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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,922
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 153
Gots: 249 | 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 Atricapilla
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My pint(s) were an orangish amber hue with a nice whitish head. The aroma was heavily floral and deep in pine. The flavour was a huge hop bomb, with strong piney overtones. This beer left a strange combination of stickiness and astringency in my mouth.

Atricapilla, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JCB for this extra!

Pours a hazy dark orange amber. Great white fluffy head with mad lace. smell is of piney hops and some slight english type of hop smell. Very piney hops on the first taste. Wildly smooth with a great long lasting subtle finish. Hop flavors abound and a nice pineyness. The mouthfeel is perfect and smooth as hell. Drinkability is dangerously high. Great brew, thanks JCB.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a company known for its eccentric and strong brews this definitely fits the brewery profile for extreme beers...Appearance was great, copper amber golden with impressive head leads to an intensley hoppy and bredy aroma that stings the nose...Flavor is extremely hoppy with strong bready flavors and caramel honey sweetness...Hefty alcohol percentage of 9% is certantly noticeable behind a bittersweet finish dominated by hops...Powerful beer with thick rich flavor...Average mouthfeel but poor drinkability due to the extreme flavor and high alcohol content...Would prefer standard IPA's over this one.

dsa7783, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark amber that carries a slight ruby tone. Nose is extremely sweet and piney hops. There's almost a perfume edge to it. Flavor is hob bomb. Extremely sticky sweet with strong piney hops to it. Robust. Thick. Firm. Feel is thick on the liquid and sticky. Standard carbonation. Extremely drinkable. I have had this on the bottle before and find it to be fairly different on tap, but still well worth visiting for different reasons. It seemed to be a bit more hard hitting off the tap and warrants an approach with caution mindset.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at Federal Wine and Liquor in Boston. A: Hazy amber/orange, decent amount of head with good retention. Nice lacing. S: Thick malt, lots and lots of floral and citrus hops. T: Caramel sweetness followed by some very floral hops. Citrus flavors continue, some alcohol present on the finish. M: Thick, chewy, moderate to light carbonation. D: A really nice DIPA. It's really nice to see a beer devoted so simply to Simcoe. One of the better DIPA's I've had recently. Excellent choice.

PlaywrightSam, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into SA glass

A: golden orange, a bit hazy with two finger foamy white head - great retention

S: orange, citrus, floral

T: again, more citrus and orange with some bitterness

M: full body with a creamy thickness but not syrupy

D: very drinkable. The abv is well hidden

Rainintheface, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer to familiarize myself with the simcoe hop better. While it is not bad, I am not a fan overall.

It pours a dark amber reddish color with a nice thick white head. There are visible flecks floating in the beer and it has a generally cloudy character. The aroma is sweet, piney, and decently malty. I like citrusy hops more, but it isn't bad. This is a pretty bitter beer overall but with a quick blast of intense sweetness. The pine flavor is there, but not as strong as in the aroma. Overall, there isn't much of a flavor profile. It has good body although I won't seek this one out again. Simcoe is not among my favorite hops.

drseamus, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of cookin420
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pub glass.
Poured a pale, yellowish- orange-amber. Very light in color for all the malt in this one. Good head that sticks around for the duration, but wont get too big even with a very aggressive pour.
Simcoe by nature does not not impart much in the way of aroma but the sheer amount used in this beer make the nose of the hop quite in your face. Floral and fruity, it also smells... well, bitter.
I taste huge amounts of pale malt growing more complex with every degree that it warms. Wow. Vanilla, cherry, raisin and other dark fruits for sure. Probably amber malt as well given the roasty notes that come with the time in the glass.
Mouthfeel absolutely rocks. Bitter feeling, thick bodied satiny stuff, this is. Also toward the end I get a wine-like warmth on my tongue and throat.
Very drinkable aside from the side effect of being frickin' sloshed after a fourpack.
If you like the simcoe, drink this right away it showcases the hop superbly. I think the simcoe does well on it's own but begs for a complimenting hop. That said, This is great sh#t.

cookin420, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with an orange tinge to it, small carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed a thick and creamy 1-2 fingers thick, and faded into a thin layer that retained nicely along with some lacing that clung to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very sweet, floral, piney, and citrus hops. Not overpowering but very pleasant.

Taste: Very hoppy but overpoweringly bitter, kind of sweet at first. The hops really come through in the middle, floral and citrus. The finish is all citrus hops, almost as strong as grapefruit juice, and lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, fairly smooth despite the high abv. The carbonation balanced nicely.

Overall: A very strong American double IPA, not for the faint of heart. If you're a hop-head you'll want to give this one a try.

FenwaySquid, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of Lothar666
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a beautiful opaque, golden amber-orange color into a shipyard pint glass. Head started out a nice white, frothy and about half a finger thick, then receeded within 30 seconds or so, leaving an attractive white lacing around the top rim of the glass and continued to coat the sides as the contents were sipped away.

S- Floral and orange citrus dominated the aroma along with the sweet smell of simcoe hops. A slight swirl gave the beer a delightful nose tickling quality that most true hopheads know very well.

T- Definitely an American style IPA with the bitterness of the simcoe hops dominating the entire pallet. Aftertaste is pleasant and consistent with the floral and citrus qualities noted in the taste. The taste of the 9% abv is present but not at all unwelcome. A delicious sipping beer after a hard days work.

M- Very smooth despite the high abv- the hops bitterness begs to be sipped, swished and savored. Extremely enjoyable.

D- The abv and hop bitterness both make this a sipping beer by necessity, otherwise much of the brews quality and character would go to waste. As a general rule, I seldom enjoy more than one or two brews in a sitting, but on the rare occasion that I had no where to be and no pending responsibilities the following morning, this is a beer that I could easily enjoy all night long.

Lothar666, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of Lupe
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy honey color that is dark in the middle, and brighter along the sides of the glass when held up to the light. Huge initial off-white head that settles to a nice cap, and leaves tons of sticky lace on the glass.

Huge hoppy aroma. Both pine and citrus are present. First the spicy pine aroma hit, fading toward citrus. Lots of lemon and even fresh squeezed orange juice. Pineapple and tropical fruit round this out. Absolutely mouthwatering.

So hoppy, but not harsh at all. Similar to the aroma. Juicy with loads of citrus - lemon peel, grapefruit, and tangerine. Pineapple is thrown in as well. After the fruit pine comes in, adding a sweet and spicy sap bomb. Carmel sweetness and toasted malt peeks out from all the hop flavors towards the end. This beer is big and resinous, and the alcohol only shows up as a lingering warm feeling.

Medium to full in body - incredibly smooth, thick, and slightly sticky. Finishes dry with hop resins lingering in the throat. Very refreshing and oh so drinkable.

This beer is addicting. Great hop complexity, not just an all out assault of bitterness. This is my favorite Double IPA. Incredible beer.

Lupe, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of NJPadreFan - thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a very nice cloudy somewhat dark amber with a beautiful 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. So far, this is looking great!

Upon smelling, I get some nice citrusy hops and some toffee sweetness.

So, the first taste... Lots of the Simcoe hops here that provide for a great, juicy, citrusy hop quality that lends an excellent bitterness as well. Malt leans toward the toffee. Very nice. A very tasty DIPA - definitely up there with the West Coast brewers.

Mouthfeel is rich, but has a medium level of carbonation to keep it just light enough.

Drinkability for a DIPA is very good.

Highly recommended. One of the best West Coast style DIPAs I have had from an east coast brewer. Definitely give this one a try.

rallison, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two 16oz pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Thanks to D-Rod for the hook-up!

A: Beautiful cloudy pour in a honey color. Tan/off-white head that leaves loads of sticky lace on the glass.

S: Huge oily hop aroma! I took a big whiff and it felt like I had hop oil swabbed on the inside of my nose. Piney and spicy with an underlying tropical fruit/caramel sweetness.

T: Spicy pine boughs, toasted malt, and caramel. Wow! Juicy and resinous, this plasters itself to everything in your mouth.

M: Big and resinous. Sweet, sticky, bitter, and piney. The alcohol only rears it's head after it warms considerably.

D: This is so refreshing and so damn drinkable.


GbVDave, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4-pack bought at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Pours orange/red with a creamy head. Odor is citrusy (oranges, some lemons) and slightly catty, with hints of sweet caramel. Flavor is bitter, bitter, bitter. Bitter lemon, bitter malt. bitter. Some sweetness to it too, but man, those simcoe hops are bitter as hell...and they linger on and on. Medium bodied and not as sticky or syrupy as i expected. I've had this beer before and remember it being so much more mellow and flavorful and not just a one-dimensional hop-attack. It still tastes good, but i'd prefer to get some of the hop flavor and less of the hop bitterness. I'll let a couple of bottle sit, i guess.

aforbes10, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, average head - not much to look at. Nose of fresh flowers that bloom on wild bushes in the Mid-Atlantic in May/ June, with a little citrus oil in the back. The flavor was straight up fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with a little tangerine to boot. Unbelievable! Alcohol and sweet malts are present in the finish and mouthfeel. This was one of the best hop experiences I've had.

dedrinker, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of younger35
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew along with a couple others from phnphilly. This will be my second treat from Weyerbacher and I look forward to it. Drank out of my Black Butte Porter pint glass while watching the boring ass Steelers vs. Dolphins game (0-0 with 5min to go in 4th…).

Appearance- Pours a nice yellowish orange with a hearty two finger off-white head. Leaves a tremendously huge cap and collar the entire brew. Lots of thick sticky lacing wraps the glass in lots of billowing lace.
Smell- Very hoppy and dirty with lots of peach, pineapple and grapefruit goodness. This is all citrus all the way. There is a dirtiness to the nose that I loathe and love at the same time. Something like a wet dog that’s been rolling in a pineapple patch (could be real).
Taste- Ridiculously bitter with tons of grapefruit, pineapple and pine. A bit of bitter orange rind and lemon zest give this even more of a citrus bite. Has enough caramel sweetness to keep this thing halfway in check. After my initial taste I like the beer, but didn’t think it had any balance. After a couple more sips I find it does and I really enjoy it. The alcohol is evident and the boatload of hops leaves a numbing bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with a very oily feel. Medium carbonation that is perfect.
Drinkability- The Simcoe is a hop that I’ve tasted before but didn’t realize that’s what it was. I’d have to put it second behind Cascades as my favorite hop variety. I like these American hops much better than their brethren such as the Noble. This brew is nicely balanced and not semi-undrinkable like the Sam Adams Imperial. Nice job by Weyerbacher and big thanks to phnphilly!

younger35, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The looks is very nice, a rusty copper color with a brilliant, sticky, clumpy but smooth slightly off-white head that leaves big, intricate lacing behind. Very healthy.

The aroma is very nice with a sweet pineapple scent, very fruity hops with a sweet, smooth malt underneath and nose buzzing alcohol whiff.

The flavor is amazingly sweet, perhaps one of the sweetest and fruitiest DIPA's I've had. The hops are fruity sweet with ripe pineapple and clementine's but the complexity in the hop flavor only gets better as a herbal and earthy edge pops out then mutating back to a red berries effect. The Malt seems just right with a sweet, smooth taste finishing very clean and smooth with only minimal bitterness. The alcohol hits you right at the end, making this one taste much like a barleywine but a bit more fruity overall.

This is a heavy feeling DIPA, it's got plenty of bite but the smoothness at the end is really what feel nice.

This is easily one of my favorite DIPA's, the simicoe hops are really very complex, non-bitter and VERY fruity. Highly recommended for the big-time hop-head.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my weisse glass with it!
This stuff is hazy and muddy lookin. I'm thinkin there's not much in the way of filtration here. Pours with a big, sticky tan head that leaves clumps of lace on the glass. Tough, durable stuff.
Scents are all hops carried up on alcohol vapors. Sharp citrus tones puncture the insides of my nose. Maybe I could get a piercing to decorate the experience. Some herbal stuff is going on as well.
Flavors match up with the odors along with a bitterness that reminds one of roasted coffee or maybe even strongly brewed black tea. Ballsy stuff.
This here fellow is a solid example of a style that can kick you in the teeth. I'd say give this to a Corona drinker and laugh with mockery at the reaction but I wouldn't waste such precious fluid on such a person.
Yes I would get this again!
No I would feel no shame!

ommegangpbr, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the November 2007 Charleston Beer Tasting.

A. Poured a beautiful red amber color with a gclassic head that was durable and left great lacing.

S. This is a lesson in hops. These hops are less common, but when isolated well defined and glorious. Citrusy, fruity, piney hops.

T. It mimics the smell. If you haven't sampled this family of hops, it is a pleasure.

M. Well carbonated and clean finished.

D. Hard to get here and the abv is a bit high.

MarkSCCOT, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of hero27
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pure amber. Impressively sticky head of foam on this guy. slow streams of carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass.
If this doesn't smell like a handful of Simcoe buds, yowza... Everything about this thing screams 'BIG!' Huge, pine-hop resin, pineapple & citrus, and caramelized malt flavors. Finish is unrelentingly bitter...dare I say..."too" bitter?..didn't think I'd ever utter those words, but a toned-down version of this beer could be phenomenal.
Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. This is just one hefty double IPA, and certainly a hoppy mother at that.

Thanks go to goodbyeohio for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this great brew.

hero27, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of callmemickey
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: rusty-amber with a thick offwhite head

S: not as strong of a hop smell as i expected.. some pine with sweet maltiness

T: oooh.. citrus hops up front.. sweet , thick, creamy malts and then a hop finish that is solid... very balanced yet dynamic enough to make it interesting

M: very thick.. the beer clings to the palate

O: i can’t really describe it... i enjoyed this beer a lot... but struggled to get through it..

callmemickey, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this brew.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. No dating.

A: 1+ fingers of slightly orange tinted head. Deep rusty orange that's completely fogged. Massive retention and nice lacing.

S: Before it's even poured you get a great big floral and earthy hop blast. Big notes of sweet caramel malts.

T/M: Great malt balance. I've not been the biggest fan of the strong malt character in most DIPA's but this one doesn't get in the way of the hops at all, especially the bitterness. It seems to embrace the hops, in fact. very earthy and grainy with an underlying sweetness. Finishes bone dry.

D: I'll definitely have this again. Very drinkable. I actually think I just saw this freshly stocked at Dilly Deli.

pwoods, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of stewart124
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy orange-amber color but I am dissapointed in the head and I'm not sure if it was a weak pour on my part or not.

Smell is strong from the moment I popped open the bottle and the simcoe hops add a citrusy and piney note that is very sweet and appealing. Slight malt character of sweetness too.

The taste is very pleasing and the caramel malts go very well with the pine and citrus from the hops. There is also a sweetness from the fruity esters left over from the yeast. Body is full and alcohol is well hidden.

All in all a great one and one of my favorites from Weyerbacher. Everything blends well and I just need to try it again to see if my pour affected the head and retention.

stewart124, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Lothore
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful reddish orange with quite a bit of carbonation bubbles present. Huge, fluffy eggshell head which fades to tons of lacing. One of my favorite looking DIPAs yet.

S- Smell is subtle sweet maltiness with the slightest hint of piney hops.

T- Taste starts off with a bit of hoppiness and moves on to a thick malt flavor which fades to a grapefruit bitterness. Absolutely great balance. Not too hoppy, but it will please hop heads out there.

M- Fairly viscous and well carbonated. A bit of resiny stuff sticks around in the mouth but its to be expected.

D- For 9% this is very drinkable. One of my favorite DIPAs to date. Absolutely excellently balanced with a grapefruit bitterness at the end that is bound to make you smile.


Since my initial review i've had this brew on tap at the publick house and out of the bottle a few times. I can honestly say that this is probably one of my favorite brews out there. Hops are in your face but not too over the top. Carbonation is aggressive enough to please me but not too bubbly. Absolutely perfect in my humble opinion. Best straight out of the tap (but what isn't?).

Lothore, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, with a typically ugly Weyerbacher label. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Poured into a stone IPA glass. Hazy reddish orange, great off white head with nice retention and lacing.

Smell: All hops - nice combination of citrus, but the sticky piney aromas definitely dominate.

Taste: Tons of hops here, with just enough malt to keep it from going off the deep end. Bitter in the middle, but it finishes pretty clean, without being overly sticky.

Overall impression: Definitely one for the hop heads, this is a great showcase for hop flavor.

rowew, Nov 06, 2007
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,922 ratings.