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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,857 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,857
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 148
Gots: 219 | 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 kirok1999
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

A- Deep rich amber/copper, with a head that just grows and lacing that isn't lacing, it's a curtain. Literally coats the glass. Hops maybe?

S- Spicy and citrusy. Sweet malts and some slight caramel.

T- Yummm. This is my kind of brew, almost like Victory Hop Devil which must use Simcoe or something like it. Spicy and citrusy, yet balanced by the malts too.

M- Smooth and creamy. Outstanding.

D- I like this one way too much! Great brew and a perfect example of a double IPA.

kirok1999, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep rusty amber. Large, thick frothy head of off-white foam retains as an awesomely compact bubbly topping - sticky patches of lace. Sweet citrus and pine resin aromas with a healthy dose of malts and some underlying diacetyl. Taste is bitter sprucey hop oils as the citrus takes a back seat. Moderate sweetness all around - the malts really do a great job standing up to the huge load of Simcoes. Terrificly smooth, full yet pillow soft mouthfeel is nearly creamy.

Good to have a DIPA that stands out from the others - love that resinous pine quality. Obviously a great utilization of Simcoes and well worth picking up if you can get your hands on it.

wedge, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from bleedingshrimp as part of 120/190 BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the very cloudy orangey amber brew. Head fades on the edges, leaving a moat around the resilient center plateau of brew, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is sweet grains and fruity hops. Taste is initially balanced, with ample pale malt sweetness and fresh green hops, but the hops kick it into gear and keep coming, yet still don't overdo with bitterness. Mouthfeel is suh-mooooth, and oh-so drinkable. A dangerous brew that I look forward to revisiting, almost makes me think of (dare I say it?) Dreadnaught. Yum.

ppoitras, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Auburn brown red color, mostly clear with a great looking light tan head. Very nice soapy retention with sheety and spotty bits of delightful lace. Smell is a punch of equally delightful, huge amounts of simcoe hop...suprise! Definitely some diacetyl in there with a good caramel sweet malty base. Taste matches the big aroma with a lush, smooth, happy mouthfeel. Nice bitter dry through the finish with good drinkabiliity.

Yup that's worth getting. Very uplifting hops and nice malts.

tastybeer, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from this 22 oz. into an IPA glass. Created a mega-head of khaki colored chunky foam which left a ladder of lacing. Gianormous head filled half of the glass. Body was clear golden brown.

Smell was hops hops hops up front. Sweet malty alcohol developed as it warmed. Floral, resin, and slight citrus notes were evident.

Tasted crisp and smooth. Both bitter and sweet with the oily hop flavor eventually replaced by alcohol . Fairly complex yet collapsing to merely alcohol flavors at the end. Unfortunately I poured out the last few ounces because I just didn't enjoy it anymore.

Full body was smooth and had low carbonation.

Initially rewarding work to drink. Warmth eventually created a less than pleasant beverage.

Cresant, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruddy golden yellow, little bit of brown mixed in. Superb fluffy offwhite head inches high perches atop the body.

S: Lots of grapefruit juice, bit of toffee and fresh pine.

T: The foam is so creamy, the first sip was like having whipped cream with beer in your mouth. God that was cool! Syrupy hop abundance is immediately noticed. Lots of grapefruit, sour apple twang and light caramel. Smoothness of the head adds a thought a fresh cream. Aftertaste is graham crackers, grapefruit rind and vanilla on the lips.

M: Full bodied, creamy from the head and slick from the oily hops

D: This beer is dope. Enough said.

Westsidethreat, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big 22oz bomber, excited to try this one. Pours from the bomber into my tulip glass a deep murky copper orange with a sticky, creamy inch of foam on top that immediately leaves sticky lacing on the glass. Lookin good! Aromas of wonderful Simcoe hops right off the bat. Big pine resins with citrus tones as well, even a bit tropical. Comes across really fresh and vibrant with a sweet malty undertone. I get some grapefruit too as I continue to enjoy the aroma. Just a wonderful green, hop cone punch to the senses.

First sip brings a sweet maltiness with a hint of caramel and bread along with a big blast of lush hops. Pine sap oils merge into citrusy flavors. A well placed bitterness that is strong but not abrasive flows through on the way down. Notes of tropical fruit and grapefruit mix in throughout. Finishes with a blast of fresh Simcoe hop cones. Nicely balanced and a wonderful DIPA. As my glass empties I'm stuck wishing I had more!

Mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy and it just rushes across the tongue with mellow carbonation. This brew is simply a joy to drink with a blast of hoppy goodness in each sip. A hophead's delight for sure and a testament to the Simcoe hop. I wish this brew was available to me as I'd likely drink it on a regular basis. An awesome Double IPA from Weyerbacher...bring on more single hop brews!! Thanks to blitheringidiot for being nice and sharing.

orbitalr0x, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle, no date information.

Obscured copper. Towering, dense beach sand colored head that settles from the bottom up like a nitro tap pour. Mixed size bubbles pop and leave sheets of thick lacing. The head maintains a rocky mountain cap all the way down. Huge floral and pine aromas waft around the glass and are noticeable from a distance. Fresh and citrus rind crisp as well. Inviting. Bold and brash initially, the pine and rind hits big and powerfully. The ample malt body provides a complimentary sweetness and girth into the finish which is filled with fresh oily rind notes. The hops are resinous and juicy and there is a slightly numbing effect, but this does not impact negatively. There is no hint of the alcohol and the finish is perpetual, leaving me to think I'll be tasting this one tomorrow as well. Full bodied and with minimal carbonation, the luscious silky smooth mouthfeel is almost cask-like. Not sessionable, but why would you? This is a beer to be savored and enjoyed as it is delicious, delectable and absolutely a must find.

hopsaplenty, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of bwyker
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange. Lots of bubbles that settle in a very thick, creamy head. Very good retention and nice lacing left on the glass.

S: Incredible. A floral hop aroma is prominent, though soft, coupled with a reserved sweetness. Hints of apple or pear.

T: Moderately sweet with a smoothed bitterness. Slight alcohol/malt in the finish.

MF: Airy, with a little stickiness in the end.

D: Very smooth, highly drinkable. Alcohol is there and could make its presence known quickly, but very very enjoyable!

bwyker, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance, a clear, blushing apricot color, under a blessedly big head, creamy colored, lots of lace.

Huge, wide open aroma, blasts out fresh grapefruit, lime, mango, with a slice of pineapple on top. Beautiful stuff! Gorgeous. A treat to breathe into the nose.

Taste: why not? ...mmmm, yes! Forceful entrance on the palate, vast flavor, dripping with oily hop flavor, fantastically tasty fruit character, and persistent feel on the tongue. Long lasting hoppy finish, big in the body. Caramel malt rises up in prominence and the sweet, bready taste is a keen companion to the hugeness of the hops.

This is almost perfect, I nearly think. The 9% is hardly noticed. Wait, ...there it is, okay...

Great texture, great flavor, vibrant and memorable, ...simcoe is a hop-lover's wet dream, and this delivers their deepest fantasies all the way to the money shot. Ahhhh!!!

feloniousmonk, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this in Asheville, NC. Went beer shopping and found this, what a surprise, especially since I was working on a trade to get some.

Massive head for such a high abv beer, truely impressive. Solid four fingers of it in my imperial pint. Just off white in color. Sparkling, perfectly clear dark amber/orange body. Lace clings beautifully to the glass. I dont know what else to ask for really.

Aroma is all hops, no malts to speak of. A metric ass load of pine sap with a hefty dousing of citrus on top, tangerine and somewhat tropical. I like the smell but this usually accompanies some flavors which aren't my favorite in a D/IPA.

Lots of pine show up in the taste initially. Then the finish is more sweet floral and citrus hops which come across almost candy like. Finish is resin bitterness. The sweetness is a bit over the top for me as I like some more earthyness in my DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and again almost over the top oily. Definately full bodied and one of the thicker DIPAs I've had, but the syrup feeling doesn't do it for me. This one doesn't ever leave the insides of your cheeks either.

Sits really heavy on the stomach. This is a huge beer, pretty good flavor but I think this one is a bit too sweet and syrupy. Its got lots going for it but the sweetness kills it for me.

blitz134, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A majestic pour of fluffy pillowy ivory foam cap atop a bejewled copper peach hue appearing a tad chill hazy. Let's tawk lace: Tons of it sticking to the glass like a papparazzi on a pregnant Brittney Spears out of Starbucks! Rock solid!

Scents blow my nose off. The aroma could rip the chrome off a tail hitch or smack the ugly off a warthog. This is what is meant by piney and resinous. Look it up in the dictionary and there's a picture of Simcoe 2IPA. A blast of pine!

First swigs: Instant memory maker of dry resinous pine soup. Sticky sweetness, sugary superlative intenseness that kicks azz first and doesn't bother to take names later. Prepare for pilaging. A non-stop roller coaster ride of floral white grapefruit pith, orange juice and Pez candy. A partial critique that prevents a 5/5 is due to the need for a spacial hop balance inherently devoid in any single varietal despite the grandiose spectacle of this gem!

Sand paper licking feel is tongue punishing. Leaves me with a tear in my eye and bone dry linger. Thick feel is unforgivable and deadly crisp.

Last swigs: My #1 beer of the year! After swigging on several of these bad boyz, the verdict is in: If you like your tongue, be prepared for a real East Coast Ruination. New sherriff in town! Weyerbacher Double Simcoe.

Beer is good. No, beer is a miracle! Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i think i snagged this at the hudson acme. that place never ceases to surprise me (though i suppose it could be lefover from steve's stuff next door)

very red, with an outstanding head. i don't think my glass was in prime condition for a beer (washed in the dishwasher with the general population of the dishes) and the stuff stuck all over the place. when the cream finially did drop i still wouldn't have been able to tell if i held the glass to eye level

malty sweetness, though the hops are king here. rich piney aroma

there's a sticky sweetness to the flavor of simcoe that rubs me the wrong way—it's mostly in the aftertaste. spicy. it's a full-feeling brew

oh yeah...did i say the lacing was good?

btw...maybe i don't mind simcoe

bruachan, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of veggiemafia
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a transparent copper/ruby with a moderate head that maintains a ring and some lace through most of the beer.

Smell is awesome. Resinous pine, underripe strawberries, big pineapple thing going on. Very tropical, but just the faintest wisps of any sort of malt that comes in the form of a creamy caramel thing. This is all about the hops.

Taste is slightly backed off on the resin, especially as the beer warms a malty presence comes out, however slight that makes this easier to drink so it doesn't just feel like mouth abuse.

Mouthfeel is sticky and awesome. Very heavy bodied, but not too overblown.

This one is definitely a sipper in a big way.

veggiemafia, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium copper color with a frothy head that never quits and leaves lots of splashy lacing; even after the pint glass is drained, the head remains almost half an inch thick - astounding

Smell: Incredibly piney but there is also some lemon, pineapple and apricot and a touch of mint

Taste: Starts out with a dominating piney hop profile that overwhelms the malt; after the swallow, there is a tremendous bitterness at the back of the tongue and, surprisingly, a touch of grapefruit sweetness peeks through on the tip of the tongue while its fruity bitterness spreads around the sides and rear; the alcohol is not well-hidden and makes a bit of a solvent and warming appearance

Mouthfeel: Rich and syrupy with moderate carbonation

Drikability: This is one big beer with a lot of flavor; it is not the easiest beer to drink however, as the piney resins and alcohol are a bit overwhelming

brentk56, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of orfeu
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a creamy off-white head. Thick sheet-like lacing. Grapefruit and cannabis aromas with an underlying sweetness of caramelly malts. Wow, this sucker is sweet and boozy. Heavy syrupy mouthfeel (even when pretty cold), crystal sweetness galore. The malts actually override the hops here -- which is saying a lot since the hop content is pretty steep. Regarding those hops, the Simcoes deliver on what they promise: juicy, resinous (piney) flavor with minimal harsh bitterness. Maybe my palate has been trained to actually like the brashness of high-cohumulone hops, or maybe I just think that the rather cloying candy-sweetness of this beer could benefit from some bitterness, but I'm not really feeling this one more than simply as an experimental single-hop beer. Interesting, but one is enough for me, thank you.

orfeu, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A very nice deep golden amber color with a large foamy off white head. The tulip glass is forcing the bubbles to feed the head, which stays nicely and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Piny, resiny hop smell on the nose. Pretty nice.

T - A nice hop punch with a very big alcohol kick. Some sweet malts speak up but lay low behind the hops. The alcohol is strong in this one but it's a pretty good flavor overall. A ton of hop bitterness.

M - A nice thick full bodied feel.

D - Pretty good when you need a hop fix. Toning down the alcohol flavor might help this one become even more drinkable.

EStreet20, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zrrbrrt for this one...
Dark amber in color with a full finger of off-white head..most goes bye-bye and leaves some nice sticky lacing.
Fruity hops pierce the nostils...and hang on to the hairs for dear life. Solid malt sweetness to balance out the nose...pulls you in very quickly.
The taste is an extremely bitter double...the sweetness is definitely there with a solid malt backbone, but the bitter wins out. Catching some green apple flavor, honey, and a slight medicinal feel due to some alcohol detected.
Mouthfeel is quite thick and the carbonation is where I want it.
Drinkability may suffer a bit, as it does have some alcohol flavor...certainly andenjoyable bomber, but nothing more for me in a sitting.
A real nice offering in the style from Weyerbacher...hope their success in how this one is received allows them to produce it again.

warriorsoul, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle gushed a little as I popped the cap, oozing like a volcano and ridding itself of its bubbles. Most of the bubbles did make it to the glass, however. A decent sized eggshell colored head forms and remains quite dense throughout consumption. The beer is a dark peach color with a little bit of haze. Beautiful looking.

Aroma was a very piney hop one, with hints of apricots and pineapples and oranges. Quite pleasing to the nose. It is hop dominated but there is a fairly nice backbone of malt to back that up.

Taste is dominated by piney hops. To be expected from a Double IPA. Pretty big on the hops. Not enough balance in the hops and malt. A little astringent as well. The alcohol is quite noticeable here as well. Not as balanced as I would have hoped, though what maltiness is present is on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel has a puckering bitterness that is associated mostly with the hops but there is some huskiness bitterness as well. A "sweet and sour" beer. Medium to full bodied. Alcohol content makes this a one bomber and done beer.

SaCkErZ9, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting to try this for a while. It's been in the fridge for a few days, and it's been warming for about 10 minutes, as it's hot as hell here in Richmond.

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy copper / orange / amber mix, almost the color if a peach were liquified and all the pulp was still in it. Maybe it was a little too cold; there's a lot of condensation on the glass, and though the lacing is clumpy and wet and curling slowly down the glass, the head bursts back up with a swirl or two to a nice off-white.

Smell: A lot of piney, sweet, floral and citrus-backed hops, some wet and pungent yeast, definite breadiness, and rather thick and almost tangible malt character, or is that coming from the hops? I didn't realize simcoe hops would be this fragrant, but indeed they are. I was thinking there'd be alcohol in the nose too, but the hops cover up most of it. As it warms, more of the yeastiness comes through, which is oddly satisfying in the nose.

Taste: Damn this is some sweet stuff, though I guess the more hops, the more sweetness in a sense. And there's something odd about the sweetness, maybe it's a combination of all the yeast, too. There's a bread dough-like thickness and chewiness to it, but somehow, again, I like it. You can sense the bitterness right away, from pine to citrus to an alpha-acid insanity, with a finish that lingers somewhere in between, the the hops don't let up on the back of the tongue--they're making their presence known. The long, lingering taste of sweet and bitter hops (with some malt presence and thickness too) on the back of my tongue, however, is something I'm going to be enjoying a lot.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy and full, with a smoothness that undoubtedly comes from the heavy sweetness and balanced carbonation levels. By the end I'm not licking my teeth either to get off any residual stickiness, which is also a good sign.

Drinkability: After drinking this, though I enjoyed it immensely, my mouth's saying "give me a rest already..." Great stuff, fairly cheap at around $4-$5 a bottle, a fairly high level alcohol that's not really discernible when you drink, and an experience like this with a Double IPA hat I've yet to have. All those are great things in my book. I'll be buying more. Thanks again Weyerbacher.

asabreed, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of santoslhalper
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a very nice orange-amber with one the most beatiful heads my eyes have ever seen. Rich, creamy, thick, and long-lasty. One of the better looking IPA's I've come across.

Smell: The smell is piney and citrusy with sweet and bready malt notes. Seems incredibly balanced.

Taste and Mouthfeel: All out hops. All the way, and all over the board. Citrus, piney, bitter madness. I know they only use Simcoe's, but goddamn do those bastard hops pack a punch. I feel like they're tearing the lining off of my throat, making my teeth fall out, and eating at my gums like acid. It is tasty though. While there's not much else going on outside the hop flavors, a bready, almost sweet malt flavor makes an appearence about mid-sip, but the hops finish it off, and linger forever. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, rich and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: I've had about 6 bottles of this stuff, and this one in particular is hoppier than the rest. I'm normally not a fan of hugely hoppy beers anymore, but something about this one keeps me coming back. This is definitly one that could stand up to any West Coast IPA.

Weyerbacher is a fantastic brewery, and their new beers seem to get better and better (forgetting the Prophecy of course). Can't wait to see what their Triple IPA comes out like. Cheers to Weyerbacher!!

santoslhalper, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Weirback's... good job folks...I'm from Weirton so now we can go back to the Weyerbacher Simcoe DIPA...I am a fan in general of all of this Eastern PA breweries beers yet some have wowed me over time others have been less than satisfactory. By no means a hit or miss brewery I just go with what I like and try everything new from 'em that I can. The only beers bottled beers I'm missing are the Imperial Pumpkin and the Decadence, anywho back to this fine brew it appears a copper amber hue that forms a massive cream colored head and melds into an impressive biscuit looking texture floating atop my brew leaves behind thick even streaks of lacing with each sip. Aroma contains deep earthy, piney, and grapefruit citrus layers with a spiced bready notes and just a dousing of alcohol, some newbie would probably consider this beer to be soapy but anyway you slice it I like the varietal IPA trend. Flavor consists of a sugary sweet doughy malt layer paired with ample resinous hop flavor fresh from the vine, herbal, citrus, pine, and a bit of funky earthiness all come across the palate. Evident but not overwhelming with the 9% alcohol toasty caramel nut with fruity highlights in the malt department such a good mix great DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium to full body range with enough sticky-ickiness to put a smile on my face even a gentle natural carbonation here as well. Drinkability...extremely flavorful yet refreshing and oh so tasty will bring on a parade of hop burps and it forces me to crave another, good thing I snagged four bottles of this lovely brew.

WVbeergeek, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No best by date. 22 oz. bottle.

Pours a deep hazy brown with excessive carbonation and at least 2 inches of tight tan foam on top.

Luscious juicy ripe grapefruits, bursting with sweetness and an intense bitterness to balance it. Just a touch of pine resin.

Not sure where to begin on this one, as all of the flavors are balanced in this perfect harmony. There is a juicy grapefruit intensity to lead things off: insanely bitter, but at the same time sweet and inviting. Alcohol is nicely muted.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly viscous, giving this a syrupy feel to it almost. Perhaps Weyerbacher's best offering. This shows the East coast can brew DIPA's as well as the West. Ranks up there with Stone Ruination as one of the best DIPA's I've sampled.

cbl2, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of BrewMan13
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me preface this by saying I never liked hoppy beers at all until the last month or 2 but I have seen the light! I figured out (through some exhaustive research ;) ) that I like hops low in cohumulone and simcoe was bred to be just that.
Anyway onto the beer:
Huge head of tiny bubbles with incredible lacing and staying power. The beer itself is a mahogony color with good clarity. Smell is amazing too, and I rarely say that. Those simcoe's sure smell good! Still hard for me to identify the different aromas of hops. Piney comes to mind though...
Taste is exceptional. The bitterness is clean and not abrasive. I guess its piney, maybe a little citrus thrown in there, but not the abrasive citrus quality that turned me off to IPA's for so long. A hint of spiciness on the tongue as well. Also some caramel quality from the malts. So smooth...
I have to say I like everything about this; its probably the best IPA of any kind that I've had so far. And to think, as recently as 2 months ago I wouldnt have even thought of getting it!
I emplore my fellow malt fans to give the hops a chance and try this beer, it just may change your mind.

BrewMan13, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Dale aka hoppedup for sending this and many other gems from NC,poured deep orange infused copper with a big blooming slight off white head that settled ever so slowly leaving globs of lace behind.Oh man the aromas pine,pine and more pine with underlying grassiness and grapefruit rind its almost all hops with a small dose of caramel malt base but like I said its small.The big piney notes samck your palate and lets them know who in charge,a hop lovers dream here very piney and resiny I notice a tangerine-like flavor in a long lingering finish,there is a touch of sweetness and breadiness to let you know there is a pretty hefty malt base but the hops steal the show and what a show it is.The alcohol creeps but is pretty much in check,a damn fine DIPA and to me is true to form,unbelievably I cant get in the Buffalo area I wish I had more.

oberon, Jun 23, 2006
Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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