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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,686
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 140
Gots: 169 | FT: 7
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 kels


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the 2008 BeerFest at Fries Cafe in Clifton.

Appearance: Dark, toasty amber-brown color with very little head that doesn't stick around long. Light, sticky lacing follows the beer down the glass.

Smell: WOW - this beer smells exactly like the Cat House at the Cincinnati Zoo; not a great smell at the zoo, and not a great smell in my beer. A little maltiness is slightly detectable, but can't compete with the cat piss odor.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is probably the first beer I've ever had that tasted so good and smelled so bad. There is seemingly little connection between the two in this beer, which is unusual for me with my very strong sense of smell. The bitterness of the hops is very bright and dry, more piney than citrusy, but both are present. There's a bit of toasty grains and spice, but the hops shine through, as the name suggests. Not much could compete with those flavors. The mouth is moderate to light, with good carbonation greatly improving the drinkability of an otherwise overpoweringly strong beer.

Drinkability: moderate to high for the style and ABV thanks to the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 02:55:00 | More by kels
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of MtGoat. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy (chill hazed, not really sure, may have just a bit of sediment mixed in here) ruby brown and topped with a thick and fluffy (like meringue almost) one and a half inch head. Given a few minutes the head subsides into a thickish ring, but leaves behind some seriously heavy lacing.

S: Deeply fruity yet mixed with an almost sugary sweetness, like cake batter mixed with pine and grapefruit juice.

T/MF: Earthy, hot, herbal, medicinol hop bitterness in both the beginning and middle with a bit of a closing malty sweetness, but not much else in these terms. The finish is long and sticky and has remnants of grapefruit and orange juice on the tongue. Very high up on the bitterness scale for this beer. Bits of alcholoic heat mix in with a strong herbal spiciness. Body is full and filling, just a bit heavy for my tastes.

D: I think that this is a very good beer, very bold, very straight forward and in your face. But because of this the beer remains a bit one dimensional, I feel as though I have already had this beer, enjoyed it and forgot about it. Not to take anything away from a good beer, but after a number of different beers of this style it becomes a bit harder for beers like this to stand out for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 05:17:32 | More by bluemoonswoon
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber body with a frothy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet with pineapple, grapefruit, peach and a hint of caramel. Flavor is sweet pineapple, grapefruit, herbal, peach, caramel, some chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Chewy texture, medium-full body. This is beer heaven to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 13:17:59 | More by kmeves
Photo of Jayli


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

Another beer I had on tap at Bukowski's that I just found my notes on..
Wow! What a beer. Pours a dark amber in color with a nice frothy head. There is a fan-freaking-tastic hop aroma. The higher alcohol content balances well with the crazy IBU level. A great representation of the Double IPA style. Overall, great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2008 20:30:55 | More by Jayli
Photo of steelcutoats


4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer in a variety case of BIG BEERS from Weyerbacher Brewing Co. and instantly feel in love with it. I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. There was a nice half inch thick head that slowly dissolved over time. The color was an orange-amber and crystal clear. The aroma was full of sweet and bitter hops, along with citrus notes. The taste was succulent, full of hops, both bitter and semi-sweet. There was a pleasant aftertaste that lingered over the course of the beer. I would recommend this beer to any self described hop head out there who wants to try a kick ass IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 23:28:10 | More by steelcutoats
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New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the blind tiger 09-14-08

A - amber body with a thick white head. Great lacing while drinking as well

S - Massive hoppy citrus and grapefruit explosion. Very bitter smelling

T - A bitter explosion! I can't remember the last IIPA I had that was this bitter and stuck around on the back of my tongue this long. Huge aftertaste. Citrus etc. are there as well

M - Medium bodied with some carbonation. Goes down well.

D - wow! This is so bitter and so good. Would gladly drink more, and plan to in the future. A solid IIPA, i had this from the bottle a few times before this, but so much better on tap, i think i can still taste the hops from yesterday

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2008 19:33:55 | More by bonbini26
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3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 09/12/08.

Pours an orange-amber color with about a finger of soft beige head. The head dropped slowly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is heavy with citrus (orange, tangerine) and a bunch of sweet caramel malt.

Taste starts with a bunch of sweet caramel malt. That is followed by a bitter rush of citrus hop flavor. Lots of orange, grapefruit, tangerine and a bit of lemon. Very hoppy and intensely bitter. Could use a bit more malt to balance it out.

Feel is slick with a medium-heavy body. Well carbonated. Leaves an aftertaste that lasts awhile. Drinkability is decent. It's a bit too bitter and not the most balanced.

Decent for a DIPA, try it if you like hops and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 02:08:14 | More by bkilpatr


3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty antique soda glass.

A ~ Very nice look. Color resembles unfiltered apple juice. Golden, hazy, cloudy honey color with a creamy 1/2" head. Soapy lace lined the side of my glass for a fleeting moment. This is a pretty beer in the glass!

S ~ Ice cold from the refrigerator the smell was soft & muted. Bottle smelled of fresh cut pine. As the beer warmed to room temperature pleasing aromatic botanicals wafted from the beer....with citrus rind & piney hops the primary focus.

T ~ JEEEZUZ! This is gonna take some gettin' used to! Alcohol & hop forward. Sharp, piney aromatic hoppy front. Alcohol is a little hot at the back. Sharp, bitter, dry grapefruit pithy finish. The taste is dominated by these hops. Surprisingly...I wasn't really "put off". It improved as it warmed.
Startling HOP BURPS!

M ~ Slick, oily hop mouth & a warming swallow. Long lasting, bitter aftertaste with a desert dry finish. THIS ...is a blistering beer.

D ~ For me ~ this is NOT a session beer. This is a BIG, STRONG Double with an assertive alcohol presence that limits the drinkability & pretty much peels your tastes buds back for a look. One was nice....& gladly at the END of my night. Two is not an option (for me). This was a regional extra sent by BeerTruth & I'm glad I had a chance to fire one up.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 21:51:47 | More by TATTORSO
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a 1 1/2 finger head with some good lacing and a nice orange color.

Smell and appearance are both 4.25

Smell is of crystal malts and simcoe hops. So these are simcoe hops huh? They have a sort of citrusyness, but a sort of perfumy aroma at the same time. I lie them.

Crystal malts mix with simcoe hops. These hops seem to have a decent alpha acid level and leave behind a sort of leavy flavor. They are also somewhat citrusy and again evoke a perfumy aroma on the swallow. These are pretty raw tasting hops. I think I like them alright.

There is a sort of crispness on the mouthfeel and a little bit of astringency, not bad for the style though. It does finish a bit dry, but overall is fairly decent.

This is a pretty solid IPA. Thanks to the generous trader La Roja for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 02:39:15 | More by jasonjlewis
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just nabbed this in a trade with DRINKNDRIVE and I'm pretty excited to have the chance to try a beer you don't see often in CA.

A: Poured a rich, hazy, brown/amber color with a nice two finger head. This head faded quickly, but left my glass well coated.
S: I guess that is what Simcoe hops smell like. Distinct hop smell. Very floral and a bit woodsy. A small citrus note pokes out.
T: Bitter, but still great. Almost a chewy hop-like taste. I'm tasting a doughy flavor.
M: Crisp flavor, with a body-overload. Palate coating, while remaining enjoyable.
D: Really tasty, but two of these would be too many in a single session for me. I'll keep this one as a treat and not try to session it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 04:41:04 | More by d0ggnate
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

It poors a nice dark apricot/orange color. Thick cream colored head that left some noce lace. The nose is tropical citrus followed by trropical citrus and topped with tropical citrus. Taste has a very sweet pale malt profile with lots of tropical citrus as in the nose, mainly red grapefruit and pineapple. I also taste some pine and orange. The mouth feel is very thick almost chunky and sticky rather than thick. I personly don't mind it but it does detract from the overall drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 20:21:10 | More by jordoo
Photo of CaptCleveland


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 4-pack poured into a beer-clean pint glass.

Dark amber colored liquid with rock solid, single finger head, majestic Belgian lace throughout.

Subtle hoppy grapefruit smell, really nondescript, hiding the wallop to come.

Brief silky hop flavor gives way to numbing full-tilt bitterness. Your tongue will feel coated in hop resin like the plastic on your grandparent's furniture.

Oily, thick, invades the tiny nooks and crannies of your oral cavity. Not totally a pleasant feeling.

Hops, Hops, Hops. Pleasant, lingering bitterness. It's what we search for. Though the 9% ABV prohibits excess.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 01:06:12 | More by CaptCleveland
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another one courtesy of LvnLoud. thanks.

A- Very dark red/orange with a 1 finger off white head that sticks around. very dark body for this style.

S- very hoppy. citrus mostly. also some sweet and floral notes.

T- wow, probably the most bitter beer ive ever had. intense citrus/grapefruit. very bitter aftertaste.

M- full, creamy body feel. coats the entire mouth.

D- a must try for any hop lover. something i could have a couple of before wanting to switch.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 03:01:13 | More by jwinship83
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep pumpkin almost opaque, impressive head esp for 9 percent. truly beautiful, delicate lace.
citrus and floral to the nose, pungent and lovely. pine and yeast rolls in there too. an entire bouquet of flowers blooms as the beer warms.
peppery like a good tequila blanco. very affirmative bitterness. enough malt to keep it from becoming brutal. alc not noticed directly at all, though probably adds to the spiciness. finish is mostly dry but somewhat juicy. citrus rind aftertaste early on (grapefruit) gives way to a lingering sweetness later. this sweetness is almost grape-like at times but is never big or cloying, then turns toward bready.
the body is surprisingly modest, about medium. really a refreshing break.
if you're in the mood for an ipa or dipa that looks great , slaps your nose and tastebuds around in a very good way, yet doesn't make you consider resorting to a spoon ...
man, as it warms it gets better and--oops, gone!

v: oz1 al3 3.3

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 00:18:20 | More by brewmudgeon
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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a decent white head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The smell is hoppy and full of citrus. The taste is very hoppy along with citrus and alcohol. A bit harsh. There is some bite in the lasting aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick. Drinkability is OK but limited due to the high ABV and bite in the taste. Overall, this is a nice DIPA but not the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 03:50:49 | More by uconnalum2
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive. Pours an amber/brown color with a thick off-white head and by the time I was finished there was lacing all over the glass. Big grapefruit and piney hoppy flavors and a bit of green leaf. Nice crisp hop bitterness. Finishes tart and a little dry. Real solid malt base that thickens this thing up but doesn't over-do it. Very nice and I can definitely see myself drinking this one often.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 18:08:21 | More by changeup45
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I got from Arbor Place Beverage in Douglasville, GA. Poured into a shaped pint.

A: Poured a nice, bronze/copper color that is not exactly clear, has a touch of haze to it. The head is bright white and I got a couple fingers. This head has amazing retention. The lacing is fuggin amazing. Seriously sticky, soapy lacing that notches the glass all the way down. This beer has amazing rings on the glass. Really looks awesome.

S: This brew has some nice aromas. The hops jump at you at first, but citrus rolls in with some nice grapefruit and orange skin. This brew is not all hops in the nose. There are notes of malt and pine lingering in the back. Inviting scents.

T: Holy hop mama. This beer has a serious hop profile going on. Bitter as the taste rolls through you mouth and it gains intensity. Pine compliments the hops nicely. Grapefruit tarts it up and just when you think it is done, malt and vanilla come in to balance things out. The malt and vanilla do not kill the hops and bitterness though.

M: Medium in body and has some serious stickiness. There is some serious hops, bitter, and resiny aftertaste. A little bit of heat lingers on the back of the throat due to alcohol. Carbonation does play a factor here. Although light, it really cleans the palate and helps the taste come back as if new every time.

D: This beer is good. Really good. Has some serious complexity for something that sounds very simple. It is a bit heavy on ABV so too many can cause some problems. This stuff is crazy good. Want more please.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 04:44:39 | More by everetends
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holy Smoke

Appearance - Nice and bright copper. Gorgeous head that left rings all the way down like stained glass.
Smell - Loved it. Citrusy with a touch woodsy. very bright and clean though. Due to the simcoe.
Taste - Hop monster. Pine, grapefruit, and resin. Sharp but clean flavors but felt the malt was a bit hidden.
Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth but with all IIpa got a fair bit dry on the finish.
Drink - Definitely a great IIPA, but intense indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2008 15:35:29 | More by soccerman7
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brown, with a split shade of head. Creamy and orangish topping, like dishsoap.

S: What a beautiful smelling hop! Some evergreen resin, bark, sugared grapefruit. A bit of breadiness... though fresh baked bread. Wonderful.

T: Slightly sweetnened grapefruit, a touch of spiciness, and a bit of spearmint on the finish. Quite an intriguing blend of flavours.

M + D: Thick, oily, and a little bit sticky. Makes for a great coating over the tongue and a long lasting flavour finish. Decently drinkable, though best suited for sipping. A nice beer, and I'd look forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 03:44:06 | More by Proteus93
Photo of chemmie


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a bright bronze color with a slight cloudiness. The head is nice and thick and a light beige color that leaves lacing all the way down the glass.
The smell isn't as strong as I thought it would be. It has a light, and sweet, hoppy smell to it, not strong and bitter.
The taste is fabulous. Not bitter at all, just smooth Simcoe hoppiness. There's a lot of grapefruit in it, especially the aftertaste. I'll have the taste of grapefruit in my mouth for an hour. Very enjoyable. I could drink a lot of this... and I do.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 15:40:15 | More by chemmie
Photo of redneckchugger


4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in to my duvel tulip. dark amber, off white head, lots of lacing. small bubbles in large numbers rising to the top.
smell is piney hops, wih a faint bozey smell.
tastes is great, piney hops, malt sweetness, lots of both, tastes is realy complex. given that this beer used only one type of hop i am impresed, i expected it to be fairly simpe, but this is interesting.
carbonated mouthfeel, kinda thick, little zing from the 9% abv, goes down easy, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 00:55:37 | More by redneckchugger
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a cloudy, deep orange/copper with a steady, clingy head.

Smell is very intense. As soon as I opened the bottle, it oozed out grapefruit and pine.

Taste is dominated by the obvious hops, but some surprising malt to somewhat balance this. The hop aftertaste almost burns it is so intense.

Nice full mouthfeel. Alcohol is eaten up by the strong hops.

Not exactly a breakfast beer, unless you like a punch in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 00:25:14 | More by aubuc1
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North Carolina

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

On tap at the Brick Store(from my notes):
Beautiful dark orange/amber pour.
Fresh citrus and pine hop aromas
Flavor is dominated by the hops up front, lots of grapefruit,
then balanced by some sweet malt flavors which are obliterated in the finish by more hops. Pretty much a palate shredder for me.
Had this in the bottle a while ago, but on tap the flavors are fresher and more immediate. The hops are a good bit more aggressive than I remember them being in the bottle.
Mouthfeel was appropriate for the style, some syrupy texture and oily hop coating on the tongue.
It would be hard to drink too many of these in a night, but the one I had went down quite easily.
Pretty damn good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2008 15:01:08 | More by kwakwhore
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South Carolina

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

Pricey hop bomb these days but the good word makes this a must try. Brew pours a light amber or grapefruit; forms a big, thick frothy head that settles down into almost an inch of head. Aroma is strong and naturally sweet, pine spa and needles, a little brown sugar and pine syrup. taste is thick and almost bittersweet, lots of tylenol, pine and grapefruit in the taste. Hops dominate in the aftertaste with only a glancing blow from the malts.

A hops-thick brew, no doubt, but balanced enough to be an enjoyable hob bomb.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 03:13:00 | More by saintwarrick
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Weyerbacher beers.

Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head.

Aroma is dominated by piney hops with a solid malt backbone.

Taste is hoppy througout; piney hops in the front balanced in the finish by a nice malt backbone.

Nicely resinous mouthfeel; highly drinkable for the style.

One of my favorite Weyerbacher beers.


Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 00:35:21 | More by sholland119
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