Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Weyerbacher Camelopardalis, Brewer's Select Series

Easton, PA's Weyerbacher Brewing Company, brewers of awesome beers such as Merry Monks, Blithering Idiot and Old Heathen, like to experiment with different beers in their Brewer's Select series. After having completed a beer for each letter of the NATO phonetic alphabet, they have now turned to constellations. I thought it would be fun to use this space to learn about the experimental beers that Weyerbacher is brewing, and also to learn a little bit of astronomy along the way!

Camelopardalis is the 6th release in the Northern Hemisphere constellation portion of the Weyerbacher Brewer's Select Series.  It was released on Friday, March 7 in the Weyerbacher's Easton, PA taproom.  12 oz. bottles of Camelopardalis are only sold at the brewery, and you will only be able to find an extremely limited number of kegs throughout Weyerbacher's distribution.

Weyerbacher, Camelopardalis, Brewer's Select Series, Belgian Style Imperial IPA

Weyerbacher Camelopardalis (from Weyerbacher)

  • A 10.2% abv, 40 IBU Belgian-style Imperial IPA
  • During the whirlpool, over 200 pounds of Hopsteiner OCC Experimental and Simcoe hops
  • Grain bill was composed of 100% North American pale malt, and was fermented with a Belgian wheat beer yeast
  • Weyerbacher brewed this beer to be consumed right away, and advise against aging it!
Constellation Camelopardalis (from Constellation Guide and Top Astronomer)
  • Camelopardalis is from the Latin derivation of the Greek word for "giraffe"
  • "Camelo" - camel, "Pardalis" - leopard
  • You can thank Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius and German astronomer Jakob Bartsch for creating and documenting Camelopardalis in 1624
  • 18th largest constellation in the night sky
  • Has 3 stars with known planets
  • the brightest star is Beta Camelopardalis, but overall the constellation is faint
  • Beta Camelopardalis is a binary star with a yellow G-type super giant
  • Camelopardalis contains an intermediate spiral galaxy known as NGC 2403, as well as some other clusters and galaxies.

Camelopardalis poured a clear, golden color with a moderate, white head.  The aroma is pure hops (the fruity, grassy kind).  This Belgian-style Imperial IPA drinks with almost none of the bitterness you would expect from a beer in the style of an IPA.  You do get some of the simcoe hops, but the yeast and malt take over the rest of the flavor of the beer.  There is a slight spiciness in the finish.

Weyerbacher Camelopardalis, Brewer's Select Series, Belgian Style Imperial IPA

Overall, I really liked Camelopardalis.  The aroma reminded me of an Imperial IPA, while the flavor and mouthfeel of the beer reminded me more of an strong Belgian ale.  I love tasting unique beers like this.  I hope they continue to make many more of them!

For other beers in the Weyerbacher Brewer's Select Series, click here!


  1. It maddens me that I've gotten my hands on NONE of this series. I guess I'll just have to enjoy through you. Keep the reviews up for this series, it's better than This Weeks Sky at a Glance.

    1. You may get lucky and find some on draft, but if you want bottles you need to get to the brewery.

      Thanks for the kind words!