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Lima | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 08-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 27
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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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%
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%
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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2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
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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4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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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3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 beer...it was the taste of a raw but roasted hop cone...it 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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3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +7.5%
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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3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +19.1%
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 -0.5%
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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Lima from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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