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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 1,316
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 154
Gots: 255 | 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:
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 millelacsmark
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Following is a previous review I did on the bottle version:

I don't find this beer as much as I used to but i think it's one you should buy if you find it. It's very balanced in strength, sweetness and bitterness. I think Weyerbach makes a "triple IPA" so it's a bit like Pliny the Elder is to Pliny to the Younger. Get this beer, and the triple, if you can find it.


The beer overall was a little hot. I'm dying to find the triple IPA again. It's been a long time.

Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lpotter
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of aficionado
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of PatrickSullivan
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of UnderPressure
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish orange. 1/2 finger tan colored head, melts to 1/8 inch.

Roasted malt aroma found in many imperial IPAs. Grassy hop aroma. The hop aroma was more present before I poured the beer, when I sniffed the bottle opening.

The aroma is pretty different from the flavor. There's a green, grassy flavor obviously from the Simcoe hops.

Full bodied mouthfeel to support this high gravity brew. Nicely carbonated. Bitterness sticks to tongue, but is not harsh.

Overall, I was hoping for more hop flavor and aroma, as the reason I bought this beer is because I really like Simcoe hops. But, this is a really good brew anyway. Anyone who likes the Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA would probably also like this. They apparently have a very similar malt bill.
Different on the hop side, though.

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

I've had this beer quite a few times, I might as well review it.

This is one of the best releases by Weyerbacher. The best of quite a few from a very strong beer maker.

The top smells of pine. And there is a lot of pineyness in the flavor as well.

I really enjoyed this offering. This was great.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Nice dark orange in color with 1/2 inch off white head and ok retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Typical candy sweetness nose from the simcoe hops with some caramel and toffee

Taste: This has to be the most unique IPA I have ever had. It has a funky orange candy flavor. There is some alcohol presence. Not good

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and a bit sticky on the finish

Overall: Not what I'm looking for in a IPA

Photo of BeerCon5
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber color with very thick fluffy white head that remained throughout the beer.

The scent was of citrus, some piney and floral hop presence.

The taste was citrus, moderately bitter piney hops, also notable sweet fruit and some alcohol presence.

Full bodied, very smooth and a bit chewy, moderate carbonation.

This was a very delicious beer, lots of great flavor and very easy to drink.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a 1/2 finger off-white head.

The aroma I associate with Simcoe. Dank citrus/tropical fruit aromas with a little bit of pine. Just a touch of caramel malt.

Starts off with a grapefruit burst with touches of citrus and pine. Just a touch of bready sweetness in the middle rounding into a dank pine resin with bitterness lingering on the tongue.

A little chewy with good carbonation.

I love Simcoe so this is a great example of an IPA in my opinion. Dank hops and a nice lingering bitterness.

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

924th Review on BA
Bottle to Hangar 24 2nd Anny Glass
12 oz bottle

Cant find a bottle date

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one

App- A bit of a amber/orange/red color with a semi puffy 1-1/2 finger head. A small bit of cling and a ring of 1/8" bubbles.

Smell- Truly a DIPA as most would know it. A good bit of citrus on first whiff with a backing malt and some thick aromatic caramel with some grain.

Taste- A good beer for sure. Smaller than Unfiltered and doesnt have the assertiveness of the spicy malt. This was a bit smoother with more damp citrus flavors and a bit less caramel and some freshness.

Mouth- A good small medium body with a medium carbonation. Smooth, light, crisp and points with a little bit of spice.

Drink- So after a trade, my wife bringing me a bottle and a 2nd trade I finally got the bottle I need. A bit less of a head that the unfiltered but a little more smooth. I liked it. Thanks Matt!

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark red/brownish color into an oversized brandy snifter from a 12 oz bottle, with date of bottling and ABV marked clearly on the bottle. Definite chill haze in this beer with the haze slowly giving way to clear dark reddish colored ale as it warmed up. Good carbonation with a one finger head that dissipated to a thin film (good retention).

Aroma is all hops predominantly floral (piney) with hints of citrus/pineapple. Aroma is sure to be every hop-heads delight.

Taste is just fantastic. Hops are evident upfront, piney bitterness which gives way to subtle sweetness. Clean finish with not much of a lingering after-taste. Considering this has just one kind of hops, the balance achieved in this DIPA is truly fantastic.

Chewy, oily mouthfeel. The alcohol is masked quite well, although as you keep sipping it will tend to warm you up. Easy to drink considering the high ABV, and to me it was because of the nice clean finish and very good balance.

One of the best DIPA's I have had and is definitely worth trying. Highly recommended.

Photo of Centennial
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A. Cloudy yellow/orange with 2 finger head and excellent retention.

S. Grapefruit, lemongrass, pine, honey like maltyness

T. Pungent grapefruit. grassy and bitter hop profile is balanced out by a nice malt backbone, easy to drink, alcohol well hidden.

M. Medium body but real creamy as well

O. Good DIPA, would be nice to see it with a few more hop additions to add some more complex hop profile to the beer.

Photo of idurra
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color is hazy dark copper, with an of white head that leaves a good and stubborn lace.
Smells of typical good IPA with citrus hops, but also conifer resin, pine and juniper.
The taste starts with pleasant citrus and hops, but after a while, pine and juniper start to dominate a lot, reminds a little bit of gin, especially with the noticeable alcohol taste. The initially pleasant medium mouthfeel also becomes more tannic and astringent.
Overall, the pleasure of the beer gets less with every subsequent sip.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks to wyllder for this one!

A: Pours hazy glowing dark burnt amber with a very oily dark tan head that faded into a lasting film which left a solid sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet smelling with notes of honey and caramel followed by a blast of sticky pine sap and hop resin.
T: Follows the nose with dominant notes of pine sap, hop resin, sticky sweet caramel and a hint of honey. The finish is very ‘green’ and leafy with flavors of fresh hop cones, and the aftertaste has notes of tea leaves and is sweet and lightly bitter.
M: Sticky body, viscous mouthfeel, and thick and greasy all-around. The alcohol is hidden very well, and the carbonation is bubbly yet soft.
O: Very easy to drink for being so bold. Great balance between sweet and hoppy. Not my favorite DIPA, but I would never turn down drinking this one again. Very impressive lacing.

Photo of boyermi206
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

A- Hazy dirty copper, pours a 1 1/2 finger head that dissapears relatively quick.

Smell- Sweet, heavy malt and some hops but mostly caramel sweetness

Taste- sweet, chewy with alcohol bite and hop kick in the cheeks after swallow.

Mouthfeel- very good, full and foamy.

Overall if you like the sweet kind of IIPA's then this is very good I would buy this again

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep orange, very nice thick frothy head that crackles and retains pretty well. Smelt the beer upon opening. Smells come from it almost like those from 120 minute IPA. Lots of floral scents, some lemon, and a very faint "beer" smell.

Full bodied and lots of carbonation. Picked up some tartness and lemon on the medium to back up the first sip. Slight alcohol presence. Lots of citric hops on the back end with a slight grainy bitterness that doesn't linger too long. Its nice.

Up front I don't get too much taste. The single hop's presence remains on the back end also showing some grassy notes.

Overall nice dipa for only using one hop. Not my favorite but its drinkable, different and has a well hidden abv of 9%, not bad.

Photo of OutFox
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Weyerbacher Pint glass

A - Deep sort of amber bronze in color. Cloudy sort of white head that was about a finger plus. Good retention and good lacing.

S - Citrusy lemon sort of hop characteristic. I think its so cool to be able to single out exactly what the hop smells like since this is only brewed with Simcoe. There are notes of grapefruit and sort of a pine hint.

T - Its more of a malt upfront that fades to Simcoe hops. The sort of biscuit malt sweetness that fades into a piney citrus grapefruit sort of deal thats just really good. I enjoyed mine at cellar temp so even for a 9% 2xIPA there was no notes of alcohol which is dangerous.

M - Medium sort of all coating carbonation. Good IPA feel

O - Great expression of just one hop. I like the flavors here and its really well balanced. Good 2xIPA showcasing Simcoe as a fantastic hop.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this after picking this up in Totowa last week. I had never had anything exclusively with Simcoe hops and after giving this a go, I can vouch that they rank up there with Cascade and Saaz as one of my favorites! This was quite aggressive but not quite like other Double and Imperial IPA's that I've had, even though they have quite a bit in common stylistically.

This poured a bright amber with a decent amount of head and lacing that marked itself down my pint glass after every sip. The aroma was good and after the first taste, I could have sworn that this was a Barleywine. Yes, this is that strong and there's enough of a rye presence that this is not quite other IPA's that I've had. The mouthfeel was pretty oily and there was enough of a grapefruit backbone to the taste to remind me what this was. Because this warmed me up and wasn't 100% clear when held up to the light, it was hard to keep in mind what category this fell under!

As much as I liked the mouthfeel and aftertaste, this was just a notch too strong for me. Hopheads will like this beer but as an introduction to Imperial IPA's, this isn't the best first choice. Come winter, I would love to have one of these to warm up with but in a sea of hoppy beers, not enough stands out about this. I will give Weyerbacher credit for pushing the envelope, as I've never had anything quite like this before.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,948 ratings.