Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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Ratings: 2,954
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
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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 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.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep rusty orange/tan mild cloudy, big 2 finger tan head,
outstanding lacing

S: big grapefruit, pine, and lemon zest

T: sweet grapefruit, big pine, mild sugary taste,
hint of booziness, firm earthy malt,
long bitter oily finish

M: med/heavy body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Big Hoppy beer and so good!
I would get this again and recommend
it to other hopheads.

VERY NICE, CHECK IT OUT!

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

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy amber. One finger of soapy white head. Decent carbonation. Minimal lace and a film of head.

S - Big grapefruit, pineapple, light rye bread.

T - Pure hop resins. Pineapple, citrus. Nice.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, fairly bitter.

O/D - A solid DIPA. Took time to open up but was nice. Very drinkable and flavourful.

Photo of freddpa
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well balanced IPA. Very Hoppy but due to the Simcoe Hops its hoppy but not harsh. Relatively high ABV but no "hotness" from the ABV. An all time favorite. Has nice body and flavor. Leaves a bitter but pleasant aftertaste but (enjoyably) lacks the acidy bite of just heavy hopped DIPA's

Photo of hmf05
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very burnt orange with a two finger head that sticks around. Can't see through it. Aroma is fruit punch, passionfruit, guava. Taste starts slightly sweet passionfruit juice, but quickly turns into a bold bitterness that stays until the beer is long gone. Mouthfeel is good with decent carbonation. Overall, very impressive. This is likely the most bitter beer I have ever tried. The only flaw is drinkability. I would like to have tasted more sweetness to balance out the hops. I know this is blasphemy, but I'm interested in seeing how this DIPA does with age.

Photo of znichols
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a deep clear burnt orange color with eggshell white lacing. A tight little head that quickly moved its way to the glass and stuck.

S-some people have described simcoe as "catty". I get a little of that here. I get light toasted malt and sweet cinnamon in the aroma first. A little alcohol in the middle. There's some piney, resinous smell with an almost cat piss-like hint in there. Its not quite as fowl as it sounds...

T-pine sap and spice from the simcoe hops shines first. It quickly moves into an almost french toast flavor from the sweet biscuit maltyness. A lot of good flavors here. Finishes with resinous hoppy flavor. Exactly what you expect from a solid 2x ipa.

M-somewhat thin and light bodied. Medium carbonation. Mild stickyness. Very nice body for sipping.

O- very enjoyable double ipa. Reminds me of great divide's hercules, probably due to the prominent pine and woody flavors. A great representation of the style in my opinion. Pungent hoppyness, big sweet malt, a touch of alcohol burn, its all there. However, perhaps this beer's exemplary traits are its downfall. Might have liked to see a touch of something different and surprising in there for it to get an A, but I'm sure this beer is exactly what the brewers shot for.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a slightly off-white head.

The nose is full of grapefruit, pine, and sweet tangering.

Starts with a big blast of pine noodles and a hint of lemon zest that is followed by some tangerine and peach essence. The finish is more pine and sweet citrus. Pine lingers pleasantly on the palate.

The feel is full and lush. Not too heavy and not at all watery.

Overall this is a great DIPA and a near bargain at the price. This could easily become my go-to for a hop fix.

Photo of philerman
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter-type glass poured from a bomber purchased at Wegmans in Malvern.

A: Very generous head, possibly somewhat attributable to my sloppiness opening the bottle. Pours a deep amber/honey color with the variation hinting at the lack of filtration of the beer.

S: Not as piney as expected, but plenty of citrus notes.

T: Comes on strong, piney without too much lingering.

M: Medium carbonation and crisp. Lingers nicely as well.

O: While I was hit a little more (somewhat surprisingly) by the more sessionable Sam Adams Latitude 48 Simcoe, this does nicely for a single serving. Among the better east coast IPA's for sure, but likely doesn't hold up next to the heavyweights out west.

Photo of mattgreger
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber Picked up at Wegman's in Collegeville, Pa.

The pour on this brew was a deep, hazy amber color. It has a off white, beautiful large head that just flowed, spilling over the edge of teh glass. The lacing that followed was also great, leaving webs throughout the brew.

The aroma is packed with a great piney/citrus hop aroma. Its also got a great malty background that balances it all out.

This brew had some amazing flavor in it. Of course Weyerbachers use of there own Simcoe Hops give this brew a great passionfruit/citrus like flavor. In doing so it has a perfect malt balance that makes you just want to sip more.

The mouthful on this brew is quite nice. It actually tingles the tongue and has a wonderfully crisp finish.

The drink on this brew is just right. The alcohol is present, but is hidden under the citrus flavors. Watch out though...found out it can sneak up on you. Still a great brew, another fantastic brew by Weyerbacher.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark orange, almost brown with a one finger light tan head.

S - Citrus and lots of carmely sweet malts.

T - Citrus and carmel malts.

D - Smooth and sweet. Lower carbonation and a medium to heavy body.

O - A East Coast, sweet IPA. I don't usually care for sweeter IPAs, but I liked the flavors on this one.

Photo of shanblur
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle dating obscured. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Murky and muddy brown and red with a minimal head. Not very pleasing.

S - Piney hops from the Simcoe is there but also a strong malt presence.

T - A nice bite of piney hops up front then fades and is overtaken buy a sweet malt flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a low carbonation.

Not a very nice double IPA for me. Not a very appealing look, and the malts overpower the hops.

Photo of DAllspaw
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip.
Deep amber color with nice retention an lacing, very evident thickness in the glass.

Initial aroma is pine, but also very noticeable malt and some definite sweetness.

Initial taste also piney, but quickly followed up and dominated by the malty sweetness. The sweetness isn't too much, in fact has a very unique character for my taste buds anyway, almost like a smoked, or deep amber honey (not the average light stuff you get in squeeze bear).

Definitely a thickness and oil that lingers in the mouth, making this a great sipping beer.

While I personally prefer more floral/citrus aromas with DIPA, this one is really unique and would seek out again.

Photo of cmq103
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. Picked up a bottle from Canals Hamilton in the Hamilton Marketplace.

Appearance: Darker than I thought it would be, almost the color of an unfiltered apple cider. Great 1" sudsy off-white head with a moderate pour that lasted for almost 5 minutes. Lacing was spot on, clinging the full length of the head pour. Thicker, as expected, with some murkiness to it. I love the whole cork thing; bottled like a fine champagne.

Smell: Initial blast of citrus and piney hops followed by malty sweetness. I also get light pineapple and maybe orange peel. Swirl the glass after it warms a bit and you get more nose than when the beer is cold, which is milder for a DIPA.

Taste: Piney grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus hops. The sweet maltiness tones down the hops to an enjoyable level with a moderate bitter bite from begining to end. Not overwhelming, as with some DIPA's, but enough to keep the hopheads happy. This is definitely sweeter than I expected. Light booziness in the end of the sip. Not huge alcohol warmth but enough to remind you its a 9%'er. A whole lot of different flavors going on at once in this brew.

Mouthfeel: This is thick beer, but creamy with each sip. I'm kind of surprised how creamy they were able to get this DIPA. Carbonation is lively enough to wake up your taste buds.

Overall: This is a great slow sipping sweeter DIPA that I would go out of my way to buy again. A "must try" for DIPA fans who want to satisfy those hop cravings.

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

22 oz. bottle, cork and cage, bottle conditioned, bottled 4/29/11, purchased 7/2011 and well stored in temperature controlled conditions.

Poured into a British Imperial Nonic.

Pours a nice one finger head, thick, thins out to a nice ¼” cap which hangs in there. Decent lace.
The color is very deep cloudy amber from the bottle yeast and malt. There is a lot of residual yeast in the bottle so pour carefully.

Huge in your face aroma of piney hops, quickly followed by rich malt, then the hops take over and dominate the rest of the pour. Very faint hint of alcohol, which is actually quite pleasant.

Incredibly delicious rush of very distinct, aggressive, piney hops and strong malt when first tasted. Crisp acidity, very full mouth feel and perfect carbonation add balance. Bitter hops come out in the middle, then followed by more rich malt as the two major components of this ale battle for dominance, the hops eventually win by a nose (pun intended), with the hop oils sticking to roof of your mouth like glue. Nowhere is the 9% ABV noticeable.

Very long finish of bitter, piney hops with some malt trying to peak through. As stated above the hop oils last forever. Really.

This is a very powerful, aggressive ale. The hops are very aggressive but are balanced beautifully by the malt and some slight sweetness. Wow! a wonderful brew, just flat out delicious, I could not ask for more. It is one of the top 10 DIPA’s I have tasted. At least in my area (South Eastern PA), this is known as one of Weyerbacher’s flagship brews. It has my vote!

As always I write my review before reading past posts. I admit I am surprised by the number of reveiws that don't seem all that excited by this ale. There is a 12 oz. bottle version that is not conditioned. Could this be it? IMO this ale stands with some of the best reviewed on BA.
Oh well.

Photo of forcedlaughter
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For it's style, I didn't think this looked very attractive, but I don't care too much about appearance, as long as it tastes good.

Smells sweet and then hoppy. A very malty IPA, but with no date I have no way of knowing how old this is.

Tastes sweet with a little hoppiness. I was hoping for a bit more hops, but it's still a good tasting beer. Caramel, some alcohol, and piny hops.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a heavy IPA, but I like that.

Overall, I could find a few dozen I would pick before this that are just as easy to find year round, but there isn't much to complain about either. I'd like to try it as fresh as possible. I think I will visit the brewery very soon and grab some to ensure a fresh release.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Dark copper with 2 finger off white head and excellent lacing.

S- Very sweet malts and lots of citrus hop aroma (primarily pineapple).

T- Again, very sweet caramel malts. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit comes through in the middle. Not a huge hop bitterness but enough to balance this DIPA, slightly piney hop bitterness but more of a orange rind type of bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium bodied and smooth creamy texture. Could drink 2 or 3 of these no problem.

O- Excellent DIPA. Had this over a year ago and it's just as good as I remember it. Will be bringing a lot back to IL when I travel to Asheville over Memorial Day.

Photo of Mikey58
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful hazy, deep amber/orange color. A loose, three inch head formed.
I was looking forward to a big hop aroma, but disappointed to get very little. I waited to let the beer get closer to room temp, and only then got a subtle grapefruit and piney hop aroma...not bad.
I like the body and mouthfeel, but the distinct alcohol burn and slight metallic aftertaste distract from the nice simcoe hop flavor. No date on the bottle, but wondering if this is out of code.
Would be willing to try again, but many beers of this style I would rather spend my money on.

Photo of 05Harley
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: ?

Purchased @ Tulley's, Wells, Maine

Price - $7.25/bomber

Pours a hazey dark orange with an enormous head that measures three inches deep in my Duvel glass, wow. The retention is long lasting and exceptional. Beautiful decorative Tina Turner like legs adorn the drinking vessel. Freshness and carbonation are evident with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top.

The nose is hoppy and full of pine with an underlying aroma of fruity sweetness. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple and caramel malt are in the background begging for attention.

The flavor starts out as pine resin but quickly changes to a tropical fruit character with orange and grapefruit leading the way. Unfortunately a noticeable taste of alcohol comes through and brings down a bit the overall taste.

The mouthfeel is what you would expect, quite bitter but with a slight dry finish. The body is medium to full with carbonation being spot on.

Overall the hops are in the forefront here and I'm digging it. Nothing here is a surprise, pretty much text book for the name and a solid beer overall.

Photo of hopking311
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper orange with quarter inch white head, quickly dissapates to a thin ring around the glass.

Smells astringent at first not hoppy as expected.
Creamy rich mouthfeel.. 2 words.. hop syrup
Immediately tasted biscuity malt profile,citrusy hops with a woody base.
Very nice and calm for 9%

Photo of Mosley1212
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Brick Store Pub over Labor Day weekend. Poured from the tap into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A--Golden orange with hints of dark orange when the light hit the beer. Also had a full 3" stark-white head that was very foamy and engulfed nearly 1/3 of the tulip. The head lasted a good long while before finally dissipating and leaving a small ring around the outer edge of the glass.

S--Grapefruit bomb. This had a sharp, tangy bitterness of the fruit. There was also a wonderful pinecone and resin smell. This is one of the strongest beers I have smelled.

T--Definitely able to taste grass, pinecone, and hops. THen comes the painfully bitter grapefruit juice. The acid of this beer scorched my tongue. Took a long time to adjust.

M--Medium bodied, almost thick mouthfeel. Heavy hops and citrus made it a bit hard to drink. The taste buds suffered from this one.

O--This was a really good DIPA, but it was almost a little bit too intense for me. My taste buds adjusted near the end of the drink, but by then it was almost too little too late. Would love to try this one in a food pairing with a sharp cheddar. Perhaps the creaminess of the cheese would cut down the acidity in the beer and mellow it out a bit.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,954 ratings.