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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,919 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,919
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 153
Gots: 247 | 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 Krakistophales
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light hazy red with a massive 3 finger white head with a generous pour that dissipates after a while

S: Huge whiff of sweet tropical fruits at first, mostly pineapple, and then a nice hint of really grassy and slightly floral hops. This one has a huge malt and caramel backbone, smells very sweet.

T: Much like the smell, but in reverse. Starts off with a huge caramel/toffee/malt backbone, then transitions into a tropical fruit flavor, and finishes with grassy, earthy hops. Amazingly refreshing.

O: This is a damn fine IPA. This is 3/3 for weyerbacher, I'm excited to pick up some of the others I left behind at the store before.

Krakistophales, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of sjverla
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Very estery. Fruity alcohol and yeast. Dry grass. Smells bright and sweet. Not very hoppy -- might be old.

Appearance: Very hazy and only a small head. Rusty orange. Not very inspiring.

Taste: Big and fruity at first, but the hops kick in strong. Massively bitter -- a mouthful of greenery and grapefruit. Hot on the gums and throat. Way less sweet than a lot of doubles IPAs.

Overall: I'm not getting a ton of the "double" here, aside from the bitterness. 100% true to the name, not so much the style.

Apparently, I wrote this when it was too cold. As the beer warmed it improved.

sjverla, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I truly have to give it up for this brew being a one hop brew. Wow I really thoought is was going to be weak on hop appeal but not at all. Very piney, some citrus full of a resiney smooth taste. Great ABV and great one hop brew I loved it and will try to find again

Cheers

STKPICR0720, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, if wonder what a double IPA is, try this one. Sure, it has just one hop, but you'll get the idea of what a double IPA can do to you.

Pours a bright, deep reddish/brown/amber color. Head is foamy and dense. Lacing all the way down. Pretty pretty

A slight whiff will stimulate your nose hairs. Hops? Um, yeah. But also some nice caramel and earhtiness to it. Chewy, it may be

Zing! There are those hops. A bit green-viney. The simcoe is the most obvious aspect of this beer, but it has enough malt to balance...or try to balance...out the flower. It doesn't happen, but it makes an effort. Alcohol is noticeable and takes a bit away from the enjoyment. But what are you going to do?

Syrupy or resin finish on it really makes the bite turn into a throat scratching experience.

Mebuzzard, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Vanlingleipa
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured carefully, medium fast into a 4 oz taster glass. The pour speed is important because the carbonation in this bottle was low - DS poured thick and a very small 1/8" head grew only after the pour was complete. Little hops aroma with a faint sense of, dare I say, pineapple.

Bitterness on first taste about a 7.5 of 10, dominating the sweet malt. Surprised the malt flavor wasn't more present due to the dark, rich amber color of this beer. Overall, very bright flavor that grew better as I got used to the hoppy bitterness and began tasting the malt and fruitiness a bit more.

Overall, tasty beer rating that I would buy again if DS was local. But with so many great DIPAs in southern cal, wouldn't take the trouble to trade for it.

Vanlingleipa, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Bottle is dated 5/24/11.

Aroma: Bright, fruity citrus mingles with biscuit-like malt to create a delicious pineapple aroma.

Appearance: Tea-like reddish orange body with a bit of chill haze. 1.5 finger dense off-white head. Nice rings of lacing around the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Malty sweetness up front, tempered by pleasantly bitter hops... A metallic twang is unfortunately noticeable with the first sip, is less obvious during subsequent sips, but reappears from time to time. Pineapple that was there in the aroma is also present in the flavor. Metallic note aside, Nice sweetness through the middle, fading to bitterness. This one ends on a strong, lingering bitter note. (Had the metallic off-flavor not been there, I would have given this one a strong 4 on flavor.)

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body. Hop presence is slightly drying on the tongue, which isn't surprising..

Overall: I'd say I enjoyed this one overall. The metallic issue that I mentioned was not strong enough to ruin the beer completely, but kept it from being a 4+ in my mind. I'd give this one a second chance, though, and hope to try it fresh on draught sometime.

mdvatab, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

BEERchitect, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of dpasotti
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, cloudy caramel in color with copper highlights. Completely opaque due to a massive amount of suspended yeast. Nice dense, creamy beige head that goes nowhere fast. Wow the aroma is fantastic: orange, pineapple, and grapefruit with a slight soapy/oily tone. Much less pine than I was expecting.

The tropical and citrus character continues on the palate, but is not as strong as the nose suggests. There's some metallic flavor as well, which I'm not that into. The hop flavors are very well-rounded, which should be difficult with a hop like Simcoe. I was expecting a somewhat abrasive pine/resin/catpiss flavor. The bitterness is on the lower end for the style and is more than balanced by a load of malty sweetness - but not in a bad way. Just enough alcohol to let you know this is a hefty beer.

The full-bodied mouthfeel is incredible. Absolutely leans toward the creamy end of the style (and of beer in general). Overall, this is certainly a worthy beer, but I'm not a huge fan. Due to the sweetness, it almost drinks like a low-alcohol American B-Wine, which in itself is not a problem. I was really let down by the taste. Granted this is a single-hop DIPA, but the hop character just seems a little lacking. It's a fine beer, but the only things that really stand out to me here are the creamy mouthfeel and caramelly sweetness that are both interesting features for the style.

dpasotti, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Simcoe IPA seems designed to showcase Simcoe hops. This is, of course, dangerous, as the beer's entire onus lies on that one ingredient: if the hops are off, then so is the beer. And it is often true that a blend of hops works better than a single variety in IPAs, as the resulting melange of flavors avoids precisely these problems. Judging by the smell, however, Double Simcoe IPA avoids them with only one hop variety, as the beer is ripe with delicious grapefruit, pine, and orange aromas, and seemingly bursting with sugary esters and lovely, fragrant oils.

On the tongue, the beer continues to prove that Simcoe hops can carry a symphony by themselves, starting off with a shock of orange sugars, then moving immediately into a well-balanced and potent mouthful of grapefruit and pine, with hints of eucalyptus and menthol. A good grain base does, of course, add a healthy amount of sugars, as well as toast and biscuit, but the hops are the main event, and they should please most any hophead. The aftertaste is hops, hops, and more hops, and has lasted long enough for me to surf the web for at least two to three minutes in a fruitless search for an IBU for this brew. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, this is an amazing IPA, and for all of the bitterness that is surely present in here (in terms of IBUs, that is), the beer itself is quite drinkable, and immensely flavorful. Yes, the hops still bite at the tongue and leave the soft palate buzzing, but they don't rip and tear, as can happen with other beers of this style. Very much recommended.

jondeelee, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of HopsYeast
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at a weyerbacher pairing dinner. it was paired with spicy pork belly tacos and also a freshly made sausage sampler.

a-little to no head. reddish copper with a much darker hue than most other ipas.
s-smell pineapples right off the bat. there is a floral note from the hops but the sweetness of the fruit is the dominate smell.
t-beer has a much different flavor profile than most ipas. it lacks the big bold hops taste that you are used to. way more complex than other ipas. there is the sweetness that starts the beer off but then it is smoothed out by a nice warm maltiness. the end is where the hops arrive and they are mellow but distinct.
m-this is a very smooth ipa. for having a nice 9% abv it is dangerously easy to drink. there is very little carbonation and it is very pleasing to the palate.
o-great beer. this is the strongest abv ipa i have had and the alcohol was not overpowering at all. very bold flavors along with such a complex flavor profile make this a great beer for multiple occasions.

HopsYeast, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle out of a four pack. No dating stamps or markings of any kind that I could see on the bottles or carrier. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Gorgeous amber / copper color with some reddish hues throughout the entire glass. The clarity is fair and the body is topped with a creamy, slightly off-white head. It holds a very nice retention cap over the entire surface and leaves sticky, chaotic lacing on the walls.

S: A big caramel malt base grounds the aroma down from being a hop bomb but the bitter hop notes come through quickly. Piney, resiny and sticky earthy hops are next. There's a certain citrusy orange element that brings lemon rind into the picture. Finishing is a rather distinct note of orange flavored Tik Taks.

T: A bitter hop bite is immediately following the swallow, although letting your palate adjust, the caramel malt is the base of this beer. The hops are piney and sappy in nature but seem very balanced with some lighter, fruitier qualities. It doesn't seem completely malty and citrusy, but it definitely has a bigger malt presence than I thought it would.

M: Medium-bodied with very decent carbonation, sort of creamy and smooth but dry in the linger. The dryness has a sticky quality but it's something I'd expect for a big DIPA of this style.

I did think this was quite a good DIPA, but it's very different in it's huge malt character that perhaps doesn't blend as well as it could with the hops. I'm not sure how fresh this bottle was so that could definitely contribute to the unbalanced nature but all in all, still a very nice sipper.

ShanePB, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of jbowers56
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big old coppery/dark red colour. Quite hazy, but leaves a really really tight thick lacing. Literally every tiny sip I take covers the glass in tight bubbly lacing.

Dank. Super dank. This puts my suspicions of the clear aromatic link between simcoe and marijuana to rest. Simply amazing. I get some zesty grapefruit and lemon rind in there, as well as a whiff of caramel. I cant ask for anything more than this... Totally to my taste, and super well done.

Big hops. Just great. This is a really nice IIPA. Massive resinous hops flavour, easily my favourite single hop beer I reckon. Super 'grass'-y with some great tropical fruits in there, but with a really nice sharp bite. Malt is present in the form of some caramel/rich sweetness. Best IIPA i've had since being in USA. By a fair way to be honest. I've had a couple of good'uns to be honest, too.

It's super drinkable. It just goes down perfect. Substantial bitterness clears up the palate leaving you craving another sip. Viscosity in the mouth is great, fills your mouth with enough fullness but doesnt stick around unduly.

A godly ale. Simcoe has just become my favourite hop. I was just getting bored of American hops (c hops). What a perfect remedy!!!

jbowers56, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of JoeBCBC
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- Dark cloady mahogany with a 1 finger tan head that sticks around.

S- A wonderful bouquet of caramel and resinous hops! Full of pine and grapefruit

T-The simcoe is the centerpiece, but the rest is a symphony of caramel sweetness, chewy grain, hop bitterness, pine resin, and citrus. Alcohol comes through slightly on the finish and as the beer warms.

M- Chewy, sticky and somewhat thick. Perfect for a simcoe-hopped beer. The carbonation is very balanced with the flavor and the thickness. Perfect!

O- A great IPA, especially if you love simcoes. Great representation of the style, and overall a balanced beer. Another great brew from Weyerbacher.

JoeBCBC, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes to fsvan for the opportunity to try this one...long time want.

A: Pours a dark orangish, amber color and is slightly cloudy. Nice finger of off white, almost tan head with lots of texture. It recedes, leaving behind a film that covers the beer completely and has large bubbles around the edge. Not the amount of lacing I expected from such a dense looking head, but still a decent amount. Not sure what's keeping me from giving this a 4.5, but it's close.

S: Smell it as soon as the cap's off..that's worth half a point right there. First thing I notice is how balanced this is. Citrus is front and center, but the caramel and bready malts lend a sweetness that's really nice. Seems like there's some pine in there as well. I like the smell a lot.

T: Taste is pretty balanced as well, but make no mistake, this is a pretty bitter beer start to finish(not a complaint). Citrus again, but the piney resinous makes itself more apparent in the taste. Very nice hop profile. The sweetness of the caramel and bready malts are there for sure, but the hops are the star of the show..as they should be.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy which I love in any beer, but especially IPAs since it's rare. Bitter and dry.

O: Man, this is a good beer and damn near a 4.5...not sure what it is that's holding me back. Incredibly drinkable given the 9.0%abv..it doesn't show itself in smell or taste. Sean, thanks for the gift. Good stuff.

titosupertramp, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a surprise of a broad little beer with a nose of something a bit more woody than expected. nice palate of a bark bitter earth quality... brisk with a sustaining pine note. a bit of sweetness but the alcohol seem to have a ester quality that doesn't bond with the bittering and malt backing. for me a bit inconsistent on this level alone... but for a single hop... not bad. with a try.

rtepiak, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of fsvan
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, into New Belgium globe.

A- Dark reddish orange. Transparent, not cloudy in the slightest. Lingering head.

S- Sweet citrus hops, with a tinge of a pine bite. Almost a candy like orange sweetness to it.

T- More pine-y hops in the taste, that mix very with the citrus. The taste explodes on the palate after drinking and lingers nicely. This is really unique (in a good way) to me.

M- Slightly heavier than medium bodied. Perfectly fine. Not much more to say here.

O- Is this the best dIPA that I've ever had? No. Is it an awesome dIPA that I wish we could see in the local Nashville market? Hell yeah. This is a highly enjoyable beer.

fsvan, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Hazy copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, pineapple, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly creamy on the tongue. There is quite a bit of sweet caramel flavour mixed with malts and a decent amount of hops. There are also notes of pineapples and grapefruits. The beer finishes with a matly sweet pineapple aftertaste with a little bit of lingering hops bitterness.

Overall – The alcohol is very well hidden on this one, and the taste is well balanced. I was a little disappointed with lack of hops, (I expected more) but I'm not exactly sure how fresh my bottle was. Regardless, it's still one of the better DIPA's Ive had.

spinrsx, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of chilly460
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite dark, even for a double, I'd call it a dark amber or straight up "caramel" color. Lots of haze, and an amazing amount of head. Bottle was not shaken, but I had a tough time keeping this one in the glass.

S: Pretty straightforward, huge piney hops with dry biscuit malt background.

T: Well, this one follows the nose, no question. Huge, wearying bitter hops. Just a palate killer, if it hits the back of your throat expect a bit of eye watering. I don't mind a hop bomb, but just can't get into the "resin" flavor on this one.

M: Plenty of body and chewiness here, wish all beers were like this from the mouthfeel perspective.

O: Eh, just can't get into this beer having tried it twice. I like Ruination, but for some reason Double Simcoe is just too bitter/resiny for me.

chilly460, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber, with 3 full fingers of creamy, light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing.

S- Grapefruit, pine resin, and a bit of herbal/tea-like hopiness. Some caramel and biscuit malty notes do their best to get past the Simcoe hops.

T- Grapefruit-citrus-pine, and a touch of tropical fruit/pineapple. Bitterness level is high, but fairly smooth. Alcohol is well concealed. Fair amount of caramel maltiness.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly full feel.

O- Very good. A rock solid DIPA on all fronts.

Future outlook: I'm a huge fan of the unfiltered, and also a fan of this now...though I do feel it falls slightly short of it's less refined twin...but that still leaves it as one hell of a good DIPA, and one I'll be happy to have again...and again...

DoctorDog, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try this, but last time I saw it at distributor it was over a year past freshness/enjoy by date. Was planning on Prima Pils for this American holiday weekend, but those were outdated. I checked this, and it says freshest before Jan 4 2012. Good, so I picked it up, so I can finally have it considering Weyerbacher has been pretty impressive and living in PA and all.

Snifter glass. Pours a dark reddish brown, with very thin white head that dissipates fast. Minimal thin white lacing. Could certainly use better head, lacing.

Gorgeous aromas of sweet caramel malt, fruits and piney hops. Hops do shine through. Very inviting and delicious on the nose. Exactly what I want to smell.

Upon pouring this liquid dinner on my tongue, chewy caramel malts, fruits,nuts all competing with the spiciness of the hops. Hops are not overpowering, but they are most definitely there, very noticeable. Packs quite a solid punch, but not overwhelming the other delicious flavors. Very well-balanced, with less carbonation than usual, a big plus in my book. Body is slightly past medium, close to the thick side. MMM MMM MMM.

Outstanding. Very well-balanced, plenty of distinctive flavors to eschew here. Happy Fourth of July, fellow Americans!!!

happy4hoppybeer, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy mahogany into an American shaker with a finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
S: big hop profile: floral, pine, grassy. Some mellow malts.

T: across the tongue, and transferring between flavors quickly: caramel, crackers, grapefruit, edible flower garnishes, grass, pine, pine, pine...

MF: thick, a bit chewy, very astringent, great effervescence and leaves the mouth a bit warm.

O: the simcoe IPA should become its own style, I have had 4 in as many weeks. Its hard to rank them because they are all so good. I would readily drink this again but not before a flying dog came available again.

nickthetick, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of huhl23
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer. I liked weyerbacher's beers before this, but this has to be by far the best they have made. From the pour on it looks awesome. It is a solid amber with a large fluffy whit head which displays incredible lacing. The smell is foward of fruity, floral hops which i think the simcoe hop gives a little extra diversity. It is balanced perfectly by the malts. You can just tell this is going to be a good one. The taste is wonderful. There is an explosion of flavor on the tip of the tongue. Hops, citrus fruits, maybe even alittle bit of young apple and pear. Then comes the hops. While they are strong they are not over the top like some other ipa's ive had. They give a quick hit, then let the rest of the flavors come, then linger. It just has something extra in it i loved. This beer coats your mouth to great extent, there is not a taste bud in your mouth that isn't going crazy. Drinkablity is very high on this beer. There is no alcohol taste so beware and it is very smooth for something as hoppy as it is. Loved it.

huhl23, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy copper color with a fluffy off white head. the simcoe hops are evident in both the smell and the taste. this beer is bitter with a slightly sweet malt backbone, Like a lot of DIPAs above 9%. the mouthfeel is light to medium body, with lower than expected carbonation. overall a really good beer.

rowingbrewer, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pop the cage and cork on this 750 mL beast and pour a brew of tawny, medium brown. It is definitely dark for an IPA/DIPA. It holds a soft and creamy two finger head the color of fresh cream. It leaves thick lacing as it slowly departs. The retention is outstanding. There is a definite haze to the brew, but no outright sediment is noted. Carbonation appears fairly high, but the bubbles rise slowly through this thick, murky brew. The aroma is taken straight from the dampened floor of a pine forest in early autumn. It is heavily piney, earthy with minerals, and has a thick musk about it. Light notes of citrus accompany the malts through the background. With warmth, a phenolic plastic also appears. As we sip, the first thing to hit is a sour funk. This is more of a wet leaves type of flavor, earthy and woody, as opposed to a sour bretty one. Bittering hops crash next, to quickly replace this initial component. They ride high on standard, somewhat darker, malts, which offer a nice balance. Through the middle a citrus sweetness takes over, and a bit of booze begins to seep into the taste buds, along with a flash of coiny copper. The finish is in this same vein, with sweet citrus and piney hops taking center stage amongst a smooth bed of malts. The aftertaste is curiously bitter after such a sweetened finish, but otherwise breathes of hop stems and mineral. The body is on the fuller side and the carbonation is medium, almost high. The feel to each sip, as lent by the forever retained head is gloriously smooth, frothy, slurpable, and coating. Despite the bitterness the mouth is not overly dried or puckered, as one might expect. The abv is within range, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found to be the best thing about this brew was the blend within the aroma, and the soft, yet crisp, mouthfeel. The nose remained wonderfully true to the name with bright simcoe hops screaming at the top of their lungs, giving a nice hop to balance with some malt and musk. Upon sipping, what was more striking than the taste was, in fact, the mouthfeel. The head has huge retention, and contributes nicely to the froth and slurp of each sip, adding yet another thing to put this one over the top.

TheBrewo, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of blackterror
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been seeking out different styles of beer to try for the past couple of years and this was my first double IPA. I've recently begun homebrewing and read about single hop brews and just had to try it. To my surprise I saw it, last one, sitting on a shelf at a local beer and wine shop in NW DC. I picked it up and took it home for me and my buddies to share that night. I'm a lover of IPA's and why it took me this long to double my pleasure is beyond me but man, I'm glad this was my first.

Excellent pine aroma. Thicker body than I'm used to and I'm starting to understand the bit of oily taste that I've read about in other reviews. Everything about this beer made me enjoy it. I highly recommend. When finished the four of us were mad I didn't have the opportunity to pick up a second bottle. If you like a strong hop flavor grab this if you see it.

blackterror, Jun 25, 2011
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,919 ratings.