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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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Ratings: 2,980
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 162
Gots: 283 | 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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Photo of Mosley1212
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of doopydoogle
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy reddish amber with a decent head that faded fast, leaving behind globs of big bubbles and little lace. Little visible carbonation.

S - Pine trees, juniper, mango, mandarin orange, wafting alcohol, resinous malt, fresh bread, pineapple, apple cider

T - Intense meaty pine with some tropical fruit essence. Some kind of candy, like Nerds or Sweets Tarts, maybe pixie stix. Surprisingly mellow with a good bitter that doesn't overpower. Sweet middle where the malts really shine, and then a good balanced finish for a beer with such high alcohol. The finish has hints of mandarin orange, mangoes, and pine, with a pleasant bitter to support it.

M - Great carbonation for the abv and a really pleasant mouth coating. The bitter is minimal but still has a good character.

O - A really good DIPA, quite fruity and satisfying but still with a citric hop character. Potentially dangerous at 9%!

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle to pint glass.
Dark ruby toned body with decent head retention and lacing. Smells pretty intense with alot of piney hops and caramel malts. Palate is tasty and very balanced but a bit rough around the edges. Piney and earthy with some boozy undertones. Viscous mouthfeel with moderate body. This is a good DIPA but, assuming this bottle is fresh, I feel it's a bit overhyped. That said, this is one that I hope to revisit.

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

Bottled May 24 2011

A - deep rusty amber body with a very nice tan head. Very good look.

S - grassy, tropical fruit, pine, touch of funk. light roasted malts on the back.

T - very earthy and roasty. a little bit of bitter hops, some fruity notes. At this stage, it's not very hop-forward, but it is excellent. I will try to find this fresher.

M - quite smooth, nice full body.

O - yeah, this is really good. not quite what I want from a DIPA, not enough hops on the tongue, but it's still good.

Photo of NODAK
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Immediately upon opening, a very nice citric hop presence was noted. A sweet, biscuit malt started peeking through but it is still definitely in the background here.

Definitely has a sharp bitterness right away upfront; has both tropical fruit (mostly) and pine qualities to it. Along with it, there's good balance from a sweet candied malt and spicy biscuit malt profile that permeates throughout the body of the beer. Somewhat resiny on the finish, though the bitterness is pretty clean and doesn't linger all that long. I did some research on the Simcoe hop varietal, and what I saw is pretty much true: it isn't very astringent and is pretty tasty. The 9% ABV isn't apparent to me at all, and there needs to be credit given there.

All in all, very tasty stuff and well made. Of course, the ABV is somewhat preventative towards having very many, but at least they did a great job masking it. Some may say it borders on barleywine, but I think it definitely has sufficient hop character not to be.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass

A: pours a medium brown color that is very hazy and has a very slight amber hue, pours with a finger of tan head that lingers only for a short while, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: hit first with malty hops and then follows with a slight alcohol twinge
T: almost tastes like it is on the verge of being a barleywine, strong maltiness with a slight underlying hop bitterness, finishes with a bit of alcohol bite
M: strong carbonation, smooth yet leaves a slight aftertaste, leaves a nice warmth
O: a good representation of the style, a bit too deep and malty for my tastes but still, I feel it is a good brew

Photo of Holland
2.89/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured an amber orange color - very hazy. Good one finger head when i got it, and it left some lacing on the sides.

S: pine, bitterness, and something musty

T: tastes very bitter, and I don't get the citrus notes at all. I taste earthiness instead, which is fine. A little bit of malts round it out, but I don't get the caramel malt I expected from the color. Now that I think about it I didn't smell the caramel malt either.

M: medium bodied, but very crisp. The bitterness is accentuated by the carbonation. Nice.

O: It's okay - I paid $4 for a 12 oz pour at Tipples in Gainesville. I would never buy it again, but it's drinkable. It's not very complex (one hop, of course) and I'm totally unimpressed.

Photo of jsprain1
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hszy burnt orange. Very very thick head stays well at a couple fingers. Lots of lacing as well.
S- Smell is of big pine hops with some citrus aromas, caramel and lightly toasted malt. Really pleasing heavy hop hit.
T- Again its really heavy on the hops and I like it. The pine is thick with citrus background. There is some sweetness to it. Some caramel notes and its a bit sugary. Just a faint bit of alcohol warmth compliments the resinous hops in the finish.
M- Not quite as dry in the finish as I would like, there is quite a bit of sugar in the finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Low carbonation.
O- A very good IIPA. Just a touch drier would put this in the top couple for me.

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

750ml bottle into tulip. 072211 bottle date. Huge thanks to Kristencooks for this want in the GDBIF!

A: Pours a big frothy off white head, that hold great retention. The body has slow carbonation, and a very murky burnt orange body color. The lacing is thin, but left in layered swaths.

S: The aroma is huge Simcoe flavor, notes of resin and pine. High hop aroma intensity. The flavors are very earthy and herbal.

T/M: The body is rich in hop character and has a very high level of bitterness from this high alpha acid hop. The flavors are suggested from the nose, of resiny pine and herbal note. This is like walking through a pine forest. High intensity on the flavor and a great malt balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Lingering taste has bitterness through the roof! This is a truly hop bomb.

O: This has been quite a great brew. Huge classic Simcoe elements and bitterness that is unsurpassed. Very well enjoyed and another huge thanks for this one. I know now which hop will be used in my home-brewed One Hop Wonder series.

Photo of bobhits
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really need to learn hop varieties better, but here we go with another single hop beer.

Pours rather dark, we're not far from a black IPA. Held to the light this is a cloud dark orange and just lovely IPA. Head could be better and retention could be better as well.

Pungent floral, citrus, resiny, and just glorious hops in this nose. A solid malt sweetness here, this is going to have some malt back bones for sure.

This is amazingly complex, clearly the simcoe hop variety has a lot going on. A very resiny, nutty, and has some of the weed like funk notes (at least it tastes like weed smells, can't really comment on the flavors). Malt seems to perfectly intertwine with the nutty notes from the hops. The shift from hoppy to sweet here works flawlessly and the malt completely complements the hops. Word to brewers, the malt is supposed to do this. Hoppy and sweet only works when they go together.

There is plenty of carbonation here which gives this medium-thick bodied beer a rather drinkable mouth feel.

This is incredibly flavorful beer. It is overpowering and perhaps everything an American IPA should be. In your face hop forward and rude as hell about it! I'm a fan and wish this were available in my area.

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty, cloudy orange/caramel color with a 1/2 inch head, good lacing throughout. Smell is of hops, a slight hint of citrus. Taste is very hoppy, considerable bitterness, not much else going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of sjverla
3.29/5  rDev -19%
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.

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

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Vanlingleipa
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of mdvatab
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of dpasotti
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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.

Photo of HopsYeast
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of jbowers56
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
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!!!

Photo of JoeBCBC
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,980 ratings.