Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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Ratings: 2,954
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
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Gots: 260 | 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 TATTORSO
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty antique soda glass.

A ~ Very nice look. Color resembles unfiltered apple juice. Golden, hazy, cloudy honey color with a creamy 1/2" head. Soapy lace lined the side of my glass for a fleeting moment. This is a pretty beer in the glass!

S ~ Ice cold from the refrigerator the smell was soft & muted. Bottle smelled of fresh cut pine. As the beer warmed to room temperature pleasing aromatic botanicals wafted from the beer....with citrus rind & piney hops the primary focus.

T ~ JEEEZUZ! This is gonna take some gettin' used to! Alcohol & hop forward. Sharp, piney aromatic hoppy front. Alcohol is a little hot at the back. Sharp, bitter, dry grapefruit pithy finish. The taste is dominated by these hops. Surprisingly...I wasn't really "put off". It improved as it warmed.
Startling HOP BURPS!

M ~ Slick, oily hop mouth & a warming swallow. Long lasting, bitter aftertaste with a desert dry finish. THIS ...is a blistering beer.

D ~ For me ~ this is NOT a session beer. This is a BIG, STRONG Double with an assertive alcohol presence that limits the drinkability & pretty much peels your tastes buds back for a look. One was nice....& gladly at the END of my night. Two is not an option (for me). This was a regional extra sent by BeerTruth & I'm glad I had a chance to fire one up.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a 1 1/2 finger head with some good lacing and a nice orange color.

Smell and appearance are both 4.25

Smell is of crystal malts and simcoe hops. So these are simcoe hops huh? They have a sort of citrusyness, but a sort of perfumy aroma at the same time. I lie them.

Crystal malts mix with simcoe hops. These hops seem to have a decent alpha acid level and leave behind a sort of leavy flavor. They are also somewhat citrusy and again evoke a perfumy aroma on the swallow. These are pretty raw tasting hops. I think I like them alright.

There is a sort of crispness on the mouthfeel and a little bit of astringency, not bad for the style though. It does finish a bit dry, but overall is fairly decent.

This is a pretty solid IPA. Thanks to the generous trader La Roja for the sample.

Photo of d0ggnate
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just nabbed this in a trade with DRINKNDRIVE and I'm pretty excited to have the chance to try a beer you don't see often in CA.

A: Poured a rich, hazy, brown/amber color with a nice two finger head. This head faded quickly, but left my glass well coated.
S: I guess that is what Simcoe hops smell like. Distinct hop smell. Very floral and a bit woodsy. A small citrus note pokes out.
T: Bitter, but still great. Almost a chewy hop-like taste. I'm tasting a doughy flavor.
M: Crisp flavor, with a body-overload. Palate coating, while remaining enjoyable.
D: Really tasty, but two of these would be too many in a single session for me. I'll keep this one as a treat and not try to session it.

Photo of jordoo
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

It poors a nice dark apricot/orange color. Thick cream colored head that left some noce lace. The nose is tropical citrus followed by trropical citrus and topped with tropical citrus. Taste has a very sweet pale malt profile with lots of tropical citrus as in the nose, mainly red grapefruit and pineapple. I also taste some pine and orange. The mouth feel is very thick almost chunky and sticky rather than thick. I personly don't mind it but it does detract from the overall drinkability.

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 4-pack poured into a beer-clean pint glass.

Dark amber colored liquid with rock solid, single finger head, majestic Belgian lace throughout.

Subtle hoppy grapefruit smell, really nondescript, hiding the wallop to come.

Brief silky hop flavor gives way to numbing full-tilt bitterness. Your tongue will feel coated in hop resin like the plastic on your grandparent's furniture.

Oily, thick, invades the tiny nooks and crannies of your oral cavity. Not totally a pleasant feeling.

Hops, Hops, Hops. Pleasant, lingering bitterness. It's what we search for. Though the 9% ABV prohibits excess.

Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another one courtesy of LvnLoud. thanks.

A- Very dark red/orange with a 1 finger off white head that sticks around. very dark body for this style.

S- very hoppy. citrus mostly. also some sweet and floral notes.

T- wow, probably the most bitter beer ive ever had. intense citrus/grapefruit. very bitter aftertaste.

M- full, creamy body feel. coats the entire mouth.

D- a must try for any hop lover. something i could have a couple of before wanting to switch.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep pumpkin almost opaque, impressive head esp for 9 percent. truly beautiful, delicate lace.
citrus and floral to the nose, pungent and lovely. pine and yeast rolls in there too. an entire bouquet of flowers blooms as the beer warms.
peppery like a good tequila blanco. very affirmative bitterness. enough malt to keep it from becoming brutal. alc not noticed directly at all, though probably adds to the spiciness. finish is mostly dry but somewhat juicy. citrus rind aftertaste early on (grapefruit) gives way to a lingering sweetness later. this sweetness is almost grape-like at times but is never big or cloying, then turns toward bready.
the body is surprisingly modest, about medium. really a refreshing break.
if you're in the mood for an ipa or dipa that looks great , slaps your nose and tastebuds around in a very good way, yet doesn't make you consider resorting to a spoon ...
man, as it warms it gets better and--oops, gone!

v: oz1 al3 3.3

Photo of uconnalum2
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a decent white head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The smell is hoppy and full of citrus. The taste is very hoppy along with citrus and alcohol. A bit harsh. There is some bite in the lasting aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick. Drinkability is OK but limited due to the high ABV and bite in the taste. Overall, this is a nice DIPA but not the best I've had.

Photo of changeup45
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive. Pours an amber/brown color with a thick off-white head and by the time I was finished there was lacing all over the glass. Big grapefruit and piney hoppy flavors and a bit of green leaf. Nice crisp hop bitterness. Finishes tart and a little dry. Real solid malt base that thickens this thing up but doesn't over-do it. Very nice and I can definitely see myself drinking this one often.

Photo of everetends
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I got from Arbor Place Beverage in Douglasville, GA. Poured into a shaped pint.

A: Poured a nice, bronze/copper color that is not exactly clear, has a touch of haze to it. The head is bright white and I got a couple fingers. This head has amazing retention. The lacing is fuggin amazing. Seriously sticky, soapy lacing that notches the glass all the way down. This beer has amazing rings on the glass. Really looks awesome.

S: This brew has some nice aromas. The hops jump at you at first, but citrus rolls in with some nice grapefruit and orange skin. This brew is not all hops in the nose. There are notes of malt and pine lingering in the back. Inviting scents.

T: Holy hop mama. This beer has a serious hop profile going on. Bitter as the taste rolls through you mouth and it gains intensity. Pine compliments the hops nicely. Grapefruit tarts it up and just when you think it is done, malt and vanilla come in to balance things out. The malt and vanilla do not kill the hops and bitterness though.

M: Medium in body and has some serious stickiness. There is some serious hops, bitter, and resiny aftertaste. A little bit of heat lingers on the back of the throat due to alcohol. Carbonation does play a factor here. Although light, it really cleans the palate and helps the taste come back as if new every time.

D: This beer is good. Really good. Has some serious complexity for something that sounds very simple. It is a bit heavy on ABV so too many can cause some problems. This stuff is crazy good. Want more please.

Photo of soccerman7
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holy Smoke

Appearance - Nice and bright copper. Gorgeous head that left rings all the way down like stained glass.
Smell - Loved it. Citrusy with a touch woodsy. very bright and clean though. Due to the simcoe.
Taste - Hop monster. Pine, grapefruit, and resin. Sharp but clean flavors but felt the malt was a bit hidden.
Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth but with all IIpa got a fair bit dry on the finish.
Drink - Definitely a great IIPA, but intense indeed.

Photo of Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brown, with a split shade of head. Creamy and orangish topping, like dishsoap.

S: What a beautiful smelling hop! Some evergreen resin, bark, sugared grapefruit. A bit of breadiness... though fresh baked bread. Wonderful.

T: Slightly sweetnened grapefruit, a touch of spiciness, and a bit of spearmint on the finish. Quite an intriguing blend of flavours.

M + D: Thick, oily, and a little bit sticky. Makes for a great coating over the tongue and a long lasting flavour finish. Decently drinkable, though best suited for sipping. A nice beer, and I'd look forward to having it again.

Photo of chemmie
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a bright bronze color with a slight cloudiness. The head is nice and thick and a light beige color that leaves lacing all the way down the glass.
The smell isn't as strong as I thought it would be. It has a light, and sweet, hoppy smell to it, not strong and bitter.
The taste is fabulous. Not bitter at all, just smooth Simcoe hoppiness. There's a lot of grapefruit in it, especially the aftertaste. I'll have the taste of grapefruit in my mouth for an hour. Very enjoyable. I could drink a lot of this... and I do.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in to my duvel tulip. dark amber, off white head, lots of lacing. small bubbles in large numbers rising to the top.
smell is piney hops, wih a faint bozey smell.
tastes is great, piney hops, malt sweetness, lots of both, tastes is realy complex. given that this beer used only one type of hop i am impresed, i expected it to be fairly simpe, but this is interesting.
carbonated mouthfeel, kinda thick, little zing from the 9% abv, goes down easy, great beer.

Photo of aubuc1
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a cloudy, deep orange/copper with a steady, clingy head.

Smell is very intense. As soon as I opened the bottle, it oozed out grapefruit and pine.

Taste is dominated by the obvious hops, but some surprising malt to somewhat balance this. The hop aftertaste almost burns it is so intense.

Nice full mouthfeel. Alcohol is eaten up by the strong hops.

Not exactly a breakfast beer, unless you like a punch in the mouth.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store(from my notes):
Beautiful dark orange/amber pour.
Fresh citrus and pine hop aromas
Flavor is dominated by the hops up front, lots of grapefruit,
then balanced by some sweet malt flavors which are obliterated in the finish by more hops. Pretty much a palate shredder for me.
Had this in the bottle a while ago, but on tap the flavors are fresher and more immediate. The hops are a good bit more aggressive than I remember them being in the bottle.
Mouthfeel was appropriate for the style, some syrupy texture and oily hop coating on the tongue.
It would be hard to drink too many of these in a night, but the one I had went down quite easily.
Pretty damn good beer.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pricey hop bomb these days but the good word makes this a must try. Brew pours a light amber or grapefruit; forms a big, thick frothy head that settles down into almost an inch of head. Aroma is strong and naturally sweet, pine spa and needles, a little brown sugar and pine syrup. taste is thick and almost bittersweet, lots of tylenol, pine and grapefruit in the taste. Hops dominate in the aftertaste with only a glancing blow from the malts.

A hops-thick brew, no doubt, but balanced enough to be an enjoyable hob bomb.

Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Weyerbacher beers.

Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head.

Aroma is dominated by piney hops with a solid malt backbone.

Taste is hoppy througout; piney hops in the front balanced in the finish by a nice malt backbone.

Nicely resinous mouthfeel; highly drinkable for the style.

One of my favorite Weyerbacher beers.

HV

Photo of mrkrispy
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try this, a big fan of Simcoe hops and I wanted to see how they tackled a beer made of only Simcoe.

Poured a nice red/copper, a bit cloudy looking. No head.

Amazing aroma of a huge hoppy floral bouquet, punches you in the nose then buys you a beer. Hop buds everywhere. Not much else I can smell besides my own amazement.

Tastes of vanilla (!), subdued malts, minimal sweetness. Hops are all over the place - citrusy, a bit o' resin, slight grassiness. I taste red pop, what the heck? Hop oils coat the mouth, but not a puckering bitterness. The bitterness lingers, sticks around. A bit thick after a few tastes. Nice carbonation helps to clean the palate, goes with the red pop. Hop aroma lingers in the mouth with every taste. Very mildly hot, hits shortly down the glass.

This is a great beer, definitely one any hophead should check out. Cheers for the Simcoe!

Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper/orange color with a one finger white head. The head dissipates leaving a thin layer of bubbles on top. Lacing is decent.

Tough to smell that much. You can definitely tell the hops are there, just not as in your face as most DIPA's are.

Tastes great. Hoppy then more hoppy. Not too harsh either. The bitterness is the biggest thing, there's a little bit of sweet malty taste as well. The taste sticks around for a bit.

Mouthfeel is great. Very thick with the right amount of carbonation. The thickness is really great with the taste of the beer, you can chew it.

Drinkability is good. The thickness and bitterness make it something that can be a bit much, but it's a great beer.

Overall it's definitely worth a shot. It's a bit expensive, but split it with someone if you have to.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Finally in South Carolina! Woo!
Pours out darkish orange. White head on top, which hangs around through the entire drink. Aroma is a touch on the harsh side -- boozy, for sure. Apart from that, it reeks of hops. (awesome)

Taste begins with the malty sweetness of a 9% brew, but then follows hard with some crazy bitterness. Absolute hop-fest going on here. Bitterness is followed by AMAZING hop flavor, which lingers on for a very long time. Incredible display of a single hop. Easily one of the hoppiest I've ever had... bravo.

Sticky mouthfeel leaves that gorgeous hop flavor in your mouth for quite some time. I think one of these will do for now, though...

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GimpyCane
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chuckd123
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,954 ratings.