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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
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395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 17
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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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mullenite

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Review #100! Woo-Hoo!

Pours a very cloudy burnt amber color with an unbelievable tall cream colored head that seemed to last forever and left thick lacing on the glass. It's actually a little annoying but, such is the way with big hoppy beers. (To give you an idea, I poured this slowly in to my Sammy Smith imperial pint glass, more than half of the glass was head, when it settled I added more and there was still three fingers of head.)

Smell is straight up grass and pine. Very rich bitter smell but not to the point that it seems like it will be astringent. In other words this does not smell like Arrogant Bastard. I want to say I can smell something else in the background but I really can't.

The head has mostly settled down now but there is still a good finger and a half sitting on one side of the glass. Solution: I'll drink from the other side.

This is a delicious beer. The hops are not up front in your face but are mellowed, there is a little bit of malt flavor hidden in the background, which could have to do with the age of the beer. The hop flavor is where it's at though, nice bitterness and aroma. The flavor really shows in the finish, with a nice grass and pine flavor well after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is typical for an imperial IPA. Medium body and moderate, sharp carbonation.

Very easily drinkable and a really great beer overall. If you can still get this one, do it. It is well worth it.

09-19-2009 04:25:38 | More by mullenite
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COBeerBuff

Kansas

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%

Received via trade from BA beandip. Can't wait to dig into this bottle. Thanks!

Appearance: First thing to notice about the slow pour is a huge two finger off-white head that is billowy on top and lingers forever. It's the most staying power I've ever seen from a head on a Double IPA. The color is a gorgeous clear orange copper with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The head is just now (5 minutes later) starting to recede and the lacing is picturesque. If I were attempting to describe perfect lacing to a beginner, this is the beer that I would choose. Overall, this is exactly the appearance I want from my DIPAs!

Smell: This beer smells like Simcoe hops. There's not an overpowering citrus or pineapple scent. Both are present, but in the proper proportions. There's definitely bitterness in the nose, and a slight note of alcohol, but overall, the juniper and pine of the hops prevails.

Taste: This is probably one of the strongest DIPAs I've had, both in terms of taste and texture. The taste is smooth malty goodness, balanced nicely by the pine bitterness of the hops. There's a twinge of sweetness, and a bit of citrus as well. The transition from one flavor to the next is so well done that it's hard to imagine a DIPA without it.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel and texture of this beer are quite astounding. The monstrous head made me wonder if the beer would feel over carbonated, but the remains of the billowy head speaks volumes towards the overall mouthfeel. The wisps on top of the beer are light and airy, which causes the beer to come off genuinely sticky and delicious. The beer coats the tongue and mouth with hoppy goodness, and leaves an aftertaste just begging to be washed down with future sips.

Drinkability: This beer is dangerously quaffable. The 9% ABV is masterfully hidden. The only note was in the nose, but even then, it was well-hidden. The beer itself is a masterpiece with a smooth crescendo of flavors and a striking balance of textures. This beer is a DIPA to behold, and if it's within your trading reach, I'd highly recommend seeking it out!

09-19-2009 02:39:27 | More by COBeerBuff
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crossovert

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Thanks to discovolante65 for the bottle! Comes in a grotesquely decorated 750ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a dense, murky reddish brown with a foamy 2 finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is semi-balanced between hops and malt. With more sniffs the hops take over with some piny citrus scent.

The beer is smooth and well-carbonated which hides some of the initial flavors but in the end this one gets pretty bitter. Taste is a mix between tangy yeast and grapefruity bitter hops. In some respects it reminds me of a Belgian IPA. The alcohol isn't hidden much and burns and accentuates the hop bitterness. So all in all it is a pretty bitter and pretty intense brew.

Yet no problems finishing the 25.4 oz bottle so the drinkablity was there despite the stark bitterness. I wouldn't want any more than that though.

Overall there wasn't enough hop flavor besides the bitterness to make me really enjoy this one but for an Eastern IPA this one is up there on the hop meter with the best of the West.

09-17-2009 22:39:18 | More by crossovert
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eallured

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured into a tulip this beer is very carbonated, two thirds of the glass is foam, like a Belgian. Head is also very long lasting, it will be a while before I can pour a full glass, oops! The beer itself is an opaque copper, seriously this thing glows at the edges, the only place the light can fully penetrate. And the sediment is not disturbed, there is still a thick layer on the bottom. Unfiltered is right! Head is light tan and creamy. Ilove what hops does for head retention, this thing just doesn't want to subside.
Aroma is heavenly. Absolutely simcoe, could pick this out of a lineup any day. Juicy grapefruit, orange and lemon with Peach and some fragrant light pine notes. Detect some vegetal, like whole cone hops.
Five minutes and a small top up in, and there is still a thick head, but it is sinking. I can't wait any longer, I've gotta tear into this beast.
Head is very fluffy on the lips. A good blast of citrus. More grapefruit and peach. A short, strong dark caramel maltyness follows but is quickly overpowered by a blast of spicy bitterness that lasts, slowly fading and letting the yeasty caramel back in to round things out. Finishes a little heavy on the sweet side, but not too much.
Full bodied, tongue grabbing bitterness and coating sweetness, this beer would hold up to the heaviest of foods, while still cutting through fats with the sharp bitterness.
Although it has plenty of bitterness to hide the alcohol, it's sweetness has a decidedly negative effect on drinkbility. I am very much enjoying this 750ml bottle, but any more than this and my palate will be sugar-blown. I was expecting something a bit lighter in color, I think the heavy caramel is what will get to me first.
Overall a very solid beer, better than most DIPAs but short of an SDPA. Glad I found this although I may slightly prefer the flavor of the regular double simcoe, I like the extra yeast and complexity of this unfiltered offering.

09-17-2009 02:50:35 | More by eallured
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mjl21

California

3.98/5  rDev -2%

Acquired via trade...thanks Mikey. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 9%.

A-Greeted by a huge pop when I pulled the stubborn cork out of this bottle. No carbonation QC issuues with this beer. A not so aggressive pour results in an opaque dark amber beer with a massive 2 3/4 finger off white head. The head has incredible staying power and probably rests at a 1 1/2 finger level. The head is awesome and it helps leaves massives swaths of lace. This one blows away the regular Double Simcoe in looks.

S-There is noticeable pine early on. I found this one to have more of it than the regular version. There is also some fresh tropical fruit and some grapefruit. As it warms the pine and fruit smells are taken over by a more herbal/grassy aroma. I think it may smell a little better than the regular, but I am still wanting more Simcoe "pop" in the nose.

T-It is very piney and resiny upfront. There is some noticeable booze at the beginning that was not distracting. Malt is there but it is not overly sweet. The hops are more powerful in this one and result in a nice bitterness level. The aftertaste is pure pine and grapefruit. As it warms more of the grassy/herbal flavors come out.

M-It falls on the upper end of the medium spectrum. The massive head gives it a nice and creamy mouthfeel. It finishes quite dry.

D-I think a 750ml bottle is too much; I would prefer this as a 12 ounce serving.

I prefered this one over the regular version, but I feel it could still have some more oomph in the aroma and taste departments. I liked that it wasn't so malt dominant. Would like to try fresh from the spurce.

09-14-2009 15:41:50 | More by mjl21
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Wasn't going to bother with this brew but I saw a bottle at Jessup Beverage for $6.50, which seemed like a pretty good price, so I said what the hell.

I start by pouring a bit too fast which results in a billowing head that goes spilling over the sides. This one has got some carbonation going on for sure. It ends up yielding a very hazy burnt orange amber color with a massive, dense and creamy beige head. Leaves a mess of stick all over the sides and retains very well.

Smell is full of resiny pine hop aromas as well as lots of grapefruit pith. It's very herbal and earthy like the regular Double Simcoe. Also like the regular version I find it a bit subdued, and wish it were a bigger blast of simcoe in m face.

Taste is also full of herbal, resiny, and citrusy hops. Lots of pine and bitter graperfruit pith, as well as some sweeter citrus flavor. It's quite bitter - more bitter than I recall the regular version being, in fact. There is a biscuity, slightly sweet caramel malt backbone but the hop bitterness dominates.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth, a medium-full body with a drying finish due to the immense bitterness. The carbonation is very active and prickly. Still quite creamy, however, and very nice on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer but I don't find it to be all that much different than the standard version, except that this bottle is much more highly carbonated. It's also maybe a bit more bitter and not quite as big on the juicy hop flavors. Good stuff, but I think I prefer the standard issue.

09-13-2009 03:04:26 | More by number1bum
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Wasatch

Utah

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked

Pours a nice cloudy amber/orange color, nice carbonation, huge thick/creamy off-white head, with tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some slight malts, citrus, and pine notes. The taste is slightly sweet on the lips, hoppy (big hop bomb), some malts, very nice touch of citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice chewy brew. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Weyerbacher.

09-10-2009 02:15:36 | More by Wasatch
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washburnkid

New York

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%

750mL poured into a tulip, over and over again.

A: A massive head erupts at the pour and covers an opaque melding of amber and caramel hues. The head is beige and bubbly. The retention is wonderfully puffy and spotty lacing.
S: Big fruits, especially citrus. Pineapple and ripe mandarin. Herbals and florals are working their way in, too. Not much malt comes through until about an hour into the session. It's bready but can barely peek its head through the fresh, hoppy goodness.
T: I do get a bit more caramel malt in the flavor right away, but it doesn't dominate the hops one bit. Not even close. Hops are killer ripe citrus (same as the aroma), but bittersweet just enough. All the usual suspects in a fresh DIPA.
M: Medium body and high carbonation gives me a tingly feeling. Tons of residuals and a drying sense.
D: This beer ends just as hoppy as it began. It took me about two or three hours to kill the whole bottle, and it was absolutely delicious. One of the best DIPAs out there.

09-09-2009 18:53:58 | More by washburnkid
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srandycarter

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Cloudy natural cider with big puffy off white head. Some persistent cling lace.

S - Brine, malt, a little barny, pine.

T - Big sweet in your face malt, citrus and pine. Big, big flavor.

M - Full bodied, very coating, heavy handed balance but it works out.

D - Couldn't drink much. Blow out the palate.

09-09-2009 04:10:44 | More by srandycarter
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Cloudy and rusty orange, fluffy and crisp white head, great retention and lacing

S: Citrus and piney hops... grapefruit. Floral. Sweet biscuity malt. Small hints of grass and yeast.

T: Sweet, burnt brown sugar immidiately followed by pungent bitter grapefruit and pine flavors. Some floral, grassy and yeast notes. Bitter and malty finish. Great balance with emphasis on hops, nothing overpowers.

M: Medium bodied, great bottle conditiond carbonation. Dry finnish.

D: Great balance. Hop bombs can be complex and balanced!

09-08-2009 22:41:28 | More by rfgetz
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%

A: Poured a dark, murky rustic-orange with a rapidly rising and towering 3 finger foamy beige colored head that calved and formed a devils tower structure. The initial retention was very good, after the second pour all that sticky caramel malt and hop oils coated the glass and the head became ever lasting refusing to go down. The lacing was thick spongey and clumpy , near full sheet, coating the entire glass on the way down. Visible carbonation was feverishly strong. A beautiful deep rustic coloring, sturdy head and bright carbonation would be hard to improve on.

S: sweet juicy grapefruit with wet fresh pine exploding from the beginning. Sweet caramel adds a nice sense of maltiness that was creamy and deliciously represented.

T: Sticky sweet caramelized grains with dry grapefruit flowery hopping slaps the taste buds into submission right from the start. Bitter pine and a dry grassiness parches the tongue while a caramelized grain sweetness offers glimpses of balance. The finish finds an intense dry flowery bitterness of grapefruit, grass, and pine all delivered by a brisk and strong carbonation compliments of its unfiltered and bottle conditioning. Bitterly dry and packs a wallop.

M: full bodied with a lusciously creamy and sticky caramel coating the tongue. Sticky hop oils and bitter dry flowery hopping parches the tongue after the swallow. The carbonation is very healthy and active here bringing out the brisk and bitter nature.

D: Very good drinkability, well hopped, dry but very manageable for the seasoned ipa drinker. Comes with a great enjoyment factor.

09-03-2009 22:35:02 | More by beerthulhu
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Walken

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Weyerbacher: Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA (Tasted 09/02/09)
750 ml. C&C Bottle: Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This sucker pours out fat and foamy, it takes a few resting periods between soft pours to get a substantial amount of beer in the glass, so we can notch the head formation as solid as fudge, retains very well too, solid walls on the glass. Liquid is a dark-ish gold color with hints of red, head is off-white.
Odor: Thick and sticky pine sap, pineapple, minor grapefruit with a solid background of rich smelling caramel malt, on the burnt side, but not quite there. Good, but not quite as lush as I'd hoped it would be.
Consistency: Lively, yet loose. The bubbles are there in force, but they don't tug at the tongue, this beer feels smooth, medium to light body. Slight syrupy tinge from the caramel malts.
Taste: Malt is present (shocker?), burnt sugar with a semi-sweet crackery background. Obviously, hop flavor is the highlight here, More lush pineapple & sap flavors build up on the palate, finish is dominated by grapefruity bitterness which is hefty, but not overly aggressive (that's not to say that aggressive bitterness is a bad thing, the light touch just works well in this beer with the strong malt backing.)

Extremely solid, but not extraordinary. Don't get me wrong, this is a great beer, mainly due to the consistency, but the flavor and aroma departments kind of fall short in that while Simcoe is a really cool hop variety, it gives a very distinctive taste that's best when supported by other elements. Still a great IIPA, despite being a bit on the hefty side for my taste.

09-02-2009 21:15:29 | More by Walken
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

750ml bottle into snifter.

A - Poured a cloudy, earthy reddish brown body wit lively carbonation and one-finger foamy beige head that settled into a patchy film and deposited spotty lace around the glass.

S - Burnt sugary malts with sweet caramel and toffee notes, as well as a noticeable alcohol fume. Pretty boozy aroma overall, even more than the standard Double Simcoe. Piney hop character with some strong citrus and floral notes.

T - Smack of sticky, syrupy pine paired with burnt caramel malts and sugars, as well as some sweet toffee and plenty of alcohol warmth. Some earthy, woody characteristics also emerged, as well as a prevalent yeasty aspect.

M - Medium to full-bodied for an IPA with a sticky, syrupy texture and moderate carbonation resulting in a bristly mouthfeel. Assertive boozy alcohol warmth on the palate with a lingering, dry hop finish.

D - Really hot DIPA that's even more boozy than it's filtered counterpart. Alcohol actually gets in the way of the hop character. Overall, I found this to be tasty albeit a little too hot and alcoholic.

09-01-2009 03:43:28 | More by ffejherb
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%

Pours a VERY murky muddy brown color with a vibrant head that is very slow to recede. I have to say, I have never seen a DIPA that looks like this.

The smell is rich with powerful smelling earthy simcoe hops. Sound weird but, I get an earthy dirty smelling grapefruit odor. I don't catch a whole lot of malty sweetness in the nose, but I am sure it's in there somewhere.

There it is. The taste kicks off with an overly rich toasty, toffee flavor that is proof of malt used in this brew. These flavors are quickly canceled out by a rush of very bitter pine and dirty citrus rind. There is moderate warmth in the finish, you definitely taste the 9% here. I had one of these a couple days ago, but today the flavors seem a little off from what I remember.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side for a DIPA, rich and chewy. It almost feels like it was pumped off of a cask. Low carbonation and warm on the finish.

Drinkability is on the low end here, boozy, overly bitter and heavy. The 750 will go down, but another would not be in line.

08-30-2009 20:51:24 | More by BDLbrewster
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magnj

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Huge head from a cautious pour. Hazy amber body, lots of bubbles. No fear of an undercarbed beer.

S - Raw hop juice. Take 100 pounds of wet hops, squeeze it and you get this brew. But seriously it't intensly pine and some tropical fruits. Still manages to push out some bready malt aromas.

T - Just as it smells, very big hop flavor and bitterness. Pine, tropical fruits, and some citrus. Also very sweet, lots of crystal malts. All around huge beer.

M - Good body, very sticky which is the only indication of this beer's potency.

D - as drinkable as the style can be but you need a friend since I think they only come in bombers.

Nice beer but one dimensional.

08-28-2009 01:12:20 | More by magnj
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aewinte1

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

A- Murky brownish copper. Very dark for an IPA and its apparent immediately that its unfiltered. Big pop from the caged and corked bottle. Poured very gently to produce a massive 5" head. Pour this beer very slowly
S- Smell is of sweet ripe pineapple and hops. Sticky sweet pineapple hop smell.
T- Taste is not as sweet as the head. Rather bitter hop kick is rather unbalanced but still good. A little bit of that pineapple sweetness, but mostly hop bitterness. Not terribly complex with the flavor. Some IPA's have a variety of different hops that attack my palate at different times as other flavors fade but this one has a strong uniform flavor.
M- Rather heavy for an IPA. Carbonation is very high so this helps.
D- Drinkability is just slightly above average. For some reason, this beer comes off as heavy for an IPA.

08-28-2009 00:14:16 | More by aewinte1
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Corked and cage 750Ml from the boys at Weyerbacher. I'm always eager to try their beer. While not always the best in class, they cover a wide spectrum of styles and typically produce a quality product.

This beer pours much more hazy then I remember from the regular Double Simcoe, which is to be expected given that it is unfiltered. Pours a nice light brown amber, with some light corn yellow creamy head that rests as a layer on top.

The smell is ridiculously fresh. Tons of simcoe hops produce incredible fresh citrus flavors. Nice ripe grapefruit matched with a fresh pine scent and a little bit of lemon. The sweetness of the 2-row sticks out quite a bit as well and adds some balance.

The taste goes hand in hand with the smell. Very piney grapefruit flavors. Huge malt bill really adds some substance to the overly pronounced hop profile. Incredibly sticky. There is some heat on the tail, but nothing concerning. A little bit of a lingering grainy taste in the mouth. All in all, this is a really good double IPA thats ties some west coast flavors with some east coast goodness.

08-21-2009 01:16:14 | More by CoolJosh
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treyrab

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Glad to see one last bottle left on the shelve at the Ohio store I went to last weekend. Snagged this one faster than lightning when I saw the $6.99 price tag. Did a double-take, and ran to the register.

A: When this went into the fridge, it got immediate chill haze. Complete opaque copper, very, very hazy and yielding a one finger off-white head. I heard this was a little higher carbonated, so I did a very gingerly pour, but it didn't need it, it was fine.

S: Stick my nose in a plump grapefruit and twist it around while throwing oranges and lemons at my face. Tons of ripe, citrus fruits but some nice pine and caramel as well. Incredibly robust and eye opening.

T: Packed to the brim with flavor. Nice citrus goodness consisting of the aforementioned flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. Blended so gracefully with a nice caramel and toffee back with a touch of heat on the finish, but not distracting.

M/D: :-)

Overall, this is better than the original in my opinion. Very full bodied and flavorful. Grab one if you see it!

08-21-2009 01:09:18 | More by treyrab
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beertooth

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Split a bottle between some friends poured into nonic glasses.

Huge billowy off white head on top of a dark, pumpkin colored body.

Smell is all pine, tropical fruits, it's also a bit catty.

Taste follows the nose, tropical fruits lead the way with a very harsh pine bitterness finishing it off. Not much malt coming through or booze.

Mouthfeel is very full and well carbonated.

I enjoy this beer, but I couldn't drink a lot of it with it's harshness and abv.

08-19-2009 03:50:22 | More by beertooth
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redneckchugger

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured and amber orangish, huge tan head, loads of lacing
huge nose of harsh pine, its even a bit astringent, this honestly smells like putting my some to a bough of pine needles.
The taste is the same, pig pine hops, like chewing on pine tar. I like it though, still more hop flavor than bitterness, its well done. There is no malt flavor really showing up, except for a bit of sweetness cutting though. This is way different form the regular double simcoe, its like its bigger meaner older brother.
All in all its one hell of a beer.

08-15-2009 01:05:38 | More by redneckchugger
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -16.7%

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = I must admit the appearance of this surprised me. I picked up two bottles. One for trade and one to consume. Both were kind of murky when I bought them, but the one for trade sat around at room temp for a couple days and by the time I packaged it, it seemed fairly clear. I had expected that the one I had in the fridge must have cleared up some, too, and when I pulled it out it clearly had separated between some yeast-looking sludge and some much more clear liquid. However, when I poured into the glass even though gently, I ended up with a translucent orange-amber liquid. It is attractive, but I was somewhat surprised. It formed a huge foamy bone white head that had good retention and left heavy tracing as it receded and as I drank.

S = Wow, very strong smells of crushed pine needles and just a hint of cat piss. I get virtually nothing else out of the smell, so it is a little simple, but you cannot claim you will be surprised they named it for the hops it uses.

T = There is more going on in the flavor than I expected from the smell. I get a light flavor of unsweetened ginger beer, some spices such as pure cinnamon, also maybe just a little bit of maple extract (some of the flavor but none of the sweetness of maple syrup). The bitterness quotient is high and there is a long dry, bitter finish.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, good mouthcoating, frothy smooth feel.

D = I don't know about this one. I kind of like the mouthfeel, but the smell is really too one note (and a strong note at that) to make me fully enjoy raising the glass to my face drink after drink. I will come revisit this one though because I am getting the sense that I am just not that into DIPAs at the moment and that may be affecting my review. I am pretty sure this is as good or better than the filtered version and yet I seem to recall giving it a better score.

08-09-2009 18:49:45 | More by Traquairlover
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MaltistLupulist

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -21.2%

Mediocre ratings nearly across the board--yikes, when I joined BA a couple of weeks ago I told myself I'd review only beers I found toothsome, but nothing ever happens the way one anticipates, so, in the interest of balance, here goes....

Poured into an oversized snifter. Appearance is a murky, hazy, yellowish copper with an enormous head which takes awhile to dissipate. Liquid/foam ratio was like 20/80 at the outset, which bodes ill for the impatient, thirsty beer aficionado. This first impression was an ominous indication of the trajectory this imbiming session, and hence this review, would take.

Ascertaining the composition, or even the presence, of the aroma took some effort. There was certainly no blast of hop mist as I snapped the cap or poured the contents of the bomber into the drinking vessel. Upon closer, almost exhaustive inspection, I sensed a whisper of muted earthy hoppiness.

Alcohol plays an unwelcome and distracting role in every facet of the flavor of this beer, particularly in the finish, where it dominates and leaves one's palate with a final, dismissive impression of the beer as a whole. Otherwise, there is a tart, soapy lupulin component that contributes to an asymmetry that makes this beer seem harsh and undesirable. Very astringent. Some hopeful flavor components like grapefruit rind make their way through the maelstrom, but their efforts at attaining harmony and balance ultimately turn out to be Chamberlainian.

Mouthfeel is unpleasantly sticky; medium carbonation.

In spite of the obviously high alcohol content I had no trouble polishing off a bomber of this stuff. A matter of acclimation, really. This stuff isn't harsh just because of the alcohol.

An awkwardly assembled frankenstein of a IIPA.

08-07-2009 01:20:13 | More by MaltistLupulist
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

750 ml cage-corked bottle -

Pours mostly foam at first though the dark amber body quickly grows. The Head is foamy/rocky. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of strong pine - spicy and sappy.

The taste is also of strong pine - sappy with a hint of caramel. Alcohol certainly shows. Finishes with a sweetness and a bitterness and boozy.

Full-bodied and somewhat creamy, thickish.

This is a raw one. Simcoe hops in full force. With booze and hint of caramel. Raw - but good if you're a Simcoe hop lover. Honesty, I prefer the original. The rawness impacts it more.

08-06-2009 16:27:42 | More by jwc215
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Seanibus

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

I'm not sure I like this beer as much as regular Double Simcoe - it seems rougher, less subtle, a little too thick. It's like a really well done homebrewed clone of the more refined regular Double Simcoe. But then again, it's pretty good if you go in knowing that you're in for a BIG beer.

Pours hazy copper with gobs and gobs of carbonation that create an incredibly dense and firm head, almost like meringue. The aroma is all Simcoe Hops - spicy and grapefruity - great, punishing heaps of Simcoe hops. The flavor is every bit as punshing - all Simcoe, to such a degree that it becomes somewhat hard to taste. This is a beer for sipping gently, not kncking back. There is an uncharacteristic (for Weyerbacher, at least) overripe banana ester that shows up on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and a bit oily. The finish is deeply bitter, like the burn of an Asian spice.

This beer is good, but I think it's drinkability suffers from its rough edge in comparison to the original brew.

08-03-2009 22:46:32 | More by Seanibus
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Casey10

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a bomber into a St Berdadus chalice.

A - Frothy head with a copper pour.

S - Citruis and pine notes along with faint rasions.

T - Smooth taste as it warms, a little citrusy.

M - Mouthfeel is real good pine smooth notes.

D - Only comes in bombers so would only drink one at a time. ABV says only a little at a time.

08-03-2009 00:14:03 | More by Casey10
Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.