Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,106
Reviews: 1,351
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 164
Gots: 350 | 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 pinyin
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Had this on draft at Floods, about 25 miles from the actual brewery.

Floods is notorious for not cleaning or changing their tap lines, so perhaps this may have contributed to the foul, contaminated taste.

I know the keg wasn't sour because it's a direct distribution, and the temperatures outside are below freezing.

Heard a lot of locals rave about this DIPA, but it was pretty awful.

Weyerbacher, perhaps it wasn't your fault, but retail establishments selling your product are contaminating it.

Not the first time I've experienced contaminated beer at Flood's. They just don't seem to know how to, or care enough to manage their lines and barrel's.

They purchase all of their stock from Cascario's in Pen Argyl.

I will purchase a 4 pack of this next time I see in the supermarket and revise this review.

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

Poured from the designated Super Bowl growler into an IPA glass, Went with a PA beer since I have never had it, and more importantly, the last time the Pats won the Super Bowl they beat Philly. Not sure that makes any sense, but that is what I am going with.

A - A murky amber with orange highlights. A one and half finger head that move to a thin lace expediently.

S - Mangoes and grapefruit. Some mild dankness.

T - Tropical fruit mainly mango and pineapple. Some piney hops, with a dollap of malt balance.

M - Carbonation fairly low, moutheel average.

O - Simcoe. Love the aroma, good hop/malt balance, and the heat is well hidden.

Photo of adrianholt
1.16/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Like drinking toffee/bread/ass with little so so hops. Way too malty.

Photo of Seahawks12
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good taste and hoppy flavor

Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit unbalanced, and nothing special about the hop profile.

Photo of Ian_B
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 months old.

Darker than most DIPA's, the hazy copper colour sports a slightly tan, rocky head with great retention for the style. Lots of particles floating around, but the beer is pretty cloudy without them.

The nose definitively informs you that you're in for a pretty dank and piney experience, but is countered by a nice burst of orange zest, grapefruit, and a decent dose of tropical mango. The caramel and bread-y malt aromas deliver a great balance of sweetness.

Taste is definitively more on the bitter, resinous side, but is rounded out by the sweet grassy and tropical fruit flavours of late-boil Simcoe additions. As it warms up the bitterness becomes less pronounced throughout. The caramel and toasty malt aspects come forward, maintaining a slightly dry, but smooth, and well-balanced body/finish.

The alcohol is also very well-hidden, lending itself to the dry grapefruit as well as the toasty malt flavours. Thanks Chris!

Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3 months old.

Fairly hazy copper, with a full, lingering cream head. Floaties are evident.

Aroma is sweet with caramel malt, then slightly resiny and piney. Malt definitely dominates.

Flavor is dank and resiny, with notes of citrus and a big punch of fresh cut grass. The finish is bitter, savory, and resiny. The sweetness of malt promised in the aroma surfaces early, but is overtaken in the finish. Grapefruit becomes more evident as it warms.

A little more bitter than I prefer, and simcoe isn't my favorite hop, but it's a well crafted brew.

Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle into a wine glass.

A-The beer is on the darker side of an IPA (or IIPA, in this case). The color is a murky honey and there are some serious floaters visible in the beer. The head is thin and tan. It fades to film pretty quickly, but leaves some nice waves of lacing on the glass.

S-The aroma is towards the malty end of the IIPA spectrum with a good amount of caramel and sweetness to balance the citrus twang, pine, resin, and dank, earthy hops. The bitterness is medium to high and the alcohol warmth is apparent but not over-the-top.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. There is a caramel and honey sweetness that balances a serious hop punch of citrus (orange, mostly), resin, pine, pepper, and mint. The beer is more earthy than some, but it isn't "dank" compared to many beers in this category and a warming alcohol flavor lightens it up.

M-The feel is medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slightly sticky finish.

O-This is a pretty good beer. The balance between the hops and malts will appeal to those who like their IIPAs with more than just hop juiciness. The feel is also on the heavy side, so the beer drinks a little more full than many IIPAs. I don't think this ranks above numerous other IIPAs, but it I would drink it again.

Photo of Strickzland
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This IPA does not have that normal bite, but an almost softer taste the whole way through

Photo of Patbrown2
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow...if this is the regular, I can't wait to try the Unfiltered. Delicious....

Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nice cloudy orangey body with the thick white head has huge amounts of suspended particulate. It doesn't settle, but churn with the carbonation. Nothing on the bottle says "bottle conditioned". The aroma has nice tropical fruit tones but it pretty muted. The taste, though, brings it all together, though, with nice simcoe profile. The silt doesn't meddle with the body, either. Wish the production had been better because this should be an awesome beer.

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

On tap at South Park Tavern. 16oz Nonic glass.

Appearance: Hazy to lightly cloudy dark amber to burnished copper. Thick off white rocky head upon pouring dying back to a thin skin across the top, but with plenty of strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Lots of pine and citrus, more citrus than pine. Some hints of black currants as well. Deep and pleasant aroma. I did not detect any of the classic "catty - pepe du chat" smell that sometimes comes across with Simcoe.

Taste: Like any well done DIPA - a huge hit of hops with an equally large balance of malt in balance. Hop flavor strong at the start and finish, with fresh cut tart citrus, some berries, and strong bitter finish, with a solid malt sweet middle that was part caramelized, part bready malts. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick and not too sticky to the teeth. Just right carbonation.

Overall: Nicely hoppy, but not overpowering and tiring of the palate. Went very well with food (Gryo pizza in this case) and I would not have minded having another if I had not had another beer previously. Dangerously drinkable as well....the alcohol is well hidden. A very well crafted single hop beer!

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

The nose evokes sniffing citrus in a moist pine forest. On tap pours hazy copper amber with a ½” white foam cap. Herbal astringency seasons and balances a very creamy palate of citrusy fruit and light caramel notes leading to a drying finish. Together, especially in the middle the flavors suggest a hopped pear. Very fine soft carbonation and a medium body.

Photo of PotlandOR
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

took me to a cough syrupy place.

Photo of kellyej
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

I found this beer to be poorly balanced and the unrefined hop-usage left a taste in my mouth that reminded me of hairspray on a hot curling iron...

It pours from draft a hazy dark amber color with a brownish foamy head. The nose is heavy with pine and leaves behind a dry (almost astringent) mouthfeel. The taste is overwhelmingly bitter pine along with the weird off-note I already mentioned.

As an IPA fan I was pretty disappointed with the Double Simcoe, but other hop-heads may enjoy. With the high ABV it might be interesting to cellar this beer for a bit to see if it mellows out...

Photo of Danderson813
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured on draft into a chalice, aroma is malty with herbal notes. Taste is very malt forward but the hops are present, there is a light sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an almost silky feeling. Overall a great DIPA

Photo of Beric
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Served: 18 October 2014

Appearance: Had it from the bottle at a party, so I wasn't able to really look at the beer, but the bottle art was decent.

Smell: Some dank citrus hops and a lot of sweet maltiness.

Taste: Really malty for a DIPA. This one had a huge malt core which was a bit more than I was bargaining for, as it made the beer really heavy. The hops, of course, were present, but my overall impression of this beer was that it was big, with a big malt sweetness and a big dank hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and almost silky on the tongue. Again, big.

Overall: A good DIPA, but there are better ones on the market.

Photo of furburger69
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

very good

Photo of AyeMito
4.63/5  rDev +14%

I recently had the unfiltered Double Simcoe and I have to say I was very surprised. It had a lot going on with a rich nose of grapefruit, banana, and pine to add a crispness. On the palate it definitely lived up to its aromas. At first it has a rich flavor of banana, orange peel and tropical fruit which leads to slight notes of pine and bread to finish out with. I love all the elements of this one and would definitely recommend it! Its different and interesting with rich flavor.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit - ripe pineapple, grapefruit, mango;

T: tropical fruit up front; bitterness came mid-palate and increases through the finish with the tropical fruit still very noticeable in the background;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation:

O: I don't know if I've ever had a beer that was so dramatically different from bottle to draft. For me, the bottle version isn't worth the price, while the draft version is worth every penny.

On edit (12/30/14) - I had the opportunity to taste the draft and bottle (unfiltered) versions side by side. The bottle version is several shades darker. The aroma is all malt - no hop profile at all. The flavor reminds me more of a barley wine than a DIPA - balanced, but skewing towards the malt side. The bottle version is, for all intents and purposes, a different beer.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep amber, with a small cream head that fades quickly.

S: Floral, piney and citrusy.

T: Pine notes predominate, subdued and not bitter. Grass and citrus as the beer warms.

M: Smooth and medium, if a little chewy.

O: A fine, balanced and very tasty beer.

Photo of larryarms847
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is an opaque dark rust orange and poured a never ending head.

Smells of grapefruit and citrus in the nose and sweet malt on the finish

Sweet caramel and malt notes with a biter citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky just how I like my IPAs.

Overall a damn good brew and would most certainly sample again.

Photo of majorbase2
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a snifter.

Pours a magnificent orangeish-amber. Creamy foam head with decent retention. Not much lacing. A little murky.

Aroma is a strong balance of citrus, pine, and malts. Heavy on the grapefruit, and a little bit of orange.

Orange, grapefruit, and bitterness hit me first. A good deal of grassiness. Pine and caramel notes. A little less hoppy than I had imagined. Alcohol is masked incredibly well for 9%.

Medium-bodied, not too much carbonation. A little syrupy.

Overall, one of the more underwhelming DIPAs I've had. Not bad, at all, but definitely wouldn't be my first recommendation.

Photo of scotorum
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/22/13, Best By 5/22/13. so we're a month past its BBD. Bought Sunday in a mixed six. Really have to be suree to bring a magnifier with me when I buy beer, to check freshness dates, especially at places which specialize in selling singles in mixed sixes and the singles are shelved on their own.

Served at 48 degrees. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip pint.

a: Hazy copper with a finger thick offwhite head which recedwed to thin patchy surface foam and equally patchy lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt.

t: Fruit-tinged hop bite over a medium malt base. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. High ABV is well covered. Mellows as it warms.

m: Medium with good body and plenty of carbonation tingle.

o; Perhaps it's the Simcoe hops that color it darker and flavor it differently than a wheat usually is. But this is a good brew, though at first at least a bit too vaguely fruity and bitter to be called delicious. Probably significantly better when fresh. Still, satisfying.

Photo of rawfish
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finally got my hands on this one. Pours dark amber, more of a garnet, somewhat hazy with a finger and a half head. Layered bubbles are tannish with okay retention. Lacing is impressive and leaves very attractive rings on the glass.

Malt is a huge presence, molasses and candi sugar sweetness. Woody and musky nuances blend with the huge backwoods pine. Red berries and vinous fruit coupled with light citrus and alcohol on the finish.

Malt is practically Belgian quad-like with a base of candi sugar, molasses and biscuit. Nuances of dates, vinous fruit that swings a bit into the medicinal, children's grape Dimetapp region. Hops are dank pine with some citrus. A biting pine and alcohol burn combats the bitterness. Lasting malty finish.

Despite the huge body the carbonation is appropriate and this is surprisingly drinkable. I think I can attest that to the huge malt hiding the alcohol taste. Finish is bitter and fortunately the dank and vinous flavors don't last overly long.

Not a huge fan of the vinous fruit and fruity esters in this DIPA. It really is a huge and impressive beer. The Simcoe really swings into the dank and piney darkness with this malt profile making it one dimensional. I can see where this could have a big following it's just not in my wheel house.

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,106 ratings.