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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,918 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,918
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 151
Gots: 246 | 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 t0rin0
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 12oz bottle in a trade recently. It pours a dark orange color that has plenty of offwhite head on top. Decent lacing, moderate retention.

Smell is mostly of simcoe hops. Kinda sweet both from malt and from hops. Moderately piney with an interesting grapefruit mix. Thats simcoe for you.

The taste is great. All simcoe hop flavor with some caramel malt behind it. Stone's 11th anniversary beer got me into simcoe and now I can't get enough of it.

Body is medium and very carbonated. Amazingly drinkable. This one is up there with the Maharaja from Avery and the 10th Anniversary from Stone.

t0rin0, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Simcoe from the local Weyerbacher Brewery pours a deep orange gold. There is a full inch head of tan color with the slightest hint of pumpkin coloring. The rocky textured head leaves plenty of thick rings of lace.

The Simcoe hops impart a lovely citrus grapefruit scent that causes my mouth to pucker at the impending hop bombardment. Behind the hops there's some attempt of the malts to balance the brew, but their doughy quality loses out to the hops.

More of the same in the taste as in the nose. In the taste the hops have both an orange rind and grapefruit characters that dominates the bready and at times caramel malt. Finishes with a somewhat burning alcohol that is somewhat unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is right at medium with the carbonation lending a helping hand towards creating a smooth feel. Drinkability is somewhat hampered by the alcohol finish noted above. This said its still one hell of a brew, but I wouldn't see myself reaching for a second.

Jmamay22, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of toddhett
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Buttercream-colored head. Fades reasonably quickly (because of my glass?). Bubbly-type head...not fluffy. Lacing sticks to the entire length of the glass. Beer itself is dark copper-orange and cloudy.

S - At first, I just smelled pineapple and grapefruit. Then I read a recent review that mentioned fresh cut flowers and, sure enough, that exactly the scent that I picked up. Power of suggestion or did I just read an accurate review? I don't know, but I like the smell.

T - Slight astringency at the front end that fades quickly to fruity sweetness and an indescribable funkiness. While the bitterness is certainly present, the malt keeps it in check until the aftertaste (which is all bitter). Leaves sugar on the lips.

M - As thick as I'd expect from a IIPA, but there's also a type of stickiness that I haven't experienced from many other beers.

D - The beer guy at a local bar once remarked that he could drink the **** out of this beer. He's absolutely right. Nine percent? I can't tell. I guess I'm happy that recent price increases will keep me from drinking one of these at one sitting.

toddhett, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review on the site so here goes.

Appearance: Typical IPA maybe a little darker Amber with nice quarter inch head when poured into the glass.

Smell: Fresh cut flowers, grapefruit, lemon zest, really nice.

Taste: My favorite part of this beer is that there actually is some malt there, but it retains the kickass crispy, snappy, citrusy, floral hops taste. It just seems like how an IPA should tast while still being a double. I'm really like it, I'm also impressed with the fact that there is so much alcohol in this, it really doesn't seem that strong.

Mouthfeel: Nice, I'm going to have to get used to adjective on moutfeel, but I guess it starts off smooth and gets nice and astringent and citrusy at the end.

Drinkability:Well by the time I got done figuring out my impressions of this one I wish that I could have another. So pretty damn good.

If you like IPA's give this one a try.

Donnie2112, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A deep, hazy amber-red beer with little carbonation. The beer is insanely cloudy, certainly from all the damn hops used in it. What really stands out here is the head - it's mammoth, a full two-fingers, and the retention is incredible. The head just kinda sits there, rocking back and forth, floating on top of this beer majestically, and it sticks around for most of the beer in some form or another. The lacing is similar, with thick, three-dimensional, marshmallow fluff-esque blobs of it sticking all over the place.

Aroma: Well that cleared my sinuses. An intensely pungent, aromatic juniper berry note, orange peel, and pineapple out the wazoo mixed with a really well-toasted, caramel backbone and a solvent-like alcohol note, way up in the nose. Hopefully an omen of things to come.

Taste: Hmm, not so much. A lot of bitter astringencies up front and in the finish (although they're not harsh - just overwhelmingly bitter, in a smooth kinda way, if that makes sense), with some resinous, oily pine and grapefruit/pineapple flourishes and that same sweet caramel backbone, and a ton of that chemically-tasting alcohol that's probably a little too prominent. Now that I'm homebrewing (if that's what you'd like to call I'm doing), I'm getting more of a sense for how much of an influence the hop schedule has on the tastes and aromas of a beer. This one could perhaps stand to have a few handfuls of whatever was added in the last five minutes pushed back a little further.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a medium, fluffy carbonation profile and LOTS of prickly alcohol. It's not bad, but with all these bitter astringencies, I might like something a little smoother.

Drinkability: Don't get me wrong - it's a good solid beer, wonderfully aromatic and gorgeous, but the bitter astringencies and exceedingly strong alcoholic presence begin to wear on you after a while.

Not bad, but not great, and this is my favorite style. I like bitterness, but even I found some of the astringencies in this beer a little much, and the prickly alcohol wasn't hidden well at all - HopSlam this is not. That being said, there is a lot of good stuff going on in this beer, and with some slight schedule-altering it could be outstanding.

CrellMoset, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangeish amber with big white foam that sticks.

Sweet malt, caramel and marshmallow notes, citrusy and woodsy hops dominate with a strong dose of alcohol and bit of aspirin.

Sweet fruity and slightly caramelized malt flavors balanced by strong piney and citrus hop bitterness. Orange, lemon, pine, slight caramel. Slightly astringent finish.

Smooth almost creamy feeling, medium body. Pretty drinkable for a 9% DIPA, but still big bitterness from the high alphas.

BeerZack, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Damian
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA

Poured a super hazy, deep reddish amber with a thin whisp of white froth atop the liquid. Some spotty drips of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly aromatic and balanced. Hoppy and sweet to the point of being candy-like. Rich, ripe, tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, papaya) came through strong under a stiff malty backbone. Some citrus notes lay in the background as well, along with a touch of brown sugar.

The taste was definitely more zesty than the aroma. The hops hit hard right away. Sharp and cutting. Citrusy and grapefruity up front with some ripe fruits in the center. Piney, pithy, dry and bitter on the finish with a resonating, fruity aftertaste. The 9% ABV was quite well hidden until the near end of the beverage when it became slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel was fluffy yet thinner than expected with a fine, subtle carbonation.

This DIPA definitely packs a punch. I would have liked a bit more balance in this brew, but it was impressive nevertheless.

Damian, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Zeno's on 4/5/08.

A - Extremely hazy, almost opaque, deep maple-colored body with thin layer of bubbly head on top. Has the appearance of unfiltered apple cider.

S - Wonderfully aromatic hoppy nose with citrus fruits and huge pungent piney hop goodness. Malt is primarily sweet caramel. Mild waft of alcohol as well.

T - Resin, pine and juicy citrus hops backed up by a sturdy caramel malt base. Just a bit of alcohol sting also.

M - Smooth and creamy texture with decent amount of heat from the ABV. Sticky hop residue on the tongue. Very long bitter finish that seems to last forever!

D - This is a huge beer, but very well-balanced and definitely hoppy! Extremely flavorful brew. Can't drink too many of these in one sitting, though. One was enough for me on this particular night.

ffejherb, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle from emacgee
Pours cloudy caramel to maroon colored. Medium lasting beige head. Looks nice. Smell is mildly hoppy but mild for what I expected. Tea and caramel aside from the simcoe hops. Taste is simcoe hops obviously which are musty, dirty, earthy and I can see why they describe simcoe as smelling like cat piss. Alcohol is evident as in every Weyerbacher beer. Apparently they have a hard time hiding the alcohol in their beers... There is nothing citrusy or grapefruity about this beer. It's the polar opposite of a citrusy, clean beer, as the commercial description states. Decent, but not my favorite.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from fridge to wide mouth goblet glass. watching my favorite show "Three Sheets".

appearance: pours a red copper color - not much head - what little is there is small taupey bubbles. there is a lot of sediment floating around in the glass which made me give it a lower rating.

smell: super light sharp hoppy smell. sweet. hits the nostrils pretty hard. the hop aroma is pretty amazing.

taste: a really good overall taste. quite thick and covers the mouth well. super hop all around, hits hard right in the middle of the tongue.

Hophead101, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of halfP1NT
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally reviewed this on 4/1/08.

Pours a hazy, deep brown-amber color with small bubbles and sediment floating about. Thin white head quickly dissipates. Fluffed right back up when I poured the rest of the bottle into the glass. Some thick lacing stuck to the top of the glass.

Smell is citrus hops, grapefruit & orange, piney. It has that particular earthy 'simcoe' smell that I've come to recognize.

Smooth citrus hop taste, grapefruit & orange, pine. Sweet with a bit of a dry feel (hop oils?) but the smooth maltiness balances it out nicely.

Medium body, a bit thicker than I remembered...also little to no carbonation, less than I remembered. The sweet thickness makes me slow down on drinking this one, but it does hide the 9% abv well.

halfP1NT, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours rich copper in color with a thick topping of off-white foam. The pearlescent head recedes slowly and deposits freckled lacing all over the inside of the glass.

The smell is brown sugary, dark and rummy, and laced with lime juice and grapefruit rind. The alcohol provides a slightly burnt-sugar note that intensifies the white-grapefruity pungency of the hops.

The taste is tangy and cooly alcoholic with a mild caramel backbone drowned in citrus. Lime and grapefruit predominate once again, and are sweetened with just a splash of boozy yellow apple. Boozy citrus peel oil with more dark rum and a spritz of limoncello linger in the aftertaste.

The drink is smooth and medium-bodied with quite a bit of alcohol drying that leaves the finish very clean. The carbonation is good and the beer quite drinkable despite the pungency and potent ABV.

cvstrickland, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of dfillius
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, enjoyed in a pint glass and served with homemade pizza.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of white head with good retention. Cloudy, dark red-brown in color.
S: Pine, earth, garlic, floral, some herbal smell that I can't pinpoint (thyme, oregano?), more dank (in a good way) as it warms. Very complex hop variety!
T: Opens with a caramelly malt start then segues into a strong bitterness that is at the same time not bracingly so. Perfectly delicious. Man-candy-esque. Citrus/grapefruit hop. Alcohol is undercover, where is it?
M: Mouthwatering, bitter, and dry. Perfect carbonation, and no heat!
D: The mouthwatering nature makes me want more! The taste also makes me yearn for another! I didn't feel the alcohol until well into the second pint. 2.5 pints are perfect for me.

After tasting Bison Brewing's all simcoe IPA, I swore off simcoe. This beer makes me realize it wasn't the hop varietal's fault. I'm sorry I ever doubted thee simcoe!

dfillius, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally got to try this one. It poured a clear copper color with off-white head. It smelled very strongly of pine and copper hops, but not much else. Its flavor was a tantalizing blend of orange citrus, pine, and copper hops, all mixed together with a some malt for a bit of balance. It was thick with some carbonation, and it had a very strong, very bitter, lasting aftertaste. Overall this was one of the best double IPAs ever...super hoppy and delicious.

Pencible, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from case brought back yesterday from Weyerbacher open house tasting event.

A: Hazy orange with a nice pillowy head.

S: Grapefruit and evergreen needles. You can smell the aroma of bold hops from yards away.

T: Simcoe, welcome aboard. Citrus hops are all there is to it- true expression of the style. Sure, overbearing but thats what the beer is about. Not close to balanced but thats besides the point.

M: Sticky and coating. Thick and luxurious.

D: A true double- lots of hops and a complete coating of the mouth and tongue.
You have to be willing to breathe hops if you want to enjoy a few, but worth it for those that are into that- including myself.

marcpal, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy amber with no sediment. almost tan head is persistent and creamy with really good lacing. nose is caramel and toffee with resiney, earthy hops. nice but lacks the bright citric fruity freshness i personally look in an american ipa/dipa. simcoe aromas are tough to put my finger on. taste has a medium, sticky toffee malt sweetness balanced by a medium, smooth bitterness. rich, viscous mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to markgugs (and pieper) for this one.

Pours a deep hazy brownish-orange with a nice tight frothy ivory head that hangs for a long time (for an IPA) and leaves really nice lace.

Nose is obviously very very Simcoe. Juicy grapefruit and pine with some nice resin. Balanced by a caramel richness. Some scent of corn.

Ah, the hop. Taste is pine resin and grapefruit all the way. Some bready middle and fuller at the finish, malt shows in a caramel taste that sits under the juicy citrus and pine.

Medium body with a good carbonation tingle. Alcohol definitely has a feel in this one.

Drinkability is okay. Great hop dose of flavor, making it a go-to hop fix, but less outstanding in other characteristics. I really like it overall.

lightindarkness, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Wildman
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium reddish amber color and formed a small foamy white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, malt and citrus with a hint of pine. The flavor was heavy of hops with grapefruit and citrus. Malt and some caramel. The body was medium light and somewhat astrigent yet bitter finish. A nice beer.

Wildman, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some overflow when I opened the bottle.

Hazy copper color with about two fingers of off white head. Leave a lot of nice sticky lacing all along the sides of the glass. Very nice appearance.

Smells of hops with noticeable malts.

Hoppy taste with citrus noticeable. Strong malt backbone. Finishes a little bit dry. Slightly creamy medium bodied.

Decent drinkability for a double 9% ABV.

Hojaminbag, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of Fish113d
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured, chilled, into a pint glass, it pours a rather hazy amber color with possibly some sediment floating throughout. A foamy, dense, white head surfaces causing a nice "cap" on the brew along with lacing around the glass.

The simcoe hops are apparent on the nose, while a big, buttery floral aroma hits my nose. Very yummy and pungeant. This one is definitely all about the hops!

Sipping reveals a rather "doughy" feel, as this one shows a bit chewy. A clean hops flavor hits first but is quickly backed by an oily floral flavor through the swallow. The finish gives me a little burnt malt flavor for some reason or another, while a pine & grassy flavor hit the sides of my tongue on the aftertaste.

Chewy flavor with some drying on the finish. Alcohol phenols come through a bit on the finish I believe.

Drinkability is pretty solid. It's packed full of flavor and is very bold! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone, especially while you can still get the simcoe!

Cheers!

Fish113d, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Winking Lizard. The beer is a slightly cloudy copper color with a medium off-white head that has decent retention. Thin rings of lacing. Nice citrusy hops aroma with notes of toasted grain and pine. Medium-bodied with a pleasant floral hops character. Flavors of malt, tart berries and spices are present as well. The finish is dry and hoppy and leaves a balanced sweetness and bitterness behind. Overall this is a very enjoyable IIPA.

Dogbrick, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this gem.

Poured from a bottle a slightly cloudy apricot color with quickly fading white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, and citrusy and piney hops.

The taste is rich with the citrus and pine of the hops along with a good balance from the malts. The alcohol is well hidden.

Full mouthfeel, creamy, and moderately carbonated.

What a great Double IPA. Goes down easy. I would love to drink these all night but probably shouldn't try with the 9% alcohol.

Monkeyknife, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, slightly cloudy, amber with a two finger pillowy head that fades slowly. Incredible lacing.

Piney citrus hops dominate the nose.

Taste is an explosion of piney, bitter hops up front. The bitter citrus is balanced well by sweet pale malts with a nice caramel-like aspect. Grapefruit and orange peel flavors lead to a nice, long dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation, allowing it to go down real smooth.

Very drinkable! I could easily see this becoming a regular in the beer fridge.

MrMonkey, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: A hazy orange/copper body, fluffy off-white head, good retention and patches of lacing.

s: Beautiful aroma of oranges and pine.

t: An explosion of hop flavor hits the tongue immediately, can't help but think of it as hop juice. Sweet pale malt just can't handle the boat load of hops. Notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Wonderful hop flavor.

m: Sticky, chewy, full body.

d: Wish I had more. Just can't get enough of that hoppy goodness. A delightful DIPA.

BradLikesBrew, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear golden copper amber with a slight chill haze and a large creamy head with good retention and curtains of thick lace, and i didn't expect otherwise.

S- nice grapefruit, pine, citrus, passionfruit, and body odor. this is some maaaad hoppy aroma very similar to some high quality reefer. some fruity tropical skunk reefer. pale malt hides in the back behind these sublime simcoes.

T-pale malt and toast first then the hops kick in: mango, guava, passionfruit, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruity then a huge intense blast of hoppy bitterness pulses over everything almost obliterating the other flavors, and lasts all the way into the hoppy dry finish. damn!

MF- crisp dry and a tight puckering astringent solvent feel

D- good D but its so damn bitter! this is a hop lovers paradise.

hustlesworth, Mar 05, 2008
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,918 ratings.