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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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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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Tilley4

Tennessee

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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Stoneman78

California

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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kcillini77

Kansas

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
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shirfan

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing copper-orange with a huge rocky head that left copious lace down the entire glass. A picture-perfect DIPA.

Aroma is juicy, citric, with floral and biscuity undertones.

Flavor: Sweet and creamy from the get go, with a strong hops presence. Ruby red grapefruit with lesser amounts of lime and pepper. Just enough malt to keep things in proportion -- biscuit flavor stays behind a persistent bittersweet taste.

A very solid DIPA -- if you like 'em bitter but balanced, this is a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 23:54:08 | More by shirfan
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Nice ruby red color. Slightly cloudy with a thin layer of white head that stays for a while.

S - Strong piney hop smell. Good smell.

T - Great hops. Really smooth with very little bite but still really strong hops. There is definitely a strong pine smell and flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Has a little alcohol finish but it's very faint and adds another level to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 04:53:16 | More by jeffmonarch
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boston2bburg

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is quickly becoming a favorite of mine as one of the best DIPAs that is readily available in my area. I let this one sit out for about 40 minutes to warm up then poured into a snifter. Three inches of sticky, off-white head slowly settle over a hazy, dark amber body.

Easily the greatest and most noticeable characteristic to this beer is that pungent Simcoe aroma, which you could probably smell from the next room over. The smell is almost menacing, deviant, hostile, yet captivating. It's like walking into the Pine Forest of Death, with the Devil waiting at the other end.

The flavor does nothing to divert you. You steer through, licking branches like lollipops. No one is around to stop you, so you think. You could eat every branch in the forest - are there are only five more in the fridge?

The devil (and his 9.0 claws) swoops, but as luck would have it, the sticky sap the pine needles leave on your palette becomes wearisome, precluding you from licking the forest clean. You save those for another day, and save yourself in the process.

Respect the Simcoe.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 02:35:48 | More by boston2bburg
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largadeer

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-amber in color with significant hop haze. The head is unusually thick and frothy, looking almost like a nitro head. Very solid retention.

Smell - A big ripe grapefruit-like hop aroma jumps out as soon as I put my nose near the glass. Doughy, slightly estery malts bring to mind peaches and custard. Nicely balanced, leaning a bit more toward the hoppy side.

Taste & mouthfeel - Bready and fairly dry. Subtle fruity esters mix with citrusy flavors of grapefruit and lemon. The malt foundation is pretty big, but not big enough to balance the huge hop flavor. Bittering hops are strong in the finish, bordering on excessive, but never quite reaching the level of being downright astringent.

Notes - Enjoyable stuff, but not my favorite kind of DIPA. The intense bitterness takes its toll on the palate after a while, leading to a quick fatigue. That being said, it was an enjoyable 12 oz and I'd definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 01:12:11 | More by largadeer
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really interesting double IPA that I quite enjoyed. My friend and I shared this bottle while brewing up a batch of homebrew -- he's more of a straightforward pale ale & lager guy, so it kind of blew his mind (oops -- so much for gradual introductions) but we both ended up really enjoying it. He admired it for what it was, and I got to try out Simcoe (which I found to be a lot like Cascade but a bit more spicy/fruity or something).

Unfortunately I don't have great notes on this, as we had other things on our mind, but it was a very hoppy but well-balanced IPA with some uniqueness added by the Simcoe hops and no flaws to speak of.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 01:04:08 | More by crwills
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Contra

New York

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer quite a few times, and it's become one of my favorites. You definitely have to be a hop lover. But for those who aren't intimidated by hops, this is your beer.

Everything about this beer screams that fruit/floral aromatic hop taste. Sort of like biting into a peach or apricot, but with a nice bitter bite that blends perfectly. It's hard not to notice the pine flavor as well. Aroma matches the beer well.

One thing that has always stood out for me about this beer is the texture. Absolutely creamy & silky. It's hard to put into words. Few beers have this type of texture. Drinkability does suffer a bit from being so bitter, but this beer is for sipping.

Overall, as I said, one of my favorites. One worth seeking out, especially if you like I.P.As. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2008 00:51:21 | More by Contra
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with a great sized head head, fades slowly and leaves a good deal of lacing.

Smell is predominately hoppy with some citrus elements, probably one of the more up front DIPA's from the East Coast but also includes a nice subtle malt backbone to round it out.

Taste has a good piney hop kick to it with the bitterness to back it up, the malt lends some nice balance in the aftertaste and a bit of sweetness, the citrus does shine through though, a very fine DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 00:44:59 | More by deltatauhobbit
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep cooper color with a heathy off white head.
the aroma is malty, bready, with a nice simcoe hop aroma citrus, pine, spicy.
the flavor is not what i thought it would be, but it is good, the malt is strong, the hops are a little more mellow then what i feel a double ipa should be. but it is a good beer and defenatly worth trying if yoiu like ipa's. i think i was dissapointed because i make a simcoe ipa and had an image in my mind as to how it should taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 03:29:20 | More by plaztikjezuz
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

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

A: Would be fairly clear orange, but tiny visible particles make it a bit hazy. Huge dense bubbly 3 finger head overflowed the pint glass, and left behind frothy lacing everywhere.

S: Fresh simcoe hops are everywhere. What did you expect?

T: Spicy alcohol presence is up front, plenty of citric, floral hops jump in and stick around till the end. Some smooth caramel maltiness slides in as well. Honey in the end and in the aftertaste. Is this just a taste or is there actually any honey here?

M: Very smooth and creamy, wasn't expecting this. Tannic of course, but not like you would expect from this much hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 04:00:36 | More by NCBeernut
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barronkr

South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, translucent copper, thin creamy lace on top.

Nose: Sweet. Cotton candy, bubble gum, slight hint of citrus.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Excellent taste, sweet (not quite cloying) just like the smell -- cotton candy and bubble gum -- balanced almost immediately by a nice deep bitterness that does not linger overlong. A great sweet-sour citrus afterthought is evident in the finish.

Viscous, syrupy, incredible hoppy goodness in a bottle. I will have to try to brew one like this.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 03:29:11 | More by barronkr
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade with gkatsoris. Thank you very much!

Pours a deep amber hue with slight rustic orange highlights. A decent sized creamy head showed itself very briefly and settled into a thin blanket of head that stayed for the whole beer. This beer leaves big sheets of lacing on the walls of my pint glass. The floral notes in the nose are intense for this offering. Heavy scents of wooded pine, grapefruit rind, and cannabis. The first flavors bring on a dry pine bitterness offset with a sweet caramel malt base and secondary flavors of citrus and orange rind. This is unlike, in a good way, any other DIPA I've tasted as of yet. This beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation on the mouthfeel, and does leave a very dry sensation on the finish. The alcohol is only slightly noticeable. The drinkability is very nice on this beer, and I would gladly purchase again if this were available to me in my state.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:50:49 | More by TheodorHerzl
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MugOfGoodness

New Hampshire

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

I have been wanting this beer for a while, got two four packs from Julio's (along with some others - Hop 15, Racer 5, etc, Gemini).

It's a nice beer, and the ABV (9%) sneaks up on you - I had it at cellar temperature so it wasn't too cold, other reviewers said they hop flavor was better a little warmer than frigde cold.

It's very good, nice smell, and very hoppy - its hop-bomb-ish but not too aggressive, it can session but its strong. I think its tastes better than alot of high ABV beers do and its fun to drink - good mouth feel, the taste is smooth, creamy - love to see it on tap somewhere.

A great pick up, its $$ for a four pack but a must have if you are like me and a big fan of the hopsters. I didn't like it enough to go past the 4.0/4.5, but its good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 21:38:45 | More by MugOfGoodness
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dondeez21

New Jersey

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

This is my favorite beer. Untill maybe 9months ago this beer was only available in 22oz bottles. Since then Weyberbacher has released it in 4 packs of 12oz bottles. This is a beer made for Hopheads. It has astrong hop and strong malt flavor to it. This beer single handedly made double IPAs the top of my list.If you ever get a chance I would greatly suggest a 4 pack of these beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 06:23:24 | More by dondeez21
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reddish coppery amber with some haze. good head that shrinks somewhat to a thin layer on top. decent lace.

lemony rind and fresh pine with floral notes. nose is complex, especially as it warms, with hint of caramel and more malty characters making their appearance.

citrusy fruit and malty sweetness up front, with bitterness crescendo in the middle, and rides the sweetness wave into the finish albeit a little on the weak side. nice malt complexities show up in the aftertaste too. just wish it were a tiny bit more bitter - just a teensy tiny bit...

mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy. coats the tongue like the malt sweetness in the flavor does.

pretty good. i certainly get an idea of the profile simcoe brings to a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 09:32:30 | More by tai4ji2x
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite DIPAs. Simcoe is my favorite hop variety, and once I found this brew I nearly keeled over. This is a near perfect reference beer - if you don't know what Simcoe tastes like, you will once you are done drinking this brew. I picked this up in DC at Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - It is a hazy copper amber orange color during the initial pour. The hazy aspect was obviously chill haze as it became transparent as it warmed to room temperature. It produced a 1 finger head that dissipated to a thin halo around the perimeter of the glass. It left minimal lacing behind.

Smell - I love the smell of this one. Simcoe seems to run the gambit as far as scents are concerned. It gives off notes of pineapple, pine, grapefruit, and orange - heavy on the citrus. There is also a sweetness in the scent close to caramel or honey.

Taste - I must say that this beer needs to warm up a little bit for the flavors to fully develop - drinking this beer cold doesn't do it justice. There is a sweetness at the beginning of the flavor, very caramel-like. It evolves to a primarily citrus flavor, rich with grapefruit and orange. It shifts to a pineapple juice flavor before giving away to pine and a lingering resinous hop bitterness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel - It has a full/medium body. There is a moderate level of carbonation with extremely fine textured bubbles. The carbonation bubbles give it a creamy mouthfeel, but it is still oily as it washes over the tongue and down the throat.

Drinkability - The drinkability is awesome, I could drink this all night. You can't even tell that it has a 9% ABV until you have had several and then stand up. The mouthfeel and flavor and scent keep me coming back to take another sip. This is an awesome reference beer - although it only has one hop variety, it is far from a one trick pony - it shows that the Simcoe hop is versatile all on its own.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 00:23:11 | More by MiguelMandingo
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Sponan

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A-Nice reddish-brown hue. Good head and lacing.

S-Strong scent of hops backed by a faint malt.

T-Hops, but less than I would have thought from the smell. Some citrus. A little more sweet malt than expected on the finish, along with a lingering hop flavor.

M-Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Full body. Heavier than average for the style.

D-Good beer, stands up well to others of the style. A little sweet for me to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 23:20:27 | More by Sponan
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jhu1995

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/copper color with a small hed that dissipates quickly. Smell is very floral with some fruitiness. Bitter taste is noticeable at first, but not over the top like some IIPA's. Some carmel flavors and sweetness. Thought it was fairly well balanced and didn't just taste like a mouthful of hops. Medium to full-bodied but easy to drink. Worth seeking out and underrated in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 15:21:09 | More by jhu1995
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JayQue

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good and interesting tasting Double IPA. Never experienced Simcoe hops as the featured flavor before. Pours a reddish cloudy amber cover with a medium sized off white head. The head fades to a covering of the glass, with heavy lacing.

Smell is floral hops and hops bitterness. Taste is bitter, some citrus and a lot of floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Drinkability is affected a little bit by the strong floral / sweetness. Might wind up annoying over a long haul. But for one bomber, split between me and my son-in-law, this is a fine treat!!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 04:33:22 | More by JayQue
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Amber on the base and a thick and frothy light tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap. The settling head leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. Hazy. Solid lacing all the way down the glass.

Lightly toasted malts under a sharp and citrusy hop aroma. A touch of creaminess is in the background.

For the sharp aroma, the hops don't show up in the flavor. Not that the beer tastes bad, I just feel it falls short for its style. That malts are light and biscuity, while the hops have a mild tart grapefruit flavor. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the hops slowly fading.

Not bad, but not great either. I think this one had some potential and fell short for me. Seems to be a popular beer though. I'd say try this one for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 02:24:40 | More by BeerSox
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srobertson59

Ohio

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

Poured 12 oz. bottle into 20 oz. glass. Purchased from Belmont Party Store Dayton, Oh.

A - Two finger head with good retention and noticeable lacing on the glass. Somewhat clear amber coloring with a fine particulate that floats down offsetting the rising carbonation.

S - Sweeter than I expected, but the flowery hops and citrus are present in the nose. Hints of pine and earthy-ness as well.

T - Ahh...the simcoe hops really shine through. Not too bitter, but a nice blend of bitterness and sweet malt together. Hops take over the taste buds without destroying them.

M - Creamy, slightly thick. Alcohol is barely noticeable except for the warming. Nice tickle of carbonation as the bitterness runs down the tongue. A very balanced feel!

D - Not too overpowering, with a hop blast all in one. For me, the flavor is best as it nears room temperature. The flavor changes as it warms with some toasty malt coming forward but still well behind the simcoe.

Highly recommended as a mid-point sample of an Imperial IPA...and I love my IIPA's!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 00:56:47 | More by srobertson59
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francisweizen

Alaska

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was not a big fan of this one. I had this at the foodery in Philly and I found the orange/hazy appearance nice with a great looking head. But the aroma was kind of 'off' and 'alcoholic' for my liking. The taste was very cloyingly sweet and boozy for me as well. Mouthfeel was actually very creamy and nice, but the drinkability was somewhat killed by the off putting aroma and taste! not horrible, but certainly not one of my personal favorites either!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 21:19:10 | More by francisweizen
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GJ40

North Carolina

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

I'm sure I'd had this before but I can't recall when or where so I picked up a bottle to try. It's got a nice golden color and a great hop aroma. And the flavor doesn't disappoint. Despite it's strength, I found this very smooth and balanced from start to finish. I really enjoyed it. It's as good a bottled double IPA as I've had (most just don't seem to translate).

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 12:18:34 | More by GJ40
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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