I’m so used to drinking double and imperial IPAs, I sometimes forget
what can be done with a single. Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA is a
relatively light beer that shows how well hops can be utilized. If you
want a palate cleanser you’ll be satisfied with this.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It cost $3.19 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: Pure copper color that almost glows. Forms a good size,
eggshell, foamy/frothy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Not necessarily citrusy or piney, but the smell of hop pellets. Slightly earthy and spicy.
Taste: If you’ve ever eaten a raw hop pellet you know just how dry and
astringent they are. Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA is a flavor similar to
that experience put into beer form. Much like the aroma, the taste isn’t
citrusy or piney, but straight up bitter and dry. I suppose you could
describe it as slightly spicy, not unlike that of the noble hops, but
considering none are used in this beer it’s a bit odd it has the taste
Sharp, dry, bitterness hits the tongue right away and does not let up at
all. A hint of orange candy flavor through the middle, but a quick
return to the bitterness at the end. Not much in the way of malt
character at all, but it’s understandable considering the brewery
describes it as "delightfully lacking in balance." It has hints of
garlic or onion, but only hints. It’s surprising the beer is only 62
IBUs since it’s just so overtly bitter. Satisfying for sure, but the
lack of the classic (and preferred) flavors of citrus and pine hinders
it a bit.
Drinkability: Say what you want about this beer’s palate, but the fact
remains it still drinks like a standard IPA. The body is well into the
full spectrum with a lively, crisp mouthfeel and lingering bitter
aftertaste. It’s actually a little refreshing while it’s in the mouth as
it scrubs the tongue clean. At 5.9% ABV, Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA is
also an efficient brew for getting so much chutzpah out of (what is now
considered) a relatively light weight beer.