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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,817 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,817
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 142
Gots: 210 | 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 JamesS
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Has a nice dark amber color with nice head and a bit of lacing. Excellent scent! Very hoppy with nice spicy scents, and with this Weyerbacher, the alcohol does not override the aroma. Unfortunately, the alcohol does hurt the taste a bit. It has a nice bitter taste, and if it wasn’t for the high alcohol taste, the extra flavors would really come through. Not the best IPA, but could be great with a bit less ABV, unless that’s what you’re really looking for.

JamesS, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving an excellent lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is piney grapefruit with hints of sweetness, finish is sweetish but a dry hoppy aftertaste. Better than the usual IPA. $2.60 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

jdhilt, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Litterbean
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange ruby amber color tinged with gold. Head is enormous and the retention is awesome.

The smell is nearly all hops. Wafting scents of pine and grapefruit and lemon. Malts are subdued but I guess that's the point. Still, they are certainly present.

Biting piney hops in the front, giving way to a spicy alcoholic rush met with sweetness and more citrus fruits in the backend. Hops are very aggressive and juicy, very bold. A great High Gravity IPA, to be sure. This one warrants the purchase of an entire sixpack.

Litterbean, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, served in a Sam Adams BL Glass the beer pours an orange/copper color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. The aroma is mostly hops, more citrusy than pine/herbal. There's also some sweet malt noticable too. Taste is the same as the aroma, mostly hoppy with a bit of malt. Good bitter lingering hoppy aftertaste, and it's not harsh at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium with low carbonation, and it's creamy and oily. Drinkability is pretty good, it's really smooth and the alcohol isn't very noticable. I like this beer a lot, I'd recommend it to others and I will definitely buy this again.

bluejacket74, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of WAP
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with an attractive and sticky 1.5 finger head. The aroma is very pungent citrus, but is a tad oversweet. I love what this beer does to my palate -- opens with sweet citrus which is followed quickly by a sharp bitter hop bite that quickly subsides into a mellow, sweet finish with a hint of alcohol burn. A very interesting and tasty DIPA, but it's not the most drinkable for me.

WAP, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of sinistrsam
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orangish--gold with a pretty large head and good lacing and retention.
The typical hoppiness is there, but not the only thing going on in the aroma; fruits and maybe some caramel malt. Very pleasant.
The hops and sweet malts are very well-balanced in the taste as well, with an almost fruity sweetness complimenting the floral hops.
Bittersweet feel due to hops and alcohol up front fade into a great smooth and sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied and although powerful on the tastebuds and nose, very refreshing and smooth.
Overall a fantastic beer and only made slightly less drinkable by the hop and alcohol assault. Excellent beer.

sinistrsam, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into the oversized Duvel tulip. Body is slightly murky, orangey-copper in color with a 1.5 finger creamy tan head that retains quite well. Lots of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Honey-infused grapefruit juice and sweet caramel malt are the first impressions. Then there's the piney, grassy cannabis -- as well as some alcohol heat that becomes evident as it warms.

T: Caramel malt and cookie dough sweetness allows hops to jump off of that malty foundation. Tastes like JuicyFruit gum in the middle, maybe candied orange peels. Pine sap and grapefruit at the end linger LONG into the aftertaste. Hint of pepper spice at the back of the sip; also peppery burps. Mouth-watering oily finish coats the palate nicely and encourages -- no, it simply demands -- that next sip.

M: Excellent -- heavy-bodied but smooth-drinking. I wrote "Fizzy creaminess (if that's possible)."

D: Very good for a beer of this strength. Like I said, it really encourages you to take that next sip, and before you know it. . . the bomber is empty, your belly is full and your head is in a better place. . . .

Kendo, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of canjeeps
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One look at this beer and I had to try it. Poured into the glass apperance is nice with about half inch of head. The smell is one of hops, slight piney. Best tasting dipa I have ever tasted. Very drinkable but after two you really feel the abv %. I really like this beer and can not get a enough of it.

canjeeps, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle in a trade from AdamB84. Thanks.

Pours a two finger creamy head.

Big resiny sap smell. Floral, citrus, and alcohol notes too.

Deep mesmerizing orange look.

Big rich taste, deep malts, stinging beautiful hops. Simcoe hops taste a little like pine needles if they were fruit. I love this beer.

Deceptively alcoholic.

One of the better DIPA's on the market. On par with ruination. Thanks Easter Bunny. Bawk Bawk.

Murchmac, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Big frothy head on vigorous pour. Slight cloudy amber/brown. Great lacing. Head hangs around for entire drinking and is "sticky".

S: Great citrusy smell of oranges and some lemon. Some earthy tones with a sweet maltiness behind. Very balanced and not at all overpowering. Earth tones become more apparent after heads dies down a bit.

T: Bitterness through out. Slight alcohol. Some roasted malt flavor. Big bitter aftertaste. Taste is not quite as balanced as smell. Bitterness certainly dominates. Slightest hint of grapefruit and sweet malt. Some piney hops. Taste mellows as temperature rises and becomes a little more balanced.

M/D: Carbonation is minimal. Meduim-full bodied. Above average drinkability. Good mouthfeel and sticky on the lips. Overall, an excellent representation of the style.

NCSUdo, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of yeastpuppet
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a gelid amber , three finger head that quickly drops .
Smells exactly like jamming ones nose into a bag of hop pellets .Yeah , THAT kind of hop aroma . Unbelievable . Wow . Faint sweet malt aroma that almost fails to fight it's way through the hop miasma .

Taste : outstanding . If you like a big , hoppy , brew that is . I do . The malt is there ...

Nice , substantial mouthfeel .You need it after the numbing effect of 9% alc. and Simcoe blitzkreig ... pleasant stickyness .

An excellent and tasty Ipa . More ...

yeastpuppet, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a short tulip glass. Nice amber color with a big off-white rocky head that fades a bit fast to a ring around the edge and a dollop of foam in the middle of the glass. There is lacing everywhere.

The smell is big strong west coast hops. I personally find the smell of this beer intoxicating. The taste is quite strong, not balanced, all hops. This beer is very bitter, good to sip but a bit heavy handed, even for me.

I like this beer, but it is a bit too strong for all but the biggest hopheads.

wheelinshirt, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of scott
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


Medium, quick to fade head crowning a deep copper, thick-bodied offering. The carbonation is fighting its way to the top.
Pleasant & robust nose of floral citrus. Bitter from the get-go, this ends pretty harsh, and slightly hot. Syrupy, and not particularly easy drinking; this is a sipping man's DIPA. I don't feel as I can define this as well balanced, as I wish this had something more than bitter & cloying going on.

scott, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of twokansamm
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought 1/6 barrel for the bar in my basement and the overwhelming review of all my friends has been "WOW!"

I totally agree. This is the most extremely hopped beer I have ever tasted--as far as the citrus flavor goes.

It's a slow drinker... it takes me about 45 minutes to get a pint down, and it's enjoyable the entire time.

Alcohol may be high, but it's well balanced even without a tremendous amount of malt presence.

If you can get a keg, do it!

twokansamm, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of bboven
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad I picked this for No.100!!

The color is exactly what an IPA should be. It's perfectly amber. I tried to think of a better way to describe it, but look up the gemstone. That's the color. Persistent head with thick lacing, clear as can be. Just gorgeous.

Simcoe seems to have it all. There's woody aromas, citrus, a little bit of burnt/bitter, and of course the extremely high ABV shows up just a bit.

Lots of hops and alcohol; could use a bit more malt, but that's not the point of this experiment. Simcoe is showcased beautifully here. It's sweet and citrusy and ridiculously bitter at thew end. The alcohol isn't there in taste, really, but it warms your throat and stomach to remind you it's there.

Mouthfeel is very full, just the right amount of carbonation and the hop oils coat your mouth and keep that wonderful taste around. (which is good, because you don't want to drink this one too fast!)

I bought a single bottle to try out, but I'm going back to get a four pack. The high ABV would cellar well, but I think the Simcoe magic would fade. I can see stretching two of these out over an evening of reading or sitting around the fireplace.

bboven, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Chsyhkr
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I shared this with a friend, who asked me what he was smelling?

I said, "red grapefruit". Nuff said.

Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo, they bring the same thing to this style beer. Huge grapefruit type aroma and flavor.

Simcoe is just Cascade on steroids.

An interesting beer to share. FULL of hops but plenty of pale malt to keep it all in check at the end.

9% abv, little crystal malt, just plain ol' malt and hops, plenty of hops!

Enjoy this American DIPA...

Chsyhkr, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Todd1 for this long-coveted brew!

12 oz. bottle served at 40 degrees F.

Pours a brilliant, clear, medium copper, with a rocky, towering, glass-lacquering light khaki head. A beautiful looking beer. Heady nose of freshly-crushed spruce and fir needles. Zesty citrus component as well. Sugar cookie toffee malt is hiding in the background.

Taste starts off with toasted toffee malt that quickly gets pushed aside by an explosion of Simcoe hop goodness. Fresh evergreen boughs, sap, and zesty citrus mix with a spicy floral hop flavor. Rummy fruits fill in the background mid-palate before the hops take over the long, dryish, deliciously bitter finish. Slightly warming and completely tongue-numbing! Medium-full body with a slightly syrupy feel. Very well done!

alexgash, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was easily my favorite beer I enjoyed in North Carolina a couple of months ago.

Poured orange amber with 4+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Piney & grapefruitty hops, plus some nice biscuitty malt breaking through

T: Huge piney & grapefruitty hops up front. Breadyness, plus fruityness follows as this warms. I also pick up cakey notes & tangerine hops. Finishes with earthy hops, breadyness & a nice warmth

MF: Creamy, oily & low carbonation

Drinks super for the ABV, a hophead's delight. One of the best DIPAs I've had!

russpowell, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of cameraman
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep Amber color, with a two inch thick head, that is off white to cream colored. The head has strong rention as well. The scent of citrus, mostly grapefruit, plus, grass and pine fragrances dominate the nose, finishing off with the sweet scent of malt. The taste starts with the malt at the front, followed by grapefruit and a grassy bitterness. The two flavors blend very well together. A medium bodied feel all the way through, does slightly thin out at the end. a unique flavored DIPA, strong aroma and flavor, but like most DIPA's drink slowly.

cameraman, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of caminiti
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a typical pint glass most likely stolen from the Griffin many year ago...
Appearance: A dark redish orange with a thick, though not excessive head. Very attractive.
Aroma: Very hoppy, which over-rides the aroma that other reviewers insist on finding a trace or scant or hint of!
Taste: Hoppy, with a touch of fruit, that hides the alcohol content.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, and even a bit creamy. The hops overtake your tastebuds, but not in a bad way. Delicious.
Overall a delicious beer, and one that will sneak up on you. If you like the IPA family, this should be a regular.

caminiti, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of StonyB
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA is now available in 4-packs. Very nice. The 12 oz brown bottle I sampled has the 9% ABV on the label, but no freshness date...

Appearance - An amazingly thick, almost solid head of 2-fingered foam. You could practically float a shot glass on it. Color is a hazy amber-bronze. Attractive.

Smell - A frontal assault of hops, both piny and floral, with some grapefruit wafting in. Not for the faint of heart.

Taste - Like biting into a hop flower. Intensely bitter, augmented partially by a wave of malt, a touch of grapefruit, and other citric fruits. Somewhat complex, more so as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Slick and somewhat creamy texture. Definitely quite acidic thanks to those oodles of hops.

Drinkability - Well, it's very tasty, practically manna for hopheads. Hard to down several of these in a row, though.

This hop bomb puts the extreme in extreme beer. Great job by Weyerbacher, an excellent addition to the Double IPA style, and to well-crafted beer in general. Highly recommended.

StonyB, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A: Glowing amber in color with some brownish hues. 1.5 inches of beige, creamy head. Lovely coat of creamy lacing at first, which fades to sticky rings further down the glass. One of the best looking beers I've seen.
S: Nice mixture of the Simcoe hops with some caramel malts; both are omnipresent. Medium amount of both sweetness and floral/grassy notes. Perhaps a hint of berries?
T: Mirrors the smell very much, which is great. Typical Simcoe tastes at first, just multiplied, and they persist for most of the taste. Sweetish in the middle with a malty finish. At first, I thought the finish was weak and diminishing, but this changed for the better as the beer warmed.
M: Drying overall, with little carbonation. As the beer warmed, I could feel a strong alcohol presence in the cheeks during the finish.
D: Not bad. I could have 2, but definitely no more. Plus, I'd rather try a different hop flavor.

LeftyBWS, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

As a preface, my favorite style is the Double IPA. With that being said, Weyerbacher is also one of the most underappreciated breweries in my opinion. Nevertheless, this beer deserves the high marks it's getting.

The bottle poured an attractive, amber-orange body with a tall, fluffy tan head. Faint carbonation trails were visible through the transparency of the brew. Fantastic rings of lacing were etched into the sides of the glass at the top, and since the head was so well retained, great, sticky patches of lacing ensued down the sides.

The aroma was full of piney, resinous hop notes, truly intoxicating at first. Hints of grapefruit, caramel, and white grapes also played a large part in the scent. The increasing bits of lacing, however, exuded a semi-noxious "body odor" of sorts, that interrupted the true hoppiness of the aroma further along in the drinking process.

The taste was absolutely delicious: foresty, resinous, sweet hops dominated the palate, but there was also a nice balance of malts. Citrus fruit, alcohol, and more hops finished this beer off strong. Mouthfeel detected a crisp, medium body that packed one hell of a mouth-puckering, bitter finish. It went over well at first, but eventually wore out the tastebuds a bit. All in all, Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe is amazingly complex, flavorful, and (despite the 9% ABV) quite easy to drink...if it weren't so expensive, I'd have one every week.

wagenvolks, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of riversider76
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper,with a one finger plus off white head. Excellent retention,and lacing. Aroma is of grapefruit,and floral hops. Body is thick,and carbonated. Taste is hopped,but there is an underlying sweetness there. Nice grapefruit finish.Excellent!

riversider76, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This badboy poured a nice rich copper with a tan 2 finger head with nice lacing. Smell is predominantly floral hops with lingering grapefruit. Taste is very citrus, with nice combination of floral and piney mixture. Very impressive hops. I'm a real hophead, and this was a nice hoppy slap on the palate. Alcohol presence is a little disheartening, but nothing to cry about. Mouthfeel was surprisingly thick and malty. A very drinkable brew, but I personally wouldn't pass 2 at a session. Impressive to say the least!

DrinkinBuddy, Aug 27, 2007
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,817 ratings.