Style: IPA, Single-varietal American Imperial IPA / Double IPA
Availability: year round
Pairing: strong blue cheese, buffalo wings
Summary: Heavy alcohol and heavy hopping create an over-riding bitterness in this Double IPA. If you love simcoe hops – and a lot of them – then brave forward else look for something more balanced.
Weyerbacker Double Simcoe IPA aggressively hopped double IPA is a bitter beast is for the hopheads only. A neutral malt back hold up the hops but fails to bring an other flavors to the table. You can taste the heavy, 9% alcohol as well a big, dark citrus, pine and grapefruit flavors from the Simcoes. The brew pours a murky reddish brown with nice lacing, good mouthfeel and an appropriate carbonation… all signs of a well crafted beer. But the bitterness, to me, is just too assertive and representative of everything I resent of the overly assertive IPAs getting pumped out these days. I’ve had much more balanced double IPAs before but if Simcoe hops are your bag then by all means give it a try.