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 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 wvsabbath
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Dark golden tan with a monster 4+ inch foamy, thick head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Sweet grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, oranges. Grapes, added sugars and some spices with a minor malt backbone in the finish.

Taste - Starts out with a nice big bitter grapefruit and pine flavor. Some sugars along with a nice mild malt backbone come in after palate adjusts from the hop bomb. Nice note of lemon and a little grassy hop flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Straight up hop bomb coats tongue and leaves it bitter and numb. Palate gets more hops along with some sugars and malts. The aftertaste is hop bitter and dry.

Overall - Pretty good, bitter piney hops galore. Not a citric, fruity affair, but dry, bitter and grapefruity. Wish the malts were more present, cause I think it would make the beer more balanced and enjoyable, cause the one dimensional hop bomb, which is good, isn't great. Decent enjoyable beer, alcohol masked well, and good price, 7.99$ for the 22ozer.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dull orange color with about 2 fingers of super sticky white head. Smells like dank hops and grapefruit in a wicker basket. Citrus and faintly oniony with a very small bit of caramel. Very intense hop aroma.

Very dank hop flavor and wow very big bitterness encompasses the entire back of the tongue. Some bright citrus up front but then the beer goes into raw hop flavor. Very earthy and raw hop leaf flavor and a bit spicy and oniony. Extremely faint sweetness lingers with massive hops bitterness lingering. I thought it might be tough for this beer to compete with double simcoe but they are completely different beers. For those that truly seek big hop flavor. Very spicy and herbal with a touch of alcohol heat. Pretty good. Body is surprisingly light with lots of carbonation. Almost no malt presence at all.

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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 avalon07
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of hops, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops - a surprising amount for a single IPA - some malt, a little citrus (grapefruit), and pine in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but the hops is a little out of balance (a little on the harsh side). Still, not too bad.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a n overly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A decent IPA, but there are better examples of the style to be had. Nonetheless, drinkable.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a moderate white head that shrinks fairly quickly but sticks around for the duration. The aroma starts 1/2 citrus 1/2 floral and becomes piney/resiny as it warms up. Bitterness dominates the taste and I wasnt able to pull out any other flavors. Very astringent, but it leaves you thirsty and wanting more. If you are looking for a bitter IPA, find this one.

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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 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 GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Dark gold and hazy orange colour. Fluffy off white 1 1/4 inch head that took a while to fizzle down to a 1/2". Minimal lacing so good head retention on this one.
AR: Good fruity hop aromas on the nose. Mostly tropical with mango, guava, pineapple with some citrus like orange, tangerine and a bit of grapefruit. Malt aromas of biscuit and toasted cereal grains. A little hint of green pine in the background. While there's some nice aromas on this, none of them jump out but all seem to be a bit subdued.
T: Get more grapefruit and lemon in the flavour than on the nose. Pink grapefruit rind for sure with tart lemon. The pine is also a bit more prominent than in the aroma. The tropical flavours are toned down compared to the nose. The malt flavours are a little more bready also. Leaves a rather bitter grapefruit aftertaste that lingers.
M: Decent carbonation, slightly crisp on the tongue, finishes off dry.
OV: Not bad. Worth trying and if you more go for biting IBUs than juicy fruity hop flavours then you'd really appreciate this one. The nose was more balanced and promising than the taste for me.

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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 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 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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Viridis Lupulus (2013) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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