Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA
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Reviews: 218
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rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 20
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Birdiebeagle on 05-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A dark and hazy amber bodied brew settles into my goblet. Head is a rocky fluffy biscuit colored tan with excellent retention and scattered lace. ops on the nose are very resin based with some back ground pine and a hint of citrus rind. With first sip the hops are very prickly and have amazing grassy qualities to the flavors. One of the flavors that reach out is the dandelion stem, this is the dominant attribute that really hangs on the tongue. As you drink you get some citrus tones that develop mid palate. While all this is going on you actually get a creamy dry mouthfeel that is very nice. Drinkability is very nice but demands to be savored. (658 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been wanting to try this one for a very long time. Unfortunately, I feel like the regular version is the one I prefer more so. This one seems muddled; a result of the unfiltered edge of it. The earthy tones that are prevalent in the regular version are definitely here as well. Though they seem more weighed down and not as boisterous and interesting.

Nice to be able to try, but not really as interesting as I was hoping for. (428 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours thick with a dark and heavy appearance, huge head and lots of sediment.

Smells sweet, piney, and citrusy, love me some Simcoe!

Taste is citrus, tropic, slight pine, and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is sticky and heavy with some grit from the sediment.

Overall, a little too much sediment, but good nonetheless. (314 characters)

Photo of BoardwalkBock
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into mug. I must admit, I had only seen this beer once and while I was home I looked at the reviews for Double Simcoe. Just what I was looking for. Did not realize there was a difference between the regular and Unfiltered, since I literally saw this beer for the first time a few days ago. With that being said, pretty damn tasty.

A: Hazy, dark ruby red with some orange hues around the side when held to the light. Definitely unfiltered. Intense carbonation.

S: Earthy, resiny hop aromas emerge with some citrus, follow by intense aromas of *belgian yeast?*. Super fruity and spicy, and I don't think it is coming from the hops.

T: Resin dominates upfront. Slight tropical fruits, pine, citrus and earthy notes follow. This get swallowed up by the belgian spice and fruits I smelt on the nose. Alcohol is somewhat present at the end.

M: Really carbonated, medium bodied. Decent bitterness but is not overwhelming.

O: Hops are not as dominant and upfront as I had hoped. There was no date on the bottle so I am wondering if it is because the bottle is a little old. It has only been at the store for about 1-2 weeks tops because I remember the day it came in. Despite not being as hoppy as I had hoped, this beer is quite delicious. I hop to try the regular Double Simcoe sometime soon. (1,306 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated 750ml c&c bottle into a pint glass.

Look: really nice beer to look at. Color of high-quality maple syrup. Thick, tenacious head.

Smell: so, here's where I admit that I didn't realize there was a difference between Double Simcoe and *Unfiltered* Double Simcoe. Got this in a trade, and expected a big whiff of DIPA hoppiness, and got Belgian notes instead. Did my trade partner play a joke and swap a Double Simcoe label onto a Unibroue bottle? Nope, some quick googling cleared things up. Back to the smell, now that my brain's in the right place: brown sugar, vanilla, a bit of orange peel.

Taste: classic Belgian profile, à la Unibroue. Then, the hops sneak in, complementing the yeast and malt character quite nicely. A bit of a soapy aftertaste, but honestly, not unpleasant.

Feel: a little insubstantial for my taste. Hard to put my finger on it, just underwhelming.

Overall: aside from the initial shock of this not being the beer I was prepared for, pretty good. But, I actually don't think I like it quite as much as SN's Snow Wit, though I had that less than a week old, so it had a much stronger hop character. (1,149 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA opens to a huge citrusy, hoppy note, the bottle overflowing with pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, lemon oil, dandelion stems, anise, mint, and eucalyptus, showcasing virtually every hop aroma. The hops do swing toward the bitter side here, the dandelion stem, resin, and eucalyptus especially present, but enough sweet and oily notes are present to make the nose balanced—impressive, considering there’s only one hop variety in here. The hops are joined by a selection of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, which combine with some of the hop aromas to produce a strong, musty Concord grape overtone. Large scoops of brown sugar add further sweetness. This rests on a bed of biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and peppery bread, which adds earthiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, offering hopheads an excellent selection of aromas, and while the intensity of the hop aromas far exceed anything else in the beer and produce a sense of imbalance, the result is enticing enough that this matters little.

On the tongue, the beer is, as expected, quite hoppy, with pine resin and grapefruit rind dominating, the more bitter notes of dandelion stem, anise, and eucalyptus somewhat weaker, but still very present, and below that, a spicy mint and pepper note. The fruit esters begin with a shot of pineapple that blends surprisingly well here, joined by cherry, orange, and berry, the last three in lesser quantities. Dollops of brown sugar abound, and the biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and peppery breads from the nose translate nicely. In subsequent sips the anise, pine resin, and pineapple can combine to form a slight, but unfortunate overtone of rubber inner tube. The aftertaste is a bitter continuation of the main mouthful, the pine resin and eucalyptus especially present here, burning at the tongue and soft palate for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, there is much to be liked in this beer, and hopheads should definitely give it a try. There is a slightly strong alcohol note that becomes especially present in the latter half of the mouthful, and the rubber inner tube overtone is occasionally disconcerting, but there’s still enough in here that the beer is worth seeking out. (2,315 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark bronze, like a dirty penny. It's cloudy as can be with a haze. It forms a soapy, sudsy head. Sweet alcohol, grapefruit, damp hay, citrus, must and a little bit of tropical fruits are in the aroma. On the palate, pine, fuzzy papaya, pineapple and lemon. Strong hop notes are complimented by a big caramel malt flavor. Solid bitterness adds to the fuzzy texture. Alcohol, pine, citrus oil coat the mouth and are quite aggressive. This is a beer for those who really like beers. Surprisingly medium bodied and quite dry, light for the strength.

Overall, this is an intensely hoppy, bright, yet funky beast caught in its primeval form. Unapologetically brash, palate wrecking , explosive, yet rewarding. Any fans of barleywines and double IPAs should reach for this one. (781 characters)

Photo of ChimRichels
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Before opening the high amount of yeast sediment is very evident. A good 1/4 inch sits at the bottom. Beyond that, the body pours much darker than expected, a cloudy orange/red that looks more like an american style barleywine. Head is overwhelming, even an overly conservative pour yields a 3-4 inch head that recedes moderately. Lacing is ample.

S - Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting. No freshness date, but I'm thinking this may be past its prime. Hop aromas fall into the fruity category, as was expected with simcoe hops. Not much else going on in the nose.

T - Hops are relatively forward, although not nearly what I was expecting. Malt notes come through almost as well as the hops with a rich caramel/fresh bread flavor. Like the nose, tropical fruits prevail with minor notes of citrus coming through.

M - Mouthfeel is great, a bit viscous for an IPA but otherwise smooth and mild on the mouth.

O - A really good beer, but not a really good IIPA. I am hoping that this bottle has been on the shelf past its prime because the hoppiness leaves a bit to be desired. Not what I was expecting, but still quite a good beer. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 9.4 fl oz. bottle into a Portsmouth brewery tulip glass.

The color is a deep unfiltered orange with three fingers or do of a thick pillowy head. Some webby lacing being left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy as expected with some nice earthy aroma in the nose. There is a good tangerine aroma hangs for a bit before falling off.

The taste is big hops as promised letting the bitterness speak loudly. There is a good malt back bone that is holding up this well built structure. There is a sweetness that gives a great zing to the flavor leading into a bitterness that has large biceps.

The feel of this beer is big but with a smoothness that lets things slide down. The bitterness builds up on the pallet but does not feel overbearing. (757 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered Simcoe in a tulip.

Man, does this bottle have enough carbonation, or what! Loud pop upon uncorking. Poured 70% foam. A hand's worth of head. It's silkscreening the glass, although I'm waiting minutes for a mere inch to fall. The foam is retaining so well, it's almost petrified. After I added more to the glass, it looked like smoked meringue with peaks. Oh, and the color of what beer I have so far is a very cloudy brown.

Pine-y and resinous hop-oily in aroma. Dank with some backdrop orange and grapefruit citrus. Malts are hiding a bit; mostly sweet with a hint of toast. Yeasty, too. Thank you, bottle-conditioning.

Spicy and dank. Punchier with alcohol. Perfumey hops taste as such with a variety of pine, floral, and citrus notes. Spiciness is inexplicable. Lots of oils yields a resinous beer. Malty with a medium roast and some mild sweetness. Tobacco, onion, pot leaf, grapefruit, and candle wax. Big bitterness level, perhaps lightly hampered by a tempering yeast nuttiness. Sweeter as it warms. Not as tongue-twisting as the original. The easiness is pleasing.

The body is magnificent. Rich and creamy with that suspended yeast. A little oily on the tongue, aided by the alcohol, which is right there. Very focused.

This beer is always awesome, in whatever format. Happy to have finally enjoyed this unfiltered version. 4.25 (1,352 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super cloudy given that it's unfiltered, orange/brown in color. A really nice fluffy head leaves behind some awesome lacing. Retention is excellent. Aroma is dominated by tropical fruit especially pineapple, thanks to the Simcoe hops. Other aromatics include pine, grass, and ripe fruit.

The flavor profile includes plenty of malty sweetness, although it's quickly balanced out by hop bitterness. The apparent bitterness is not very high, especially for a DIPA. Plenty of bright tropical citrus flavor. One negative: the flavor kind of dies on the finish. This has the trademark oily mouthfeel of an IPA, and when paired with a soft carbonation and barely detectable alcohol, leads to a big beer that still has good drinkability. This is a very straightforward DIPA that, while lacking complexity, is still damn delicious. (823 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy brown orange body, 2 finger head, gorgeous lacing

S: grapefruit, pine, mild grassy, malt

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, pine,
solid earthy malt, long oily bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Love Double IPA/Imp IPA and this one delivers!
would recommend and get again.

VERY GOOD, TREAT YOUR PALATE! (332 characters)

Photo of Swim424
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams "perfect pint glass" or whatever its called.

A-Pours a cloudy copper with a nice 1 inch head thats taking its time to fall.

S-Smells very piney up front with sort of a maple honey sweetness to it.

T-This sent tingles down my tongue the instant it hit it. Has sort of a dull sweetness in the middle while blasting into a nice hoppy kick on the finish. The sweetness I would describe as a light, or almost watery, citrus flavor.

MF- Medium body. The light citrus flavor helps keep this beer from being to sweet or thick.

O-This is a damn good beer. A bit pricey but damn good. I would recommend this to anyone who loves there hops. If your not a hop fan I wouldnt bother with this. (711 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely had this a while ago but grabbed another bottle to try it again for reviewing. The cork pops like Champagne. The beer pours out with a deep hazy copper color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is decent, not much different than the regular version of this. There are some sweet malts on the nose as well as a big hop aroma as well. The taste of the beer is sweeter than most IPA's, it's got a good bitterness in the finish. Caramel and bitter citrus notes balance nicely. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, it's got some good body to it. It's a slick oily beer. Overall it's not bad, I seemed to enjoy this beer more a few years ago than I do now. Still a quality brew. (706 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured 750 ML into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 11/04/11& best by 7/04/12. Pours a dark murky orange red with a two inch off white head, with orange highlights, and thick lacing everywhere. Smell is lots of clove, banana, hints of pine, and maybe a little citrus. Taste is similar, with some grapefruit in the finish. Body is large, enough life, not overly dry, and easy drinking if you like Belgian IPAs this is perfect for you. I understand it isn't really fresh, but this way more Belgian than DIPA. (502 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this review under the filtered version...

Caged and corked 750 from Jagger.

Appearance. Pours a hazy deep amber with over 2 fingers of thick, off-white head.

Smell. Huge hops here!! Pink grapefruit, caramel oranges, limes and pineapple with a little pine.

Taste. Big caramel malt taste upfront that I wasn't really expecting. Followed up with big citrus and grassy hops. Nice bitterness but not overwhealming.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall. Great big dipa here. Nice ballance and easy drinking considering the abv.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 10-18-2011 00:04:54 (616 characters)

Photo of kjyost
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Undated 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Poured at 4C (and warmer over the session) into a fluted beer glass.

A: Hay copper body with a ton of tan head and decent lacing.
S: A dank aroma with notes of booze, caramel and a hint of pine.
T: It falls off the rails for a DIPA here. Where are the hops? Molasses, some sweetness and a thick, barley wine like body dominate the palate. Boozy. Barely any discernible hop flavour. Gravely disappointing. What do Simcoe hops taste like? I have no clue after having this malt forward beer.
M: Thick, sweet and a hint of bitterness. Not enough bitterness compared to the maltiness.
O: Was this an old bottle? No way to tell, but I sure as hell hope this was. No where near a DIPA. Not what I was wanting nor thinking I was getting. (813 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus and malts with pine

T-citrus, especially grapefruit, and pine with some malty sweetness and a moderate bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a solid DIPA with good flavor, but not my favorite. (289 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Welcome to Australia!!!
NO corked and caged??? Sigh, just a 12 oz bottle

A-- Poured a light cola color and settled a dark amber ruby color. Nice look to this. One finger light tan head. Helhd up extremely well. A good few minutes at half a finger and the rest of the time a thick film/ collar. One good ring of lacing on the glass.

S-- Pungent, yet crisp and lively. Pungent grapefruit, orange and pine. Like walking through a Pine forest after rain. Good malt backbone to this.

T-- Lots of carmel covered orange and grapefruit. Slightly slick and sweet. Good amount of bitterness to this. Has some barleywine tones to this.

M-- Burnt toffee with orange medicinal qualities. Low carbonation, oily, and orange cough syrup medicinal. Hard orange/grapefruit medicinal finish with burnt toffee.

O-- Good looking, good nose, and good taste to start. Then it got real medicinal. Decent enough for one, maybe two. Stick with the West Coast DIPA's (950 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked and caged into tulip. cant find a bottled on date, but pretty sure this is some recent shit.

A: super frothy head. reddish tints to white cream. terrific retention and lacing. highly hazy body. hard to call this orange as there are brown hues in there as well.

S: tons of floral/piney simcoe hops. there is an earthy/green tea-like aroma that i associate here. reminds me oh so slightly of green tea ice cream. really pleasant.

T: a hoppy brew with a serious malt component. but mostly hoppy. sticky in the finish. the simcoe is earthy and refreshing. the malt is pale-centric but has some mild caramel notes in there as well. almost too bittter, and not enough grain. the yeast also offers some apple, pear fruit notes.

M: pretty fresh bottle conditioning offers a zesty carbonation. i have to say fully bodied, even if it does drink slightly more on medium side.

D: pretty cool of them to do their very tasty double simcoe unfiltered into the 750, however i think i may like the regular double simcoe better. either way, love trying brews from these guys. (1,080 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark and hazy amber color with some nice dark copper edges. There is a nice dense frothy 1 inch head that is ecru. The head is quite stoic not going down at all. Very nice retention with some slight stickyness.

Dank and juicy hop notes. Very grassy, earthy and intense. SLight intense hop juice sweetness and pine notes as well as some nice caramel malt. Nice balance of sweet malt and sweet and piney hops.

Starts off with some sweet malt notes and some caramel quickly followed by intense hop juice and bitterness. Very well balanced but intense non the less. Nice bready malt notes and some grain but definitely some nice intense piney hop notes. The carbonation is nice and lively.

Pretty good brew. Im glad I got to enjoy this. Very nicely balanced DIPA. I was not expecting it to be this way. (862 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, 9% abv. Cloudy copper color, with a slight brown tint. Awesome eggshell colored head holds forever and clings to the sides of the glass, leaving some sticky patches of lace.

Big piney, resiny hop aroma. Citrus fruit, particularly grapefruit in there as well. However, the nose is not entirely hop dominated, there is an abundance of caramel malt making its presence known.

Caramel malt feel, with a decent amount of sweetness. Big blast of piney hops, with a citrus undertone. Good amount of bitterness to counter the sweet malt. Bitterness lingers long in the mouth, but not at all unpleasant. A bit of a medicinal feel after a while.

Medium to almost full body. Big, chewy and hoppy. Some warmth from the alcohol, but not overwhelming. Very nice here. (792 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This DIPA is cloudy, reddish amber, with a half inch, creamy almond head.

Citrus and pinesap are bold, crisp and clean and there is no layering.

Grapefruit is unmistakable and in your face. This is a very well done, single note IPA. The bitterness is prominent, and there is no attempt at balance. Some orange rind is revealed during a lingering finish from the Dogfish Head pint glass.

Full body and super dry with prickly carbonation and controlled alcohol.

Pairs nicely with spicy Italian sauce and well worth a second glass. (532 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle; no freshness dating. Murky brown/copper body with a nearly two-finger tan head. Nice lacing.

Solid hop notes, primarily pine and grapefruit in the aroma. A little sweet malt in the background.

The flavor is very interesting and a good bit different from the aroma as I get a strong floral and herbal taste. Still, plenty of citrus hop flavor, mostly grapefruit and a little orange. Some pine resin notes in the background with a solid sweet malt balance.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel. Tasty brew overall. (542 characters)

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Transparent amber hue with a pillowy 2 finger white head

S - The prototypical simcoe profile is right there. An interesting combination of citrusy grapefruit and resinous pine. One thing the nose of this brew does is showcase the complexity of the simcoe varietal very well!

T - Although the citrus profile of the hops takes the cake in the nose, they are only opening players in the taste. The resinous piney flavors dominate the finish backed by a bit of a bready malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. As others have noted, there is definitely an alcoholic note in there as well.

O - This is a solid DIPA that pays homage to the complexity a single strain of hops can offer. It didn't blow me away but I can't complain either. I would probably reach for something noticeably more citrusy than this or something noticeably more piney. The middle ground doesn't tend to be an area I prefer. (920 characters)

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.