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 Yagman3000
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a classic pint glass... No grail involved.

Appears really nice - almost sparkly cream soda with more of a burnt orange. Creamy creamy head resting but not too thick.

Smells fresh and hoppy. Alpine citrus chill to the nose.

Tastes duller with the hop bitterness - not too much fruit too speak of. Thought I'd catch some citrus based on appearance and nose.

Mouthfeel is flatter and duller (again!) than I had hoped. The little creamy head is a redeemer for the entry into sips.

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

12 oz bottle. Julian codes (?) inked on neck. Label looks likes it could come from a cover of the fictional "Hop Times" magazine..

Pours a hazy, deep, honey-gold. An eggshell head sticks. Smell is slightly sweet. Taste is unusual - green pepper & grapefruit. Quite bitter, and an almost tannic quality as well. Dry finish.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a stange.
(review from notes)

pours a really nice deep amber/copper hue while yielding a finger, finger and a half of beige head. good retention and lacing. an overall great looking beer.

nose isn't insanely aromatic but there are some nice citric hops (grapefruit, lemon), a bit of pine and some floral characters. some caramel malt evident in the background.

more of the same translates to the flavor. hops varietals balanced nicely with the malt backbone. not otherworldly, but very tasty and enjoyable. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this beer doesn't get a lot of press but i thought it was pretty damn good. i'll look for it again.

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Photo of claspada
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aromas begin with the hops; mainly citrus zest with a little pine and earthiness mixed in as well. Not much malt; maybe a little pale malt sweetness.

The tastes begin the same with a little pale malt sweetness followed by citrus bitterness and flavor. Also not too strong in either category. Mouthfeel is medium-to-thin bodied with a fair amount of carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.

Overall a decent beer, but forgettable in a sea of better IPAs on the market today. Probably my least or second to least favorite beer from this brewery. Hoppy beers are not their specialty yet but they are trying with their new IPA project beers. We'll see which one will prevail and hopefully replace this beer as their "hoppy" offering.

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy amber color with four fingers of rocky beige/tan head and excellent retention. Lots of sticky lace.

Smell - piney resigny hops with some light grapefruit

Taste - definitely for hop lovers this beer is actually pretty balance for how overhopped it is. The malt has a slightly caramelized character giving it subtle coffee and brown sugar notes. Unfortunately the the hop profile was a little underwhelming on the aromatic front. Perhaps some dry hopping would have helped?

Mouthfeel - My particular beer was a little on the flat side but this could be just an individual issue. The beer is medium bodied and somewhat slick feeling.

Overall - in a world oversaturated with American IPAs its a good but run of the mill beer.

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

Reddish golden color with fluffy white head.
Hoppy smells with a light malt in the background.
Crisp and a bit spicy, lots of roasted malts that make a very nice flavor.
Nice and carbonated, gives some good fizziness that compliments the beer quite well.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had o reviewed this when I first got into the beer scene, you might've mistaken me for an apostle and this my risen lord. Sure, its big. It has POP... a big, over the top flavor missing in the Macrobeer world, and even a lot of traditional craft offerings. As a newly-wed with Alpha Acids I was enamoured if you're meant to be a Hophead this is a beer that'll do it to you.

With time, however, it just becomes a primitive brute. Sort of off course and blunt. Good, but not great... no matter how much you want it to be, no matter what its potential...

Appearance: dark end of pale. hazey. Malts body is inviting under the white neglige of moderate head.

Aroma: Zing! Snap of citrus and pine hops... at first floral and pleasant... then needley and like cat piss. Am I boozin or cleaning an old apartment?

Flayva: goodish. It's a hop-fix, but out of focus. Citrus, soft floral, pine... not in balance. Chew caramel malts. Sappy from malts and hop jewwsiz. Finishes like you were licking a cheesegrater.

Mouthfeel: full-bodied but not syrupy like a lot of east coast IPAs. Not quit the triteness I like, but these weren't neutral battering hops.

Overall: if they were concentrating/not trying for so much the brew could have landed a classic. Just too harsh for no reason, nothing discernable here except the unintended chaos.

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

Pours a deep amber color with a thick head that leaves substantial lacing on the glass. Nose is extremely hop forward with a high level of citrus aromas including both pineapple and mango. The flavors in the beer live up to its nose and present a barrage of bitter hop flavors, including the aforementioned citrus and some pine. The hop flavors aren't real focused, perhaps because of the massive variety used. The malt backbone is there, although it isn't very substantial. Solid, drinkable beer for hopheads.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ale+Witch

A - Hugely foamy pour, Belgian-esque even, and the brew is colored like flax.

S - The nose is piney and band-aid like, with mineral-y pale malt notes. This smells like a Brett IPA.

T - Taste is equally mineral-y pale malt, sharp medicinal Brett, and bitter piney evergreen hop. I doubt this was intentionally infected, but other than a metallic off-note, it tastes decent. There is a bitter metallic astringency that lingers unfortunately.

M - IPA. Normal.

O - Seems to be a solid, if unspectacular, base beer under the Brett.

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

A - A clear copper. A tiny head and lots of lace retention all over the glass

S - Hops, yum. Citrus and piny hops.

T - Bitter, piny hops. Very well balanced

M - Well carbonated. Bitter all the way through.

D - A solid IPA. I enjoyed. Weyerbacher is consistenly good

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber liquid with a big, beige head that leaves lots of lacing. Aromas of crisp grass, sweet citrus and spice. Tart citrus and fresh, grass flavor. Some sweet, bread and butterscotch notes as well. Sweeter and more subtly-flavored than the average IPA.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into DFH pint glass. Date on bottle reads 1/4/11 with 5/4/11 below. Bottle date and best by date? No sure.

A: Clear amber color. Thin 1/2 finger white head that is gone QUICK. Some lacing trails. Mild carbonation with tiny bubbles throughout.

S: Mostly piney hops with some citrus notes. Not a lot of fruitiness but some. Smells boozy actually?

T: Good crisp taste. Smooth up front with a nice sharp hop bite towards the end. Good session brew.

M: Smooth w/harsh hop bite that sticks in the mouth a while.

O: A decent brew. Nothing to write home about but I'd have again if someone dropped in front of me. Another local brewery doing something nice.

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Photo of LukeK1231
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A- Copper/golden with 1-finger slight-nut head

S- Overwhelming hops/strong citrus notes; slight caramel and fig background

T/M- Smell outdoes the taste. Light bitter hops on the front end and slight citrus notes on the back end. (seems like some flavor is missing) Finish is slight-caramel and is not great.

O- I would probably not try again, although a good IPA.

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Photo of IronLover
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at home. Dark copper orange in color with excellent clarity. Pours with a big fluffy head with good retention. Foam reduces to a thick cap that leaves behind thick sheets of sticky lacings. Pine and citrus hop aromas balance with malty caramel. Medium bodied with pleasnt carbonation. Smooth and oily in the beginning, but finishes with a more resinous feel. The taste is a mish-mash citrus, pine and floral hops, none of which stand out. No mistake though, there's a ton of hoppy flavor and bitterness throughout. There's also a prominent sweet, caramel malty backbone from beginning to end. This actually leans toward being more of a hoppy red than an IPA to me. I chose this over a keg of DFH 60 minute. I'm not disappointed.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date: 3 April 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured aggressively for a 2-finger head, excellent retention holds tight for a while until reducing to a 1-finger head, great lacing, color is IPA amber-orange.

Aroma is soapy, followed by slight bitterness of hops, touch of pine and bitter lemon. Taste is much more mature, with strong but brief hop bitters, hints of pine and apricot. I don't see any freshness date, but I would bet the lack of freshness could be confirmed by such a date. Mouthfeel is bitter with some sweet malt that would otherwise be covered by fresh hops. Overall, great beer, but would love to know if this is fresh or not.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a deep hazy amber fingers width head with slight retention some slight lacing.

S-very malty/bready with only hints of lemon or pink grapefruit slightlt astringent smell.

T-spicy bitterness herbal and some toasted malt reminiscent of a ricola herbal cough drop.

M-medium bodied and smooth the look and mouthfeel are the best qualities of this brew.

D- well I have a six pack and now halfway through my first one i wish i didn't. this is one i wont look for again, not the worst i have had but still not anywhere near the top.


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Photo of dubinsky
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to a crate and barrel snifter glass

A - Pours a dark, hazy amber with a nice two finger off-white color hear. Good lacing formed on sides of glass.

S - Super grassy and piney. Not much citrus going on for me. Light caramel & biscuit aromas finish off the nose on this one.

T - The taste follows the smell. Not much business in front, with most of the action happening in the middle and in the back. The middle is fairly hoppy, mostly with pine and fresh cut grass and leaves a dry bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer leaves a slightly oily feel on the tongue and lips.

O - This is a decent beer with good bitterness. Its a decent example of the east coast interpretation of an IPA, but frankly its not my favorite. I think i will stick with the west coast style that i have come to love.

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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 engagechad
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - no freshness date - poured into a dfh snifter

Pours good with moderate head and okay lacing. Looks like a glass full of pale malt extract, kind of dense looking.
Smells kind of corny as if they used adjuncts or something. Some hops in the nose but there is a smelly corny thing going on.
Tastes decent, it's bitter but not a hole lot going on and not much body to it.

Overall I'd say that this is an okay IPA. Not going to buy it again though.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-03-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy, dark amber-orange with a 1.5 finger head and good lacing into a nonic glass.

S - Naval orange, orange zest, biscuit and mild yeast.

T - Orange zest, pine, bready malt, mineral/metallic, not overly sweet, lingering grapefruit sour bitterness. Dries out pretty well. A lot of flavor for 6.2% ABV so hats off for this but I'm not overly-fond of the mineral and bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation. A little silky and prickly but not too resinous.

O - Glad I tried it but won't seek it out.

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

Pours a clear, truly beautiful dark golden amber with a decent pale tan head - quite appetizing. Aroma is strong and hoppy with fruity and floral hints and just a whisper of sweetness. Hops dominates the flavor, which is mildly bitter and has hints of pear, wood and honey. Lively, fizzy texture leaves a fairly persistent and hoppy tingle.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright orange with a light tan fluffy head that lingers. some large carbonation bubbles linger on the sides and bottom of my glass.

S: sweet and smooth. dove soap? in a good way. fresh buttery biscuit. the hop aroma is not overly pungent and makes a smooth gentle transition into your nostrils.

T: chalky, tangy bitter hop flavor. finishes with sweet burnt caramel and a lingering hop bitterness that reminds me of hop oil. more average, which is a shame after the scrumtrulecent complexity in the nose

M: soft and creamy fizz. like so many greats for this style, let the hops do the talking.

D: i will definitely seek this brew out the next time im looking for a hoppy treat at a reasonable price (i think i got this for under $2 for the bottle). try some other weyerbacher brews if you get the chance! the logo/labels suck but the stuff inside the bottle rocks!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#102. Back from my extended leave of absence. This has been chilling for a few weeks in my refrigerator, but I felt it a worthy candidate for my return to reviews. This will be my first Weyerbacher beer review. I found the single at a specialty bottle shop in Athens, otherwise I have seen it nowhere else.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours an easily agitated very bubbly head. Retention is slightly above average, becoming denser as it dies down slowly. Lacing is thin but sticky; any lacing is good lacing. Color is a hazy copper-orange, looks bold and thick with character. Carbonation is initially plentiful and energetic, but dies down significantly with warmth and time. This beer looks quite nice. 4

(Smell) Floral hops and some citrus and grapefruit are easiest to pick out in this beer. Balance is nice. The potency is not bad either, but could certainly be stronger. There's not much else beyond the basics here, but it is well balanced and smells pleasant. 4

(Taste) Much of the hop and fruit flavor has pacified in the taste, leaving a quaint mild-flavored beer with some bitter finishing properties. It's not as crisp and light as the nose predicted, the malt character is much easier to detect in the taste. Grapefruit is still there, but other darker fruit tones are present as well as some grain and possibly caramel. The balance is not ideal and the hop preservation and flavor is well below my expectations, but this beer manages to be a decent casual drinker in other regards. There's plenty of work to be done here regardless. 3

(Mouthfeel) A dull flat front and a mildly bitter, dry finish. Light/Medium Body and a concealed alcohol profile. The front could certainly use some carbonation presence to spice things up some. Texture is a medium thick smoothness with some light bites of bitterness here and there. There's improvements to be made to make this beer slightly more exciting and enthusiastic. It's not incredibly appealing. 3

(Drinkability) I've had more exciting American IPAs but nothing in this beer is alienating enough that I wouldn't go for another should the price be right. ABV is fair enough and none of the tastes are cloying; it could warrant a follow up or two. Compared with other American IPAs that may fit the bill better however, this beer may end up lingering in the background. 3.5

Verdict: Pairing the mouthfeel with the taste makes this beer a slightly less exciting drinking experience than a looking experience. It tastes very much like an American IPA but the taste and mouthfeel are both underwhelming and undeserving of any special awards. There are certainly improvements that could be made with this beer, but it certainly isn't the worst of the bunch. B- (3.35)

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark amber cooler, substantial one finger head that disappeared quickly, fairly good lacing.
S - Grapefruit, average aroma
T - Bitter hops all the way through, finishes dry, IMO the hops outweigh the taste. What
I mean is, Hops initially dance on your palate and are present throughout but there is
no substantial taste to back the nice hoppy feeling. Some malt backing but no closure.
M - about average for an ipa
D - Don't know, probably my first and last

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Hops Infusion from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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