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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,855
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 148
Gots: 219 | 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 TheSarge
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a huge 4 finger thick light tan head, and has a very hazy, and copper colored body.

The aroma is very piney and lemony.

Not that I've had one in a while, but this is an utter hop bomb. Very oily, bitter, and rips the enamel off of my teeth.

Comparing this to anything, would be biting into an under ripe grapefruit to include the rind. This will thrash your palate.

TheSarge, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of JohnL9013
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not your typical DIPA, but a good one nonetheless from Weyerbacher.

A: Pours a copper color (completely unexpected) with a nice head and healthy lacing.

S: Now this is a healthy hop nose. I hate cracking into a DIPA that doesn't immediately stink up my whole apartment with hops...they should! There's just a huge hop nose here, folks...you can almost taste grapefruit just from smelling it.

T: I was a little surprised by the taste. The choice of hops gives this beer an extra kick...whether you like it is up to you. I've personally had better at this price point but the taste is very good nonetheless with a far more intense citrus character than I've gotten from most DIPA's. The appearance gives a clue about the fact that this is not a typical DIPA, and, well it's just hard for me to describe what that difference is, but it's easy for me to recommend this beer to try.

M: A little too much carbonation and an awkward mouthfeel that doesn't lend itself to much tasting before swallowing.

D: I've had far more drinkable DIPA's in my lifetime than this.

JohnL9013, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of CMiller683
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: No freshness date or description. Lots of advertising on the label. Served in a 12oz bottle into a standard glass.

A - Pours a very deep copper, almost brown with a thick foamy head that hangs around in a light caramel color, maybe more an off-white. A good lace to it that clings for a good 1-11/2 inches up the glass. Cloudy. A good balance of carbonation. Not too noticeable unless you stop and think about it.

S - VERY strong smell of citrus. Mostly grapefruit and tangerine. A more subtle hint of resin and pine. A little hint grass.

T - A very bitter first bite. Smooth and quite chewy. A dry, hoppy taste. The grapefruit really punches through with a dry, alcoholic aftertaste in the back of the throat.

M - Smooth and chewy with a bite to it. Thick and sticky aftertaste with a pine/hop resin taste to it. A little mint to it as well. You can feel it when you breath in through your nose after taking a drink.

D - A very good IPA IMO. Even though it is thick and has a high A.B.V. I instantly want another after finishing. Very drinkable. I will absolutely return to this.

CMiller683, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of aglose45
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark and hazy, ruby red...off white head.

S: Definitely that sweet tropical fruit, simcoe hop smell, but not as pungent as I would like. There is also a sweet biscuity, malty smell.

T: I get the sweet tropical hop flavor, but I also get a quick tart citrus flavor..however I can't pick out exactly what it is. There is also a decent amount of malt flavor tk back up the hops. The finish is a tad bitter, but falls a little short, just like everything involved in the flavor. Maybe I got an older bottle...

M: Nice and smooth, medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: As I move through this beer, I had a feeling it could have been a bit fresher, either way, it was still enjoyable.

aglose45, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Brez07
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a DFH Snifter

A: Huge 3+ finger creamy head. A murky red/brown color, almost cider like. Leaves a thick, lined lacing

S: Lots of pine but not the grapefruit that usually accompanies it. I get more of a passion fruit or cantaloupe smell. There's also a good malt presence.

T: Follows the smell. Pine and passion fruit. I detect some nutmeg as well. Very sweet tasting. Alcohol is also present.

M: A very creamy mouth feel with some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Good carbonation.

D: Good drinkability but a little on the boozy side. However, it's balanced well with the other flavors. This is on the sweeter side of the DIPA's I've had. That being said, will be trying this one again.

Brez07, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of auroracrisis
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Brooklyn pint glass.

pours a ruby brown color with a half finger head. Head dissipates pretty quickly into a film around the edges and bubbles in the center.

Smells like grapefruit citrusy hops with some lemon zest in there.

Upon the first sip my mouth is attacked by bittering hops on the sides, yyyouch! They taste like concentrated grapefruit juice or some other bittering citrus. Very little malt in this one. This is definitely a hop bomb. As it warms, it becomes less harsh for some reason and the alcohol becomes a tad more apparent.

Mouthfeel is good as well. Just enough carbonation, medium to thick body. Drinkability is a little less than good but definitely above average.

Overall, I would say that this beer is almost too bitter for me. Sound crazy? Yeah, it's crazy to type. Not a bad beer but not my favorite either.

auroracrisis, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of brow1901
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been on my want list for some time but I recently discovered that it is sold in wisconsin, I never knew.

A- A cloudy, dirty rust red color beer. Off white one finger beige head. Leaves very nice lacing, and has great retention.

S- Hops of course, very fruity and citrus but not like grapefrut. Light toasted malt smell.

T- Not nearly as bitter or citrusy as I would expect from the smell. It's an overall nice smooth bitter flavor. I'm not a huge fan of the single hop IPA, at least not this beer. I don't know much about hops but it seems that mixing strains was working nicely, why fix it?

M- Smooth, thick. The mouthfeel reminds me of a cask beer.

D- Good beer, I always love an Imp. IPA, it's becoming hard to pick a favorite. This beer is good but I've had better. Worth a try though.

brow1901, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours full and thick, a superb dark amber-red colour, with an astonishingly full and thick head of yellow cream foam. lacing is excellent, and the head retention is superb. Body looks thick and heavy, the carbonation languid. This is a really excellent looking beer.

Ah, a delightful nose, redolent with unripe pineapple and citrus with sharper notes of pine and turpentine. There's also a pleasant caramel malt sweetness underpinning the fruity hop notes. If it's not as robust as the best IPAs I've had, it's still superbly balanced.

Taste delivers on what Simcoe promises, a long smooth and round bitterness, but without the harsh and grating grassy bitterness found in other varieties like Chinook. This is very clean, a little piney, and smooth all the way through the palate, although the bitterness is very pronounced and clear. I'd perhaps like a little bit more sweetness and body to complement the hops, but it's not essential when the hops aren't fighting to rip up your taste buds. Mouthfeel is clear and smooth - certainly no prickle - but lacking a little body as well.

Overall, a very drinkable IPA, and one that showcases Simcoe very nicely. It's not one that runs the gamut of the Double IPA range, but it does what it does well. There's a reason they put "Simcoe" (® and all) in the name of the beer.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of bminor7
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from Hoosick in Troy NY.

This is probably the best readily accessible DIPA around. Serious good looks, great lacing like that's all Weyerbacher cared about. Heavy hop aroma, and grapefruity taste which is unlike most other IPAs. This is the one to go to if that's what you're looking for. This hot damned hoppy malt bomb is one of the best things going. If you find it - try it. You will not be disappointed. I like strong beers and this made me a happy camper. I've never tried anything with Simcoe before, but I willl admit that this might be Weyerbacher's best offering aside from Blasphemy.

bminor7, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of erosier
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a thick straw yellow color with a tall and thick pure white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, then a hugely hoppy aroma with piney hops being the most prevalent followed by citrus and then some floral and earthy tones.
T: Starts out with a sweet lightly toasted malt base followed very quickly by a big piney hop taste, then followed by citrus, then some earthy and floral flavors.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation. A bit hot, but not too bad.
D: Pretty drinkable considering the amount of alcohol in the beer and the amount of hops in it as well.

erosier, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours muddy russet with big spongy tawny head that lumps and stays forever. Leather and stewed orange on the nose. Fruit compote malts with ginger juice, clove oil, and citrus bark. Long raw finish. Stingy and sticky, full, with some burn.

Dark and heavy IPA, not for the beginner.

StJamesGate, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of dbossman
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy and read with a 3 finger head and good retention; average lacing

S: Pine presence is the strongest; there is also a subtle citrus and grapefruit aroma

T: Alcohol is strong/not really balanced enough; pine taste also comes off a bit much but there is a nice double IPA quality in the end--the hop presence helps try to balance out the high alcohol flavors

F: Pretty carbonated with medium body

D: The alcohol presence makes this beer almost too much; I like it and it's one of the better offerings from Weyerbacher but it becomes a bit much toward the end

dbossman, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy bright red color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is a sharp pine and grapefruit. It is a very non complex aroma. It is very aggressive though, and seems to work somewhat. The taste is just as aggressive as the aroma, but still lacks true complexity. It does have some nice, intense bitterness which I do enjoy. There is absolutely no malt character which, even in a DIPA, I still miss. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, as I have already mentioned this beer lacks the complexity the a great DIPA must have, but it is still good nonetheless. I would certainly drink it again.

KarlHungus, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of jlandis
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange amber with a thick white head that lasted to the last drop
S - Huge citrusy simcoe hops everywhere with traces of a sweet maltyness
T - Starts off smooth and malty but bitters up quick with a strong pine flavor. In true east coast style the malt holds strong and supports the intense hop flavor
M - Creamy thick mouthfeel with subtle alcohol burn
D - Very delicious, but not something I would want to drink more of in one sitting - perfect sipper at 9%. I'm glad I have 3 more to look forward to this week.

jlandis, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark orange color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is sweet, dry, citrus. Taste is hops up front and all the way through, citrus, earty, dry and some good malt body. Alcohol warming on mouthfeel and dry. Very good IPA

barleywinefiend, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of taigor
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Dark golden hazy color with medium head that dissipates slowly leaving slight lacing.

S - Wheat and grass along with hints of citrus and hops.

T - Pine and citrus that gets bitter quickly.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D - Fairly drinkable but high in abv.

taigor, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear orange amber. Big rocky head. Some of the best lacing ever.

Smell: Surprising amount of sweet malt, but tons of huge citrus (grapefruit and orange) and slightly grassy hops. So sweet it smells almost like candy.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit is slightly astringent. The bite is nice. Its quite sweet, but very good. Not balanced of course, but the sweet helps to cut the insane hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: On the full side. Coating, a little oily and slick. Pretty creamy.

Drinkability: Its a delicious beer, with drinkability limited by the total assault on the palate and 9% abv. Delicious stuff, but its one and done. This is not supposed to be a session beer.

rapidsequence, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy dark orangish/brown. Had a thick bone white head that lasted and tons of lacing all down the glass.

S - Obviously hoppy with a pungent earthy, grassy aroma at first. Transitions into a grapefruit and slight citral fragrance towards the end.

T - It is surprisingly smooth/mellow to start but shifts to bitter quickly. It had a mostly pine flavor with some lemon in the background as well. Has a long lasting alpha-acid aftertaste as well.

M/D - Medium body which is nice for a DIPA and the level of carbonation balances nicely with the body. It had just the slightest faint alcohol taste/burn in the aftertaste but gets masked quickly by the alpha acid.

I was expecting something different from a "hybrid" hop but maybe I was just building up my expectations too much. Overall it is a solid DIPA with both earthy and citrus notes.

VaTechHopHead, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Travlr
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden orange with hues of amber, slight turbidity. Nice white head with some staying power and excellent lacing.
Smell is fresh grass and pine with distant hints of lemon and black pepper.
Taste is very dominant hops, but not as overpowering as some American IPAs, this one is better balanced than most. Nice bitter finish which is long lasting.
Very drinkable. A notch below the Mikkeller Simcoe, but head and shoulders about the average American IPA.

Travlr, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love that Simcoe. I've had the Unfiltered version so let's see if this is better or worse. Served lightly chilled.

Pours an orange/amber with a surprisingly dark off white head, no hop particles like the unfiltered one. The head is quite foamy.

The smell is of sweet hop candy. THe simcoe might be the best smelling hop, with an ultra concentration of grapefruit and pine.

This one smack you in the face with bitterness. The filtered version seems slightly metallic, other than that it is pretty similar to the unfiltered taste wise.

The mouthfeel isn't as thick in this one, so I'd give the mouthfeel nod to the unfiltered version.

I still think Mikkeller is the Simcoe champ and would advise you to the Unfiltered version before this one.

crossovert, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of alysmith4
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic! I've been trying to find something similar to HopSlam for the past year, as it's one of my absolute favorites but only comes out once a year. This was a definite close second. The smell is wonderful.. fresh, delicious hoppy goodness - I couldn't wait to take a sip! The taste is outrageous, so fresh and hoppy.. bitter and grapefruitey, but well balanced. There's also another bitter-ish quality to the flavor, but it's hard to describe. It's not as bitter as it sounds though, just very hoppy. I will definitely be having this beer again, and I highly recommend it to any hop-head out there.

Edit: Not sure if they changed the receipe or the hop type or if my tastebuds just changed, but I want from loving this beer to liking it just ok. I'd still recommend it, but not as a secondary to Bell's Hopslam.

alysmith4, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, cloudy amber with a moderate head that dissipated to a patchy skin. The aroma was hop citrus. The taste was strong and crisp hop, mild citrus and a backdrop of malty sweetness. The feel was full bodied and oily with little carbonation. Drinkability was good. Good stuff, not "in your face hops", but still powerful, nice balance and well done.

kegger22, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of jbone78
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I keep seeing this beer at the beer store and I am always hesitant to pick it up. I am a weirdo and not very fond of Weyerbacher beer. Here we go...

A- Poured into an American Pint glass. Color of an Amber lager almost. Very light head that has nice lace. Little hazy, which means one thing, HOPS! The color is the only thing strange to me, but looks great otherwise.
S- Smells like hops. I also pick up some sweet malt smells.
T- Very complex. First, you get a nice blend of malts and hop flavors. The hop flavors are citrus and a lot of pine. As the hop flavors fade, the bitterness starts to show. Once again, pine bitterness, but right on. Finally, the bittreness goes into a piney aftertaste that leads into a slight metallic taste. It may be me,but it is either a metallic taste or the pine aftertaste.
M-Nice carbonation. It actually ends well. After the pine/metallic flavor leaves, it is a clean brew.


jbone78, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Coasters in Melbourne

Pours a cloudy copper color with a nice white head which leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is pine and citrus and some sweet maltiness, a prelude of good things to come.

Taste is strong bitter hoppiness which is nicely balanced with an malty backbone. This is a great imperial IPA.

The nice hop/malt balance makes this very drinkable, but the 9% ABV drags the drinkability down.

Overall, a nice Imperial IPA, reminiscent of a West Coast IPA

FLBeerGuy, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, huge foamy off white head, tons of huge islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is of sweet malts, hops a plenty, slight citrus and slight caramel. The taste follows the nose pretty much, very hoppy and sweet malty. A very nice bitter/dry finish. Medium body, well rounded brew.

Anthony1, Nov 03, 2009
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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