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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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3,024 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,024
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 161
Gots: 313 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 3,024 | Reviews: 1,335
Photo of Douglas88
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Pours a deep amber color with a large white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is great; loads of sweet pine and citrus hops.The flavor was also great; initially this is quite a hop bomb. The simcoe hope are very full and ripe, like biting a handful or fresh hops. There is also a strong caramel malt that adds balance. Perhaps my favorite aspect is the full and very creamy mouthfeel. Just delicious. If we could get this in Utah I'd be a happy man. I'm proud of my home state for producing such great beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle courtesy of AgingWarrior into a snifter. Always up for a Simcoe bomb and have been wanting to try this one for a while.

Appears a hazy dark orange-red with a three-quarter inch off-white head. Sinks down to a skim and is retained quite well to leave a bit of lacing.

Aroma is bursting with the usual Simcoe characteristics - lots of citrus with an even bigger burst of pine. Nice malt backing behind the hops as well along with some slight alcohol aroma.

The taste is basically about the same as the aroma. Citrus and piney hop explosion with a slight sweetness in the backend. The linger is mostly pine with a very slight citrus as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, quite thick for a DIPA and pretty creamy.

Pretty tasty stuff but I think I prefer Simcoe mixed with other hops than by itself. Definitely a solid DIPA though and worth a try.

Photo of rustan
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks like a lava lamp filled with honey when held up to the light. ok, maybe the bubbles are a little smaller than that.

smell is slightly sweet, pungent and evergreen.

mouthfeel is pleasingly thick w/o being syrupy.

taste intense simcoe hoppiness is balanced by a candied grapefruit flavor

bitter aftertaste but overall drinkability is stellar!

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy copper with auburn highlights. Nice half finger head, with some very nice retention.

Smell: Lots of bread, dark fruits, and hints of light hops.

Taste: Big fruity malts, move to hops of grapefruit and pine

Mouthfeel: Brew was very sticky and resiny

Drinkability: Delicious.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this off duqtroops from the secret halloween bif. and this marks the start of the afternoon brewfest at my house. it might be a bad idea to pair a bunch of beer with we are marshall. seriously having a little bit of a rudy moment here.

ok back to serious business.

pours a honey amber color into my sam adams glass. you know the one im talking about, kinda tulip shaped, but not. ok so as i was pouring it the beer seemed very thick and slightly syrupy. not a huge amount of head was produced. about one finger of white foamy head lingers for a minute. leaving a moderate amount of lacing. i am left with a slim layer of permafoam on top.

sniff sniff. whats that i smell. awesome hops- check, sweet malts- got em. the smell gets me excited.

and the taste does not let down. i get hit by the simcoe hops at the start and they leave a lasting aftertaste. some malty sweetness that follows close behind. the taste on this beer is great.

mouthfeel is thick, watered down syrup. leaves a bit of a coating on the edges of my mouth. not really sure if im a fan of it or not.

all in all its solid ipa. drinkable and refreshing on this hot ass october day...never thought i would be saying that. yeesh. well onto the next brew

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

Pours a hazy orange color with a seriously thick & frothy 2 finger deep white head. Lots of sticky sopay lacing & webbing left on glass.

Smells of grassy, earthy, flowery, piney, sticky, fresh pungent Simcoe hops. Smells great.

The expected huge hop slam the nose leads you to anticipate is there. Somewhat balanced by a sweet caramel & bisquit maltiness. But make no mistake the hop flavor is huge & dominant.

Smmoth, medium bodied, oily, sticky, moderate carbonation, lingering sticky hoppy bitterness.

The flavor is so huge your palate will be ruined for the other beers you were looking forward to. Better play it safe & have another Double Simcoe. 2 bottles would be good.

This is a beer made for hop heads. If you're looking for a nicely balanced IPA...this aint it. Thank god for that. Sure to satisfy all hop heads. Seek it out.

Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking IIPA, somewhat dark with its colour somewhere between amber and auburn. A nice, yet somewhat loose three finger pale tan coloured head with decent retention formed on a typical pour. Some sticky lacings are already forming as the head slowly recedes, and continues to decorate the inside of my pint glass as i enjoy this tasty brew.

Big simcoe hop aroma, grapefruit, papaya and pine, with nuances of cat pissiness. Its hard to get around the big hop nose on this one, but there is a solid caramel component that adds to the bready malt backbone.

Good stuff here. Hops as described above give way to almost toasty malts with a touch of biscuit and caramel. Some honey like malts sweetness gives way to an astringent touch of grain husk and finishes with the resinous bitterness of pine and grapefruit peel.

A big, hoppy brew that is resinous and mildly stripping thanks to the Simcoe. Also has a burly malt body that almost stands up to the hop assault. Finishes with a mild astringency and more potent stripping hop resinous quality.

Im pleasantly impressed with this beer, there may be IIPAs that are more drinkable than this one, but only because of a more timid approach was taken. The 9% abv is very well hidden, and only reveals itself with a touch of alcohol warmth. Despite the solid malt backbone, this is one best reserved for the hop heads as its resinous stripping quality only continues to reveal itself over time. Highly recommended, especially for fans of Simcoe hops.

Photo of dancinwillie
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange tinged ruby color with a modest 1 finger tan head.
The aromas of citrus and pine dominate the nose. The first couple of tastes reveal a hoppy bitterness of course, filled with subtle citrus, some grassiness, a bit of pine, and a decent bready malt presence as well. The most shocking part of this beer IMO, is the floral tea-like flavor that's very present. I love it. It's sort of like a British IIPA! Mouthfeel is damn near perfect, not over or under carbonated. I've been waiting patiently for some time for Weyerbacher to hit Wisconsin, and I'm happy to say that for me, it's lived up to my expectations. I am going to try and hold on to the other 3 of this 4-pack as long as I can. I'm guessing about a week and they'll be gone.

Delicious, and nary a trace of the hight ABV.


Photo of Kadonny
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a small snifter glass.

A: A deep dark cloudy amber orange color with a nice one finger dark off white head. Long intertwined huge glass lace.

A: Smells of pine, citrus and deep malt.

T: Massive amounts of pine, citrus consists of orange and grapefruit coupled with a deep malty sweet undertone that really holds on strong against the massive hops flavors. Nice and bitter finish lets you know this is one serious beer. Rich flavors all around that make it both hoppy and malty at the same time.

M: Medium to full as its oily body coats the mouth. Bitterness lingers but the alcohol is hidden very, very well.

D: Pretty high, but the heavy malt sweetness and alcohol limits how many you can have.

Overall a great beer that is even better on tap than bottle. The heavy malt sweetness coupled with the huge hops make it very balanced and enjoyable but in limited doses.

Photo of pershan
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy, brownish-amber with a thin, white head into a chalice. The aroma was a very noticable, fresh, piney hop bouquet. The taste was a veritable hops explosion, starting with big hop flavor and malt sweetness and finishing with an intensely bitter hop bite. A fantastically hoppy DIPA (gotta love the Simcoe hops), with good carbonation and lacing to match.

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy light amber color with moderate bubbly head. Leaves lots of lacing. Real hoppy aroma with some pine and citrus scents. The alcohol is noticable in the smell. Medium to full body mouthfeel. Leaves some stickiness and the carbonation is noticable. Tastes very hoppy...there is no mistaking this is a DIPA. Hops dominate the taste, but citrus and pine come through once the hops settle down. A nice bitter aftertaste follows. An enjoyable beer and very drinkable, but I have yet to find a DIPA I didn't like.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one pours a medium amber color with a reasonable degree of haze. Once poured we're left with a two finger cream colored head that takes a hot minute to dissipate.

Smell is heavy on sweet hops and pine. A good smelling IPA to be sure!

Taste is very complex, with the floral hops up front with the typical hoppy bitterness. There is also a fruitness that backs up the hops that I could probably call peach or maybe apricot. Not strong by any stretch, but there nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is good, but nothing spectacular. The right amount of bubbly, not at all syrupy.

I would rate this as a pretty drinkable beer. An all around solid IPA with all the characteristics I would expect from this variety.

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

Pours a cloudy tan in color with three fingers of sticky foam for a head.

Its smell is very good: Powerful citrus hops and pineapple, which reminds me of some San Diego double IPAs. And I just did some Googling and discovered that Simcoe hops are quite popular out there. So that explains that!

The taste is great. Pine and other evergreen resin flavors mix with sweet malt notes. Hops, hops and more hops in this beer. But its bitterness is well under control. Of course, that may just be due to my hophead palate being ruined. The high alcohol level is masked.

The body is lighter than I would expect, but that's not a problem.

This is a very drinkable DIPA and an excellent beer. It's easy to overlook the alcohol, though, so drink Double Simcoe in moderation.

Photo of kels
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the 2008 BeerFest at Fries Cafe in Clifton.

Appearance: Dark, toasty amber-brown color with very little head that doesn't stick around long. Light, sticky lacing follows the beer down the glass.

Smell: WOW - this beer smells exactly like the Cat House at the Cincinnati Zoo; not a great smell at the zoo, and not a great smell in my beer. A little maltiness is slightly detectable, but can't compete with the cat piss odor.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is probably the first beer I've ever had that tasted so good and smelled so bad. There is seemingly little connection between the two in this beer, which is unusual for me with my very strong sense of smell. The bitterness of the hops is very bright and dry, more piney than citrusy, but both are present. There's a bit of toasty grains and spice, but the hops shine through, as the name suggests. Not much could compete with those flavors. The mouth is moderate to light, with good carbonation greatly improving the drinkability of an otherwise overpoweringly strong beer.

Drinkability: moderate to high for the style and ABV thanks to the carbonation.

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

22oz bomber courtesy of MtGoat. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy (chill hazed, not really sure, may have just a bit of sediment mixed in here) ruby brown and topped with a thick and fluffy (like meringue almost) one and a half inch head. Given a few minutes the head subsides into a thickish ring, but leaves behind some seriously heavy lacing.

S: Deeply fruity yet mixed with an almost sugary sweetness, like cake batter mixed with pine and grapefruit juice.

T/MF: Earthy, hot, herbal, medicinol hop bitterness in both the beginning and middle with a bit of a closing malty sweetness, but not much else in these terms. The finish is long and sticky and has remnants of grapefruit and orange juice on the tongue. Very high up on the bitterness scale for this beer. Bits of alcholoic heat mix in with a strong herbal spiciness. Body is full and filling, just a bit heavy for my tastes.

D: I think that this is a very good beer, very bold, very straight forward and in your face. But because of this the beer remains a bit one dimensional, I feel as though I have already had this beer, enjoyed it and forgot about it. Not to take anything away from a good beer, but after a number of different beers of this style it becomes a bit harder for beers like this to stand out for me.

Photo of kmeves
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber body with a frothy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet with pineapple, grapefruit, peach and a hint of caramel. Flavor is sweet pineapple, grapefruit, herbal, peach, caramel, some chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Chewy texture, medium-full body. This is beer heaven to me.

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

Another beer I had on tap at Bukowski's that I just found my notes on..
Wow! What a beer. Pours a dark amber in color with a nice frothy head. There is a fan-freaking-tastic hop aroma. The higher alcohol content balances well with the crazy IBU level. A great representation of the Double IPA style. Overall, great beer!

Photo of steelcutoats
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer in a variety case of BIG BEERS from Weyerbacher Brewing Co. and instantly feel in love with it. I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. There was a nice half inch thick head that slowly dissolved over time. The color was an orange-amber and crystal clear. The aroma was full of sweet and bitter hops, along with citrus notes. The taste was succulent, full of hops, both bitter and semi-sweet. There was a pleasant aftertaste that lingered over the course of the beer. I would recommend this beer to any self described hop head out there who wants to try a kick ass IPA.

Photo of bonbini26
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the blind tiger 09-14-08

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

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, i had this from the bottle a few times before this, but so much better on tap, i think i can still taste the hops from yesterday

Photo of bkilpatr
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 09/12/08.

Pours an orange-amber color with about a finger of soft beige head. The head dropped slowly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is heavy with citrus (orange, tangerine) and a bunch of sweet caramel malt.

Taste starts with a bunch of sweet caramel malt. That is followed by a bitter rush of citrus hop flavor. Lots of orange, grapefruit, tangerine and a bit of lemon. Very hoppy and intensely bitter. Could use a bit more malt to balance it out.

Feel is slick with a medium-heavy body. Well carbonated. Leaves an aftertaste that lasts awhile. Drinkability is decent. It's a bit too bitter and not the most balanced.

Decent for a DIPA, try it if you like hops and bitterness.

3.41/5  rDev -16%
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
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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