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Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA
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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using 100% Simcoe Hops, a west coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc.

Added by yen157 on 05-05-2006

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep reddish orange with a cream colored foamy head that dissipates to tons of sticky lacing.

Big pine up front in the nose. I know there's grapefruit in there, but upon the pour, it is a pile of pine needles. Some light caramel in there as well.

Huge bitter hop flavor with pine yumminess and some light caramel and toasted malt sweetness. Let's face it folks, this one is all hops, with a little woody alcohol in the finish (wood is obvious in this one).

Big oily chewy mouthfeel to this one. What I like the most is that this is a pretty clean beer. The bitter lingers, but your mouth drys pretty fast. Nice.

Overall, you can sip this one. Got a 12 oz. bottle, and I think that though the bomber would be easily finished, it would be a bit much at the end. A tasty hop heavy beverage.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A- light mahogany or light brown with a ¾ inch frothy head that leaves decent lacing

S- pungent fruit smell...grapefruit in the forefront also with a good amount of pine

T- a lot of pine with a nice crystal malt (caramel) backing, also a good amount of grapefruit comes through in the middle to end...good amount of bitterness comes through in the end. Nice lingering oily bitter sweetness on the palate.

M-nice smooth creamy mouthfeel

D- look forward to every sip, great malt-hop balance...not a session beer, but no problem drinking 2 of these

Very solid East coast Dipa especially for a single hop bill

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4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing dark amber with a red center. 2 finger light tan frothy head that sticks around and leaves a decent lace down the glass.

Pine, Grass, and hop spiciness are dominant. With a hint of sweet caramel.

Bam! A bitter blast of super pine covers the mouth with spicy resinous hop oils! A sticky bomb of goodness: pine, grass, spicy resin, sour grapefruit. Malts are pretending to balance this beer with a little caramelly sweetness. Nice lil bite o' alcohol and a slight taste of wood. Super sit-on-your-tongue-and-punch-it bitter earthy resinous aftertaste.

Med bodied, sticky masterpiece that goes down smooth and leaves a pleasant dry sticky aftertaste.

A great strong bitter piney manly brew. I feel like this would be a great camping brew. Love the Simcoe hops and its flavors/aromas. Malts are overshadowed by the hops, but in a good way. They lend just enough balance to it. Good alcohol presence for the brew. I like this one a lot. Good alternative to a lot of the big citrusy doubles out there. It's semi-tough to find around new england, but I have found a place that now seems to constantly carry it. woo hoo

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is delightfully hoppy and malty. Lots of rich chocolate malt and spicy, floral hops. Smells like a beverage forged by gods to be consumed by gods.

Pours a murky orange/yellow/apricot color, mild head. Looks pretty good.

I'm excited to find that the flavor follows the nose and gets raunchier. Solid trunk of malt; rooted with shear malt flavor and limbed with varying degrees of roast. Chocolate and nut notes are aplenty. The bushy brunt of this beer is the leafy, floral, fresh, spicy, earthy, oily, and perfumey hops (in that order, to the best of my distinguishment). It's like a mighty tree of malt-wood and hop-leaves growing in my mouth. Moderate bitterness and tartness. Mild notions of alcohol (ever so slight, really). Some nutty oiliness. Some citric hop flavors manifest. Tastes quite good. Feels quite good. Great drinkability. Good balance. Finishes... hoppy!

Impressive complexity and beauty. It's been sitting in my cellar (i.e. under my sink) since I bought it on vacation in Boston 9 months ago. I wagered that it could stand the wait. A bargain for $5.99; you Bostonians know how lucky you are?

'It's like a mighty tree of malt-wood and hop-leaves growing in my mouth.'

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Photo of olmatty
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a towering, creamy, off-white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing.

Smell- Herbal, spicy and bitter hops and a nice balance of cereal malts.

Taste- Hops hit early, are momentarily eclipsed by a hefty malt persence which is followed by a bitter finish. Lots of alcohol punch and hops bitterness. Bitter aftertaste lasts a long time. Slightly medicinal.

Mouthfeel- Thick and stewey, smooth carbonation, big alcohol hit.

Drinkability- Big ABV and heavy body make this a one bomber mission.

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Photo of katan
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a brown to golden brown color. Appears to have a bit of hazing to it, could be from bottle conditioning. Head formation is strong, off-white, well retained. Light carbonation apparent.

S - A well balanced smell of piney and earthy hops notes backed up by a sweet malty scent. Some almost orange like attributes are there as well.

T - Starts off with a light sweetness which is immediately bombed by an overt bitter bite. Meaty, earthy hops build in - overtaking the beer. Finishes with a strong grassy flourish of hard hitting simcoe hops. Biting, edge, resinous. Aftertaste is a strong bitter film coating the tongue.

M - Moderate to strong body - this baby is loaded down. Carbonation is present, but not biting. Oily residue on the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability - not a session beer by any means. But, as a DIPA its in line for ABV and not abusive flavors. Not filling.

Been wanting to try this beer for some time - well worth it. I can't get it here in Iowa, and I guess I would say I'm not too upset about it. I do think there are viable alternatives for this kind of hop bomb.

Gives me something to look forward to when my simcoe beer comes out of the fermenter in a few weeks.

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Photo of Tolann
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with Rbald42. Thanks so much for the awesome beers!!

A - hazy honey orange. Off white head that settles. It almost has a thick look to it as if you'd expect to be more viscous or gooey.

S - Yummy! This is what IIPA should smell like. bitterness and citrus fruit. some dry hop smell as well.

T - Big bitter hops! More sweet bitter than malt. Lots of citrus - orange and grapefruit.

M - Not too sharp on the bitter. After taste is big at first, but doesn't linger too long- so you keep drinking. You don't really feel the alcohol.

D - Really easy to drink even with the high ABV. Wish it was available in CO. Very enjoyable. To the letter all the way IIPA

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Photo of gameface23
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one and I knew I was in for a good time. Hazy orange-red with a bubbly, cream colored head. The smell was amazing: hop dominated with equal parts grapefruit and pine. Beautiful mouthfeel. The only negative was that the finish was a bit too bitter.

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Photo of Mdog
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Strong grapefruit, some kind of tropical fruit?

Taste: Bitter grapefruit and orange flavor. A moderate amount of sweetness balances it out.

Mouthfeel: Kind of heavy feeling.

Drinkabilty: Despite the heaviness, still goes down really easy.

Finally saw this in stock over in Wiscoland so picked up a 4 pack. Tasty, solid DIPA, plenty of hop goodness and not super bitter. Good stuff!

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Photo of stonequarrywest
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12ozer into a Front Street Brewery pint....in a trade with jcb890...
Thanks Jake

Rusty orange por with a nice thick dirty white head and some good lacing hanging on.
NIce citrus nose ..more Oranges than grapefruit to me
Taste is a big bang....bitter hops with red ruby grapefruit zing and a nice piney zap
I love the mouthfeel here...oily and it really coats the whole mouth with that wonderfully bitter bite that really hangs on.
Moderate drinkability that could change with each sip.

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Photo of philmont
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple of these in Florida in a mix and match, boy do I wish I just loaded up on this beer. It's a hophead's dream.

Pours a orangish brown with a off white rocky head that quickly dissipates. Does leave a nice lace on the glass though.

Aroma is a hoppy/citrus combination that is very inticing. Never tried simcoe hops before, but this is a great variety of hops. Will definitely go in my next homebrew.

The taste is a continuation of the aroma, very citrusy with hints of orange and pineapple.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly oily, coating the tongue only to be cleansed by the hops tingle. Malt is abundant enough to keep the hops from overpowering but make no mistake about it, it's the hops that drives this beer and it's a great ride.

At 9% alcohol, this could be a dangerous beer, because it's hard to put down. This is a definite must-try. Cheers.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to dogfish head laser etched chalice.

Appearance - Amber brown with what appears to be sediment of some kind. 1 finger whitish orange frothy head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - Smells of hops, orange, and small amount of alcohol and malt. Very different smell to it, I like it but can't quite put my finger on it. Very nice smell though.

Taste - WOW. I have to say this is one of the better east-coast dipa's i have tried. Wow, what a taste. Bitter with orange taste, but very smooth bitter bite at the end that is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated very well, feels very nice on the tongue and throat. Just a little tingle, bitterness stays on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability- Could drink a 6 of these probably. The alcohol is only noticable in the nose, none on the tongue, very light and refreshing also.

Can't wait to try the unfiltered. Very nice offering from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Deep orange body. The big head eventually settles down but leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Total fruit bowl. Grapefuits and pineapples galore.

T: Pleasant grassy bitterness. Citrusy/fruity notes. A bit soapy.

M: Thick and resiny.

D: Another winner from Weyerbacher. I hadn't given them a fair shake in the past because of their godawful label art. But their beers have been consistently impressive. I'll bet mixing this with Heresy would make a killer black and tan.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: orange hazy color, thick head settles to thin layer, frothy lacing abounds
s: sharp pine hoppy aroma makes little else noticeable than minor citrus
t: piney hops kick it off and remain through most of the ride, tapering off to minor sweet malty flavor towards end, finishing with mild alcohol and bitterness that gets stronger and stronger
m: medium body, decent carbonation
d: this started off reasonably well in hop/malt balance but the hop level eventually made it a little less inviting for me

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a thick, orangish-brown in color with a good, pure white head.

Smell - The rich orange rind aroma is a thing of beauty. If you like simcoe hops you will absolutely love this nose. There is a light malty backbone here but mostly the simcoe just runs away with this contest. I've had quite a few simcoe-hopped IPAs but this is the purest simcoe aroma that I've ever smelled.

Taste - The wonderful hops carry through to the taste, but the story here is the amazingly big and heavy malts. It is so rich and so huge it's almost unbelievable.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. The bitterness is gigantic but tolerable by the super-sweet, gooey malts. This is an ultra-rich DIPA.

Drinkability - This is a big beer make no mistake about it. If you like big hoppy hear and simcoe hops, and especially if you have never had simcoe before, this is the perfect beer for you.

Update – Haven’t had this one in a couple of years so thought I’d compare a 2011 to the one I had in 2009. Really this beer hasn’t changed a bit. It’s still pure, Simcoe goodness with a perfect sweetish malt balance. One of my favorite East Coast DIPAs.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at La Cav du Vin, poured into a standard pint glass

a: nice deep amber color, 1/2" slightly off white head with nice retention, reduces into lacing rings. Nice amount of carbonation

s: nice fruit/pine hop aroma, excellent

t: hop explosion on the palate. Mostly pioney notes, but there is a hint of citrus/grapfruit. Nice malty backbone. Alchohol is slightly noticeable as it warm. Nice DIPA.

m&d: slightly oily mouthfeel. Ends slightly sticky and dry but I come to expect that with the hop level in this. Decenty drinkability however, more than 2 in a session is asking for trouble.


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Photo of Aenema
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, brown amber with a 1/2 finger head. Although the head dissipates rather quickly, there are tremendous rings of lacing all the way down to the base of the glass.
Smell - Intense pine and resin.
Taste - Much like it smells, intense pine and resin flavor with a sweet, bready malt backbone. Very good, though initially the bitterness is a little overwhelming.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a moderate, scrubbing carbonation.
Drinkability - This is a very enjoyable beer. Lots of intense flavor and well-masked alcohol, but I find the hops too strong to want to session this.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a vibrant red color with a massive, rocky ecru-colored head. Retention is excellent--it sticks around for ever and is rocky and pitting as it slowly descends. The glass is almost entirely covered in lace. Nearly perfect.

S: Big time tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple. A fruity eruption of splendid hop aromas.

T&M: It's got a shit-load of hops, but also enough malt to support them and create one hell of a tasty beer. It starts sweet, with a nice mixing of caramel malt and citrus fruit flavor. The finish is drying and hoppy, with an emergent pine flavor and some slight astringency. The flavor sticks around indefinitely, just beckoning you to take another gulp. Body is full and creamy, with the perfect level of slight, tingling carbonation. It's so smooth.

D: 9% is hidden quite well, but the large malt presence on this one makes it not *as* quaffable as some DIPAs I've had. Still, an excellent brew that really showcases how delicious Simcoe hops are. I'm glad I've got 3 more bottles of this to enjoy.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mhatters for this one.

Pours very cloudy and hazy. Dark orange. Looks "thick". Sticky head leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is sweet, like fresh cut grass. Loads of pine. Earthy and spicey...hints of cinnamon? Very intriguing leading up to the taste.

First thing I notice when I take a sip is the slick, oily mouthfeel. Tons of hops in this sucker. I'm getting all the flavors that I initially found in the aroma along with an enjoyable bitterness that wraps the tongue. Finishes dry despite the initial oily feel. Wow, the bitterness lingers.

No drinkability issues here. Big but approachable.

Nice DIPA and worth grabbing. Glad I have more in the fridge.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on something of a dare, poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out of the bottle a little thick, and even looks the color of golden honey with an off-white head; comes with a thick head of 1 finger that quickly fadfes to a very thick scum on top that is uneven and looks like something from a bog or swamp. Body is clouded and looks overrun by sediment. A thick layer of lacing holds firmly to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bitter and pungent hops are right up front. I've been told that simcoe hops are supposed to smell like cat piss, and well, I can kind of get that. However, I also smell a faint hint of some sweet malts in the back as well, but really the bitter piss-like hops dominate. As I continue to smell it there is also some strong hints of citrus (orange peel).

Taste: Surprsingly tasty beer with an abundance of bitter flavors coming out of it -- earthy pine, pungent cat piss (that's just getting funnier the more I type it), definitely some strong hints of citrus as well with the orange peel. There is also a mild sweetness coming from the malts and it's almost honey-like, but it's very subdued and it allows the hops to be in command.

Mouthfeel: Very sticky with tons of resin coating the mouth. Body is pretty creamy and the carbonation is much more present than I thought it would be considering how thick the body is.

Drinkability: I love the flavor, I love the body and the feel is great -- the ABV is a bit high and that lowers it a bit, but overall it's a great beer and I would love a second.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a large brandy snifter.

A: Dark amber with some light carbonation. Head has settled in after a few minutes, leaving a pretty thick lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit...yes, pretty hoppy. Some light malt in the background. I'm getting a little bit of oak, or wooded notes. Strong spice...

T: Creamy and bittersweet. Can feel the alcohol in the nose, but it's not overpowering. Grapefruit for sure. I'm getting some honey, too...but not a sweet honey...more like, how honey would smell...but I'm not getting it in the smell, more in the taste.

Overall, this is a darn good beer. I can't say I'm always happy with Weyerbacher's selection, but this one is quite tasty, strong, and overall very drinkable.

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Photo of TequilaSauer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a thick, hazy amber. It's much cloudier than I would expect from a DIPA, reminds me more of a cider in appearance. Tops with a beautiful head, very creamy and elegant.

Smells of fresh pine, citrus, and carrots. Very pungent. Nice.

Attacks sweet and malty, VERY malty. The malts fade and accelerate into an intense, orangy bitterness. Stings a bit at first, but I like it. The finish is very heavy, pure grass and veggies. Love it or hate it, this is a strong double IPA. No apologies, no excuses.

It's a very pleasant and tasty beer and for all of its intensities.

It reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head's excellent 90 Minute DIPA. Very malty and out of the box. Not the most drinkable DIPA in the world, but very enjoyable, nonetheless.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought the big beer variety case. Which consist's of the Simcoe,Old Heathen,Merry Monk's,and Blithering Idiot.

Poured into a tulip a hazy ice tea color with a thick creamy off white colored heading. Lacing was all over the place,but it did look a little dead.

Smell is all hop with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste is just riduculously bitter, a bit overpowering of hops. In the beginning it seemed a little overhopped for my liking but you get used to it after a half glass or so.

Mouth is medium-full bodied with great carbonation and a nice balance on the palate not to thick not to watery.

Drink is good a little bit too much hoppiness otherwise this might have been a great session beer but definetly a must try for the taste.

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Photo of wspscott
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
Unfortunately, there is no bottle date

A: Dark, hazy orange color with a thick off-white head that drops very fast, leaves quite a bit of lace.
S: Smells very sweet (honey?) with a ton of grapefruit.
T: A lot of grapefruit hops with lots of pine on the back of the tongue, the pine dominates the citrus in the aftertaste, some caramel malts attempt to sweeten things, but the hops are dominant. At the same time, it seems like something is missing on the hops side, there is bitter, but a lot of the flavor seems to be missing.
M: Very tongue coating, oily hops, thick, borderline syrupy mouthfeel, but not in a bad way for the style.
D: A very good beer and probably awesome when fresh, but without a date, I don't know how old this is. The hops have a lot of the bittering parts left, but it seems like some of the aroma has dissipated. I am glad I had a couple of these, but I won't buy it again unless there is a date on the bottle.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice copper/orange color with a thin white foam head that leaves some lacing.

S- Huge grapefruit nose. Hoppy citrus and pine scents are very apparent. Some resin and esters present as well.

T- Lots of hop bitterness initially with many flavors that were noticeable in the nose (grapefruit, pine). A slight malt backbone helps to balance this one but the hops dominate. A sweetness is present in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Crisp and dry at the same time.

D- A nice DIPA that fits in well with others but doesn't stand out.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,245 ratings
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