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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 1,316
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 154
Gots: 255 | 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 cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh Growler from Fathead's drinkin the same night.

A-pours a very cloudy mahogony red color with a very light tan colored head that is dense and creamy coming in abundance

S-the nose is quite nice and brings some balance, caramel malt, hint of brown sugar, pine and citrus in the back, notes of grapefruit and a good piney bitter aroma.

T-very balanced, lots of toasted brown sugar and caramel, pine takes over, quite resignous, lots of grapefruit and citrus in the back with a light lingering bitterness.

M-smooth and creamy medium body, good carbonation that holds the body throughout, crisp finish, syrupy on the roof of the mouth.

D-well balanced and huge, tons of malts but the showcase is the simcoe hop. Quite drinkable as the bitterness is moderate and pleasant.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a burnt sienna color, very hazy with visible bits of sediment floating around. Thin white head forms and settles to a skim, and sticks like glue to the sides of the glass.

S - Very floral and herbal hop presence, with a lot of pine/citrus along with it. There is also a lot of malty goodness going on in the nose, along with burnt sugar and caramel.

T&M - Full bodied feel with a quick blast of hop oils on the tongue, quickly balanced by the malts. Caramel sweetness creeps in as well, and the residual sugars round everything out. One of the sweeter flavored IIPA's I've had. There is almost a viscous feel to this, and just a little residual hop flavor after swallowing. Alcohol is well masked and felt only slightly in the finish.

D - Very tasty, but a lot of these flavors are so bold as to make this a slow sipper, and one at that. Average drinkability for the style, I would say.

Photo of beergod1
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found some notes of this fine beer I had on-tap at UPick6 in Erie PA. I thought I gave my Ratings of a few Weyerbacher's, but I guess I got too drunk to Rate, I can read my notes still. Poured a Beautiful hazy Orange, with a light bubbly head. First sniff was awakening. Ahhh, this is Simcoe Hops. Combo punch of Pine and Grapefruit. First taste, just as it smelled, with a faint sweetness for balance. As it warmed, so did the Alcohol. Not overbearing, just letting you know it was part of this fine brew. I remember saying "Oh my God" several times as I sipped, while eating smoked turkey Sandwich with Russ's Famous Potato Salad. I need to get a couple of bombers, and let them rest for a while.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark brown amber colour using the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. The taste is quite malty with a very very bitter grapefruit hoppy finish. Honestly, its ok, not bad, but not great. Its incredible drinkable though for the 9%. No hint of the alcohol at all. Just wish the flavour packed a bit better of a punch.

Photo of hardy008
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with a thin off white head which has decent retention. Smell is lighter than I expected, some grapefruit and pine, but I thought the aroma would be stronger. Maybe an older bottle?

The taste is grapefruit and pine, with a light caramel malt backbone. I am surprised this is as lightly flavored as it is. I am starting to think this sat around for a while before being sent to the store.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Somewhat oily. Might be the best part of the beer so far. the overall drinkability of this beer is decent, but I may need to try this again and edit the review. I think this may be an old bottle. I have heard and read for a long time that the aroma and flavor are bold, and this isn't.

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

This beer pours clear deep copper/light amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is highly hoppy-citrus lemon and grapefruit with some pine and a bit of fresh floral grass. There is a hint of sweet malt in the background. The flavor is upfront an explosion of hop flavor--grapefruity and piney with a solid hop bitterness. Beneath all the hops is a sweet, bready malt flavor. The beer finishes slightly dry with an ever-lasting hop flavor. The body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. The ABV is apparent only in a slightly oily mouthfeel and a glowing warm belly. Overall a deliciously hoppy beer -- hops all over the place with just a hint of sweet, bready malt.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rich amber color with a frothy white head that retained nicely trhoguhout the drink, leaving some spider-web like laces along the glass.

Smell is pine and oak, earth and resin.

The taste is hop-heavy with the bitter pines and grapefruit like notes. I've never had the Simcoe hop as a stand alone, but Weyerbacher really utlizes it well with this brew.

An excellent DIPA. One of the best I've had. Will definately purchase again.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a very hazy and cloudy dark amber to light brown with a small light yellow head. Nose is very sweet and hoppy -tons of Simcoe as you'd expect.

Taste is sweet, bitter, harsh and full of citrus notes. It's got a fairly harsh finish but it's nice and bitter. It's fairly drinkable but the alcohol level is certainly noticeable.

Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into great lakes snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of off white head. Color is a dark burnt orange copper. Decent retention with light splattered lace.

Aroma: Pine and floral hops. Big hop profile. No malts showing. Big citrus kick. Grapefruit and orange.

Taste: Big hop resin feel to it. Juicy floral hops. Grapefruit citrus and orange peel. Some malts show here and they really bring this dipa down. As it warms the hops develop a weedy characteristic to them.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very sweet with hop flavors. Sticky as well.

Overall, a decent brew, but nothing extraordinary. I had higher expectations for this one. Another Weyerbacher sipper for me.

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

12oz pour at Fat Heads, served in a mini-snifter

A - the beer is dark amber in color with just a touch of haze. a thin layer of loose cream colored film sits atop.

S - quite spicy from the Simcoe hops with just a thin layer of lightly sweet malt underneath. fortunately, Simcoe smells a bit better than it tastes.

T - ah, the ultimate "love it or leave it" hop variety...I'm a big fan of hops but always felt that Simcoe is best left as a companion to other hops rather than being a display of its own.

M - medium bodied, very slick and oily but adequate carbonation helps fight through that.

D - not a bad DIPA...some will love it, others not. much bigger fan of the unfiltered version as that adds another dimension to an otherwise one-sided beer.

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to oversized wine glass. I'd love to understand why the federally registered mark (®) appears after "Simcoe" on this label while other hop varieties on other labels omit any type of trademark. My guess is it has something to do with Select Botanical, Inc., the group who created Simcoe.

A: A 2 1/2 finger sandstone colored, mousse-like head rises slowly over a radiant blood orange colored body. Medium-dark in value. The body is murkier than expected given that this is the filtered version. Head retention is excellent as is the lacing.

S & T: Pungent and dank. Heavily hopped with aromas of pine, grapefruit rind & pith with a hint of tangerine. Slightly floral. Light candi-sugar malts come out of hiding as the beer warms. One of the more beautifully fragrant hop focused noses I've come across. Obviously, the Simcoe hops get all the credit. I'm impressed with how a single hop variety can provide such satisfying aroma, flavor and bitterness. This beer is lightly sweet, balanced by heavy bitterness, and the flavor is long lasting.

M: Medium-full body with a creamy texture and average carbonation. Light alcoholic warmth works its way up from the stomach.

D: Once again, Weyerbacher proves that you can not judge a book by it's cover or, a beer by it's label. It's a good thing too because they consistently have terrible label designs, but they consistently brew FANTASTIC beer as well. And the Double Simcoe is one of their best. Excellent drinkability.

Photo of garymuchow
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this beer for quite awhile -and now that we can get Weyerbacher in MN my opportunity finally arrived. Yea!
I'm surprised how soft and mild the very pleasing hop aroma is. It's a little green and grassy with some sweetness and light fruit with some citrus quality.
Dense creamy < one inch head. Decently clear amber with orange gold and brown. Never loses the head. Lots of lacing with marking sips as well.
Wow, first sip shows lots of complexity and rapidly changing flavors as it moves across the palate. Boy, this is going to be hard to describe all that's going on. Nice fruit malt flavor right up front - with the crystal malt showing forth soon afterwards (sweet and a little caramel) and a third malt flavor with toastiness showing towards the end. This is a nicely malted DIPA.
Now for the hopping. Bold and prominent without being excessive, especially in the bitterness, which coats the tongue, yet still allows the other flavors to show forth. A tasty citrus flavor and other fruits as well. Pretty darn long finish with mild dryness (maybe the only issue I'd have with this beer).
Drinks fairly big. Both the fullness of the body and the density of the carbonation contribute to a filling - and I'd say satisfying - drink. This cuts down some on drinkability some, but wanting to capture the flavors again raises it back up. There is even a bit of creaminess with the head.
I think this is the best DIPA I've had. The bitterness is never excessive yet evident in full degree and the complexity of the hop and the malt makes it stand above the rest. There is balance in the flavors and the appearance is second to none. The alcohol is mild in evidence considering the strength. Nicely done. My compliments to the brewers.

Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy dark copper color with a fluffy and dense two finger white head. The head faded a bit but still had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma has a decent pine and orange citrus hoppy flavor to. It also has some pretty bold caramel and malty notes coming through as well. Definitely more malty then I expected. Pretty nice flavorful hoppy and malty aroma to it overall.

The taste shows some nice caramel and malt flavors up front, but the pine, hop, bitterness really takes over into a long lasting finish. It has a bit of citrus but not a lot, definitely some grapefruit like bitterness though in the finish. The finish is also a bit dry. The malt gives it a pretty nice backbone and definitely helps it become a bit more balanced. Pretty decent flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for a DIPA, and the carbonation is moderate. It had a bit of a creamy mouthfeel to it as well. Drinkability is pretty good, it showcased the Simcoe hops pretty well and at the same time had some very nice caramel and malt flavors.

Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange with just a trace of head and lacing.

Smell: Orange, grapefruit, caramel malt and alcohol. After a couple minutes, it becomes too mild for a DIPA.

Taste: Citrus (orange and grapefruit) upfront balanced by lots of caramel and toasted malts. Spicy bitter finish with loads of pine.

Feel: Low carbonation, full very smooth body. Nicely warming and dry at the end, but maybe a little too hot.

Drinkability: Overall, a solid DIPA that is a nice sipper. Nothing out of the ordinary here and the overly mild aroma is a deterrent.

Photo of trbergman
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a rich red-orange with two fingers of dense, orange tinged head. Nice lace.

S - Caramel and toffee malts with candied orange peel, pineapple, and grapefruit.

T - Surprisingly malty DIPA, with flavors following from the nose. Plenty of piney, grapefruit hop flavor and a sharp, lingering bitterness that dries out the finish.

M - Full and viscous for the style, with good carbonation.

D - No sign of the alcohol content, but otherwise I'm not especially impressed. Not nearly as hoppy and bitter as promised.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip
No freshness date was apparent on my bottle

A - Poured a very dark amber with an orange glow. 2 fingers of bubbly white/yellow head that slowly dissipated.

S - Sweet caramel malts up front with bitter citrus hops. The malts definitely dominate the nose.

T - Sweet caramel malts are prevalent up front with citrus hops in the background that have a bitterness that lingers in the finish. At first this beer has an almost overpowering malt profile and subdued hops, but as I drink it the hops become more evident and the beer become more well balanced.

M - Medium body. Some chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - A very good DIPA. Not one that I would actively seek out, but one that I would buy again, especially if I came across it on tap.

Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark looking IPA. A brown with hints or red and orange. Decent looking head that foamed up just a bit too much, a nice bit of lacing on it.

S - Sweet and malty for an IPA. Has a nice hop profile. A lot of grapefruit and pine, but not overly citrusy or piney.

T - Nicely hoppy with a strong malt backbone that blends in with the grapefruit and something that tastes almost like mango. Very nice. Shifted into a bit of resin taste with a nice piney bitterness. The only complaint I had was some sort of weird aftertaste that I could not pick out, but was unpleasant.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

D - Not too bad, got easier as I went. The alcohol kept this one down just a touch though.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A fluffy semi thick 2 finger head rises up and fades slowly over semi hazy darker reddish orange brown colored beer.

N: Lots of earthy and heavy hops. Definite Simcoe hops. Some sweetness and a malty backbone with a touch of booze as well. The hops have some citrus, a little pine, some tropical fruit, sweet fluffy hop aroma, and even a slight apricot.

T: Starts with a malty backbone actually, some sweetness, toasty malts, and touch of warming booze. WIth that comes some hops, some bitterness but not too heavy, earthy hops, a little spicy hop addition, chewy hops quite a bit, and some sweet almost nougat like hop flavors. I also get a slight plastic-y-like flavor from the Simcoe hops that I seem to get sometimes. More fruits, a little apricot, touch of tropical fruit, and fluffy sweet hop favors too.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter, but not overwhelming. It actually gets more and more bitter as it goes, both from the hops adding and from the long bitter finish. It gets pretty dry on the finish which accentuates the bitterness as well. Some spicy and piny hops, a little fruity hop flavor, and more of that fluffy nougat like hop flavor too. Pretty spicy on the long finish as well, partly from the hops and bitterness, partly from the dryness, and somewhat from the booze.

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

Thanks to Casey for sharing this one at the 110k release.

A- pours dark copper in color. A big foamy off white head. Excellent retention and a stupid amount of lacing left.

A- Holy grapefruit. Tons of it coming through with piney hops.

T- Bold grapefruit flavors up at ya right away. The hops are nice and piney. The malts keep it from being a total hop bomb, but it's definitely not overly sweet either.

M- Almost creamy with a full body for the style. A very nice bitter finish.

D- I really enjoyed this DIPA. I couldve polished this bottle off with great ease.

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

I've had this from the bottle, from the tap and also from a cork-and-basket bottle-conditioned version that is out of this world. I am reviewing the bottled version poured into a nonix.

Amber glow with some haze. A thick, dense light tan head which holds well. Sticky lace lines the glass all the way down and the head retains more than a thin film.

Grapefruit and pine, grapefruit and pine...all my nose gets is grapefruit and pine. And it's wonderful! Okay, maybe there's a bit of caramel and toast beneath it all, but who cares?

The simcoe hops wallop you right off the get-go, but they don't kick you when you're down. Translation? All that great hops flavor without a nasty aftertaste. This means they did their homework and balanced the beer with some toasted malts with a caramel taste that bring a sweetness that only balances the hops without trying to take center stage.

This is sharp and crisp as any good DIPA should be and the alcohol is well-masked. There is a slight metallic tinge at the back sides of the tongue though. Have the bottle-conditioned version and that smooths right out, leaving a creamy texture.

At 9% ABV, this is one dangerous beer. It drinks as a single IPA and one could easily lose track of their empties. Unless you really don't like hops, this one goes down real nice and could leave you in bad shape the next day. High alcohol, but drinkable + a ton of hops = one nasty hangover!

Photo of chickenflea
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark for an IPA. Cloudy as well. I am intrigued by what is to come. Two finger off white head settles in. Lacing is generous and persistent, coating the glass. This brew has some substance. I am salivating over an opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite styles.

The first whiff is intriguing. I couldn't help pass the newly opened bottle under my nose before pouring. Simcoe hops. This should be an education as well as an adventure. Do I sense a roastiness? Strange for the style, but very pleasant. The hops smell delicious. Not quite as aggressively hoppy as Cascade. There is an earthiness, almost tobacco like quality here as well. The malts smell delicious as well. This is one of the best smelling beers. A yeasty cheesy hint is in there as well.

Oh, but the taste! The malt is right there immediately. Almost too sweet, but the malt never overwhelms the other flavors that come parading through. The hops are huge, but not astringent. This is not the withering English hop profile. It is a citrusy like a navel orange. The combination with the malt produces a tropical flavor. Some pine sap overtones in the finish. This beer is so delicious, I can't believe it. Sip after sip does not disappoint.

The flavor follows the smell...thankfully.
The flavor profile is an absolute dead ringer for the nasal profile and is even more bombastic. Sometimes I think I overuse the word 'explosion' when describing great beer of this style, but there's no other word that comes close to capturing the density and intensity of the flavor. Detonaton perhaps? Only a hint of alcohol.

This beer is a chewy as some imperial stouts. Wonderful. It causes the flavor to cling to your mouth. My tastebuds have fallen into a long wet kiss. Where did this beer come from. It should really be no surprise. It is a double IPA. But this beer is exceptional in most categories.

I have had several Weyerbacher offerings in the past. They were of high quality. But this is the best of all their offerings. Great job.

Photo of jpittman80
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Darker brown that most DIPAs, even. Hazy, with a small off-white head.

S - Pine and citrus hop character, sweet malts.

T - Really, really nice for only using Simcoe hops. Strong bitterness with lots of pine and grapefruit. Sweet malts are in the background only enough to support the hops. Really nice balance.

M - Pretty viscous, actually. Only a little heat from the alcohol.

D - It's a hot day, so one bottle of this would be enough. It's a little thick and sticky for too much.

Once I saw the color, I though "Here we go again, another sickeningly sweet DIPA." Fortunately, the color is a little deceiving, as this is a very nicely balanced beer, and surprisingly complex for only having one type of hop. I've used Simcoe in homebrewing, but only as a bittering addition. Maybe I need to spread it out some...

Photo of Tballz420
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown body, medium sized cream colored head. Sweet malt and piney tar make up the nose. Taste is dominated by the icky stickies. Sweet malt from gets knocked to the ground by a lot of stick-to-the-roof piney hops. A fair amount of spice from the alcohol. Medium bodied. This is one of those no-shit IPAs

Photo of pmccallum86
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper color with a thick bubbly head that dissipates very slowly.

Smell is of rich malts and piney hops. Pretty good but I would expect more hop aroma from a double IPA.

Taste is of bitter pine and possibly some mango and fruit. Wow, lots tastes a little like biting into a piney apple core, interesting beer but a little one dimensional towards the pine. I would like to describe it as a messy mango creamy pine comb.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and bitter. Medium carbonation and lots of residual bitterness.

Drinkability is decent, not a great double IPA, pretty mediocre, unless of course you love eating pine cones.

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

Had in an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy amber-red (shifting color depending upon where the light shones through) with a creamy 1/2" head that slowly reduces to a thin bubbly island of white floating in the cloudy beer.

Has a strong pine smell, tickling the nose with its almost tar-like aroma. Is it Christmas, because it sure smells like an evergreen tree!

Smoother up-front taste than you'd expect, with a bitterness that slowly emerges and coats the tongue. The beer is sticky in its texture, very hoppy, and very tasty. As with many imperial IPA's, it opens as it warms. There's alomst a peaty aroma that wafts in the back of the throat long after this beer has left my mouth for my gullet.

Though sticky in texture, there is a creaminess to this beer that is pleasing. My one knock on this beer is that it could use a little more up-front taste; it slowly builds, rather than starting off strong.

Overall very good, and one which iI will definitiely enjoy again another evening. However, this is one that you;ll only have onvce in an evening, given its strength and strong hop boter aftertaste.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,948 ratings.