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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA – Weyerbacher Brewing Co

Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA – Weyerbacher Brewing Co

I’m always a fan of single-hopped beer, as it’s a great way to profile that hop variety. This beer is no exception – the only hops used are Simcoe, a west coast hop variety. This particular beer is retired (but the normal version, the filtered type continues to be available year-round). Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher weighs in at 9.0% ABV, squarely into Double IPA land and nearing Triple IPA land.

I picked this up on a whim, as I enjoy Simcoe hops and thought that this would be a good way to explore the nuances of that hop. There was a lot of sediment (yeast) in the bottle due to it being an unfiltered beer, but that adds to the creaminess and head retention of the beer itself (and the head on this beer is truly massive). It produces a hazy look to the beer, and of course there are some “floaties”, but none of that is an actual detriment to the beer itself.

Poured as a very dark amber (rich mahogany) with massive white head every time. Wonderfully grassy and prickly pine Simcoe flavor that transforms into a citrus cacophony while finishing creamy. Wonderful DIPA that doesn’t overwhelm you with a barrage of hops, and allows its Simcoe flavor to truly shine. The unfiltered version adds creaminess to the mix. Isn’t a hop explosion as most DIPAs are – but actually is a quite nicely balanced DIPA, although it would disappoint the hop-heads. Demands to be a beer to be savored, to ponder on the variety of flavors that comes from a single type of hop.

Rating: 93

Hudson Street Hooligans Lager – Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

Hudson Street Hooligans Lager – Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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In Columbus, we’ve got a soccer supporters club on Hudson Street (with its own private establishment as well) that supports the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. Elevator Brewery has a long list of brews, but they renamed their Xtra Lager to Hudson Street Hooligans Lager and began serving it exclusively as a contract-brewed beer for Hooligans and at Crew Stadium. This beer has since been retired, but that doesn’t mean I can’t wax somewhat poetic about it. It was an easy drinking Helles Lager with more flavor than your standard macro lagers. Unfortunately, I don’t think there was much else to recommend besides it being a superior option to macros.

Rating: 72