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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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Ratings: 3,024
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 161
Gots: 313 | FT: 7
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 sleazo
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Blind Tiger

A-A clear dark reddish brown with a small creamy head.

S-Very strong fresh hops, perfect for a 2xIPA. the simcoe hops are piney and intense. There is also an underlying sweetness behind the bitter hop scent.

T-Hop assualt at the beginning and the end. This is a very floral piney type of hops presented in a very fresh way. The sweet toffee and dark fruit notes of the malt come through in the middle to balance out the hop bitterness. The sweetness is not cloying and the alcohol is well hidden.

M-Slightly above a medium body with a mid moderate ammount of carbonation. The hops do coat the tongue in a way they should with a 2xIPA.

D-Alcohol is so well hidden, I ended up having three of these last night at the Blind Tiger. any time i have more than one of a beer there, I know I like it. If i see this in the bottle I will defnitely get this and will seek it out on tap. A great East Coast 2xIPA using west coast hops.

Photo of Derek
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with a fluffy off-white head; great retention & lace.

S: Pine, grass & grapefruit hops, with an underlying toffee & bready malt.

T: Piney hops up front, with a some grapefruit & grass through the middle. Dark toffee & hints of quality, biscuity malt. Residual sweetness is balanced with an abundance of hop bitterness. The bitterness is incredibly well-balanced, with a bittersweet finish. Alcohol is warming, yet well disguised.

M: Moderate to full body is acidic, with a touch of residual sweetness.

D: Incredible for its strength.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Off white head--solid lace down the galss. Clean, singular nose of Simcoe--strong, a little grassy, but grapefruity as hell-sinus clearing but nice. Grassy more in the taste than the nose, and bitter and dry going down. Almost enough malt to balance in the amber orange beer. Very fun if you like a fresh hop taste.

Photo of westweasel
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Khiasmus for this bottle!

The beer pours out a hazy dark copper, light amber color with a huge beige-colored head. The smell is toasty and biscuity with a little bit of orange and orange rind.

The taste is predominantly toast and bicuits initially, with an orange tasting bitterness that follows. This beer seems to be balanced on the malty side.

The mouthfeel is medium with a medium finish. Overall it is very drinkable. I would prefer this to be more on the hoppy side - not on the malty side as it is.

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

Split this 22oz bottle with a friend. Weyerbacher has some really strange label art. Anyway, this one was a nice dark orange in color. The smell was tropical fruit, mostly pineapples. The taste was citrus, pineapple, pinecone, and other fruits. This was a really good beer that I wish I could buy locally. It might also be nice if the ABV was a little lower.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely amber copper, a good sized off-white head that keeps and settles to a thin foam, lots of lacing all down the glass. The aroma is a smattering of fruity hops, a bit grassy and earthy perhaps, very nice. The taste is even better, by quite a bit. In fact, you could probably write a poem about it. As it is, its way too nice outside, so I'll just say its every bit the DIPA its purported to be, oodles of fruity goodness, resinous saps, caramel sugars, lots of stuff going on here. And the mouth is equally fine, full, chewy, sticky, slick, warming.... ya, its good. In all, ya, its a great beer.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- copper body with thin white head.

S- hops, citrus, malt. Smell is very welcoming.

T- This is very well balanced. Initial taste of light hops, malt, and a big citrus flavor. Refreshing bitter hop aftertaste with citrus and hops lingering.

M- Medium weight body with medium carbonation. Very smooth for a double IPA.

D- this is very drinkable. Reccommended for the IPA and all around beer lover.

Photo of jaxon53
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a beautiful , clear, copper red color with orange highlights. About an inch of thick, frothy off-white head formed. Head slowly settled into some decent lace. Strong hop aroma wafted up from the glass, followed by some sour citrus fruits, and traces of fresh cut pine. Also nice malt tones, and ofcourse more hops. Hops definitely own the nose. Flavor was much of the same. Nice bitter, but smooth Simcoe hop bite. Tons of citrus with lots of underlying pine with a nice sweet maltiness balance this bad boy out nicely. Big hops in this one but not insanely overpowering. The flavors seem to compliment eachother well. Little in the way of carbonation. Mouthfeel was full, thick, and damn sticky. Aftertaste lingers with you for a while. This beer is very easy to drink. Overall, pretty complex and flavorful.

Photo of RedChrome
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear orange hued amber body. Two inch light tan head shrank slowly over a few minutes. Only a few tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the surface slowly. Super sticky lacing clung in sheets.

Big citrus aromas dominate the first nose full. A pine presence is also quite strong as the smell develops. Very faint hint of sweetbread like malt. Definitely hobs oriented.

Very much a pine flavor. The light citrus flavors get trampled on. Quite a bitter overall quality that leaves a shifting aftertaste. Malt comes out stronger with each sip.

Sticky body clings to the tongue. Almost no carbonation effect leaves this one sitting around.

Overall a very nice beer. A great beer to have with a cheese steak sandwich. Worth the try. I would ignore it over a handful of other selections, but still above the average.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now that I've had this, I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to try it. Why? Onward...

Got a huge head from the pour, foamy and long-lasting, and that sits on top an entrancing fiery rust color. As the head starts mellowing, stacks of lace cling to the glass, like sedimentary layers.

Aroma shows an herbal/flowery fresh hops, also some citrus/fruit esters. Big and bold, but well-balanced with malt sneaking in, especially as it warms.

Flavor is...wow...first, this is not a gratutiously extreme hop-bomb. Yes, the hops are big and flowery and herbal, as if they were squeezed like fresh oranges for juice (I know that's not how they do it, ok?). Yet the sweet balance of (seemingly) quality grains come in, with a cool breeze of what tastes like toffee syrup (the kind you'd flavor coffee with). Orange lingers on the tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and airy, but sticks nicely in the end, laying a juicy slab of hoppiness across the tongue, to be enjoyed long after the liquid has gone down the chute.

This is amazing, easily one of Weyerbacher's very best. Getting up there in gravity, but still so lip-smackingly delicious and easy to enjoy. You don't have to fight the alcohol here, as the rush of flavor completely takes center stage. Bravo.

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

This beer pours a beautiful golden copper with a nice head that sits well. Sticky, thick lacing as well. Very great looker. I smelled this beer right when I began to remove the cap, it literally came straight to my nose with no effort. Piney citrus hops and a malty sweetness as well, hops dominating. The taste brings in more of the sweetness. Clean and thirst quenching citric hops including grapefruit, orange/tangerine. Again, the hops are in control but the malts do contend a little to me. Pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky, fairly low carbonation again but still delivering a tingle to the tongue. Drinkability is good. Not too much or too little of anything going on here. A very good all around beer that actually surprised me compared to other beers I've had from Weyerbacher.

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

Appearance: A nice warm rusted orange with a frothy 2 head.Mild retention throughout the beer. Lacing is wonderful and thick.

Smell: Piney hops, floral, oranges, grapefruit, and caramel.

Taste: The thick caramel malt provides a great backbone for the floral simcoe flavor. The pine really seems to shine through, but that not to say the fruitier aspect of the smell don't arise in the taste as well. It is all well balanced. There is a nice spiciness in the finish that adds a little distinctiveness.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not sticky. The carbonation is mild, but is still present enough to excite the tongue.

Drinkability: Nice DIPA here and it seems like it could be one that even non-hopheads could enjoy. If you see this around buy it.

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a HUGE citrus hop blast that really hits you in the nose. It's also got a nice malt aroma that adds a bit of balance to the equation. The taste is good. It has a wondeful malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit sweet. The hop presence is tremendous. It's got a powerful citrus hop flavor all the way through to the finish. It adds a refreshing feel even at 9 %. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good double IPA. It's got it all; a good drinker.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in a pint glass

A - hazy orange/amber color with a fluffy beige head that just kept rising out over the rim of the glass. The head had plenty of legs but eventually settled down leaving terrific sticky lace.

S - piney/citrus/passionfruit hoppy aroma, with a sweet malty background.

T - this is a wonderful beer, the use of their own hybrid 'simcoe hop(s)' give this beer a passionfruit/citrus flavor with perfect malt balance.

M - a tounge tingler, sort of like sticking a 9 volt battery on the tip of your tongue, fantastic mouthfeel.

D - 9%abv is just right for this beer, the alcohol is hidden in the wonderful taste, but will sneak up on you very fast if you're not careful.

Final Note: This beer is a great value and great tasting.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Double Simcoe pours a clear burnt amber with a fluffy off-white head that dies down quickly after pour. Lacing is medium throughout tasting with a decent amount of stickiness. Delicious simcoe hop aroma of powerful citrus, mostly grapefruit with a bit of pine. Hints of caramel malt appear to tickle the nose as well. Taste is a very earthy, but quite sweet for a DIPA. Obvious citrus flavoring with a good floral punch. A nice bready malt aftertaste balances this out quite well for such a hop bomb. Mouthfeel is a medium body that is quite smooth but has a good dryness. Drinkability is pretty good, but the only thing I feel that gets in the way is the carbonation. Any hophead will surely appreciate this brew.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle acquired in trade (unfortunately, I can't remember who sent this...but thank you). Poured to a pint glass.

A: Pours a lovely warm-glowing auburn orange with a creamy/soapy 1-finger head, light sandy in color. Cloudy, with just a little floating sediment, and a healthy amount of tiny carbonation zipping to the top. Lace sticks in thin sheets, all the way around the glass. Head never fades entirely, remaining as a thin layer of froth to the end.

S: Well, Simcoe hops of course...spicy pine & lots of pithy orange & grapefruit, but balanced nicely with some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Great hop flavor, oozing a juicy, resinous semi-bitter citrus/pine with every sip. Spiciness and pith dominate some sweeter malt flavors.

M: Thick, viscous, almost syrupy. Warm with alcohol, clinging on the tongue and cheeks without being too sticky. Very little carbonation is apparent, just big, long-lasting hops...

D: I'm very glad to have tried this. It's definitely a powerfully hop-heavy DIPA. It's a style I can appreciate, though not one I crave (my preference is the more balanced, even more malty-leaning, beer...), but Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe is still one I'd recommend to the hop-head and would enjoy having again.

Another solid offering from this brewery, which I wish we could get out here in Oregon...

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember hearing the rumors when this beer was in development and I could not wait to try it. Later, I had some at one the many fests that I routinely attend and thought that it was perhaps the Best of Show. Even further down the road, at a separate fest, Dan slipped a bottle into my hands (along with some other beers) and asked that I give it an unbiased review. Would I not?!? As if The Beer Pest could be bought at any price. My reputation is based on my dishonesty, but not because I am open to bribes or other enticements. I just like tweaking people.

Straight off, it produces a beautiful light-tan head that remained intact for a long while before evolving into some nice sticky lacing. The nose was floral and mildly sweetish. I read where this strain is a recent development and it put me in mind of a recent Lew Bryson blog in which he was expressing incredulousness over a marijuana-related site's review of various strains in the same terms as we use for hops. They are of the same family, actually, and the sticky lacing put me in mind of some Hawaiian that I had as a kid. The mouthfeel was almost hot with its combination of alcohol and hops, but I really dug it. I am not a session beer guy. The finish was gaspingly hoppy, really asserting itself and making me wish for a glass of water to wash it down. Oh my. I may need another bottle to make absolutely sure of my unbiased opinion.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy, burnt orange complexion with a thick and foaming head that maintained great retention along the sides of the glass. An appealing little number.

S: A floral and somewhat spicy hop bouquet with a citrusy tinge that was definitely enticing. Also hints of an herbal side underneath.

T: A definite punch in the mouth. The hops here seem almost too much, but interestingly enough there is a malt presence that helps smooth things over across the palate. Sweet as all hell, this baby is packed with citrusy and piney flavors that would sooth the savage hophead anyday. Think PineSol mixed with orange and lemon rind and some grass clippings from the lawn... only delicious.

M: A slick and syrupy mouthfeel, made mealy by the malt and generous carbonation. The phrase 'full-bodied' comes to mind.

D: So much depth to this beer makes it one to savor as it warms up. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but for those adventureous souls, this is a hop monster to tackle. The sweetness and bitterness will put your palate to the test, and the ABV will make sure you feel its effects. Regardless, it's still quite tasty, and maintains good flavor character, even despite being hopped like hell.

Photo of onehomesickalien
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time. Bought a pint sized bottle at Brawleys and sipped this one most of the night. I am just finishing it up and can say with confidence that this is now one of my favorite IPA's.

Appearance - Very nice hazy golden/copper. Dense, but very consistent. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell - Strong hops mixed with a citrus and floral overtone. Exceptional once again.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Smooth over the tongue. Bites hard but still keeps a sense of class.

Drinkability - Pint is enough for me, but I will be getting another one next week.... and then maybe next... etc.

...you get the point.

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

Appearance: It's a hazy, dark copper color. Very nice, foamy one and a half finger head. Retention was very good and a thick coat of lace lined the mug.

Smell: Grapefruit smell is very bitter and strong. Hops blend well with the citrusy aroma. Strong scent of pine. Hints of vanilla are noticeable, as well as a toffee malt smell.

Taste: Very sweet and bitter. Initial grapefruit provides a nice bitter taste. Piney hops kick in and really take it to the next level. Very well done. On the outskirts are the toffee malt flavors, which provide some balance. But, it's a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Very smooth and easy to drink, especially with the 9% abv. Leaves a wonderful, dry bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a flat out excellent beer. If you're into hops, you must give it a try.

Photo of cooncat
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, well within date. Reviewed 4/26/07.

On the pour, expect a beautiful amber hued beer, with an off-tan spumescent head which lasts a long time. Great sheets of lacing litterally coat the glass all the way down.

The nose is a massive smack that gets your attention immediately! The Simcoe hops, which most closely resemble ruby red grapefruit, are powerful, pungent and enticing, beckoning you to your first sip.

Taste is an affirmation of the nose: HUGE hop flavor of red grapefruit, with just enough bready malts behind it to provide some balance. This is a hop-head's delight, and a macro-brew drinker's fright! Mouthfeel is big, and dry. The 9% abv doesn't make itself known until the beer warms near the bottom of the glass. The beer finishes as it started; dry and hoppy.

Drinkability might be somewhat problematical due to the high ABV, but, nevertheless, I think I could do 2 or 3 of these in a session without problem. If you're a hop-head, this beer's for you. I highly recommend it.


Edit: had a chance to have this again 12-6-09 ... simply marvelous. This is what a DIPA should be.

Photo of atsprings
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy orange with a decent head that left left great lacing. The aroma was dominated by pine hops with some caramel malts. The taste was a great blend of pine and citrus hop flavor against a well balanced malt backbone. The beer was medium bodied with relatively hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable DIPA.

Photo of swiftyschlifty
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at paradiso in gtown...

pours a deep orange with a bit of a white head....

smells real piney, a bit tart, but you can tell it's going to be strong....maybe a bit too alcoholic for its kind...

comes in at 9%ABV, but has a bit of tart on the end of the palate...has this sweet candy-like flavor that got me....bitter finish....

not a session beer by any means, average as far as double ipa's, a bit too tart....

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

Pours a dark amber with a nice head that sticks around as a thin cap. Pretty decent lacing as well. The smellis great-love those Simcoe hops! Nice piney and citrusy smell with baked apple, wax, and a decent but not overwhelming malt backbone. Very nice flavors as well. Same flavors as aromas, but with a long creamy, waxy, bitter finish that is especially nice. Quite fruity with citrus, cherries, and a slight meatiness.Not sweet at all, which is a nice change of pace from many dipas. Relatively thin mouthfeel, but not so much so that the hops aren't supported. This probably slightly decreases the mouthfeel score but slightly increases the drinkability. I like this beer- I'm a fan of the Simcoe hop and hope to see more offerings utilizing it. This beer is particular refreshing for a dipa, and while not my favorite in the category, its a worthy effort.

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

Tully's here in Maine just started carrying some Weyerbacher products. This was the first one I tried. I only hope their other offerings are this good. Poured into a tulip glass, this beer was a nice copper color with a fairly thick head. A little lacing was apparent. Aroma was citrusy, mostly grapefruit. The taste was intensely hoppy (grapefruit). This was an in your face blast; loved it. It had a resinous, oily mouthfeel. Great beer. Have one or two of these, don't drink anything else when you have this particular IPA.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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