Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

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Reviews: 1,337
Hads: 3,123
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 164
Gots: 358 | 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 undeadozzy
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured deep golden brown with a thick head and unreal lacing. Opaque and very thick looking, this looks like one hell of a DIPA.

S - Huge smack across the face of hop ripeness, a little buttery biscuit and some earthy deepness.

T - First sip is a massive wave of hop bitterness. Picking up lots of stinging citric acid, grapefruit, some lemon grass. As I let it sit in my mouth, flavors of buttered biscuit, saltine cracker and even a little butterscotch sweetness appear. On the finish, a twang of lemon zest and saltiness, and another whisper of hops. A delicious beer.

M - Very thick and sticky, a chewy demeanor. Really sticks to the inside of your mouth and demands your attention.

O - Another wonderful beer from Weyerbacher, these breweries here in PA really know their stuff! The flavor was wonderful, the double IPA really lives up to its name with this one, and I can't wait for another! (905 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into New Belguim globe glass

A-hazy orange/yellow color and half finger white head. Little lacing

S-aromas of caramel malt and citrus hops and hint of cherry

T-taste is also the same as the aromas. You get the citrus right at the beginning and have the simcoe hop finish

M-great balance sweet then hops. Spirtyz on the tongue.

O-great DIPA very complex and hides the ABV (387 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

June 2013

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-murky dark amber color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before sinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light spackles of surface foam. Resilient lacing clings to the glass and leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Very musty and earthy hop aroma with plenty of malt to back it up. Funky, but in a green way. In a word: Dank.

T- Taste is also very earthy and bitter as the hops and alcohol chomp down on the palate. The malt tries to make itself known but the bitterness of the hops reigns supreme in the end. As the palate acclimates, some caramel sweetness finds its way through but still can't compete with the sheer power of the Simcoe. Notes of pine and wet grass.

M- There's a lingering hop bite and lots of oiliness in this one. Medium-low carbonation and a hefty body.

O- If you want a strong, sharp hop bomb with lots of earth tones, look no further. A very different type of DIPA.

Edit: Had another that was bottled 5/16/13 (Don't know if I missed the bottle date on the other or what) which makes it almost 8 months old. Phenomenal. The hops all remained and were even brighter than the other and everything was smooth and balanced. Either the other one was even older than this one or the fact that this one was kept refrigerated almost the entire time (a forgotten bottle in the back of my mom's fridge) made all the difference in the world. (1,475 characters)

Photo of EastHarris
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid offering from Weyerbacher. This blends malt sweetness and hop bitterness perfectly. I think I could actually session this beer. One of those I do not buy often because it comes in a 4 pack, and then whenever I do, I wonder why I often pass it up. Should have at least one in the back of my fridge at all times. Give this to a friend who swears he or she does not like overly hoppy beers. Perfect gateway beer. (417 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A - Dark copper with a light head. Very active carbonation, low head retention.

S - Hard to get much of anything here. Very muted. A little pine, a little malt sweetness, and very subtle tropical fruit.

T - Taste follows the nose only a little stronger.

M - Pretty average. Finished dry and bitter on the sides of the tongue. The bubbles tickle the tongue.

O - Very average. There is nothing that stands out in this beer. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out. (520 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy deep orange with a thin white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Hops dominate with some sweet tropical fruit.

T - Lots of hops produce a good amount of bitterness. Bitterness is balanced out by a nice caramel sweetness. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O - A very well balanced DIPA. Simcoe hops and sweet malts balance out well. Definetly worth trying. (437 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Unfiltered Burnt orange/brown body. Poured a 1/2 finger, creamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.
S- Pine, dense caramel, sweet grapefruit and orange.
T- Sweet grapefruit and orange up front, followed by caramel, roasted malts and pine. There's a sweetness toward the end that I've decided tastes like honey. Sweet citrus, pepper, pine in the aftertaste. ABV hardly noticeable. Very well balanced and flavorful.
M- Medium, creamy body, with a honey like slickness. Oily, pine resin feel in the aftertaste.
O- This is a really good beer. It is very well balanced between the Simcoe hops and powerful malt presence. Again, ABV is almost completely unnoticeable. I would definitely have this again. (717 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

.Poured into a champagne flute.

A: Beautiful deep glowing copper. thin head, soapy white lacing. Slightly hazed with particulate suspension.

S: Wonderful simple Simcoe with some caramel malt style scents. Hoppy. Lemony. Lemongrass.

T: Mild Simcoe undercurrent. Lemongrass, hay, mild malt backbone. Smooth all day. Mild tropical fruit notes. Not very hot/boozy.

M: medium-full body, filling. creamy due to high saturation of carbonation, but no activity to support this level of carbonated creaminess. I do not detect any graininess of texture on palate due to any suspended solids seen. Hides booze level well.

O: If you want Simcoe, this brings it at the highest level. Very good showcase for Simcoe hops. I would seek this for a single hop experience that isn't a grapefruit bomb. (787 characters)

Photo of Cheld
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bold Double IPA dominated by- you guessed it- Simcoe Hops. Picked up a bottle at The Vault in Lewiston ME.

Appearance- Relatively dark and cloudy IPA. The head is about 1 finger thick and disintegrates quickly leaving limited lacing.

Smell- Mostly pine scented, with a hint of sweeter fruitiness like berries? But not as fruity as most hoppy IPAs.

Taste- Dominated by the Simcoe Hops, it has a pine flavour that matches the aroma. There is a strong bitterness as expected in this style, but it is followed up by a honey-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Overall- Not exactly balanced, but few Double IPAs are in my opinion. Definitely a hop lovers beer, and a good one at that. I highly recommend and look forward to the next three in my fridge. (760 characters)

Photo of sweetwaterman
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a Make Your Own 6 Pack at the local Whole Foods.

Appearance is a hazy darkish bronze. Almost looks identical to fresh pressed apple cider.

Smell is HOPS! With a name like Double Simcoe, you can guess what the dominate nose is. The Simcoe hops dominate with grassy resiney highlights. This is supported with sweet, almost fruity notes too. Raspberry jam, perhaps? Definitely jam spread on hot toast.

Taste: Hop bitterness dominates. Pleasantly piney. Well rounded hop flavor which highlights the featured hop as intended. I won't say it's balanced, but the finish does alternate between sweet and bitter for me.

Mouthfeel: fine for an imperial IPA.

I enjoyed this one. I tend to like my big IPAs on the citrus side of things, but this one certainly did what it wanted to do and did it well. (815 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark copper amber colored pour with a small, short-lived head.

Smells smokey sweet with jellied fruit, primarily strawberry. Evergreen is muted with a layer of mild funk on top.

Bitter hops are up front, and the taste is never as sweet as the nose, even though the candy-caramel is there with the malt center. Bitterness carries through to the boozy end with its scallion and cheese edge, and hint of pineapple.

Light, smooth mouthfeel--a nice contrast to the heft of nose and bite.

Overall, this is a creative offering, with a unique hop character. Its flavor doesn't thrill me, but the craft deserves recognition. (625 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottling date: 05/01/13 - best by: 11/01/13 - just drank moments ago

A: really murky/cloudy (dry-hopping?), dark amber.... about 1/2" of head that disintegrated into a collar of plumpy bubbles, then light mist....not that attractive and indicative of possible infection

S: fruit puree (strawberry?! mango?!)... sweet-fruity higher alcohols (thankfully not solventy) and/or a blend of caramel malts.... perhaps a touch smoky, perhaps a hint of lime.... alcohol and dem Simcoes mostly

T: (I suppose that's the ) Simcoe hitting at the fore and, after a brief, mellow wave of alcohol, its quite bitter burst in the finish, reminiscent of citrus pith and wormwood (more the hops in combo with the cooling/warming sensation of the booze).... a green onion-like numbing?.... later, the increasingly bitter Simcoe separates and balances better with the subtle, smooth, flavor-neutral malt... a lil mango in the aftertaste?

M: surprisingly feather-light, smooth, and fairly dry....actually quite dry and only marginally desiccating

O: flavors I've tasted in many 2x IPAs.... if by "outstanding" we mean "does it stand out?" then, yes, I suppose it does stand out from the average 2x IPA - all thanks to the Simcoe.... it's a good beer, but probably not something I'd want to drink more than 2 of in one sitting (1,307 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a ridiculously hazy burnt copper color. It's still one of the haziest IPA I've ever encountered. The yellow-shaded head, while lacking size at less than a half finger, is amazingly creamy. It also manages to leave as much lace as it possibly can.

S: The aroma is bold enough where one can immediately notice it simply by cracking the top open. All the Simcoe hops, and their cat pee-meets-tropical fruits-meets-pine cone qualities, are here in full effect, backed by a lot of sweet caramel malt. And when I say a lot of sweet caramel malt, I mean enough to ultimately overpower the hop profile once it sufficiently warms up. The malts even have a candied element to them like a decent barleywine. It's not a turribly fresh bottle, but then again, it's still within the best-by date, so it's fair game.

T: Not as sweet as I anticipated, but that aforementioned candied malt note is still there to open the palate up nicely. Sweetness gradually fades to more neutral mango and papaya, and then ultimately to piny bitterness on its finish. It's not wretchedly bitter or sugary - though I could use without some of that earthy, leathery alcohol flavor (ala FW Double Jack) that sometimes rears its ugly head. Still, this is super-solid.

M: All this maltiness, and it still has a crisp bite to it. Moderate carbonation pokes through the soft-at-first body. There's also a sweet linger on the back of the palate to break up some of the resiny sting, to the point where the aftertaste is slimy. That's really my only quibble about this brew.

O: I swore I'd give this a second chance when I reviewed a single that seemed like it was from the Reagan administration. I'm glad I did: while it's not in the upper tier of DIPAs, it's an enjoyable example of a 'malty' DIPA. And I dislike malty DIPAs. (1,844 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: very hazy, reddish amber with off white sticky head

Aroma: pine, citrus, slight detectable alcoholic aroma, caramel, toasted bread

Taste: very piney, a little citrus, with noticeable alcohol note on the finish, solid malt backbone with caramel and toasted bread character

Mouthfeel: full body, smooth and mouth coating, medium-low carbonation

Overall: Delicious and filling, a great addition to any Imperial IPA pick six. Only draw back would be the alcohol note on the finish, as some 9.0% abv imperial IPAs are able to keep all the flavor and strength but dodge the alcohol note. However, overall it is very good!

4.0/5 (638 characters)

Photo of ChipMurray
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served to a Spiegelau IPA glass

A: A murky amber, off-orange appearance, and insignificant lacing with no head to speak of.

S: Intense sweet tropical notes, almost a pineapple. Malty with some piney-ness, it's appealing to me.

T: Lots of citrus flavours, bitterness that lingers, but the sweetness balances it admirably .

M: It is rather thick and oily. Just right light carbonation.

O: A great example of a Pennsylvania Imperial IPA. Weyerbacher scores with this showcase for Simcoe. (491 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this beer has gotten me thinking/looking for my second hops variety.

A: "dirty" amber haziness, little retention or lacing (double)
S: caramel and malty
T: caramel with little raisin up front, little citrus at end
M: pretty good, given relative sweetness, the hops does pull on the tongue for the right amount to let you know it's an IPA
O: not been impressed or disappointed by Weyerbacher in the past. This beer I would order again, in moderation given its ABV. (472 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a deep, rustic looking amber color. Thick one inch head, some decent lacing on random spots on the glass.

Smells very earthy, piney, very West Coast IPA like. Not much malt detected.

The taste is similarly West Coast. Lots of earthy tones here- fresh cut grass, pine needs, resinous pine sap, some grapefruit and orange rind, and some caramel malty flavors. The malt is sweet but doesn't detract from the dryness provided by the hop flavors. A bit oily at times.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, low carbonation.

A great DIPA from Weyerbacher- quietly a great brewery. (635 characters)

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying as I type...a Zeno's in state college!

Much better on tap than in bottles...reminds me of some of my home brewed double ipas that I hopped heavily with simcoe.

A piney, herbaceous. And candy like citrus nose and hop favors. Very malty but it all works nicely.

It's like a mouthful of hop resin and sweet caramel malts!

Surprisingly easy to drink but you remember it's stength when you start to feel it after half a glass : )

An unrefined homebrew-like masterpiece of an imperial ipa!

Great beer glad I have it a chance on tap. Give it a try on tap of you didn't like the bottle. That hop quality disappears so quick in bottle iipas.

Cheers! (658 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, cloud dark golden orange. Minimal carbonation.

Smell is piney hops, resin, a little sweet from the malts. Raisins. Not in your face.

Taste is piney, a little bitter up front, light citrus notes. Spicy, grapefruit. Finishes well balanced and a little sweet.

Mouth feel is great for 9%. The carbonation is a little light. (337 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper, slight off white head.

S: Melon, sweet caramel, burnt orange, herbal with a big blast of citrus.

T: Very acidic! Lots of orange, lemon rind, grapefruit with a sweet caramel malt at the tip of the tongue. A bitter lingering finish.

M: Reminiscent of syrup. full. Leaves a tangy feeling in your mouth. A nice bitter end.

O: The finish is the standout on this delicious brew. Smell is somewhat one dimensional but it is bursting with flavor. / 90 (463 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
2.99/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Muddy burnt orange down the middle, a bit brighter on the edges. One-finger head fades fast to a dirty-white film, decent lacing. Not pretty.

S- Sweet at first, a big dose of 9.0 abv sweet alcohol. More malt than hops.

T- Malty sweet followed by the simcoe hops, a bit of pine and citrus bitterness.

M-Thick and oily. Lasting hop finish, not too bitter.

O It's OK. More booze and sugar than taste and hop presence. Lacks flavor and bite for a DIPA. Not enjoyable overall. (508 characters)

Photo of jifigz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich dark mahogany. Noticeable hop presence with a mingling of figs and raisins and plenty of alcohol in the nose. There is enough sweetness to balance the bitterness of this beer and the alcohol is quite evident. It tastes fruity and delicious. The MF is nice and medium for the brew.

A good Imperial IPA. (309 characters)

Photo of Profchaos20
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 OZ bottle in DFH IPA glass. Bottled 1/2/13, reviewed 3/1/13

A - Pours a cloudy copper almost brown, reminiscent of Iced Tea. A one finger light tan head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Wow! Funky dank and cat pee hops on full display here. Some malts as well, caramel, and burnt sugar. Picked up a hint of alcohol too.

T - Sweet upfront, malty turns into dank hops in the middle. Finishes with medium bitterness and a slight astringency.

M - Medium to full bodies and medium carbonation. Thick heavy mouthfeel.

O - Tasty beer, I enjoyed but can only take so much. I could definitely see myself getting tired of the Simcoe hops after a bit. (650 characters)

Photo of gobseulmuhri
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 12oz'er on a whim. I hate to buy any (D)IPAs after the 1 month from bottle date at most, but I figured I'd try this one out as I heard it ages well. Bottle date on this is 01/02/13, so about 5 months old...

A: Poured into a River Horse snifter. A dark, copper color with a ton of floaters...It is 5 months old. Poured a 1 finger head with about 1 minute retention. Nice lacing. Decent.

S: The nose is muted. No hop bomb aromas as expected from an older IPA. Hints of citrus, pine, and mild malt. Subtle honey sweetness and pine. Almost more a barleywine than a DIPA.

T: Wow, delicious! I usually dislike IPAs which I call "over the hill" because the malt overpowers along with a stale hop flavor. The flavor from this beer is so smooth, sweet, full, and pleasant. I'd drink this DIPA 5 months out any day. I'm shocked...Smooth pine, sweet malt, and the lightest bit of tangerine balances together beautifully. Ends with some smuckering bitterness.

M: Thick, smooth, velvetty. I really like it. Not much carbonation as this isn't the bottle conditioned version.

O: Pleasant surprise! I believe you will enjoy this beer at any point of its age. (1,160 characters)

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass from a 750, which was consumed by me :-)

Appearance - murky and very coppery, but it is unfiltered, so it looks great. Pretty solid head all the way through, even after drinking and second pouring. Takes a while for the head to dissipate.

Smell - nice and hoppy with some citrus, malt, and possibly some hints of sweetness like honey.

Taste - solid taste, nice and strong with the hops, but not over the top (even though that is okay), a bit malty and sweet, but well put together.

Mouthfeel - like I expect from a double, unfiltered, IIPA. Nice and piney with a mild bite on the front of the tongue and it lingers for a bit.

Overall - great beer and it was enjoyed all the way through. (715 characters)

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.