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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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by BeerTruth:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher- India

A- Clear bright orange with a chunky big white head. Thick frothy lacing and good carbonation.
S- Sweet caramel malt, citrus and pine hops. Light grapfruit.
T- Sweet grapefruit hops poke out first with a sugary caramel malt and a bitter pine oil hop touch in the end.
M- Very sweet and buttery with a dry orange peel acidic bitter feel and finish.

Overall- Starts off with a nice sweet malt/grapefruit flavor but bone dry bitter feel knocks it down for me.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Abe's for $2.50. The flavor has a little soapy hops with sweet grapefruit juice and spicy finish. But overall, the body is a bit too thin and there's isn't much hops upfront. I want more "India" in this beer. Because of the price, I'd say avoid it.

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Photo of mikey711
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color with a fluffy white head that leaves good lace and retains well. Some carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass and it is nice and clear

S: Maybe it is because i have a cold but i cant smell too much. Mostly caramel and some herbal fresh cut grass hop notes. Also some pininess going on too but not overly aromatic

T: Very nice crisp and clean taste. the hops are piny and herbal and there is a distinct caramel flavor that is pleasant. definitely balanced

M: Good amount of creaminess and body without any heat

D: I am very happy i got to try this one and would love to again

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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 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 Philabeerphia
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge tower of foamy head after an aggressive pour. Really a gorgeous beer. Seafoam-like muted cream colored cap with an array of bubbles: microscopic, medium and even 1cm across. Unfiltered hop haze gives the copper beer a dense facade. Complex and certainly looks like a big IPA.

On the nose there's no holding back. I keep hearing this beer was an attempt at a West Coast style IPA... and it smells like it. Mango, cinnamon, grass and honey. Briney sea-air. An interesting bit of funk is brought by these disparate elements. Robust and in your face, and warmth only brings the wild notes out more. Insanely skunky. Herbal. Definitely a unique mix of notes... I'm impressed.

On the tongue I'm getting a lot of those wild hop notes, the kind of wild hop kick that will keep newbies away. Things start off mellow with a creamy honey base. On top of this a bite emerges on the tip of the tongue and soon spreads throughout the mouth. Grass and wildflowers go medicinal as the hop bitterness continues to bite in my throat. Less tropical than the nose, instead plenty of that bold earthiness. A hint of caramel keeps things tied together in the finish as pooling bitterness lingers. Not resiny, more like vaporous hop smoke. Just like the nose this thing is a mighty hop package on the mouth.

Light mouthfeel, moves easily, but could be dried out with some additional carbonation. Overall this is more than interesting, lots of strengths and a few weak points, creating an enjoyable beer. Hopheads will enjoy this.

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

Big, huge, gigantic thanks to Richbrew for this. My man hooked me up big-time by sending me down this one off gem. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/24/2010.

The pour was big, very big. Deep and dark amber in color with a huge head of white that towered over the top of the glass. Sticky, clinging to everything and anything that it could it was simply sublime. Rocky, cratered and settling down nearly perfectly it came to a halt with an n inch to spare along the top of the glass, just perfect. Aroma is finely tuned and well balanced. Sweet malts, buttery, biscuit like notes that seem to be balanced with a ton of bready notes and a well done and very well put together hop nose. Citrus, orange and pineapple leaking out mostly, but there was more to it than that. Deep, resinous flavor then comes at me. Tea leaves, touches of grass and herbal notes flow, lavender? Hmm. So balanced and smooth, it made this incredibly drinkable. The initial hop blast was muted with buttery malts, but this gave way and the next thing I know I am just submersed in an outstanding display of fine crafter beer. Rich texture and feel, almost chewy with the hops, I was just thrown back by how good this was.

Overall a great job here from Weyerbacher, They seemed to have found subtle balance and rich texture in a style that too often just overloads your with crazy amounts of IBU's. Hats off to a great project and a fine example of a style.

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Photo of richbrew
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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 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 weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to TomDecapolis for picking this one up...
Appears a semi-transparent, light orange with a small white cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of orange cream, grapefruit, pine, and earthy herbs.
Taste is of the aromas with a standout bitter pine flavor, along with some herbal tea notes pulling up the rear of the mild bready malt.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, tingly...wish there was a bit more balance in this one but not bad, overall.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12oz'er at Capone's this afternoon. Poured on the warm side into a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange in color. Clear. Small white head composed of larger carb bubbles that recedes slowly. Some lacing as the beer disappears into my belly.

Smell: Some sweet caramel and biscuit malt aroma's. Kind of a subdued hop aroma of pine, citrus and grapefruit. Somewhat of a let down as it smells sort of watered down if that makes any sense.

Taste: Malt sweetness up front that segues to a mild grapefruit and pine hop flavor. The sweet malt never disappears and seems to sort of mask the hops through the experience. It does let through a good amount of bitterness in the middle and in the finish though which lives somewhat of a hop oil slick on the tongue. Lingering bitterness is accompanied by grapefruit, citrus and hints of tropical flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with the appropriate amount of carbonation according to style guidelines. Bitter on the tongue.

Drinkability: Not bad. The 7.2% keeps it from being very sessionable but it is palatable enough to have a couple.

Kind of a weird IPA to me. Sort of like an east coast IPA meets west coast IPA, romances it a bit and has an illegitimate Weast Coast IPA. Seems to strive for balance but is too weak, but not quite a hop bomb. Not bad though.

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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 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 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 woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle: "Brewer's Select Series"; "ALE Craft Brewed in Small Batches".

Just after popping the cap off of the bottle, the smell of grapefruit hops began to waft out! Oh my. My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was strong with grapefruit and I was smitten. I have been drinking a lot of AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers lately and not feeding my hops jones, so here was an opportunity to satiate the monkey. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant hops bite on the tongue, but not as overpowering as some have made it out to be. Finish was very hoppy, but that is the way that I like my AmeriCAN IPAs. I would definitely drink a couple of these while it is available.

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Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 John_M
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's the other day.

This beer pours a peachy orange color with an impressive, creamy head. The beer displayed very good head retention with lots of sticky lacing. Nose on this beer is attractive, with what I assume is a considerable amount of simcoe and/or amarillo hops. Consequently, I got some very nice grapefruit, pepper, light dank earth and pine. In combination, it made for a very attractive smelling IPA. Flavors replicated the nose in this dry, deliciously bitter IPA. Mouthfeel is light, but it gives the beer something of a thirst quenching aspect. Alcohol is barely noticeable, and drinkability is pretty high.

Nice IPA from Weyerbacher, and frankly a beer I prefer to their double simcoe.

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


Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium white head. Heavy lacing.

Smoky bar eliminated any hope of properly evaluating aroma.

Taste displays sharp hops right from the start. Backyard yellow grapefruit notes. Clean finish with lingering bitterness gnawing at your tonsils.

Smooth and silky texture.

A pleasant and very consistent brew. It finishes as it starts. However the bitterness intensifies on the finish.

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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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India from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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