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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,980
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 162
Gots: 283 | 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:
Beer added by: yen157 on 05-05-2006

Brewed using 100% Simcoe(R) Hops, a west coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc.
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Photo of Pencible
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally got to try this one. It poured a clear copper color with off-white head. It smelled very strongly of pine and copper hops, but not much else. Its flavor was a tantalizing blend of orange citrus, pine, and copper hops, all mixed together with a some malt for a bit of balance. It was thick with some carbonation, and it had a very strong, very bitter, lasting aftertaste. Overall this was one of the best double IPAs ever...super hoppy and delicious.

Photo of marcpal
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from case brought back yesterday from Weyerbacher open house tasting event.

A: Hazy orange with a nice pillowy head.

S: Grapefruit and evergreen needles. You can smell the aroma of bold hops from yards away.

T: Simcoe, welcome aboard. Citrus hops are all there is to it- true expression of the style. Sure, overbearing but thats what the beer is about. Not close to balanced but thats besides the point.

M: Sticky and coating. Thick and luxurious.

D: A true double- lots of hops and a complete coating of the mouth and tongue.
You have to be willing to breathe hops if you want to enjoy a few, but worth it for those that are into that- including myself.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy amber with no sediment. almost tan head is persistent and creamy with really good lacing. nose is caramel and toffee with resiney, earthy hops. nice but lacks the bright citric fruity freshness i personally look in an american ipa/dipa. simcoe aromas are tough to put my finger on. taste has a medium, sticky toffee malt sweetness balanced by a medium, smooth bitterness. rich, viscous mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to markgugs (and pieper) for this one.

Pours a deep hazy brownish-orange with a nice tight frothy ivory head that hangs for a long time (for an IPA) and leaves really nice lace.

Nose is obviously very very Simcoe. Juicy grapefruit and pine with some nice resin. Balanced by a caramel richness. Some scent of corn.

Ah, the hop. Taste is pine resin and grapefruit all the way. Some bready middle and fuller at the finish, malt shows in a caramel taste that sits under the juicy citrus and pine.

Medium body with a good carbonation tingle. Alcohol definitely has a feel in this one.

Drinkability is okay. Great hop dose of flavor, making it a go-to hop fix, but less outstanding in other characteristics. I really like it overall.

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

This beer poured a medium reddish amber color and formed a small foamy white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, malt and citrus with a hint of pine. The flavor was heavy of hops with grapefruit and citrus. Malt and some caramel. The body was medium light and somewhat astrigent yet bitter finish. A nice beer.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some overflow when I opened the bottle.

Hazy copper color with about two fingers of off white head. Leave a lot of nice sticky lacing all along the sides of the glass. Very nice appearance.

Smells of hops with noticeable malts.

Hoppy taste with citrus noticeable. Strong malt backbone. Finishes a little bit dry. Slightly creamy medium bodied.

Decent drinkability for a double 9% ABV.

Photo of Fish113d
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured, chilled, into a pint glass, it pours a rather hazy amber color with possibly some sediment floating throughout. A foamy, dense, white head surfaces causing a nice "cap" on the brew along with lacing around the glass.

The simcoe hops are apparent on the nose, while a big, buttery floral aroma hits my nose. Very yummy and pungeant. This one is definitely all about the hops!

Sipping reveals a rather "doughy" feel, as this one shows a bit chewy. A clean hops flavor hits first but is quickly backed by an oily floral flavor through the swallow. The finish gives me a little burnt malt flavor for some reason or another, while a pine & grassy flavor hit the sides of my tongue on the aftertaste.

Chewy flavor with some drying on the finish. Alcohol phenols come through a bit on the finish I believe.

Drinkability is pretty solid. It's packed full of flavor and is very bold! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone, especially while you can still get the simcoe!


Photo of Dogbrick
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Winking Lizard. The beer is a slightly cloudy copper color with a medium off-white head that has decent retention. Thin rings of lacing. Nice citrusy hops aroma with notes of toasted grain and pine. Medium-bodied with a pleasant floral hops character. Flavors of malt, tart berries and spices are present as well. The finish is dry and hoppy and leaves a balanced sweetness and bitterness behind. Overall this is a very enjoyable IIPA.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this gem.

Poured from a bottle a slightly cloudy apricot color with quickly fading white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, and citrusy and piney hops.

The taste is rich with the citrus and pine of the hops along with a good balance from the malts. The alcohol is well hidden.

Full mouthfeel, creamy, and moderately carbonated.

What a great Double IPA. Goes down easy. I would love to drink these all night but probably shouldn't try with the 9% alcohol.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, slightly cloudy, amber with a two finger pillowy head that fades slowly. Incredible lacing.

Piney citrus hops dominate the nose.

Taste is an explosion of piney, bitter hops up front. The bitter citrus is balanced well by sweet pale malts with a nice caramel-like aspect. Grapefruit and orange peel flavors lead to a nice, long dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation, allowing it to go down real smooth.

Very drinkable! I could easily see this becoming a regular in the beer fridge.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: A hazy orange/copper body, fluffy off-white head, good retention and patches of lacing.

s: Beautiful aroma of oranges and pine.

t: An explosion of hop flavor hits the tongue immediately, can't help but think of it as hop juice. Sweet pale malt just can't handle the boat load of hops. Notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Wonderful hop flavor.

m: Sticky, chewy, full body.

d: Wish I had more. Just can't get enough of that hoppy goodness. A delightful DIPA.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear golden copper amber with a slight chill haze and a large creamy head with good retention and curtains of thick lace, and i didn't expect otherwise.

S- nice grapefruit, pine, citrus, passionfruit, and body odor. this is some maaaad hoppy aroma very similar to some high quality reefer. some fruity tropical skunk reefer. pale malt hides in the back behind these sublime simcoes.

T-pale malt and toast first then the hops kick in: mango, guava, passionfruit, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruity then a huge intense blast of hoppy bitterness pulses over everything almost obliterating the other flavors, and lasts all the way into the hoppy dry finish. damn!

MF- crisp dry and a tight puckering astringent solvent feel

D- good D but its so damn bitter! this is a hop lovers paradise.

Photo of deapokid
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Offering up a thick and mountainous white head with a glowing - almost neon - orange coloration, Weyerbacher's ABV heavy IPA packs a powerful hoppy aroma and flavor.
A sweet, almost tart, taste is backed with an overwhelmingly strong hop finish that tingles the back of the tongue and scrapes the palate like a poor man's Ruination.
Its profound amount of alcohol accompanies the beer relatively well, but it may be a bit too wild for its own good, making an otherwise good beer a bit too aggressive.

Photo of soupyman10
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking two fingers of off white head that quickly dissolves down to a fine film over the sort of opaque amber beer. Nose is great - starts off with piney hops then rolls into an almsot bisquity caramel. Later on its cookies, straight up, with a sort of odd hoppy backdrop and maybe a touch of astringency. Flavor is off-the-charts piney, almost evergreen hops (I guess those are the simcore hops?). Sort of a mild drying undercurrent then a more biting conclusion. Not much malt character at all. Mellow grassiness at the beginning of a sip, then a huge smack of pine again. Is it too much? Not sure. But it's unique, so points for that. No real alcohol flavor either in the face of the huge hops. Body is solid, although maybe could have done with a little thicker. Overall, a very tasty DIPA, and very original, although I don't think I could have too many cause of the insane hoppiness.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at Joe Canal's Liquors in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Served in a pint glass.

A- Slightly hazy, deep amber or light copper colored body. A small white head disipated quickly.

S- Plenty of citrusy and piney hops. A faint hint of malt and alcohol as well.

T- All hops. Piney and citrusy with a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol and minimal malt presence became more evident as the beer warmed.

M- Velvety smoothe. Creamy, medium to full body. Coats the tongue and mouth.

D- I enjoyed the beer. You'd have to be careful drinking a few of thee, the alcohol could catch up with you.

Photo of hwwty4
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Akorsak.

Just got home from class today and found a wonderfully chilled box sitting on my front door step. Low and behold there is a Double Simcoe sitting in there. So whatelse is a person to do. Perfectly chilled beer from Pennslyvania sitting on my stoop, I must drink it. So I rushed it inside and poped the top and poured it into my favorite Smokestack goblet. Pours a hazy orangy amber with a huge, sticky, off white head that left lacing all the way down. Aroma is hops, pine tree needles and citrus. Grapefruit is pretty big. Taste is big on hops also (pine, grapefruit, bit of grass) but is balanced pretty well with the malt backbone of the beer. This really surprised me. While is overwhelmingly hoppy, it never felt overly unbalanced. Mouthfeel is full. Much heavier than most DIPA's. Love it. Highly, highly drinkable. If I get involved in another trade with someone from PA then this will definitly be involved.

Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Translucent amber color, a touch darker and "redder" than Hopslam but same general idea. Thick two finger head with medium sized bubbles. Diminishes rather quickly with light retention, ring of head remains with a pool of medium sized bubbles. Great, sticky, thick lacing.
S: Smells like a good double ipa. Slightly stronger on the piney smell than the citrus, but definite hop punch. Rubbing alcohol smell also is hiding in background, not really unsurprising though as this is a Weyerbacher beer so I won't detract much for this.
T: First few sips of this were kind of overwhelming and mildly unpleasant. Strong bitterness and bite of alcohol through me off. I let the beer sit for a little and tried again. Starts off surprisingly sweet in a citrus (orange) way. Pine flavor is present but in the background where I prefer. Clearly hops are present but this isn't a beer that is overly bitter or devastating to the palate and has a stronger malt presence than some other DIPAs. Like most Weyerbacher beers, there is the familiar taste of alcohol hiding in the finish, but not that distracting.
M: Very creamy and full bodied, with moderate carbonation. For a DIPA, very smooth and silky in the mouth for something so hoppy. However, the alcohol is very noticeable in the back of the throat with a mild burn.
D: Still probably my favorite Weyerbacher beer, and a must try for any of the hop fans but only thing holding this back for me from rating higher in the next tier of dipas is the alcohol burn.

Photo of brantadid
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color into a pint glass. A one and a half finger white head formed. Some cascading and medium sized bubbles. Good head retention and incredible lacing. A froathy ring around the top of the glass lasted the duration of the pint.

Not as fragrant as I would have thought. Nose is dominated by pine with some faint sweet, also sugarlike notes. Some citrus rind also.

Very piney taste. The pine flavors were replaced by citrus flavors as the beer warmed. Very long, bitter finish.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Nice fizziness cuts the creaminess a bit balancing it out. Fairly drinkable.

Photo of johnnyirishman
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A wonderful copper color with a good head and great retention and good lacing.

S-Citriusy smell of strong hopps throughout the beer..yummy

T,M-A bueatifully done hopp flavor with sweet malt underneath and a crisp, fresh finish.

D- Very drinkable my anyone's standards, give it a try

Photo of Tilley4
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra from NCBeernut.... Huge thanks for sending this one over for me to try....

Beautiful dark golden pour, fluffy ass head....

Smells absolutely wonderful...pungent aroma of hops all the way... Piney, citrusy hops and I'm loving it... I want to smell this all night...

Terrific blend of piney/grapefuit hops and sweet malts.. thought this was going to be a hop bomb all the way which would have been fine but I'm surprised at the balance on this one.

Maybe a tad boozy which pulls the drinkability down a tad but still overall this is a great brew.... you know exactly what you're getting going in and it doesn't disappoint....

Photo of Stoneman78
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz acquired in a trade with jjayjaye (Bonus Beer!), poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance is a thick cloudy dark orange hue with amber highlights, two fingers of off-white thick creamy head mostly sustains, good lacing on the glass

Smell is, unsurprisingly, full of Simcoe hops, mix of sweet grapefruit, citrus, and light pine, slight biscuit malts

Taste is initially dominated by pine and grapefruit hops, opens up to some biscuit malts and some sweet malts and honey, finishes sweet and dry

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick oily and creamy texture coats the tongue briefly, milder carbonation

Drinkability is moderate-high for a DIPA, i really like the creamy texture matched up with the tasty sweet hop profile, a great and well-balanced east coast DIPA I would love to sample again

Photo of kcillini77
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a trip to North Carolina.

At 8 bucks for a bottle, I have very high hopes for this one.

Pours a very orange color with a large head in my Duvel tulip. Smell is piney, a little citrus, yummy!

Taste is a little off from what I expected. Could be that I'm not used to the Simcoe variety of hops, at least by itself. Perhaps a little more astringent than most DIPA's I've had. I can't say I don't like it, but I'm not LOVING it either.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Can't see myself drinking a bunch of this, both due to the price tag and the astringency I keep tasting. Glad to have tried it, but won't make a special trip to the East Coast to pick it up.

Photo of shirfan
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing copper-orange with a huge rocky head that left copious lace down the entire glass. A picture-perfect DIPA.

Aroma is juicy, citric, with floral and biscuity undertones.

Flavor: Sweet and creamy from the get go, with a strong hops presence. Ruby red grapefruit with lesser amounts of lime and pepper. Just enough malt to keep things in proportion -- biscuit flavor stays behind a persistent bittersweet taste.

A very solid DIPA -- if you like 'em bitter but balanced, this is a good choice.

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

12 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Nice ruby red color. Slightly cloudy with a thin layer of white head that stays for a while.

S - Strong piney hop smell. Good smell.

T - Great hops. Really smooth with very little bite but still really strong hops. There is definitely a strong pine smell and flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Has a little alcohol finish but it's very faint and adds another level to this beer.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is quickly becoming a favorite of mine as one of the best DIPAs that is readily available in my area. I let this one sit out for about 40 minutes to warm up then poured into a snifter. Three inches of sticky, off-white head slowly settle over a hazy, dark amber body.

Easily the greatest and most noticeable characteristic to this beer is that pungent Simcoe aroma, which you could probably smell from the next room over. The smell is almost menacing, deviant, hostile, yet captivating. It's like walking into the Pine Forest of Death, with the Devil waiting at the other end.

The flavor does nothing to divert you. You steer through, licking branches like lollipops. No one is around to stop you, so you think. You could eat every branch in the forest - are there are only five more in the fridge?

The devil (and his 9.0 claws) swoops, but as luck would have it, the sticky sap the pine needles leave on your palette becomes wearisome, precluding you from licking the forest clean. You save those for another day, and save yourself in the process.

Respect the Simcoe.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,980 ratings.