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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,725 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,725
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 139
Gots: 181 | 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 adamette


3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I purchased as a single at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $3.00.

A Nice, generous head of about 2 inches that sticks around for longer than I thought it might, about 5 minutes. Body is a nice orange brown that glows in front of direct light. There seems to be a fair amount of small sediment floating in the body which creates interest and the lacing is great. Nice look, very appropriate to the style.

S Grapefruit bitterness for sure. My mouth is already puckering but it is also watering (bracing no doubt for the hop bomb that it is about to consume).

T Way way too much hops here. I do taste some sweet malt but this is too unbalanced. I know that it is true to the style so I cannot mark it down too low but I really do not care for the taste. I still have the almost full pint in front of me and I am not sure that I will finish it.

M A huge beer with malty sweetness completely washed out by a huge hops bitterness that I am anticipating tasting tomorrow.

D Poor. I am not sure that I will finish this pint.

Notes: I continue to sample beers of all styles, trying to embrace the whole "hops" thing but it is just not working. This might be one of the hoppiest beers that I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 01:15:09 | More by adamette
Photo of Florida9


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dank orange color. Hazy, actually kind of "gritty." Huge, sticky orange-tinted head that collapses upon it self to resemble something of a moonscape. This beer left so much gooey lace on the sides of the glass I was forced to pour my next beer into a different glass.

S: Copious amounts of pine and resin. Some oily citrus notes like grapefruit rind, but predominantly pine.

T: A punch in the mouth exploding with resinous hop goodness. Full frontal hops, pungent pine fades to a fleeting mild malt backbone that slowly develops into a very biting grapefruit bitterness over the course of a minute or two.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Hop resin coats the mouth and tongue.

D: Wow, there's no hiding the hops here. An absolute hop explosion, amazingly the courtesy of a one single hop variety. I'm admittedly a hop head and when I need a fix, this beer offers just what I'm looking for. However, two is the limit on this. With the 9% ABV and the not so subtle hop assault, anymore and you'd just be wasting a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 16:47:10 | More by Florida9
Photo of ballewblake

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured heartily into my Duvel Tulip.

First beer of the night, huge tan head, three fingers, that drops at a creep. Opaque amber body, white foamy lacing on the glass. Nose is fairly strong, hops from a foot away, even some malts are there, dare I say chocolate smells? Great body, medium carbonation, highly bitter. The hops really dominate the flavor, perfume on the tongue, just barely sweet. I wouldn't say its really balanced, but truthfully this is about what I expected, so I'm not disappointed. As it warms up the bitters surface even more, turning this into an overly bitter drink (shaving some points off drinkability.)
Thanks to PEBKAC for the brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 00:48:19 | More by ballewblake
Photo of thain709


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep copper body...pour produced a one in head that settled into a ring...left great lacing

S - Sweet aromas of grapefruits and some pine...oh the sweet smell of hops

T - Starts off sweet...I'd say that would be the few malts that are in this beer...after the initial sweetness goes away it's full on hops...a nice bitterness is produced but it's not too harsh...

M - Medium bodied...nicely carbonated making it refreshing

D - I'm so happy I finally got to try this...boy does it give someone their hop fix...can't have too many or you won't be able to taste anything!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:21:45 | More by thain709
Photo of jimj21


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single of this at Half Time in NY. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pour produces a huge three finger cream colored head. Decent retention and lots of lacing. Pours a dark orange. Very hazy with some sediment.

Smell is spectacular. Pineapple and tropical fruits. Some caramelly and biscuity malt is there in the background, but hoppy aromas are most noticeable. Grapefruit and pine resin as well.

This is a great DIPA and I really like the flavor profile of the Simcoe hops. Taste right away is sweet citrus and grapefruit. Tangerine and pineapple. Malt backbone shows itself in the middle. Caramel and toffee with some white bread. Finishes with flavors of pine resin and grass.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Slick, oily, creamy. It glides over the tongue. Carbonation is mild. Finishes a little dry. Medium bodied. Alcohol is only noticeable with some warming.

Very drinkable. Lots of flavors and complexity. Good balance as well. Not my favorite DIPA, but definitely a great one. I do prefer Hop Wallop and 90 Minute over this. My second great offering from Weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 01:36:13 | More by jimj21
Photo of GoGriz


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not a huge fan of DIPAs so I have to preface my review by saying so...

Pours a delicious looking dark copper with a brainy head that takes its time to dissipate. The nose to me is soft but smells of typical pine. The initial flavor is sweet but that quickly gives way to intense hoppiness and backend bitters on the tongue. The aftertaste isn't unpleasant and for me, that's saying something with a double IPA. Truth is though, I'd rather look at this beer than drink it...I'm just not a hop lover. Therefore, drinkability and taste take a hit. I can see why this is a popular beer though.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:31:30 | More by GoGriz
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a hazy light copper/amber small film head mostly edge bubbles left lots of sticky lacing
smell was balanced malt and pine hops smells somewhat of apricot as well
taste is balanced until the finish which is very pine hop influenced again a somewhat apricot taste along with a biscuity malt
mouthfeel is medium bodied goes down easy but kinda leaves the mouth a bit dry
drinkablility this is an easy drinking IIPA and I'm a fan

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 21:38:38 | More by sliverX
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy/cloudy dark orange in color. Nice half-inch head that sticks around with some peaks. Stellar lacing for keeping the time. Perfection!

S: Big citrus hops off the gate. Grapefruit, tangerine, some lemon zest. Some nice pine in there too. Great aromatics all in all.

T: Its a blast of hops in the beginning, a bitter withdraw that is very pleasing if you're a hophead. Some malt is in there, but the hops take over both the arrival and the getaway.

M: Medium to full bodied, its sticky and chewy. Carbonation is very much present making it pop on the palate. ABV can easily be flipped, other than the thickness of the beer kind of reminding you otherwise.

D: Very drinkable! I highly recommend if you like big hops. Will be enjoying again real soon with other WBC to follow.

I'm BuffaloTapHugger....and I just discovered Simcoe (R) Hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 02:03:55 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange gold with a big frothy head composed of small bubbles. Oily swirls lace through the glass, the beauty of a hop bomb.
The smell is diesel hoppiness...literally, the simcoe hops shine in the spotlight, very astringent, but nice.
The taste follows suit, the aroma as the beer enters your mouth adds to the complete hoptitude of this beer.
The mouthfeel is nice as well, the oils from the hops get only slightly in the way of a clean finish.
The drinkability is very nice for the abv, I could and will have more than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 03:07:27 | More by grayburn
Photo of drtth


4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Rich dark orange golden color with full fluffy 1 1/2" head that persists for a long time and leaves a thin layer of foam with speckled lacing on side of glass.

Smell: The citrus fruit smell of the hop is very pronounced but as the nose becomes accustomed to the hops there are traces of underlying pale malt showing up.

Taste: The full grapefruit flavor of the hop dominates this beer and then is followed by a nice sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is full and rich with nice carbonation and creamy smooth feeling. The finish is long and hoppy but there is also a complex interplay between the malt and the hop ending in the gentle bitterness of the hop.

Drinkability: This is highly drinkable except for the ABV. I could easily sip away and finish off several of these in a sitting, but would probably have trouble standing later. ☺

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 19:04:39 | More by drtth
Photo of duffextracold


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Delicious looking amber color. Big frothy head. some floaties in there. This stuff looks good.

S- hint of sweet malt, but mostly simcoe.

T- Bittersweet hops , with a sweet malty finish. a touch of citrus. Tastes like candied hops. Mmmmm...candied hops.

M- Medium carbonation, thick syrupy consistency.

D- Very delicious and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 14:29:24 | More by duffextracold
Photo of dhd1491


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not a cheap beer, so my expectations are pretty high.

Pours beautiful cloudy orange-copper. Nice chewy-looking tan head. So far, so good.

Nice intense aroma of grapefruity hops. Now, for the real test...

Bang! The taste is BIG and HOPPY (which makes me happy). Sour and puckering, but with butterscotch and lemon rind and apricot shooting though the middle. Malty, thick, bitter, and potent...this is a sippin' brew.

Finish is pleasantly bitter and buttery. Lace trails down the sides.

Love everything about this beer, save the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 21:46:15 | More by dhd1491
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking good, smelling alright, tasting a bit off. An aroma of orange peel sweet bread. Scents of candied hops and sweet malt. A syrupy, toffee beginning turns burnt sugar hops to peel zest. Metallic notes reminiscent of iron in blood, possibly just the bottle at hand. A light spiced carmel provides a backbone for high pitch citrus twang. Booze is well hidden, sweetness is not. An interesting stop on the DIPA highway.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 00:27:22 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of largecar73


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber in color with a decent off white head. Lacing is fantastic.

S: This beer has a nose that I can't quite put a finger on. I'm getting citrus and grass with the smell of a summer barbecue in the background.

T: I'm not very familar with Simcoe hops, but if this is a prime example of the flavor then I am a fan. This beer has a hard bite that mellows a bit in the finish. Pine and citrus fruits ease into caramel smoothness. The alcohol burn is not masked all that well.

M: Thick and oily on the tongue, and a glaze remains for a while after the flavor has gone.

D: Weyerbacher doesn't seem to try and hide the fact that this is a 9% ABV brew and it shows.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 05:03:05 | More by largecar73
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous-looking beer with large white foamy head that leaves lacing on top of dark honey brown colored brew. A floral aroma of fresh hops, pine, citrus notes and other light fruits. Aggressive on the hops with pine and bitter notes throughout interrupted by light, flittering fruit notes, alcoholic booze and grassy, soapy flavors in the aftertaste. Bubbly carbonation tickles the tongue and for this 9% is highly drinkable for various seasons.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 01:26:47 | More by JRed
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky blood-orange color with a thick khaki colored head that left some sticky lacing on the glass. A very nice citrus and floral hop aroma. More on the orange side of citrus. Very nice and fresh aroma. Light floral & citrus (more grapefruit) hop flavor to start followed by a bittering resin crush. A nice bready malt supports the hop flavors but takes a back seat like any good DIPA should. A healthy malt body with pricky carbonation, a bit of an ABV burn. A very good DIPA, the hops are forefront with a supporting malt body. The ABV and bitterness keep the drinkability down for me but this is a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:12:00 | More by Gmann
Photo of popery


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to deliriumfest for this beer.

I absolutely love the Simcoe hop, and Weyerbacher has done an excellent job at . I'm terribly lucky to have Pliny the Elder easily available year round, not to mention the many other great California DIPAs and IPAs. Even with all those great choices, I wouldn't hesitate to put this beer in my normal hops lineup if it were distributed out here. The Simcoe hop has a wonderfully complex flavor. It's citric, piny and floral all at once. The feel is a tad dry, but it hardly detracts. The malt backbone is able to stand up to the assault of hops and lend enough sweetness to bring out the full flavor of the hops. I'm enjoying this beer very, very much.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 04:07:58 | More by popery
Photo of WalterSobchak


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber, one finger head, dissipates to a decent cap.
Super piney hops and a bit of citrus, really nice big hops.
Again more hops, almost perfect punch with a well balanced bitter follow, notes of citrus and herb.
This is an excellent IPA, tons of hops flavor, well balanced maintains its drinkability. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 02:01:54 | More by WalterSobchak
Photo of Jimbo87


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Surprisingly opaque pale brown. Nice head.

Smell is good. Malt, lots of hops. And there's something unusual here that I can't put my finger on.

Taste is good/decent. But the hoppiness isn't that great - I'm not getting much more from the hops than bitterness. Tangy and caramely taste, but not too sweet.

Nice smooth mouthfeel. Very hopslam-like in that department.

Drinkable. But it pales in comparison to Hopslam, and I prefer Gordon to it as well. I'll probably try it again one day. Maybe this bottle was old, because it was not as good as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 01:40:54 | More by Jimbo87
Photo of mmopt


2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured for a huge pillow layer of head, medium pour. Smell of slight pine and citrice. Taste has a slight sweetness but overall the bitterness dominates. A sipper for sure, and although others said it could be session beer, this is a huge IPA and probably just not my style, a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 01:46:02 | More by mmopt
Photo of BigMike


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour produced almost 3 fingers of thick creamy head.
Cloudy orange/amber coloring.

Smell is floral, hops. A slight alcohol and citrus aroma too.

A sweetness hits my palate first of all followed by a strong hops/floral taste.
Nice mouthfeel with a slight bitter aftertaste. This is very tasty.

The Simcoe hops supply a very unique flavor to this one. Its sweet, citrusy,floral and many other flavors that are hard for me to describe.

Very easy to drink. The alcohol flavor and smell disappear after a few minutes and this one goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 23:42:23 | More by BigMike
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Foothills 10 oz glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark golden-yellow, with three fingers of white head. Dissipated slowly and left a heavy blanket of lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly malty and sweet - I got a very strong whiff of hops as I opened the bottle, but a sweetness dominates in the glass. Notes of honey, with the piney hops taking a backseat. Bare hints of citrus come through as the beer warms. Too malty-smelling for what I'd be looking for in a DIPA. Hints of the alcohol are present in the background.

Taste: Bitter piney and grassy hops up front, which linger throughout but fade into a honey-malt sweetness. Tastes much hoppier than it smells. A slight tang indicative of citrus, but no real citrus flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Decently thick, nicely carbonated. Creamy, almost chewy in the mouth. One of the thicker DIPAs I've had.

Drinkability: If you're a fan of well-balanced DIPAs, this is the one for you. If you're more of a fan of the stronger hop/citrus presence, this isn't what you're looking for. A good beer, but one that's not really my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 21:45:44 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of TheDoorman

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a white creamy head. Aroma is filled with citric and floral hops, with a hint of earthyness. Inviting. This beer tastes good. But the palate dissappoints compared to the aroma, which I have experienced not infrequently in some newcomers to the IIPA arena. The bitterness is there, but the hops are somewhat one-note. The feel is a touch sticky, and certainly dry, but could have a bit more body, a bit more umph. The alcohol is well balanced. A solid brew, but tough to get top grades in this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:49:49 | More by TheDoorman
Photo of abents


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden orange with a nice big white head that retains very well. Piney hop aroma with a tinge of citrus. Pretty pleasant ipa aroma. Whew, this is one big hoppy brew. Starts with a nice citrus tang followed by an extreme bittering and some pine coating of the tounge. Very chewy thick brew that bombards the palate with bitterness and hop oil. Very big ipa, but extremely one sided (obviously). It's interesting to try and get that nice simcoe taste, but in an dipa i need it coming from all angles, i need some floral, more citrus, and some balance. A true hopbomb and a good one at that, but I prefer mine a little different. Good brew, but not my style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 04:38:28 | More by abents
Photo of GilGarp


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of a generous trade from jdoncbus. Thanks again!

Pours from the 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. It has a hazy copper orange color and thick white head. Great head retention. Lacing is strong as well.

Aroma is very hoppy with a definate sweet citrus punch.

Flavor comes on strong with big hop-forward bitterness. I noticed on the bottle that Simcoe is a trademarked name so I figure this is an engineered hop. It tends to come across that way too. Fruity and floral aspects are very enjoyable but sometimes they come across too strong, almost artificial. Strange too how some sips are better than others. I'm not eating anything but each sip tastes slightly different from the last. Good sweetness up front but hops come on strong in the end.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style with big bitterness and medium-plus body. Carbonation is at a good level. Drinkability is a tough call. If you like big relentless hops, you could drink this all night. For me, I might be looking elsewhere after this.

The reason I really like this beer is that it gives me a good idea of what to expect from a certain hop, in this case, simcoe. As a homebrewer, it can be very useful to have a single hop beer so that it's characteristics are on display without interference from other types.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:21:38 | More by GilGarp
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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