Lima | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mcallister on 08-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black with a nice tight and compact head of tan that seems to come up around an inch or so before settling back down to earth and coming through with a nice medium layer of lacing around the sides, fairly impressed. aroma is hops, dark roasted malts, a touch of burnt brown sugar, hints of licorice and a touch of dark fruits as it warms, very complex. flavor follows suit nicely, albeit not as strong, but still very nicely done. rich dark malts and piney hops blend together with a deep roasted flavor that carries over into a moderatly dry finish

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem poured into

Nice dark chocolate black with huge fluffy pale head. Could stand to be a tad darker. Lacing is phenomenal.

Aroma is pleasant and slightly above average.

Taste is very balanced... could use a little more black in my opinion. Not bad... it actually borderlines ale in my opinion. Buttery flaws indicate a low fermentation temp.

Mouthfeel is decent.

This beer needs a little work however is a very balanced example of a black IPA.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Weyerbacher event at Rattle N Hum.

dark brown with a lifeless top. A barely perceptible ring of foam circles the liquid. appears murky. This does not look too appetizing.
However, the first smell reveals a hearty grapefruit hop presence with a little coffee and chocolate. One of the better CDA aromas I've had the pleasure.
It is bitter with some chocolate caramel strafing on the bitter rim. This is followed by waves of citrusy hops. A little on the sweet side, but balanced by the hops very well. Low carbonation hurts this beer, which was otherwise pretty damn good. I'll give it another shot sometime.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So disappointed in this beer, I was expecting a really great Black IPA from a great Local Brewery. Opened the bottle poured it out so far so good. Then let it settle in for a bit took a big inhale over the glass and thought that this is going to be really great. took the first sip and for some reason the flavor was just not what I expected. The brew had everything going for it just not the flavor.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Quick 6 Mt Rose Avenue in York. Served chilled in a pint.

A murky dark brown with thick cream cap of light beige that retains well. The bead is ultra fine and lace sticks decently. The smell is very good with lots of grapefruity citrus from PNW hops, gentle caramel hints and light coffee notes add to the dimension of the American Black ale. The feel is great with the hops in the starring role -sweet and juicy textures overlap and the roast is low with moderate alcohol presence and semi-dry finish which has a low astringency level.

This IPA is and American Black ale as I think the style is best interpreted. The flavor has plenty of ruby red grapefruit and subtle notes of caramel malt with a slight dark sugar tinge, mild toasted flavors that add to the complexity in the malt with slight coffee, but not heavily roasted. The juiciness borders on orange with subtle sweet and tangy and bitterness is moderate in the flavor along with a mild alcohol taste in the semi-dry finish. I enjoyed this a lot, unsure why it is rated so low since to me it fits the style in the best way possible with Hops getting the spotlight. I enjoy how there is not too much roasted malt presence to get in the way of the nice citrusy hops which are utilized so well - the dry finish makes for a drinkable American Black ale - Kudos Weyerbacher!

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Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer poured a very dark brown...I thought it was black but after holding it up I caught a glimpse of some lighter highlights at the bottom of the glass...a fluffy, tan, two finger head formed and slowly settled into a wispy cap...nice lacing

S - The hops are very forward...they are the first thing you smell after cracking the top...the hops are citrusy sweet...the roasted malt is just an underlying factor in the nose

T - Again, the hops are pretty assertive on the palate with the malt being an underlying factor...a sweet hop flavor kicks things off with a touch of caramel malt backing it up...the middle of the beer is where you get the roasted flavors, especially when it warms up...there is a nice roasted chocolate flavor and roasted malt flavor...the end is a bitter mix between roasted malt and piney hops

M - Medium bodied...there was something off putting about swallowing the was the taste of a raw but roasted hop came after the nice bitterness but it ruined that

D - This was a decent Black IPA...the black part of it was very subdued as the IPA characteristics really shined...I like forward to keeping up with Weyerbachers NATO series

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours an impenetrable black with a two finger creamy tan head that leaves lots of residual lacing.

S. Citrus hops and pine hops (although the pine might be the Christmas tree behind me). There is a slight roasted aroma with a touch of caramel.

T. While the flavors are the same as the nose, the hops are more dominant. Assertive citrus with a subdued pine hop presence. The caramel and roasted malt come out mid palate. Bitter citrus peel on swallow.

M. On the thin side of medium with a medium level of carbonation.

D. A great pairing with spicy lamb rogan josh - the roasted malt matches with the lamb while the hop oils help cut through the spiciness.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance is very stout like. A retentive, finger thick cream colored head sits on a thin black, nearly opaque body with sticky clumps of lacing. Aroma is dark and roasty malts with light grapefruit hops. As the beer warms up the black part of the IPA starts to dominate with a sweet, dry roasty malt flavor dominated with resiny grapefruit hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium thick with soft carbonation. Nice flavors for a Black IPA but balance is lacking as the dark and roasted flavors never really mesh with the hop profile.

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Photo of bbeane
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter... a 1/2" creamy off white head sits on top of black beer. Almost no light shines through when held up to one. Head has nice retention and leaves some decent lacing

S- I got a wiff of grapefruit before even putting my nose anywhere near the glass... first wiff up close delivers some more grapefruit but is evened out my some sweet maltiness. After some swirls of the snifter the aroma seems to get alittle dryer

T- Impressive IMO... very nice dry hoppy flavor. Not super intense, but no malty sweetness accompanies the grapefruit-like hoppy taste

M- Medium body with medium carbonation... leaves a bit of linger bitterness in your mouth

D- Though I don't think I'll be able to get more of this because it was limmitted, if I could I would. Definitely worth giving a try should you come across any...


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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Varga in Philadelphia.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of sweet caramel malts. Also present are large amounts of citrus hop aromas and lighter pine hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light roasted and dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal amounts of citrus and pine hops. Midway through the sip slight amounts of light chocolate flavors make a brief appearance and the pine hop flavors intensify. Light roast and pine carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer but it didn't meld as well as some of the better CDA's out there. Still, it's worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass; had at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville, NJ

Arrived at my table a dark chestnut brown, near black color with a two finger tan head that fell to form a thin layer of foam. Some lines and dots of lace are spattered about.

The aroma isn't overly assertive but is definitely noticeable. Pink grapefruit, grass, and a modest malt sweetness. A little bit of roast rounds out the aroma.

Pine comes through more in the flavor. Still, grapefruit and grassy hops heavy with mild dark roasted and subtle chocolate. The finish is where the hops assert themselves. Grassy, resinous hops with a grapefruit bitterness that can satisfy any hop craving.

Medium body with a creamy feel. The hops are crisp and biting while the malt sweetness is smooth and subtle. Bitter finish and a little drying.

This beer does everything well.

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Photo of BigMike
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 8/05/10

A: black as night. No light coming through. A thick creamy coffee ice cream colored head of close to two fingers. Clings to the glass nicely. Looks like beautiful stout but wait. This is an ipa.

S: at first all I got was a beautiful bouquet of hops. After a minute I can get some dark malts as well. I could sniff this all day long. Tons of citrus and floral with some light chocolate notes coming through. I'm dying to taste this thing.

T: this is such an interesting style to me. The initial taste is light fresh hops. Then a bittering effect followed by the roasted malts in the form of coffee. I really like this beer.

M: No complaints here. Perfect carbonation. Smooth and medium bodied. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This beer is freakin awesome. I love everything about it. It looks amazing. It smells beautiful. It has tons of flavor and great drinkability. This is something Weyerbacher should consider adding to their line up. I like it a lot!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to djrn2 for sending this beer to me. It is the first beer from the Weyerbacher NATO series that I have tried.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is roasted malt with some piney hops. I also get a little bit of tobacco in the aroma. The flavor is fairly bitter pine with a little bit of citrus. This is also balanced out with some roasted malt. Low to medium bitterness - one of the more bitter Black IPAs I have tried. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of yankiac
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark black with a very small thin brown lace. It looked like a classic porter.

S - It looked like a porter but it smelled like an IPA. Hops were very distinctive in the aroma, but some roasted malts were observable.

T - An enjoyable hoppy flavor up front that is interrupted by dark roasted malts. The hops were potent and citrusy but the roasted malts were overbearingly bitter.

M - Medium to full bodied.

D - Moderately drinkable. Could probably have a few but wouldn't plan on drinking an entire sixer.

Notes: My first Cascadian ale and I was pretty disappointed with it.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep black with a gigantic fluffy head that lasts and lasts and lasts. This is one you could float a bottlecap on. The aroma is plummy and musky, with dark, citrusy hops. The flavor is rich and slightly roasted, with plummy malt and a grapefruity bitterness on the finish. There is raisin, persimmon, and rich merlot grape, with some burned sugar on the finish. The mouthfeel is clingy. This is a bit of a palate killer but tasty.

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Photo of takeabrewski
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

A: Dark brown ale with a 1-finger head.

S: Hardly any discernable smell.

T: Malt and roasted barley early, which quickly dissipates. Some hop bitterness, but not much complexity here. Finishes with grapefruit and piney hops.

M: Average, unremarkable.

D: Fairly drinkable, I could put down a couple of these.

I was somewhat disappointed with this offering from Weyerbacher. This is my favorite style of beer at the moment, and Weyerbacher usually brews nice beers, but this one failed to live up to expectations. A bit lacking in character.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's last Saturday.

Pours near black with a nice, tan head and a good amount of lacing as it went down. Smell is puzzling, as there's really nothing there. I get the faintest whiff of hops, but can't really discern anything about them. Likewise, the roast from the flavor isn't really coming through either. The taste is a big improvement, with some nice, resinous pine hops with a bit of citrus. Roasted malt as well. Nice dryness from both factors. Good drinkability; an all-around tasty CDA.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this style of brew, and I thought this was a winner, one of the best I've had since Stone SSR. Looks great, black with some brown highlights, decent light brown head that leaves some lacing. Hops meet you on the nose, a nice dose of piney goodness. The flavor runs through with some bitter roasted malt, some big lingering piney hops, with a bit of chocolate, smoke, and wood rounding out the flavor and giving it some depth. Delicious. Lacks a tad in the MF department, where I would like a little more body. Very drinkable and all-around good brew from Weyerbacher.

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

This style is one I have not quite got around to really exploring yet. Ive had several Black IPAs and have never really cared for any of them. This one , so far, is my favorite. The main reason I enjoy this one is because it taste like an IPA and has a assertive hop profile. The maltyness is barely there and plays backseat to the hops. Lima succeeds in being both black and hoppy where other Black IPAs are neither good at being black or hoppy.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Hulmeville Inn

Lima looks dark with a dark brown that's bordering on black with a creamy looking tan head that leaves significant lace, it's a looker alright. Smells include grapefruit, a big malt component, peat and some spent grain, it smells alright. Taste is weird, not exactly hoppy in the sense of wow, more like a toned down black pale ale without the india. Malts kick the hops ass and there is this weird off, semi sour taste on the backend, I really cant describe it any better, lima does not hit the marks. A semi peaty taste in the middle. Looks bigger than the feel is, which is less than medium with some carb punch. I drank this quick, because I wanted to get it over with. Not something I would go back for. A rare miss in this otherwise great collection of brewers select beers from the bacher.

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Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to msulinski for continuing to provide me with a steady stream of new Weyerbacher as well as old favorites.

Not sure about this 'Black IPA' thing, if someone handed me a glass of Lima, I'd be thinking, "wow, damn hoppy for a porter". Pours impenetrable, with flashes of flame red around the bottom edges. Smells like a subdued IPA, with an almost rye, spicy zing to it. Good start.

Lima. Black IPA. Just doesn't roll off the tongue, does it? Like other of this 'style' this one seems a mix of hops with a heavy dosing of something else. In this case, the hops jump the fence first, but their circled by an odd mix of charcoal, grainy roughage, & an almost smoky flair. Hard-edged bitterness reasserts itself on the downslope, pulling it away from borderline porter territory & back into IPA.

This beer needs therapy. IPA? Porter? I'm not hung up on style, but this is just a bizarre mixture of two styles I enjoy. It's jarring, but pleasant, in a wild way. Good beer.

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Photo of biggerboat88
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those newfangled Black IPA's that seem to be all the rage these days. As usual, one of my favorite breweries, Weyerbacher has put out another fantastic brew. Lima is dark as night, a deep brown ale with a thick tan head that left some great lacing. I took one whiff of this baby and knew I was in for a treat, nothing but strong piney-hops on the nose. As soon as you take a sip there is a total assault on your tongue, aggressive bitterness with little to no malt backbone. There was a strange sweetness to the flavor coming from the less prominent citrusy hops. Good carbonation that maintained itself until the end of the glass. Most other Black IPA's that I've have a much stronger malt profile, Lima doesn't even pretend to be balanced in that regard but quite frankly I didn't care. This was just a sticky and aggressive IPA, not for the faint of heart. I really loved this one despite feeling absolutely abused by it.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 2" tan colored head that falls to a spotty surface covering. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: hop bitterness, grapefruits, and some malt sweetness creates a decent aroma.

Taste: mild grainy malt base with some prune sweetness, a hint of milk chocolate, and some grapefruit. Bitterness is quite biting here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some drying late.

Drinkability: decent black IPA that was relatively easy to drink. I would have liked some more roasted or chocolate notes here as the bitterness is heavily featured as the main flavor component.

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Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. I generally enjoy a black IPA, but this one doesn't quite work. I've heard this complaint from others before and now I get it. The way the sharp grapefruit hops mixes with the dark, bitter grains creates a strong sour tang that's not terribly pleasant. The hops alone, are tasty. And the barley, with toned down hops, would be a nice porter or stout. But this hop-malt combo does not work out.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from brees6221.

Pours a murky dark brown, almost black with a thick off white head that leaves some lacing as it fades to a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is mostly piney hops with some hints of citrus in there as well.

Contrary to what the aroma would suggest, this brew is mostly sweet with some medium bitterness in the finish. I can't quite put my finger on where that sweetness is coming from but it's quite evident and throwing me off a bit.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky with good carbonation. The sweetness throws me off a bit which hurts drinkability.

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