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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,794 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,794
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 141
Gots: 200 | 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 ThickestHead


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

On-tap into a 5 ounce sampler glass.
Comes an orange/gold slightly hazed.
Smells of citrus and floral aromatics and some piney hops.
Tastes more of the pine hops throughout and yet it has a sweet thick malt backbone.
It is clingy and thick, resiny and slick. The alcohol becomes present near the finish yet is well hidden until then.
Personally couldn't drink too many of these in a sitting but it is an amazingly good brew.

08-22-2009 04:33:36 | More by ThickestHead
Photo of jbhuxley

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a slightly hazy amber/cherry color with 1 1/2" of creamy, off white head. Head slowly subsides, while nice lines of sticky lacing linger.

There is a lot going on in the nose. The hops are so complex. There's a bit of tropical citrus, with a nice touch of spicy earthiness. The hops all sit on a nice backdrop of molasses.

The tropical citrus notes reappear immediaetly in the first taste. A strong pine resin comes through, with an immense toasty earthiness. A nicely done, but not overdone sweetness holds this all together. It finishes with a bitter spicy earthiness.

Carbonation is light, but appropriate. It is medium in body, but quite creamy and silky. It has a great hop sweetness balance that make it very drinkable, maybe too drinkable for it's 9% abv.

08-22-2009 03:43:04 | More by jbhuxley
Photo of nickfl


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Two fingers of off-white head that exhibits good retention and thick lace. The body is amber brown and slightly hazy.

S - Musty, spicy hops. Lots of pine and a bit of grapefruit; very much like sniffing hop pellets. Some toast and caramel malt in the background as well.

T - Pine hops with some sweaty, spicy notes and moderate bitterness. Malt sweetness begins to counter in the middle with rising alcohol warmth. The finish is quite spicy, from both hops and alcohol, with malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness competing for dominance into the finish.

M - Thick, creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish with a hint of astringency.

D - Pretty drinkable considering the level of hopping and the alcohol. There is a lot of hop intensity here, but not a lot of complexity. The aroma is quite a bit better than the flavor. I am impressed that this is able to come off as balanced as it is while leaving a lingering spicy bitterness and the distinct impression that the hops are in charge. A pretty nice DIPA overall, though the hop flavor could use a little more variety and a somewhat more rounded, less astringent, bitterness.

08-21-2009 03:55:54 | More by nickfl
Photo of alleykatking


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

12oz bottle got in a trade with either jyounger30 or yourefragile....Jay and Michael you both rock with this beer!

A- Pours a well I don't know how to describe it color wise but best with apple cider color. Very thick looking with it being very hazy. Not a big head at all with this one...maybe it was my not so hard pour. Some lacing on the sides as I drink it. Very tasty looking to say the least.

S- Nice citrus and piney aroma in the nose. More citrus (pineapple, orange) than piney (earthy, weedy). I was taken aback a little with the sweeter malt backbone that I could pick up. Not a bunch but I could still detect it. The alcohol in this is really covered up well. This is both a good and bad thing..haha.

T- To me this beer has a nice bitter bite upfront which only makes me wish I hadn't thought a citrus bite would come first. Pleasant suprise for sure. Some bready sweet malts come through a little in the middle before there is a more citrus hop flavor in the end with some piney bitterness. This is a very nice rollercoaster ride for the palate to say the least. Nice taste.

M- Nice medium mouthfeel. This beer is a little chewy to says the least. You can tell even when you pour it that it will make you chew. God carbonation with this beer making it a nice drinker. Tons of hop resin over everthing it touches in the palate. Nice bitter taste left on the tounge long after the sip is over.

D- This is a dangerous drinker. The ABV is high on this one but so well hidden. Very tasty and leaves me wanting another one which I have in my fridge but I don't know if I want to crack it open yet or wait. Very good beer!

08-19-2009 04:28:41 | More by alleykatking
Photo of tavernjef


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Smoothly glowing dark burnt orange hue that reminds me of those plastic pumpkin decorations with thelight bulbs in em. A bone white capping of medium height slips away silently after pouring. Lacing in both fat and skinny strings are flung about in random patterns across the glass.

Ahhh...the Simcoe hops are in strong demand for a reason and the reason being they have enormous nose attributes and flavors that are very welcome to this hophound. Here, the nose is citrusy with tangerine, orange, and low melonish, tropicalness with nice earthy floral touches as well as a cannibus-like pungency deeply set within.

Taste is more of the same and quite nice at that. Take all that's noted in the nose and throw in a well-rounded toasty malt and biscuity center and you've got a winner. The meld of citrusy oranged mid-mild zest, earthy cannibus, and toasted edgy backing is quite a tasty treat. Nice balance with just enough sweetness with a smidgeon of caramel malt leading off the finish late after the cannibus and citrus round away.

Bold medium body with a tender smooth carbonation wrapped within the toasty malt and biting hoppy bitterness thats quite simply put, very satisfyingly ample. Slight floral hoppy heat seeps in after a bit as it finishes with a nice balance of the hops and toasty malt drizzled with caramel.

Yum, yum, yum, I've got Simcoe in my tum! A straight up super solid Dbl. IPA by Weyerbacher!
The drinkability is quite easy, but careful of the sneaky heat as that 9% does sink in soon after the glass has been drained.

08-18-2009 23:30:50 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Ryan011235


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured into a snifter on 7/18/09

A - Dense amber in color; hazy. Poured a 2 finger off-white head; settled to about half that after a few minutes. Bountiful lace.

S - Bold hop presence, pine & grapefruit. There are also some toasted malt notes.

T - A robust hop bitterness runs the game. There is a pleasant & unassuming bready malt sweetness upfront that gives way to grapefruit tones & a dense pine flavor. A resiny bitterness lingers throughout.

M - Hop resin allows for a nearly chewy character. There is an enjoyable grittiness as well. Despite this, there is also a bit of boozy slickness.

D - A very intense beer, it is almost daunting at times. For me, this is one to enjoy occasionally. I would like to give this a try on draft.

08-15-2009 20:18:00 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of beerwolf77


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer is burnt orange and oh so cloudy. The thick head that's staring me in the face is like hop flavored ice cream. I want to grab a spoon and take a bite. The amount of lace that remains after settling is could be scraped off with a knife. The smell is sweet yet pungent bitter hop cones. I get a sort of musky woods aroma as well. It actually relaxes me as I take deep whiffs. The flavor is similar to the nose. Hoppy and rediculously bitter but sweet and musk like. Like pine chips might taste. Not a bad thing by any means. The mouth feel is super sticky. It sort of latches onto my teeth and makes my mouth gritty. I get no hint of the high abv at all. This is a very good DIPA.

08-15-2009 00:46:19 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Arbitrator


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with dmunroe. Thanks Donald.

A: Pours a murky, glowing coppery amber into a tulip. The head is about an inch of off-white foam, with big bubbles, and retention is pretty decent over a couple of minutes. Thick sheets of lace down the sides of the glass. One of the best-looking IPAs I have ever seen, bar none.

S: Hugely citrus pith with a tangy, rindy, earth vibe to it. Some pine in there, although it manifests itself more as a weedy aroma. I'm surprised by how much malt I smell in there too. A very pungent bouquet here.

T: Citrus up front. Orange rind dominates, but there's some grapefruit and pineapple bite in there too. Pine sap plays a huge role in the mid-taste, which is when the taste starts to hint at getting malty, but the citrus elements pull back into the finish to produce a clinging bitterness that rides well into the aftertaste.

M: A chewy body with moderate carbonation that helps its presence. There's a slightly dry burn at the beginning, with an alcohol burn at the finish (owing to the ABV). Definitely resiny.

D: Kind of hard to have a second one right after the first. This is an explosion of flavor, and it's so much that my palate needs some rest about 3/4 of the way through, and I definitely couldn't enjoy another one right away. But later? Yes.

08-10-2009 06:27:42 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of johannasclimacus


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

12 ounce bottle poured into my Stone tulip.

Pours a deep reddish brown, very pretty. A nice three finger layer of frothy head that settles down into a one inch layer. Lots of lacing all around the inside of the glass.

Smell is great too, lots of pine, fruit, malt, and a distinct hop, Taste follows through, very bitter and first, but not so much as it continues to set in on the tongue. This beer is not dominated by the hops; there is an enormous malt presence here.

Alcohol is too high to make this extremely drinkable, but that just goes with the style. Still, a damn tasty and impressive beer from Weyerbacher.

08-09-2009 03:05:27 | More by johannasclimacus
Photo of DannyS

New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Dark, ruddy orange brown with a 1 finger thick head of foam that dissipates into a respectable collar and webs of drippy lacing.

S - Lots of big floral, fruity, piney hop aromas with that distinct amoxicillin-remniscent malt sweetness.

T - Almost as bitingly bitter as Ruination; here's that 'tongue-bruising' character. Fruit, citrus, and malty sweetness dry desperately to punch through the bitterness, finishing dry with less residual bitter than i expected. Aftertaste is bready. Gets a little less harsh with continued drinking, though it's making my tongue feel tingly.

M - Almost oily in its viscous feel, with low carbonation. This is one heavy beer.

D - 9% ABV and an unrelenting bitter attack make this a definite sip & savor brew.

Overall - It's not the obnoxious bitter bomb that Ruination is, but it's close. I think I'll stick to 90min. while I'm biding my time before Hopslam comes around again.

08-09-2009 00:31:01 | More by DannyS
Photo of Mistofminn


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours an amber golden color, more copper than anything. Gorgeous head produced from a not-so-aggressive pour. Very impressive retention and lacing, maybe the best I've seen in an IPA.

The nose is pure Simcoe hops, which is great since it is by far my favorite hop. Juicy grapefruits and possibly mangos (?). Very balanced, however, with a caramel malt backbone. Great hop presence, but not overpowering. I think this could be a great DIPA for someone on the fence of whether they love hops or not.

The taste doesn't deviate very far from the nose, but thats ok because I didn't want it to. I'm a huge Simcoe fan and would be disappointed if it had characteristics of anything else. Fruity citrus grapefruits and apricots, with a nice smooth caramel malt to back it up.

Mouthfeel has the IPA bite, but is surprisingly smooth and clean. Incredibly smooth, I almost can't get over it. Drinkability is most likely one of the highest for any DIPA I've had.

Overall, one of my favorite DIPA's. Very tasty and very drinkable. Beautiful lacing and very balanced. A staple of the style and a great showcase of my favorite hop, Simcoe.

08-04-2009 04:50:59 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

A strong yet balanced IPA is a wonderful thing.. and strong well balanced double IPA's are even rarer still in my limited experience. So it is with some satisfaction that I write this review.

Pours a dark copper, slightly cloudy with a good rich two finger head. The head recedes to a heavy blanket of foam but it leaves gobs of lacing down the glass. Really nice.

The smell is a joy. Lots of pine and some fruitiness underneath. Lovely stuff.

The taste is just a solid harmony of sweet malts, fruitiness and a real depth of hops that lingers for a long time. It's all big but the alcohol is dangerously well hidden.

The beer goes down fast and I'm almost thankful another isn't in my home or I'd be on my second as I write this. Mouthfeel is just right. Well done Weyerbacher. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for more beer from you.

08-03-2009 18:12:11 | More by Ralphus
Photo of dolbex


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

I enjoyed my Weyerbacher in a pint served from a bottle at around 40F

A - Cloudy and dark copper tones crowned by a 2 finger tan-white head. Great looking beer.

S - The simcoe rings grapefruit like no other. Very sweet caramel flavors and malts.

T - This beer hits like a ton of bricks with juicy grapefruit wave on the front end and plenty of alcohol biting at the back end. Personally, I really enjoy the ride and think the smell, flavor, and mouthfeel all compliment each other in a great way. It isn't necessarily balanced but if you like beers with a big bite this is for you.

M - Thick, malty, and lingers on the tongue. Very appropriate and expected from the cloudy appearance.

D - Big bite and loud flavors make this a pallet killer ready to close out your night.

08-01-2009 01:45:57 | More by dolbex
Photo of jera1350


3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

Golden brown color with a slight cloud with big fluffy tan head. Nice lacing and good head retention.

Huge sweet hop smell. Brown sugar, pineapple, citrus, malt- they're all here and in great abundance.

Nice thick hop presence with good malt backing. Not as sweet as the nose and more caramelized sugar and biting hops. Pretty decent complexity, a bit boozy and astringent. Lingering sticky hop aftertaste. Some cola notes come in at the end as well.

Medium bodied, nice soft carbonation. Leaves a syrup like coating on the tongue for a long time. Almost like pine sap on the palate.

The bitterness gets strong with every sip. I'm a hophead and I'm actually getting sick of this one half way through. Nice attempt at a DIPA, but there are quite a few better examples out there.

07-28-2009 22:36:22 | More by jera1350
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

12oz glass at Mister Goodbar - one of the best divebars I've ever been to.

Pours a clear amber with a billowing white head that produces sheets of lace. The aroma has a boatload of piny hops, like a titanic boatload (and like the titanic this one goes down easy). A slight spiciness and a sweet caramel compliment the hopping. Oh hoppy goodness - this is f'ing amazing. Huge caramel malts lead off, but get an absolute beating midway from a pine tree, segueing into a fragrant finish that lasts forever. The amazing thing is that its actually well balanced in the sense that they used a ton of malts and a ton of hops. The body is full and smooth, with low carbonation. Damn, its so drinkable. Awesome stuff from Weyerbacher!

07-27-2009 20:04:50 | More by bobsy
Photo of beerbully

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into a pint glass

A-Cloudy amber color 1/2 inch head alot of good lacing


T-some greatfruit but not a citrus explosion like some other ipas. A bit of a pine flavor

M-Decent amount of carbonation that kind of tingles the mouth

D-Good. COuld drink a few of these

07-26-2009 17:57:30 | More by beerbully
Photo of goblue3509


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

Pours a copper amber color with a thick head. The aroma is on pine and earthy hops, the smell is very strong, it is balanced out by some malt. The taste is of pine hops and some other earthy hops, there is a slight amount of malt present. Mouthfeel, I let this sit for a while and got a slight carbonation, but nothing overpowering. The drinkability is above average, it is a strong full hop taste that could be over powering, however, the malt smooths it out.

07-24-2009 14:51:09 | More by goblue3509
Photo of jminsc76


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

A gift from alexd3891. Poured this into a tulip, and displays a large creamy head that sits atop a deeply reddish body with a small tinge of orange. The head takes a long time to dissipate, but reemerges quickly and massively upon agitation.

Balanced aromas of hops and malts, with smells of slight caramel, bananas, and cloves. As I agitate, a little bit of bubblegum penetrates the nose. Quite pleasant.

Flavors of bitter citrus, grapefruit, and that slight caramel feature from the bouquet. A quaff yields some tobacco and ash as well, which may be from the higher alcohol content. It's quite excellent up front, with plenty of flavors to smack the palate, but exhibits a slight burn and unpleasant kind of bitterness on the backend.

The mouthfeel is juicy yet slightly thin, with a slight tingling on the tongue.

Overall, this is a decent DIPA. The flavor lags behind, however, when compared with the look, smells, and mouthfeel. This could also use a little more refinement, as the hops are present but not pervasive, which is the point of any (D)IPA.

07-23-2009 19:24:19 | More by jminsc76
Photo of bbeane


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Dark amber colored with a nice finger thick tan head that lingers and leaves some lacing

S- Ha ha, just smells really hoppy

T- Has a very subtle sweet start, with a really hoppy

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, and a hoppy bite after swallowing

D- Its tasty and pretty drinkable, probably very drinkable for a hop head


07-22-2009 02:01:51 | More by bbeane
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.68/5  rDev +15%

Pours an appetizing dark coppery amber with a thick, off-white, fine-bubbled head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is rich and hoppy to the point of being piny with a strong citrus overtone. Flavor is strongly hoppy, a little bitter with just a touch of citrus, more orange than lemon. Texture is smooth as milk but pleasingly fizzy and tingly. One of the best IPAs I have ever had! I strongly recommend this to all IPA fans.

07-19-2009 21:06:59 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Yimosan


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured a 12oz bottle into my tulip glass.

A: Gorgeous amber color and thick creamy light colored beige head. I've seen heads like that on English nitrous canned beers. 2 1/2 inches at pouring and then a thin layer remained the entire time.

S: Aroma of freshly cut pine, citrus rind, malt, and bits of yeast filled the glass.

T: The initial sip was malty at first, but then SMACK...the grapefruit came out in force. As the beer warmed in my glass the citrus dissipated a bit and then the maltiness made a triumphant return...loved it.

M: This beer is creamy and coats the palate beautifully, with hop oils that linger in the back of the tongue for a very long time.

D: If you're a hop head, this beer will definitely become a staple in your fridge, however at 9%, if you try to drink this as a session beer, you will be stapled to the floor.


07-18-2009 20:52:12 | More by Yimosan
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.9%

wooow! this beer is awesome!

first off the appearance of this beer is amazing...a dark amber unfiltered cloudy appearance makes this my favorite to date. the head is nice a thick and stays that way for a period of time.

taste is exceptional! probably my favorite Double IPA as of now (and Hop Stoopid was hard to beat)

07-14-2009 03:02:46 | More by McGIPA
Photo of Buggies


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a dark cloudy orange. Big booming head that stays around. Thick chunky lacing destroys the glass. Aroma is amazing. All about the hops... pine, grassy, citrus.

Taste is even better. The hops mentioned above plus a nice sweet malt character to go with it. Some caramel as well along with a nice bitter bite. Leaves a little sticky sweetness in your mouth.

I only wish the alcohol was a little less... just so I could drink more of these in one sitting!

07-12-2009 01:02:16 | More by Buggies
Photo of shivtim


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured into a pint glass. Brilliant rusty orange, with a billowing, lasting meringue head. Looks very nice.

Nose is strong hops and sweet malt, with a spicy undercurrent. well balanced. Taste is immediate big citrus hops, and a lasting malt background. Hops swing around again to linger at the end, mixing with slight ethanol. Full mouthfeel. Very solid DIPA.

07-10-2009 23:37:15 | More by shivtim
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Nice deep reddish orange with a cream colored foamy head that dissipates to tons of sticky lacing.

Big pine up front in the nose. I know there's grapefruit in there, but upon the pour, it is a pile of pine needles. Some light caramel in there as well.

Huge bitter hop flavor with pine yumminess and some light caramel and toasted malt sweetness. Let's face it folks, this one is all hops, with a little woody alcohol in the finish (wood is obvious in this one).

Big oily chewy mouthfeel to this one. What I like the most is that this is a pretty clean beer. The bitter lingers, but your mouth drys pretty fast. Nice.

Overall, you can sip this one. Got a 12 oz. bottle, and I think that though the bomber would be easily finished, it would be a bit much at the end. A tasty hop heavy beverage.

07-10-2009 23:06:53 | More by OtherShoe2
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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