Sunday, March 22, 2009

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe® IPA

It took me a while to figure out how to make that registered trademark symbol for Simcoe. For the record, this website was helpful with the ALT 0174 rule. Apparently, Simcoe is a hop variety used in this beer and is a registered trademark of Select Botanicals Group.

I saw a couple of my other beer network friends say that Weyerbacher HOPS Infusion was no match for its sister Weyerbacher Double Simcoe® IPA brewed by Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, PA, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

This beer has a strong citrus and grapefruit aroma, some malty as well. First taste impressions are of grapefruit and pine flavors, and a very noticeable astringent and dry alcoholic flavor. The beer makes you make "that face" like when you're drinking freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. This is also a spicy and bitter beer, but not in a bad way. Those two aspects are kind of nice. There's a little earthy or grassy feel to it too, or that could be just that I was doing yard work this morning. The aftertaste is not that nice, though, leaving behind just the dry alcoholic feeling in my mouth.

I must admit I am a bit disappointed as my expectations were higher. I think Weyerbacher would have something if they'd marry this beer with their HOPS Infusion and conceive a new beer baby with the DNA of both, as there are things I like and things I dislike about each. Actually, I did call those two beers sisters above so that would be a little weird marrying them, except in a few states. Check out this shirt for some hints, which one of my coworkers from there showed me recently in an act of home-state deprecation.

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