Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA

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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (802) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
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 it does.

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.
 Grade: 7/10

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