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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,975
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 161
Gots: 280 | 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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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of fitzy84
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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

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!

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of racer2k
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rajendra82
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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%.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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!

Photo of tpd975
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gonzo46and2
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Color is a deep amber. Nice head that sticks around while drinking this beer. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly hops. Almost all citrus and just a little spicy. The alcohol also comes though.

The first taste I get is a really big malt sweetness. The hops kick in toward the end of the drink bring a nice balance and finish with plenty of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice and resinous. It stops right at the point of being syrupy. Nice carbonation keeps it from feeling as heavy as this beer is. Pretty easy to drink for such a huge beer.

This is a really good DIPA. I like the use of only Simcoe hops. I also love that they are right up front in telling you what kind of hops are used. I got a 4-pack of this on vacation and gave two of them away. Now I want them back.

Photo of maddogruss
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with a small white head with good retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, citrus smell with some bitter, earthy hop undertones.

T: A nice, bitter, earthy, spicy, hop taste with some citrus undertones in the aftertaste meant to balance. Nice, fairly balanced taste.

M: A smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel that was very pleasant on the palette.

D: A very drinkable beer. Excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste. Cannot taste the alcohol, but can feel it as you drink the beer. Definitely an excellent beer and highly recommended if you can get it.

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

Holy yeast-in-the-bottle! My first experience with this beverage was yeast-filled, so I'll go with a latter experience.

Poured ever-so-slowly down the middle of a "Beer Hunter Tasting Glass," a dark orange body is present with a thick white head, which goes down to a nice lace around the glass.

The aroma is heavy with hops and grapefruit, very nice.

The flavor... phenomenal. Grapefruit abound and a bit of boozy alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full and nice.

I could drink the hell out of this thing, which probably isn't a good idea given he alcohol content. Just make sure to pour it slowly, or you'll have more yeast than with a 'hefe... and the next morning won't be so fun.

Photo of Gtreid
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Very cloudy, deep, orangish amber color, with one and a half fingers of sand colored head that leaves tons of thick lacing behind.

A: Citrus hops hit me at first, mainly the orange and grapefruit. Then the loads of caramely (is that a word) malts come into play. Well balanced nose.

T: The sweet malts take control of this beer. The simcoe hops are very prevelent, and balance it nicely. The beer finishes very bitter, which is nice, but the aftertaste is a little off.

M&D: Creamy, full body beer, light on the carbonation but not too light. Very drinkable @ 9%. I would say this falls a little more into the German DIPA category,(similer to Bell's Hopsolution). This is my first experience with Weyerbacher, and I will have to say that if their other selections are as tasty as this one, I will become a fan. Skal.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date, but there isn't really a need...

A: Beautiful orange-amber color with thundering off-white head that geysers out the tops of my glass after an aggressive pour. Great bottle design as well.

S: A hopfest of aroma with loads of earthy tobacco mixed with more delicate herbal and floral smells. A faint sweetness linger in the background.

T: The sweetness in the depths of the aroma are plentiful and even this beer remarkably as the hop load is intense. Intensely bitter with the same floarl-tobacco mix of flavor as in the aroma, the malts bring more to the table in the flavor as there is plenty of sweet pale malt in the palate.

M: Not as slick or oily as I would have imagined but there was no major deficiency here. Reasonably smooth for such an intensely flavorful beer.

D: Loads of hops smoothed exceptionally with what must have been a ton of pale malt. I enjoyed this beer and it lives up the hype. Drinks awfully easily for 9% ABV -- no wonder they only sell it in 4-packs -- probably a directive of their legal team.

Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark amber color with a solid off-white head that leaves and impressive amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet malt and a very nice dose of piny hops with some citrus as well. The taste starts off with smooth and sweet malt for a split second before the hops come in and blast the taste buds with a puckering bitterness. Overall, this is a very nice Double IPA that is a hop bomb that will surely crave any hop fix and completely ruin your palate. Definitely recommended to any and all hop heads out there.

Photo of coalcracker
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark gold hue with just a little head.
Smell: Hops prevalent, aroma reminiscent of citrus and is a little grassy.
Taste: Hop-bomb here- but not the strongest I've had. Hops are certainly king. Some thicker malts help balance out the bitterness- malt characteristics hard to describe due to the hop dominance. Taste is definitely simcoe (grassy/earthy.
Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy. Smooth despite the hop sting.
Drinkability: Only for hop-heads and those looking for a stronger, slow-drinking experience.

I can see how hop-heads (like myself) would approve of this brew. Casual beer drinkers might find the hops too intense.

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

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with an amazingly thick head that sticks around for a long time, leaving great lacing as it dissipates.

Those simcoe hops smell delicious. Citrus, earthiness, pine and a little sweetness (caramel) all come through the nose.

Wow this is a fantastic and very unique DIPA. Some burnt flavors that come through and are fantastic along with the intense hop bitterness. Citrus fruits linger in the back of my mouth. Maybe even a little vanilla along with the caramel malt. Alcohol taste is just barely there, but is fleeting.

Great full mouthfeel, chewy, rich, robust and delicious. There is a nice kick from the bitterness and alcohol yet there is still an excellent smoothness while drinking this one. Drinkability is about as high as you could expect a DIPA this full of flavor and body to be. Certainly couldn't sit and drink bottle after bottle after bottle of this stuff. But within the style, this is a really highly consumable beer. I love it.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,975 ratings.