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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
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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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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Utah

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:14:03 | More by Casey10
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Picked up two of these the other day. Poured in to a 22 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy, robust amber - a nice, slightly hazy, dark copper color - full of multiple streams of relatively slow, relatively large carbonation. Color and carbonation aside, what's really impressive is the head and the lacing on this one. The head is huge, phenomenally large, two-fingers of big, whipped, marshmallow cream, full of pearly foam bubbles, relatively uniform but not entirely so.

Aroma: Estery fruits, heavy citrus, ruby red grapefruit, and thick waves of woody pine cones. The heaviness of the malt backbone - syrupy caramel, heavy sugars - interacts with the fruitiness in a way reminiscent of canned pineapple or canned peaches (more the former than the latter).

Taste: Like fruit flavored cotton candy or bubble gum, plus a lot - a LOT - of spicy bitterness. The fruitiness is largely citrus - both heavy and light, with notes ranging from white grapefruit to crisp lemon zest - but also with a few stray berry notes, strawberries and blueberries being the most prominent. The commercial description of Simcoe - "like Cascade but more bitter - and with pine" is very apropos, in fact. All the traditional Cascade elements - the above-mentioned citrus, a slight minty note, a few other herbal overtones - merge with a huge sprucey slap in the face, like woody, resiny pine needles covered in dirt. And the bitterness is pretty intense, even for this guy, who's a huge fan of DIPAs. It more than counters the sweet, sugary, slightly overly simplistic malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: A relatively soft-feeling brew, with lots of soft, subtle, well-integrated effervescence that makes for a really creamy feeling body. Probably the creamiest I've ever had for the style.

Drinkability: This one suffers from the same problem the regular Double Simcoe does, in my opinion. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the Simcoe hop. The structure of this beer is great - the appearance is gorgeous, the mouthfeel creamy and delicate - but what it's puttin' on ain't all that. This one's just a little too intense (unusual for me to say) in a one-dimensional, slightly unpleasant way. It's still a well-made beer (as I mentioned above), but at 9.0% and with the overwhelming onslaught of the Simcoe, I had to give the rest of the 750 to dkachur. Perhaps worth a try at the price point - I don't regret buying it - but I wouldn't be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 04:10:20 | More by CrellMoset
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HopHead84

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle Dyan!

Pours dark reddish orange into my imperial pint glass, with a two finger soapy, pillowy, and frothy off white head. Retention is good and some clinging lacing. This head is lasting forever.

The aroma is of pine and grapefruit, with apricot, peach, and floral notes. The malt foundation is in the form of sugary caramel, and it balances the aroma nicely. There's an interesting medicinal/plastic quality that I can't put my finger on. It's subtle and inoffensive but it's definitely there.

The flavor is pine resin and bitter grapefruit. Alcohol is immediately apparent, and it's present through the finish. The sugary caramel malt has a go at balancing the aggressive pine and grapefruit bitterness, but doesn't quite succeed. The finish is boozy pine and sugary caramel grapefruit with a high level of lingering bitterness. The medicinal flavor I noticed in the aroma returns for the finish and stays on my palate for a while. The alcohol burn becomes a bit distracting.

The beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 06:12:19 | More by HopHead84
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cjgator3

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy brownish amber color with an off-white head that leaves excellent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma features some malt but it is definitely highlighted by the hops. There is a huge floral, pine and citrus hop aroma that is simply mouthwatering. There is also a notable amount of alcohol in the nose as well.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out immediately with a sharp hop bitterness and lingers for a long time well after the sip is finished. This will definitely satisfy anyones craving for hops. Behind the hop madness is a pretty solid malt backbone that just provides another tasty layer.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another fantastic brew from Weyerbacher that I enjoyed a lot. I really hope they decide to release more of this because this is fantastic stuff! Highly Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 03:06:25 | More by cjgator3
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BitterPachyderm

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE want due to my love of simcoe hops, thanks nyrangerfan...corked and caged 750 ml bottle (no freshness) poured into my SN pint glass...

can you say head? largest and smoothest SIX fingers of slick and sticky tan head with incredible retention and decent lacing. hazy apple juiced body with brownish orange highlights shining through gorgeously..quite different for me...

instant whiffs of orange and other citrus notes...pineapple, huge citrus complexities, some melon with faints whaffs of peppery hops

massive hit of citrus hops and spicy hops...very citrusy with a brutally bitter finish that sneaks up on you...a bit one dimensional at times, but it's a great push and pull relationship between sweet and bitter...uber sweet up front and a painfully bitter finish

great carbonation with a smooth yet dry minish...medium bodied

this all depends on if you can handle the bitter assault. me, i can! no alcohol at all and very smooth...

this brew helps emphasize my love for simcoe hops...the citusy, pineappley, melony goodness is exposed in the nose and pretty damn good in the flavor...add a touch of amarillo and it would be 5s across the board...bruisingly bitter and i need another bottle, stat!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 08:34:19 | More by BitterPachyderm
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up and dragged it back to KC on my latest trip to Boston.

This beer pours a dark, hazy root beer brown with a massive 4 inch beige head that leaves some serious lacing as the beer recedes in my glass. Weyerbacher really did make a pretty beer. The aroma is massive piny hops with grapefruit, orange, and just a hint of grass. Also to be noted their is a rather prevalent solvent-like alcohol aroma to it. With the pine, it kind of reminds me of Pine Sol. The flavor is much the same with pine, grapefruit and lemon smacking you in the face but the huge booze flavor really puts a damper on the majority of the flavor profile. There is way to much alcohol for it to be covered up by the rest of the flavor profile. The solvent like booze kind of numbs my tongue. Its a rather odd sensation. I assume its what like a low strength Novocaine applied to the tongue would feel like. Otherwise the body is rather full for an DIPA. Nice malty body with the majority of the sweetness cut out. This would have been a great beer if it wasn't for the booze. It really needed to be hidden quite a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 01:42:29 | More by hwwty4
Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.