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Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
City – State – Country: Easton, PA USA
Style: American IPA
Release/Date: Year Round – Bottled 6/12/12
Purchased: Gift from Mark Pyle from Ohio’l (Be on the lookout for this one to start showing up in Erie soon)
Information: Straight from Weyerbacher’s website…..”Last Chance IPA is a west coast-style full-flavored hop assault delightfully lacking in balance. We’ve added a combination of Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Columbus hops are used to produce pungent aromas of grapefruit, pine and citrus. The name “Last Chance” is a nod to something held very close to the hearts of many of the employees at Weyerbacher Brewing Company: Animal Rescue. Weyerbacher donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every drop of Last Chance IPA to small, regional animal rescue operations. These shelters offer dogs, cats and other pets their last chance to find a new home.”
Appearance: Poured orange in color (when held up to the light) with just a touch of haze. Head is off-white and initially stood almost two fingers tall. There’s some good retention, and even better lacing being left behind on the sides on my glass.
Aroma: Pine Resin, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Lime Zest, Caramel Malt, and I’m also getting some subtle Earthy Tones.
Taste: There’s a good amount of pine resin up front. A wave a malt sweeps over the palate and makes a futile attempt to tame the sticky hop bitterness. The caramel malt flavors start to successfully push through towards the back end. The finish is chalk full of lingering unsweetened grapefruit-like bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with just under moderate carbonation. You can almost feel the resinous character eating through your enamel.
Morey’s Bottom Line: I like IPA’s that have nice lingering flavor, but this is just a little too one-note for me. It’s sticky and bitter, but there’s not much else going on. With all of the work that Weyerbacher put into creating a new year-round Ipa, I guess that I just expected a bit more. Still, this is not bad by any means. If you’re craving a sticky hop forward IPA, this one outta quench your thirst.
Score: 3.5 out of 5