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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,792
Reviews: 1,308
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 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
Photo of dbatch

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +13%

A: Pours a beautiful copper/red/brown color, with about two fingers of head and a little bit of lacing. The color is really rich looking, like a really fine bourbon.

S: Piney hop aroma is strong here, with a little sweet caramel aroma underneath as well.

T: The hop flavor is very strong up front, the pine aroma is matched equally if not stronger by the pine flavor. You can also note the sweetness in there as well. Its not perfectly balanced, but its pretty close. Definitely agree with Tomas77 that there is a grapefruit aftertaste to it, not too tart though.

M: Starts off very carbonated, but smooths out and leaves a creamy finish. It does leave a sharp bite after, but its good.

D: Easy to drink, and it will kick your tail too. Wonderful beer, one of my favorites. If you're an IPA fan like I am, you'll love this anytime.

07-03-2007 21:26:10 | More by dbatch
Photo of Tomas77


4.93/5  rDev +21.1%

Very attractive beer when poured. Copper in color with brilliant clarity and a head of foam that's thick,creamy, and rocky in appearance. Lace that sticks to the sides of the glass from beginning to end. A very refreshing look. Taste and aroma using only one type of hop,Simcoe, has everything you would want in an IPA. Piney aroma,some floral and citrus notes in the nose also. Goes down very smooth. An oily slick feeling on the palate with piney notes up front and intense grapefruit lingers into the finish. Sweet carmel malt does show up but hops stay ahead throughout but are not overpowering. Very balanced for a double IPA. The last sip you take carries some of the residual hops that settle to the bottom of the glass which takes all the characteristics mentioned above and amplifies it a couple of notches. Which to me isn't a bad thing at all.

Bravo! Weyerbacher

07-03-2007 13:33:31 | More by Tomas77
Photo of mwearl

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle, beer is a deep copper color with red hue and a thick foamy head, some lacing with tiny bubbles. Smell of grapefruit, blossoms and hops. First taste is powerful with high ABV and high hops content. Taste of grapefruit is most distinctive with lots of hoppyness and a bitter finish. No malt is readily detected. Mouthfeel is medium and foamy on the tongue. Drinkability is not exceptional unless you crave the level of hops and bitterness in this beer, but this beer lives up to is Double IPA classification.

07-02-2007 01:26:33 | More by mwearl
Photo of greenman2112


4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

I got this beer by recommendation of the beer guru in the store. I wanted something good for a holiday with friends. I was impressed by the incredible drinkability of this big beer. Kinda scary. Nice color and nose. It lingers a bit on the palate but I like that. Grapefruit character is pronounced and welcomed. I gave some to a friend who is a light beer drinker (boring) and he was pleasantly surprised and had another. Would recommend this beer to hopheads and anyone liking massive flavor in their brew.

06-29-2007 16:54:42 | More by greenman2112
Photo of YankChef


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

22 oz bottle poured into an oversized dfh snifter

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly bright red amberish color with hints of a darker ruby red. Very fluffy white head that clings to the glass as well as coats the top of the beer. a 1/4 inch head was still present after about a half hour.

Smell: Very strong aromas and absolutely awesome. Strong aromas of peach and apricot that just jump out of the glass. Also subtle berry aromas and a hint of lychee. Citrusy fresh hop aroma that lets you know what is about to come.

Taste: Hits the back of the tounge instantly with an astringent hop bitterness. This beer is very rough and the hop absolutely dominates the malt, this tastes like a fresh bomber. Notes of grapefruit and sour orange as well as a bitter sort of apricot. There is also a strong sweet apricot after the beer warms a little, i believe this beer would taste a lot sweeter if it aged 6 months.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation for the style, although in a pleasant way. medium-full bodied, this one just really coats your mouth.

Overall: A simply fantastic IPA, completely blows their mediocre hops infusion single ipa out of the water. Right up there with 90 minute ipa and ruination in my opinion, one of my fav DIPA's. If you like the style, this one is a must try.

06-27-2007 00:58:01 | More by YankChef
Photo of bergands


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

This beer poured a cloudy dark orange or amber with a large four finger head that eventually died down to a steady two finger head that lasted through my entire sitting. The nose was a strong citrus, definatley a beer for the hophead. The citrus on the nose turned into what came across to me as grapefruit flavors on the tongue. I was pleasantly suprised with this one. For a double IPA at 9% it went down really quickly. I also enjoyed getting a full view of Simcoe. Highly recommended for any one who loves the hops.

06-26-2007 20:23:23 | More by bergands
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

dark orange brown with an off white creamy two finger head. smells divine. grapefruit, pine, citrus, and maybe bubblegum. tastes the same with a little bitterness and a lot of smoothness. i can feel this one. no, not like buzz feel, but like the kind of brew that just warms up as it goes down. like this one is actually alive. i love dipa's. i'd drink this every day if i had to.

06-24-2007 00:13:33 | More by timtim
Photo of Reed415


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Pours a Ruby Amber Color with 2 fingers of head, Leaves an excellent lace behind

S - Nose is loaded with citrus, piney, hops

T - Very Balanced. Good Piney citrus hops, with smooth earthy malt on the other end

M - Full Bodied, Moderate Carbonation

D - Very balanced DIPA. Enjoyable

06-21-2007 00:36:50 | More by Reed415
Photo of umustdrink


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Many thanks to BA mjgardner for this beer

A - Very dark orange or light brown, a lot like apple cider. Offwhite head is thick, rocky in the middle and fades to an eighth inch. Lacing is minimal, in small patches.

S - Fragrant citrus and bitter, but also darker smelling, hops. Sugary and bitter, like a carrot with peppery spices.

T - Starts thin and sugary bitter, then a creamy and sweet hop. Finish leaves a bitter carroty hop flavor.

M - Medium consistency with minimal carbonation.

D - Overall, Simcoe hops have a very good taste, and distinct from other hop varieties. This beer is smooth and creamy, which is different; part of the reason I like DIPA's, they always surprise me. Thanks again Matt.

06-19-2007 02:18:33 | More by umustdrink
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

A- Slightly murky orange amber with two fingers of cream-colored head after a hard pour, that lasts as a single layer and laces a bit.

S- Caramel maltiness and strong, piney/grapefruity hops that balance and make a truly enjoyable nose, especially for us hopheads. :-)

T- Same as the nose, Sweet and malty up front with hints of caramel and biscuit, then hops come in intense and strong, and tasty. Finishes slightly bitter, with a slightly alcoholic tinge.

M- Perfect. Smooth, medium body and carbonation, slightly chewy, with an astringent finish.

D- It's a double IPA. For the hop lover, it's a dream come true. If you're not that into hops, don't buy this beer.

06-17-2007 01:13:36 | More by khiasmus
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

On tap Blind Tiger

A-A clear dark reddish brown with a small creamy head.

S-Very strong fresh hops, perfect for a 2xIPA. the simcoe hops are piney and intense. There is also an underlying sweetness behind the bitter hop scent.

T-Hop assualt at the beginning and the end. This is a very floral piney type of hops presented in a very fresh way. The sweet toffee and dark fruit notes of the malt come through in the middle to balance out the hop bitterness. The sweetness is not cloying and the alcohol is well hidden.

M-Slightly above a medium body with a mid moderate ammount of carbonation. The hops do coat the tongue in a way they should with a 2xIPA.

D-Alcohol is so well hidden, I ended up having three of these last night at the Blind Tiger. any time i have more than one of a beer there, I know I like it. If i see this in the bottle I will defnitely get this and will seek it out on tap. A great East Coast 2xIPA using west coast hops.

06-16-2007 15:32:58 | More by sleazo
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Copper with a fluffy off-white head; great retention & lace.

S: Pine, grass & grapefruit hops, with an underlying toffee & bready malt.

T: Piney hops up front, with a some grapefruit & grass through the middle. Dark toffee & hints of quality, biscuity malt. Residual sweetness is balanced with an abundance of hop bitterness. The bitterness is incredibly well-balanced, with a bittersweet finish. Alcohol is warming, yet well disguised.

M: Moderate to full body is acidic, with a touch of residual sweetness.

D: Incredible for its strength.

06-09-2007 21:39:57 | More by Derek
Photo of FightingEntropy


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Off white head--solid lace down the galss. Clean, singular nose of Simcoe--strong, a little grassy, but grapefruity as hell-sinus clearing but nice. Grassy more in the taste than the nose, and bitter and dry going down. Almost enough malt to balance in the amber orange beer. Very fun if you like a fresh hop taste.

06-07-2007 17:27:43 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of westweasel


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Special thanks to Khiasmus for this bottle!

The beer pours out a hazy dark copper, light amber color with a huge beige-colored head. The smell is toasty and biscuity with a little bit of orange and orange rind.

The taste is predominantly toast and bicuits initially, with an orange tasting bitterness that follows. This beer seems to be balanced on the malty side.

The mouthfeel is medium with a medium finish. Overall it is very drinkable. I would prefer this to be more on the hoppy side - not on the malty side as it is.

05-31-2007 21:24:29 | More by westweasel
Photo of ArrogantB


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Split this 22oz bottle with a friend. Weyerbacher has some really strange label art. Anyway, this one was a nice dark orange in color. The smell was tropical fruit, mostly pineapples. The taste was citrus, pineapple, pinecone, and other fruits. This was a really good beer that I wish I could buy locally. It might also be nice if the ABV was a little lower.

05-30-2007 22:22:12 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely amber copper, a good sized off-white head that keeps and settles to a thin foam, lots of lacing all down the glass. The aroma is a smattering of fruity hops, a bit grassy and earthy perhaps, very nice. The taste is even better, by quite a bit. In fact, you could probably write a poem about it. As it is, its way too nice outside, so I'll just say its every bit the DIPA its purported to be, oodles of fruity goodness, resinous saps, caramel sugars, lots of stuff going on here. And the mouth is equally fine, full, chewy, sticky, slick, warming.... ya, its good. In all, ya, its a great beer.

05-27-2007 22:28:10 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of PittBeerGirl


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

A- copper body with thin white head.

S- hops, citrus, malt. Smell is very welcoming.

T- This is very well balanced. Initial taste of light hops, malt, and a big citrus flavor. Refreshing bitter hop aftertaste with citrus and hops lingering.

M- Medium weight body with medium carbonation. Very smooth for a double IPA.

D- this is very drinkable. Reccommended for the IPA and all around beer lover.

05-20-2007 23:42:47 | More by PittBeerGirl
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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