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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Birdiebeagle on 05-19-2009)
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Photo of fmccormi
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml C&C bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance (5.0): CRAZY amount of head, nice light khaki color foam. Underneath is a flat-out tobacco colored body, which is very, very hazy. That rocky head isn’t going anywhere.

Smell (4.5): Dank is the name of the game, simcoe hops digging deep inside my nose. Good amount of caramel underneath.

Taste (4.5): Simcoe, walking the line between grassy bitterness and tropical fruits walking all over my tongue. Bready caramel malts come right behind, and are quite strong at that but the hops keep it in check by never really leaving. Start, middle and end are all characterized by the simcoe hops, like dank icing on a cake of malt. Malts come forward as it warms. Even so, it’s really balanced—definitely feels like an adequate ratio of hops to malt, and vice versa.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Oily, medium body that coats your mouth. Not too thick or chewy, but just right.

Overall (4.5): This is a damn good DIPA and I am really, really enjoying it quite a bit. Kind of wish it wasn’t 9% abv, so that I could have more than one glass. Pick this up if you see it fresh, and drink it on the colder side because anyone that appreciates simcoe will adore it.

fmccormi, May 13, 2011
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 leroybrown10
4/5  rDev -1.2%

leroybrown10, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Purchased at Beertopia in Omaha, NE for $6.

Pours a very cloudy dark amber with a thick, dense head reminiscent of many Blegian ales. The lacing nearly covers the entire inside of my Duvel tulip.

Smell; lots of tropical fruits hit you right out of the gates. Mangoe, pineapple and orange peel with a bit smack of pine needles. There's some vague hints of some malts in the background, but that's all.

Taste; spicey hops and alcohol to start, then becomes fruity with the mangoes, pineapples and oranges. The bitterness is definitely present, but somehow manages to not overwhelm with just enough sweet malts through the middle. Then the spicey qualities creep back through with pepper alcohol and an earthiness that must come from the lack of filtration.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; heftier and more satisfying moutfeel than the regular Double Simcoe, with a very smooth carbonation. Drinks pretty damn good for the high abv and bitterness thanks to the fuller body.

RedHaze, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of krl2112
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

krl2112, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of magine
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a cloudy and dirty amber color near caramel color, has a tan head. Thick and creamy head. Nice lace. Very good looking IPA.

This brew smells of pungent hops, nuttiness, rustic grassy smell. Has the piney smell. Maybe even dark fruits as well.

Brew tastes smooth, has an unusual bitter and dry taste. The hop blend is very unusual. Very dry and finishes slightly bitter. Has a rustic earthy, piney and citrus taste. Has almost a woodsy taste. Yeasts smooths the taste out. The bready flavor is in there as well. Pick up some malts as it warms.

This is a very unique tasting brew, extreme flavors and hops. Has an earthy taste and a great look. This brew is very nice to drink by sipping, however wouldn't be a top choice to session.

magine, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review input from notes enjoyed 02/05/2010. Thanks to Beandip for the bottle.

This may be the first opaque IPA I have seen. Murky, hazy, dirty apple cider color. Huge 3 finger + creamy oatmeal colored head. Very good retention leaving plent of lacing behind. I understand this is an unfiltered DIPA but the murkiness of the body does not make for an attractive brew.

Fruity and grassy hops. Passion fruit and light citric notes. I question the age of the bottle, will update this review accordingly if I can confirm. The hop presence seems a bit dull, lacking freshness and resinous aroma I would expect. Aroma is fairly earthy all the way around. Underlying bready caramel sweetness.

Initial sharp biting bitterness fades to a fruity hop flavor. Grapefruit and passion fruit mostly. Malt flavors much more forward than I was expecting. Caramel biscuit malt flavor very sturdy. Muddled earthy flavor left from the yeast.

Medium bodied, and lower carbonation. Thicker bodied due to the abundance of yeast is suspension. Slightly dry finish with a touch of bitterness and soft sweet flavor lingering.

Decent beer, I imagine this is an absolute treat when fresh. Age does not seem to benefit this one. In terms of bottle conditioned DIPA's, Squall is a much better choice in my experience (both were enjoyed with age on them). This beer is drinkable enough to enjoy a bottle but I would not be going back for more. Would try again if available very fresh.

kzoobrew, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of Brushkanna
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Brushkanna, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%

rkarimi, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

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

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

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

Overall, a little too much sediment, but good nonetheless.

larryarms847, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

dwoolley1, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of ScottP
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ScottP, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of In_Control_Mike
4/5  rDev -1.2%

In_Control_Mike, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of blknikon
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

blknikon, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Naugros
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Naugros, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of mikey711
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not really sure if this is an old bottle or whether they release a second batch but eitherway here goes. I think it is an old bottle

A: Cloudy and sediment filled caramel color. Way to much head, as it took about 10 minutes to pour two full glasses with all the foam, but it did leave nice lacing once it subsided.

S: Nice floral, piny and slightly citrus hoppy aroma. Lots of caramel and bread notes, some bubble gum ester notes

T: Intitial taste is bubblegummy esters followed by a smack of pine hops. None of the other hops truly come out of this ones, except for maybe some melon notes. A touch of caramel is also present and provides some balance to this.

M: Nice amount of body, with some creaminess and a lingering bitter pine note

D: When fresh it is much better but still rather enjoyable

mikey711, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle into a nonic. No bottling or best by date. Bottle proclaims "Full bottle conditioned, with yeast sediment," and there is indeed a heavy sediment layer on the bottom of the bottle.

*9% ABV listed on bottle, not 9.5% ABV listed here.

A- Deep, very hazy amber. Obviously unfiltered. Pours with 3 full fingers of creamy, light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing as consumed.

S- Grapefruit and pine resin hopiness, which turns somewhat herbal after the initial rush. Subdued sweet, malty notes eek their way in through the avalanche of hop.

T- Wow. Big grapefruit-citrus-pine assault. Nice caramel malt notes provide some balance. Bitterness level is high, with quite a bit of citrus peel bitterness sensation on the finish. Alcohol is fairly impressively blended.

M- Moderate carbonation. Full, creamy, and goes down easy. Really excellent.

D- Impressive. With the big hops bitterness and 9% ABV, probably would want to restrain myself here...good stuff.

Future outlook: Really excellent stuff...I'd be happy to try it again, but it is listed here as a "brewed once" limited edition....so don't know if I'll get to anytime soon. Will be sure to try the "regular" version sometime.

DoctorDog, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks just like the normal double simcoe, but with an even more dense head that forms a nice cap atop this beer. Smell is a bit piney-er than the other, but it is still nice and hoppy. Taste is very similar---this is what I thought:

"Taste begins with a barrage of bitter and slightly citrusy simcoe hops. It continues with an assault of bitter and slightly floral simcoe hops. It finishes with a conflagration of bitter and leafy simcoe hops. Simcoe, simcoe, simcoe."

I guess this applies to this one as well, although I think there is a better melding of flavors in the unfiltered DS. I still get some of the caramel backbone, and a bit of booze, but I think this bottle exhibits a greater synthesis of flavors than the filtered DS. A bit of yeasty flavors sneak in too, not bad, just adds another dimension to this beer.

MF is amazing again, creamy, full, and smooth. Not as sticky as the other.

Drinkability is quite high--a nice easy sipping DIPA. Bitter, but delicious. Really showcases the simcoe hops, and does a great job at it. I think I would prefer this version to the other.

And again, please Weyerbacher, please get some labels that don't look like your thirteen-year-old brother made them on Photoshop.

LordAdmNelson, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of mjl21
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

mjl21, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Elfastball7
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of hopswap1
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

hopswap1, May 24, 2013
Photo of marcpal
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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 treyrab
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

treyrab, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of paulys55
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

paulys55, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Yabev15
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Yabev15, Dec 18, 2011
Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.