Friday, December 4, 2015

Weyerbacher Double IPA #1 (review)

Beer Review #63

When I began my exploration of craft beer in 2014 I quickly fell in love with IPA's, but I haven't reviewed an IPA since August. I decided to rectify that with a bottle of Weyerbacher's Double IPA #1. I've previously reviewed their 20th Anniversary Belgian Style Dark Ale, Blithering Idiot Barleywine and Old Heathen Imperial Stout.  All three were superb, and this IPA follows suit.

Double IPA #1 is the first in a rotating series of India Pale Ales that Weyerbacher plans to release. Four new IPA's each year, with the double / Imperial IPA's coming in the fall and winter. A new recipe every single time.

As far as I'm concerned this first Double IPA knocks it out of the park. Look for a slightly hazy pale-orange pour with minimal head but good retention and noticeable effervescence (hold it up to the light and watch zee little orange bubbles rise) through out the life of the session.

The aroma is huge on grapefruit and tropical fruitiness, but never fear hop-heads, as it tastes far less sweet than it smells and has hop bitterness aplenty courtesy of Cascade, Bravo, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. Taste is again, grapefruit, but also pine and maybe some orange peel.

9.0%ABV, with alcohol well hidden. Dangerously drinkable.

Musical Pairing: Ritual by Ghost

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)

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