Town: Viereth-Trundstadt (Weiher)
Style: Double India Pale Ale
Color: unfiltered amber
Head: rocky, off-white, great lacework
Nose: citrus/floral hops
Body: full-bodied, low carbonation
Palate: harmoniously hoppy
Finish: long, dry, bitter
Served: on tap at the brewery
Impression: I’d really enjoyed their tap IPA my first time time there so I bought a few bottles of the Weiherer/Fat Head collaboration Hopferla to bring home. It’s brewed with seven different hops: Simcoe, Warrior, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic, Chinook and Equinox. I found it a bit over-the-top hoppy at the time, though I could taste it was well-made. On my recent visit, I decided to get one as my final beer at the brewery and ordered a full pint no less just to give it a real chance. I found it more subdued and the hops to be in perfect harmony this time around, even though the same seven hops were listed on the beer menu. It may have been tweaked for the local market. While IPAs are more popular in Germany now, balance will surely always be the key here. Just to note, the price point of a pint at the brewery is about half that of what you’d pay in the US and a hell of a deal for a 7.5% beer of this quality. I noticed an Imperial IPA collaboration on their website. I guess I have another reason to return.
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