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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,784
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 141
Gots: 200 | 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 jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +13%

Previously reviewed from a bottle wanted to review on tap from my draft system for further reference. Served in a flaired tulip glass.

Mirky,deep copper color with a thick,dense off white towards tan colored head leaving sticky lacing down the glass. A few strings of tiny bubbles barely visible on the sides of the glass.

Clean at first with some pine,followed by a rush of grapefruit,leafy with acidic hop tastes has a sweet cloying maltiness. Sharp grapefruit bitterness that doesn't go away easily. The alcohol was pretty well hidden not an issue with this beer.

Very creamy,with a suprizing light feel that's on the dry side.

Only had a couple double ipa's on tap at the house. Most people only drink one or two. This beer got pounded,dangerous drinkabilly just ask the WVbeergeek if you don't belive me. Drink this beer with caution and enjoy

08-09-2007 03:28:52 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of jackorain


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

A-Copper brown and hazy. 1/2 inch head, fell fairly quickly to a tall collar and thickish coating. Great lace

S-Grapefruit, sweet oranga nad tangerine, blood oranges, Pine hops and carmel malts. The citrus aroamas are quite complex for a single hop variety. The pine aroma adds depth.

T-Big grapefruit hops and bitterness up front. Carmel mlat in the middle followed by a long bitter grapefruit and pine finish

M-Creamy, oily, sticky with a nice moderate carboantion.

D-great for 10%

08-09-2007 00:04:46 | More by jackorain
Photo of GreenWBush


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

It goes without saying that I was happy to see this one. Redder than most DIPAs with streaming bubbles, a stacked head, and not just lace but chunks of head ala some Belgo-styled beers.

Nose is pine-tar hop nirvana, resin, dank, near-stingy herbal hops. Pungent akin to Dreadnaught or Ruination. Addictive to bring back to the schnoz.

Taste is a refreshing hop-smack. Bitterness everywhere, great hop flavor everywhere, a touch hot in the middle. The end is tongue-searing hop-activity. Iced-tea, lemon rinds. Interestingly aggressive. For this reason, it doesn’t quite have the instant-lovability of some easier DIPAs.

Alpha Acids? Yes. I surely can’t taste malt, my goal when going for a good DIPA. Aggressive, but with whose in its league, its gotta be.

08-07-2007 08:55:45 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of manleyphoto


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

I've had this beer on tap several times now, and I have to say that I had to let it grow on me a little bit before truly appreciating the majesty of the Simcoe goodness.

The first time I had it I was a little put-off by the aroma and the harshness of the hops, but like I said, after another go 'round I really settled into the beer. As a friend of mine put it. "this beer smells like if your family cat took a piss on your Kind bud." I couldn't agree more. The Simcoe definitely has that sharp, citrus-mixed with piney smell.

The beer is beautiful to look at. A good white creamy head with a nice golden amber, with touches of ruby, and garnet body.

The taste is seriously hop-focused but has a good bit of pleasant caramel malt body to back it up. A bit high-octane, to drink more than one or two, but a damn nice beer of you can get your hands on it.

For me, I had to work a little bit to get into this one, but they have it on draft at my local right now, and I find myself popping in to get it whenever I can.

A good beer, worth giving a test drive.

08-03-2007 23:08:08 | More by manleyphoto
Photo of franksnbeans


4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

Pours pure bronze with a thick head that sticks around permanent lacing. Looks awesome. The smell smacks me like a kinky hot broad and I love it. Spice, pine and POWERFUL fresh hops. More is there but I can’t get over how great the hops smell leaving me to focus on it. Tastes mildly sweet, the perfect amount. Hops are all over the place that are pleasantly bitter and dry. I’m beginning to realize what a great and true IPA tastes like. Not an abundance of flavors, some citrus but delicious as it is. I love this beer and will definitely put it in the starting lineup.

08-03-2007 03:38:13 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of david131


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

A- A very clear orange liquid fills the glass. A massive amount of streaming bubbles keeps the frothy head alive. Leaves some great lacing.

S- A very piney aroma but very balanced at the same time. Pretty spicy, hints of orange, grapefruit, cinnamon and more. Very aromatic- awesome.

T- Pine, orange, grapefruit. Lots of malt backing. Lots of caramel. Pretty sweet and complex. Everything just doesn't quite blend together like some of the other DIPA's though.

M- A tad dry on the finish, but not harsh. Almost creamy mouthfeel. I love a good IPA that is not astringent.

D- A very solid DIPA. For some reason I don't see myself seeking this out again. But, I am glad that I tried it and am impressed with it.

08-03-2007 01:22:03 | More by david131
Photo of Zorro


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

Impressive in the glass. A clear bronze colored ale with a very tall off-white to tan colored head that recedes slowly. Top of the class in looks.

The scent is exceedingly spicy and hoppy in aroma pretty much like having fresh crushed hop buds shoved up your nose. Strong grapefruit, menthol, mint, eucalyptus, melon, pepper, cherry and orange. Probably more scents in this but as I mentioned this is STRONG smelling to the point that this stuns your sense of smell after a few minutes, it is that strong.

The flavor begins neutral in sweetness and very strongly hopped and bitter, there is a long lasting woody flavor. After the taste buds adapt to the shock of the hops there isn't that much subtlety or depth of flavor here, possibly because the hop level is high enough to be noticeably numbing to the mouth like clove oil. Mostly bitter and woody to the taste there is some sweet and citrus flavors here. Mild caramel in the malt and menthol and mint on the alcohol fumes it tastes like the IBUs were push a little bit beyond a threshold here to the level of stunning to the senses.

The mouthfeel is good.

Not as drinkable as could be hoped from the outstanding aroma and appearance of this beer. The flavor needs a little tuning to be among the best of this style. This is so very close to the best of its class that it only needs a slight toning down of the bitterness levels to allow more hop subtle flavors to emerge rather than stun. After on glass of this my sense of taste is quite thoroughly stunned for the night and I can't really taste anything else less powerful than this beer of a painfully spicy hot pepper. Remarkable and VERY close too truly great.

07-29-2007 06:35:39 | More by Zorro
Photo of Atlas1


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from the 12oz bottle, the Double Simcoe IPA appears copper in color, with a strong, fat, juicy head on top that commands you to take notice. Crazy, sticky lace is left in its wake, clinging to the sides of the glass, not in desperation, but rather like this was what it was born to do, as if it's taking over the world like kudzu. An intense aroma permeates from the top of my glass! I added the exclamation point on that to prove just how potent this baby is. Strong citrus and pine hoppiness, but moist and fresh, as if the hops had just been picked from the vine. (I know the Simcoe is lab-created, but damn, they did a mighty fine job in my opinion.)

The taste is rich and smooth malt up front, with a heavy sweetness that manages to distract your taste buds. But all the while, the hops are there, patiently waiting for their chance to emerge and take over, which they mildly at first, and then once and for all at the finish. Such a well-balanced double IPA should be richly rewarded for its efforts. The Double Simcoe can, at times, be somewhat syrupy in presentation, but the overall presentation is so refreshing and balanced and rich, that it simply denies its drinker the possibility of not enjoying it.

Drink this beer. Then drink it again.

07-29-2007 00:46:38 | More by Atlas1
Photo of rpguy4

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%

The Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher has become one of my favorite beers. Great golden color, nice foamy head. It is hoppy but the taste is not over powering. The after taste is smoooth. An excellent beer in IMO. I usually buy the beer in a 22oz bomber, but I have
also found 4 packs of 12oz. bottles.

07-28-2007 23:45:40 | More by rpguy4
Photo of BMoney575


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Sampled on 7-26-07

Pours a clear deep amber with an enormous, foamy head that lasts ages and leaves bubbles covering the entire glass.

Smell is sweet and malty at first, and then big fruity hops all over the place.

Taste is super sweet at first, with lots of hop flavors and caramel malt, and then big-time, bitter and hoppy on the finish. An alcohol bite comes in at the end as well.

Mouthfeel is very good, super thick and hoppy.

Drinkability is good, but the huge hops add up after awhile.

Overall, a great beer. Big hop flavors and huge bitterness backed up by lots of malt. Recommended.

07-27-2007 00:55:16 | More by BMoney575
Photo of MiScusi


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

Thanks to Mjgardner for this beer.

A- major props here for a very nice looking pour. It pours a brown with tones of red and orange. The off white head is fluffy and sticks around big time.

S- Fruit and citrus bursts out of the glass. It is for sure pungent, though I can't say its my favorite sort of hop smell in the world, but no doubt it is pungent. Alcohol comes out with deep whiffs. There also seems to be a caramel sort of property hidden deep below the depths of the hops that is apparent for only brief periods.

T- Very juicy at the start. Lots of bitterness all the way through. Again, it seems the simcoe hops display themselves as very fruity and citrusy. The finish is a little dry, as opposed to the front end which is juicy.

M- Not bad, quite slick, but expected. The juiciness is always nice in a highly hopped beer in my opinion. The dryness at the end isn't pronounced.

D- Any double IPA fan can appreciate this beer. It is a different breed than other IPA's that are more floral or piney. This one comes from a different angle and you have to appreciate that. It's a good beer, to some it would be an amazing beer, but to my tastes it's just a good beer.

07-26-2007 05:53:14 | More by MiScusi
Photo of beavers

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

A:Poured a beautiful rich amber into a nonic pint. A thick white head formed, which lasted its entire consumptive life. Heavy lace followed.
S: Did I just pour a Maharaja? No, wait...not such strong pineapple notes but they're definitely there...dried pine needles are strong with a slight trace of citrus. Here come the hops.
T: Mkay, that's what I'm talkin' bout. This puppy is packed with luscious hops that kick that same piney bitterness that the aroma hypothesizes. The doughy malts just barely have a say-so in this conversation, but make enough noise to be reckoned with. But those hops leave a bitter lasting impression (a compliment) that makes me chew through them after a mouthful. Alright so they weren't lying about the double simcoe.
N: A delicious IPA that I can't stop thinking about the Maharaja...which isn't such a bad thing, is it. I would recommend it to any hop baller, but knock its drinkability purely on the bitter bite the hops leave on the back of the tongue. Nonetheless, one hell of a brew from Weyerbach.

07-26-2007 04:52:48 | More by beavers
Photo of kmpitz2


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

22 oz bottle, 8 oz sample. This brew pours a hazy straw-orange color with a light coat of head over top. There is a very light carbonation in the brew and the hazyness is very apparent. The aroma is deep resinous, lightly peppery hop, with a thick caramel sweetness laying under it. The sweetness is prevalent and the hop really stabilizes it. Taking a sip, I find a strong and chunky caramel malt, with a peppery, earthy, and lightly juicy sweet. The flavors balance well together. Mouthfeel is thick with a lighter carbonation. There is a touch of slickness in there too. The alcohol somewhat comes through in the flavor as a spicyness, but it is not too strong. Overall, this one really drinks nicely. There is a touch of warming in it that I think is good for the brew. I would have this one again.

07-25-2007 01:21:39 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of BigJTrucker


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Recieved this beer as part of Summer Sipper BIF 2007 -

Poured a deep amber color, thick light tan head, very good head retention. Aroma? oh man what an aroma. Heavy on the pine, just the whay i like it. Reminded me of a fresh-cut xmas tree. Taste is equally impressive. Started with a lot of piney hop bitterness fading to just a hint of grapefruit. Wow. Mouthfeel is great as well. Nice and sticky, moist, very smooth. A VERY delicious, easy to drink DIPA. Flavor is so amazing, but i'm not sure that after a whole bomber of this i'd be able to taste much of anything else.

07-24-2007 05:18:39 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of crookedhalo


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a translucent amber color with some orange highlights. One-fingered light tan head that lasts for about 20 seconds, leaving a good sheen of foam and stickage. Aroma is rich with pine-like resins and leafy hoppiness; malt seems hidden other than a flickering of sweetness, but it has to be there. Upon sipping, the sweetness certainly comes out, like a bursting ruby red grapefruit. Definitely hoppy all the way to the dry finish, but juicy at the same time. The mouthfeel is pretty tame for a 9%er, plenty of carbonation to keep it spritzy on the tongue, but you can tell it's a bit thicker than your average IPA due to sticky lips. A hefty and tasty IPA, consume in mass with caution. Very nice.

07-24-2007 02:17:18 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of IPAcraig


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Received this beer in a trade from jdoolin; this was a bonus beer that I wasnt expecting. I had never heard of Weyerbacher and am looking forward to trying this offering. Poured from a bomber into my Newcastle pint glass.

A - A gourgeous beer. It has a big two finger pillow head with a nice amber orangish-red body. Nice lacing.

S - A nice prickly "pineyness" is the first thing that is noticeable in the aroma. A bit of an earthy sweetness is slightly noticeable. This beer has a nice aroma, but nothing to powerful.

T - Wow, and explosion of flavor from the very first sip. The aroma was fairly subtle, and was not expecting such big flavor from this one. The beer starts bitter, has a nice malty middle with a lingering hop bitterness that is exceptional. The hops are huge, but not overpowering The beer remains nicely balanced despite the piney bitterness.

M - Starts creamy, then I get a sligh tingel from carbonation at the end.

D - An exceptionally drinkable DIPA. Hugely hoppy but balanced. Despite the big flavor, it is fairly quaffable. I will defintely be returning to this beer (and other Weyerbacher brews) if I can get my mitts on them.

07-20-2007 00:54:34 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

I am glad this finally came out in 12 oz bottles.

Poured a pretty rich amber color into a pint glass. Thick, creamy head which slowly dissipated, leaving nice sticky lacing.

No doubt about the hops in this beer. Strong hoppiness with a slightly sweet smell in the background.

The hops hit quick and hard, with a bitter slam, but they quickly pass though leaving behind a mild, fresh sweetness.

I am surprised at how quickly the flavors pass, leaving just a trace of hops behind, but also making this beer deceptively easy to drink.

Overall, this beer lived up and even surpassed my expectations. I am finding myself drawn more and more towards the double IPA style of beer. This beer is scarily drinkable, but be careful with the high ABV.

07-19-2007 21:54:09 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of akorsak


4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery during their March open house.

A: The ale is a copper colored orange-amber hybrid, brilliantly clear with no sediment. The carbonation was vigourous, requiring two pours to empty the bottle. The head was nearly two fingers at its zenith. The retreating head has left thick patches of lace all along the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma is thick and resiny with hops, beautiful fruity hops. The profile includes some pine sweetness, grapefruit and orange peel bitterness.

T: Delicious, sweet hops. Nectar of Ambrosia. Heaven on Earth. So many three word phrases aptly fit this beer. Some soft caramel malts lead off before being completely absorbed by the hop profile. The hops are astringently bitter, to the extent that they begin to numb the tastebuds over time. A slight medicinal element emerges and competes with a strong citrus and pine body. The finish is bitter hops, strong but delicious.

M: The astringent hops dominate the tastebuds, biting yet soothing. This varietal is high up on my list of great hops.

D: The 9% abv peeps through at times but generally stays in the background. The biting hops could quickly numb the tongue and impair the taste, but what a way to go out!

07-15-2007 23:53:03 | More by akorsak
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Pours a clean copper color with a off white head that stuck around, even in the lacing. Earthy and a small citrus aroma in the nose. This beer is all about the hops, has a dryer end. As it warms up, it gets to be sweet and sticky. Not much left behind but a small amout of bitterness in the mouth. It also hides the ABV quite well.

07-14-2007 19:49:37 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of boelker62


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Damn, I have found a new favorite. Weyerbacher comes through with yet another champion on par with many of their Big Beer series.

Pours a slightly oily deep copper under a sticky, frothy just barely off white head. The aroma is stupendous. I sniffed and snorted, and almost didn't want to drink it to possibly disappoint myself. (OK, that was a stretch, but you get what I mean) The piney, sticky, grapefruit and lemon hop character is amazingly strong, and comes through in a big way, but smoothed out in the flavor, by the malt backbone. This beer is really a winner.

Perfect mouthfeel for an DIPA if you ask me. One of the best. Slightly slick and oily, but with a drier finish to clean it up. It leaves your palate just in time to want more. The long finish is really impressive, and the drinkability is high since it is so overwhelmingly smooth, yet full, and just the right level of alcohol.

A true winner.

07-07-2007 13:26:30 | More by boelker62
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

Served from a 12oz bottle in a Duvel tulip at just between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Vibrant copper color with bright orange highlights and a pillowy, creamy tan head. Lacing is sticky and dense. Head retention is fantastic. This is a fantastically appetizing looking DIPA.

S - Well, there are obviously the hops. And I suppose that this is the smell of straight Simcoe. Slightly piney with just a hint of citrus. Thanks for the lesson! Fresh, crisp and clean. Very welcoming, with a light orange-blossom-honeyed malt backbone. Nice!

T - A nice attempt at easing in with the malts, but that is soon overtaken by the decidedly bitter hops even before the beer has a chance to make it to the back of the tongue. Strangely, for as prominent as the hops are in the nose, something doesn't seem to translate in the taste -- at least not in this crazy volume of alpha acidity. It's bitter and slightly anesthetizing, which slowly but surely starts to numb the palette. The big alcohol also lends to that end as well, warming the mouth from the middle all the way down to the belly. The taste is decent overall, but I think it would benefit from a touch more malt to help balance the bitterness -- or dare I say less hops?

M - Thick and slick, foaming up to a rocking, rolling wave in the mouth. The finish is quick and enjoyable with a massive bitter aftertaste that adds some dryness.

D - To start, let me say that I love the idea of a single-hop IPA. It's an opportunity to showcase the nuances of a single variety and helps the beer enthusiast better understand how to tell the difference between hop types. It's like a varietal IPA. BUT... making a varietal hop monster almost defeats that purpose. Sure, Simcoe hops are delicious in their own right, and Weyerbacher has created a very good beer, but I still feel that it falls short of what it really could be if an ounce of restraint were exercised. Double Simcoe is a hop bomb in every sense of the definition. Lots of ba-boom, but not much precision.

07-07-2007 02:24:33 | More by EPseja
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +13%

Weyerbacher double simcoe pours a nice red brown with a thick off-white head that doesn't fade away. Aroma is bitter and piney some caramel and citrus notes as well. Flavor is rich and hoppy with a much stronger malt profile than I'm used to with a DIPA. More pine and citrus flavors as well as some alcohol, but it's hidden well for a 9% beer. I think this one could almost pass for an American Barleywine if they wanted it to.

07-06-2007 00:57:35 | More by ericj551
Photo of gamblor21

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

Hop Heads dream. Tastes like drinking Simcoe hops, which to me there is nothing better. Great crisp beer, doesn't leave an oily feel in your mouth. Very drinkable, wish i had more after finishing my first one. Can't wait to get my hands on it again

07-05-2007 02:02:24 | More by gamblor21
Photo of Talisker


2.73/5  rDev -32.9%

A fascinating exploration of the Simcoe hop, and absolutely worth trying, but I can't see arguing for this as a cohesive beer worth returning to.

Pours a deep orangish red. Lots of light tan head, and a very persistent set of lacing rings. Smells like a freshpine tree with some grapefruits in it, some sweet malt in the nose. The taste is perfectly integrated - burning piney hops down my throat, not quite balanced by a too-sweet malt. Not sure if a drier or breadier malt would hold up to this firey hop attack, but the sweetness doesn't seem to fit. Texture is clean enough, not as syrupy as most other DIPAs. But the edgey burning hops hang around far longer than any syrup could. I can't imagine anyone's palate holding up to even a pint of this - I certainly won't be going back for seconds.

The score doesn't capture how *interesting* and overpowering this beer is, but rather my impression of how it holds up as a cohesive drink. Burning hops from top to bottom.

I think it's an object lesson in how more is not necessarily better, but I'm happy to get such a clean picture of what the Simcoe hop does.

07-04-2007 23:40:07 | More by Talisker
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

(Note: I have come out of my Imperial IPA phase so I'm not sure how this review will compare with my previous review about 7 1/2 months ago.)

Out of a 22 oz bottle.

Clear look with deep red. Has a massive pillowy head that I didn't expect. Overflowed a bit, but that's my fault. Really nice red hue can be seen. Rich, good lookin' beer. Thick clouds of lace.

Colossally bitter and woody (I'm guessing that's the simcoe) hops. Super-duper hoppy. The malt has a slightly toasted scent. The sweetness of the hops waft right up. Still woody.

The flavor is a major bitter wood hop flavor. Major alcohol blast too. Aftertaste is milder. Malt is secondary and is really overwhelmed by the hops. I would have liked a little more subtlety in the hops instead of just pouring them all in.

The feel is bubbly and a bit coarse, but also buttery too. Leaves a bitter film. Overall I would use these adjectives: Woody, coarse, hoppy, bitter, very Imperial. Nice but way way bitter.

07-04-2007 04:59:26 | More by williamherbert
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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