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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,684 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,684
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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Photo of aforbes10


3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4-pack bought at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Pours orange/red with a creamy head. Odor is citrusy (oranges, some lemons) and slightly catty, with hints of sweet caramel. Flavor is bitter, bitter, bitter. Bitter lemon, bitter malt. bitter. Some sweetness to it too, but man, those simcoe hops are bitter as hell...and they linger on and on. Medium bodied and not as sticky or syrupy as i expected. I've had this beer before and remember it being so much more mellow and flavorful and not just a one-dimensional hop-attack. It still tastes good, but i'd prefer to get some of the hop flavor and less of the hop bitterness. I'll let a couple of bottle sit, i guess.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 20:17:23 | More by aforbes10
Photo of dedrinker


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, average head - not much to look at. Nose of fresh flowers that bloom on wild bushes in the Mid-Atlantic in May/ June, with a little citrus oil in the back. The flavor was straight up fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with a little tangerine to boot. Unbelievable! Alcohol and sweet malts are present in the finish and mouthfeel. This was one of the best hop experiences I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2007 21:27:23 | More by dedrinker
Photo of younger35


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew along with a couple others from phnphilly. This will be my second treat from Weyerbacher and I look forward to it. Drank out of my Black Butte Porter pint glass while watching the boring ass Steelers vs. Dolphins game (0-0 with 5min to go in 4th…).

Appearance- Pours a nice yellowish orange with a hearty two finger off-white head. Leaves a tremendously huge cap and collar the entire brew. Lots of thick sticky lacing wraps the glass in lots of billowing lace.
Smell- Very hoppy and dirty with lots of peach, pineapple and grapefruit goodness. This is all citrus all the way. There is a dirtiness to the nose that I loathe and love at the same time. Something like a wet dog that’s been rolling in a pineapple patch (could be real).
Taste- Ridiculously bitter with tons of grapefruit, pineapple and pine. A bit of bitter orange rind and lemon zest give this even more of a citrus bite. Has enough caramel sweetness to keep this thing halfway in check. After my initial taste I like the beer, but didn’t think it had any balance. After a couple more sips I find it does and I really enjoy it. The alcohol is evident and the boatload of hops leaves a numbing bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with a very oily feel. Medium carbonation that is perfect.
Drinkability- The Simcoe is a hop that I’ve tasted before but didn’t realize that’s what it was. I’d have to put it second behind Cascades as my favorite hop variety. I like these American hops much better than their brethren such as the Noble. This brew is nicely balanced and not semi-undrinkable like the Sam Adams Imperial. Nice job by Weyerbacher and big thanks to phnphilly!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 04:39:02 | More by younger35
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New Hampshire

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

The looks is very nice, a rusty copper color with a brilliant, sticky, clumpy but smooth slightly off-white head that leaves big, intricate lacing behind. Very healthy.

The aroma is very nice with a sweet pineapple scent, very fruity hops with a sweet, smooth malt underneath and nose buzzing alcohol whiff.

The flavor is amazingly sweet, perhaps one of the sweetest and fruitiest DIPA's I've had. The hops are fruity sweet with ripe pineapple and clementine's but the complexity in the hop flavor only gets better as a herbal and earthy edge pops out then mutating back to a red berries effect. The Malt seems just right with a sweet, smooth taste finishing very clean and smooth with only minimal bitterness. The alcohol hits you right at the end, making this one taste much like a barleywine but a bit more fruity overall.

This is a heavy feeling DIPA, it's got plenty of bite but the smoothness at the end is really what feel nice.

This is easily one of my favorite DIPA's, the simicoe hops are really very complex, non-bitter and VERY fruity. Highly recommended for the big-time hop-head.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 22:33:44 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my weisse glass with it!
This stuff is hazy and muddy lookin. I'm thinkin there's not much in the way of filtration here. Pours with a big, sticky tan head that leaves clumps of lace on the glass. Tough, durable stuff.
Scents are all hops carried up on alcohol vapors. Sharp citrus tones puncture the insides of my nose. Maybe I could get a piercing to decorate the experience. Some herbal stuff is going on as well.
Flavors match up with the odors along with a bitterness that reminds one of roasted coffee or maybe even strongly brewed black tea. Ballsy stuff.
This here fellow is a solid example of a style that can kick you in the teeth. I'd say give this to a Corona drinker and laugh with mockery at the reaction but I wouldn't waste such precious fluid on such a person.
Yes I would get this again!
No I would feel no shame!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 03:14:44 | More by ommegangpbr
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South Carolina

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

Tasted at the November 2007 Charleston Beer Tasting.

A. Poured a beautiful red amber color with a gclassic head that was durable and left great lacing.

S. This is a lesson in hops. These hops are less common, but when isolated well defined and glorious. Citrusy, fruity, piney hops.

T. It mimics the smell. If you haven't sampled this family of hops, it is a pleasure.

M. Well carbonated and clean finished.

D. Hard to get here and the abv is a bit high.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 05:51:00 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of hero27


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pure amber. Impressively sticky head of foam on this guy. slow streams of carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass.
If this doesn't smell like a handful of Simcoe buds, yowza... Everything about this thing screams 'BIG!' Huge, pine-hop resin, pineapple & citrus, and caramelized malt flavors. Finish is unrelentingly bitter...dare I say..."too" bitter?..didn't think I'd ever utter those words, but a toned-down version of this beer could be phenomenal.
Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. This is just one hefty double IPA, and certainly a hoppy mother at that.

Thanks go to goodbyeohio for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this great brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 03:09:41 | More by hero27
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: rusty-amber with a thick offwhite head

S: not as strong of a hop smell as i expected.. some pine with sweet maltiness

T: oooh.. citrus hops up front.. sweet , thick, creamy malts and then a hop finish that is solid... very balanced yet dynamic enough to make it interesting

M: very thick.. the beer clings to the palate

O: i can’t really describe it... i enjoyed this beer a lot... but struggled to get through it..

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2007 01:52:44 | More by callmemickey
Photo of pwoods


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

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this brew.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. No dating.

A: 1+ fingers of slightly orange tinted head. Deep rusty orange that's completely fogged. Massive retention and nice lacing.

S: Before it's even poured you get a great big floral and earthy hop blast. Big notes of sweet caramel malts.

T/M: Great malt balance. I've not been the biggest fan of the strong malt character in most DIPA's but this one doesn't get in the way of the hops at all, especially the bitterness. It seems to embrace the hops, in fact. very earthy and grainy with an underlying sweetness. Finishes bone dry.

D: I'll definitely have this again. Very drinkable. I actually think I just saw this freshly stocked at Dilly Deli.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 02:10:40 | More by pwoods
Photo of stewart124


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy orange-amber color but I am dissapointed in the head and I'm not sure if it was a weak pour on my part or not.

Smell is strong from the moment I popped open the bottle and the simcoe hops add a citrusy and piney note that is very sweet and appealing. Slight malt character of sweetness too.

The taste is very pleasing and the caramel malts go very well with the pine and citrus from the hops. There is also a sweetness from the fruity esters left over from the yeast. Body is full and alcohol is well hidden.

All in all a great one and one of my favorites from Weyerbacher. Everything blends well and I just need to try it again to see if my pour affected the head and retention.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 03:34:28 | More by stewart124
Photo of Lothore


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

A- Pours a beautiful reddish orange with quite a bit of carbonation bubbles present. Huge, fluffy eggshell head which fades to tons of lacing. One of my favorite looking DIPAs yet.

S- Smell is subtle sweet maltiness with the slightest hint of piney hops.

T- Taste starts off with a bit of hoppiness and moves on to a thick malt flavor which fades to a grapefruit bitterness. Absolutely great balance. Not too hoppy, but it will please hop heads out there.

M- Fairly viscous and well carbonated. A bit of resiny stuff sticks around in the mouth but its to be expected.

D- For 9% this is very drinkable. One of my favorite DIPAs to date. Absolutely excellently balanced with a grapefruit bitterness at the end that is bound to make you smile.


Since my initial review i've had this brew on tap at the publick house and out of the bottle a few times. I can honestly say that this is probably one of my favorite brews out there. Hops are in your face but not too over the top. Carbonation is aggressive enough to please me but not too bubbly. Absolutely perfect in my humble opinion. Best straight out of the tap (but what isn't?).

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2007 03:02:33 | More by Lothore
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, with a typically ugly Weyerbacher label. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Poured into a stone IPA glass. Hazy reddish orange, great off white head with nice retention and lacing.

Smell: All hops - nice combination of citrus, but the sticky piney aromas definitely dominate.

Taste: Tons of hops here, with just enough malt to keep it from going off the deep end. Bitter in the middle, but it finishes pretty clean, without being overly sticky.

Overall impression: Definitely one for the hop heads, this is a great showcase for hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 20:29:29 | More by rowew
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured moderately from 12 oz bottle into a SA glass.
Amber orange in appearance with the slight haze that I like to see in a DIPA. Sticky head with excellent retention.
Magnificent earthy, dank, grassy, slightly piney hop aroma. This one is all about the hops and it succeeds. It's very similar to Pliny in aroma and I consider that the ultimate compliment.
Great flavor to complement the aroma. Fresh hops, pine, grapefruit with just enough caramel and pale malt backdrop to fill it in.
Medium body and quite dry in the finish. Bitter abruptness in the feel. No slickness evident.
This is a huge hop, big alpha acid palate pummeler, but it hits that DIPA spot just right.
Highly recommended to any hop lover.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 03:45:55 | More by Daehpoh
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from tasting 10/25/07

Appearance: Hazy orange rust colour. Moderate off white head settling to a lacey ring.

Aroma: Oak aromas with some butterscotch. Grapefruit and pine as well.

Taste: Hops coming through big with loads of grapefruit. Spicy with a deep alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy.

Final Statment: Oak and butterscotch seemed unwelcomed for this brew. Would like to spend a bit more time with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 01:36:26 | More by MMansfield
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a big, fluffy light brown head. Slightly opaque. Decent lacing.

Aroma of floral hops, sweet.

Taste is sweet malts and dominant hops [but not offensive]. Some citrus in there as well. Nicely dry at the end.

Mouthfeel was somewhat flat with a medium body.

Overall, a very nice brew. Refreshing. Very drinkable, which could be dangerous at 9%.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 23:43:22 | More by atigerlife
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New Jersey

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

First review and what a position to start from!

Weyerbacher has created a gem of a brew, to be short and concise.
The ecclectics among us know the unique flavor of the simcoe hop and as a (novice) home-brewer I realize the time and attention it takes to infuse the quality of the hop into the brew, overall. A great brew has been made here!

Appearance: Beautiful golden ale with a two-finger head that settles slowly to allow your lips to pierce through and engage the flavor...flavor....flavor!

Aroma: Hops Hops and more hops.

Taste: reflects the higher ABV but that's subdued by the rounded balanced flavor the brewmaster has created. Full bodied, enjoyable.

Mouth is (again) hops! hops! and a bit heavy on the Alcohol. But very creamy and rewarding at every "pull".

Drinkability: What can one say? If you really want to try a fine beer that you can have (several of) and still stand up as us ole' guys do, try this one. I can promise you a fine tasting.

Overall, congrats to Weyerbacher. One of the best brewers going and I sure hope they keep this kind of work up. We, of the beer drinking community appreciate it, sincerely.

...Willy (of wanaque)

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 04:19:46 | More by superswing123
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Double IPA
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a Smuttynose tulip glass

Pours a deep hazy orange with a mystical tint. A massive heads forms on top. Awesome trails of sticky lacings cling all over the glassware.

Intense nose with obvious hop punch. Floral with whiffs of freshly sliced citrus fruit.

A super sweet backbone with a spicy finish. Mouth puckering hop blasts are evident with hints of orange and black pepper. A touch of maple sugar rounds out the sip.

This brew has some heat to it and the 9.0% ABV is well hidden. An original monster double ipa. Gotta be in the right mood for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 22:00:39 | More by Hibernator
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3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Has a nice dark amber color with nice head and a bit of lacing. Excellent scent! Very hoppy with nice spicy scents, and with this Weyerbacher, the alcohol does not override the aroma. Unfortunately, the alcohol does hurt the taste a bit. It has a nice bitter taste, and if it wasn’t for the high alcohol taste, the extra flavors would really come through. Not the best IPA, but could be great with a bit less ABV, unless that’s what you’re really looking for.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 01:30:48 | More by JamesS
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New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving an excellent lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is piney grapefruit with hints of sweetness, finish is sweetish but a dry hoppy aftertaste. Better than the usual IPA. $2.60 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 22:30:55 | More by jdhilt
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New York

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

Pours a hazy orange ruby amber color tinged with gold. Head is enormous and the retention is awesome.

The smell is nearly all hops. Wafting scents of pine and grapefruit and lemon. Malts are subdued but I guess that's the point. Still, they are certainly present.

Biting piney hops in the front, giving way to a spicy alcoholic rush met with sweetness and more citrus fruits in the backend. Hops are very aggressive and juicy, very bold. A great High Gravity IPA, to be sure. This one warrants the purchase of an entire sixpack.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 23:57:05 | More by Litterbean
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, served in a Sam Adams BL Glass the beer pours an orange/copper color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. The aroma is mostly hops, more citrusy than pine/herbal. There's also some sweet malt noticable too. Taste is the same as the aroma, mostly hoppy with a bit of malt. Good bitter lingering hoppy aftertaste, and it's not harsh at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium with low carbonation, and it's creamy and oily. Drinkability is pretty good, it's really smooth and the alcohol isn't very noticable. I like this beer a lot, I'd recommend it to others and I will definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 23:54:58 | More by bluejacket74
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with an attractive and sticky 1.5 finger head. The aroma is very pungent citrus, but is a tad oversweet. I love what this beer does to my palate -- opens with sweet citrus which is followed quickly by a sharp bitter hop bite that quickly subsides into a mellow, sweet finish with a hint of alcohol burn. A very interesting and tasty DIPA, but it's not the most drinkable for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 23:10:48 | More by WAP
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4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orangish--gold with a pretty large head and good lacing and retention.
The typical hoppiness is there, but not the only thing going on in the aroma; fruits and maybe some caramel malt. Very pleasant.
The hops and sweet malts are very well-balanced in the taste as well, with an almost fruity sweetness complimenting the floral hops.
Bittersweet feel due to hops and alcohol up front fade into a great smooth and sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied and although powerful on the tastebuds and nose, very refreshing and smooth.
Overall a fantastic beer and only made slightly less drinkable by the hop and alcohol assault. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 21:15:01 | More by sinistrsam
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into the oversized Duvel tulip. Body is slightly murky, orangey-copper in color with a 1.5 finger creamy tan head that retains quite well. Lots of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Honey-infused grapefruit juice and sweet caramel malt are the first impressions. Then there's the piney, grassy cannabis -- as well as some alcohol heat that becomes evident as it warms.

T: Caramel malt and cookie dough sweetness allows hops to jump off of that malty foundation. Tastes like JuicyFruit gum in the middle, maybe candied orange peels. Pine sap and grapefruit at the end linger LONG into the aftertaste. Hint of pepper spice at the back of the sip; also peppery burps. Mouth-watering oily finish coats the palate nicely and encourages -- no, it simply demands -- that next sip.

M: Excellent -- heavy-bodied but smooth-drinking. I wrote "Fizzy creaminess (if that's possible)."

D: Very good for a beer of this strength. Like I said, it really encourages you to take that next sip, and before you know it. . . the bomber is empty, your belly is full and your head is in a better place. . . .

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 18:49:26 | More by Kendo
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One look at this beer and I had to try it. Poured into the glass apperance is nice with about half inch of head. The smell is one of hops, slight piney. Best tasting dipa I have ever tasted. Very drinkable but after two you really feel the abv %. I really like this beer and can not get a enough of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 16:13:59 | More by canjeeps
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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