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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,783 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,783
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 Stinkypuss


4.72/5  rDev +16%

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass. It was too cold and exploded.. Nice cloudy pour with a large head.

S. I'm in for a hop bomb. Piney resinous hops. My brother could smell them from across the room.

T. Hops! I really like this. Hops dominate a rich malt backbone. A unique strain of hop, not at all like west coast IPAs. Herbal and tea like at times. Pine. Lightly spicy. Alcohol is played down but there.

M. Easy drinking, and dare I say, quaffable.

D. As drinkable as a 9% double can be. A nice DIPA. A lingering hop bitterness prolongs the magic.

08-08-2008 01:24:32 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of ckeegan04


4.15/5  rDev +2%

A - Dark coppery red color with a thick light brown head and excellent lacing.

S - Overwhelming piney hops with hints of tropical hops as well. A light caramel sweetness backs it up, but I am expecting a big nasty blast of hops from this one.

T - A light sweetness up front quickly overcome by a piney hop bite. Slightly off taste to the hop bite...a little metallic? A very good tasting brew, but not quite what I was hoping for after the smell.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and a little chewy in the mouth. Very drinkable by DIPA standards but the somewhat funky taste after the hops lingers too long and knocks a little off the drinkability.

08-06-2008 04:00:39 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of GimpyCane


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Holy grapefruit! Poured hazy copper with a thick three finger beige frothy head, which left a great amount of lace behind. Upfront, the aroma is obvious (grapeffruit). I also get some pine, sweet toffee and biscuit. The body feels medium to full, oily, and subtly carbonated. Once again, the same applies with the taste, grapefruit. Slightly sweet but hippen quickly with a blast a citrus bitter. Overall, I felt this brew was not well balanced. I love the mega hops, however I was looking for more malt sweetness to balance. I enjoyed this brew with scamble eggs, ham and brie cheese on a Belgian waffle with maple syrup. Enjoy

08-04-2008 03:25:56 | More by GimpyCane
Photo of chuckd123


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. It pours cloudy, and has a bit of an orange look to it. Nice head, but gone in about 3 minutes. No worries there because the smell and taste are what this beer is all about.

First off, the smell. I could not stop smelling this one. A very complex, thick blend of hops & grapefruit. If you like IPA's, this will blow you away.

The taste... this thing is powerful. You notice the incredible simcoe hops at first, followed by strong citrus undertones. The alcohol is there, but not over-powering. To me, this is exactly what I want out of a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is excellent as well -- feels sort of thick if that makes any sense, and has almost a creamy consistency to it.

Drinkability is hurt only by the ABV. I could empty a 4-pack of this stuff easily without some restraint.

An excellent, top-3 (imho) example of the style.

If you haven't tried it, you're missing out.

08-03-2008 23:26:51 | More by chuckd123
Photo of Boto


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

22oz. bomber: This one pours a hazy orangish-amber color. There was a bit of a frothy tan head on it that dropped off somewhat quickly. It left some lacing. Both the citrus and pine hops are quite obvious to the nose, yet they seem to be balanced nicely. The pine and citrus notes of the hops are evident in the taste, and are well balanced also. Potent but not over the top. Actually a hint of malt sweetness in the finish. This one is pretty well done!

08-03-2008 21:12:52 | More by Boto
Photo of Jerico

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

A - somewhat cloudy, golden light amber color, with a thin lacey head.

S - hoppy smell, with pine/cedar in the forefront.

T/M/D - very sharp hoppy taste, with a woody flavor (is wood a flavor!?) and a bit of a zesty, citrusy aftertaste. The alcohol flavor blends nicely but is apparent. This one is too big to session, but is quite a treat.

08-03-2008 18:24:51 | More by Jerico
Photo of RickSawyer


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a cloudy, hazed golden orange with a white, creamy, tightly packed head. As the head falls, wall paper sheets of lace across the glass. Smell is hops. Hop resin, peppery mint, lemon zest, meaty citrus notes with hints of fresh baked bread. This is one hop forward smelling beer! Taste is surprisingly more balanced than the nose, however, that is not saying much. The flavor begins with fresh bran muffin and as the beer moves across the tongue, the hops begin to shine. White pepper lemon zest, pine resin, grapefruit juice, pure bitterness. The finish is incredibly dry and the following breath is full of bitterness again. The alcohol isn't showcased much, perhaps hidden behind the bitterness. Highly enjoyable DIPA! Wait, this is an East Coast DIPA? This could surely rival those San Diego boys.

08-03-2008 00:58:44 | More by RickSawyer
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Amber red body with particles of yeast floating in it. Head is slightly off white, decent retention, good lacing as well.

S: Citrus and piney nose, maybe just a slight malt background. Pretty powerful and good.

T: Very good flavor, intensely hoppy at first with the same notes as the aroma, a slight sweetness hits the back of the tongue a little later. There is a strong bitterness throughout. Alcohol is really not detectable.

M: Great carbonation, good body.

D: Highly drinkable except for the lingering bitterness somewhat, not to mention the high abv. Its great tasting but one is probably enough per sitting.

07-31-2008 01:32:56 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of bluegrassbrew


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep caramel color. Has a nice ring of lace that remains throughout.

Smell is very citrusy. Exploding with juicy pineapple and mango scents.

Taste is interesting. Not as fruity as it is bitter. Tongue bruising hop bite.

Overall, a hophead's dream. I think for me the simcoe hop is not my favorite, but this is still a very nice brew.

07-31-2008 01:30:54 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%

This is a strange on for me to rate. I really like IIPA but this one was just too over the top, but very well crafted

A-Hazy amber slightly orange
S-Pine, citrus, grapefruit, sweet honeyed malt. Smells really good and I'm excited to try it
T-Sweet honeyed malt and a piney/grapefruit that abruptly changes to resiny bitterness that absorbs all other flavors. It lingers for a long time in the back of the mouth and I think it cleared my sinuses. I like bitter but this is too much-it tastes like acrid crushed medicine.
M-Didn't like the flavor but creamy in the mouth.
D-I could barely get through a bottle and I'll give away my other one. I'm becoming a hophead but this is over the top.

07-30-2008 19:34:19 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of fitzy84


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

The drink had a huge, huge frothy head with the standard dark, murky golden-amber of a double IPA. Aromas were surprisingly gentle for what I was expecting. Hops, herbs, spices, malts; perhaps its the Simcoe hops that are used because this is pretty light for an imperial IPA. Not so overpowering bitterness, which is good. Malty, hoppy bitter flavoring wrapped around slightly grassy, floral textures. Good mouthfeel makes this beer have good crispness but also a slight creaminess from its heavy hops. Overall, not a bad imperial IPA.

07-30-2008 02:47:06 | More by fitzy84
Photo of Drew966


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Double Simcoe IPA pours a hazy orange with a thick off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is quite hoppy. Piney and citrus hop flavors dominate, there is a slight metallic taste when the beer is a bit on the too cold side. The taste is pretty good for a double ipa, bordering on excellent, but it just isn't the best I've had. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, but not inappropriate. Worth a try for sure.

07-25-2008 23:54:50 | More by Drew966
Photo of gunnerman


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured this amazing beer into a pint glass. This beer was very impressive looking from the pour to the actual lace it left on the glass, this was some serious lace and the chopper color was also amazing. The smell has a very sweet nose of butterscotch, pine and earth and a bit sweet honey. The taste was very hoppy and to the point I can taste the sweet backbone with a nice very bitter hop finish that stayed on my palate for quite some time, this was one of the best DIPA I have had in quite some time. Overall this was an amazing offering very fresh and very hoppy just how they are supposed to taste, it went down very smooth and quickly.

07-25-2008 23:10:44 | More by gunnerman
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Best [American] IPA I have had in a long time. Poured up a spectacular reddish colour with a nice eggshell/off-white head. Very attractive beer. Smell is resinous "pine sap" hops, which is, of course, what I was anticipating. Flavour, too, was dominated by a powerful hop presence with only a suggestion of malt right at the beginning and somewhat powerful hops asserting themselves throughout, especially on the finish.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. This is a very pleasant beer to drink.
I will certainly seek this out in the future when I'm craving this style of brew. Brilliant!

07-24-2008 02:50:43 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Wow. This certainly is a double IPA. There's no misclassifying this brew.

Pours a deep copper with a thick tan head that sticks tenaciously to the side of the glass. Smell is HOPS, HOPS & MORE HOPS. Mostly piney, but a bit of tangy citrus, too. The taste is a bit sweet up front. There's tons of malt in this brew. And here come the hops. The resins coat your tongue and latch onto your throat. Nice.
Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is mellow. An enjoyable double IPA, but just one will do me. My taste buds need to recover.

07-23-2008 18:20:34 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Brewed using 100 percent Simcoe hops, a West Coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals. Oh my. Let the shredding of palates commence!

It's a rich, dropped-bright, dark copper-colored beer with a massive meringue-like, frothy, foamy, sticky head that rises four fingers above the beer and glass. It eventually settles to a half-inch lace, retaining its froth to the last drop. Fantastic nose. Aroma is intense with resins, notes of pine, fresh-cut grass, floral, dry aspirin and a strong, prickly grapefruit that dominates. First sip is smooth, a bit chewy and juicy, with a thicish consistency. Palate is immediately coated with sticky, resiny hop oils that embed more pine, abrasive grapefruit citrus flavors, green wood and a minty back. Soapy suggestions, along with some dry aspirin. Fruity, tangerine middle, with black pepper, forest berries and warming alcohol beneath. Malts attempt to break through the onslaught of hops, providing a sweet base that tries to balance, along with some depth--charred caramel, fresh brown bread crusts and honey edges. Dry, woody finish, with raw, leafy hop oils still attached to the palate.

Most of these flavors courtesy of a single hop? Outstanding. We sampled from the second brewing of this beer, and Weyerbacher just announced that this will be a year-round offering. Awesome.

07-23-2008 17:02:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of jdubjacket


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep amber color with a strong head. Smell is earthy, piney, with a strong grapefruit presence. Taste is very pronounced... punches you right in the face on the first sip. Very well balanced... alot of hops up front followed by the malt. Good amount of carbonation. Great brew from Weyerbacher.

07-21-2008 02:20:05 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of racer2k


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Dark orange and cloudy, with a some thin lacing around my tulip glass. Head dissipates immediately

S: Earthy, malty, and some citrus tones

T: Malted Grapefruit. The malty taste holds up the beer and hides the 9% ABV nicely. Nice highly hopped flavor but it smooths out quickly

M: Moderate mouth feel and thin with a hint of alcohol

D: Very nice Double IPA that is very smooth but dangerous as a session beer.

Serves quite well in a tulip glass. The beer opens up nicely

Serving type: bottle 12oz.

07-19-2008 22:38:06 | More by racer2k
Photo of rajendra82


4.72/5  rDev +16%

Clear, orange-amber body and a head crowning above the rime greeted me after poring out the newly arrived Double Simcoe into a pint glass. The smell was clean and piney and had spicy undertones and a peach backing. The taste was bitingly bitter with an immediate puckering reaction, which to me is just what a double IPA should induce. There was a lot of pine in every sip. The malts were toasty and nutty, but stood no chance against the hop onslaught. The hop burn in this beer lasted from start to finish and beyond. Just what a double IPA should be. I'll need to horde more of this.

07-19-2008 04:31:52 | More by rajendra82
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy orange/amber with two finger light tan head. Somewhat short retention, but good lacing.

S - Pine is the dominant flavor here followed by a healthy backing of grapefruit. An amazingly complex earthy aroma is present as well.

T - Sweet malt hits first, but it's rather thin and dies away quickly. Bitter grapefruit peel from the hops taks hold mid palalte. Overall this brew is suffering from a lack of complexity.

M - Medium bodied but still a little thin for a DIPA. Low carbonation.

D - I probably won't be coming back to this one when I want a decent DIPA. A bland and mediocre example of the style.

07-16-2008 08:19:51 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of TeddyBG


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: I love the look of this one. Burnt orange, cloudy, with a 1/2 inch head that sticks around awhile and the lacing is good.

S: Citrus and malt.

T: Grapefruit with a good caramel? malt backbone. Very bitter hop finish that is good but may linger too long.

M: Full mouthfeel with an alcohol feel in the middle.

D: Definitely 22 oz. is enough. Really feel the 9%. Absolutely delicious beer, but the alcohol content feels higher than 9%.

07-14-2008 20:59:55 | More by TeddyBG
Photo of CHADMC3


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Copper pour with a golden orange reflection, nice one-inch thick, white fluffy head, very compact. Lacing lasts from beginning to end.

Hop citrus aroma, grass presence and just the slightest hint of sweetness.

What hoppened? Delicious citrus up front with a hop dominance mid- to rear of palate and just a sample of grass or straw. The flavor is very impressive, and despite the strong hop presence, not overwhelming at all.

Medium to full bodied, generous carbonation, and complex flavor offering.

This is one to imbibe in. Take in all there is to enjoy in a couple of Simcoes and relax.

07-13-2008 02:17:17 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of ruckzuck


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

On tap @ Brick Store Pub. A real joy!

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. I think Lee put it best, "after having this you'll be able to pick Simcoe out of anything." Totally true, as that's about all I can taste, even after lunch!

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 and certainly a Simcoe showcase. Check it out!

07-12-2008 18:37:59 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of tpd975


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

A: Pours a nice golden orange red color with a small yet lasting head. Despite the small head nice sheets of lace are left behind.

S: Huge hop aromas. Fresh citrus pours from the glass. Lemon and orange mostly. Nice touch of sweet pine as well.

T: The nose is big and bold, as is the taste. This is a very hoppy yet enjoyable beer. Tons of sweet orange and grapefruit. A touch of grass along with some malt sweetness. Not overly bitter though.

M: Nice and full bodied.

D: Very drinkable. I am glad Weyerbacher has arrived in Florida. This will be one of my staples from now on, but at $6.25 a pint I can't have too many.

07-09-2008 17:31:31 | More by tpd975
Photo of gonzo46and2


5/5  rDev +22.9%

Appearance is gorgeous. Pours a ruby color that's slightly cloudy. Big fluffy head. Powerful aroma of the hops but it's balanced well with a true maltiness.

Tastes sweet and slightly bitter. Truly well balanced. Almost a crunchy taste like mixed nuts and pine. Paints a picture of enjoying pesto and bread in a botanical garden.

Finishes sweet, smooth, and bitter.

07-04-2008 03:50:02 | More by gonzo46and2
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