India | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 60
Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very lightly hazy, dark golden-orange amber color. A small heap of smooth, beige colored foam is quick to recede to a pronounced, bubbly ring with a thin skin at the center. Jagged patched of lacing cling to the glass. Aromas include toasted biscuit and lightly sweet toffee, along with countering notes of bitter orange, grass, and wisps of pine. Flavors are similarly structured, with the spicy, citrusy, grassy hop bitterness outweighing the underlying toasty, biscuity malt just a bit. Medium bodied, smooth, and crisp, the palate lacks "wow factor", but doesn’t offend either. Bitterness intensifies on the long, grassy finish.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA poured out the bottle shortly after it's release into a pint glass. The color was an orange gold with a tan head that was pretty large at first. This beer has a really nice aroma to it, there's no question that there are tons of hops in there. For some reason the taste of this beer was nothing like I expected. It just wasn't right, I'm not sure how to explain it but for me it just didn't taste good. I guess I could say sour or something would do it. This killed the positives that this beer had going for itself. Everything was good up till the point when I got a few sips into it. Then it went down hill from there.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Picked up a bottle at Capone's.

Appearance brings in an orange body with a bit of haze to it. Slight copper coloring as well. Off white head with a bit of lace. The nose brings a good deal of citrus, with orange really standing out. A bit of zest. A bit of caramel in the background. The taste brings forward quite a bit of hops and bitterness along with some hop flavor. There is some mild caramel malt in the background--it's certainly not dominant. Feel is a bit dry and ever so slightly sweet. Good carbonation. A nice one off; I look forward to more from this series.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle tried 19 Sep 2010. Courtesy of Luke at Beer Church, thanks!

Served in OB Super Dry ~6 oz. Glass. Small beige head. Slightly cloudy golden orange. Medium carbonation. Smells of alcohol, caramel, some orange. Taste is similar, caramel, some orange. Moderate alcohol. Medium body. Aftertaste is orange and bittersweet.

Glad to be able to try this.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of aglose45. Poured into my New Belgium goblet. I have to say that this is probably the worst label I've seen on a beer recently.

A: Slightly hazy amber in color with about 1/4" of white head that quickly disappears into a ring of bubbles around the edge and a few islands of bubbles in the middle.

S: Fairly present hops, notably some grapefruit, decently hoppy, this may have faded a bit. Underneath that are some sweet malt smells that nicely balance things out.

T: Decent malty profile up front, fair amount caramel sweetness, hops are there, some citrus and really that's about it. Medium bitterness, somewhat soapy, but lingers around fairly well. Has a kind of "dirt" taste to it as well, not earthy, but kinda dirty/dusty.

M: Really nice here, nice medium body, carbonation is spot on, decently dry and just a whiff of booze at the end.

D: Its okay, but pretty lackluster, I think age is probably the culprit here. Has some nice notes but the overall flavor of this beer just falls a bit short and there's just this weird dusty/dirty kinda flavor I'm picking up. Would like to try this one again.

Thanks Adam!

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Photo of yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a a hazed copper color with thin cream colored head with average retention and webs of lacing. Aroma is toasted, grainy and hoppy like citrus rind and earth. Body is thick and chewy with moderate carbonation and a sweet, wet finish. Toasted and sweet caramel malts assert themselves in balancing the citric, resiny hops. Overall, the balance is a little off as the sweetness and bitterness are both a little too assertive and don't play nicely together. A nice stab at west coast IPA for a one off, I'd like to see them refine this.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amberish orange color with moderate cap of white head, leaving decent lacing. Scent is of tangerine, grapefruit and peach, with a soft touch of flowers and hint of pine, a light, crackery malt charachter is present, but not powerful. Taste brings the soft tastes of mango, peach and grapefruit, again with a touch of flowers. There is a crackery backbone present. Whats missing is bitterness, excelent flavor but sorely lacing in that department. Nice light/medium body, perfect carbonation for style, slightly oily and coating. A great scent and initial first taste, but the lack of bitter bite on the back end disapoints, so much potential for this beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden complexion

smell: heavy citrus, orange peel and some nice floral aroma

taste: loaded IPA, almost double. decently balanced and loads of citrus, more the bitter orange taste. very well done. loved this on draft

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: overall a great beer and I would love this to be a regualar.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with stiff head; great retention and a reasonable attempt at lacing

Appearance: Tangerine, a little soapy and somewhat floral

Taste: Toasty opening that moves in a dry, citrusy character by mid-palate that becomes almost steely; after the swallow, the metallic character amps up another notch and then fades, leaving the dryness as the main element of the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not at the top of the class but a pretty decent IPA; I like the attenuation and lack of a big malt presence

Thanks, yourefragile, for the opportunity

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, light amber color with a great two finger off white head that has tight consistency and great lacing.

The nose is lightly fruity, with some apricot, grapefruit and orange aromas. There is also a slight dry, herbal edge to it. It's nice, but it needs more strength to reach the next level.

The flavor is restrained for an IPA, but it doesn't come off as weak. I actually like this. It's slightly sweet, with a fruity, almost peach flavor in the middle. Bitterness is light, and it comes and goes silently. The smooth, low carbonated mouthfeel accentuates the flavor qualities in the beer. This overall smooth and restrained quality helps the drinkability.

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A dull copper color and very cloudy. Very little head shows in an aggressive pour. The tiniest trace of lacing leads down to the thinnest layer of head that can still be visible.(more of a skim than a cap)

The aromas are wonderful. Sweet fruity citrus and pine are blending in a nose of pure American IPA fashion. A bread driven yeast is present and caramel malt comes through just a tad as the ale warms. A tinge of alcohol peaks in only slightly and hides back in the hop aromas. A swirl of the glass will bring back a small cap of head that fades quickly, but replays more of those groovy hop notes.

The first sip is quite aggressive, hop bitterness all the way. As the IPA warms in the glass or on the pallet sweet grain and caramel goodness come through. Warmer temps do not to bring it to a balance. The body is a lighter than I expect from Weyerbacher, that is a plus. This body brings it more into the style appropriate realm. The carbonation is not pallet scrubbing which allows the bitterness to shine and fade naturally. Dry, hoppy and evermore inviting the ale becomes with each sip.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as an extra from Mikesgroove. Thanks man

pours a peachy golden slightly cloudy color. Thin head at first then nothing. No lacing.

Aroma of tons of hops. Citrusy pine and a alot of caramel maltiyness. Similar to hopslam but more hoppy harshness

Tastes just how it smells. Lots of citrus, pine and malt. A little too heavy on the hop bitterness. More hop flavor would be better. Little more sweetness in the end would be nice. As it warms up it gets a little harsh.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall a good IPA. Better than most but far from the best. I would have another

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a pretty clear copper body...pretty standard...a one finger, white head formed and fell to a spotty cap...nice lacing though

S - Big aromas of citrus hops...I like the nose but there could have been more hop punch...other sweetness was apparent

T - The malts come through more at first sip...there is a nice combination of sweet caramel malts and juicy, citrus hops...they start the beer off and continue until the end...a little bitterness sneaks up at the end and the hops change to more of an earthy taste

M - Medium bodied...good sweetness that isn't too sweet and lets the hops shine

D - This was a solid one-off by Weyerbacher...the nose was solid and the flavors were sweeter than I expected...I'm still in love with their Double Simcoe IPA

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Photo of jorg2619
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a few bottles at Abe's Six Pack on my way from NY.
India has a light color with a bit of hop haze which is always nice. The aroma is a little pine, a hint of citrus and earth. Smells like an IPA. Taste wise this beer starts off with pine and bitterness at the tip of my tounge moves through my mouth leaving a taste of grapefruit peel. Mouthfeel was really smooth and not to thin but thinner than the double IPA's I have been drinking. At 7% India is very drinkable. Overall I was satisfied, though India does not stick out as an exceptional IPA it is still really good.

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Photo of portia99
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with one of the plainest labels I've seen poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Received in trade today (no sense waiting, right?) with richbrew after searching for this for a while. Thanks Rich!

A - Pours a just south of clear amber/orange color with just a pinky finger of variable white foam that dies to a collar with loose lacing and few stubborn islands of bubbles on the surface.

S - Herbal and floral hops hit me first, followed by some light caramel malt, slight vegetable (sweet peas) aroma and a bit of yeasty bread. Very "green" smelling beer.

T - Floral hops, some earthiness too. Caramel malt with an "English hop" bitterness. Very minor buttery diacetyl (I'm very sensitive to diacetyl, so might not be detectable to most - it is very light). I would call this more of an English IPA than American...hops definitely lean in that direction.

M - Just on the light side of medium bodied with medium carbonation too. Clean, hoppy bitterness sits in the mouth completely filling it past the swallow.

D - Probably would rate this higher if I was looking for an English IPA at the time. Definitely a high quality beer, just a bit off in the advertising, in my opinion. I could easily find myself having a couple of these in a sitting. Alcohol level is a bit high at 7.2%, but well hidden. One of those that might sneak up on you. Quality beer that I am glad to finally get a chance to try.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle has no date on it so I am unsure when this one was bottled.
Pours a opaque, orange color with a white head. Decent lacing.
Aroma is not as hoppy as I would expect.
The taste has a lot more hop presence than the smell and I am thankful for that. Subtle bitterness to start but then increases. I pick up almost a metallic taste, not sure how to describe.
Mouthfeel is light/medium.
Overall, I am fairly unimpressed with this one. Not a very good IPA in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. Wow. Not a lot of effort went into the label design for this one, huh? This label is SU-SPECT! Says noting really, except that the India is from the Brewers Select Series. Believable since, (last time I checked) doesn't even appear on their website.

A: Pours with a foamy 2 1/2 finger off white head. Long lasting, the head recedes into a thick film that remains throughout the course of imbibing. Loads of bubbles race through the slightly hazy medium dark, amber-orange body. Lacing is fair.

S & T: Average malts of toasted caramel, sugar cookies and buttered biscuits. The hops are heavy: grapefruit and orange zest and pine dominate. There is a earthy yeastiness as well. Flavors of pineapple and apricot compliment the hop bill. There is a butter cream/toffee like flavor component as well. The flavor duration is long with a heavy bitterness tagging all the way along.

M: Medium body with a smooth, lush and creamy texture. A borderline lively carbonation cuts through it.

D: This beer is good. It's just not Double Simcoe good. Nonetheless, it was a pleasure to try a one-off from Weyerbacher's Brewers Select Series.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty brew courtesy of a true douchebag of a BA...thanks Kevin!

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into my DFH off-centered ale glass, the beer is a very cloudy, light, muffled amber color. Sitting atop this fine brew is about a half inch worth of white, billowy, fluffy head. Retention is very good, and there's plenty of thick, sticky lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A nice, balanced blend of citrusy goodness and malty sweetness. The amount of malt is comparable to what you would find in a DIPA, and I think is a little too much for a regular IPA. It's almost like Weyerbacher was "playing it safe" with this one, afraid to go too heavy on the hops. Not bad necessarily, but I feel that an IPA can never have too much hops.

Taste: Not bad, but my whole "playing it safe" theory seems to be pretty spot on. There's some nice citrusy bitterness going on, but it seems to be rather over-balanced with malt. Sure, it's possible that the hops have faded a bit since this brew has been sitting in my fridge, but even with potential hop-fade in mind, it seems this brew has a bit too much of a malt presence.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Basically what I expected for an IPA.

Drinkability: Not exactly what I look for in an IPA in terms of hops, but when it's all said and done this is a nice, easy drinking IPA. The beer does have some nice citrusy, grapefruity bitterness to it, and the balance this beer can certainly result in enjoying a few of these in an evening. I would recommend this one to anybody that could get it, it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Copper-amber color with a good almost white head. Nice piney, citrusy hops on the nose. On the palate I get some really nice west coast hoppy flavors: grapefruit, lemon and pine among others, balanced nicely by the sweet malt. A solid IPA.

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given to me as an extra by Dregs78

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my snifter glass

A - Pours a light amber color with a faint ring of head...which dies down very quickly. Usually an IPA has more head, but it's a pretty color.

S - Smell is of some piney hops mixed with a touch of sweet tropical fruit. Not overpowering, smell doesn't linger, but at first, it is nice.

T - some pine and citrus flavors mixed in with some sweet malts. The taste pretty much follows the nose. Nothing really sticks out, but it's not bad. Lingering grapefruit on the finish.

M - Low carbonation with a medium body.

D - It's ok, but I'd prefer other beers from the style. I'm glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one Greg! It had been on my radar at some point, but I guess I had forgotten about it. From notes on 3.25.

Pours into a tulip with a nice orangey hue. Sturdy foam, lots of sticky lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma... there's nothing too stellar about it but it is so distinctly grapefruit. I don't think I have ever had an IPA that was so distinctly grapefruit. I mean really, this is just pungent ripe bursting pulp. A little bit of an earthy hop note to complement the grapefruit.

The taste is wow, just a lot more grapefruit, I mean. It's really intense and pure grapefruit, which is nice. But there's not too much else going on. It's like one of those grapefruit juice blends maybe. Was this a collaboration with Tropicana? Fresh squeezed, "Lots of pulp". Medium bitterness and a decently long finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky, which is enhanced by the long finish. I really enjoyed this 12oz, I would get it again if it were available. I hope they make this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of yourefragile.

A: The pour is a nice amber color with a finger worth of tan head that recedes to a thin layer which sticks to the glass.

S: The nose has plenty of grapefruit hops along with some oranges. There's a subtle pine and some bready and caramel malt behind it.

T: The citrus flavors are mild with the beer leaning more toward the bread up front. The finish has some grapefruit along with a light pine.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low, smooth carbonation.

D: The nose was much better than the flavors, but they are fairly unoffensive. Not an outstanding IPA, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of philbe311
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worth of full rich and creamy tightly compact slightly off white head... Solid retention... A slightly murky medium golden color with an ever so slight orange hue... Loaded with small bubbled moderate paced carbonation throughout... A decent amount of foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Textbook American IPA aroma here... The hops are mostly citrusy sweet in nature, equal parts orange and grapefruit, with just a touch of pine... A very muted mild malt aroma of caramel and crackers... A very pleasant aroma overall, but a little more umph would have gone a long way...

T -The hops dominate, and similar to the palette are a mix of citrusy and piney... However, there is a slight bready malt kick to start and at finish... Slightly more pungent than expected, but not overpowering...

M - As it rolls from the glass to your tongue it is initially light, smooth, and exceptionally creamy... Medium bodied... Minimal carbonation... Turns moderately bitter and pungent midway through and remains that way for quite some time...

D - Refreshing... A very solid American IPA... Great appearance and mouthfeel, but rather pedestrian in all other facets... Far from the head to the American IPA class, and not even the best limited Weyerbacher offering, but still one I would welcome again and wouldn't deter others from trying...

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Photo of Axic10
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with about about a finger of head that reduced to about a quarter of that.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus and pine come through. A subtle nose of malt comes in at the end. Not over powering.

Taste: Citrus and pine come through on the palate which is overpowering at first but then the malty after taste kicks in. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Not offensive at all.

Drinkability: A solid beer from Weyerbacher. I still prefer the Double Simcoe, but I definitely would get this again.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I know how much number1bum loves Weyerbacher, so I wasn't the least bit surprised I found this as an extra in a recent trade ;) Thanks ugly!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a semi-hazy copper orange hue with a two finger off-white creamy head. A few chunks of lace here and there on the sides of the glass, but nothing too crazy. Smell is interesting. At first I get a juicy grapefruit with a touch of pine...but underneath that is weird spent dish water aroma. Some brown sugar and dirty earth in the nose as well. Taste is a nice step up from the smell. Bitter citrus and sticky pine up front with a touch of caramel malt midway for some balance. Aftertaste is sharp with sweet mango and lime with more gritty pine. Medium bodied with a smooth feel and low carbonation, it fits the beer very well. Drinkability isn't there, but not because of the flavor, because of the high lingering bitterness. Not bad, one of the better Weyerbacher beers for sure. Thanks again Josh!

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