Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 2,785 | Reviews: 1,307 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
Bomber courtesy of HogTown Harry- hes 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 thats 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5
02-17-2007 19:23:07 | More by Bierman9
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
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
02-15-2007 00:26:43 | More by vwcraig
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
02-14-2007 22:49:12 | More by Ieatlambfries
4.68/5 rDev +15%
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!!
02-11-2007 21:25:13 | More by Vancer
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
02-07-2007 02:20:37 | More by walleye
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,785 ratings.