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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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3,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,028
Reviews: 1,336
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 163
Gots: 315 | 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:
Beer added by: yen157 on 05-05-2006

Brewed using 100% Simcoe(R) Hops, a west coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc.
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Ratings: 3,028 | Reviews: 1,336
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a vibrant red color with a massive, rocky ecru-colored head. Retention is excellent--it sticks around for ever and is rocky and pitting as it slowly descends. The glass is almost entirely covered in lace. Nearly perfect.

S: Big time tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple. A fruity eruption of splendid hop aromas.

T&M: It's got a shit-load of hops, but also enough malt to support them and create one hell of a tasty beer. It starts sweet, with a nice mixing of caramel malt and citrus fruit flavor. The finish is drying and hoppy, with an emergent pine flavor and some slight astringency. The flavor sticks around indefinitely, just beckoning you to take another gulp. Body is full and creamy, with the perfect level of slight, tingling carbonation. It's so smooth.

D: 9% is hidden quite well, but the large malt presence on this one makes it not *as* quaffable as some DIPAs I've had. Still, an excellent brew that really showcases how delicious Simcoe hops are. I'm glad I've got 3 more bottles of this to enjoy.

Photo of wolffman17
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mhatters for this one.

Pours very cloudy and hazy. Dark orange. Looks "thick". Sticky head leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is sweet, like fresh cut grass. Loads of pine. Earthy and spicey...hints of cinnamon? Very intriguing leading up to the taste.

First thing I notice when I take a sip is the slick, oily mouthfeel. Tons of hops in this sucker. I'm getting all the flavors that I initially found in the aroma along with an enjoyable bitterness that wraps the tongue. Finishes dry despite the initial oily feel. Wow, the bitterness lingers.

No drinkability issues here. Big but approachable.

Nice DIPA and worth grabbing. Glad I have more in the fridge.

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on something of a dare, poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out of the bottle a little thick, and even looks the color of golden honey with an off-white head; comes with a thick head of 1 finger that quickly fadfes to a very thick scum on top that is uneven and looks like something from a bog or swamp. Body is clouded and looks overrun by sediment. A thick layer of lacing holds firmly to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bitter and pungent hops are right up front. I've been told that simcoe hops are supposed to smell like cat piss, and well, I can kind of get that. However, I also smell a faint hint of some sweet malts in the back as well, but really the bitter piss-like hops dominate. As I continue to smell it there is also some strong hints of citrus (orange peel).

Taste: Surprsingly tasty beer with an abundance of bitter flavors coming out of it -- earthy pine, pungent cat piss (that's just getting funnier the more I type it), definitely some strong hints of citrus as well with the orange peel. There is also a mild sweetness coming from the malts and it's almost honey-like, but it's very subdued and it allows the hops to be in command.

Mouthfeel: Very sticky with tons of resin coating the mouth. Body is pretty creamy and the carbonation is much more present than I thought it would be considering how thick the body is.

Drinkability: I love the flavor, I love the body and the feel is great -- the ABV is a bit high and that lowers it a bit, but overall it's a great beer and I would love a second.

Photo of movingtrain
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a large brandy snifter.

A: Dark amber with some light carbonation. Head has settled in after a few minutes, leaving a pretty thick lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit...yes, pretty hoppy. Some light malt in the background. I'm getting a little bit of oak, or wooded notes. Strong spice...

T: Creamy and bittersweet. Can feel the alcohol in the nose, but it's not overpowering. Grapefruit for sure. I'm getting some honey, too...but not a sweet honey...more like, how honey would smell...but I'm not getting it in the smell, more in the taste.

Overall, this is a darn good beer. I can't say I'm always happy with Weyerbacher's selection, but this one is quite tasty, strong, and overall very drinkable.

Photo of TequilaSauer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a thick, hazy amber. It's much cloudier than I would expect from a DIPA, reminds me more of a cider in appearance. Tops with a beautiful head, very creamy and elegant.

Smells of fresh pine, citrus, and carrots. Very pungent. Nice.

Attacks sweet and malty, VERY malty. The malts fade and accelerate into an intense, orangy bitterness. Stings a bit at first, but I like it. The finish is very heavy, pure grass and veggies. Love it or hate it, this is a strong double IPA. No apologies, no excuses.

It's a very pleasant and tasty beer and for all of its intensities.

It reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head's excellent 90 Minute DIPA. Very malty and out of the box. Not the most drinkable DIPA in the world, but very enjoyable, nonetheless.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought the big beer variety case. Which consist's of the Simcoe,Old Heathen,Merry Monk's,and Blithering Idiot.

Poured into a tulip a hazy ice tea color with a thick creamy off white colored heading. Lacing was all over the place,but it did look a little dead.

Smell is all hop with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste is just riduculously bitter, a bit overpowering of hops. In the beginning it seemed a little overhopped for my liking but you get used to it after a half glass or so.

Mouth is medium-full bodied with great carbonation and a nice balance on the palate not to thick not to watery.

Drink is good a little bit too much hoppiness otherwise this might have been a great session beer but definetly a must try for the taste.

Photo of wspscott
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
Unfortunately, there is no bottle date

A: Dark, hazy orange color with a thick off-white head that drops very fast, leaves quite a bit of lace.
S: Smells very sweet (honey?) with a ton of grapefruit.
T: A lot of grapefruit hops with lots of pine on the back of the tongue, the pine dominates the citrus in the aftertaste, some caramel malts attempt to sweeten things, but the hops are dominant. At the same time, it seems like something is missing on the hops side, there is bitter, but a lot of the flavor seems to be missing.
M: Very tongue coating, oily hops, thick, borderline syrupy mouthfeel, but not in a bad way for the style.
D: A very good beer and probably awesome when fresh, but without a date, I don't know how old this is. The hops have a lot of the bittering parts left, but it seems like some of the aroma has dissipated. I am glad I had a couple of these, but I won't buy it again unless there is a date on the bottle.

Photo of projectflam86
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice copper/orange color with a thin white foam head that leaves some lacing.

S- Huge grapefruit nose. Hoppy citrus and pine scents are very apparent. Some resin and esters present as well.

T- Lots of hop bitterness initially with many flavors that were noticeable in the nose (grapefruit, pine). A slight malt backbone helps to balance this one but the hops dominate. A sweetness is present in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Crisp and dry at the same time.

D- A nice DIPA that fits in well with others but doesn't stand out.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep copper or ruby colour is poured into my glass with a nice inch head. The head is a slight off white and fairly fluffy. The larger holes in the beer stick around and make indentations in the beer. The nose on the beer is quite odd for a doube IPA. The hops are quite prevalent, but it's extremely fruity. I don't smell any harshness nor do I smell much malts. However, a bit of alcohol.

The beer is quite bitter with a great maltiness. The hop flavour is quite good. It's a nice balance between a huge bitterness and extreme fruitiness. Fucking tasty. It lacks a slight bit of flavour hops, but that's probably because it's old. The mouthfeel is almost perfect on the beer, which makes it even more drinkable.

Photo of nyrangerfan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured recklessly into a pint glass by my friend! after the head settled down, the color is very nice amber and the smell is pure hoppiness. First taste is great. Very hoppy, fruity, citrus. This was my first Simcoe IPA and it was just so tasty. Very drinkable and I'm sorry I had to share it! I'm looking forward to opening the Special Unfiltered version I just got too. This is an awesome beer and I highly recommend it.

Photo of sarahspat
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. No freshness or best by date.

Very cloudy, almost opaque reddish caramel. The off-white head dissipates very quickly, leaving hardly any on the surface of the brew. Just a few dots and small spotches of lace appear down the sides of the glass.

Smells mostly of caramel, and vodka. Hardly any hops are noticeable in the nose, though there are minuscule herbal attributes. Candied grapefruit comes through after warming.

Tastes highly astringent and alcoholic. Some orange peel and caramel. It's very bitter, but not complex at all; just anonymously bitter. After it warms, it becomes more sweet and candied grapefruit asserts itself. Overall, it just isn't complex enough for me, but it tastes alright and goes down nicely after warming. It boasts only a light-medium body, but does have a good amount of carbonation.

I really wish there was some kind of date on the bottle. I have a feeling that it might be a little old based on the strength of the hops in my bottle versus other reviews, so I would be open to trying it again despite not being crazy about this bottle.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before, but neglected to review it. The bottle I am drinking now tastes as though this beer as some age on it. While still a good drink, the simcoe hops seem to have faded, as they give off more of a grapefruit citrus taste. There is nice lacing along the glass, indicating an incredibly sticky beer. The body is a rusted copper brown, with a slight haze to it. The smell is predominately grapefruit and caramel sweetness. Again, going off of memory, I distinctly recall a fatal punch of Simcoe hops the first time I had this beer which resulted in a very piney winterfresh scent. The taste is mostly grapefruit citrus, with a fair pine hop kick towards the end. In the background, caramel malts provide both balance and substance. The mouthfeel is a bit wet, again not something true to this beer when served fresh. Could easily drink this beer again, but I would have preferred it to be fresh as I remember it best.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy, amber wheat color with a moderately large sticky head that leaves plenty of ropey lacing.
Light pine aroma with a touch of bitter citrus and apparent alcohol. Pine and grapefruit pith dominate this one, not very complex and the alcohol shines through in the aftertaste. There is enough carbonation, but it sure does coat your mouth.
Drinkability is actually pretty good for 9%, not wickedly anything. Just good.

Photo of PhxHorn
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

jwc215 sent this one! The color is a cloudy dark orange with a half inch head, leaving a decent amount of lacing. Smells strongly of citrus. The taste is a dark citrus flavor, sweet and bitter at the same time. So that's what simcoe hops taste like. Grapefruit with a healthly dose of sweet orange thrown in. A bit more sweet than I prefer, actually. The stickyness and sweetness tended to wear on my palette as I worked my way through this one, and they were a little over the top. Still a solid IPA.

Photo of philipquarles
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with a small eggshell head. Strong aromas of grapefruity, floral hops with a bit of cannabis. Biscuity malt in the back. Surprisingly sweet, malty flavor. Light grapefruit character. Some weak bitterness leads to a dry finish. Full bodied. Pleasant, but not mind-blowing.

Photo of krisandajt
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pack at my last shopping trip to Wegmans...

Appearance: Pours a nice somewhat cloudy, deep amber color with a half inch of head that fades quickly but leaves behind some nice lacing.

Smell: Maybe it's my allergies, but the smell is somewhat lacking in this brew. I can pick up a citrusy, grape fruity smell...but it smells subdued.

Taste: Starts off with a slight sweetness (reminds me of honey?) that quickly turns into a nice bitter hoppiness. Finishes with a nice clean grape fruit taste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is where I believe this beer truly excels. Not overly carbonated, very smooth and full-bodied.

Drinkability: For an Imperial IPA I was expecting more of a punch, but overall this beer is very drinkable and I look forward to having another.

Photo of philbe311
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Large rich frothy powder malt colored head... Excellent retention... The head remains for most of the session, but ultimately fades and leaves an intriguing lace... Good stickiness on the sides of the glass... Deep ruby red cranberry color with a faint glow... Translucent with a mild haze... Lots of carbonation off of the pour but quickly settles... This really is a lovely looking brew...

S - Mild, yet assertive hopiness compliments of the simcoe hops... Grapefruit... Tropical fruit... Assorted herbal notes... Slightly musky earthiness...

T - An all out, in your face, hop blitz... Astringent... Piney... Warmth of the 9% ABV can be detected... A very very mild caramel malt base is barely noticeable...

M - Consistent flavor beginning to end, including a lengthy aftertaste... Medium bodied... Creamy... Lush carbonation... Slight syrupy texture... Very smooth over all... The 9% ABV provides for a dry and warming finish...

D - One of the best looking brews around... Excellent beer that a little more balance would make world class, however, if you're looking for a hop assault this is your brew...

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep reddish orange that is not clear. Produced an off white head that was not well retained, except for a very thin cap. Decent lacing.

Huge piney hops aroma, but was very strong and fresh.

Huge hop taste. The hops really overpowered anything else that may have been in the beer.

Medium body, thick, smooth, bitter taste all the way through, but pretty drinkable for a double IPA, good carbonation. Overall, I am not a big double IPA fan, but this one is a pretty good one.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange color with some hazey hanger outers.

Smelled of strong Simcoe hops. Bombed with Simcoe as it should be with a name that implies it.

Tasted relatively bitter, with a sweet finish. Lots of pine present - alcohol not overpowering for a double.

Some carbonation, but not a ton - not sure on keg age but a good carbonated presence.

Photo of Buebie
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to philbe311

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pub glass. Forming a 1.5 inch off white head. Slowly receeding, to leave good sticky thick lace coatings and a generous retention cap.
The beer itself is a hazy redish amber, darker in color, but glows when held to light. Head retention is super and awards extra appearance points.

The simcoe aroma hops are fresh and pungeant. Sauted onions, herbal garlich, earthy hops with a leafy weed like aroma, mustard, and a citric rind backing. Some sweet malty aromas, with a toasted grain woodyness. This resembles furious just a bit.

Mouthfeel is slick and full bodied, hop oils keeping the pallete lubricated. Carbonation tickle upfront and all the way through, providing a creamyness to the feel.
This is damn good
Hops are abundant and pucking the toungue. But malt is also present providing some sweet flavors and balance to the scheme of things. Woody flavors through the middle, a minerally chalky flavor in there. Plentry of citrus, fresh hops and bittering becoming increasingly grapefruit like into the swallow. It heats up a bit at this point, not too much though, but warming occurs and its welcome and not over the top.
Its a gritty earthy beer with outstanding strong hop flavor. Bong water?
Finishing very bitter and lingering forever so. Yet malt still comes around into the finish with a sweet honey flavor and plenty more woody chalky flavors. Roasted grains, burnt caramel and a buttery slick feeling and taste.

This is one fucking awsome beer!

Thank you Phil, our first trade was badass!

Photo of nanzan
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dark reddish copper color soft appropriate carbonation for the style soft but not harsh bitterness mouth feel. I balanced bitterness. A great grapefruit aroma very appropriate for simcoe hopped beers. Very drinkable for a 9% beer smooth. I wonderfully balanced malt and bitterness that makes this beer a wonderful example of a Imperial IPA.

A strong grapefruit flavor with a maltness that balance the overall flavor of the beer.

Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a thick, lacy tan head. A bouquet of fresh hops and thick bready malts, caramel candies, ripe fruits and peppery alcohol. Taste has a delicate blend of floral hops and creamy malts up front followed by more bitter hops, citrus, and fruity alcohol. Smooth body is well carbonated, tasty stuff.

Photo of hosehead83
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass
Deep copper/orange in color with big, fluffy head
Aroma of citrus and pine
Taste-- Juicy hops and citrus fruits orange and grapefruit-Very tasty!
Clean finish-Dangerously drinkable at 9.0abv
Overall an excellent Double IPA, very flavorful and aromatic. Highly recommendable!

Photo of roan22
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Update 8/26/09:
I'm updating my scores of Double Simcoe to reflect the special dry-hopped, 750ml-bottled version, that comes with a cork and cage. This version is awesome..its very California tasting...much more hop bitterness flavor and it has a fuller body. Nice job Weyerbacher. Keep making DS this way please.

Original review:
my roommate bought a case of this and I have not yet reviewed this beer, even though I have had it alot both in a bottle and on draft.

Appearance: a hazy amber with a tiny beige head that fades quick.

Aroma: strong grapefruit aroma..fruity. other than that, not much.

Taste: citrusy grapefruit juice, followed by booziness taste, then a soapyness, finished by a long peppery drying bitterness from hop oils.

That finish is the highlight of this beer in my opinion.

Overall I enjoy the taste of this beer in small doses. Drinkability is not very high because its strong for me, 9%. its a sipper..and, beware, you are left with very boozy breath. If you are driving after drinking this at a bar beware!

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Double Simcoe IPA poured a gorgeous dark copper with a three-finger head. Really gorgeous. It released the strongest aroma I've ever experienced during a pour. Floral scents exploded as the ale slowly filled the glass. As I drank, it left thicky, sticky rings with each sip.

The flavor is sensational. Exactly how an IPA should taste. Double Simcoe IPA has a grassy fruity flavor that made me feel as though I was on a picnic on a glorious early summer day. It was so good that I couldn't drink it as slowly as I wanted. Drinkability was only hampered by the relatively high alcohol content.

With Double Simcoe IPA, one of the best beers I've ever had, came from a completely unexpected place. A thrilling surprise that made my weekend worthwhile.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,028 ratings.