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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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3,024 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,024
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 161
Gots: 313 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: yen157 on 05-05-2006

Brewed using 100% Simcoe(R) Hops, a west coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc.
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Ratings: 3,024 | Reviews: 1,335
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber that is greatly drinkable. Just hops, and nicely malted but still on the bitter side. Must be enjoyed on its own, with another IPA would not be as much of a standout. A good IPA and not overdone double. Lace in glass, and good colour and head. Hoppy aroma, and nothing but.Had on tap a few months later and it was about the same.

Photo of t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 12oz bottle in a trade recently. It pours a dark orange color that has plenty of offwhite head on top. Decent lacing, moderate retention.

Smell is mostly of simcoe hops. Kinda sweet both from malt and from hops. Moderately piney with an interesting grapefruit mix. Thats simcoe for you.

The taste is great. All simcoe hop flavor with some caramel malt behind it. Stone's 11th anniversary beer got me into simcoe and now I can't get enough of it.

Body is medium and very carbonated. Amazingly drinkable. This one is up there with the Maharaja from Avery and the 10th Anniversary from Stone.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of nmann08
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, cloud dark golden orange. Minimal carbonation.

Smell is piney hops, resin, a little sweet from the malts. Raisins. Not in your face.

Taste is piney, a little bitter up front, light citrus notes. Spicy, grapefruit. Finishes well balanced and a little sweet.

Mouth feel is great for 9%. The carbonation is a little light.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber-copper color with a pretty solid off white head. The nose brings forward a large amount of citrus rind as well as some resinous pine. There is a slight amount of caramel malt in the background. The taste is quite bitter with some nice citrus and pine notes. Grapefruit and orange seem to be the most dominant. Mouthfeel is dry with a bit of booze. Overall, this drinks fairly well, but there's something that doesn't come all the way together for me in the end.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color and has a thin beige head.
S: It has light aromas of citrusy and piney hops.
T: Like the smell, the hop flavors really dominate the overall taste yet there are also notes of sweetness from the caramel malts. The bitterness from the hops is strong, but not that overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and a bit oily. There is dryness in the finish.
D: There's no way you could drink more than one of these in a single sitting but it is a good sipper.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 Finger head with lots of lacing on a reddish amber cloudy body. The aroma is excellent with lots of hops and citrus with a nice pine note. Very flavorful with a strong bubble gum note with lots of hops, citrus and pine. Very complex overall for what seems like a single hop IPA. I wonder if others are added as well. Medium body and moderate carbonation with a sharp finish.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium copper color with a frothy head that never quits and leaves lots of splashy lacing; even after the pint glass is drained, the head remains almost half an inch thick - astounding

Smell: Incredibly piney but there is also some lemon, pineapple and apricot and a touch of mint

Taste: Starts out with a dominating piney hop profile that overwhelms the malt; after the swallow, there is a tremendous bitterness at the back of the tongue and, surprisingly, a touch of grapefruit sweetness peeks through on the tip of the tongue while its fruity bitterness spreads around the sides and rear; the alcohol is not well-hidden and makes a bit of a solvent and warming appearance

Mouthfeel: Rich and syrupy with moderate carbonation

Drikability: This is one big beer with a lot of flavor; it is not the easiest beer to drink however, as the piney resins and alcohol are a bit overwhelming

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious and aggressive IPA that shares some finess malty notes of sweetness and body with resiny hop flavor and bitterness that coexist well in the same glass.

Double Simcoe pours with a rusty haze of deep amber- could very well be an Amber Ale. A dense off white head adorns the beer with solid retention and lacing. Darker than most, but the beer has the look of good IPA's.

Strong scents of pine resins, fresh grasses and herbs, and a sharper onion-like note all make a presence in nose. But not to be outdone are the hearty malts that give a sweeter, breadier scent of caramel, richly kilned barley, and bread crust. Crisp citrus rinds emit as the beer warms, along with a formitable alcohol presence.

Those hearty malts make an early impact in taste as well. Delicious caramel flavor carries only moderate sweetness that resides in the distance and allows the hops to garner attention. The citrusy pith flavor of grapefruit and oranges seem to pull flavors of apricot and pineapple from the malt sweetness and yeasty esters for a delicious blend of zesty fruits and thinly sweet malts. And as the beer turns toward finish, the more piney, resiny, grassy, and herbal-vegital hop notes take the hops from fruity flavored to intese bitterness. Again, a moderate amount of bitter alcohol flavor accents hop derived bitterness late.

The thin sweetness of the beer starts the mouthfeel with a richer and more verbose texture of creaminess. But the sweetness of malts remain malty but low on the unresolved sugars that keep most beers from drying. But the beer releases the malt body at mid palate, in favor of hop dryness, fleeting malt weight, and alcoholic warmth. Though not as dry as many IPA's, the malt character carries the beer through a malty-dry finish and a citrusy bite into the next sip.

A beautiful beer that uses a thin caramel taste and a note of powdered sugar that supports the hop flavor and bitterness without weighing heavy on the palate. This is the key to this beer's sucess and is welcome in my glass any day. The Simcoe hops don't have the strong onion, garlic, or canabus character in which it's famed or blamed.

Thanks BigBlueBeerGuy!

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is pretty intense and covers the malt. Taste is also dominated by huge fresh citrus hops. Malt is certainly present but hard to taste with all the hops in there. Body is above average and beer is not over filtrated. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, while this IIPA is very enjoyable, a better balance between malt and hops would have provided more enjoyment on my part.

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is earthy and very hoppy in the sense of what this beer is.Tthe color is muddy golden looking. Not the most appealing color but once you taste it you'll see it's good. This beer goes through different stages it seems like at first it's hoppy and juicy, then it because more dry as you drink it. The flavor is unique amongst other IPA's. The head on the glass is great too, the lacing is very sticky. This is one of Weyerbacher's pride and joys. This one should be around for quite some time.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opulent ochre that glows like firelight when held up to the morning sun. This is a big looking beer that features bold, rich colors; a storm of fine yeast; and a massively creamy, brown sugar mousse-like crown that is a bigger lace monster than the head on any 9% ale has a right to be. The final pour delivers an opacity as great as any Imperial stout. Whatever else this beer does right (and I'm betting that it's plenty), the appearance was downright nailed.

Simcoe IPA would have been great. Double Simcoe IPA is doubly good. This particular hop is a permanent member of my all-time 'top 5' so it's no surprise that I love the aroma as much as I do. It has that raunchy, cheesy, earthy, zesty, cannibis-like, tropical citrusy vibe that makes me want to smell it all day long. That ain't gonna happen though because I'm too excited to begin drinking.

As I was pretty sure it would be, this is an outstanding Double IPA. I'm glad that Weyerbacher decided to go the single-hopped route because Simcoe is easily hop enough to pull it off with style. The flavor of these little green cones is simply incredible when turned into beer. How anyone can love craft beer and not love *this* craft beer is beyond me.

A massive load of (borderline too sweet) pale malt lays down a thudding bass line that says 'hit me with your best hop shot!' Thankfully, the brewers have obliged. The hop load is gigantic and, amazingly enough, threatens to overbalance a beer that has more malt than most DIPAs in the known universe. Overbalance isn't a dirty word where I come from.

The flavor profile is an absolute dead ringer for the nasal profile and is even more bombastic. Sometimes I think I overuse the word 'explosion' when describing great beer of this style, but there's no other word that comes close to capturing the density and intensity of the flavor. Detonaton perhaps?

Orange, pink grapefruit, pineapple and resinous pine sap lead the way and ride the sugary, ooey-gooey pale malt wave all the way to, and through, the finish. In fact, there really isn't a finish since the flavor lingers until the next mouthful, whenever that happens to be. Only a hint of alcohol (understandable given the ABV) keeps this beer from flavor perfection.

The mouthfeel, like everything else about Double Simcoe, is larger than life. It's as chewy as hop taffy and at least as sticky. Some might consider it be overkill--and it might be--but then overkill is another non-dirty word where I come from. The massiveness of the mouthfeel (and the sweetness) limit drinkability just a tad, even as the flavor increases it several-fold.

I feel stupid in worrying that I needed to drink this bottle of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA before the hops faded. This sucker will be kicking for the foreseeable future. I'm thrilled to death that the brewery has decided to release it year-round and will be sure to load up whenever I travel to Ohio. Thanks to BitterBrian for this hop monster of a beer that is easily the finest offering that Weyerbacher has yet produced.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz into a pint glass.

A- Burnt orange, cloudy, 1 finger creamy colored head, lots of lacing 4.5

S- Hops hops hops and more hops, smell is very nice and lively 4.5

T- Intense, but not over the top. Can taste the alcohol a bit, but not alot at all. nice after taste, some nice piney, grassy flavors in there 4.5

M- Dry, crisp. clean. 4

D- Good sipping beer, could not do alot of these, but a good beer, would buy again. 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fantastic double ipa for the bitter hop people. this is one bitter bastard. it pours a hazy bronze color with a prominent white head more than two inches tall. there are huge chunks of yeast floating around, bigger globs than i think ive ever seen, but the beer still looks very inviting. the nose is real bitter hops, oily and up front, with subtle fruity notes from the yeast in there as well. flavor is true to the smell, with the pungent hop character taking full control. there is also a bit of an alcohol burn on the back end, which combined with the hop bitterness makes this beer a real firebreather. green veggies and intense hops throughout. great mouthfeel too, with bright carbonation and a hefty medium body. its very soothing going down, and this is a 4 pack i could happily consume in an evening. overall a distinctively hopped double ipa, worthy of its excellent ratings.

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending this one my way, Scott.

A: The pour is a hazed dark amber color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: A nice citrus hop punch right off the bat. Good grapefruit and sweet oranges. There is a lot of tropical fruit character as well. Maybe a touch sugary, but a good pine note to round things out.

T: Fruity hop flavors from start to finish. Grapefruit and pineapple are the big ones, but there is a nice citrus peel flavor and a little bit of grass. Pine provides most of the bitterness, and there is a substantial malt component.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: While it does tend a bit toward the sweeter side, it still has a solid hop profile and nice bitterness.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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