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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,715 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,715
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 140
Gots: 179 | 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:
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 granite

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glasses.

A---It poured hazy golden with orange hues and a large rocky white head.

S---Candy sweetness, honey and piney hop aroma.

T---Slight malt, orange peel with late warming alcohol. It is a definite simcoe experience.

M---Full bodied and creamy.

D---I really enjoyed having a chance to try a single hop variety DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 17:26:38 | More by granite
Photo of vwcraig


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet/ruby color with a whitish head and big bubbles on top. Small bubbles rise slow but there is some carbonation there. Floral and grapefruity hop smell. Possibly a sweeter smell like pineapple as well. The smell is my favorite part of this one. Floral hop taste with a huge bitter bite. Massive hop taste. Laces the glass well. Sticky and resiny when left on lips. Full-bodied and oily. Drinkability is good IMO. I remember buying a case from Weyerbacher called their "big beers" variety case and being disappointed that Raspberry Imperial Stout was replaced with this. Not knocking the Raspberry, but now I'd rather have this.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 00:26:43 | More by vwcraig
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into one of my tulips. Very nice clear dark copper color. Two finger off white head of dense bubbles with a slight orange tinge.

The smell, not surprisingly was dominated by citrus hop resins. I also detected some suggestions of pineapple. The malt was noticeable as well.

The flavor was up front notes of citrus rind. Grapefruit most noticeably and a hint of canned pineapple. Resiny pine followed by sweet malt to back it all up. Fairly well balanced for such a pronounced hop presence. A touch of alcohol in the finish, but at 9% it's fairly well hidden all things considered.

The mouthfeel had the velvety feel of hop oils. Medium carbonation.

Very drinkable considering the higher abv. An excellent good DIPA. I really dig the single hop profile. I have yet to see this in 6 packs, but I'm waiting patiently.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 22:49:12 | More by Ieatlambfries
Photo of Vancer


4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fairly firm pour resulted in a massive head of tan, floating on a hazy amber orange nectar. The head and lace just glues to the side of the glass.

Muchas aromas of citrusly grapefruit and orange. Gooey taste of hoppy pine and citrus, enough oil in the mouth at finish to grease a car. A real sweet tart to start, but balances out well with the hop pop. Just a superb, well crafted brew.

This was a great sippin’ brew for a lazy afternoon – I could have many more, if they were available in the Midwest ;(

But many thanks to bennetj17, SkinnyElvis, zrbrrt, and mcallister for this beauty ! Glad I have more than one!!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 21:25:13 | More by Vancer
Photo of walleye


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber. poured a cloudy orange amber with a off white head. aroma, grapefruit with honey on top of it, pine, alcohol, medicine, fruity. flavor big hops, the grapefruit now has sugar on it, some floral, honey, as it warms the alcohol starts to come out strong. dryness and bitter in the finish. for me this is a beer you want to take your time drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 02:20:37 | More by walleye
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Dark, orange rust color.

Smell: Very nice citrus, floral, piney smell

Taste: Nice oily hop flavor, also a good malt character, but wow the Simcoe hops make this a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: I got a nice carbonation and a oily feel from the floral piney hops

Drinkability: Very tasty!!!! Great Beer

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 14:43:46 | More by jhicks12
Photo of guinnessfan


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Slightly clouded amber/copper color with a ginormous pillowy head, bone in color with a yellowish tinge. Lacing is extreme, lasting throughout the entire beer.

S: Perfect. Pine needles, citrus zest, green grass, maybe even some tame malt.

T: Initial hop bitterness, calmed by a smooth and mild malty goodness. Lingering citrus zest. Very mild alcohol flavor as the beer warms.

M: Smooth, dry, bitter, oily, good carbonation. Very complex mouthfeel.

D: Powerful taste, powerful effects. Not a beer to be f'ed with. One bomber is more than enough at a time.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 14:52:54 | More by guinnessfan
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy caramel colored body with a creamy light off-white head that has a yellow tint to it. There are some microbubbles that are only visible at the base of the glass and then disappear into the murky body.

S- The smell of green fresh hops spills out of the body even as the beer is poured. Upon closer sniffing the smell of bold green hops with a wintergreen note. There is a soft pale malt note in the background that is very fresh with a nice complexity of floor malted grain.

T- There is a big bitter but smooth hop flavor that dominates the first few sips. After the hops give way the soft caramel notes come through in the background. There are notes of pine with some softer hints of light fruit but not really citrus qualities. The hops have almost a dry grapefruit zest bitterness that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight cream note but no real alcohol hints even when it is warm.

D- The big hop punch of bitterness is very nice but unique in its complexity. The sweetness of the malt really helps the hops pop and the complexity of a single type of hops is surprisingly good.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 03:07:40 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of ski271


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, medium reddish-amber with a large, thick, off-white, foamy head. Good retention and lacing. It has a wonderful piney hops aroma, backed by citrus, some lightly sweet, well-rounded malts, and a hint of meaty yeast. Also some caramel and a hint of banana, butter and vanilla. The taste is… “that’s a spicy meat-eh-ball-eh!” Lots of citrus and VERY bitter, with a citrus rind bitter finish. You know, I never thought I’d be saying this but I think it’s actually TOO bitter. The bitterness is a little overwhelming and in my opinion masks the other admirable qualities of the beer a bit. It has a medium body, oily texture and moderate carbonation. This one definitely grew on me as the bottle went down. Fabulous aroma, but while I know the Double IPA is a beer for the hophead, balance shouldn’t suffer as a result. Still, a very good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 21:33:05 | More by ski271
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a dark and hazy burnt orange beer. About three fingers of sticky, creamy foam form up slowly, thickly, and create a solid layer. Thick lace painted all around the glass.

Aroma - intense orange and pine. Pure hops all the way.

Taste - no delay here in delivering the hops to the palate. Initial sweetness (not much though) allows some semblance of caramel malt. They are brief but good. The hops are fully flavored with orange citrus, pine, and some grapefruit on the swallow. A fairly long and smoldering finish. A bit of alcohol warmth but hidden pretty well behind the big time flavor. Despite my tendency to shy away from some of these intensely bitter brews, this one draws me in.

Mouthfeel - somewhere between moderate and heavy in body. The carbonation is kickin', keeping it peppy. A good sturdy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - a good DIPA, I really enjoyed it. Hop heads unite! Or at least getcha a bomber of this, I think you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 19:56:14 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of sulldaddy


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I split this bottle with Stopper who provided the goods.
The bottle is cold and poured into a snifter. Pours slightly cloudy amber color. A small beige head foams up and fades quickly to almost nothing. Aroma is hop dominant with some rindy grapefruit citrus and resiny pine. First sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation. texture is a little slick but a bit syrupy on the swallow.
Flavor starts sweet caramel for a second but rolls to all hops with grapefruit and herbal notes mixing with a strong resiny pine flavor. The beer finishes with some lingering bitterness that gets to be a little aspirin like.
A decent brew for most, a Great beer for hop heads. Another Weyerbacher product that I enjoy. They just keep crankin em out!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 04:16:05 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of perfectkaos


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of the Weyerbacher Big Beers and was pleased to see that the Raspberry Imperial Stout was replaced by this one, because I'd rather drink an IPA then anything raspberry.

This beer is great. Hoppy and crisp with a wonderful aroma. Even though this beer clocks in at 9%, there is no heavy alcohol taste, just hops. The taste lingers in your mouth.

Seems to me that Hop Devil just found itself a nemesis

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 02:40:12 | More by perfectkaos
Photo of kkosmoski

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a red wine glass. Orange colored with a generous thick cream colored head. Small hop particles were present (not a problem with me). The aromatics of this beer were amazing. It had that signature Pacific coast aroma of citrus and pine while at the same time displaying a very distinct pungent earthy tone. At first, this seems to be just another 'west-coast' style DIPA, but then the Simcoe comes through. A very pungent, almost blue cheese flavor that was balanced out by some residual sweetness. Mouthfeel was great. Very sticky and viscous from the hops. Surprisingly drinkable - you would never guess the 9% if it weren't on the label. Overall, this was an enjoyable beer that I would try again. It was my first experience with the Simcoe hop, and I would have to try it a few more times to acquire a taste for it enough to be crazy about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 17:22:37 | More by kkosmoski
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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A - Pours an amber copper with a big rocky, crusty off white head and lace clinging to every spot on the glass.

S - Raunchy, funky, aged cheese, earthy, citrus, dirty hops with a bit of sweet malt backbone.

T - Raunchy, aged "smelly" cheese, funky, dirty with some tropical citrus and sweet malt. This one taste just like it smells. Very unique.

M - Thick and chewy with resiny, syrupy coating that sticks to the tongue.

D - Unique beer but I just can't seem to get past the funkiness of the Simcoe hops. I can see how people could love this beer but I don't think I am a big fan of Simcoe after trying this one. I hope to see more single hop beers like this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 02:14:49 | More by brewcrew76
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a light orange color, a little less than what i'd call copper. A full finger off-white light tan head. It appears to be almost cloudy, but a second glance tells you it's only tiny tiny bubbles persisting to keep the head alive. Nice lacing.

S - You don't have to go hunting for this one. Nice grassy hoppiness that is not too subtle. A bit of malt hidden behind some alcohol. There is a slim chance that you could get a buzz from the that alone if you could stop yourself from ingesting it.

T - The hoppy flavor is right there, but it seems balanced and smooth. Almost sweet....complex.

M - Medium bodied. D - Very drinkable; i think the 9.0 is hidden well. I wouldn't call this a session beer; this is one for the Lazy Boy.

Very reasonable priced too. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 01:54:33 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of soup35

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a heady alcoholic aroma with hints of grapefruit and a rich deluxe amber color appearance.

a fairly intense flavor in the center of the mouth with a malty kick in amongst the bitterness.

lightly effervescent with an excellent hop aftertaste.

this is a damn good hopped intense beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 18:28:21 | More by soup35
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a bomber. Beautiful cloudy copper color with a sparse head that dissipates quickly. Great aroma of those yummy Simcoe hops and citrusakes notes.

Thick, hoppy taste, but again the citrus makes this brew more drinkabke than your average double IPA. Very complex flavors. This is a tasty version of an overly trendt style. I'll drink one again!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 00:22:39 | More by ProudBeerSnob
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double Simcoe IPA pours a slightly hazy copper color with a creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick ring around the beer leaving behind a lot of netted lace on the glass. A strong aroma of pine and grapefruit citrus greets you before each sip.

This full bodied beer is smooth, creamy and somewhat chewy. The flavor is all hops. Mainly pine, with grapefruit citrus and orange peel. There's some sweetness in the background trying to balance out the hops, but it fails miserably. However, for such a hoppy beer it's quite drinkable. Once gone the pine and grapefruit flavors linger on the palate.

This is a terrific beer for hop heads. It's not overly bitter, quite drinkable and has a lovely aroma. I've just become a big fan of simcoe hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 21:03:28 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of jwc215


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle

Pours hazy caramel-colored with a towering white head that is well-retained, esp. for abv level.

The smell is of pine and grapefruit.

The taste is of chewy, thick piney and grapefruity hops. Some subtle, grainy malt holds the assertive hops together. Peppery alcohol and sharp bitterness in the finish.

It's full-bodied with a nice texture. Some creamininess.

As good as it is - and it is - the hops slap you around with an added alcohol pinch - it does get to be a bit much - slow-sipping here.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 22:39:37 | More by jwc215
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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking foward to tasting these since I love Simcoe hops in my beer. Big frothy head that mostly lasted. Heavy hops aroma, with pine, citrus, and of course, grapefruit. Very distincly Simcoe. Nice mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Long after taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 17:50:43 | More by doubleipa
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As far as the looks of this beer....very average and normal for the style. It had a nice head with very adequate carbonation.
What first impressed me most about the "nose" was the strong malty aroma that hit me like a brick wall. The simcoe hops were trying to balance the malt and were fairly successfull.
I couldnt wait to taste it and boy, it didn"t dissapoint! The first impression that came to my mind was "WOW"! This was one whale of a beer. The strong malty backbone, balanced nicely by the large dosing of hops just knocked my socks off. For a minute I thought the beer may have been too bitter, but nah, It was right on target.
The more of this I drank, the more I wanted. My only complaint was the bottle wasnt endlesss. It was truly amazing.
I would highly reccommend this beer to anyone and hope to have more myself sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 19:26:16 | More by dmamiano
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to blitz134 for this one.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, huge foamy off white head, tons of huge islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is of sweet malts, hops a plenty, slight citrus and slight caramel. The taste follows the nose pretty much, very hoppy and sweet malty. A very nice bitter/dry finish. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, my first Weyerbacher, hopefully not my last.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 19:50:52 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber that is greatly drinkable. Just hops, and nicely malted but still on the bitter side. Must be enjoyed on its own, with another IPA would not be as much of a standout. A good IPA and not overdone double. Lace in glass, and good colour and head. Hoppy aroma, and nothing but.Had on tap a few months later and it was about the same.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 01:06:30 | More by Sammy
Photo of Risser09


4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$1.75 per bottle @ the brewery. Tried the sample on -tap and thought it was amazing. fresh 12 oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: Nice two finger head. Thick foam with large bubbles. Red/brown glow beams form the snifter. Takes awhile to dissipate. No lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Amazing. This is the best smelling beer I have ever smelled. Roses, hyacinth, pine. Creamy and smoothe but you can almost taste the hop oils and floral bouquet that is very prominent. Reminds me of dried lavendar. Smells just as good as it did out of the tap.

Taste: Wham. Bittering hops are blasting my mouth. This beer tastes more complex than it should with only 1 variety of hops. Tastes piney and peppery. Bitterness pairs extremely well with the alcohol burn (which you can barely notice, btw). Leaves a great bittering finish at the back of my tongue and uvula. Still there. will probably linger for quite awhile.

Mouthfeel: Creamy at first. Still a lingering finish. Smoothe in the mouth and throat, finishing a pinchy, peppery bitterness.

Drinkability: Great. This is the best example of an IPA I have ever tasted. Amazingly masked 9.0% abv. Creamy & Bitter. Complex. Best nose for a beer of this style. I am thoroughly impressed by this beer and I hope it remains the same.

In addition, I thought that alot of Weyerbacher's beers are too sweet but this one is perfect in the sugar area. Very balanced and manageable. I could drink this all day if I could still think after doing so.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 23:25:25 | More by Risser09
Photo of rayjay


3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Via trade with zrrbrrt, with much thanks. This one pours a deep carmel copper. Featuring a full-on, white-stained-tan head, which laces my glass. Nose is full of high-alpha hops and the smell on brew day.

Creamy texture, and bitter bitterness. Boozy. Lots of tart, citrus hops. The bitterness is a bit unpleasant, akin to eating orange rind. Sticky and pungent malts remind me of unfermented wort. It has a smoked peat note that makes it similar to Irish whiskey. Not what I was expecting; not bad, but not great.

I love the brewery, but this one....too sticky, unpleasant tastes, and enough hops but not in the right way. Sorry, Weyerbacher. I still believe!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 00:29:33 | More by rayjay
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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