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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Gots: 259 | FT: 6
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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 mjsheehan08
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher double simcoe IPA

Pours a deep amber brown with a huge, pale white head that looks like it has been glued to side of my glass. There is a fiery burst of orange that comes through the glass as this brew is held up to light. The head reminds me of root beer foam. 

Smells like sweet flowers with a pretty strong malt backbone. Once I get past the strong floral notes, there is some detection of pine and maybe some earthy notes. A lot of pineapple iis present.

My first response to this beer is spicy. It tastes alot like Belgium tripple, and the spice is almost overpowering. I am not picking up on a lot of the floral tastes I picked up in the nose, but alot of spice, and alot of lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, as well as some mild pineapple. I wouldn't call this beer bad, but it reminds me of the experience when you are expecting a glass of milk, and it ends up being water. There is a surprising amount of malt presence in the beer, and even though I know the beer is relatively fresh (it was bottled within a month), but the hop profile is really weak. 

For a pretty big ABV, this beer drinks pretty well, but the amount of spice that is present would not make me want to drink more than 1 in a night, or possibly ever again. 

Photo of godfathermg57
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A: Pours a nice amber red with a nice head. There's some cloudiness and particulates, perhaps from the hops or yeast, either way it looks like a good IPA

S: Not super strong, but definitely a balanced aroma of Simcoe hops (what a shocker!).

T: IBU's are not too overpowering. Tastes like a hoppy flower, basically like liquid Simcoe hops if you've smelled them. About what I expected, but a bit more subtle.

M: Very smooth for an IPA. I could feel it lingering for a whlie after each sip. Definitely the right body for an IPA.

D: For 9% alcohol, this is very drinkable. Sometimes IIPA's can go a bit crazy on the bitterness (in my opinion at least) but this one is very nice and goes down very easy.

Photo of gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark with orange tinges around the edges and where the light catches a break while running through the glass. Generous foam head that applauses for about two to three minutes before taking its seat again, taking up a thin residency above the beer.

S - Definetely a nice pine hop aroma coming up to the nose with a decent malty backbone. Once past the initial pine sensation, a more floral presence takes hold.

T - Much like the nose, pine hop goodness takes hold but fades away to the malty backdrop much quicker than it does in the nose. Never did get much more than that here.

M - Medium carbonation with a touch of a sticky film on the tongue that accompanies an almost non-existent after taste

I did enjoy this, but I think I was expecting something a bit more vibrant than what i got. Maybe an alcohol fueled hop bomb, but it wasn't quite there. Maybe lower expectations would have made me feel overwhelmed.

Photo of vapodge
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A - dark & cloudy amber; nice head with good retention and lacing

S - not super hoppy, but that Simcoe goodness is definitely there; smells sweeter as time goes on

T - pretty darn malty for a DIPA; only exclusively Simcoe beer I've had -- normal for hops to be somewhat subdued? Alcohol present but not overpowering.

M - fairly good body -- pretty substantial; low level of carbonation seems right for this given the malt presence

D - much more balanced than other DIPAs I've had -- not what I'd go for when in a super-hoppy mood, but when I don't want the buds destroyed this is an excellent choice

Photo of Slatetank
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on cask at Al's of Hampden -served cask temp in a Nonic.

The color is ruddy bordering on bronze and hazed with thin cream cap w/ average sized bead. No lace sticks. The smell is mild with hop scents not that apparent -more or less a fruity ale smell -perhaps some floral and grapefruit but mainly a strong alcohol aroma overshadows these odors. The balance is like this: alcohol and hops with malt and bitter finish w/ drying and astringent qualities - the slight caramel sweetness equal to the moderate acidity and slight spice -the alcohol seems to become higher as it warms with drying astringent quality.

The Imperial IPA on cask is substandard -moderate hoppiness up front which succumbs to a toasted malt and alcohol flavor w/ bitter boozy finish. A middle of the road Imperial IPA on cask it might be better in the bottle or on tap, but I haven't tried those formats in a while. I wasn't sure what to expect but I would say avoid this on cask based on this experience. The cask sacrifices hop juiciness for alcohol and astringency-difficult to enjoy more than half a glass of let alone 14 ounces.

Photo of TaddyPorter
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 750 ml brown bottle and 12 oz. brown bottle

BACKGROUND INFO/SUMMARY
So this is actually a review of two delightful beers. The first was a bottle of the unfiltered version, specially qualified by being cellared for two years by my buddy Tom (ArchivalBeer)--thanks for that one man! (...Not to mention the amazing peat bomb that is Mikkeller Black Tie, and the Long Trail Imperial Porter...a nice evening!) The second beer I'm reviewing here is a fresh bottle I picked up today because the one we had last night was so different from my memory of the Double Simcoe. This was a beer I'd already had and thoroughly enjoyed many times, so it was enlightening not only to sit down for a review, but moreover to see how intriguing a strong and hoppy IPA can be after aging for two years. I now officially naysay those who would warn against cellaring hoppy IPAs.

Appearance:
With both versions, tawny light caramel brown with a head that starts around 2 fingers and reduces to a substantial film on top of the beer. No significant lacing, but great head retention, as that half-finger of foam isn't going anywhere.

Smell:
The nose of the aged, unfiltered version was dominated by an enticing and enchanting bleu cheese aroma that is all but completely absent in the fresh version. With the fresh, filtered version, the nose is floral and fruity, with a bit of dry, unripe pineapple from the hops, with some pine resin floating on top. Hops are up front, with no substantial malt scents poking through their freshness.

Taste:
The aged version was all pungent and super-ripe (almost caramelized) pineapple from the delectably matured flavinoids in the hops. This is what tipped me off that I needed to try the fresh version again--I didn't remember this pineapple note at all. Indeed, with the fresh version, hoppy bitterness--pine sap above all--slams the tongue up front. A bit of light, freshly baked white bread sweeps through, and is then quickly put to bed by deep, oily hop bitterness. The tongue is left coated in hop oil--not for everyone, but a powerful elixir.

Mouthfeel:
Light bodied and fairly juicy with relatively minimal carbonation in both cases.

Drinkability:
The fresh version is a go-to standard for an IPA/Double IPA from the east; I think it could stand up very well in that crowd. The aged version was a revelation, and makes me want to get serious about some cellar experiments--thanks again, Tom!

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber looking beer. It looks to be unfiltered thus it's cloudy appearance.
Pinky finger thick foamy head with average carbonation.
In my Chimay goblet thers is a nice central pillar of carbonation rising up to form a small foamy bloob.
Aroma is rich with hops, I'm guessing simcoe, floral and piney. Sweet caramel malts help to prop up the hop boquet.
Taste pretty much as it smells some up front hops citrus and pine resin above some sweet malt. Quite hoppy.
Has a thick mouthfeel feeling smooth and syrupy. A dry finish over lingering hop bitterness that last into the aftertaste.
Simcoe is well balanced and refreshing.

Photo of nukem5
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with slight retention,very thin cap but lacing nicely.

S: BANG, citrus explodes in mouth with some floral notes as well.

T: Great zesty citrus taste bites first thing in side the mouth, sweetness in the back of mouth from malts not subtle but well balanced front to back.

M: Medium bodied with a warming,and a slight mouth coating,slight metallic./

D: Definitly can drink a few and loved it with a baked salmon with sweet Thai chilli ansd lime, I truely believe it brin gs out the beast in this one,mmm.

Photo of BB1313
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a hazy burnt orange, nice white head and sticky lacing. Smells slightly boozy with a blast of simcoe hops. Lots of orange aromas. Tastes a little better than it smells. I'm tasting alot of oranges and tangerines; bittersweet finish. There are also hints of malts, caramel, and toffee. Pretty malty DIPA. Mouthfeel is nice, creamy and smooth; not over carbonated. Drinkability isn't bad, alcohol isn't well masked and the simcoe isn't shy.

All around solid DIPA, but not my favorite. If you love simcoe hops, this is definitely a must try though.

Photo of RRoeb1123
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: very nice almost a dark honey color to it. off white head, starts off very nice and fluffy, and settles into a nice thin cap on top. Also a bit of sediment in the glass, which I like. A nice amount of carbonation also. Also leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Bits of caramel, fresh cut pine, and a bit of malt, along with a unique one to me, a hint of almost peach. Grapefruit is also pretty prevalent to me. The hops are present in this brew, but they're not as upfront as many others. It mingles along with the other scents very pleasantly.

T: Hops come up front, very smooth, and not bitter in the typical sense of other IPAs. Caramel, and hints of grapefruit also mingle with the hops and malt. The malt comes very quickly, and wipes away the hops. There is a last quick reappearance of the hops as you swallow. This beer's 9%? The alcohol is pretty well hidden. I really had to hunt to find it.

M: Carbonation is sufficient. Not overwhelming, balances the beer out very nicely, for a very pleasant mouthfeel. Not thin, but not thick. Mouthfeel is about as right as it can be for me. Makes it very drinkable.

D: Goes down nice and easy, until you try to get up.

Photo of mbusster88
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint.

A: Very hazy and murky body, dark amber, brown color. Hear is off white, and does not last long. Very light carbonation.

S: All I get here is a malt profile, not much by way of hops for me.

T/M: Now I start to get some hop character, definitely get some pine and astringent flavors. However, I also get a real heavy malt character that for me is not making me like this beer. The malts are caramel and bready, but do not fit for me.

D: This is a medium body brew that is worth giving a shot, for me personally, I really don't like it. Something with the malt character puts it out of that high class DIPA standing.

Photo of treehouse
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this looks dirrrty..a darker unfiltered look..

smells like a somewhat well kept barn...malty..

mouthed - piney, bitter hops that go right to the tongue receptors...very alive this one is....upbeat...the malt is there but a background to the hops...this goes to the cheeks and stays there...

not bad....

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

When i poured this beer, it has a dark murky orange color body with a nice 2" white foamy head, which hangs around for a while. The aroma is of citrus and hops. The taste is of hops and has a nice bitter taste to it. It has a nice mouth feel and i think is very drinkable.

Photo of BDJake
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky burnt orange/light brown with a nice finger of head that was light goldenrod in hue, lacing and retaining well. Citrusy, with hints of orange peel and earthiness atop a very sweet malt backbone. Appropriate bitterness, not very complex due to the single hop variety, with bready malts and a hint of booze. Medium-heavy feel to it, decent carbonation, and a bittersweet warming finish. A very inviting beer, even if not the most complex of DIPA's, it is very satisfying and goes down smoothly.

Photo of AdamBear
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-slightly cloudy amber, thin cream colored head

S-sweet hops with a hint of vanilla. good strength

T-comes in with really bitter but sweet hops. Now this is going to sound insane...but something about this IPA reminds me of pot. I've never had pot before but i've smelled it many times and something in this beer's taste has that stale grassiness to it. it ends with a real striking bitterness

M-good medium carbonation but with a really dry finish

D-not a bad IPA for the long run but when there's such a vast selection of IPAs everywhere, this one just doesn't cut it

Photo of perrymarcus
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

bottled on 09/16/10/best before 02/16/11

pours a hazy copper with ruddy/orange hues; shy of a finger's head that recedes fairly quickly into a collar around the glass. impressive lacing.

nose is not quite as aromatic as i was expecting, not sure if this is tied to the temperature (maybe served a bit cooler than normal), but definitely subdued. picking up muted notes of grapefuit and pine, a touch of malt.

hmm, i'm not getting a big flavor delivery in the taste, either. the nose pulls through, though in likewise muted fashion... a bit underwhelming... it's as if this is an old bottle and the hops have weakened, but i'm still a month under the 'best before' date (albeit on the back nine of its shelf life). a decent beer, not in the least bit offensive, just lacking that flavorful zip you expect from an upper eschelon DIPA.

smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. goes down very easily. will have to revisit this one at some point and compare notes.

Photo of ralree
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Disclaimer: I've had this bottle for quite a while, so I'm not sure how accurate this review would be for the average bottle.

A: Lots and lots of head, too much. Deep reddish gold. Completely opaque.

S: Smells a lot like an IPA mixed with a Belgian. Very weird.

T: Lots of hops, honey, really toasty malt - almost charred, very strong raisin flavors. This one tastes like it smelled - like a super-hoppy Belgian. Since I'm not a huge fan of Belgian ales, I don't care too much for it, but it's drinkable.

M: Syrupy, oily, really coats the mouth, fairly astringent. Carbonation is good.

D: Goes down alright, but not anything to write home about. Pretty strong.

Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Cloudy dark ruby red color. One finger light tan head lacing is nice and sticky.
S: Citrus, pine and sweetness from the malt. Solid but not amazing.
T: Starts with a nice citrus spicy hop kick. A touch of sweetness in the middle before a lingering bitter finish.
M: Medium mouthfeel, finishes wet and bitter.
D: Pretty good drinkability, despite the 9% ABV.

Very nice DIPA would love to try on draught someday.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium copper color - darker than many in this style, somewhat cloudy. Pours with a thin head but leaves some good sticky lacing on glass.

Light citrus and malt on an understated nose. Heavy bodied with sweet malts dominating the taste. Citrus and herbal hops with a nice lingering bitterness are somewhat overshadowed by the mouthcoating maltiness.

A big tasty double IPA - quite filling and not as complex or as hop-forward as some.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just cracking this within the best by date

A: Pours a dark orangish amber color with a small off white foam head that dissipates to a film. There is a lot of lacing.

S: An ok amount of citrus and pine hops, alcohol and some bready malt.

T: A little bit better then the smell, the pine hops are more prevalent and there is a malt undertone that balances the hops a bit. Was expected more pine and citrus.

M: A medium bodied beer that leaves the palate slightly bitter.

D: A solid offering from Weyerbacher. Even though I drank before the freshness date, maybe a little fresher would be better. Would try it again.

Photo of samie85
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a chestnut red color with two fingers of thick, frothy white head.

S-Really juicy grapefruit, mango and pine with some light malt and caramel.

T-Tropical fruit with some grapefruit and pine and a little caramel malt.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

D-This is actually insanely drinkable, mostly due to dryhopping I think. This beer has a ton of hop flavor and aromatics without much bitterness.

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

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA can a deep, slightly cloudy orange amber colour and an impressive head (it was at least 3 cm when poured and never got smaller than 5mm). This beer smells of hops. The smell is a little sweeter than most most doubles I've had. It's very nice: sweet, orangey and maybe a little sour. This beer is hoppy and fruity. It has a lovely and intense tangy-orange flavour with some sourness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. This beer is thick and foamy in the mouth. I really enjoyed it a lot. Delicious.

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

A little 12 ozer..C'mon guys, how bout a bottled on date? I'm just kiddin. Hops were meant as a preservative, ya know? How soon we forget.
Blood orangey goodness, a head fit with vim and vigor both. Classy simcoe aroma, grapefruit and mango, mixed in with a good malt base. Very solid double. Really have no way of knowing how fresh this is. The hops still stand up quite well, the bitterness is effective but not over the top. I'm pretty sure my sister almost enjoyed the sip she had. Hard to say.
Liked it, liked the unfiltered a bit more.

Photo of mjw06
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a special beer, one that stands out amongst an array of brewers who simply want to barrage you with hops and call it a good beer. One thing I've noticed about hops is, well... they taste hoppy, as in the flavor tends to hop around different spots on the tongue. This was the first IPA I've enjoyed where my entire palate was full of taste and hop goodness. It was a little overwhelming upon the first sip, but midway through I had a great appreciation for it. The hop taste is mostly sweet potpourri on a just-beginning-to-stale white bread. Flows smooth at the roof of the mouth and leaves and little residual taste or feel on the back of the tongue - just a pinch of hop here and a pinch of bread there. I could enjoy two or three of these in one nite and enjoy myself. Definitely one of my favorite and for sure most memorable IPA.

Photo of jrallen34
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's poured into a pint glass....A dark muddy orange, light tan head, good retention but weak watery lacing...The aroma is sweet with lots of alcohol, wet hops, pin resin, light caramel and pineapple. Nice for a dipa because while the alcohol is present its pretty muted. Easy to drink

This is a rare Weyerbacher winner.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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