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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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3,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,009
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 162
Gots: 295 | FT: 6
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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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky orange-golden color with a quickly attenuating antique white head. Not a remarkably gorgeous beer. Not a big nose, but I pick up some cider right away. Mouthfeeel is pretty wet and slick with a dryer finish. The hop presence helps dry it out even more. First sip wasn't impressive. However, as I drink it, it gets better. I'm a Simcoe hop fan, so I might've anticipated trying this one a little too much. I do like it. It's well above average as a DIPA, just not in the same ballpark as the Double Jacks, Abrasives, and Pure Hoppinesses. The alcohol underlies the flavors. The bitterness of the alcohol sort of carries the flavors along without affecting them to drastically. A lot of bread and sweet cherry cordials. I like it a lot better as it warms up. It's much tangier and more citrusy cold. It gets sweet as it warms. There's some pine flavor in there. I think it is pretty complex. I'm a bigger fan now than I was in the beginning.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: 750ml, Hyvee in Omaha, NE
Date: Bottled in late January 2012, if I'm reading the label correctly
Glass: Tulip

The idea is excellent: use copious amounts of what's generally considered one of the tastiest, fruitiest, most complex hops available. Unfortunately, the beer seems to suffer from what I've noticed to be a common problem in Weyerbacher's beers: unrestrained, obvious ethanol in aroma, taste, and feel. This becomes particularly acute in the taste, and generally lends to the belief (for me) that the beer either ages terribly (ten months is certainly a long time for a DIPA, but should it have this severe of consequences?), is poorly brewed, or some mixture of both. The only way to really tell is to visit the brewery or find a particularly fresh bottle, but I don't really envision myself seeking this opportunity out.

Pours a substantial 2cm head of tan foam that has above average retention. Gradually, the head fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass, leaving modest lacing along the edges of the glass, a few dots and lines scattered haphazardly about. The body is a hazy, dark brown color with reddish tints. Light brings out orange and red tones from within the otherwise brown body coloration. Carbonation is visible through the murky body, and it appears fairly active.

Aroma is of subdued grapefruit and musty orange, which bespeaks the Simcoe hops used in the hopping and dry hopping of the beer. Unfortunately, these aromas are sitting atop not a caramel-sweet malt character, but easily noticeable ethanol. The alcohol isn't piercing, but it's obvious, which detracts from the hops and any malts used to balance things out.

As a few others have noted, this is a fairly hot mess of ethanol with hops and malts making up the balance: I don't know why others aren't tasting it. Opens with expected, though perhaps not as intense as expected, grapefruit and orange rind hop flavors, with a bit of medium-dark (caramel) malt sweetness in the background. Mid-palate is where the ethanol sharply bleeds into the grapefruit and orange-rind hops, also reducing the maltiness that would otherwise be evident. Back of the palate finds hop bitterness alongside ethanol flavors, and a bit of medium-dark malt character. Aftertaste is expectedly bitter, with lingering malt character and ethanol as well.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in weight, with medium intensity carbonation, that lends to a slightly fizzy, but overall acceptable feel for a double IPA. The ethanol is what hurts here, easily felt alcohol burn across the tongue and throat, and felt in the nostrils. Finishes fairly dry, as one would expect from the hop and ethanol content.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,009 ratings.