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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,683
Reviews: 1,304
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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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally reviewed this on 4/1/08.

Pours a hazy, deep brown-amber color with small bubbles and sediment floating about. Thin white head quickly dissipates. Fluffed right back up when I poured the rest of the bottle into the glass. Some thick lacing stuck to the top of the glass.

Smell is citrus hops, grapefruit & orange, piney. It has that particular earthy 'simcoe' smell that I've come to recognize.

Smooth citrus hop taste, grapefruit & orange, pine. Sweet with a bit of a dry feel (hop oils?) but the smooth maltiness balances it out nicely.

Medium body, a bit thicker than I remembered...also little to no carbonation, less than I remembered. The sweet thickness makes me slow down on drinking this one, but it does hide the 9% abv well.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 12:48:52 | More by halfP1NT
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

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

The brew pours rich copper in color with a thick topping of off-white foam. The pearlescent head recedes slowly and deposits freckled lacing all over the inside of the glass.

The smell is brown sugary, dark and rummy, and laced with lime juice and grapefruit rind. The alcohol provides a slightly burnt-sugar note that intensifies the white-grapefruity pungency of the hops.

The taste is tangy and cooly alcoholic with a mild caramel backbone drowned in citrus. Lime and grapefruit predominate once again, and are sweetened with just a splash of boozy yellow apple. Boozy citrus peel oil with more dark rum and a spritz of limoncello linger in the aftertaste.

The drink is smooth and medium-bodied with quite a bit of alcohol drying that leaves the finish very clean. The carbonation is good and the beer quite drinkable despite the pungency and potent ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 01:44:26 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of dfillius


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, enjoyed in a pint glass and served with homemade pizza.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of white head with good retention. Cloudy, dark red-brown in color.
S: Pine, earth, garlic, floral, some herbal smell that I can't pinpoint (thyme, oregano?), more dank (in a good way) as it warms. Very complex hop variety!
T: Opens with a caramelly malt start then segues into a strong bitterness that is at the same time not bracingly so. Perfectly delicious. Man-candy-esque. Citrus/grapefruit hop. Alcohol is undercover, where is it?
M: Mouthwatering, bitter, and dry. Perfect carbonation, and no heat!
D: The mouthwatering nature makes me want more! The taste also makes me yearn for another! I didn't feel the alcohol until well into the second pint. 2.5 pints are perfect for me.

After tasting Bison Brewing's all simcoe IPA, I swore off simcoe. This beer makes me realize it wasn't the hop varietal's fault. I'm sorry I ever doubted thee simcoe!

Serving type: growler

04-01-2008 22:55:26 | More by dfillius
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4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally got to try this one. It poured a clear copper color with off-white head. It smelled very strongly of pine and copper hops, but not much else. Its flavor was a tantalizing blend of orange citrus, pine, and copper hops, all mixed together with a some malt for a bit of balance. It was thick with some carbonation, and it had a very strong, very bitter, lasting aftertaste. Overall this was one of the best double IPAs ever...super hoppy and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 20:42:06 | More by Pencible
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from case brought back yesterday from Weyerbacher open house tasting event.

A: Hazy orange with a nice pillowy head.

S: Grapefruit and evergreen needles. You can smell the aroma of bold hops from yards away.

T: Simcoe, welcome aboard. Citrus hops are all there is to it- true expression of the style. Sure, overbearing but thats what the beer is about. Not close to balanced but thats besides the point.

M: Sticky and coating. Thick and luxurious.

D: A true double- lots of hops and a complete coating of the mouth and tongue.
You have to be willing to breathe hops if you want to enjoy a few, but worth it for those that are into that- including myself.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 20:18:17 | More by marcpal
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3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy amber with no sediment. almost tan head is persistent and creamy with really good lacing. nose is caramel and toffee with resiney, earthy hops. nice but lacks the bright citric fruity freshness i personally look in an american ipa/dipa. simcoe aromas are tough to put my finger on. taste has a medium, sticky toffee malt sweetness balanced by a medium, smooth bitterness. rich, viscous mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 04:49:31 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of lightindarkness


4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to markgugs (and pieper) for this one.

Pours a deep hazy brownish-orange with a nice tight frothy ivory head that hangs for a long time (for an IPA) and leaves really nice lace.

Nose is obviously very very Simcoe. Juicy grapefruit and pine with some nice resin. Balanced by a caramel richness. Some scent of corn.

Ah, the hop. Taste is pine resin and grapefruit all the way. Some bready middle and fuller at the finish, malt shows in a caramel taste that sits under the juicy citrus and pine.

Medium body with a good carbonation tingle. Alcohol definitely has a feel in this one.

Drinkability is okay. Great hop dose of flavor, making it a go-to hop fix, but less outstanding in other characteristics. I really like it overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 01:30:35 | More by lightindarkness
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium reddish amber color and formed a small foamy white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, malt and citrus with a hint of pine. The flavor was heavy of hops with grapefruit and citrus. Malt and some caramel. The body was medium light and somewhat astrigent yet bitter finish. A nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 19:35:55 | More by Wildman
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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some overflow when I opened the bottle.

Hazy copper color with about two fingers of off white head. Leave a lot of nice sticky lacing all along the sides of the glass. Very nice appearance.

Smells of hops with noticeable malts.

Hoppy taste with citrus noticeable. Strong malt backbone. Finishes a little bit dry. Slightly creamy medium bodied.

Decent drinkability for a double 9% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 04:18:12 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured, chilled, into a pint glass, it pours a rather hazy amber color with possibly some sediment floating throughout. A foamy, dense, white head surfaces causing a nice "cap" on the brew along with lacing around the glass.

The simcoe hops are apparent on the nose, while a big, buttery floral aroma hits my nose. Very yummy and pungeant. This one is definitely all about the hops!

Sipping reveals a rather "doughy" feel, as this one shows a bit chewy. A clean hops flavor hits first but is quickly backed by an oily floral flavor through the swallow. The finish gives me a little burnt malt flavor for some reason or another, while a pine & grassy flavor hit the sides of my tongue on the aftertaste.

Chewy flavor with some drying on the finish. Alcohol phenols come through a bit on the finish I believe.

Drinkability is pretty solid. It's packed full of flavor and is very bold! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone, especially while you can still get the simcoe!


Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 01:18:03 | More by Fish113d
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Winking Lizard. The beer is a slightly cloudy copper color with a medium off-white head that has decent retention. Thin rings of lacing. Nice citrusy hops aroma with notes of toasted grain and pine. Medium-bodied with a pleasant floral hops character. Flavors of malt, tart berries and spices are present as well. The finish is dry and hoppy and leaves a balanced sweetness and bitterness behind. Overall this is a very enjoyable IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 20:45:22 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this gem.

Poured from a bottle a slightly cloudy apricot color with quickly fading white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, and citrusy and piney hops.

The taste is rich with the citrus and pine of the hops along with a good balance from the malts. The alcohol is well hidden.

Full mouthfeel, creamy, and moderately carbonated.

What a great Double IPA. Goes down easy. I would love to drink these all night but probably shouldn't try with the 9% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 22:38:36 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

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

Pours a deep, slightly cloudy, amber with a two finger pillowy head that fades slowly. Incredible lacing.

Piney citrus hops dominate the nose.

Taste is an explosion of piney, bitter hops up front. The bitter citrus is balanced well by sweet pale malts with a nice caramel-like aspect. Grapefruit and orange peel flavors lead to a nice, long dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation, allowing it to go down real smooth.

Very drinkable! I could easily see this becoming a regular in the beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 18:45:26 | More by MrMonkey
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: A hazy orange/copper body, fluffy off-white head, good retention and patches of lacing.

s: Beautiful aroma of oranges and pine.

t: An explosion of hop flavor hits the tongue immediately, can't help but think of it as hop juice. Sweet pale malt just can't handle the boat load of hops. Notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Wonderful hop flavor.

m: Sticky, chewy, full body.

d: Wish I had more. Just can't get enough of that hoppy goodness. A delightful DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 02:07:29 | More by BradLikesBrew
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear golden copper amber with a slight chill haze and a large creamy head with good retention and curtains of thick lace, and i didn't expect otherwise.

S- nice grapefruit, pine, citrus, passionfruit, and body odor. this is some maaaad hoppy aroma very similar to some high quality reefer. some fruity tropical skunk reefer. pale malt hides in the back behind these sublime simcoes.

T-pale malt and toast first then the hops kick in: mango, guava, passionfruit, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruity then a huge intense blast of hoppy bitterness pulses over everything almost obliterating the other flavors, and lasts all the way into the hoppy dry finish. damn!

MF- crisp dry and a tight puckering astringent solvent feel

D- good D but its so damn bitter! this is a hop lovers paradise.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 19:59:37 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of deapokid


3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Offering up a thick and mountainous white head with a glowing - almost neon - orange coloration, Weyerbacher's ABV heavy IPA packs a powerful hoppy aroma and flavor.
A sweet, almost tart, taste is backed with an overwhelmingly strong hop finish that tingles the back of the tongue and scrapes the palate like a poor man's Ruination.
Its profound amount of alcohol accompanies the beer relatively well, but it may be a bit too wild for its own good, making an otherwise good beer a bit too aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 00:32:47 | More by deapokid
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District of Columbia

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

Pours a nice looking two fingers of off white head that quickly dissolves down to a fine film over the sort of opaque amber beer. Nose is great - starts off with piney hops then rolls into an almsot bisquity caramel. Later on its cookies, straight up, with a sort of odd hoppy backdrop and maybe a touch of astringency. Flavor is off-the-charts piney, almost evergreen hops (I guess those are the simcore hops?). Sort of a mild drying undercurrent then a more biting conclusion. Not much malt character at all. Mellow grassiness at the beginning of a sip, then a huge smack of pine again. Is it too much? Not sure. But it's unique, so points for that. No real alcohol flavor either in the face of the huge hops. Body is solid, although maybe could have done with a little thicker. Overall, a very tasty DIPA, and very original, although I don't think I could have too many cause of the insane hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 16:40:49 | More by soupyman10
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New Jersey

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

12 oz bottle purchased at Joe Canal's Liquors in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Served in a pint glass.

A- Slightly hazy, deep amber or light copper colored body. A small white head disipated quickly.

S- Plenty of citrusy and piney hops. A faint hint of malt and alcohol as well.

T- All hops. Piney and citrusy with a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol and minimal malt presence became more evident as the beer warmed.

M- Velvety smoothe. Creamy, medium to full body. Coats the tongue and mouth.

D- I enjoyed the beer. You'd have to be careful drinking a few of thee, the alcohol could catch up with you.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 19:07:32 | More by Jerzdevil1116
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Akorsak.

Just got home from class today and found a wonderfully chilled box sitting on my front door step. Low and behold there is a Double Simcoe sitting in there. So whatelse is a person to do. Perfectly chilled beer from Pennslyvania sitting on my stoop, I must drink it. So I rushed it inside and poped the top and poured it into my favorite Smokestack goblet. Pours a hazy orangy amber with a huge, sticky, off white head that left lacing all the way down. Aroma is hops, pine tree needles and citrus. Grapefruit is pretty big. Taste is big on hops also (pine, grapefruit, bit of grass) but is balanced pretty well with the malt backbone of the beer. This really surprised me. While is overwhelmingly hoppy, it never felt overly unbalanced. Mouthfeel is full. Much heavier than most DIPA's. Love it. Highly, highly drinkable. If I get involved in another trade with someone from PA then this will definitly be involved.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 22:16:42 | More by hwwty4
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District of Columbia

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Translucent amber color, a touch darker and "redder" than Hopslam but same general idea. Thick two finger head with medium sized bubbles. Diminishes rather quickly with light retention, ring of head remains with a pool of medium sized bubbles. Great, sticky, thick lacing.
S: Smells like a good double ipa. Slightly stronger on the piney smell than the citrus, but definite hop punch. Rubbing alcohol smell also is hiding in background, not really unsurprising though as this is a Weyerbacher beer so I won't detract much for this.
T: First few sips of this were kind of overwhelming and mildly unpleasant. Strong bitterness and bite of alcohol through me off. I let the beer sit for a little and tried again. Starts off surprisingly sweet in a citrus (orange) way. Pine flavor is present but in the background where I prefer. Clearly hops are present but this isn't a beer that is overly bitter or devastating to the palate and has a stronger malt presence than some other DIPAs. Like most Weyerbacher beers, there is the familiar taste of alcohol hiding in the finish, but not that distracting.
M: Very creamy and full bodied, with moderate carbonation. For a DIPA, very smooth and silky in the mouth for something so hoppy. However, the alcohol is very noticeable in the back of the throat with a mild burn.
D: Still probably my favorite Weyerbacher beer, and a must try for any of the hop fans but only thing holding this back for me from rating higher in the next tier of dipas is the alcohol burn.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 03:12:16 | More by yourefragile
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color into a pint glass. A one and a half finger white head formed. Some cascading and medium sized bubbles. Good head retention and incredible lacing. A froathy ring around the top of the glass lasted the duration of the pint.

Not as fragrant as I would have thought. Nose is dominated by pine with some faint sweet, also sugarlike notes. Some citrus rind also.

Very piney taste. The pine flavors were replaced by citrus flavors as the beer warmed. Very long, bitter finish.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Nice fizziness cuts the creaminess a bit balancing it out. Fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 20:57:01 | More by brantadid
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A wonderful copper color with a good head and great retention and good lacing.

S-Citriusy smell of strong hopps throughout the beer..yummy

T,M-A bueatifully done hopp flavor with sweet malt underneath and a crisp, fresh finish.

D- Very drinkable my anyone's standards, give it a try

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 16:41:41 | More by johnnyirishman
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra from NCBeernut.... Huge thanks for sending this one over for me to try....

Beautiful dark golden pour, fluffy ass head....

Smells absolutely wonderful...pungent aroma of hops all the way... Piney, citrusy hops and I'm loving it... I want to smell this all night...

Terrific blend of piney/grapefuit hops and sweet malts.. thought this was going to be a hop bomb all the way which would have been fine but I'm surprised at the balance on this one.

Maybe a tad boozy which pulls the drinkability down a tad but still overall this is a great brew.... you know exactly what you're getting going in and it doesn't disappoint....

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 02:01:50 | More by Tilley4
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz acquired in a trade with jjayjaye (Bonus Beer!), poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance is a thick cloudy dark orange hue with amber highlights, two fingers of off-white thick creamy head mostly sustains, good lacing on the glass

Smell is, unsurprisingly, full of Simcoe hops, mix of sweet grapefruit, citrus, and light pine, slight biscuit malts

Taste is initially dominated by pine and grapefruit hops, opens up to some biscuit malts and some sweet malts and honey, finishes sweet and dry

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick oily and creamy texture coats the tongue briefly, milder carbonation

Drinkability is moderate-high for a DIPA, i really like the creamy texture matched up with the tasty sweet hop profile, a great and well-balanced east coast DIPA I would love to sample again

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 07:07:43 | More by Stoneman78
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3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a trip to North Carolina.

At 8 bucks for a bottle, I have very high hopes for this one.

Pours a very orange color with a large head in my Duvel tulip. Smell is piney, a little citrus, yummy!

Taste is a little off from what I expected. Could be that I'm not used to the Simcoe variety of hops, at least by itself. Perhaps a little more astringent than most DIPA's I've had. I can't say I don't like it, but I'm not LOVING it either.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Can't see myself drinking a bunch of this, both due to the price tag and the astringency I keep tasting. Glad to have tried it, but won't make a special trip to the East Coast to pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 02:56:15 | More by kcillini77
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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