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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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1,351 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,351
Hads: 3,172
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 170
Gots: 385 | 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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Reviews: 1,351 | Hads: 3,172
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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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-red color with an off white-light tan head that sticks to the side of the glass. Impressive staying power.

Aroma: Candied grapefruit rind is the first thing that comes to mind. Huge citrus simcoe hop aroma with a malty overtones.

Taste: Grapefruit hits you in the face here. Surprisingly sweetness follows the initial bitterness. Toffee maltiness comes through the hop flavor. Bitterness comes back to bite you a second time.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Bitter/sweet balance is fantastic.

Drinkability: At 9% abv, not a brew to be taken lightly, or in heavy doses.

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Photo of mcallister
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear copper colored. With a huge thick foamy head that slowly fades and leaves thick fat sticky lacing.

Well I had high expectations for this beer going in and so far off the nose and appearance it's not dissapointing at all. A nose of thick piney hops, layered malt, some grapefruit and apple aromas in there as well. Very big complex aromas.

Fabulous!!! Not sure how many people ever got to try Miami Trail Pale Ale before they went under but now I know they used the Simcoe hop. This is very similar with more complexity and mouthfeel.

Mouth coating, resiny, piney, complex hops, with enough sweet malt to balance it out. Finish is at least a minute if not longer. Hints of grapefruit, slight alcohol prescence in the throat and chest but, it's more like putting a pine tree in a blender and drinking it. Absolutely fabulous.

Nearly a perfect score from me but the drinkability takes a slight hit just because the hops last so long and are so drying you need a beer to calm your taste buds back down after drinking more than a few of these. Thank God this isn't a one time brew as originally thought. Great job Weyerbacher!!!

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

Poured a tall dense tan-colored head that lasted forever, and left strings of lace as I drank. Dark amber looking beer with a few bubbles rising slowly through the middle. Impressively clear for such a big hoppy beer. Aroma of pungent grapefruit hops with a bit of sweet herbal-ness to it. Fairly thick and sweet beer. A bit of caramel and some tea flavors in there. The finish has a chewy bite that’s enjoyable.

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Photo of sponberg
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle with yet another excellent label - whoever's doing the graphics for Weyerbacher has some talent. Brilliant burnished gold with an almost nitro-like offwhite head that just refuses to let go of my imperial pint glass. There's still some up near the top of the glass, and it took eight or ten swirls to get it to move. I've cleaned lasagne pans more easily. Maybe one of the best looking pints I've poured in years. Aroma of sharp, pine/citrus/grass hops (in that order) over a caramelly, toasty-bready malt.

Great hop attack - bites the tip of the tongue and rolls backwards, the piney-citric bitterness growing and coating the inside of the mouth. The malt comes through, sweet (mango?) and caramelly with some tasty graininess and warming alcohol, but this one's all about the hops. Finishes with a great lingering bitterness and whiffs of cool alcohol, with syrupy malt in the distant background. Creamy mouthfeel with a slight tingle. Definitely a sipping beer - but one you could sip all night long if you're a fan of this hop.

Yet another excellent brew from Weyerbacher. Dan & co. are hitting their stride, big time.

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Photo of HellsBELLS24
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good double IPA

I had this one after drinking a whole 22 of the Three floyds dreadnaught DIPA. It was not bad and the golden color was impressive. The hop taste was very very strong. I think that I was spoiled by the dreadnaught prior. Although I must say that this beer is a rather good beer if you are into a very strong hop flavor. I was spoiled by the dreadnaught for sure.

Good but not the dreadnaught.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, cost me $5 at New Beer on Christie in NYC, No freshness indication to be gleaned, pours slightly golden tinged medium amber. Supports a tan long lasting head and leaves well developed and extensive lacing. Nose here is brightly of pine and citrus peels. Densely hopped tasty brew. Loads of resiny pine, plus smooth rounded grapefruit notes. Full throtle, hoppy brew, get some fresh and enjoy this ballsy offering from W'Bacher

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Photo of Gritsak
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- slightly hazy reddish amber color. carbonation bubbles race to the surface like a can of sprite to form a solid sticky offwhite head.

S- dominated by grassy, piney hop aroma with some carmel and bread showing through.

T- the initial flavor is a strong grassy hop bitterness, followed by a slightly calming and smoothness from the malt, which is quickly ripped from your tongue to finish with hops lingering for minutes later (if you can wait that long before another sip!)

M- right on the money. solid feel with a slight chewiness.

D- pretty good drinkability with all considered.

overall- ive been dreaming in my sleep about this stuff ever since i read about it. Finally tracked it down and picked one up the first day it hit the shelves at my local shop. I had high expectations but wasnt let down at all. This is definitely a sipping beer, and can only be appreaciated by true hop lovers. The intese hops and present but overshadowed malt character make this similar to some american barleywines ive had. Im sure this would age well, but i for one would not want to calm this one down at all.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.