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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,786 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,786
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 141
Gots: 200 | 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 paco1029384756


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to emerge077 for the bottle.

Pours a dark cloudy orange color with one finger of off white head.

Scent of dank, juicy hops, caramel malts, citrus, and some sugars. Strong stuff, very sweet and very bitter, but balanced well and nearly unnoticeable alcohol.

Taste of strong, sweet malts with a nice hoppy bitterness rolling in from the sweetness. An intense start mellows quickly with the grassy flavor of the hops coming through with some caramel malts and some grain. Good stuff, but a little too strong to be great.

Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and smooth.

11-26-2008 02:31:44 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of beckje01


2.8/5  rDev -31.2%

A- Honey color with lots of thick head.

S- Semi sweet fruity hops in the nose. Pretty good.

T- Dull hops some sweetness, with a slight soapy aftertaste. It's ok for a DIPA but not great.

M- Smooth texture with no activity

D- A sipper it's ok just not loving it.

11-25-2008 04:58:12 | More by beckje01
Photo of jpaltan


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

One day old growler filled directly from the brewery. Amber color with clinging full head. lacing up and down the glass. smell is all citrus - mostly grapefruit with slight notes of pine. Taste is a bit sweet up front with a punch of grapefruit right at the end to balance out. Just enough carbonation to pull the residual sweetness of the tongue to leave a pleasant bitterness. An exceptionally dangerous brew considering it's alcohol content. Damn, I love that punch of hops. Growler was $16 + the glass for a total of $19.

11-24-2008 01:04:06 | More by jpaltan
Photo of kylephillips


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours an opaque brown-red color. This one poured with little head.

The aroma is very intense with fruity hops. I detected just a small amount of sweeter malt smell underneath, but the hop smell is dominant here.

This beer has a light body and little carbonation.

The taste is hops throughout. There is a definitely a unique almost grassy flavor here that I can't put my finger on. The hop bitterness stays on your tongue long after you swallow this beer. This is one of the driest IPAs I've tasted.

Drinkability is okay. It is and extremely bitter beer, not quite balanced but still interesting. This would be a great beer to have as an aperitif.

11-23-2008 23:18:51 | More by kylephillips
Photo of Hopheadburke


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Over the time I have been appreciating better beers, I ran into this little guy. I have been searching for a beer that will knock me off my feet with a sip. The aroma straight from the bottle (thats how I like it) is very strong of hops and piney and a little spicy. I took a sip and the beginning of the taste was decent, it was piney, hoppy and when the beer hit the back of my tongue it hit something that other beers haven't. I decided I couldn't just drink this one down and go for the next, I decided to drink it by little sips to keep getting that strange feeling. It was one of the harshest (in a good way) beers I have ever had. I gave it a 3.5 on the drinkability because its more the taste that drives this one, not the fact that it is beer to drink down, its meant to be savored. Overall... I love it.

11-23-2008 16:37:39 | More by Hopheadburke
Photo of mikereaser


4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a bottle into my East End Brewing pint glass

A - pours a deep murky copper color with 1/2 inch of foam with lacing throughout the glass

S - sweet smell of pine and citrus

T - strong, strong pine hops flavor with a hint of citrus and a nice bitter finish

M/D - Nice carbonation and very drinkable. The higher abv. prevents me from having alot, but not from lack of want. This is a definite keeper in my fridge.

11-16-2008 05:29:02 | More by mikereaser
Photo of FSUmac


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass....

Appearance: A deep orange with a nice frothy off white head.

Smell: Pine, citrus. As expected, but never gets old.

Taste: Can you say bitter? Pine all over the tongue. Not much malt at the back.

Mouthfeel: Sticky. Carbonation is well balanced.

Drinkability: If you are a hop head, this is a pretty good beer. The simcoe hops definitely dominate this beer. Not my favorite double IPA of all time, but still pretty tasty. Good job Weyerbacher.

11-16-2008 05:16:31 | More by FSUmac
Photo of msante79


3.58/5  rDev -12%

12oz bottle thanks to abcfan. Pours cloudy amber with small white head. Aroma is hops, earthy notes, citrus and pine. Flavor is hoppy but earthy. Good hop bitterness with citrus and pine. Finishes bitter with a little soapyness. Mouthfeel is medium but could use some more carbonation. A different take on a IIPA with all the earthy flavors. Not my favorite but enjoyable none the less.

11-16-2008 04:50:30 | More by msante79
Photo of jettjon


4.03/5  rDev -1%

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date visible into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Three finger off white head nestles perfectly into the Sam Adams glass, rock solid and refusing to budge. Lots of sticky lacing as the head slowly fades down to a solid cap. Dusky coppery orange with hardly any precipitating carbonation despite the tremendous head. Nose of big, bold, piney, citrusy hops front and center. I'm almost afraid to take a taste. But taste I must, and as I do my palate is assaulted with crisp, bitter hops. Lemony citrus up front supplanted by piney clean bitters in the middle. Bready malt finally makes a token appearance toward the end. Dry, bitter finish. Alcohol is well masked, but a warmness creeps in around the edges. Mouth is wet and semi-viscous, bordering on light syrup. A surprising amount of carbonation lurks despite a visible lack of carbonation in the pour. Drinkability? Well, I can't imagine drinking more than one of these. Great hops character, but a bit extreme for my palate.

Overall: This one is a hop bomb, make no mistake. The nose and to a lesser extent the taste is reminiscent of the excellent DFH 90. However, unlike the 90, there's no real malt balance. It's all about the hops, and for that reason, I can't score it as high as some have. Still, a solid brew and a must-have for any hop head.

11-16-2008 01:10:03 | More by jettjon
Photo of tadowdaddy


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

WOW! What can I say! Received in a trade from aubuc1.

A- Cloudy amber with very minimal head that does stick around. Moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Intense. Smells of very earthy pine with a hit of citrus. The smell of this beer may be one of the best of all the DIPAs I've had. Once I opened the bottle I smelled the intensity and hoppiness of this beer. I loved it.

T- Tremendous. Very large and intense pine hops with a hint of something citrus like. The little bit of a malt backing does nothing to take away from the fresh hop flavor of this beer. After swallowing it, I get a bit of sweetness from the aftertaste. A tremendous beer. Just moved onto my top 5 list of DIPA's.

M- A bit thick and chewy. Leaves a nice coating on the mouth.

D- High ABV and intenseness of this beer make it look like it's going to be hard to have more than 2, but I sure as hell enjoy them!

Thanks aubuc1! I'm glad I made the trade.

11-15-2008 00:26:08 | More by tadowdaddy
Photo of aibkstaff

New York

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%

Simcoe double ipa rocks! It has a rich amber color, it's foggy, has a light carbonation, has a light head with a faint greenish hue. The taste it nice and hoppy. The citrus and piny notes really come through. Mouthfeel is good, not too heavy and too thick. Drinkability is very easy and pleasing. This beer makes me happy.

11-14-2008 21:33:08 | More by aibkstaff
Photo of irishman06


4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured into a cuvee glass from a 12 oz. brown bottle.

Amazing, thick lacy head with good retention. Aroma was wonderful, hoppy, citrusy and intense. Some notes of pine and grapefruit.

This is the most delicious double IPA I have ever had. Lots of that great bitter grapefruit flavor that I love from this style, along with a bit of pepperiness and strong alcohol warmth. Very upfront with its hop flavor, holds nothing back. All of from one kind of hop too. Went great with some extra sharp cheddar cheese. Weyerbacher makes a lot great BIG beers like this. Check them out.

11-12-2008 18:29:51 | More by irishman06
Photo of Douglas88


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Pours a deep amber color with a large white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is great; loads of sweet pine and citrus hops.The flavor was also great; initially this is quite a hop bomb. The simcoe hope are very full and ripe, like biting a handful or fresh hops. There is also a strong caramel malt that adds balance. Perhaps my favorite aspect is the full and very creamy mouthfeel. Just delicious. If we could get this in Utah I'd be a happy man. I'm proud of my home state for producing such great beer.

11-12-2008 03:56:01 | More by Douglas88
Photo of roadhouse


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle courtesy of AgingWarrior into a snifter. Always up for a Simcoe bomb and have been wanting to try this one for a while.

Appears a hazy dark orange-red with a three-quarter inch off-white head. Sinks down to a skim and is retained quite well to leave a bit of lacing.

Aroma is bursting with the usual Simcoe characteristics - lots of citrus with an even bigger burst of pine. Nice malt backing behind the hops as well along with some slight alcohol aroma.

The taste is basically about the same as the aroma. Citrus and piney hop explosion with a slight sweetness in the backend. The linger is mostly pine with a very slight citrus as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, quite thick for a DIPA and pretty creamy.

Pretty tasty stuff but I think I prefer Simcoe mixed with other hops than by itself. Definitely a solid DIPA though and worth a try.

11-10-2008 05:48:11 | More by roadhouse
Photo of rustan

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

looks like a lava lamp filled with honey when held up to the light. ok, maybe the bubbles are a little smaller than that.

smell is slightly sweet, pungent and evergreen.

mouthfeel is pleasingly thick w/o being syrupy.

taste intense simcoe hoppiness is balanced by a candied grapefruit flavor

bitter aftertaste but overall drinkability is stellar!

11-08-2008 22:58:44 | More by rustan
Photo of bigkahunas4


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy copper with auburn highlights. Nice half finger head, with some very nice retention.

Smell: Lots of bread, dark fruits, and hints of light hops.

Taste: Big fruity malts, move to hops of grapefruit and pine

Mouthfeel: Brew was very sticky and resiny

Drinkability: Delicious.

11-08-2008 19:22:26 | More by bigkahunas4
Photo of Mauerhan


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

got this off duqtroops from the secret halloween bif. and this marks the start of the afternoon brewfest at my house. it might be a bad idea to pair a bunch of beer with we are marshall. seriously having a little bit of a rudy moment here.

ok back to serious business.

pours a honey amber color into my sam adams glass. you know the one im talking about, kinda tulip shaped, but not. ok so as i was pouring it the beer seemed very thick and slightly syrupy. not a huge amount of head was produced. about one finger of white foamy head lingers for a minute. leaving a moderate amount of lacing. i am left with a slim layer of permafoam on top.

sniff sniff. whats that i smell. awesome hops- check, sweet malts- got em. the smell gets me excited.

and the taste does not let down. i get hit by the simcoe hops at the start and they leave a lasting aftertaste. some malty sweetness that follows close behind. the taste on this beer is great.

mouthfeel is thick, watered down syrup. leaves a bit of a coating on the edges of my mouth. not really sure if im a fan of it or not.

all in all its solid ipa. drinkable and refreshing on this hot ass october day...never thought i would be saying that. yeesh. well onto the next brew

10-29-2008 21:21:06 | More by Mauerhan
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a hazy orange color with a seriously thick & frothy 2 finger deep white head. Lots of sticky sopay lacing & webbing left on glass.

Smells of grassy, earthy, flowery, piney, sticky, fresh pungent Simcoe hops. Smells great.

The expected huge hop slam the nose leads you to anticipate is there. Somewhat balanced by a sweet caramel & bisquit maltiness. But make no mistake the hop flavor is huge & dominant.

Smmoth, medium bodied, oily, sticky, moderate carbonation, lingering sticky hoppy bitterness.

The flavor is so huge your palate will be ruined for the other beers you were looking forward to. Better play it safe & have another Double Simcoe. 2 bottles would be good.

This is a beer made for hop heads. If you're looking for a nicely balanced IPA...this aint it. Thank god for that. Sure to satisfy all hop heads. Seek it out.

10-27-2008 23:48:54 | More by bbothen
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

A nice looking IIPA, somewhat dark with its colour somewhere between amber and auburn. A nice, yet somewhat loose three finger pale tan coloured head with decent retention formed on a typical pour. Some sticky lacings are already forming as the head slowly recedes, and continues to decorate the inside of my pint glass as i enjoy this tasty brew.

Big simcoe hop aroma, grapefruit, papaya and pine, with nuances of cat pissiness. Its hard to get around the big hop nose on this one, but there is a solid caramel component that adds to the bready malt backbone.

Good stuff here. Hops as described above give way to almost toasty malts with a touch of biscuit and caramel. Some honey like malts sweetness gives way to an astringent touch of grain husk and finishes with the resinous bitterness of pine and grapefruit peel.

A big, hoppy brew that is resinous and mildly stripping thanks to the Simcoe. Also has a burly malt body that almost stands up to the hop assault. Finishes with a mild astringency and more potent stripping hop resinous quality.

Im pleasantly impressed with this beer, there may be IIPAs that are more drinkable than this one, but only because of a more timid approach was taken. The 9% abv is very well hidden, and only reveals itself with a touch of alcohol warmth. Despite the solid malt backbone, this is one best reserved for the hop heads as its resinous stripping quality only continues to reveal itself over time. Highly recommended, especially for fans of Simcoe hops.

10-27-2008 00:06:46 | More by demcorhip
Photo of dancinwillie


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a orange tinged ruby color with a modest 1 finger tan head.
The aromas of citrus and pine dominate the nose. The first couple of tastes reveal a hoppy bitterness of course, filled with subtle citrus, some grassiness, a bit of pine, and a decent bready malt presence as well. The most shocking part of this beer IMO, is the floral tea-like flavor that's very present. I love it. It's sort of like a British IIPA! Mouthfeel is damn near perfect, not over or under carbonated. I've been waiting patiently for some time for Weyerbacher to hit Wisconsin, and I'm happy to say that for me, it's lived up to my expectations. I am going to try and hold on to the other 3 of this 4-pack as long as I can. I'm guessing about a week and they'll be gone.

Delicious, and nary a trace of the hight ABV.


10-18-2008 03:26:44 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of Kadonny


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a small snifter glass.

A: A deep dark cloudy amber orange color with a nice one finger dark off white head. Long intertwined huge glass lace.

A: Smells of pine, citrus and deep malt.

T: Massive amounts of pine, citrus consists of orange and grapefruit coupled with a deep tasty malty sweet undertone that really holds on strong against the massive hops flavors. Nice and bitter finish lets you know this is one serious beer. Rich flavors all around that make it outstanding.

M: Medium to full as its oily body coats the mouth. Bitterness lingers but the alcohol is hidden very, very well.

D: High and troublesome. You can drink this with no problem and it will kick your ass.

Overall a great beer that is even better on tap than bottle. I just wish I could afford to draft this at home. Dan, you have a world class beer here, please make it affordable to the average Joe....please.

10-16-2008 18:52:52 | More by Kadonny
Photo of pershan


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy, brownish-amber with a thin, white head into a chalice. The aroma was a very noticable, fresh, piney hop bouquet. The taste was a veritable hops explosion, starting with big hop flavor and malt sweetness and finishing with an intensely bitter hop bite. A fantastically hoppy DIPA (gotta love the Simcoe hops), with good carbonation and lacing to match.

10-16-2008 17:29:03 | More by pershan
Photo of mtbbaboon


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy light amber color with moderate bubbly head. Leaves lots of lacing. Real hoppy aroma with some pine and citrus scents. The alcohol is noticable in the smell. Medium to full body mouthfeel. Leaves some stickiness and the carbonation is noticable. Tastes very hoppy...there is no mistaking this is a DIPA. Hops dominate the taste, but citrus and pine come through once the hops settle down. A nice bitter aftertaste follows. An enjoyable beer and very drinkable, but I have yet to find a DIPA I didn't like.

10-15-2008 20:58:39 | More by mtbbaboon
Photo of Nowhereman529


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

this one pours a medium amber color with a reasonable degree of haze. Once poured we're left with a two finger cream colored head that takes a hot minute to dissipate.

Smell is heavy on sweet hops and pine. A good smelling IPA to be sure!

Taste is very complex, with the floral hops up front with the typical hoppy bitterness. There is also a fruitness that backs up the hops that I could probably call peach or maybe apricot. Not strong by any stretch, but there nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is good, but nothing spectacular. The right amount of bubbly, not at all syrupy.

I would rate this as a pretty drinkable beer. An all around solid IPA with all the characteristics I would expect from this variety.

10-12-2008 02:27:11 | More by Nowhereman529
Photo of Shaw


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a cloudy tan in color with three fingers of sticky foam for a head.

Its smell is very good: Powerful citrus hops and pineapple, which reminds me of some San Diego double IPAs. And I just did some Googling and discovered that Simcoe hops are quite popular out there. So that explains that!

The taste is great. Pine and other evergreen resin flavors mix with sweet malt notes. Hops, hops and more hops in this beer. But its bitterness is well under control. Of course, that may just be due to my hophead palate being ruined. The high alcohol level is masked.

The body is lighter than I would expect, but that's not a problem.

This is a very drinkable DIPA and an excellent beer. It's easy to overlook the alcohol, though, so drink Double Simcoe in moderation.

10-05-2008 05:56:21 | More by Shaw
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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