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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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Ratings: 2562
Reviews: 1296
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed using 100% Simcoe(R) Hops, a west coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc.

(Beer added by: yen157 on 05-05-2006)
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Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours almost a penny copper hue with a two-finger cream-white head that eventually fades to about a half-inch and retains wonderfully. A few thick splotches of lacing left behind.

S: Tons of powerful rustic, earthy pine in the nose. Some fresh citrus flavors peer through the earthiness—grapefruit mainly, but I also feel like I'm detecting some orange here too... Slightly spicy and zesty, with just a hint of malty sweetness beneath. My description may not sound like much, nor is it overly unique, but this is one of the greatest beer aromas I've encountered. If Yankee Candle made this scent into a candle, my house would smell like this every day!

T: Doesn't really follow the nose note for note... The flavor profile is dominated by waves of fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit juice followed by touches of orange juice. A little bit of caramel malt in the middle, quickly silenced by a devastating wave of pine and grassy bitterness. A little bit of spice from the alcohol is silently added in the lingering aftertaste. There's some other stuff going on in the finish that I can't fully decipher. For a single hop brew, this is complex as can be!

M: Full-bodied, controlled carbonation that crisp and adds just enough effervescence and lets the flavors really shine. A bit on the chewy side and definitely quite sticky. A slightly creamy texture, but mostly sticky. Truly wonderful. A bit ham-handed in the alcohol department as it warms to room temperature (60 degrees or so). Not really an issue, but definitely something to keep in mind if you're a fan of having the booze completely masked.

O: Weyerbacher is another respectable PA brewery that I always keep and eye out for. This is the 2nd brew I've had the chance to review (albeit the 5th or 6th I've tried) and is definitely their shining star. A total hop-bomb without wrecking the palate. Truly a treat to drink and it'll be finding its way into my fridge a lot more often.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 04:27:10 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of KornWallace

New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 3/31/14
Location: The Beer Necessities
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Amber in color with a thin consistent head. Foggy
Aromatics: It smells almost herbaceous in the hops with that more familiar hop bitter. Lots of malts almost ready.
Flavor: The beer starts tart at the front of my mouth and moves in to malty at the back. I get a big floral note in the middle- hop flower a little honeyed sweetness.
Finish: The hops are with me at the end as they lather my tongue and hold for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 02:12:09 | More by KornWallace
Photo of bdubs22


4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought an assortment case in Northeastern PA. Have had the Old Heathen and a couple other brews from Weyerbacher before, but their example of an Imperial IPA is incredible. The malt balances with the Hops to create one of the more drinkable IPA's I've had (particularly considering it's a daunting 9% ABV). Not overwhelmingly carbonated, a great choice for a summer beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 21:20:50 | More by bdubs22
Photo of JamieDuncan


3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of a mixed 6 as a what the hell, lets give it a try. Appearance is murkier than most IPAs but a good looking beer with decent head. Did not have that great IPA smell, rather bland. Taste left a lot to be desired, a lot of bitter without the taste and balance. 9% gives a couple bonus points and did improve as it warmed with bitterness fading but overall was disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 03:11:47 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of MoMaMe


4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer!

Nice citrus and pine notes, with a crisp finish. One of the best fresh "hoppy" beers I've tried. Great flavor that lingers on the palate.

I got this beer since its description was similar to the Celebration Ale by Sierra Nevada, which I really liked. This beer, however, I like even better!

The bottle poured out with a nice foam head and an deep orange-gold color. Taste, smell, flavor, finish, everything was a plus with this beer. Definitely will get again!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:24:52 | More by MoMaMe
Photo of mikemorgan


4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A – Light amber color.
S – Lightly citrus, simcoe hops abounds and a bit of malty sweetness rises from the glass, but not too much
T – Just the right balance of malt and hops for me. (Very Hoppy)
M – Lovely, alcohol is there but not overwhelming, great smooth finish

Overall one of my favorite beers anytime I can get it. Pricey but well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 14:26:44 | More by mikemorgan
Photo of FLima


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber brownish color with a thin caramel thick head keeping a constant plate.
Lots of resiny pine in the aroma backed by toasted malts. Notes of caramel, grapefruit, red berries, biscuit and herbs.
Although it is quite bitter, it is rather smooth, definitely Simcoe as expected. Flavor of pine, resins, tobacco, pineapple, grapefruit, an earthy spice, caramel and biscuit malt, grass, and Cointreau liquor. Dry aftertaste with a prolonged bitterness.
Full body with perfect carbonation of tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 9% abv is incredibly well hidden.
Very good DIPA, not overly sweet and with a well-defined character. Go straight to the point.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 15:31:31 | More by FLima
Photo of ISmith87


3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A – Golden amber color. Nice thick fluffy white head. 4.25
S – Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, earthy (almost a garlicy/cheesy), bread from the malt. 3.75
T – Citrus, grapefruit, funky flavors (garlic, vinegar, cheese?), alcohol, little bread from the malt. 3.5
M – light-medium MF, alc is present, aftertaste is bitter hops. 4.0
O – It's not that great. Bottled on 11/08/13 this beer shouldn't be out of date already. Tastes like an average IPA, with a little too much funky-ness. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:55:28 | More by ISmith87
Photo of undeadozzy


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured deep golden brown with a thick head and unreal lacing. Opaque and very thick looking, this looks like one hell of a DIPA.

S - Huge smack across the face of hop ripeness, a little buttery biscuit and some earthy deepness.

T - First sip is a massive wave of hop bitterness. Picking up lots of stinging citric acid, grapefruit, some lemon grass. As I let it sit in my mouth, flavors of buttered biscuit, saltine cracker and even a little butterscotch sweetness appear. On the finish, a twang of lemon zest and saltiness, and another whisper of hops. A delicious beer.

M - Very thick and sticky, a chewy demeanor. Really sticks to the inside of your mouth and demands your attention.

O - Another wonderful beer from Weyerbacher, these breweries here in PA really know their stuff! The flavor was wonderful, the double IPA really lives up to its name with this one, and I can't wait for another!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:08:29 | More by undeadozzy
Photo of reebtaerG


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into New Belguim globe glass

A-hazy orange/yellow color and half finger white head. Little lacing

S-aromas of caramel malt and citrus hops and hint of cherry

T-taste is also the same as the aromas. You get the citrus right at the beginning and have the simcoe hop finish

M-great balance sweet then hops. Spirtyz on the tongue.

O-great DIPA very complex and hides the ABV

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 13:19:29 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

June 2013

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-murky dark amber color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before sinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light spackles of surface foam. Resilient lacing clings to the glass and leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Very musty and earthy hop aroma with plenty of malt to back it up. Funky, but in a green way. In a word: Dank.

T- Taste is also very earthy and bitter as the hops and alcohol chomp down on the palate. The malt tries to make itself known but the bitterness of the hops reigns supreme in the end. As the palate acclimates, some caramel sweetness finds its way through but still can't compete with the sheer power of the Simcoe. Notes of pine and wet grass.

M- There's a lingering hop bite and lots of oiliness in this one. Medium-low carbonation and a hefty body.

O- If you want a strong, sharp hop bomb with lots of earth tones, look no further. A very different type of DIPA.

Edit: Had another that was bottled 5/16/13 (Don't know if I missed the bottle date on the other or what) which makes it almost 8 months old. Phenomenal. The hops all remained and were even brighter than the other and everything was smooth and balanced. Either the other one was even older than this one or the fact that this one was kept refrigerated almost the entire time (a forgotten bottle in the back of my mom's fridge) made all the difference in the world.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:32:11 | More by Immortale25
Photo of EastHarris


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid offering from Weyerbacher. This blends malt sweetness and hop bitterness perfectly. I think I could actually session this beer. One of those I do not buy often because it comes in a 4 pack, and then whenever I do, I wonder why I often pass it up. Should have at least one in the back of my fridge at all times. Give this to a friend who swears he or she does not like overly hoppy beers. Perfect gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 21:53:35 | More by EastHarris
Photo of PSU_Mike


3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A - Dark copper with a light head. Very active carbonation, low head retention.

S - Hard to get much of anything here. Very muted. A little pine, a little malt sweetness, and very subtle tropical fruit.

T - Taste follows the nose only a little stronger.

M - Pretty average. Finished dry and bitter on the sides of the tongue. The bubbles tickle the tongue.

O - Very average. There is nothing that stands out in this beer. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 00:50:40 | More by PSU_Mike
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy deep orange with a thin white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Hops dominate with some sweet tropical fruit.

T - Lots of hops produce a good amount of bitterness. Bitterness is balanced out by a nice caramel sweetness. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O - A very well balanced DIPA. Simcoe hops and sweet malts balance out well. Definetly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 05:30:02 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of tmm313


4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Unfiltered Burnt orange/brown body. Poured a 1/2 finger, creamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.
S- Pine, dense caramel, sweet grapefruit and orange.
T- Sweet grapefruit and orange up front, followed by caramel, roasted malts and pine. There's a sweetness toward the end that I've decided tastes like honey. Sweet citrus, pepper, pine in the aftertaste. ABV hardly noticeable. Very well balanced and flavorful.
M- Medium, creamy body, with a honey like slickness. Oily, pine resin feel in the aftertaste.
O- This is a really good beer. It is very well balanced between the Simcoe hops and powerful malt presence. Again, ABV is almost completely unnoticeable. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 22:02:23 | More by tmm313
Photo of Scrapss


4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

.Poured into a champagne flute.

A: Beautiful deep glowing copper. thin head, soapy white lacing. Slightly hazed with particulate suspension.

S: Wonderful simple Simcoe with some caramel malt style scents. Hoppy. Lemony. Lemongrass.

T: Mild Simcoe undercurrent. Lemongrass, hay, mild malt backbone. Smooth all day. Mild tropical fruit notes. Not very hot/boozy.

M: medium-full body, filling. creamy due to high saturation of carbonation, but no activity to support this level of carbonated creaminess. I do not detect any graininess of texture on palate due to any suspended solids seen. Hides booze level well.

O: If you want Simcoe, this brings it at the highest level. Very good showcase for Simcoe hops. I would seek this for a single hop experience that isn't a grapefruit bomb.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:47:05 | More by Scrapss
Photo of Cheld


4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bold Double IPA dominated by- you guessed it- Simcoe Hops. Picked up a bottle at The Vault in Lewiston ME.

Appearance- Relatively dark and cloudy IPA. The head is about 1 finger thick and disintegrates quickly leaving limited lacing.

Smell- Mostly pine scented, with a hint of sweeter fruitiness like berries? But not as fruity as most hoppy IPAs.

Taste- Dominated by the Simcoe Hops, it has a pine flavour that matches the aroma. There is a strong bitterness as expected in this style, but it is followed up by a honey-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Overall- Not exactly balanced, but few Double IPAs are in my opinion. Definitely a hop lovers beer, and a good one at that. I highly recommend and look forward to the next three in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 19:12:10 | More by Cheld
Photo of sweetwaterman

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a Make Your Own 6 Pack at the local Whole Foods.

Appearance is a hazy darkish bronze. Almost looks identical to fresh pressed apple cider.

Smell is HOPS! With a name like Double Simcoe, you can guess what the dominate nose is. The Simcoe hops dominate with grassy resiney highlights. This is supported with sweet, almost fruity notes too. Raspberry jam, perhaps? Definitely jam spread on hot toast.

Taste: Hop bitterness dominates. Pleasantly piney. Well rounded hop flavor which highlights the featured hop as intended. I won't say it's balanced, but the finish does alternate between sweet and bitter for me.

Mouthfeel: fine for an imperial IPA.

I enjoyed this one. I tend to like my big IPAs on the citrus side of things, but this one certainly did what it wanted to do and did it well.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:42:45 | More by sweetwaterman
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark copper amber colored pour with a small, short-lived head.

Smells smokey sweet with jellied fruit, primarily strawberry. Evergreen is muted with a layer of mild funk on top.

Bitter hops are up front, and the taste is never as sweet as the nose, even though the candy-caramel is there with the malt center. Bitterness carries through to the boozy end with its scallion and cheese edge, and hint of pineapple.

Light, smooth mouthfeel--a nice contrast to the heft of nose and bite.

Overall, this is a creative offering, with a unique hop character. Its flavor doesn't thrill me, but the craft deserves recognition.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 02:38:31 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottling date: 05/01/13 - best by: 11/01/13 - just drank moments ago

A: really murky/cloudy (dry-hopping?), dark amber.... about 1/2" of head that disintegrated into a collar of plumpy bubbles, then light mist....not that attractive and indicative of possible infection

S: fruit puree (strawberry?! mango?!)... sweet-fruity higher alcohols (thankfully not solventy) and/or a blend of caramel malts.... perhaps a touch smoky, perhaps a hint of lime.... alcohol and dem Simcoes mostly

T: (I suppose that's the ) Simcoe hitting at the fore and, after a brief, mellow wave of alcohol, its quite bitter burst in the finish, reminiscent of citrus pith and wormwood (more the hops in combo with the cooling/warming sensation of the booze).... a green onion-like numbing?.... later, the increasingly bitter Simcoe separates and balances better with the subtle, smooth, flavor-neutral malt... a lil mango in the aftertaste?

M: surprisingly feather-light, smooth, and fairly dry....actually quite dry and only marginally desiccating

O: flavors I've tasted in many 2x IPAs.... if by "outstanding" we mean "does it stand out?" then, yes, I suppose it does stand out from the average 2x IPA - all thanks to the Simcoe.... it's a good beer, but probably not something I'd want to drink more than 2 of in one sitting

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:54:08 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a ridiculously hazy burnt copper color. It's still one of the haziest IPA I've ever encountered. The yellow-shaded head, while lacking size at less than a half finger, is amazingly creamy. It also manages to leave as much lace as it possibly can.

S: The aroma is bold enough where one can immediately notice it simply by cracking the top open. All the Simcoe hops, and their cat pee-meets-tropical fruits-meets-pine cone qualities, are here in full effect, backed by a lot of sweet caramel malt. And when I say a lot of sweet caramel malt, I mean enough to ultimately overpower the hop profile once it sufficiently warms up. The malts even have a candied element to them like a decent barleywine. It's not a turribly fresh bottle, but then again, it's still within the best-by date, so it's fair game.

T: Not as sweet as I anticipated, but that aforementioned candied malt note is still there to open the palate up nicely. Sweetness gradually fades to more neutral mango and papaya, and then ultimately to piny bitterness on its finish. It's not wretchedly bitter or sugary - though I could use without some of that earthy, leathery alcohol flavor (ala FW Double Jack) that sometimes rears its ugly head. Still, this is super-solid.

M: All this maltiness, and it still has a crisp bite to it. Moderate carbonation pokes through the soft-at-first body. There's also a sweet linger on the back of the palate to break up some of the resiny sting, to the point where the aftertaste is slimy. That's really my only quibble about this brew.

O: I swore I'd give this a second chance when I reviewed a single that seemed like it was from the Reagan administration. I'm glad I did: while it's not in the upper tier of DIPAs, it's an enjoyable example of a 'malty' DIPA. And I dislike malty DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 21:04:07 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of dwren89


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: very hazy, reddish amber with off white sticky head

Aroma: pine, citrus, slight detectable alcoholic aroma, caramel, toasted bread

Taste: very piney, a little citrus, with noticeable alcohol note on the finish, solid malt backbone with caramel and toasted bread character

Mouthfeel: full body, smooth and mouth coating, medium-low carbonation

Overall: Delicious and filling, a great addition to any Imperial IPA pick six. Only draw back would be the alcohol note on the finish, as some 9.0% abv imperial IPAs are able to keep all the flavor and strength but dodge the alcohol note. However, overall it is very good!


Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 22:11:45 | More by dwren89
Photo of ChipMurray


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served to a Spiegelau IPA glass

A: A murky amber, off-orange appearance, and insignificant lacing with no head to speak of.

S: Intense sweet tropical notes, almost a pineapple. Malty with some piney-ness, it's appealing to me.

T: Lots of citrus flavours, bitterness that lingers, but the sweetness balances it admirably .

M: It is rather thick and oily. Just right light carbonation.

O: A great example of a Pennsylvania Imperial IPA. Weyerbacher scores with this showcase for Simcoe.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 17:22:24 | More by ChipMurray
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this beer has gotten me thinking/looking for my second hops variety.

A: "dirty" amber haziness, little retention or lacing (double)
S: caramel and malty
T: caramel with little raisin up front, little citrus at end
M: pretty good, given relative sweetness, the hops does pull on the tongue for the right amount to let you know it's an IPA
O: not been impressed or disappointed by Weyerbacher in the past. This beer I would order again, in moderation given its ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 23:55:05 | More by cjgiant
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a deep, rustic looking amber color. Thick one inch head, some decent lacing on random spots on the glass.

Smells very earthy, piney, very West Coast IPA like. Not much malt detected.

The taste is similarly West Coast. Lots of earthy tones here- fresh cut grass, pine needs, resinous pine sap, some grapefruit and orange rind, and some caramel malty flavors. The malt is sweet but doesn't detract from the dryness provided by the hop flavors. A bit oily at times.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, low carbonation.

A great DIPA from Weyerbacher- quietly a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 21:08:41 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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