Hops: Cascade, Pilgrim, Centennial, Liberty, Saaz, Fuggle, and E. Kent Goldings
Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
Price: $10.99 (six-pack) at liquor store
Description:"Our brewers’ intention on Hops Infusion was to create a complexity of hops flavor and aromas, not found in any other beer. Made with seven hop varieties, this deep copper-orange IPA is loaded with juicy hop notes of pine, lemon zest, and a layer of pink grapefruit and a strong foundation of toasted caramel malts underneath it all give this beer a complexity that’s unparalleled. Hops Infusion weighs in at 6.2% and is available year-round." — Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: This is part of my Four Weyerbachers and a Magic Hat series. I'm a big fan of IPAs. We've got plenty of great ones in the Northwest and I look forward to tasting what the East has to offer. Weyerbacher has two IPAs in their year-round lineup. Hops Infusion uses 7 different hop varieties. Their other is a double IPA that uses only Simcoe hops.
The tasting: Copper colored and hazy with a fluffy white head that dissipated slowly. Aroma of grapefruit citrus and floral hops. The combination leaves a smell that is best described as soapy. Flavor of hops—all sorts of 'em! The grapefruit citrus dominates, but I also tasted pine, grass, and fruit. The caramel malts and alcohol are not noticeable amongst the melee of hops. Hops Infusion is medium boded, lightly carbonated, and has a resinous mouth feel. The IBU count for this beer isn't listed, but I'm guessing it's north of 90+. Hops Infusion is bitter, from start to finish. I'd describe the level of bitterness as tongue scraping. It finishes with, you guessed it—bitter hops that will be your companion long after the beer is finished.
Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me. Be warned, this is for IPA aficionados only. I liked it, but would have preferred a stronger malt base. The hops just drowned everything else out. That said, brews with crazy hop bitterness always have a spot on my beer rotation.
Have you tried Hops Infusion or any other Weyerbacher beers?