Posts Tagged With: Weyerbacher

Weyerbacher Winter Ale

Beer: Winter Ale
Brewery:
 Weyerbacher Brewery
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 5.6%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark cola body with no head.

Smell: Exceptionally malty and chocolately. I think this might be the most chocolately smelling beer I’ve encountered this year,

Flavor: Although the overall flavor is somewhat nondescript, the malts are the most pronounced. It’s a little toasted, a little sweet, but that’s about it.

Feel: Thin body with high carbonation. It has the mouthfeel of seltzer.

Concluding Remark: Weyerbacher usually produces loud, alcoholic beers that challenge both my tolerance and palette. However, it would seem that they were a little tired come the end of the year. Their 2012 Winter Ale is anything but interesting and challenging. It’s a somewhat watery, banal brown ale whose only redeeming quality is that it is quite easy to drink. Meh.

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Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Beer: Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Style: Pumpkin Ale (Imperial)
ABV: 8.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:


Sight: Slightly cloudy, dark orange body with no head.

Smell: Strong brandy smell, with notes of raisin, caramel, and a hint of clove.

Flavor: There’s an initial sharpness from the high ABV and hops. As it sits, it begins to taste like fresh pumpkin flesh. The sweet spices take a back seat, although there’s a bite from the fresh cinnamon. There’ a bit of sweetness from the malts at the very end.

Feel: Thin body with low carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale is the quintessential imperial. There’s a strong, tangy pumpkin flavor, with an equally strong alcohol note. Unlike other pumpkin beers, the fresh pumpkin flavor is showcased instead of masked by a flurry of pumpkin pie spices. You really can’t go wrong with a 4-pack of this stuff.

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Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

Beer: Double Simcoe IPA
Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 9.0%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: A New Brunswick apartment
Primary Consumer(s): Ally and Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:



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.

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Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA

Beer: Last Chance IPA
Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Style: IPA
ABV: 5.9%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: The Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally
Secondary Consumer: Husband Joe the Scientist

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight: Looks like apple juice with a disappearing cream-colored head on it.  Nice lacing, too.

Smell: Bright floral aroma with notes of alcohol–lab-grade methanol, to be exact.

Flavor: Straightforward hop flavor–bitterness, pine, and grapefruit or citrus pith.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel with moderate-to-high carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Weyerbacher’s Last Chance IPA is a solid rendition of the India Pale Ale.  It’s made with a combination of four different hops–Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe, and Columbus–and has every flavor note one would expect from these varietals.  Nothing too flashy or unique; just straightforward IPA-ness going on here.  And to make you feel even happier while drinking it, Weyerbacher donates a portion of the proceeds from this beer to regional animal rescue operations (thus the name, “Last Chance.”)  So you can feel good knowing that as you enjoy your array of hops, you’re helping dogs, cats, and other pets find a new home.

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Weyerbacher Quad

Beer:  Quad
Brewery: Weyerbacher
Style: Quadrupel
ABV: 11.8%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Murky, near opaque, ruby-amber body with one-inch beige head upon pour that simmers to a thin velvety head with myriad carbonation bubbles. Lacing lingers on the glass.

Scent: A melange of strong fruit aromas: figs, raisins, bananas, sweet cherries.

Flavor: Intense sweetness upon first few seconds, which quickly transforms into a sharp boozy bitterness. Tastes of malted caramel, walnut, candied apple, raisins, and brown sugar. A little hint of peppery spice at the end.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Booze lingers at the back of the throat, like downing a Scotch quickly.

Concluding remarks: Given that this boasts as much alcohol as a terrible White Zinfandel, the alcohol note is, surprisingly, not overpowering. While absolutely noticeable, the flavor of sweet fruits and nuts balances what could have otherwise been something akin to drinking rum-spiked beer. I have not been entirely impressed with American brewers’ attempts at Belgian-styled ales yet, and this does not help their plight. However, the flavor profile is just complex enough to challenge the mouth. And for that, go ahead and give this guy a try. At the very worst, you’ll leave the bar (or your kitchen, in my case) just a bit warmer.

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