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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 17
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Birdiebeagle on 05-19-2009)
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rickfrothingham

New Jersey

1.68/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Stick with the filtered variety!

I'm an avid homebrewer and I've only had one truly bad batch - it had all the same flaws and characteristics as this brew that cost ten bucks a bomber, so much so that I was reminded of that beer the moment I smelled and tasted this one.

Slow gusher started creeping up the sides of the bottle neck befor I poured, which cast a THICK head that stuck around til I finished the pint. Massively overcarbonated, which usually means one of three things - incomplete fermentation, too much carbing sugar added, or infection. I've read they use a belgian strain for carbing, so perhaps that strain is just more attenuative than the one they use for primary fermentation, and thus consumes additional wort sugars and arbs more than they want. Either way, you expect this type of flaw from a rookie homebrew, not a commercial limited release brew.

A - murky copper. Clearly unfiltered, but it appears they also avoided any clarifying techniques. The giant head stuck around til I finished the beer.
S - harsh belgian funk mixed with hops, overcarbination and oxidation
T - like it smells; the simcoe resin/dank/pine thing is there, but the harsh yeast flavors, awkwardly cloying caramel notes, acrid overcarbination and cardboard oxidation overpower it.
M - creamy, sticky, much fuller and long lasting than I'd expect from anything in the IPA/DIPA family
D - poor. Sticky/creamy fullness combined with awkward malt/yeast/hop flavor interaction make this one a 'swallow and squint' beer.

I've gotta say, I really love simcoe as a hop and am an IPA fanatic. I enjoy the regular filtered version, which may be the reason this bre caught me so offguard.

Don't buy.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 00:16:28 | More by rickfrothingham
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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.