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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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1,358 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,358
Hads: 3,199
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 174
Gots: 415 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Dale aka hoppedup for sending this and many other gems from NC,poured deep orange infused copper with a big blooming slight off white head that settled ever so slowly leaving globs of lace behind.Oh man the aromas pine,pine and more pine with underlying grassiness and grapefruit rind its almost all hops with a small dose of caramel malt base but like I said its small.The big piney notes samck your palate and lets them know who in charge,a hop lovers dream here very piney and resiny I notice a tangerine-like flavor in a long lingering finish,there is a touch of sweetness and breadiness to let you know there is a pretty hefty malt base but the hops steal the show and what a show it is.The alcohol creeps but is pretty much in check,a damn fine DIPA and to me is true to form,unbelievably I cant get in the Buffalo area I wish I had more.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with orange and red highlights. Off white head that maintains fairly well and leaves behind vertical streaks of lacing. Big hop smell with tons of citrus and pine. Taste is also all about the hops. A very grapefruit like bitterness and plenty of pine mixed in for good measure. This one packs a punch. Very full and chewy mouthfeel. The 9% is well hidden by the bitterness and is really not noticable at all. Overall was very pleased with this one and look forward to more IPA experiments from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of jaluria
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium-orange color with subtle rust highlights and a creamy, white colored head that dissipated slowly. Heavy carbonation with giant bubbles seemingly leaping out of my pint glass. Aromas of hops, citrus, grapefruit, and alcohol. The taste is dominated by fresh, juicy hop flavors, though there is a mild malt character for balance. Somewhat creamy and smooth in my mouth with a lingering bitterness that turns slightly sour. Crips and bursting with flavors of hops and tropical fruits. A very good example of this style with enough hops to please hop lovers. After 1 bomber, I was done, but I could see that under the right conditions, I could have more.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmm. Double IPAS! My girlfriend recently picked this one up at Merry Wine in Black Mountain, NC.

Ruby bronze color that looks magnificent when backlit. The head is a huge almost greenish white fluff with loads of thick lacing down to the last sip.

Sweet grapefruit hops ride atop a very sweet malty back. They're quickly overtaken by a huge pine needle bitterness.

Sweet thick almost sugary orange maltiness with some sweet hoppiness which as soon as you lower the glass changes to very bitter finish in-your-face piney hoppiness. This brew finishes extremely dry and bitter. Those hops really cling to the mouth and throat.

Wow. This is a great extremely bitter brew. This one isn't for the drinkers who aren't only vaguely fond of very bitter hops. Mmmm mmm. Go find this one.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 2nd sampling of a bottle of this, and it's as good as I remember. Brilliant copper, sticky ivory head. Bubblegum and pine in the aroma, which also define the initial flavors of this one, and something about this is clearing my sinuses. Yow. Unbelievably herbal and eccentric in its tree-like pine and spruce flavors, and the bitterness throughout is cutting and abrasive. Not a flavor profile for the weak or uninitiated! Luckily, I am neither and certainly enjoy its soapy bitterness. Subtle juicy citrus notes in the middle, while the finish continues to be leafy, resiny and herbal with notes of black pepper. Mellow carbonation. This is not your typical American Double IPA brimming with juicy grapefruits and Cascades. This is tongue puckering bitter with a seriously interesting, unique and overpowering hop profile. This is not for those who smother themselves in weaksauce. I can dig it.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing copper orange with partial haze, only a slim head but a nice crusty ring accompanies the beer throughout the session. Strong hops dominate the nose with a real piney/herbal bite. Smells very dry-hopped although I don't know for sure if it is. The taste carries a sweet grapefruit hop tang with an earthy and bready finish with nice lingering bitteness. A bit strong in alcohol, but it doesn't detract any. Thickness is between light and medium, and it has a slight syrupy feel. Carbonation is adequately light. I very much enjoyed this brew, the taste never gets too sweet, nor overly sour leaving a nice balance of flavors worth experiencing again.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a huge two finger marshmellow frothy like off white head. Great retention and that leaves wonderful lace.
S: Aromas of grapefruit and other citrus notes. Also some pine too. Slight malt with some spicyness that tingles the nostrils.
T & M: Nice blast of pine and citrus hops up front with a good backbone of malt. The malts and hops blend nicely together. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Oily mouthfeel with some pine tar resin. Leaves good bitterness that hangs at the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth. Warming in the back of the throat. Abv is noticeable with a slight spicyness, but masked well by the hops. Gets better as it warms...
D: Definately a drinkable beer. Very tasty offering from Weyerbacher. Glad I got to try this one, and if I see it, I'll definately buy it.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/17/06- Received as part of a trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker amber colored pour. Full inch plus head. Holds at a nice steady 1/5th inch the rest of the way. Large chunks, streaks and wisps of lacing left behind. Wish I could rate it a 4.75.

Smell- Grapefruit and large pine scents come through in the nose. Also an overwhelming scent of a wet dog just coming out of a bath. Earthy?

Taste- This one is bitter for sure. Grapefruit is plowed over by a 200 foot tall befelled pine tree. A light caramel malt background holds the beer together nicely though. Hops o'plenty in this brew.

Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated. Kind of a nice burning sensation going down.

Drinkability- Fairly harsh DIPA, but tasty. One was enough in a sitting for me, but I would try again for sure. Much thanks to Jetsbeer for this great brew!

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Photo of Higravity
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large burnt orange amber color with a head that stayed with me the whole way though and laced the entire glass. Smelled of sticky hops, piney and citrus pith with the sweet background of malt. The taste is driven by the flavor of the hops, not overly bitter in the killer way. The balance is stuck well for this beer and the alcohol is a real no-show which makes it all the smoother. I could drink this regularly, or wait make that I will.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had my first of these courtesy of NolanGTI. Thanks Matt!

This beer poured a bright orange amber with a thin manila head that lasted ‘till the end.

Smelled of crisp, dry pine, lemon zest, roses, a hint of lilac and a touch of honey. Now that’s an enticing hop aroma!

Tasted of a light white flour and oat base that carried a monstrous lemon rind and a uniquely sour pine hop. This really bit at my palate with out being too dry, or numbing me up. The silky nature of this bitterness is stunning.

The mouth feel was medium bodied and viscous with a light carbonation.

Nice! This really wrecked my palate for the evening (but in a very good way). Avery’s Maharaja was a joke when it followed the Simcoe.

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Photo of SethB2
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a chalice.

A - Pours a deep burnt orange color that is slightly cloudy with a small head. Lacing is very nice.

S - Grapefruity hop profile with a roasted malt compliment. Some sugar candy-like sweetness in the background, but the hoppiness dominates.

T+M - Hop bomb, pure and simple. The Simcoe hops show why they make for very good IPAs. A deep citrisy and pine hop flavor initially hits, and it is followed by slight sweetness before finishing bitter again. Very full and thick. Feels good in the mouth.

Drinkablity is good, but I think a more than a couple of these would render your tongue useless.

Nice beer. Thanks to KilgoreTrout27.

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

Very nice-orange to amber color with a decent carbonation level and a very nice, tight white head. Good aroma-I dont think I have had too many beers that smell as "fresh" as this one. It has a good, resiny hop aroma-you can almost see the hops the aroma is so "bright". Very hoppy flavor-has more bitterness then some recent double IPAs I have had. Grapefruity and grassy but an underlying bitterness. Touch of lingering sweetness in the finish.Good body-dry finish leaves the tongue a bit parched! Overall a very enjoyable beer. The whole package is very well done. I was getting tired of some of the Weyerbacher brews-I just found there were better ones out there of various styles. This one is a winner for sure.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp, tarnished copper color with a gorgeous off white head that slowly falls to a lasting cap, leaving plaster-like webs of lace in thick sheets.

Aroma is tantalizing pine cones oozing with resin shadowed by candied orange peel and lemon zest. A hearty malt presence of caramal and lightly burnt brown sugar provides perfect balast. Not overly complex, but a real showcase for the headlining hop.

Tasting reveals fruity and toffee malts quickly beat into submission by warm pine, cedar, and crushed spruce needle notes coupled with pungent grapefruit, grated lemon peel, and bitter green herbs. There's a hint of tangy sweetness throughout the tasting that does a great job of keeping the intense, hoppy overature in check.

Body is just above medium, and needs just a little more substance to support all the massive flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy and quite slick, with a slippery, almost sticky texture. Considering the high abv% and the freshness of this beer, it's dangerously smooth and drinkable. No trace of it's strength. Next to the Idiot and Insanity, this is my new Weyerbacher favorite.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed amber/orange with a short, dense, eggshell coloured head. Decent retention and moderate lacing. The aroma started out with lemon and cat urine, but his faded quickly and became intense pine with plenty of grapefruit rind. Some earthiness to the hops as it warmed. Solid bitterness with a strong unsweetened grapefruit juice character. Caramel malt was apparent at first, but faded as hops grew into the finish and lingered for some time. Fairly balanced though for an over the top beer, with a bit of warmth in the finish. Creamy texture with moderate carbonation and some hop dryness. A good beer, but the Simcoe hops were a little more one-dimensional in the flavour than I expected from my previous homebrewing experiments.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle I split with my dad.

Appearance - Great color, a bit darker than I expected but very beautiful. Dark golden almost amber in color. Dad ended up pouring a bit too much head on it, he obviously didn't expect it to build up like it did but it all stayed nicely in my IPA glass.

Smell - Huge pine like hop aroma, more pine than I think I have ever smelled in a beer before. Some malts present but very subtle.

Taste - Those piney hops from the aroma make the strongest presence in the taste, followed by the sweetiness of the malt backbone. Seems like the malts are really just adding some sweetness and body, not a whole lot of flavor. Slight bit of citrusy hop taste on the finish, but only I picked this up.

Mouthfeel - Typical body that I have grown to expect from a double IPA. Crisp, refreshing. Not overly huge in body, just right for my tastes.

Drinkability - I found this to be one of the most drinkable DIPA's I have ever had and one of the best new to me beers I have tasted in a long time. Hard to believe its 9% as it went down with ease.

We both loved it.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, label states 9% ABV. Pours a clear copper color, thick fluffy off-white head. Great head retention. Aroma is piney, orange, and some lemons. Good caramel malt flavor, which hold its own, despite the great amount of hop bitterness. Flavors are very much like the aroma, pine, lemon, orange. Good body, and a nice soft carbonation. Great patches of sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Finishes dry. Alcohol seems pretty well hidden until it warms. Very solid.

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Photo of dhchatfield
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce bottle received today in trade from BitterBrian. Chilled for approximately three hours in the fridge. Poured while still soaked from cutting the grass.

A- Darker than other DIPAS I've sampled. Had to find a south facing window to see through it. Beautiful color. very little head, almost no lacing in my Duvel tulip.

S- From the bottle neck, very little. Once poured though, a blast of piney essence. Very reminiscent of DFH 90'. Can't wait for the first taste.

T- WOW! This is exactly what I had hoped for. A soild blast of hop heaven. Spread quickly across the palate with no bitterness to speak of. A little oilier than I've encountered with other offerings.

M- As above, filled the mouth in a hurry. Different after taste than any DIPA I've had to date. I am not yet well schooled enough as to what to attribute this. Simcoe hops??

D- This would be without fail the replacement for DFH 90' if I could get my hands on enough 12 oz'ers to stock my shelves. Far and away indicating the most "multiple" drinkability of any DIPA to pass through my gullet.

Thanks Brian! ...now, where to get a few cases????

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Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 for a 22 oz bottle at the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. This pours a clear amber body with a huge three finger, offwhite head that proves quite sturdy. Retention is excellent, and patch lacing is massive and pitting.

Aroma begins with a burst of fresh pine needles, followed by mandarin orange and a hint of grapefruit. A hint of caramel is fleeting.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, slick and oily with hop resin. Carbonation is aptly moderate.

Taste is dry and bitter with an enormous Simcoe hops presence. Pine cone is dominant, with bitter mandarin orange underneath. Just a hint of malt character here. Very resinous with hops. Middle and finish are unrelenting with hops bitterness.

Just what the hop doctor ordered. More malt presence would have added some needed balance, but if you're in the mood for Simcoe hops this is the poultice.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber, with a sticky, fluffy head. Aroma is good, piney, soft. Taste is outstanding. Not over-the-top hop. Nice, slight pine notes. Resiny. Mouthfeel is good, alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable, thank goodness for Imstillthegman and BIF 33 for the chance to try this!

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber to red in color with a large tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin layer which leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Grassy and sweet citrusy hop aromas, nothing overpowing in the nose. Some bitter grapefruit and sweet maltiness in the taste with a slightly spicy bitterness in the finish and a major alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is creamy but lighter in body than I expected. The hop aroma and taste are nice but not huge, a little understated compared to others in the DIPA category. The alcohol on the other hand is quite large, at times it was not as noticeable, at other times I found myself wishing for more maltiness to balance/hide it a bit more.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber and gold hue with some haze and few yeasties floating around. Off-white/tan head with some viscous caoting on the glass.
Aroma had big pine and lighter citurs notes with some caramel and even a hint of chocolate underpinnings.
Flavors of had a grapefruit/orange twist with some definiate pine-sol on top a soft caramel coating that was virtually overhlemed by the hop characteristics.
Mouthfeel was mostly full bodied, maybe not quite enough body for a DIPA but overal prety solid. Some warming alcholic notes were present as it warmed but the mouthfeel was all about an ever increasing crescendo of bittering, started lighter and citrusy and then pounded you with a really piney and almost dry finish.
Drinkability is very solid. Again, a tad thin for a DIPA but except for a little bit more malt this brew is all about the hop notes. Very pleasant brew and solid offerring.

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking to fill the Smutty Big A void until the next batch is done, and I happened upon this big green monster by accident. I didn't even know it existed and I found 1 bottle in the cooler at State Line. And what a Monster it is!!! Simcoe bitch slaps you as soon as the top is popped. Golden amber pour with very nice, lingering lace. But man, those Simcoes. Piney, citrusy, extremely aromatic. This is one extreme beer and if you're the least bit hop-shy, stay away because not only will Simcoe bitch-slap you, but he'll bend you over and pound you like he hasn't seen a woman in years. The alcohol is covered nicely and malt is fleeting, however it does sweeten this beer a little too much. I'm a Weyerbacher fan, and this does not disappoint. But it makes me miss Stash.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally, the much-hyped Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA. Found this bad boy at Once Upon A Vine for 4.99. Good deal? Let's see...

A- Appealing red-orange color with a huge head. For some reason this beer went crazy with carbonation when I poured it and spilled over the glass (funny, the last beer I drank that featured Simcoe hops did the same thing). Big time lacing, probably one of the stickiest laces I've seen on a beer. So far so good.

S- Very nice, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, citrus. Some definite pine as well, along with a little toasty malt aroma. Good smell, I just wish it was a little stronger.

T- This is where it goes a little downhill for me. Very sweet, almost cloyingly so. Flavor is nice, continuing with the citrus/pine theme that the aroma set. Caramel malts come in at the finish. Unfortunately, the sweetness is just a bit much for me. Big time bitterness in the finish, but it doesn't really balance out the sweetness, rather, it clashes a little and lingers a bit too long.

M- Very thick and syrupy, quite nice in this department.

D- Not overly drinkable. Too thick, too sweet, too alcoholic. I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Overall, this wasn't a bad beer, but it didn't live up to what I was expecting. I had tried one beer before that featured Simcoe hops (local brewery Legend's Hopfest), which I thought was fantastic. However, I'm not sure that Simcoes can carry a beer by themselves. They are fantastic aroma hops, but don't do much for me in the flavor department. Like I said, this was a good beer, but not in the league of, say, 90 Minute in terms of taste, balance, and drinkability.

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

appearance: The 1.5" off white head slowly recedes, leaving considerable lacing behind as I consume. The beer is a medium amber in color.

smell: The big, dominant hop aroma is both floral and piney. There is a light malt sweetness underneath, with a twinge of ethanol.

mouthfeel: The beer is medium in carbonation and between medium and heavy in body.

taste: There is a big upfront hop flavor, piney and floral in taste, which somehow avoids being tealike. This is immediately followed by a light, moderately sweet malty character. The malt flavor is very nondescripts and plain. The bitterness grows from after the sip to a tongue numbing level. Good flavors, but lacking depth.

drinkability: Drinkability is decent, as the alcohol is very well hidden, yet hindered somewhat by the unchecked bitterness.

Received from xcjetta in HBIF3, reviewed about a week ago, entered from notes.

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Photo of albo
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a beer. Pours a dark amber in color with a nice frothy head. From the minute you open this offering, you know that you are in a world of hurt. Wonderful hop aroma from the Simcoe hops (whatever these are). The higher alcohol content balances well with the crazy IBU level. A great representation of the Double IPA style. Overall, great beer!

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.