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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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Ratings: 3,003
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 162
Gots: 292 | 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 Seanibus
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper, with a remarkably viscous appearance. The head is moderate and quick to dissipate, but it drops into a rich lacing around the glass. The hop aroma is huge and piney. The flavor is equally huge, exploding in your mouth, starting with tart pine and expanding along the tongue to a bitter red grapefruit taste at the middle and finish. The mouthfeel is unreal - the beer feels as viscous and velvety as it looks as it pours. The carbonation is subtle but wicked on the tongue. The hop bitterness clings to the back of your throat.

But this beer is so good that it may be its own worst enemy. It's so big that it is a palate killer - don't try any meek little beer after this one. And it's so heavy you wouldn't want to drink more than one or two at a sitting.

So have this around as a showpiece for friends, or to satisfy the occasional urge for hop overkill, but I think it's overall drinkability suffers from its massive character. Its a heavily-armored battle tank of beer - devastating and much to be respected, but sometimes you just need a jeep to get around.

Photo of thartman
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfect pour with a long lasting, compressed head, lots of sticky lacings. The color is a rich-looking apricot color, nice!

Smell of lemons, oranges, grapefruits, pine, and delicious simcoe hops.

Taste is fruity with pungent hops kicking butt from the get go. The aftertaste is quite bitter and long lasting.

Slick, oily feel in the mouth. This is exactly what I would expect from a double IPA, and it kicks your ass to boot, so be careful. Helluva brew!

Photo of Redwood21
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great head, i mean who doesn't love it. its sticky and its just that shade of white that is almost tan. it lasts such a long time too. the actual beer is a nice dark amber color. great hue

S: hoplicious somewhat sweet, very good

T: it has that sweet hop taste but is well balanced with the bitterness. there is a slight citrus pine taste but also very subtle such that you are not overpowered by it

This is a very good double ipa, love it, and is one to come back to often if possible

Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (big thx to Hojaminbag) poured into my St. Bernardus goblet, Double Simacoe is
dark, chill hazed copper with a tight, creamy ivory head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is hoppy citrus, I'll agree with far333's tangerine description and add gingerbread spices, with some noticeable alcohol as well. This has always been my favorite type of IPA profile.

Taste is very hoppy of course, but not as fruity as the nose, more earthy, spicy pine, with a thick malt backbone and a hefty punch of clean booze. I've had this a few times on draught when it first came out, and don't remember the hint of smokiness I'm detecting here, although I like it.

Mouthfeel is thick, oily and very creamy.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty DIPA, although the malt and booze are starting to come to the fore, and are a bit heavy handed. Washed down some pasty nicely, this is a good, solid DIPA, I'm glad I got the chance to finally review it, thanks again Ben!

Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and bright apricot colored with a fine stream of bubbles rising up quickly to the thick and dimpled head of off-white foam. The inch-high head sits fat on top of the pint glass and barely recedes at all.

Piercing aroma of citrusy hops, inviting sweet tangerine. I may be overscoring here, but it's my favorite hop aroma.

Equally piercing initial flavor of sweet tangerine hops, morphing instantly to citrus rind hoppiness, followed up quickly by piney bitterness. A mild malt backbone emerges from beneath the swirling hoppy surface, and is then punctuated with an alcoholic warmth and vapor. Rubbing alcohol flavors emerge in the finish and linger on the palate. I would score the taste higher if it weren't for the imbalance that the alcohol brings.

Full and even mouthfeel, moderately carbonated.

Fairly drinkable, but the taste buds could potentially get overwhelmed.

Photo of maximum12
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Weyerbacher, courtesy of marcpal. My first taste of Simcoe hops came at the infamous Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery & that beer was really, really yummy. I wanted to try some other varietals & see if it was that particular brew or the hop itself that turned my crank.

Pretty beer, a slightly opaque but not cloudy reddish brown with a bit of a head. Sweeping smell of the Simcoe hops, nothing quite like it, come leaping out of my Hennepin glass.

A sip rocks my head back. Hops set the middle of my tongue on fire & slam into the back of my throat. I can't taste anything else. Don't need to. These hops rule! I haven't felt a beer like it, the feeling in my throat is more akin to hard alcohol burning its way down than a lowly beer. Damn! I can feel my taste buds committing hari kari with a smile on their faces. I'll be able to drink some Michelob Golden Draft happily after this is over.

Mouthfeel is penetrating, sharp, angry, bitter. Drinkability is both very high & very low. High because it's fantastic, & I want to take dainty little sips & giggle, low because I wouldn't drink more than one. It's wasted after the hops have seared my mouth into submission.

This is great freaking beer. I only have one more. Time to hit the trading boards.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful caramel copper mahogany body - ample carbonation flows up to the bready, bodacious 3-finger dulce de leche-colored head with thick, yeasty lacing. Head has great staying power in its core - like a scoop of a vanilla ice cream on top of a root beer float. Yes, I'm hungry.

LOADS of grapefruit in here - beautiful citrusy floral hops with nary a tinge of soapiness (OK, maybe a little bit). As the powerful aroma diffuses a creaminess of milky caramel malt emerges, as do a little bit of grass and earth. First wallop of grapefruit hop bomb is indeed overly impressive but it doesn't have staying power.

Surprisingly balanced - quite complex. Heavy, toasted malt is in background but provides a good core for the overloaded but pleasant bitterness of pithy grapefruit hop profile. Alcohol also provides a viscous but restrained and even-keeled sweetness. Powerful stuff.

Bitter pucker is well in back of mouth - very silky from start to finish. Alcohol gives slight burn to the lips. Warmth from the balance, although more balanced in taste than in feel.

This is something to finish the evening off with slowly - very enjoyable but the obliteration of the taste buds from overabundance makes this a once-in-a-while indulgence - a victim of its own success/excess! Enjoy.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a beautiful orange amber with a good amount of carbonation. Head is slightly off-white, kinda has a yellowish tint and a huge 2+ finger pillowy head.

Smells of astringent hop oil and candied grapefruit.

Bitter ruby red grapefruit flavor with some slightly sweet malts holding it down on the back end. Crisp and a big bitter uppercut of hops. This is what you want in an iipa.

Chewy and creamy on the tongue, a hop slick coats the mouth. Bitter hops linger for a while.

Good for the style. This isn't a style your going to be clinging to for hours on end, and this one treats you right from beginning to end.

Photo of PhageLab
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into the Stone IPA glass.

A - What a beautiful brew this is! Hazy red/orange glow, like a burning sky at dusk. Perfect fluffy head of froth, excellent lacing and retention. Simply put I could not ask for more.

S - Sweet, syrupy aroma with a blast of hops.

T - Abv is instantly apparent, and causes a hit here. After the booze fades, the palate is assaulted with a very bitter and sharp hop body. Not balanced at all, but really, who's complaining?

M - Medium bodied, thick consistency, way too sticky, feels like hop maple syrup. I can't help but wish it was a little thinner, you almost have to chew it.

D - Despite it's odd texture this is a tasty hop bomb, and certainy one worth trying. Not my favorite double, but an impressive brew nonetheless.

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

Thanks to SurlySober for bringing this to WI in his wooden leg from a visit to VA. It was quite a nice beer, with a very piney hop presence.

This beer had a brassy clear body with some nice head formation. Smell was very hoppy, but smooth around the edges. It was mostly piney and a bit sweet, but the pine was very pronounced...maybe a bit cedar-y in aroma also. Flavor was nice and smooth up-front, with some piney-resiny flavor and a substantial body which seemed almost oat-y in flavor to me. Mouthfeel was smooth and quite nice.

This is a very good beer; I would highly recommend it. SurlySober, Flyer and I split this, New Holland Night Tripper, Ten Fidy, and some Central Waters Coffee Stout, all of which were quite good.

Photo of t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 12oz bottle in a trade recently. It pours a dark orange color that has plenty of offwhite head on top. Decent lacing, moderate retention.

Smell is mostly of simcoe hops. Kinda sweet both from malt and from hops. Moderately piney with an interesting grapefruit mix. Thats simcoe for you.

The taste is great. All simcoe hop flavor with some caramel malt behind it. Stone's 11th anniversary beer got me into simcoe and now I can't get enough of it.

Body is medium and very carbonated. Amazingly drinkable. This one is up there with the Maharaja from Avery and the 10th Anniversary from Stone.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Simcoe from the local Weyerbacher Brewery pours a deep orange gold. There is a full inch head of tan color with the slightest hint of pumpkin coloring. The rocky textured head leaves plenty of thick rings of lace.

The Simcoe hops impart a lovely citrus grapefruit scent that causes my mouth to pucker at the impending hop bombardment. Behind the hops there's some attempt of the malts to balance the brew, but their doughy quality loses out to the hops.

More of the same in the taste as in the nose. In the taste the hops have both an orange rind and grapefruit characters that dominates the bready and at times caramel malt. Finishes with a somewhat burning alcohol that is somewhat unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is right at medium with the carbonation lending a helping hand towards creating a smooth feel. Drinkability is somewhat hampered by the alcohol finish noted above. This said its still one hell of a brew, but I wouldn't see myself reaching for a second.

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

A - Buttercream-colored head. Fades reasonably quickly (because of my glass?). Bubbly-type head...not fluffy. Lacing sticks to the entire length of the glass. Beer itself is dark copper-orange and cloudy.

S - At first, I just smelled pineapple and grapefruit. Then I read a recent review that mentioned fresh cut flowers and, sure enough, that exactly the scent that I picked up. Power of suggestion or did I just read an accurate review? I don't know, but I like the smell.

T - Slight astringency at the front end that fades quickly to fruity sweetness and an indescribable funkiness. While the bitterness is certainly present, the malt keeps it in check until the aftertaste (which is all bitter). Leaves sugar on the lips.

M - As thick as I'd expect from a IIPA, but there's also a type of stickiness that I haven't experienced from many other beers.

D - The beer guy at a local bar once remarked that he could drink the **** out of this beer. He's absolutely right. Nine percent? I can't tell. I guess I'm happy that recent price increases will keep me from drinking one of these at one sitting.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review on the site so here goes.

Appearance: Typical IPA maybe a little darker Amber with nice quarter inch head when poured into the glass.

Smell: Fresh cut flowers, grapefruit, lemon zest, really nice.

Taste: My favorite part of this beer is that there actually is some malt there, but it retains the kickass crispy, snappy, citrusy, floral hops taste. It just seems like how an IPA should tast while still being a double. I'm really like it, I'm also impressed with the fact that there is so much alcohol in this, it really doesn't seem that strong.

Mouthfeel: Nice, I'm going to have to get used to adjective on moutfeel, but I guess it starts off smooth and gets nice and astringent and citrusy at the end.

Drinkability:Well by the time I got done figuring out my impressions of this one I wish that I could have another. So pretty damn good.

If you like IPA's give this one a try.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A deep, hazy amber-red beer with little carbonation. The beer is insanely cloudy, certainly from all the damn hops used in it. What really stands out here is the head - it's mammoth, a full two-fingers, and the retention is incredible. The head just kinda sits there, rocking back and forth, floating on top of this beer majestically, and it sticks around for most of the beer in some form or another. The lacing is similar, with thick, three-dimensional, marshmallow fluff-esque blobs of it sticking all over the place.

Aroma: Well that cleared my sinuses. An intensely pungent, aromatic juniper berry note, orange peel, and pineapple out the wazoo mixed with a really well-toasted, caramel backbone and a solvent-like alcohol note, way up in the nose. Hopefully an omen of things to come.

Taste: Hmm, not so much. A lot of bitter astringencies up front and in the finish (although they're not harsh - just overwhelmingly bitter, in a smooth kinda way, if that makes sense), with some resinous, oily pine and grapefruit/pineapple flourishes and that same sweet caramel backbone, and a ton of that chemically-tasting alcohol that's probably a little too prominent. Now that I'm homebrewing (if that's what you'd like to call I'm doing), I'm getting more of a sense for how much of an influence the hop schedule has on the tastes and aromas of a beer. This one could perhaps stand to have a few handfuls of whatever was added in the last five minutes pushed back a little further.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a medium, fluffy carbonation profile and LOTS of prickly alcohol. It's not bad, but with all these bitter astringencies, I might like something a little smoother.

Drinkability: Don't get me wrong - it's a good solid beer, wonderfully aromatic and gorgeous, but the bitter astringencies and exceedingly strong alcoholic presence begin to wear on you after a while.

Not bad, but not great, and this is my favorite style. I like bitterness, but even I found some of the astringencies in this beer a little much, and the prickly alcohol wasn't hidden well at all - HopSlam this is not. That being said, there is a lot of good stuff going on in this beer, and with some slight schedule-altering it could be outstanding.

Photo of BeerZack
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangeish amber with big white foam that sticks.

Sweet malt, caramel and marshmallow notes, citrusy and woodsy hops dominate with a strong dose of alcohol and bit of aspirin.

Sweet fruity and slightly caramelized malt flavors balanced by strong piney and citrus hop bitterness. Orange, lemon, pine, slight caramel. Slightly astringent finish.

Smooth almost creamy feeling, medium body. Pretty drinkable for a 9% DIPA, but still big bitterness from the high alphas.

Photo of Damian
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA

Poured a super hazy, deep reddish amber with a thin whisp of white froth atop the liquid. Some spotty drips of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly aromatic and balanced. Hoppy and sweet to the point of being candy-like. Rich, ripe, tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, papaya) came through strong under a stiff malty backbone. Some citrus notes lay in the background as well, along with a touch of brown sugar.

The taste was definitely more zesty than the aroma. The hops hit hard right away. Sharp and cutting. Citrusy and grapefruity up front with some ripe fruits in the center. Piney, pithy, dry and bitter on the finish with a resonating, fruity aftertaste. The 9% ABV was quite well hidden until the near end of the beverage when it became slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel was fluffy yet thinner than expected with a fine, subtle carbonation.

This DIPA definitely packs a punch. I would have liked a bit more balance in this brew, but it was impressive nevertheless.

Photo of ffejherb
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Zeno's on 4/5/08.

A - Extremely hazy, almost opaque, deep maple-colored body with thin layer of bubbly head on top. Has the appearance of unfiltered apple cider.

S - Wonderfully aromatic hoppy nose with citrus fruits and huge pungent piney hop goodness. Malt is primarily sweet caramel. Mild waft of alcohol as well.

T - Resin, pine and juicy citrus hops backed up by a sturdy caramel malt base. Just a bit of alcohol sting also.

M - Smooth and creamy texture with decent amount of heat from the ABV. Sticky hop residue on the tongue. Very long bitter finish that seems to last forever!

D - This is a huge beer, but very well-balanced and definitely hoppy! Extremely flavorful brew. Can't drink too many of these in one sitting, though. One was enough for me on this particular night.

Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle from emacgee
Pours cloudy caramel to maroon colored. Medium lasting beige head. Looks nice. Smell is mildly hoppy but mild for what I expected. Tea and caramel aside from the simcoe hops. Taste is simcoe hops obviously which are musty, dirty, earthy and I can see why they describe simcoe as smelling like cat piss. Alcohol is evident as in every Weyerbacher beer. Apparently they have a hard time hiding the alcohol in their beers... There is nothing citrusy or grapefruity about this beer. It's the polar opposite of a citrusy, clean beer, as the commercial description states. Decent, but not my favorite.

Photo of Hophead101
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from fridge to wide mouth goblet glass. watching my favorite show "Three Sheets".

appearance: pours a red copper color - not much head - what little is there is small taupey bubbles. there is a lot of sediment floating around in the glass which made me give it a lower rating.

smell: super light sharp hoppy smell. sweet. hits the nostrils pretty hard. the hop aroma is pretty amazing.

taste: a really good overall taste. quite thick and covers the mouth well. super hop all around, hits hard right in the middle of the tongue.

Photo of halfP1NT
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally reviewed this on 4/1/08.

Pours a hazy, deep brown-amber color with small bubbles and sediment floating about. Thin white head quickly dissipates. Fluffed right back up when I poured the rest of the bottle into the glass. Some thick lacing stuck to the top of the glass.

Smell is citrus hops, grapefruit & orange, piney. It has that particular earthy 'simcoe' smell that I've come to recognize.

Smooth citrus hop taste, grapefruit & orange, pine. Sweet with a bit of a dry feel (hop oils?) but the smooth maltiness balances it out nicely.

Medium body, a bit thicker than I remembered...also little to no carbonation, less than I remembered. The sweet thickness makes me slow down on drinking this one, but it does hide the 9% abv well.

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

The brew pours rich copper in color with a thick topping of off-white foam. The pearlescent head recedes slowly and deposits freckled lacing all over the inside of the glass.

The smell is brown sugary, dark and rummy, and laced with lime juice and grapefruit rind. The alcohol provides a slightly burnt-sugar note that intensifies the white-grapefruity pungency of the hops.

The taste is tangy and cooly alcoholic with a mild caramel backbone drowned in citrus. Lime and grapefruit predominate once again, and are sweetened with just a splash of boozy yellow apple. Boozy citrus peel oil with more dark rum and a spritz of limoncello linger in the aftertaste.

The drink is smooth and medium-bodied with quite a bit of alcohol drying that leaves the finish very clean. The carbonation is good and the beer quite drinkable despite the pungency and potent ABV.

Photo of dfillius
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, enjoyed in a pint glass and served with homemade pizza.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of white head with good retention. Cloudy, dark red-brown in color.
S: Pine, earth, garlic, floral, some herbal smell that I can't pinpoint (thyme, oregano?), more dank (in a good way) as it warms. Very complex hop variety!
T: Opens with a caramelly malt start then segues into a strong bitterness that is at the same time not bracingly so. Perfectly delicious. Man-candy-esque. Citrus/grapefruit hop. Alcohol is undercover, where is it?
M: Mouthwatering, bitter, and dry. Perfect carbonation, and no heat!
D: The mouthwatering nature makes me want more! The taste also makes me yearn for another! I didn't feel the alcohol until well into the second pint. 2.5 pints are perfect for me.

After tasting Bison Brewing's all simcoe IPA, I swore off simcoe. This beer makes me realize it wasn't the hop varietal's fault. I'm sorry I ever doubted thee simcoe!

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.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,003 ratings.