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Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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2,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,976
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 161
Gots: 281 | 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 bort11
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mdavis31481 for this bottle

22 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Tall fluffy egg shell white head, with sticky retention. Chunks of lace sticks to the glass. Color is a hazy orange.
Simcoe hops must have milder hops character that say cascade. It's definitely bitter, but also has a mild and mellow character.
Taste has an almost buttery flavor to it.
Mouthfeel has a slick creamy feel.
This is a very interesting IPA, and one I like a lot

Photo of mobud
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass from a growler.

Heavy pour with a copper penny color and nice white head that lingered during the sampling. Light carbonation was observed. The smell was of a light IPA; there was no indication to me that this was going to be a full-on hop bomb. The light note of citrus was evident as I went to take my first sip.

The taste was umbelievable. The citrus and pine character are up front with a light alcohol presence. Maybe I am getting used to the DIPA style, but I did not think this beer had the high ABV that is listed. I drank this beer like I was drinking a session beer. The mouthfeel was heavy and smooth like it was a nitro-infused beer; almost creamy to me.

Would I drink this again - Hell yes! This was hyped to me for several weeks before I obtained it, so I did not know what was coming for real. The Simcoe hops were a nice change for me. I look forward to getting some more.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber-orange into a pilsner glass. Nice head retention, head looks fluffy and sticky. Tiny bubbles float languidly upward.

Smell is slightly sweet, butterscotch hops, similar to a barleywine without the booziness. Perfumy and floral, maybe a touch medicinal.

Taste is mellow at first, malty, then the hops creep up to moderate levels, and become medicinal and strong in the finish. Balanced, not overdone on the hopping. Grapefruit in the aftertaste, and little indication of the ABV.

Full, velvety in mouthfeel, very nice to sip and ponder it. Very drinkable, but one to watch due to it's deceptively hidden 9% ABV.

Thanks to markgugs for the trade!

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

Pours out a cloudy ice tea color with two fingers of white suds that leave good lacing around the tulip glass.
Smell is flowery and citrusy. Perfume and grapefruit. Sugar caramel and some yeast but mostly hops, very nice hops.
Taste is very warm with hops hitting first then the alcohol.
The perfume is in the taste as well. good mix of the bitterness and the alcohol sweetness.
The aftertaste is citrusy going more toward the grapefruit. With a 9% abv it couldn't really be called a session beer but it is one I wouldn't mind drinking 4 or 5 at one sitting.
The malty feel of this brew is what sets it apart from other Double Ipa's.

Photo of montageman
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is very syrupy and ends up with a small half finger head that sticks around for while then leaves some intense lacing, especially on the side of the glass. The color is a rich reddish orange - very cloudy. Overall, a really nice looking beer. The smell is dominated by citrus and floral notes with a slight sweetness as well. The taste is incredible. Strong grapefruit rind up from with a strong hoppy kick and a superb malt balance. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, almost chewy - very nice for this style. Oh man, I could drink this all day long. An awesome brew that needs to be experience. Highest Recommendation.

Thanks to markgugs for this gem.

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

This DIPA pours a nice copper color which this time around is very clear. Past experience was a ton of floaties but this was either a better pour or a better filtered bottle. The white head stuck around for the entire glass, which was half of a 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

The aroma is a big citrusy hop bonanza. Only a sign of things to come. there is some malt balance in the aroma but let's not kid each other. This beer is a hoppy monster.

The taste assaults you. Really...it does. Hops up-front, hops in the middle, hops in the finish. Big citrusy hops all over the place. I have little experience with Simcoe hops but this example has got me intrigued to say the least. Alcohol is well hidden in this DIPA by the hops.

I would not plan on drinking anything after this one. This would make a regular IPA taste like Bud Light and anything else taste like water. I'd call this an extreme beer and then some. Recommended for the hopheads out there.

Photo of shbobdb
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

All right folks, gather 'round and let me tell you something: it pays to know chemistry!

Because I knew my way around the periodic table, Yinzer, a god amongst BAs, sent me this beauty of a beer. It happened in the '80s and it is happening again: Nerds, nerds, nerds, nerds!

On to the beer.

This beer is a delightful tongue-splitter. It doesn't fall into the grey 'too sweet -- is this a barleywine? Huh?' area that many DIPAs fall into, this beer is about brutal unrestrained hops. The malt is there . . . but it isn't really worth talking about.

No, this beer is a lesson in the beauty of simcoe hops. I'm not sure what citrus fruit these hops remind me of, tangarine, kumquat? I'm not sure but there is a distinct floral citrus presence and a sharp, yet pleasant bitterness.

What is really unique about this beer is the bitterness. Yes, I've had beer that were more bitter, yada yada, but this beer manages to be brutally bitter yet shockingly balanced without the use of excessive malt.

Wow. There needs to be more beers brewed with this wonder-hop. It basically has all the qualities that I like in American hops without being too abrasive. I love it.

Photo of kdrobb2k
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber. Pours copper with a short lasting head. Lacing on this batch
lined up in rows on the pint glass. Pitney, citrus flavor that bursts with each sip. Is slightly bitter and complex. The Simcoe hops come through providing a most unique taste. Smooth with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Careful... this will sneak up on you! This ale rates a weekly purchase and stays in the rotation..

Photo of muffguy4beer
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glasses.

Appearance -Pour deeply into imperial pint glass. Nice thick white foamy head reeking of simcoe. Golden in color, tint of orange. Very pleasing sight for this thirsty dude.

Smell - Citrus and piney hops comprise most of this aroma. Again very pleasing. I could spend a month in this beer one night.

Taste - Well they don't call it double simcoe for kicks. I have to say though I can find some balance in this beer as it has a decent malt kick as well.

Mouthfeel - Creamy goodness this beer engulfs the tongue and takes it on a crazy ride. Full bodied and delicious.

Drinkablilty - One of my new favorite hop varieties makes me want to drink this beer more and more. The alcohol is well played and I could easily drink the full 22 oz'er and probably one of his siblings as well. The whole experience was fantastic. I just wish I had some tasty food to go with, ah maybe next time.

Photo of Matteox3
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Beer Mart, Route 10, Reading PA.

This beer was purchased in the "Big Beer" Variety Case.

At 9% alcohol, I expected a beer that was to alcohol rich to enjoy in quantity. I was surprised. It tasted like a well crafted IPA, not an IPA with 9% alcohol (not a fan of large alcohol % for the sake of large alcohol %). I was surprised.

The color was average and the mouthfeel was good. Although deliscious in my opinion, I fear the alcohol percentage makes this beer not as drinkable over long periods as a lower alcohol brew.

However, I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it over other local double IPA's.

Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 22oz bottle; no freshness info visible.

Pours a deep, rich, clear copper hue. Head is thin, fine and creamy, with a light beige color. A small bit of carbo meanders slowly topside. Lacing is fair to good. An attractive bier, yes! Aroma has some decent malt, somewhat crystal like. All the Simcoe lends a sharp edge to the nose. Body is a solid medium to medium-plus, and the Simcoe passes quite smoothly over the tongue.

The flavor is solid in the malt department despite it being a DIPA... has a nice layer of caramel sweetness laying a foundation upon which all the hops are added. There's a bite to the malt in the same way that the hops have a real kick, along with the piney, resiny character coating the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Simcoe gives this a very distinct finish... citrussy yet moreso, with more of a sharp, bitter edge, though a most welcome one. Quite tasty; yes, I like this one.


overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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

22oz bottle into pint glasses.

A---It poured hazy golden with orange hues and a large rocky white head.

S---Candy sweetness, honey and piney hop aroma.

T---Slight malt, orange peel with late warming alcohol. It is a definite simcoe experience.

M---Full bodied and creamy.

D---I really enjoyed having a chance to try a single hop variety DIPA.

Photo of vwcraig
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet/ruby color with a whitish head and big bubbles on top. Small bubbles rise slow but there is some carbonation there. Floral and grapefruity hop smell. Possibly a sweeter smell like pineapple as well. The smell is my favorite part of this one. Floral hop taste with a huge bitter bite. Massive hop taste. Laces the glass well. Sticky and resiny when left on lips. Full-bodied and oily. Drinkability is good IMO. I remember buying a case from Weyerbacher called their "big beers" variety case and being disappointed that Raspberry Imperial Stout was replaced with this. Not knocking the Raspberry, but now I'd rather have this.

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

Poured from a bomber into one of my tulips. Very nice clear dark copper color. Two finger off white head of dense bubbles with a slight orange tinge.

The smell, not surprisingly was dominated by citrus hop resins. I also detected some suggestions of pineapple. The malt was noticeable as well.

The flavor was up front notes of citrus rind. Grapefruit most noticeably and a hint of canned pineapple. Resiny pine followed by sweet malt to back it all up. Fairly well balanced for such a pronounced hop presence. A touch of alcohol in the finish, but at 9% it's fairly well hidden all things considered.

The mouthfeel had the velvety feel of hop oils. Medium carbonation.

Very drinkable considering the higher abv. An excellent good DIPA. I really dig the single hop profile. I have yet to see this in 6 packs, but I'm waiting patiently.

Photo of Vancer
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fairly firm pour resulted in a massive head of tan, floating on a hazy amber orange nectar. The head and lace just glues to the side of the glass.

Muchas aromas of citrusly grapefruit and orange. Gooey taste of hoppy pine and citrus, enough oil in the mouth at finish to grease a car. A real sweet tart to start, but balances out well with the hop pop. Just a superb, well crafted brew.

This was a great sippin’ brew for a lazy afternoon – I could have many more, if they were available in the Midwest ;(

But many thanks to bennetj17, SkinnyElvis, zrbrrt, and mcallister for this beauty ! Glad I have more than one!!

Photo of walleye
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber. poured a cloudy orange amber with a off white head. aroma, grapefruit with honey on top of it, pine, alcohol, medicine, fruity. flavor big hops, the grapefruit now has sugar on it, some floral, honey, as it warms the alcohol starts to come out strong. dryness and bitter in the finish. for me this is a beer you want to take your time drinking.

Photo of jhicks12
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Dark, orange rust color.

Smell: Very nice citrus, floral, piney smell

Taste: Nice oily hop flavor, also a good malt character, but wow the Simcoe hops make this a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: I got a nice carbonation and a oily feel from the floral piney hops

Drinkability: Very tasty!!!! Great Beer

Photo of guinnessfan
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Slightly clouded amber/copper color with a ginormous pillowy head, bone in color with a yellowish tinge. Lacing is extreme, lasting throughout the entire beer.

S: Perfect. Pine needles, citrus zest, green grass, maybe even some tame malt.

T: Initial hop bitterness, calmed by a smooth and mild malty goodness. Lingering citrus zest. Very mild alcohol flavor as the beer warms.

M: Smooth, dry, bitter, oily, good carbonation. Very complex mouthfeel.

D: Powerful taste, powerful effects. Not a beer to be f'ed with. One bomber is more than enough at a time.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy caramel colored body with a creamy light off-white head that has a yellow tint to it. There are some microbubbles that are only visible at the base of the glass and then disappear into the murky body.

S- The smell of green fresh hops spills out of the body even as the beer is poured. Upon closer sniffing the smell of bold green hops with a wintergreen note. There is a soft pale malt note in the background that is very fresh with a nice complexity of floor malted grain.

T- There is a big bitter but smooth hop flavor that dominates the first few sips. After the hops give way the soft caramel notes come through in the background. There are notes of pine with some softer hints of light fruit but not really citrus qualities. The hops have almost a dry grapefruit zest bitterness that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight cream note but no real alcohol hints even when it is warm.

D- The big hop punch of bitterness is very nice but unique in its complexity. The sweetness of the malt really helps the hops pop and the complexity of a single type of hops is surprisingly good.

Photo of ski271
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, medium reddish-amber with a large, thick, off-white, foamy head. Good retention and lacing. It has a wonderful piney hops aroma, backed by citrus, some lightly sweet, well-rounded malts, and a hint of meaty yeast. Also some caramel and a hint of banana, butter and vanilla. The taste is… “that’s a spicy meat-eh-ball-eh!” Lots of citrus and VERY bitter, with a citrus rind bitter finish. You know, I never thought I’d be saying this but I think it’s actually TOO bitter. The bitterness is a little overwhelming and in my opinion masks the other admirable qualities of the beer a bit. It has a medium body, oily texture and moderate carbonation. This one definitely grew on me as the bottle went down. Fabulous aroma, but while I know the Double IPA is a beer for the hophead, balance shouldn’t suffer as a result. Still, a very good beer overall.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a dark and hazy burnt orange beer. About three fingers of sticky, creamy foam form up slowly, thickly, and create a solid layer. Thick lace painted all around the glass.

Aroma - intense orange and pine. Pure hops all the way.

Taste - no delay here in delivering the hops to the palate. Initial sweetness (not much though) allows some semblance of caramel malt. They are brief but good. The hops are fully flavored with orange citrus, pine, and some grapefruit on the swallow. A fairly long and smoldering finish. A bit of alcohol warmth but hidden pretty well behind the big time flavor. Despite my tendency to shy away from some of these intensely bitter brews, this one draws me in.

Mouthfeel - somewhere between moderate and heavy in body. The carbonation is kickin', keeping it peppy. A good sturdy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - a good DIPA, I really enjoyed it. Hop heads unite! Or at least getcha a bomber of this, I think you'll like it.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I split this bottle with Stopper who provided the goods.
The bottle is cold and poured into a snifter. Pours slightly cloudy amber color. A small beige head foams up and fades quickly to almost nothing. Aroma is hop dominant with some rindy grapefruit citrus and resiny pine. First sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation. texture is a little slick but a bit syrupy on the swallow.
Flavor starts sweet caramel for a second but rolls to all hops with grapefruit and herbal notes mixing with a strong resiny pine flavor. The beer finishes with some lingering bitterness that gets to be a little aspirin like.
A decent brew for most, a Great beer for hop heads. Another Weyerbacher product that I enjoy. They just keep crankin em out!

Photo of perfectkaos
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of the Weyerbacher Big Beers and was pleased to see that the Raspberry Imperial Stout was replaced by this one, because I'd rather drink an IPA then anything raspberry.

This beer is great. Hoppy and crisp with a wonderful aroma. Even though this beer clocks in at 9%, there is no heavy alcohol taste, just hops. The taste lingers in your mouth.

Seems to me that Hop Devil just found itself a nemesis

Photo of kkosmoski
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a red wine glass. Orange colored with a generous thick cream colored head. Small hop particles were present (not a problem with me). The aromatics of this beer were amazing. It had that signature Pacific coast aroma of citrus and pine while at the same time displaying a very distinct pungent earthy tone. At first, this seems to be just another 'west-coast' style DIPA, but then the Simcoe comes through. A very pungent, almost blue cheese flavor that was balanced out by some residual sweetness. Mouthfeel was great. Very sticky and viscous from the hops. Surprisingly drinkable - you would never guess the 9% if it weren't on the label. Overall, this was an enjoyable beer that I would try again. It was my first experience with the Simcoe hop, and I would have to try it a few more times to acquire a taste for it enough to be crazy about it.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A - Pours an amber copper with a big rocky, crusty off white head and lace clinging to every spot on the glass.

S - Raunchy, funky, aged cheese, earthy, citrus, dirty hops with a bit of sweet malt backbone.

T - Raunchy, aged "smelly" cheese, funky, dirty with some tropical citrus and sweet malt. This one taste just like it smells. Very unique.

M - Thick and chewy with resiny, syrupy coating that sticks to the tongue.

D - Unique beer but I just can't seem to get past the funkiness of the Simcoe hops. I can see how people could love this beer but I don't think I am a big fan of Simcoe after trying this one. I hope to see more single hop beers like this in the future.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,976 ratings.