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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,980
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 162
Gots: 283 | 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:
Beer added by: yen157 on 05-05-2006

Brewed using 100% Simcoe(R) Hops, a west coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc.
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Photo of urwithdave
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
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
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of branimal9
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barley's Greenville - 5/17/2010.

Cloudy golden-orange in color. Fresh, hoppy aroma - citrus and grapefruit. Upon first sip...wow getting a totally different hop flavor than I expected. Weird & funky. Like the smell of a rainy street, and dare I say, a bit of Mary J earthiness. This must be the Simcoe hop profile. Interesting and unexpected, with medium drinkability.

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

Amber with a thin, white head that fades quickly, becoming patchy.
Smell is bready malts with some slightly piney, grassy hops. Banana, melon, apple, and pineapple notes come in as well.
Taste is crackery malts with some piney hops, followed by some caramel and toffee notes. Citrus and fruity notes come in as well, including banana, pineapple, apple, and melon. Malts carry to the finish, taking on a more toasted aspect, accompanied by some brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice bite from the hops at the middle. Finish is slightly sticky. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is very good. Alcohol is well-concealed. Tasty double IPA.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours quite dark for the style, a ruddy brownish orange. Minimal head, settled down to a ring around the glass as expected. Looks a bit unfiltered.

S: Well this is simcoe hops in a glass, a tad bitter but mostly earthy and a bit malty. Dark fruits make an appearance. A bit of booze, but this beer certainly relies on its malt backbone.

T: Bit of malts at first, and a blast of hop bitterness and sweetness. A small citrus twang. A woody, toasty and earthy character is very present.

M: Nice full body, sticks around for quite sometime. Flavor becomes more and more bitter as the beer passes through.

D: Quite palatable, very drinkable and packed with flavor. Very well made beer focusing on the Simcoe hop.

Photo of albertjr21
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hail to the Simcoe Hop and to Weyerbacher for this delicious cloudy dark amber/orange beauty. It leaves a nice film head throughout and an impressive lacing. What a wonderful bitter citrus taste and clean finish that doesn't paralyze the palate before the next sip. Available year round? Wow! Hop heads rejoice!

Photo of pastradul
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shout out to Plenum for throwing this in the box!

The DIPA for people who want a DIPA without the harshness?

Poured into my lost continent tulip glass. A dark orange with a solid 1" of head on it. Leaves a nice wall of lacing on the glass.

The Taste is very interesting. I perfect balance of strong hop citrus and sweet malt mix together i the mounth and finish very clean. Just like the bottle said, lots of hop not a lot of harshness!

This is an awesome beer! I will definetly hope to have this one again some time.

Photo of thagr81us
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a standard pint. Poured a nice copper with a one finger white head. The aroma was comprised of malt with a small amount of mild hops. The flavor was quite interesting with slight caramel and sweet hop flavor. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. It held very nice lacing throughout. Overall, this was very smooth for a double IPA. This brew was very drinkable for a higher ABV IPA. This one had quite a different flavor to it as compared to other double IPAs I have tried.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color and has a thin beige head.
S: It has light aromas of citrusy and piney hops.
T: Like the smell, the hop flavors really dominate the overall taste yet there are also notes of sweetness from the caramel malts. The bitterness from the hops is strong, but not that overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and a bit oily. There is dryness in the finish.
D: There's no way you could drink more than one of these in a single sitting but it is a good sipper.

Photo of BeardFacePhD
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Nice, slightly hazy, burnt orange color with a thick cream colored head. Nice lacing.

S - Subtle citrus and floral aromas.

T - Nice initial bitterness with a malty/creamy finish. A little bit of the alcohol presence can be noticed on the way down, but not overpowering.

M - Nice balance between bitterness and maltiness. Does a fair job of masking the 9% alcohol.

D - Good beer, but might be a little strong for an everyday drink.

Overall a nice beer with a good balance!

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Longneck.
A) Pours with a thin, tan in color head. Some haze and sediment. Amber in color. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Grapefruit. Orange. Light notes of caramel.
T) Well balanced malt and hops. Flavors of caramel, orange, and pleasant grapefruit. Finishes stronger on the hops than the malts. Lingering hop bite in the aftertaste.
M) Creamy. Light fizz. Medium body.
D) Delicious. I have had quite a few of these and finally posting a review.

Photo of berpwillie
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy copper color with spare off whit head and fair lacing and average carbonation. a light malty taste which was also very heavy in hops. a bit perfume and piney like hop flavor. alcohol taste was of average. medium body that finished slightly bitter. very good beer but i must say i was WAY MORE impressed with the unfiltered version of this beer.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Datz Deli in Tampa.

What an amazing and delicious brew this is, on-tap; I haven't been crazy over the bottles but that was likely the result of freshness issues.

A - It pours a surprisingly pale orange-golden-copper hue, translucent, and with a small but persistent white froth and some minor lacing.

S - The smell is awesome; hoppiness expressed as notes of orange, tangerine, tropical and delicious.

T - This is just sublime. Hop, sweet hop. the bright, bitter and tropical flavors are so perfectly integrated. I am flabbergasted. At a loss for words. Beautiful. I could drink this every day. Wow.

M - The mouthfeel is very nice; refreshing, surprisingly light, effervescent; it is complimentary and enhancing to the flavor.

D - I will drink this on-tap anytime I see it. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

Photo of abrand
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Weyerbacher beer obtained from Arenbeer/MuttyD. Thanks a lot!

Cage and corked wine bottle with no best before date on bottle.

The Double Simcoe pours a golden orange color with a huge off white head that very slowly dwindles. The entire snifter is lined with lacing. Aroma is of yeast and hops. Some malt characteristics are notices. No fruit which is atypical for this style. Much more of the hop characteristics come through with the taste. A very well balanced brew with some caramel sweetness contrasting the bitter hops. This is a very smooth drinking DIPA. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is above average. The alcohol is well hidden with the great taste. Well done Weyerbacher. Looking forward to trying other brews and thanks again for allowing me to try this Arenbeer/MuttyD!

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Batdorf on 4/9/10.

Served in a pint glass, it appears a hazy amber color with a yellow stained head that is very creamy and retains quite well. Lacing is a solid curtain all around the glass. Aroma is a piney, citrus monster that is showcasing the simcoe hops. Taste is of course a monsterous amount of bitterness upfront that eases into some of the hop flavors such as citrus, pine and a bit of a fruity/floral aspect as well. There is a minimal amount of malt sweetness that provides some support throughout this medium to heavy bodied beer. The alcohol is evident in flavor and is accented by a mild amount of carbonation. Finish is somewhat oil-like with the hop bitterness lingering in the mouth long after a sip is taken. A little more malt character would have gone a long way here but it is just a shadow in this beer.

Photo of dstc
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color with a decent tan head. Head falls to a minimal one. Decent lace.

Aroma is of oily, floral hops.

Yep tastes like hops. Rather nice bold taste with a nice caramel malt background to give it good balance.

Slick oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a slight bite.

Nice IPA. Bold and fun to drink.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Sam Adams pint

A - deep coppery color with a huge tan head.

S - lots of citrusy hops and a toasty malt aroma in the background.

T - taste is basicly the smell but more intense. Malts are more toasty and the hops are more citrusy.

M - medium-full bodied medium carb.

D - I did not relize this was a 9% abv brew until I was done
with it. No alcohol presance at all. A nicely done DIPA.

Photo of Shumista
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade from Bamadog, thanks again for the sampling of Weyerbacher beers. I looked everywhere for a best by or bottled on date but couldn't find one, I assume this is relatively fresh. I guess one advantage to this one is its a good way for a beer drinker to figure out what Simcoe hops take like, as they are the only hops present.

Pours copper/orange with a small off white head. Smells like (simcoe) hops and actually with a lot of a burnt brown sugar malty backbone. I would describe the taste the exact same way. The hops are in the forefront but there is a surprisingly strong caramel malt backbone. Blindfolded I would probably call this a fresh barleywine instead of a DIPA. Maybe I'm splitting hairs a little bit. Anyways the taste doesn't quite work for me, if it were a fresh barleywine I would say it needs to be aged for a while to cool off a bit. Borders on boozy at times. Mouthfeel is sticky and medium bodied, warming. Drinkability is ok, but I would move on to something else after one of these.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Eulogy bar in Philly. Poured a dark reddish brown into a tulip with a serious cream colored foam head. Smell was sweet and bready malts, then oily hops. Taste was similar, sweet up front then very bitter in the finish. Very complex, very good IPA, definitely worth trying.

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

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a fully hazed, dull brownish amber body underneath a lovely two-finger head of rich, creamy tan foam; great retention and huge amounts of lace. The head is perfect, but the body doesn't do much for me, especially as an example of a DIPA.

S: Straightforward simcoe hop aroma: lots of pine and grapefruit, with a bit of cattiness. Some light caramel malt notes come through as well, but this one is definitely all about the hops.

T: Far more balanced than the nose, and here that strikes me as a good thing. Rich, sweet caramel malt melds beautifully with the citrus hops at first, with the pine and extreme bitterness showing up on the finish. The aftertaste is fairly astringent, but not horrendously so. Overall, this is an extremely tasty hopbomb.

M: Smooth medium body with lots of smooth, soft carbonation. Very nice.

D: The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the astringency doesn't help on this front. Not bad, though.

Notes: My wife got me this bottle as part of a mixed 6-pack Christmas present - thanks, sweetheart. I don't know how I managed to let it sit in the back of the fridge so long, but I'm pleased to report that the hops were still definitely there. While certainly not my favorite DIPA (as much as I love simcoe, I prefer it in a blend, rather than on its own), this one is always a safe bet.


Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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