Beer Review: WEYERBACHER UNFILTERED DOUBLE SIMCOE IPA

Beer Review: WEYERBACHER UNFILTERED DOUBLE SIMCOE IPA

Weyerbacher’s Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA, housed in 750ml corked ‘n’ caged bottles, presents itself as an unbridled and fully bottle-conditioned rendition of the immensely popular Double Simcoe. The unfiltered nature promises a cask-like experience, showcasing an intensified hop profile in both flavor and aroma, accentuated by a higher carbonation customary to their cork ‘n cage series.

Appearance:

The liquid cascades into the goblet, unveiling a hue reminiscent of iced tea brown, crowned by a resilient and creamy beige head that lingers, resembling the aesthetics of a homemade brew.

Aroma:

The olfactory journey is subtle yet distinct, with notes of Simcoe and a honey-like sweetness weaving through the air.

Taste:

A sip reveals a melange of table sugar, pine, and an earthy, dank Simcoe character, culminating in a bitter finish that defines its Double IPA lineage.

Mouthfeel:

The texture is robust and syrupy, complemented by a creamy carbonation that adds a layer of richness to the overall sensory experience.

Overall:

In my assessment, the Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA leans more towards the realm of a sweet barleywine than a traditional Double IPA. Sampled three months post-bottling, the pronounced sweetness lacked the requisite hop balance for my palate. The desire for a more hop-forward experience leads me to ponder the potential allure of the filtered version, which I believe might offer a more satisfying encounter.