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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,764
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 140
Gots: 197 | 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 biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

- An expirement in hop -
Thank you Grub for sharing this 650 ml bottle, there was little - to nothing - about this beer I didn't enjoy.
Even a slow pour generated a great white head. A hazy, sandy brown coloured body. My lacing would take the form of looking like Arabic writing. Nice appearance. Nothing short of 'explosive' aroma - the Simcoes are crisp and clean. Notes of bready malts too. The flavours are excessively citruisy. The malts play nothing more than a supporting role. Some caramel. Plenty of esters - pineapple, grapefruit to much lesser extent. Strong coatings of pine, wood, and a crunching alcohol sting.
It's something like a citrus drink with serious attitude, everything about this beer is "fun". It is highly, highly enjoyable - and I think that describes it best.


May 2007. Sampled again off tap, at Mr.Goodbar in Buffalo, and it was FRESH, and I said WOW! This beer impresses me so very much. All aspects the same, it was just so much more vibrant, so much more lively and so very delicious. I make these notes only as testament to why I had to raise my scores. This is certainly a top favourite of mine for DIPA's.

03-20-2007 17:45:38 | More by biegaman
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

got this bottle in a recent trade with crwills. thanks craig!

650ml bottle.

pours hazy golden-amber colour with a thin white head. tons of lace.

aroma is great. grapefruit and pine, with a little tangerine. bit of caramel. bit of alcohol.

taste is great. assertive bitterness. tons of grapefruit and pine. light caramel and toffee. this one is all about the hops.

mouthfeel is good. moderate carbonation and a nice medium body.

drinkability is great. very well balanced, hiding its alcohol well. really enjoying this one. thanks again craig!

03-19-2007 02:01:52 | More by grub
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy copper in color with dark orange hues. Thin white head pours one finger thick and quickly dissipates into a micro bubble ring around the edges of the glass. Decent thin lacing.

S: Sweet tropical fruit. Pine sap. Wet grass. Yeast. Sweet malt.

T: Upfront tastes of mango and grapefruit juice are immediately swallowed up by a clean citrus and pine hop bitterness. A tea like presence is followed by sweet balancing malts. Wet grass flavor and more sweetness is covered up by a slight warming alcohol.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: Deceptively drinkable. Very sweet for the style. A tad one sided due to the overload of simcoe hops, but damn tasty. A simcoe hophead's dream come true!

03-19-2007 00:54:50 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

22oz bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a light gold with little head and just a bit of bubbles floating to the top. Decent lacing on the way down. It has the expected solid hoppy aroma. Hey, maybe this beer can be used as a teaching tool so that I will be able to identify Simcoe hops in the future... Flavour is piney - I guess there is not much of a flora quality to Simcoe hops. A good beer - but doesn't significantly stand out from even some regular IPAs. And doesn't come close to what has become my standard for this category - Stone's Ruination.

03-17-2007 04:30:26 | More by sstackho
Photo of kpantz


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Executive Summary: While not quite as appealing as the first version, the latest batch of Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher is damn tasty. Notably, it's a feast for the eyes as well - just a beautiful ale.

Appearance: Perfectly clear amber with ruby hints. Cream-colored head, very fluffy, persisting at over a finger thick. Lacing is gorgeous.

Smell: Floral/citrus hop aroma DOMINATES, with a little sweetness embedded.

Taste: Moderate sweetness up front, grassy/floral hop flavor is up next, and a strong, but quite smooth, bitterness to finish. I don't recall the flowery flavor to the Simcoe hops, either in the last iteration of this beer or in my own creations using them, but it's here nonetheless, and I'm not sure whether I like it.

Mouthfeel: Definitely sticky, but not as syrupy as I remember it. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate for the style.

Drinkability: A pretty drinkable DIPA. Doesn't feel as stomach-filling as the last incarnation, which helps in this category. Still, it's no session beer ;)

03-15-2007 04:52:30 | More by kpantz
Photo of jmalex


4.15/5  rDev +2%

I missed this one on tap back in December at Capone's (the last pint was poured as we were ordering), and it took me this long to try it - this time in a bottle. I haven't been too impressed with Weyerbacher's beers so far, but this one comes with some hype.

APPEARANCE: Pours a VERY hazy copper orange with a nice one-finger creamy white head. The head is quite strong and refuses to budge. As I drink, significant curtains of lace are present all down my glass. A picture perfect pint!

SMELL: Mmm... simcoes. Very refreshing citrusy piny aromas exude from the glass. A slight sweetness is also very detectable as are traces of alcohol.

TASTE: The taste very much mirrors the smell. It starts out quite sweet surprisingly, with flavors of grapefruit and flowers. The sweetness leaves somewhat in the finish and becomes refreshingly hoppy with a pleasant bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium full bodied, maybe a bit thicker than one would expect. A nice crisp carbonation does this beer well, though.

DRINKABILITY: Quite possibly the most refreshing and most drinkable Double IPA I've ever had. This can probably be contributed to the crisp, citrusy flavor of the simcoes. Certainly this is the most striking thing about this beer.

Okay, Weyerbacher. Nice work. This Double IPA is far from overbearing, unlike many others of the style. This would make a nice warm day beer. It feels very much like the 9% that it is, but that doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. Very nice!

03-13-2007 22:50:53 | More by jmalex
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Bomber courtesy of HogTown Harry- he’s the man! Pours out a dark cloudy tangerine. Excellent head and lacing. Aroma is hop and sweet. This was my first time trying Simcoe hops- quite different. Not overly bitter at the start- moreso grassy and piney. The bitterness kicks in at the end- the finish is super dry. Sucks the life out of you that’s for sure! Despite the hops, the malts are holding their own. Creamy toffee mouthfeel and fairly sweet. Some buttery notes. Overall a very good beer. The finish is a tad dry but otherwise very good. Carbonation levels are good. This is a bomber to share, but I plowed through it on my own. I noticed the booziness pick half way through the bottle.

03-11-2007 15:48:58 | More by oakbluff
Photo of jmc44


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a hazy, amber-copper color. Surprisingly dark for the style. White head, about 2 fingers, with some staying power. Leaves a nice lacing.

Fairly strong aroma, tho not as much as some other DIPAs, citrusy, slightly grassy, with hints of alcohol and just a touch of malt.

Taste is intially mild and mellow, then the hops kick in and finish with a bang. Citrus, pine, and grass are predominant; there's a slight taste to the alcohol. Not much malt to speak of.

It's thick and slightly oily, lingers a bit in the mouth.

I don't find it to be all that drinkable; takes a good 30 to 45 minutes at least, unlike some other better balanced DIPAs out there. Overall, though, a good beer, and I do like the slightly different taste of the Simcoe hop, although I don't know that its special enough to be the name of the brew.

03-08-2007 18:30:29 | More by jmc44
Photo of klewis


3.05/5  rDev -25.1%

Thanks to markgugs for this one.
12 oz. bottle

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small bubbly head. Large bubbles cling to the sides of he glass and leave light lacing.

S: Fruity smell with aromas of lemon zest.

T: A detect very little flavor, mostly just intense bitterness and astringency.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

D: Yet another Weyerbacher brew that failed to wow me. I really want to like their beers, but they keep coming up short. This one needs some kind of flavor to make it drinkable.

03-07-2007 22:14:35 | More by klewis
Photo of DIM


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

a: pours with a nice lacy 2 finger head, color is coppery and unexceptional

s: very pleasant pine soaked in citrus aroma; lasts throughout the two plus hours I linger over one of these

t: I've come to expect a lot from weyerbacher, but I was still shocked by how tasty this is. the tiny malt thong leaves little of the monstrous hop profile to the imagination. piney, tart, and perfect

m: the sticky resin texture has me smacking lips so much, they're chapped.

d: the score I struggle with the most. I never want two in the same day, but I can't imagine a week without one

03-06-2007 18:10:59 | More by DIM
Photo of ithacabaron


3.28/5  rDev -19.4%

Pours a syrupy burnt umber, cloudy, murky, muddy and dense, with a decently creamy head for a beer of this strength. Lacing follows down the glass.

Aroma is alcohol, yeast, papaya, grapefruit and other citrus zest. A trifle.

Taste develops a bit longer in the tooth, with an overwhelming sweetness that gives way to an uneven, resinous, hop finish. Following the swallow, the palate dries out. Very odd -- the flavor goes from exceptionally flabby to a bitter, but not unpleasant end, defined by a particular point. Not light enough on its feet for the style.

Mouthfeel is fine, moderate and unassuming. No complaints here.

Drinkability faulters halfway through the bomber -- already significantly weighed down by the many things going on inside this glass, charging it once more was less of a desire, and more of an obligation to finish the bomber.

All in all, a disappointment! Too thick and sweet to be a DIPA (or IIPA), and not enough presence to be a barleywine. What shall we do with you, Double Simcoe IPA?

A nice experiment, but overall, underwhelming.

03-05-2007 01:57:49 | More by ithacabaron
Photo of ressletr


4.15/5  rDev +2%

This is a mellow Double IPA. I would probably put this in the double Red or double Amber Ale. Why would I do that? I would categorize this ale to be on the sweeter side with some but not over empowering hops. The ability to drink this ale is great, such a nice mellow sweet, with just a hint of hops in the back ground. The sweet hits the tongue, then shortly after the hops. Tastes very much like a red versus a IPA. This beer snaps at you when tasting it, it comes on so mellow, then all of a sudden you feel the hops.

Definitely not an 90 minute IPA but is quite a nice choice.

03-04-2007 18:42:57 | More by ressletr
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.5/5  rDev -14%

Served at about 36F in standard pint from 12 oz amber bottle.

Aroma at the bottleneck was all piney hops.

Pour was magnificent. Thick,syrupy dark amber nectar filled the glass generating a waterfall of fine bubble moving downward down the sides of the glass, erupting in a fine tan head. Settled quickly leaving delightful lace and surface layer of fine bubbles. Too hazy for a 5, but almost perfect in appearance.

Malty and hoppy nose, well balanced, smells like it will taste great.

Taste is a bit burnt with plenty of residual sweetness and loads of bitterness. Suffers a bit being a single hop beer, lacking depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick and bitter, lingers on the tongue too long.

This is a great DIPA, looking forward to trying it again. But not two at one time. Wish for a second one so I can do a head-to-head with with other top DIPAs like Ruination and Gordon. Definitely recommended.

03-02-2007 23:17:36 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of bort11


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Thanks to mdavis31481 for this bottle

22 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Tall fluffy egg shell white head, with sticky retention. Chunks of lace sticks to the glass. Color is a hazy orange.
Simcoe hops must have milder hops character that say cascade. It's definitely bitter, but also has a mild and mellow character.
Taste has an almost buttery flavor to it.
Mouthfeel has a slick creamy feel.
This is a very interesting IPA, and one I like a lot

03-02-2007 19:59:39 | More by bort11
Photo of mobud


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Served in pint glass from a growler.

Heavy pour with a copper penny color and nice white head that lingered during the sampling. Light carbonation was observed. The smell was of a light IPA; there was no indication to me that this was going to be a full-on hop bomb. The light note of citrus was evident as I went to take my first sip.

The taste was umbelievable. The citrus and pine character are up front with a light alcohol presence. Maybe I am getting used to the DIPA style, but I did not think this beer had the high ABV that is listed. I drank this beer like I was drinking a session beer. The mouthfeel was heavy and smooth like it was a nitro-infused beer; almost creamy to me.

Would I drink this again - Hell yes! This was hyped to me for several weeks before I obtained it, so I did not know what was coming for real. The Simcoe hops were a nice change for me. I look forward to getting some more.

03-02-2007 14:55:12 | More by mobud
Photo of emerge077


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a hazy amber-orange into a pilsner glass. Nice head retention, head looks fluffy and sticky. Tiny bubbles float languidly upward.

Smell is slightly sweet, butterscotch hops, similar to a barleywine without the booziness. Perfumy and floral, maybe a touch medicinal.

Taste is mellow at first, malty, then the hops creep up to moderate levels, and become medicinal and strong in the finish. Balanced, not overdone on the hopping. Grapefruit in the aftertaste, and little indication of the ABV.

Full, velvety in mouthfeel, very nice to sip and ponder it. Very drinkable, but one to watch due to it's deceptively hidden 9% ABV.

Thanks to markgugs for the trade!

03-01-2007 05:29:14 | More by emerge077
Photo of peabody


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours out a cloudy ice tea color with two fingers of white suds that leave good lacing around the tulip glass.
Smell is flowery and citrusy. Perfume and grapefruit. Sugar caramel and some yeast but mostly hops, very nice hops.
Taste is very warm with hops hitting first then the alcohol.
The perfume is in the taste as well. good mix of the bitterness and the alcohol sweetness.
The aftertaste is citrusy going more toward the grapefruit. With a 9% abv it couldn't really be called a session beer but it is one I wouldn't mind drinking 4 or 5 at one sitting.
The malty feel of this brew is what sets it apart from other Double Ipa's.

02-28-2007 02:25:48 | More by peabody
Photo of montageman


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is very syrupy and ends up with a small half finger head that sticks around for while then leaves some intense lacing, especially on the side of the glass. The color is a rich reddish orange - very cloudy. Overall, a really nice looking beer. The smell is dominated by citrus and floral notes with a slight sweetness as well. The taste is incredible. Strong grapefruit rind up from with a strong hoppy kick and a superb malt balance. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, almost chewy - very nice for this style. Oh man, I could drink this all day long. An awesome brew that needs to be experience. Highest Recommendation.

Thanks to markgugs for this gem.

02-26-2007 16:18:15 | More by montageman
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West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

This DIPA pours a nice copper color which this time around is very clear. Past experience was a ton of floaties but this was either a better pour or a better filtered bottle. The white head stuck around for the entire glass, which was half of a 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

The aroma is a big citrusy hop bonanza. Only a sign of things to come. there is some malt balance in the aroma but let's not kid each other. This beer is a hoppy monster.

The taste assaults you. Really...it does. Hops up-front, hops in the middle, hops in the finish. Big citrusy hops all over the place. I have little experience with Simcoe hops but this example has got me intrigued to say the least. Alcohol is well hidden in this DIPA by the hops.

I would not plan on drinking anything after this one. This would make a regular IPA taste like Bud Light and anything else taste like water. I'd call this an extreme beer and then some. Recommended for the hopheads out there.

02-26-2007 03:11:28 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of shbobdb


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

All right folks, gather 'round and let me tell you something: it pays to know chemistry!

Because I knew my way around the periodic table, Yinzer, a god amongst BAs, sent me this beauty of a beer. It happened in the '80s and it is happening again: Nerds, nerds, nerds, nerds!

On to the beer.

This beer is a delightful tongue-splitter. It doesn't fall into the grey 'too sweet -- is this a barleywine? Huh?' area that many DIPAs fall into, this beer is about brutal unrestrained hops. The malt is there . . . but it isn't really worth talking about.

No, this beer is a lesson in the beauty of simcoe hops. I'm not sure what citrus fruit these hops remind me of, tangarine, kumquat? I'm not sure but there is a distinct floral citrus presence and a sharp, yet pleasant bitterness.

What is really unique about this beer is the bitterness. Yes, I've had beer that were more bitter, yada yada, but this beer manages to be brutally bitter yet shockingly balanced without the use of excessive malt.

Wow. There needs to be more beers brewed with this wonder-hop. It basically has all the qualities that I like in American hops without being too abrasive. I love it.

02-25-2007 03:34:51 | More by shbobdb
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New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

Bomber. Pours copper with a short lasting head. Lacing on this batch
lined up in rows on the pint glass. Pitney, citrus flavor that bursts with each sip. Is slightly bitter and complex. The Simcoe hops come through providing a most unique taste. Smooth with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Careful... this will sneak up on you! This ale rates a weekly purchase and stays in the rotation..

02-25-2007 02:58:56 | More by kdrobb2k
Photo of muffguy4beer


4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glasses.

Appearance -Pour deeply into imperial pint glass. Nice thick white foamy head reeking of simcoe. Golden in color, tint of orange. Very pleasing sight for this thirsty dude.

Smell - Citrus and piney hops comprise most of this aroma. Again very pleasing. I could spend a month in this beer one night.

Taste - Well they don't call it double simcoe for kicks. I have to say though I can find some balance in this beer as it has a decent malt kick as well.

Mouthfeel - Creamy goodness this beer engulfs the tongue and takes it on a crazy ride. Full bodied and delicious.

Drinkablilty - One of my new favorite hop varieties makes me want to drink this beer more and more. The alcohol is well played and I could easily drink the full 22 oz'er and probably one of his siblings as well. The whole experience was fantastic. I just wish I had some tasty food to go with, ah maybe next time.

02-23-2007 19:42:29 | More by muffguy4beer
Photo of Matteox3


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Purchased at Beer Mart, Route 10, Reading PA.

This beer was purchased in the "Big Beer" Variety Case.

At 9% alcohol, I expected a beer that was to alcohol rich to enjoy in quantity. I was surprised. It tasted like a well crafted IPA, not an IPA with 9% alcohol (not a fan of large alcohol % for the sake of large alcohol %). I was surprised.

The color was average and the mouthfeel was good. Although deliscious in my opinion, I fear the alcohol percentage makes this beer not as drinkable over long periods as a lower alcohol brew.

However, I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it over other local double IPA's.

02-20-2007 19:06:24 | More by Matteox3
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Enjoyed from a 22oz bottle; no freshness info visible.

Pours a deep, rich, clear copper hue. Head is thin, fine and creamy, with a light beige color. A small bit of carbo meanders slowly topside. Lacing is fair to good. An attractive bier, yes! Aroma has some decent malt, somewhat crystal like. All the Simcoe lends a sharp edge to the nose. Body is a solid medium to medium-plus, and the Simcoe passes quite smoothly over the tongue.

The flavor is solid in the malt department despite it being a DIPA... has a nice layer of caramel sweetness laying a foundation upon which all the hops are added. There's a bite to the malt in the same way that the hops have a real kick, along with the piney, resiny character coating the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Simcoe gives this a very distinct finish... citrussy yet moreso, with more of a sharp, bitter edge, though a most welcome one. Quite tasty; yes, I like this one.


overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


02-17-2007 19:23:07 | More by Bierman9
Photo of granite

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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