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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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1,351 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,351
Hads: 3,172
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 170
Gots: 385 | 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:
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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Reviews: 1,351 | Hads: 3,172
Photo of Direwolf25
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous bouquet, average head. My feeling is this the right coloring for this beer. First sip does not disappoint. Liquid simcoe. The piney bitterness envelopes the senses all the way down. This should make a hop-head connoisseur's Top 5 list.

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Photo of Hallabrew
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft 12oz L: dark orange and cloudy nice head and some lacing. S: fruity citrus, pine, earthy and some herbal notes T: dark fruits,Orange resonous, pine, earthy. Good balance of malts I can really taste every bit of the Simcoe M: good carbonation, thick feeling but not syurp, dry very sweet O: An interesting DIPA I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid IPA! The simcoe hops may be the most flavorful in my opinion. This is a really nice West Coast style beer. The hops are up front and the beer packs a nice punch at 9% ABV. The hoppiness is present and spicy. The overall appeal to me is the bite of the hops. This is a must try!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle BB 5/21/15 at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma of conifers and apricot (!)
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to irregular creamy ring and irregular layer
Lacing poor – few islands and reef of tiny to medium bubbles
Body brownish-orange, hazy
Flavor starts and ends bitter, but not too bitter, with some piney overtones; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with nice lacing and head retention

S - Layers of citrus hops, passion fruit, resinous, piney.

T - Huge bouquet of citrus hops, floral, malt balances out, but overpowered by a big resinous and bitter finish.

O - Really solid DIPA - I really like this brew and would try it again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA last week for $3.39 at Holiday Market. I've never had a beer from this brewery and I thought I would start off with their Double IPA, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 12/10/2014. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye caching. It poured a very hazy brunt orange color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking DIPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of citrus rind, light tropical fruit and floral hops aromas with the citrus rind hops seeming to stick out the most. Up next there's a little bit of yeast that leads into the malts which impart a sweet malt, caramel malt and some slightly doughy aromas. This beer had a good aroma, the hop profile was nice and fruity.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same nice hop mixture that they did in the aroma with the citrus rind hops still sticking out the most. Up next comes a slight alcohol flavors that goes right into the malts with the sweet and caramel malts seeming to stick out the most with just a little bit of doughy flavor showing up in the background. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that doesn't linger too long with a citrus rind hop aftertaste. This is a good tasting DIPA, just like the aroma it had a nice and fruity hop profile.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a slightly lighter amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, even though the bitterness was on the lower side for the style, the hop flavors showed up nicely with some good fruity hop flavors and aromas. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, the alcohol was a little well hidden, slightly creamy, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think a couple of these would be a good amount for me, any more than that and the alcohol might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the hop profile, it was nice and fruity while imparting some good flavors and aromas. What I liked the least about this beer was that it didn't just a little more bitterness to help balance out the sweetness. I would buy this beer again, especially if I could find it really fresh. I would recommend this beer, especially if you like fruity DIPA's. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it had just about everything that I expect from the style with a nice hop profile to go with it. This beer made for a good first impression of Weyerbacher and I'm really interested in trying more of their beers. Good job guys, this was a tasty DIPA, keep it up.

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Photo of teromous
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle:
So it's not exactly fresh...but it should still hold up.

Appearance: Murky brown with an orange hue to the edges, with lots of material suspended inside. It looks like the pulp you'd find in orange juice. The head is a massive creamy fluffy eggshell white mountain that sticks to the glass.

Aroma: There is a feint caramel note with an orange aroma that is like an over-ripe orange.

Taste: Faint woody flavor with some citrus rind. Over time some pine comes out, but mostly that pith of an orange peel really dominates although the flavor is very muted. A bit of a soapy flavor after the beer has been out of the mouth for a while. There is a sweet caramel flavor that also sticks to the lips (probably sounds funny).

Mouthfeel: Very dry but a bit chalky. It has a coating bitterness that roughens up the palate quite a bit. It works great for this beer overall.

Overall: It's a good beer but it just didn't stand out in any way, and really it didn't showcase Simcoe or bring it out into the foreground, despite the giant bold "DOUBLE SIMCOE" on the label. I don't want to make this sound like it's a bad DIPA or anything, it just isn't at the top of my recommendation list.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 11/21/14, Best before 05/21/15

Appearance - Poured into a snifter to reveal a cloudy, rusty orange brew with a half finger of sandstone head. Fair retention leads to a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a razor thin ring around the edge. Only tiny spots of lace remain on the glass.

Smell - Pungent aroma that wallops the nostrils with huge notes of grapefruit upon first opening, but caramel, floral and earth notes become strong forces as the brew warms.

Taste - Flavor follows the nose with bittersweet grapefruit notes, some mild earthy dankness and a light floral character backed by a huge caramel malt backbone. Finishes much the same, with a bit of grapefruit pith bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Near full in body with moderate carbonation. Slick texture before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Damn solid DIPA. My Yoda-sense tells me 'An occasional buy it would be if in my neck of the woods it were available.' It's certainly got that West Coast vibe, but drinks more like an Oregon product than a SoCal offering. If you can get it, try it!

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Photo of pinyin
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Had this on draft at Floods, about 25 miles from the actual brewery.

Floods is notorious for not cleaning or changing their tap lines, so perhaps this may have contributed to the foul, contaminated taste.

I know the keg wasn't sour because it's a direct distribution, and the temperatures outside are below freezing.

Heard a lot of locals rave about this DIPA, but it was pretty awful.

Weyerbacher, perhaps it wasn't your fault, but retail establishments selling your product are contaminating it.

Not the first time I've experienced contaminated beer at Flood's. They just don't seem to know how to, or care enough to manage their lines and barrel's.

They purchase all of their stock from Cascario's in Pen Argyl.

I will purchase a 4 pack of this next time I see in the supermarket and revise this review.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the designated Super Bowl growler into an IPA glass, Went with a PA beer since I have never had it, and more importantly, the last time the Pats won the Super Bowl they beat Philly. Not sure that makes any sense, but that is what I am going with.

A - A murky amber with orange highlights. A one and half finger head that move to a thin lace expediently.

S - Mangoes and grapefruit. Some mild dankness.

T - Tropical fruit mainly mango and pineapple. Some piney hops, with a dollap of malt balance.

M - Carbonation fairly low, moutheel average.

O - Simcoe. Love the aroma, good hop/malt balance, and the heat is well hidden.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 months old.

Darker than most DIPA's, the hazy copper colour sports a slightly tan, rocky head with great retention for the style. Lots of particles floating around, but the beer is pretty cloudy without them.

The nose definitively informs you that you're in for a pretty dank and piney experience, but is countered by a nice burst of orange zest, grapefruit, and a decent dose of tropical mango. The caramel and bread-y malt aromas deliver a great balance of sweetness.

Taste is definitively more on the bitter, resinous side, but is rounded out by the sweet grassy and tropical fruit flavours of late-boil Simcoe additions. As it warms up the bitterness becomes less pronounced throughout. The caramel and toasty malt aspects come forward, maintaining a slightly dry, but smooth, and well-balanced body/finish.

The alcohol is also very well-hidden, lending itself to the dry grapefruit as well as the toasty malt flavours. Thanks Chris!

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3 months old.

Fairly hazy copper, with a full, lingering cream head. Floaties are evident.

Aroma is sweet with caramel malt, then slightly resiny and piney. Malt definitely dominates.

Flavor is dank and resiny, with notes of citrus and a big punch of fresh cut grass. The finish is bitter, savory, and resiny. The sweetness of malt promised in the aroma surfaces early, but is overtaken in the finish. Grapefruit becomes more evident as it warms.

A little more bitter than I prefer, and simcoe isn't my favorite hop, but it's a well crafted brew.

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Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle into a wine glass.

A-The beer is on the darker side of an IPA (or IIPA, in this case). The color is a murky honey and there are some serious floaters visible in the beer. The head is thin and tan. It fades to film pretty quickly, but leaves some nice waves of lacing on the glass.

S-The aroma is towards the malty end of the IIPA spectrum with a good amount of caramel and sweetness to balance the citrus twang, pine, resin, and dank, earthy hops. The bitterness is medium to high and the alcohol warmth is apparent but not over-the-top.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. There is a caramel and honey sweetness that balances a serious hop punch of citrus (orange, mostly), resin, pine, pepper, and mint. The beer is more earthy than some, but it isn't "dank" compared to many beers in this category and a warming alcohol flavor lightens it up.

M-The feel is medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slightly sticky finish.

O-This is a pretty good beer. The balance between the hops and malts will appeal to those who like their IIPAs with more than just hop juiciness. The feel is also on the heavy side, so the beer drinks a little more full than many IIPAs. I don't think this ranks above numerous other IIPAs, but it I would drink it again.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nice cloudy orangey body with the thick white head has huge amounts of suspended particulate. It doesn't settle, but churn with the carbonation. Nothing on the bottle says "bottle conditioned". The aroma has nice tropical fruit tones but it pretty muted. The taste, though, brings it all together, though, with nice simcoe profile. The silt doesn't meddle with the body, either. Wish the production had been better because this should be an awesome beer.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at South Park Tavern. 16oz Nonic glass.

Appearance: Hazy to lightly cloudy dark amber to burnished copper. Thick off white rocky head upon pouring dying back to a thin skin across the top, but with plenty of strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Lots of pine and citrus, more citrus than pine. Some hints of black currants as well. Deep and pleasant aroma. I did not detect any of the classic "catty - pepe du chat" smell that sometimes comes across with Simcoe.

Taste: Like any well done DIPA - a huge hit of hops with an equally large balance of malt in balance. Hop flavor strong at the start and finish, with fresh cut tart citrus, some berries, and strong bitter finish, with a solid malt sweet middle that was part caramelized, part bready malts. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick and not too sticky to the teeth. Just right carbonation.

Overall: Nicely hoppy, but not overpowering and tiring of the palate. Went very well with food (Gryo pizza in this case) and I would not have minded having another if I had not had another beer previously. Dangerously drinkable as well....the alcohol is well hidden. A very well crafted single hop beer!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

The nose evokes sniffing citrus in a moist pine forest. On tap pours hazy copper amber with a ½” white foam cap. Herbal astringency seasons and balances a very creamy palate of citrusy fruit and light caramel notes leading to a drying finish. Together, especially in the middle the flavors suggest a hopped pear. Very fine soft carbonation and a medium body.

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Photo of kellyej
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

I found this beer to be poorly balanced and the unrefined hop-usage left a taste in my mouth that reminded me of hairspray on a hot curling iron...

It pours from draft a hazy dark amber color with a brownish foamy head. The nose is heavy with pine and leaves behind a dry (almost astringent) mouthfeel. The taste is overwhelmingly bitter pine along with the weird off-note I already mentioned.

As an IPA fan I was pretty disappointed with the Double Simcoe, but other hop-heads may enjoy. With the high ABV it might be interesting to cellar this beer for a bit to see if it mellows out...

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Photo of Danderson813
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured on draft into a chalice, aroma is malty with herbal notes. Taste is very malt forward but the hops are present, there is a light sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an almost silky feeling. Overall a great DIPA

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Photo of Beric
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Served: 18 October 2014

Appearance: Had it from the bottle at a party, so I wasn't able to really look at the beer, but the bottle art was decent.

Smell: Some dank citrus hops and a lot of sweet maltiness.

Taste: Really malty for a DIPA. This one had a huge malt core which was a bit more than I was bargaining for, as it made the beer really heavy. The hops, of course, were present, but my overall impression of this beer was that it was big, with a big malt sweetness and a big dank hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and almost silky on the tongue. Again, big.

Overall: A good DIPA, but there are better ones on the market.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%

I recently had the unfiltered Double Simcoe and I have to say I was very surprised. It had a lot going on with a rich nose of grapefruit, banana, and pine to add a crispness. On the palate it definitely lived up to its aromas. At first it has a rich flavor of banana, orange peel and tropical fruit which leads to slight notes of pine and bread to finish out with. I love all the elements of this one and would definitely recommend it! Its different and interesting with rich flavor.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit - ripe pineapple, grapefruit, mango;

T: tropical fruit up front; bitterness came mid-palate and increases through the finish with the tropical fruit still very noticeable in the background;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation:

O: I don't know if I've ever had a beer that was so dramatically different from bottle to draft. For me, the bottle version isn't worth the price, while the draft version is worth every penny.

On edit (12/30/14) - I had the opportunity to taste the draft and bottle (unfiltered) versions side by side. The bottle version is several shades darker. The aroma is all malt - no hop profile at all. The flavor reminds me more of a barley wine than a DIPA - balanced, but skewing towards the malt side. The bottle version is, for all intents and purposes, a different beer.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep amber, with a small cream head that fades quickly.

S: Floral, piney and citrusy.

T: Pine notes predominate, subdued and not bitter. Grass and citrus as the beer warms.

M: Smooth and medium, if a little chewy.

O: A fine, balanced and very tasty beer.

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Photo of FFreak
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review added after having a 12 oz bottle at Sips restaurant in Southeast Harbor, ME. Poured into tall tulip glass. Pours a very hazy, reddish-copper color with a light tan head. Lots of citrus in the aroma. Taste was very fresh and refreshing, with a very slight twang to it. Mouth is just right. Overall, a very enjoyable medium-strength IPA.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is an opaque dark rust orange and poured a never ending head.

Smells of grapefruit and citrus in the nose and sweet malt on the finish

Sweet caramel and malt notes with a biter citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky just how I like my IPAs.

Overall a damn good brew and would most certainly sample again.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a snifter.

Pours a magnificent orangeish-amber. Creamy foam head with decent retention. Not much lacing. A little murky.

Aroma is a strong balance of citrus, pine, and malts. Heavy on the grapefruit, and a little bit of orange.

Orange, grapefruit, and bitterness hit me first. A good deal of grassiness. Pine and caramel notes. A little less hoppy than I had imagined. Alcohol is masked incredibly well for 9%.

Medium-bodied, not too much carbonation. A little syrupy.

Overall, one of the more underwhelming DIPAs I've had. Not bad, at all, but definitely wouldn't be my first recommendation.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.