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Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using 100% Simcoe(R) Hops, a west coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc.

Added by yen157 on 05-05-2006

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Reviews: 1,362 | Ratings: 3,218
Photo of JamesStreet
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured a cloudy amber/copper color with a huge, frothy, three-finger off-white head. Retention's really nice, lacing is spastic, spotty.
smell is of pine, passionfruit, pineapple, dankness, bready malt
taste is of bitter pine, earthiness, bread crust, some nuttiness. Malt is not quite balanced but still enough to close the gap from the hop bitterness. Really hides the 9% well. Not hot at all.
feel is medium-bodied, a little high on the carbonation. Fairly slick finish.
Overall, a nice bitter hoppy showing of the Simcoe hop variety.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reddish deep copper, decent white head. Nose of pine with some mango, and just a hint of cat. Taste is similar, quite piney and resinous. Body is medium with medium carbonation.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brownish orange color with a big cream colored head that leaves a lot of lacing. There are a ton of floaties in the beer as well. Smell is straight simcoe. Tropical, orange, pine, grassy and dank. Taste is great, very similar to the smell with a good deal of bitterness. Calling this beer balanced is a bit of a reach, but there is a good malt backbone to it. Medium body and slick mouthfeel, would never know this is 9%. Overall a very nice double IPA and one I will def be buying again

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this 4 years ago and it was not good. Maybe this time I had a fresh bottle because it was much much better. Clean and flavorful with a simcoe bite.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - very murky. Amber with tons of floating "botanicals". Upon poor about a 1" head that dissipated very quick.

Smell - much better than the appearance. Sweet malt, honey, and grains. A little piney.

Taste - malty, yeasty, honey, and bread. Not a bad DIPA, but in my opinion not outstanding.

Feel - hoppy and sweet collide coating the mouth but not leaving the lips overly sticky. Hard to get past the pieces of botanicals that I can feel in my mouth.

O - a good DIPA, probably better it was filtered.

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Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

WOW! A palate wrecker, but so stiffly and powerfully bitter that you have to just sip like a liquore.

A: Pours a hazy dark copper with a frothy head sticks up lots of lace and lasts.

S: First piney w pineapple, cat, riple apricot, herbs, grass, and mint.

T: Starts out with a dominating piney hop profile that overwhelms the malt, but there's a sweet caramel base. Tremendous bitterness on the tongue and some citrus sweetness, lots of layers of herbs, grass, and candy... the alcohol is warming and liquor like.

F: Rich and syrupy.

O: BIG BEER compares well with Lagunitas, Stone RUINATION, DIRT WOLF. Big one, must try for the tingle!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium.copper pour with a good sized head that leaves fair lacing.

Smells like grapefruit pith and malts.

Tastes exactly the same only with the malt turned to eleven.

Feels medium bodied with medium Carb and slightly creamy

Overall more stand able than then generic malt bombs tonight.

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Photo of donspublic
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really a big fan of this hop varietal, but I do like the smell it puts off. Poured into a 16 oz sniffer. Hazy orange with floaties. Love the smell coming off of this, real floral. Taste on the danker side for an IPA. I like this every now and then, but I actually prefer a more citrus hit. Heavy pine taste and a sweet finish. Grabbed these in Florida while on vacation, and glad I did. Even though I am not a big fan of this type of DIPA, I like it every now and then for a change.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very well balanced beer. I love the Simcoe aroma and flavor. This beer is more hop forward/ not as caramely sweet than some other DIPAs out there. Still enjoyable

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Photo of dacrza1
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Date: May 2, 2015... Glassware: Maudite snifter... Occasion: to a promotion!... Appearance: sediment-laden, casually carbonated opaque orange-brown body; thick, rocky off-white head forms craters and smears In the backdrop--an intimidating, active presence... Aroma: powerful citrus, with the signature simcoe damp, cool basement aroma; not much in the way of malts... Palate: heavy, puckerish body; dense and pulpy; extremely long, resonating finish of warmth and strength--a beer to reckon with...Taste: robust yet respectful citrus; large pinecone and orange peel mesh with late hints of alcohol to produce a solid, full-flavored experience; astringency late dampens the flowery aroma and the experience a bit...Overall: a beer monstrously effective at what it intends to do--overpower with its West Coast hops hailstorm; not exactly balanced, and not exactly a problem--but as Weyerbachers go, a fitting beer in their portfolio...

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Photo of JuMa44
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Total opposite of weyerbachers last chance IPA being that it smells terrible but tastes amazing, I prefer the piney taste in an IPA over the citrus side. Another solid beer from my favorite home state brewery.

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Photo of drpimento
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I’ve had this before many times and it’s always excellent. However, this time I may have gotten an older bottle as the hops don’t seem too fresh

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice double! bitter hops! floral grapefruit pine 9%!! great beer!
quite pinny actually....not super but enough to satisfy that along with the citra hops. this is quite good if you prefer the piney citra spectrum.

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Photo of username
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/21/14, 05/21/15 54969962
Not as fresh as I'd like it to be.
Bias: specifically looking for a piney IPA/DIPA

Hazy copper. No where on the packaging was it stated it was unfiltered – and somehow missed noticing the gratuitous layer of muck prior to pouring. Thus, an absurd amount of 'floaties'. Normally I wouldn't care, but this is just too much and really detracts from the appearance. Pretty head, fine retention, minimal-to-no lace otherwise.

Juicy sweet apricot, pine grove, and some citrus.

Tastes quite good. The apricot gets lost a bit as the pine and citrus qualities of the hop become predominate. Unfortunate this is so, however I'm not drinking this specific brew for apricot flavor so don't really care. A bit bitter, but not overly so.

Feel is somewhere in the middle, leaning towards the lighter side ("medium-light"). Lower side of the spectrum for carbonation as well. Body is substantial enough for ABV.

Overall it is pretty close to what I expected. It definitely showcases the pine over the citrus as far as DIPAs are concerned – which is exactly what I wanted from it. However, it just wasn't an intense enough pine to satisfy the craving I'm trying to fix (though, much closer than anything else I've recently had). Would like to try a fresher batch.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Opaque, 1FH, Carbonation, amber.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, sweet, malts, pine.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonation, dry, clean, crisp, lingering, bubbly, effervescent.

VALUE - $8 for 12-oz bottle. Decent.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Simple, OK, drinkable.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Total Wine Tampa $2.99/btl. Bottled 12.10.14, drankin 4.2.15 (guess it took a while to get to FL).

Pours a murky yellow-brown, lots of coarse bubbles; yellow-tinged white head. Smells deliciously tropical (mango, papaya, passionfruit), nice to know where that smell in other IPAs comes from: simcoe! Abrupt hop-bitterness comes through in the taste, musty tropical sweetness melds with a strong malted backbone. Not as carbonated as I expected (probably a tad more when fresher). Thick, full mouthfeel. Overall, very nice; a very assertive, hop-forward beer.

What my hop-phobic gf said (smell): "Papaya, definitely papaya." (taste): "Bitter."

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Photo of Direwolf25
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous bouquet, average head. My feeling is this the right coloring for this beer. First sip does not disappoint. Liquid simcoe. The piney bitterness envelopes the senses all the way down. This should make a hop-head connoisseur's Top 5 list.

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Photo of Hallabrew
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft 12oz L: dark orange and cloudy nice head and some lacing. S: fruity citrus, pine, earthy and some herbal notes T: dark fruits,Orange resonous, pine, earthy. Good balance of malts I can really taste every bit of the Simcoe M: good carbonation, thick feeling but not syurp, dry very sweet O: An interesting DIPA I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid IPA! The simcoe hops may be the most flavorful in my opinion. This is a really nice West Coast style beer. The hops are up front and the beer packs a nice punch at 9% ABV. The hoppiness is present and spicy. The overall appeal to me is the bite of the hops. This is a must try!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle BB 5/21/15 at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma of conifers and apricot (!)
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to irregular creamy ring and irregular layer
Lacing poor – few islands and reef of tiny to medium bubbles
Body brownish-orange, hazy
Flavor starts and ends bitter, but not too bitter, with some piney overtones; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with nice lacing and head retention

S - Layers of citrus hops, passion fruit, resinous, piney.

T - Huge bouquet of citrus hops, floral, malt balances out, but overpowered by a big resinous and bitter finish.

O - Really solid DIPA - I really like this brew and would try it again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA last week for $3.39 at Holiday Market. I've never had a beer from this brewery and I thought I would start off with their Double IPA, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 12/10/2014. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye caching. It poured a very hazy brunt orange color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking DIPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of citrus rind, light tropical fruit and floral hops aromas with the citrus rind hops seeming to stick out the most. Up next there's a little bit of yeast that leads into the malts which impart a sweet malt, caramel malt and some slightly doughy aromas. This beer had a good aroma, the hop profile was nice and fruity.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same nice hop mixture that they did in the aroma with the citrus rind hops still sticking out the most. Up next comes a slight alcohol flavors that goes right into the malts with the sweet and caramel malts seeming to stick out the most with just a little bit of doughy flavor showing up in the background. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that doesn't linger too long with a citrus rind hop aftertaste. This is a good tasting DIPA, just like the aroma it had a nice and fruity hop profile.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a slightly lighter amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, even though the bitterness was on the lower side for the style, the hop flavors showed up nicely with some good fruity hop flavors and aromas. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, the alcohol was a little well hidden, slightly creamy, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think a couple of these would be a good amount for me, any more than that and the alcohol might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the hop profile, it was nice and fruity while imparting some good flavors and aromas. What I liked the least about this beer was that it didn't just a little more bitterness to help balance out the sweetness. I would buy this beer again, especially if I could find it really fresh. I would recommend this beer, especially if you like fruity DIPA's. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it had just about everything that I expect from the style with a nice hop profile to go with it. This beer made for a good first impression of Weyerbacher and I'm really interested in trying more of their beers. Good job guys, this was a tasty DIPA, keep it up.

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Photo of teromous
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle:
So it's not exactly fresh...but it should still hold up.

Appearance: Murky brown with an orange hue to the edges, with lots of material suspended inside. It looks like the pulp you'd find in orange juice. The head is a massive creamy fluffy eggshell white mountain that sticks to the glass.

Aroma: There is a feint caramel note with an orange aroma that is like an over-ripe orange.

Taste: Faint woody flavor with some citrus rind. Over time some pine comes out, but mostly that pith of an orange peel really dominates although the flavor is very muted. A bit of a soapy flavor after the beer has been out of the mouth for a while. There is a sweet caramel flavor that also sticks to the lips (probably sounds funny).

Mouthfeel: Very dry but a bit chalky. It has a coating bitterness that roughens up the palate quite a bit. It works great for this beer overall.

Overall: It's a good beer but it just didn't stand out in any way, and really it didn't showcase Simcoe or bring it out into the foreground, despite the giant bold "DOUBLE SIMCOE" on the label. I don't want to make this sound like it's a bad DIPA or anything, it just isn't at the top of my recommendation list.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 11/21/14, Best before 05/21/15

Appearance - Poured into a snifter to reveal a cloudy, rusty orange brew with a half finger of sandstone head. Fair retention leads to a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a razor thin ring around the edge. Only tiny spots of lace remain on the glass.

Smell - Pungent aroma that wallops the nostrils with huge notes of grapefruit upon first opening, but caramel, floral and earth notes become strong forces as the brew warms.

Taste - Flavor follows the nose with bittersweet grapefruit notes, some mild earthy dankness and a light floral character backed by a huge caramel malt backbone. Finishes much the same, with a bit of grapefruit pith bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Near full in body with moderate carbonation. Slick texture before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Damn solid DIPA. My Yoda-sense tells me 'An occasional buy it would be if in my neck of the woods it were available.' It's certainly got that West Coast vibe, but drinks more like an Oregon product than a SoCal offering. If you can get it, try it!

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Photo of pinyin
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Had this on draft at Floods, about 25 miles from the actual brewery.

Floods is notorious for not cleaning or changing their tap lines, so perhaps this may have contributed to the foul, contaminated taste.

I know the keg wasn't sour because it's a direct distribution, and the temperatures outside are below freezing.

Heard a lot of locals rave about this DIPA, but it was pretty awful.

Weyerbacher, perhaps it wasn't your fault, but retail establishments selling your product are contaminating it.

Not the first time I've experienced contaminated beer at Flood's. They just don't seem to know how to, or care enough to manage their lines and barrel's.

They purchase all of their stock from Cascario's in Pen Argyl.

I will purchase a 4 pack of this next time I see in the supermarket and revise this review.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.