Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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Ratings: 2,954
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 155
Gots: 260 | 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 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.

Photo of countrocula
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed 12 ounce bottle into thick walled glass tumbler.

Appearance - Poured nicely. Dense foam manifests into cigarette butt yellow head. Head ebbed away quickly leaving a nice lace for duration of tippling.

Smell - I get big pine off of this with subtle grapefruit. Not sappy pine mind you but like pine sawdust off the circular table saw.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Huge grapefruit up front. Puddles up on the swallow to leave a formidable bitter hop finish.

Drinkability - Delicious yet certainly not a guzzler in my estimation. 9% makes this perfect for an extended sip and I'd gladly take this on a damp fall day or blustery winter.

Photo of AltBock
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle that has a simple yet cool black label of wavy green lines. I'm guessing that these green lines are suppose to represent grass blowing in the wind or Simcoe hops. In front of the green lines is the name of the beer in big bold cream colored letters. Off to the left side and the bottom of the label is where they keep the US Government warning, barcode, refund values, and the brewery's actual address and web address. No date anywhere on the label or the bottle itself.

Appearance: When poured into a Harvest Moon pint glass, this Weyerbacher is a clear golden amber with traces of sunshine yellow along the edges. Sitting on top of this amber beer was a tall creamy 2 inch head of white/tan colored foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a small creamy white/tan film and a huge amount of white/tan streaks of lace around the glass. I just loved the appearance of this beer. It was beer eye candy.

Smell: What an aroma! The aroma was on the strong side with bitter and dry citrus hops, citrus fruits, pine needles, grapefruit, a hint of tea leaves, a drop of lemon, and all of this ended with more bitter and dry citrus hops. Toward the end, I noticed a speck of caramel malts trying to peak through the hop wall, but when I noticed the malts, the hops swept in to cover them up.

Taste: It's funny how this taste works. The taste strats off gentle with toasted caramel malts and then out of nowhere, the taste suddenly gets aggressive with pure hoppiness. The taste actually gets hoppier and hoppier as the taste progresses along. After the toasted malts, that's where the bitter citrus hops, sour grapefruit, pine needles, and more citrus hops come into play! In the middle of this hop burst was a subtle touch of sweet caramel. I don't know how all the hops let that one through. It probably should have been in the beginning of the taste where it could have recieved more light, but it was fine where it was. Very good and Very Hoppy!

Mouthfeel: It was clearly a full bodied beer with a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of citrus hops, tea leaves, a slice of grapefruit, pine needles, and a hint of biscuit malts. The aftertaste was almost as hoppy and good as the initial taste. If you couldn't tell already, this aftertaste will linger on in your mouth for quite a few minutes. I should also mention that it masked it high 9% ABV. There's was no way of knowing that I was drinking a 9% ABV beer.

Drinkability: So far, this is my favorite Weyerbacher beer! The taste of this beer was very hoppy, interesting, and of course excellent! I would drink this beer again at a drop of a hat. If you try only one beer from Weyerbacher, make it "Double Simcoe IPA."

Photo of shroompod
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange hue , nice rocky head with some lacing throughout glass.

Smell is faintly hoppy , with some citrus coming through , although not as much as I'd expected.

This beer is a hop monster , tons of bitterness , mouth puckering grapefruit bitterness. I really can't detect much of a malt backbone , or any sweetness expect some residual stickiness on the lips.

The hops lighten this up pretty good , good carbonation.

Overall a nice sipper , although I'm chugging this one down after mowing the lawn.

Photo of Iceman77
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with generous foamy head which recedes slowly to a full surface film and clingy lace. The aroma and taste are a hop head's dream. This is def one of the most aromatic brews I have ever sampled, a very complex mix of pine, citrus and a unique hint of fresh flowers (maybe that's just me, haha). The taste is bold hops, and since it is straight simcoe rather than a blend of hop varieties, the flavor is very clean. You revisit the pine and citrus here, with a touch of sugary sweetness. This brew coats your mouth with the flavors and tings the back of the throat with the hoppy bitterness. The only reason I didn't give this a higher drinkability rating is because the aroma and taste is so bold, none but the hoppiest hop heads would session this, but it is a DIPA that has to be tried. I will certainly have it again and again whenever I can, another home run from Weyerbacher.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy orange. There isn't much head but a thin bit of white foam that leaves excellent lacing.

Smell - Piny hops and citrus fruits. Some sweet malt as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - First taste is of slightly bitter hop taste giving way to the sweet malt and citrus fruits. The end finishes of with a lovely bitter pine hop taste. Very well balanced!

Drinkability - A very solid double IPA. Has everything that you want and need if your ever in the mood for a serious hoppy beer. Another great IPA to add to the list!

Photo of ryrust5301
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance - A cloudy orange bronze color without much of a head. This beer does have some unbelievable lacing, as it leaves a thick halo around the top of the beer.

Smell - Bitter bitter piny hops wrapped around a citrus grapefruit smell. A balancing sweet malt comes though too.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This beer definitely delivers the hop bitterness! Very crisp scratchy carbonation with an oily smooth body. Bitterness does fade into a caramel creamy sweet malt further back on the tongue. Finishes like it started with that bitter hop flavor in the aftertaste.

Drinkability - Nice beer to grab when you need your hop fix. Hoppy and syrupy make it a sipper and keeps the drinkability a little lower. Good Double IPA to punish your palate from time to time.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was damn good! I was disappointed in their Barley Wine (way too sweet and thin, IMO) so my hopes weren't that high for this one. Nice, typical IPA appearance, but the aroma and flavor leap out! Lots of citrus hops, good body. Very creamy and smooth. I'll have to try it again to rate it in the upper echelon, but I'm currently drinking a Hopslam, and the Simcoe holds it's own. Don't miss it if you get a chance. Thanks Deepak!

Photo of paultierney1
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here's what happened to me: For years, I have been a big fan of Two Hearted, 60 Minute, and Commodore Perry. All fabulous and available in Toledo for about $1.50 per bottle. Every once in a while, I would spend more and get a 90 Minute, or even a Thomas Hardy or a 120 Minute.

But then I tried the Weyerbacher Simcoe from Pennsylvania. It's in the same league as Delaware's 90, a DIPA, but even better. The hoppy bitterness is amazing and it just stays there. No citrusy aftertaste a la Two Hearted, which is great by the way. Just smooth, lasting bitterness. Don't ever try to go back down after one or two of these. I made that mistake once and the Commodore Perry seemed like a Bud Light!

The only problem is the price. Now it's about $3 per bottle, same as the Bell's Hopslam, but probably a little better if that is possible. The Brothers really need to try this one, don't you think?

Photo of FleeVT
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no dates poured into a pint.

A: Beautiful sun-kissed copper hue with a very slow carbonation stream and a sicky fluffed white head that coats the glass.

S: A generously hoppy nose with citrus hints of grapefruit and passionfruit. Slight pine aromas mixed with a slight malty sweetness reminiscent of apples.

T/M: All hops, off the charts on the the hop-o-meter. Lots of hop oils that keep the bitterness lingering for a while after the swallow. The beer has a nice creamy texture with its relatively heavy body for the style. It's really difficult to comment on anything but the hops in this one.

D: I love hops, usually more than the next guy, but this one was too much for me. I couldn't get past the biterness. It is an Imperial so it is not out of character.

Photo of getalife2k5
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a copper/golden amber... looks like oolong tea. smells of pine and pineapple-citrus. perfectly bubbly with constant bubbles at the surface. tastes strongly of white grapefruit with certain piney notes. thick and syrupy and extremely bitter. the bitterness hits you about halfway through and stays in your mouth for quite a while. perfect for true hop-heads! while the bottles are pricey, they are certainly worth it. take your time and really enjoy this one. but, you won't taste much of anything else after you finish it, your tastebuds will be down for the count, if not the rest of you!

Photo of Monkeypaws
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Just wow.
Great dark IPA, with a very tight head, leaving sticky lace all over the damn place.
This is the first beer in a long time that I've actually been able to SMELL, great hops smell; I can't really tell the difference between citrus and piney, but I'm guessing piney here.
The taste is absolutely outstanding, especially for a bottle. Rich hops and malts battle it out, and you win. Amazing balance and flavor abound.
This beer has a rich. chewy mouth feel, and the strong alcohol content is masked by terrific flavor.
I only have the one bottle Kingpin so generously left me, but I think I could drink a few of these.
YUM!

Photo of ph2001
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in pint glass

it pours thick with a thick layer of foamy head. deep orange, cider type of color.

thick and rich, it is full of flavor, but it is well balanced, not too strong on the hops. seems almost sweet at first. the 9% warms the throat. finishes with a nice hoppy bite.

Photo of Lenny2884
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a orangy-amber color with a big beautiful white head. Incredible head retention, this thing just isn't going away.

SIMCOE!! Such a distinct aroma there's no mistaking it. Smells like a whole barrell of simcoe hops. Do I need to say anymore??

BIG hop flavor. Its ripping the enamel off my teeth as we speak. Starts spicey and ends big and citrusy. Little malt character but thats not what this beer is about. The citrus flavors seem to change with every sip. The 9% rears its head as it warms the throat. This is bonafide craft beer. Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Big body.

Overall, in one word, BIG! I think i could taste simcoe hops in any beer no matter how many different varieties are used. I haven't had many Weyerbacher beers but I'm on board. However, I dont think its worth the $12+ it cost for a 4 pack. But still a very nice big IPA.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a orangish gold with an outstanding two-finger head that stuck around for a while. Great hop presence in the nose, and the scent is also marked with sticky malts and fruit (I picked up cherries for some reason). The hops are there, immensly, with a good, dry bitterness to them that sticks to the palate and leaves a semi-sweet fruit taste combo'ed with a good dry backbite. Smooth, medium to full bodied w/ the alcohol covered up nicely - only the ABV keeps this from being a session beer but I recommend any DIPA fan to try this one at least once.

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

This showed up at my local Whole Foods and I have been in the mood to try a new DIPA with the approach of summer. Those Simcoe hops have been showing up all over lately.

This pours an attractive bright reddish orange with moderate visible carbonation and and unyielding half finger cap of beige head. The nose is a near perfect sandwich of prickly pine needles and tantalizing citrus rind.

There is a little late breaking malt here but as expected, this one is all about the hops. A withering bitterness hangs over this one from start to finish with hints of grapefruit, pine resin, and spice or herbs. Slight medicinal flavor takes this one a small step back. Alcohol is detectable but nicely masked for the abv.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick but flexible enough to let this one be somewhat quenching despite the ridiculous hop attack and alcohol content.

This one is easy to like for hop fans. Worth your ducats.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. Nice deep golden amber color that forms a one inch light brown head that leaves a lacing on top of the beer. The aroma is quite strong with pine notes and citrus with some spice and malt kicking down the door at the end. The taste is an explosion of hops. If you like hops this is for you it, as the beer starts with a lot of citrus and grapefruit taste. As the hops are done wacking the palate the malt sweetness comes through and balances the beer. The aftertaste leaves a nice toned down bitterness. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and creamy that leaves an light oily coating on the tongue. Easy to drink as the beer does not have a real strong bitter aftertaste to it. Great beer.

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

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear dark amber (with an almost golden sheen at times) and 2 big fingers of creamy off-white head. The retention of this is just fantastic, shriking down to about a 1/2 finger and staying put there almost for the entire duration and leaves behind just gigantic, sticky lacing. The aroma is a beefy mix of pungent pine, spiciness, citrus notes, and bready malts.

The taste is a big biting hop bitterness up front that is balanced by a hefty mix of citrus character and malty sweetness. The finish has a prominant bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a pronounced heat element to it that leaves the mouth drenched with a hot and bitter feel.

Wow, I've got to give Weyerbacher credit on this one, as this is one beer that lets it all hang out. Huge bitterness and a beefy feel that sometimes seems bigger than its 9% ABV, yet still stays fairly smooth and approachable. This is a nice one for when you feel like throwing down something that just might throw you back!

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

Hazy copper color, topped with an extra sticky, gobby ivory head. Fantastic lacing and head retention. I can't imagine it being any better.
From about two feet away, I can get a whiff of juicy, resinous hops. Simcoe is a deliciously pungent hop, so a single varietal like this is great. Plenty of sweet, toasty malt behind all the hops, but the pine and citrus hoppy scent takes center stage. Some notes of bright lemon and candy apple.
Very big, bold flavor. Surprisingly springy and brightly flavored, considering the oily, viscous mouthfeel. Plenty of toasted, caramel malt sweetness, tempering the hop bitterness thoroughly. Could be a little more on the bitter side, actually. Nice fruity esters, citrus in a Lemonheads candy kind of way. A bit of mango and sweet tangerine. Lots of oily hop flavor in the finish, providing a balanced bitterness to the heavy, underlying malt sweetness. Just enough carbonation to keep the huge body moving across the palate. Just a hint of an alcohol bite in the finish, lingering with a piney hop aftertaste. Mmmmm....simcoe.

Photo of gford217
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Sean227 poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber with a small cream-colored head which left a little bit of bubbly swirl on the top. Lacing is extremely good.

S: Smell is big piney resin hop oils with a big of orange and grapefruit citrus aroma as well. Smells a little sweeter than most IPAs with a nice bready malt aroma.

T: Pine is present in the taste as well, but I get a little more citrus in the taste with grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. The sweetness is also there in the taste with a bit of malt and candy tastes. Very well balanced taste.

M: Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and oozing with hop oils. Flavors coat the mouth and cling for quite a while.

D: I really like this IPA and the sweetness that you don't necessarily see in some DIPAs. It's pretty big but definitely drinkable.

Photo of Matty1918
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Weyerbacher. I've heard good things about this brewery but never got around to trying there beers.

Poured a light amber almost a hazy honey.

A nice creamy off white head.

Aroma was of toasted malts...slight citrus and grainy.

Nice lacing too.

The first thing I tasted was the hops...a dry bitterness with a slight grapefruit hint. There was also slight buttery aftertaste.

A nice creamy mouthfeel.

A great IPA and I'm looking forward to trying more of Weyerbacher's brews.

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

Appearance: Slightly opaque golden orange in color. Nice creamy head with a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hoparoma! Very upfront citrusy fresh cut grass aroma of hops.

Taste: The aroma of this beer does not dissapoint! It leads right up to a wonderful hop flavor as soon as the first drop of this liquid hits your tongue. Did I mention this is quite the hop bomb??

Mouthfeel: Slighttly oily-just about right. Carbonation is almost perfect.

Drinkabilty: Drinkability is off the charts. This beer goes down smooth and it is very easy to drink all night-just beware of that 9% alc!!

Overall a superb example of this style. This is a must have!

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,954 ratings.