Weyerbacher – Double Simcoe

Tasting: March 7, 2012
Style: Double IPA

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe

Hops are one of the four traditional ingredients in beer. Just so I don’t leave you hanging – Water, grain and yeast – are the other three. Hops are used to impart aroma, bitterness and complex flavors. There are about eighty hop varieties in commercial use and still more in the developmental stage.

One of what I’ll call a more recent hop variety addition is Simcoe. It’s a hop variety released by American cultivar – Yakima Chief Ranches in 2000. It has a very distinct aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and pine. I certainly don’t want to get all test tube crazy on you explaining alpha and beta acids (you can check that out in my glossary) – but take my word — Simcoe hops are a strong bittering hop and a moderate to strong aroma hop variety.

This one says that its an IPA brewed with Simcoe hops. It pours a cloudy rust color and it certainly delivers the nose it promised – citrus. The taste is amazingly bitter — just like I like it. I had to do some research to find an IBU and I see it placed between 90 and 165. This has to be most bitter beer I’ve ever had – wow. The ABV checks in at 9.0%, but brilliantly disguised. Flavors of pine, tart pineapple, tangerine with just enough malt in the form of charred caramel to anchor this one. Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. This one is certainly not for the faint of heart — but I’ll put it at 93 points.

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