Viridis Lupulus (2013) | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Viridis Lupulus (2013)Viridis Lupulus (2013)

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Viridis Lupulus is an unfiltered golden-copper IPA with an aggressive hop profile. Massive amounts of Apollo, Calypso, Centennial, and Galaxy hops fill this beer with dank citrus and tropical aromas.

Added by Knapp85 on 06-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of shand
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viridis Lupulus is an outsider in the land of smooth, citrus-forward West Coast single IPAs that are becoming increasingly popular. This is a bitter, resinous pine and herb monster full and full - a classic East Coast style IPA amped up to crazy bitter degrees, and with the trademark balancing caramel malts completely absent. One for the true hop-head, the extremely dry mouthfeel akin to chewing on a hop pellet will turn off all but the most devoted. I really enjoyed it, something different in the crowded IPA arena.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle corked and caged. Opens with a vigorous pop. Pours a dirty copper color, certainly an unfiltered brew. Cloudy, with an equally soft pillowy foam that retains quite well and laces the glass expertly. In the past, clarity in a brew was a sign of its quality; now the exact opposite is true. Dank hoppy aroma of pine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, leaves, lemon, peppercon, dried papaya. Very bright and semi tropical aroma with some plant like elements. In the taste, very bitter and earthy, with some intense unripe citrus rind flavors. Resinous hops are definitely in 3D here, seriously another dimension of hops. Bitter as all hell, perhaps even beyond; I must have been a bad, bad boy. This beer is a bad boy. Bad meaning delicious and worthy; a rare kind of bad. Leafy, oily hop resins coat the palate. Medium bodied, with a prickly mouthfeel and delicate smoothness. Carbonation is at a soft medium. Overall, this is a fantastic example of American IPA. Delicious, smooth, hoppy, strong, brilliant in every sense of the word. Have yourself a pat on the back Weyerbacher team, this is a resounding success.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle of hops released this year let's see how it held up, looks great deep copper amber with a big head flowing forth light beige thicket of head forms nicely. Aroma has pine, citric notes with orange zest it's a great grassy floral quality of big hop layers in the nose, I'm liking it!!! Flavor is bitter with citrus zest and crushed aspirin, goes down exquisitely nice big beer with big hops and ample malts to balance out the show. Mouthfeel is big oily and accentuates all hop flavors fully I'm in love with this beer, it's a big hoppy badass beer that we need more of, the unfiltered aspect just adds to hop chunks floating in your glass who doesn't love that? Crushing waves of bitterness I'm not embarrassed to enjoy this onslaught of hops it's seems so fresh because of the big unfiltered raw hops in a 7.5% IPA I'm looking for more of this stuff and I know where to find it at retail get ready for a resinous hop mouthfeel with ample natural smooth carbonation all day. Great overall experience there's nothing like this on the market go and try some if you catch it soon, I hope they re release this stuff this coming summer!!!

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Photo of Act25
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz into 2 pint glasses, shared with friend. Great complement to our meeting.

Appearance: pours a hazed, light apricot, golden color with a large 2" head that very slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Thick lace all the way down. Great looking, sturdy brew.

Smell: Aggressive hops, but balanced. Nice spice, grass, citrus, and floral tones with a wave of hop bitterness. Very pleasant, very aromatic.

Taste: Many sensations, great beer! Waves of orange, grapefruit, pine, flowers flow on top of a sturdy malt base and finishes long and clean with hop bite. Aggressive, big hops beer akin to Ruination.

Mouthfeel: medium to sturdy bodied beer. Crisp to start, good tingle, dry late.

Overall: Left me happy, and happy to have more. A slow drinker, a meditation beer, a conversation beer. Perfect for a meeting!

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Photo of themind
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a very herbal like hop profile this beer satisfies. This is a good IPA that has a decent amount of bitterness to it but its not overwhelming. It's very drinkable and I feel that the brewers at Weyerbacher did an excellent job. If you looking for a good American IPA this is a good place to start at an affordable price.

Bottom Line: Worth the money as it satisfies.

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Photo of bobhits
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this and just figured "why not."

Pours oh god...half a glass of foam even with a gentle pour.

The hop aroma is that of herbs and citrus grape fruit. A very dry and sugar free aroma, I expect this one to be a bit astringent and to have some acid like notes.

I saw someone else say there was a garlic like element to the hop profile and I can go with that. It's like a mix of citrus orange peel, garlic, and perhaps hints of rubbing alcohol. Surprisingly this is not a bad thing. This is definitely for lovers of harsh bitter beer and count me in that group.

Dry and yet bubbly the mouth feel is solid though the alcohol is a bit hot. I don't see an abv but I'm assuming in the 9-10 range.

I like this one. It's like hop extract with a hint of malt. Not for the non IPA fan or people who only like hopslam and 90 minutes. This isn't that kinda IPA.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dark ornage color with a nice 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Thick lace develops.

Smell: floral tones and bitterness creates a nice aroma.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, and a hint of floral tones create a nice beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late.

Overall: this is a very tasty beer that comes off as very fresh and full of hop flavor. Easy to quaff. Definitely must seek this one out.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A slight dull amber body, mostly brown with a little pit of peach orange hue to it, and fairly opaque. Very nice foaming light tan head with a large soapy swiss cheese retention to it as well.

Nose is a good blasting hop angle. Lots of dry earth and large danky quality. Deep grass, and some faint hinting citrus possibly grapefruit hiding in the back. Muddy a little bit, but with a good fruit accent that makes it quite interesting. Very nice, but not going to be everybody's cup of tea. Not much malt presence or angle either, this beer is letting the hops just all shine.

A real nearly juicy mouthfeel with a light body but has quenching properties. Huge dank and dry earth qualities, with a large lingering serious bitter dryness. Lots of earth and soil finish with a dank juicy quality. Virtually no sweetness on this brew, but with a subdued malt backbone. Hops are all forward on this one, but focus toward pine earth and dirt primarily with a little bit of hinting fruit balance. Spicy and herbal as well.

Overall a real good solid earthy hop bonanza, but this is not your fruity hop chasing tropical rush. So keep that in mind. A worthy large IPA worth drinking.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the brewery

Very hazy orange body. Topped by four fingers of pure white rocky foam. Good dripping lace.

Inviting citrus aroma. Plenty of orange, some mango, apricot, grapefruit lurking about. Dash of pine.

Solid but not huge semi-sweet malt foundation. Juicy fruit follow with a burst. Gigantic bitter bite at the swallow. A tongue scrapping, tooth cleaning blast of bitter. And it's not a bad thing. As it warms, the bitterness decreases and the fruitiness increases.

Medium body with a good deal of prickliness.

Not my favorite Weyerbacher IPA, but an interesting one off at least.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stopped by today at the release, the beer poured out as a nice copper color with a white foamy head on top. The retention is pretty strong and leaves a scattered lacing. The smell of the beer has a pretty big hop profile, it's citrusy as well. The taste of the beer has a powerful bitterness to it which I really liked. The beer is light bodied and refreshing but a bit over carbonated to me. Overall this is one of the better beers I've had from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - A very dirty unfiltered copper amber color with a solid 1/2 inch of sticky white head that lasts forever.
S - Citrus hops sweet and peach in nature but not as bitter as everyone describes. Not too bitter of malty a perfect balance to the nose.
T - Bam! Hits you with a blast of bitter and acidic hops that clings to the palate but it does balance after a bit leading to more of a citrus peel hops and some pineapple hops. I really enjoy how the palate adjusts to this hop assault making way to mild touches of soapy suds and a bit of crystal malts.
M - Medium bodied for sure not as thick as a DIPA but great for an IPA.

Overall I really enjoyed this IPA it was well worth the 7 dollar bomber price just to pop the top and enjoy such a hoppy IPA. Recommended!

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Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep, rich, bright gold color, this beer fits in the median of the color spectrum for IPAs. It's got a cloudy depth to the body. A soapy white head reaches and lingers at one finger tall, dropping slowly and leaving patchy deposits of lacing as it recedes.
The aroma pours out of the bottle and I'll call it dank. It's definitely a smell partakers of a certain substance would like. I like it, too, and the potent mix of dank, raw, earthy, leafy, floral bitterness does it well.
It's bright and clean, with all of the elements of the aroma coming through in the flavor, not quite as dank but just as raw. Leafy without much pith, it's a sturdy bitterness that should appease most hopheads. There's some citrus and rind in there too.
The feel is equally clean and bright, the particular leafiness making it fairly dry while a sort of juiciness evens it out. The medium body holds up, crispness is gently biting and consistent, and it has a nice smoothness for an overall very well-rounded mouthfeel.
I love Weyerbacher's price point, and at $9 for a 750, Viridis Lupulus is no exception.

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Photo of beerbully
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A-Copper colored opaque, thick white foamy head that leaves thick lacing that clings to side of glass. Not much head retention but lacing is long lasting.

S-Citrus hop bomb...grapefruit and mango, notes of pine, grassy, a bit bready with some malty sweetness

T-Follows the nose...nice balance between the citrus and pine of the hops and the sweetness of the malts...followed by a dry bitter finish

M-medium to full bodied, creamy, a bit dry on the back end

O-Nice IPA well balanced, creamy bodied, good hops presence but not over powering ...quite drinkable as the alcohol is fairly well hidden maybe a bit too bitter and dry on the finish but worth visiting again

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Photo of Kendo
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on June 10, 2013; consumed on August 15, 2013.

A: Poured from the 750 ml, caged and corked bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is quite hazy; honey/amber-orangey in color. Active carbonation is apparent right out of the bottle; it results in a very big (3-fingers-plus) ivory head with a lot of staying power. It finally dissipates - somewhat - to a foamy meringue-like head and leaves behind loads of foamy lace.

S: Very nice IPA nose: juicy citrus and some pine needles.

T: First impression is the bitterness at the finish: almost like chewing pine needles. After a couple sips and a palate adjustment, I get some citrus underneath the piney finish - think grapefruit peel or pith - and a bit of lemony drying bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. Malt provides foundation, but not a lot of sweetness. This is primarily bitter; perhaps too one-sidedly so, even for an American IPA. Still, I don't dislike this beer, it's just not too subtle. Relatively high-for-the-style ABV of 7.5% is noted after a few sips, more in the head than in the form of heat on the palate or in the belly.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is active in appearance - it refortifies the head all the way down the glass so at no time is there less than a half-finger of thick foam on top - but fairly gentle on the palate.

O: Very good. Reminds me vaguely of Victory Hop Wallop in the way that it's quite bitter and somewhat one dimensional, but as someone who more than occasionally enjoys the hoppy side of life, I like it.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg,PA

A- a hazy copper with mahagony tones. A nice 3 finger head with frothy mountain peaks. Lacing is great and the appearance is enticing.

S- apricot, lemon zest and hints of grapefruit...I also get some sweet brown sugar caramel malts.

F- the flavor mimics the nose but the spice the tongue up nicely. The apricot and lemon zest come out first with the brown sugar malts on the back end. Nice complement to each other.

M- tangy and zesty for a beer...I love it. The mouth feel is slightly carbonated but the flavors come out nicely as it goes down.

O- this is a another good brew from Weyerbacher! I would love a case of this and even a quarter keg if I was having a party. Great stuff!!!

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose - aromas of grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has notes of grapefruit citrus along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and hoppy and is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an opaque copper/orange pour with 3 fingers of foamy head which left behind probably the most lacing i've ever seen in a beer in at least a few years.. as far as appearance goes, it looks like a homebrew (i appreciate that). aromas of pine, garlicky spice, grapefruit, and caramel.. the hops are out of control in the nose, i love it!
a very herbal like hop profile, the malt backbone is bready but mixed with the hoppy bitterness (which lingers) turns into a wine-like flavor. very resinous bitterness, reminiscent of warrior hops. that weird (but delicious) garlic like bitterness lingers for a while. there is a subtle citrus flavor towards the finish.
medium in body with moderate carbonation - i was expecting more bubbles considering how loud the cork popped off.

this is a really nice ipa from weyerbacher - there are very few beers these guys make that are not at least above average.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a hazy amber color with an off-white head. There was abundant lace.

Hoppy, hoppy aroma. Citrus and pine. Sweet malt.

Grapefruit hops, a little resiny pine. Malt background.

This was a very hoppy beer. If you don't like big hops, this beer isn't for you. I certainly liked it.

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Photo of Pork_Lord
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite choice of hop pairing by Weyerbacher, but I think I can
understand what they were going for here.

This beer proudly stands on its own among the other the other fantasies crafted by Weyerbacher. It has back bone and personality, especially as you warm up to it. The more you drink it the more your palate develops deeper fruit notes and over sees the hops that had been baring down on you

If this beer had a hand I would shack it.
I'd spit on the ground, call him a son-of-a-bitch and hope that I'd see him around soon.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a huge cream head. Aroma is pine and citrus with some tropical fruit. Taste is heavy bitter, medium sweet. Finish is also very bitter, just hoppy bitterness throughout and not much else. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 061013
Best By 101013

A: Pours a hazy orange amber color with a massive head that very slowly creeps down the glass and leaves some nice lacing

S: Bursting at the seams with citrusy and grassy hops. Get some yeastiness in there as well. Behind the scenes lies some sweet maltiness

T: Starts off with some grassy and earthy hops with a very strong malt backbone that provides some sweetness. Not nearly as citrusy as the nose would lead you to believe. Bitter throughout, but more so towards the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Aside from looking and smelling great, this is just your average IPA. Nothing that sets it apart from your typical IPA, although the price is nice and it drinks easy enough as you don't really notice the 95 IBUs until the finish. Apparently the hops will change every year, so hopefully next year might be more then just aromatic hops

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Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very cloudy from the bottle-conditioning. Has a deep auburn/burnt sienna color. Light still embers through the body of the liquid. Head is immense and wonderful. Lacing is sticky and slick-looking.

Leafy hops with a celery note. Lemon-lime and grapefruit citrus with more vegetal and leafy notes. Very green-smelling. Malts are modest, but I can pick up on faint amber grain whiffs. The magnitude of the aroma is smaller than I'd expected, especially after the bursting nose I got when I uncorked the bottle.

Spicy hops upfront. Lots of hop leaf bitterness and verdant notes. More pithy than the nose would have anticipated. Picking up on celery again, but there's a tropical fruit hoppiness at play here now. Unripe papaya, dank hop resin, citrus, blood orange, and toasty maltiness in the middle of it all. Galaxy hops really put on a nice show here.

A nicely-carbonated IPA with a soft bite and swooshy mouthfeel.

This beer really comes together nicely. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark amber color with a generous white, two fingered lingering soapy head.

S - Pithy grapefruit with dank grapefruit tropical aroma and a slightly bready malt character - one dimensional aroma that's still good.

T - Pithy grapefruit, spicy, bitter pear and apple, bitter passionfruit, and citrus.

M - Medium body and super dry.

O - Citrusy, dry, it now before the hops fade.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 9.99/25.4 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma of pine and citrus
Head large (6 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and frothy island
Lacing good – partial rings and stalactites of small to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy
Flavor of citrus, some malt, ends with grapefruit bitterness with a long hang time; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4.25, Overall 3.9375
The malt coming through makes me think this beer is past its prime but since Weyerbacher (along with many other brewers) doesn’t bother to date their bottles, this beer is reviewed as if bottled today.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/10/2013. Pours very hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, and floral earthiness. Moderate pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Viridis Lupulus (2013) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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