English IPA. Picking up tropical fruits and pine. A good amount of malts here too.

T- Fairly tame here. A good amount of Earthy hops and a nice herbal feel. Malts are pretty strong in this one.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- I'll be passing this one up. Its nothing to write home about. I feel that they're much better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A semi-opaque, dark gold/amber beer with a quarter inch of off-white head. It settles down slowly leaving sheets of creamy, moderately clingy lacing.

Decently hoppy aroma with faint notes of citrus (grapefruit mostly) and pine. Kind of average, a little underwhelming in strength. Would have liked something a little bigger in this department.

Enjoyed the taste more than the smell of this beer. It's pleasantly balanced for a contemporary AIPA. While I have become a fan of the mega hopbombs saturing the marketplace, there's definitely room for a beer like this, which keeps the IBU's in check a bit and lets you taste a bit of toasty malt as well as some of the hop subtleties under the bitterness. Nice citrusy notes, mostly grapefruit, some pineapple and some pine, but not a liquid fir tree. Really pleasant and more refined than I'd expected.

Moderately carbonated, slightly creamy, medium finish that continues to allow you to taste the various aspects of this beer. Again, I love the super hopped IPA's but not always the excessively long and bitter finishes of the more heavy handed (or poorly executed) examples. This is one easy drinking IPA and stands out for its even-keeled nature. The only real knock is a faint aroma that's clearly lacking in oomph.

I couldn't find a bottling date anywhere on this bottle and I wonder if this one has faded a bit, which reduced the aroma to less than ideal levels but the hop flavor to a more balanced state with the malt.

Edit: Ok I dug this one out of the recycling and found it, it was 4 months old, the date was really hard to see when the bottle was full! I imagine it would be a little bigger and more bitter when super fresh but I still think it was hanging in pretty well. I'll get a fresher one when I stop by the brewery and see if it's markedly different. After the reading other reviews, I suspect it might be.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/12/11 – No bd
-12oz to pint glass

A: Pours a murky darkened amber color with a two finger high beige foam head and some staggered lacing.

S: Smells of piney hops with a dominant earthy spiciness to it. Some citrus zest and fruity yeast aromas coming through a bit. And grainy pale malts lying in the background.

T: Nice deep hop juiciness that bitters on the forefront of the palate and segues to caramel malts and light grains. Real fruity hops akin to green Anjou pears gives a tart and tangy finish. A bit yeasty in flavor actually and a touch metallic on the aftertaste.

M: Real creamy texture in the low-medium body range with some moderate carbonation giving a nice crisp finish.

D: Not too shabby of an IPA with some real juicy hops at play. A bit too much tang and yeast flavs going on for me to thoroughly enjoy but not bad.

Probably won’t be seeking this one out but glad to have tried.

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

A: Pours copper with a nice finger of white head

S: Piney and floral hops at first, some toastiness, caramel malts, definitely some citrus notes as well

T: At first, a big blast of grapefruit and floral hops, the middle transitioning into a grassy, very bitter hop profile, and the end finishing with a bit of a briny/highly bitter finish. The malts are almost nonexistant in the taste.

O: This is pretty good, but I love double simcoe much better.

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Photo of jizfiasco
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yet clear burnt amber with beautiful head and some serious stick. Smell is hop citrus, watered down caramel and mild pine dirt. Very carbinated and crisp. Taste is very smooth bitterness not overpowering with grapefruit zest hanging on to the back of the tounge. Sweet creamy malt is there as well. The flavor hangs on in the throat but does not recirculate in the nose as it does in superior IPAs almost feels a bit watered down. Could use more complexity, the 7 hops in it don't create the sting a hophead is looking for. Overall good and a good price but prob won't seek out again.

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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 avaldivia
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in trade from Raveskdr. Poured 12 oz bottle into a tuplip glass.

A: Hazy amber color. Nice head with good retention. Great lacing.

S: Citrus, but not as much as I would have expected. A lot of Caramel malts.

T: Caramel. The hops are not as strong as I would have expected.

M: Heavy. A little syrupy. good carbonation.

O: Meh. Not my favorite. It is decent, but not something I feel the need to drink again.

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Hops Infusion from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 872 ratings.
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