Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

In Double IPA, Hops, Reviews on September 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Some beer brought back from a trip up North.  This is a Double IPA, with a single hop used.  The Simcoe hop is most famous for smelling like cat pee, and also has a pretty high alpha acid content at about 14%, which means it can make for a very bitter beer.  Here’s my review:

Pours deep brick/copper color with a creamy, off-white head.

Has a musty aroma, with the expected cat pee, which is not as off putting as it sounds.  It’s also floral and a bit fruity, namely peach and apricot.

On the palate, sweet malt and green hop flavors come through first, with some bitter citrus and herbal, leafy, earthy and musty notes.  Mango, peach and orange peel hit in the middle and a strong malt backbone keeps it all together.

It has a creamy mouthfeel with some good malt chewiness to it.  The resins give it a nice sticky feeling and it closes out with a sweet, fruity but bitter finish.

The beer is not overly bitter, it is complex but well balanced and subtle, not overly aggressive hops.

Mango chutney was the first thing that came to mind when thinking of food.  Obviously it would blend well with the fruity flavors in the beer.  An oily fish would go well and can be topped with a mango salsa.  Fish tacos would be great with this beer from Weyerbacher.  A grilled swordfish steak, lightly seasoned would go very well with it.

If you’re not into fish, try it with some slowly smoked ribs or some other salty meat, or maybe some spicy Cajun food.  Hungry yet?

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 9%

Cheers!

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