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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

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: Birdiebeagle on 05-19-2009)
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Photo of PatrickJR
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into oversized snifter.

A - There's little denying the perfection of this beer's appearance. Dark amber, very cloudy. The head on this guy is massive, 5+ fingers of off white foam. Retention is excellent, and never falls below a moderate cap. Abundant lacing. Few beers save for a handfull of Belgian's approach Unfiltered Simcoe's size and longevity.

S - Huge aroma here, full of pine and earth. Grass, some spice, and a sort of exotic citrus enter the picture also including lime and tangerine as opposed more common grapefruit and orange notes in other DIPAs. Very herbal; this stuff has a somewhat unpleasant compost-like aroma.

T - Some goodness, but some weirdness as well. Pine with touches of mint and herb hit hard upfront with a moderate sweetness from the malt. Mid palate introduces a rough bitterness with tangerine and other citrus. Huge earthy flavors and some weird spice/herb adds some interesting complexity but it isn't altogether pleasant, for my palate at least. In addition to the earthy, coarse bitterness, late palate yeilds the rotten vegetable flavor from the nose with a warming alcohol presence that is well integrated.

M - Medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation. On par with the style, no complaints.

D - I tried the Double Simcoe quite awhile back and didn't care for it much then, but I wouldn't mind revisiting it after trying this. A well made beer with a lot of nuance, it just happens to be nuance that I don't particularly care for. I suppose I don't care much for the flavor of simcoe, but from what I can remember this seems like an improvement over the original.

PatrickJR, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, huge head forms and sticks around. Takes 5 minutes to pour the glass. (A bit of an exaggeration, but not much) Yep, it's unfiltered and cloudy. Deep amber color with burnt orange. (I think this was burnt umber from painting class) The head is amazing and creamy. The retention and lacing is a bit out of hand here... Hell there is lacing inside the bottle as you pour it..
Love it.

Aroma is highly Pine focused... Alcohol and some malty sweet notes. Lemon peel as well. The aroma is so sharp that it's worth noting. Just love it. Some notes of the alcohol to come..

Wow, flavor is much more citrus vs. the aroma. Very interesting. Flavor bursts Grapefruit, then you get a yeasty tone.. After this I get more sharp hops and some deep almost burnt malts.. Actually balances nicely with the big bold hops. Lots of deep earthy flavors going on here. A bit of black pepper..

Mouth feel is silky smooth and almost creamy. Carbonation is so subtle it's crazy. Just brings a touch of life to the party. Having said this, the HOPS are so big it is just a palate bruiser... Almost chewy...

This is amazingly drinkable... I just love this type of DPA/IPA. To me sometimes unfiltered = Fresh... Not sure that is true, but it means something...

You need to drink this beer at the proper temp... & Not too cold.

Reagan1984, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you to the kind BA who sent this one my way. I had been waiting a long time to try this one, and was super stoked to see it in the fridge. Served chilled and poured into a goblet, this one was consumed on 06/11/2009.

The pour was damn near perfect, well it was perfect. Huge foam head that would go nowhere. Rich lacing dripping down the sides of the glass and really just giving this one a huge overall look to it. Nice hazy amber color, this was what I want all dipa to look like. Lots of earthy hop notes here, really nicely done I have to say. Very well balanced with loads of pine notes and an un wavering malty touch to it. Smooth,even carbonation and a freshness that made it almost sticky at times. This was just perfectly balanced taste and much fuller and more robust then the original.

Overall I thought it was excellent. So nice to see this very well balanced beast as opposed to the shredding west coast ipas that we normally see. This is a winner in my book for sure.

mikesgroove, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kmurray8621 for sending this my way. Served in my usual Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Ridiculous four fingers of blonde foam that takes forever to dissipate and leaves lots of wonderful lace patterns on the sides of the glass. You can definitely tell this is unfiltered because it is dark! Opaque dark orange-brown color with only the slightest bit of visibilty at the bottom, where I can see tiny bubbles streaming upwards. The only thing keeping this from a perfect score is that the color is a little dull and doesn't have much glow or fire to it.

S - There's tons of earthy pine and a little bit of dankness, with only hints of citrus zest and tropical fruits in the background. There's also a very balanced helping of brown sugary malt, and maybe the slightest hint of booze. The smell is a little muted when cold, but comes alive as it warms up.

T - This is definitely a more malt-forward DIPA in the vein of Racer X than a West Coast grapfruit explosion. There is still plenty of the earthy Simcoe flavor going on, with some unusual fruit notes (peach is the most obvious), pine, and grass as well. The malt is more sweet dough and less saccharine than suggested in the smell. There is a very strong bitter aftertaste (also like Racer X) that becomes seriously palate busting. It's a very unusual, but ultimately successful combination in my opinion.

M - Moderate carbonation with a slight upper lip tingle, but not particularly bloaty. On the lighter side of medium bodied, and maybe a touch thin for the ABV. Tons of residual stickiness and oily hop resin - you'll taste and feel this beer long after you finish drinking it. There is some nice alcohol warmth after a while.

D - No problems with the 750ml bottle, but afterward my palate was worn out and I had a pretty serious buzz going. This is a definite evening ender, and could be dangerous at the end of a long session.

MasterSki, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of laintringulis
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a pub Glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper-rose color with a large beige head that sustains a long time. Incredible amounts of lacing during drinking.

Smell: Warm, citrus and pine. Mild pineapple smell, slightly earthy. Very hoppy in the smell. Smells slightly sweet. Just I the smell, I know I want to drink it.

Taste: Very well rounded, hoppy and malty sweet all at the same time. Pleasant citrus, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, and pine, floral notes. Just the right amount of bitterness on the back.

mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium bodied with full taste. Very pleasant from beginning to end. I could drink this all day, minus the alcohol content.

I'm not sure if it is "better" than the original. (I really liked the original also), but I think this is better balanced, especially with the yeast pour.

laintringulis, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Mauerhan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy copper with an abundance of head atop this beast. wow. massive lacing. and great retention. this is beautiful.

smell is fantastic. big fresh slaps of hops. at first extremely earthy and slightly musky but as it warms i get everything from pine to tangerine and even some green apple. beauty on the smell front.

taste follows suit. very nice and enjoyable. i am not slapped in the face from the hops with this. and as my buddy tyler said if this wasnt an east coast dipa i would be a bit shocked. completely different than what im used to out here. some nice hop oils that linger around but a subtle malt plays with my palate. i like it.

amazingly smooth. this beer has a great body on it. refreshingly carbonated. and 9.5 abv. forget about it. i get 0 booze off this. magic how well this was hidden.

i would gladly tear into another bottle of this any day of the week. weyerbacher...you my boy dawg...ummm...i mean i really like your beer.

Mauerhan, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an murky brown--copper--with an off-white head. The brew is opaque from the sediment.

Damn, this stuff stinks! Dirt, yeast, sweaty clothes, and marijuana. Herbal and citric notes linger in the background, but the hops are domineering and gritty to the core--but this was to be expected, so I can't knock it for that.

The yeast kicks in first, along with the malts. From there, the hop trains rolls through a countryside of flavors, gathering steam and intrigue all the way through the finish. A piney and herbal character comes first, followed by citric and medicinal flavors, and the aftertaste is grassy, rindy, and resinous. All the way through, the malts never completely die down, and a hint of pepper lurks on the palate. At times though, the beer seems too sweet, and the warmth of the alcohol comes through a bit more than I'd like; I remember neither of these characteristics in the filtered version.

At $6 for a cork-and-cage 750ml bottle, it's cheaper than two singles of the regular stuff. But, as much as I hate to admit it, I don't think it's nearly as good. Not only will the sweetness and the alcohol get to me after a while, it doesn't feel like the hopbomb I was craving. There's more going on than the hops, and, in this case, I think it detracts from the overall experience.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of kirok1999
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking beer! Hazy copper, no floaties but some nice lacing and a huge head that tries to climb out of the glass. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.
Smells like I just mowed the lawn and ran over a pine tree.
Taste is smooth and mellow, not at all a hop monster. There's enough malt to mellow this one out quite a bit. The hops are piney and grassy, some sweetness comes through in the middle and finish. Mild caramel and toffee come through from the malts.
Rich and dense mouthfeel and a simply great drinkable beer. Gonna buy as many as I can.

kirok1999, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big corked and caged bottle picked up from Bestway in Greensboro. Nice to see this around here.

Poured into my tulip glass a very cloudy thick amber/orange with a huge ivory head on top. Excellent retention and great sticky lacing all over the glass. Smells of deep citrus and very spicy pine. I can tell this is going to be good.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Flavor is of grapefruit, and then this gives way to a spicy burnt finish. Finishes very bitter. The alcohol on this is fairly hidden as I'm almost done with the entire bottle and I can barely sense its presence. This is a very good beer that I am pumped to have had the opportunity to try. Recommend.

Onenote81, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never realised that doing a simple thing like not filtering a beer would alter its taste so much. I love regular Simcoe IPA, so lets see how this one differs.

A: This literally looks like apple cider. Very burnt amber color. Cannot see though the beer at all. Nice tan head that leaves chunky lacing with each sip. Never seen a beer that looked like this. Awesome.

S: Lots of fruit on the nose. Somewhat piney. I get oranges, light sweetness and maybe a touch of alcohol.

T: Wow, a lot different from regular Simcoe. I get a massive fruit explosion. Lots of tropical fruits like mango, oranges, pineapple. A touch pine. There is also quite a bit of yeast flavor in here as well. It complements the other flavors quite well. Probably the most unique IPA I have tasted in a while.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat syrupy. Heavier than the regular Simcoe. First few sips are pretty bitter, but it subsides pretty quickly. Not as dry as most IPAs.

D: At 9.5%ABV, it is a heafty beer. It does go down pretty smooth, but splitting the whole 25oz. beer is recommended. A little more filling than most IPAs, but still very good.

I think I prefer the more piney, citrusy, and bitter characteristics of the regular Simcoe. This beer is great, however. More on the fruity side and quite filling, this beer is probably the most unique beer I have tasted all year. Highly recommended and worth the price.

OldSchoolGamer, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Reviewed on May 19.

A: Cloudy dark reddish orange. Gigantic head that leaves tons of lacing.

S: Lots of pine, some pineapple.

T: Way too grassy. Kind of soapy, actually.

M: Reasonably smooth and medium-bodied.

D: Not really feeling it. The regular Double Simcoe is much better.

BarrelO, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of jampics2
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had two of the three bottles I scored this weekend. Both on a clean pallete and very consistent experience between the two. This is one awesome beer, and it is a bit better than any double Simcoe I've ever had (the new corked caged unfiltered bottles assure freshness, though - so that could be a factor).

Pours a bit murky, as expected from an unfiltered. Brownish with a nice mixture of orange.

Smell is awesome - I'm immediately getting more of a peach smell than anything tropical, but the hoppiness tickles the nose in a very nice way.

Tastes like it smells. Earthy, peachey, and pallete kicking simcoe goodness. Would be a 5 if it wasn't a bit hot. But the hops do their job and numb things against the heat well. Nice malt backbone as well, so this is as balanced as a sledgehammer of hops can be.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carbonation and visco.

Drinkability is this beer's only weak point, as the hotness comes out as it warms and, although I had no trouble finishing my share of a split amongst friends either time, I don't know if I could do a whole bottle myself without turning on this. Good as a shared bottle - hopheads will finish this themselves - but no way you're opening a second bottle that night.

Overall, glad to have tried this. It's worthy, maybe not top notch, world-class, but an awesome beer and something to be savored.

jampics2, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of UA8
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy dark amber with a tall tan head.

S- Orange, pineapple, sweet malts, herbal hops.

T- Citrus and herbal hops with a nice malt balance.

M- Pretty much perfect for a DIPA light carbonation and moderate viscosity.

D- It's a great beer with a ton of character and balance. So tasty to drink. The lack of filtering apparently makes this beer great.

UA8, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle purchased at TJ's Everyday. I am enamored of regular Simcoe, so I hope this is a treat.

A: The ale is a doppeganger for the amber bottle it was packaged in. A thick head, over 1.5 fingers, stuck like glue to the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is piney, concentrated with strong hops. The aroma is best described as very dirty and earthy. I don't know if it is the remaining yeast sediment or what, but this not is completely different from the behemoth original version.

T: The simcoe is concentrated but not completely overpowering, a real conundrum when you figure that the normal filtered version is an overwhelming hop bomb. The flavors are thicker, more intense, with a resiny pine flavor that reveals simcoe the more it warms. The simcoe is full and delicious, a herbally bitter hop. Caramel malts are also fuller, especially on the back end of each sip. The simcoe remains strong from just past the start of the sip to the finish. An interesting take that seems to focus the hoppy strength.

M: The ale doesn't pull any punches, relying on its hop profile to carry the day. The good news is that those hops don't disappoint.

D: The ale is wickedly heavy, loaded down with booze and hops. The two, in tandem, are a devastating combo.

akorsak, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must preface this by saying I may have had a bottle that is an exception to the rule.

This pours out mostly head. What liquid I do get is a dark amber color. Even a slow gentle pour the second time around leaves me with over half a glass of foam. It just kept growing until it flowed out of the glass and onto the table. There was, however, some nice lacing left behind...surprise, surprise.

The aroma was of fresh piney hops. Yum. The malts are there, but are quite subdued when compared to the hops. The dry hopping works wonders for this beer.

The flavor is, again, fresh and bitter pine hops. Resiny, sticky, sometimes almost pungent piney hops. Some lighter grapefruit, some toffee malts, and some alcohol also come through.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Not as bubbly as I had feared it would be. Resiny hops, sticky yet slick feel to it. This bottle disappeared a bit to easily, but I'm not sure if it was because of me drinking it or the fact it foamed over on every pour.

Imstillthegman, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a nice hazy dark amber with a very frothy abundant light tan head. Aroma is a decent amount of nicely balanced pine hops and caramel hops. The taste is a wonderful abundance of pine hops and burnt caramel malts with a nice touch of yeast all blending together very well and leaving a nice bitter but smooth finish, exceptional! The beer is certainly on the heavy side with a decent amount of sticky alcohol, but it is matched nicely with a smooth slight dryness and decent carbonation that makes it fairly tolerable. Overall, this is certainly a huge step up for an already very special beer. I have to beg Weyerbacher to not just leave this as a limited release, retire the filtered version and just release it like this from now on!

atsprings, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber orangish in color. There's a huge, growing, three to four inches of head forming on the pour. Without a drink, it would have overflowed the glass. Be careful on the pour.
Smell is glorious, sticky and skunky hops. What a glorious thing. GB the simcoe hop!
Taste is more simcoe hop. Plenty of stinky, citrusy hops. This is a damn good beer. This needs to be a date stamped year round offering. This beer deserves to be drank in it's stankiest form. Plenty of bitterness and juiciness in the mouthfeel. Full body as well.
I already like their regular Double Simcoe offering, but this is just something else. I absolutely love this beer. I could drink this every day. Kudos to Weyerbacher for this amazing beer. This is among the best DIPA's I've had.

FtownThrowDown, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

did a blind head to head taste test versus the regular double simcoe... unfiltered won out!

A:
[regular]: rich amber body, with massive off-white fluffy head, and great lacing
[unfiltered]: earthen amber-brown body, huge off-white head and thick sheet like lacing

S:
[regular]: dank pine blast, crisp citrus bitterness, rich malt backbone
[unfiltered]: fresh pine forest, profound, accentuated by citrus bitterness, less malty than the regular DS

T:
[regular]: mirrors the nose, with a strong pine character, citrus notes poke through at the end, carried by dense caramel malts
[unfiltered]: raw pine needles, bitter, grapefruit, malt, some booze

M:
[regular]: slight tingle on the palate from the carbonation, medium body, resinous
[unfiltered]: rugged, dank, resinous, bitter bite on the end. medium bodied, well carbonated.

D:
[regular]: a good dIPA, not my favorite though as i prefer things slightly less malty
[unfiltered]: a significant improvement, i feel that the time in the bottle has improved the overall tone of the beer... upping the hops and mellowing the malts... very, very nice

callmemickey, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchase at Hyde Park, poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep reddish plum flesh color, opaque. 2+ fingers worth of dense, cream head, very good retention and loads of lacing.

S: Yummy yummy Simcoe aroma... gotta be my favorite hop. Fuck yeah, cat piss! Tons of pine and healthy citrus. Some toasty, bready sweetness.

T/M: Great balance between the lip smacking bitterness and nearly chewy sweet malts. Catty, ammonia, very piny. Toasty and sweet malts. The alcohol adds a very interesting character when combined with the added yeast, like a bit of Old Ale alcohol twang with some added fresh spiciness. Body is nearly full and a bit chewy with moderate carbonation.

D: Very tasty but needs to be taken slowly. Very good beer.

pwoods, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of nlmartin
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass. Where to start this beer review? Double Simcoe was really awesome the first time I had a bottle. My very first beer trade I traded a bunch of Double Simcoe Bombers.

Appearance: The beer is definately unfiltered. The beers normally bright amber / orange body is kind of murky. Some may find the murkyness of the beer unappetizing. Me I know its loaded with unfiltered yeasty goodness! The head is a finger and a half with pretty good retention. The head didnt fall as soon as it hit my mustache. Thick rings of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The aroma hits all the right notes. The pine is resinous, the citrus is kicking up grapefruit and pineapple. This would truly be hard to improve upon.

Taste: The beer delivers long lasting pine flavors, honestly taste like what I would expect my Christmas tree to taste like. Then the hops start heading into the citrus notes love grapefruit flavors in beer. Oddly enough I used to hate the flavor of grapefruit. Perhaps I should give a grapefruit another try? Discipline back to the beer. Then the hops dip down into grassy notes. Oddly enough the hops kind of cycle. The malt is definately supporting this hopped up DIPA. This is definately a ballsy hoppy monster.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is full. The carbonation works well with the beers overall character. The hops are very resinous and oily delivering a long lasting flavor on my palate. I am a bit distressed how fast I have destroyed a bottle of this beer. Almost ready to crack a second bottle. This beer is a hop heads dream - literally a form of liquid crack.

nlmartin, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of tendermorsel
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML offering poured into a pint glass.

Tight foaming head. Traces of sediment and hops on top of the head was my first clue that this was gonna be a real winner. So-so nose. Some citrus notes but actually not quite as floral as the "non-special" version.

Extremely cloudy with sediment hops and white flecks. I love unfiltered beers and this was REALLY unfiltered. Awesome mouth feel. Almost gritty from the sediment. Very thick and each sip was laden with wonderful hop flavors. It seemed much maltier than the original. I tasted Grapefruit, sweetened ice tea and mangoes as the beer warmed up a bit. You can tell the hops are their but the beer was not too bitter.

Overall really awesome stuff. The sediment level and mouth feel are pretty intense but I loved this beer. This is a very different beer from the original and I actually prefer it.
Highly Recommended.

tendermorsel, May 31, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this special release ale from Weyerbacher this evening at Winchester Wine and Spirits.Appearance is very good looking; it is a rosy, strawberry color. Heading is pretty large, I got about two fingers worth from a rigorous pour. Smell is very citrusy and piney, with all the characteristics of great Imperial IPAs. Big blast of hops starts things off, again this beer is full of pine and citrus, mainly grapefruit. The malt is beaten in to the background, but it is noticeable. Body is medium to heavy, and a bit of a palate bruiser from all the hops. Still, drinking this is a sheer joy, and something that I would purchase often if it was around more. It would be interesting to see how this compares to the regular double simcoe. Either way, if you see it, waste no time, and buy it.

jamie2dope, May 30, 2009
Photo of marcpal
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a case of this at the recent Weyerbacher event for this and Foxtrot. This was superior to just about anything they have put out and that says a lot if you can improve on the original 2x simcoe.

I was told by the staff that it would be a good candidate to age but at this point I am very low on the batch so don't see that happening.
Bottle graphics: 7/10.

Looks even better caged, the day previous it was the hit of a graduation party when a couple bottles were busted out for sharing.

A: Big heavy bottle poured into tumbler for this tasting that was done at the start of Memorial Day weekend. Dark gold but pretty transparent. The head on this was especially fluffy, more so than with the kid brother and I love the look of the sediment that came, especially in the final pour.

S: Obliterated by the piney simcoe tree loving hop scents. I could and plan on smelling this to no end. Beatiful smell that meets every standard of a brilliant hop heavy DIPA- the sweetness is clearly there from the malt but nothing is showcased nearly as much as the aroma of the finest kind.

T: Didn't think I would originally be saying this but it is a step up from the regular version. Pure hop goo if that is what you're in to. The presence of the yeast adds a new level of character that really do create a different monster and display the simcoe hops in a way that leaves the lips smacking. There is a sweetness that is also in its original that make this a mind boggingly good beer.

M: Terrific creaminess. Sure you have to like a bitter beatdown but if thats what you crave with some yeasty texture, this is one for you. The burn is not too much but at least gives you fair warning of what this carries.

D: This was a nice change of pace on a great beer. I usually don't like tweaking with some of my favorites, but this truly is a different creature. If you plan on tasting other beers after this, not a good idea. Your flavor sensing taste buds will have nothing left.

marcpal, May 29, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque copper with tons of light tan head. It was difficult to smell through all the head, but it had scents of rose and pineapple hops with some sweet caramel malt. It tasted like very fresh floral and peach and copper hops, with some honey and caramel sweetness. It was thick and creamy with subtle carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a delicious beer with super fresh flavor. Very bitter, but very clean, and with some balance and complexity too. It also had a fantastic smooth body, and hid the alcohol pretty well. I'd love to try this side by side with some of the other top IIPAs.

Pencible, May 28, 2009
Photo of nc41
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to update this, the last two bottles I've had were terrible. Don't know if it's me or the beer, and it came from Bestway so it's not the handling. It's a shame the brew I first loved I wouldn't take for free right now. The only other brew I've ever turned so harshly on was Stone IPA, and I can't account for the change. Looking back on the note it seems like they're two different brews.

Wow this is one great brew. Pours nice, big head that lasts. Nose is all grapefruit and citrus. The 1st sip is almost magical, it is that good. Nicely hopped nicely bitter, and very well balanced. A deep flavor that finishes really well. Do I detect some oak influence here? Only the ABV hurts the score IMO, the 9+ is a beast. Probably the best DIPA out there right now, and definitely a contender to Hopslam.

nc41, May 24, 2009
Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.