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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

2008 Chocolate Bock – Samuel Adams

2008 Chocolate Bock – Samuel Adams

Presented with a lovely pewter label on a bomber (and retailing at $14.99 a bomber, this was the perfect beer for the holidays). Produced in 2008, but I cellared the bottle until 2010 and served it at Thanksgiving. It was a big hit – subtle and mellow, with rich chocolate flavor and other flavor notes from its special brewing process, which paired well with turkey and pumpkin pie. This beer was aged on a bed of cocoa nibs from Felchlin – Grand Cru Savage from Bolivia. The nibs imparted notes of honey, vanilla, and dried fruit to the malt backbone of Chocolate Bock. Despite being aged for 2 years, the beer held up very well, even with a low ABV. It transformed into a wonderfully decadent and complex beer that finished smooth (without any bittering).
I only wish that I had bought more of this vintage. The “new” Chocolate Bock that got introduced in 2009-10 changed the formula, going from a premium beer to a mass-produced beer that could be put into the variety packs and six-packs at a reduced cost. I’d still prefer the premium cost of the 2008 Chocolate Bock over the more recent version. If Samuel Adams decides to produce another premium version of this beer, then pick it up immediately.

Rating: 92