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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,817 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,817
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 142
Gots: 210 | 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 grayburn
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.

grayburn, Mar 30, 2009
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. ☺

drtth, Mar 28, 2009
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.

duffextracold, Mar 28, 2009
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.

dhd1491, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of SeanRedd
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.

SeanRedd, Mar 23, 2009
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.

largecar73, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of JRed
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.

JRed, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Mar 14, 2009
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.

popery, Mar 11, 2009
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.

WalterSobchak, Mar 08, 2009
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.

Jimbo87, Mar 08, 2009
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.

mmopt, Mar 07, 2009
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.

BigMike, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
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.

StarlightSeraph, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of TheDoorman
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.

TheDoorman, Mar 01, 2009
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.

abents, Feb 27, 2009
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.

GilGarp, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of tkeHijacker
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange to Golden Rust color, hazy. Orange tinted head that was long lasting fluffy and left great lacing on the inside of the glass all the way down.

S: Lemony, piney fresh smelling. light sweetness in the background, smells like Ive died and gone to hop heaven. Even Christine (my gf) said it smelled really good.

T: Boozey, bitter, however, not face melting bitterness. Light citrusyness is left after a fairly clean finish. Some plum/raisin flavors dancing throughout. Lemonzest flavor sticks with me mostly though.

M: Light to medium, medium carbonation very smooth doesn't pucker the mouth.

D: Not sessionable but on this cold winter evening snuggling with my baby its a great relaxing treat.

tkeHijacker, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with huge four fingered dense (like lemon merangue) white foamy head. You can scoop up a finger full of whipped foam and bring it to your mouth. Quite extra-ordinary. The color and appearance of this ale is similar to unfiltered apple cider, cloudy and amber.

Aroma of pine, citrus and honey.

The flavor is somewhat one dimensional from a hop perspective. I didn't notice any malt sweetness or depth of flavor beyond hops and citrus notes, but I did pick up a honey sweetness more than likely from the alcohol. What this beer laked in a multi dimensional flavor is more than made up in its "lip smacking" good hop impact. Your tongue will salivate while drinking this beer as it certainly doesn't lack hop bitterness. If you are partial to hoppy beers, you'll certainly enjoy this one. I'd consider this a must try beer.

ABOWMan, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of douggoodavage
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12oz bottle served into a large mug at 45-50 degrees F.

Appearance: A rich copper hazy brew. A nice thick head and amazing lace that lasts way longer then this sweet brew.

Smell: Grapefruit and honey at first. Pine, & grapefruit peel. Loads of fresh picked hops.
Some fresh bread undertones.

Taste: HOPS, grapefruit, honey, lemon, & asprin. Superb bitterness with super sweet maltiness. SWEET & SOUR DOUBLE IPA

Mouthfeel: Crisp hop bitterness makes you almost pucker. Sticky sweet meduim thick.

Drinkability: A very nice DIPA. The hop bitterness rules the slight asprin after taste probably goes better with food. Its a great brew for sipping not gulping.

douggoodavage, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle. pours deep cloudy amber with a good inch high thick white head. scents of sweet citrus just pour out of the glass. flavor is sweet that becomes very thick and bitter towards the finish. the finish is red grapefruit. not as much malt presence here. carbonation is medium. this is dangerous at 9% ABV! Overall this is one solid beer. weyerbacher has yet to let me down.

hooliganlife, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of mjryan
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big time hops in this beer. Hazy amber with a dense head that is super sticky. Lace klings to places I didnt know it could kling to. Aroma is massive, with pineapple and resinous pine sap all over the place. The smell hits you the second you pop the cap off the bottle...awesome! Flavour is much the same as the aroma, big fruity pinapple and thick pine sap with a subtle bready malt character. The bitterness is uncompromising in its assault on your tongue, I love it. Smooth bitterness is for wimps. Has a sweet edge to it, but not cloying like other DIPAs Ive had lately. This is a big beer, and one that took awhile for me to finish. A definate sipper. World class example of the style.

mjryan, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper amber. Finger thick creamy white head that falls into a thin cap. Sheets of lace. Aroma is strong pineapple citrus with a hint of honey sweetness. Taste is in your face hop bitterness. A backdrop of malts does little to balance this hop bomb. Strong, resinous with a bitterness that lasts long after. Medium body with good carbonation.
I'd like the malts to hit back a bit more, but a good DIPA.

goatgoat, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of BigIrishman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Performed a DIPA taste testing tonight: Double Simcoe, 90 Minute IPA, and Founders Double Trouble. All were great but the final standings were: 1. D-Simcoe, 2. D-Trouble, 3. 90 Minute.

Appearance: Dark amber with a fluffy 1 finger head and plenty of lace. Very cloudy.

Smell: Absolutely reeks of simcoe, you can even smell the bitterness.

Taste: Really powerful. Hops practically explode in your mouth while drinking this one. They say it's brewed with 100% simcoe, and I believe it. A huge bitter bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than perfect for a DIPA.

Drinkability: The hops could possibly overpower your tastebuds, but it won't stop me from wanting a few more.

Notes: Weyerbacher really impressed me with this one. I came in thinking 90 minute was going to blow the others out of the water but this brew was amazing. +1 for the small guys in Easton.

BigIrishman, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did a side by side with this and Hopslam

A- Lots of off white, ivory colored head and lacing that stuck around until I was finished with the whole thing. The color was a reddish brown copper

S- Orange rind, hops, and wasn't sure if my glass was clean
it had a dirty dishwater odor

T- When I first poured it was as strong as chewing on a hop pellet but smoothed out as it warmed. I also noticed strong woody notes.

M- Slight sting of bitter that is standard with a double ipa

D- If I'm in the mood to drink a really hoppy beer this tastes great, but i wouldn't want to drink the whole four pack

brokenleadedcask, Feb 16, 2009
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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