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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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by TheSupremeAJ:
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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More User Reviews:
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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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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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
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 AndrewNations
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 FrankyLikesIt
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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 DrBier
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of yankiac
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Timmush
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap and purchased some bottles from the release at Weyerbacher.

This is a Black IPA with a lot more "hop" taste to it than expected. I am not sure what hops they used (more Simcoe?).

If you have ever had Yakima Twilight by Victory it is in the same ballpark. However, Lima has more hop profile and less malt taste.

A very good brew!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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 justintcoons
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
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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Photo of 321jeff
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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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Photo of thain709
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 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 BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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 ColForbinBC
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 takeabrewski
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Slatetank
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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