Beer: Double Simcoe IPA
Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Style: Double IPA
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: A New Brunswick apartment
Primary Consumer(s): Ally and Kerensa
Sight: Burnt sienna coloration, with a cloudy body and a thick, dense but fluffy beige head.
Smell: Off-putting but, uh, dynamic, we at first thought it smelled of dog urine and mushrooms, or a fake pine sent, or rotten pineapple; but we finally decided upon kitty litter and a damp lake house. See? Off-putting but dynamic.
Flavor: Sweet notes initially–a generic fruit flavor, like Del Monte canned fruit in its sweet, sugary syrup. There are also notes of burnt caramel and copper (but not quite like drinking pennies, as some IPAs will taste.) The piney hop flavor lingers in the aftertaste, with a bitterness that you feel, not taste.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel that feels like bitterness tastes, if that makes any sense.
Concluding Remark: Simcoe is a hybrid hop variety that was developed in a way that allows a brewer to use a lot of them without creating a harsh taste. (It has a high alpha acid content, maximum aromatic oils, and low cohumulone levels, if you’re into the specifics.) As such, this Weyerbacher Double IPA isn’t overly bitter, and it doesn’t feel like a 9% beer. (Which is ironic, since the Last Chance IPA, another Weyerbacher IPA reviewed this month, has much more of an alcoholic note but only clocks in at 5.9%.) However, once you get the scent of the Double Simcoe in your nose, it’s kind of hard to enjoy. It is an interesting profile of the Simcoe hop, though! So if you’re not into super bitter IPAs, give this guy a try; just hold your nose as you drink it.