Though I’ve had numerous varieties of IPAs over the past few years, it wasn’t until the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12-pack that I was finally able to learn a bit about the differences between various hop varieties. After a bit of discussion, we all agreed that the Simcoe hops were the most flavorful of the five hop varieties that we sampled, and this verdict prompted me to pick up a bottle of the Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA, which is brewed exclusively with Simcoe hops.
Let’s see what Weyerbacher can do with these very potent hops…
- Appearance: Hazy, reddish orange color. Very little head that dissipates quickly.
- Aroma: Hops all the way! Very floral. Lots of grapefruit.
- Taste: Medium carbonation. Smooth creamy texture. Very little malt sweetness. Intense hop flavors from beginning to end. Strong bitter finish that lingers for quite awhile.
- ABV: 9%
I’m not sure how I feel about the Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA. It was enjoyable overall, and it was definitely flavorful, but I can’t say that I loved it, or that I would go out of my way to track it down again. I think my lack of enthusiasm for this beer is due to it’s one dimensionality, i.e. hops, hops, and more hops. I love a hoppy beer, but I also like a few surprises along the way.