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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 19
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:
Beer added by: Birdiebeagle on 05-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 409 | Reviews: 218
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Photo of Traquairlover
3.36/5  rDev -17%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 corked and caged bottle into my Duvel snifter. Thanks Roger (liner81) for picking this up for me. This beer is 6 days old from release.

A: A deep murky, floaty orange color with a huge off white 4 finger head, on a conservative pour no less. Medium to low glass lacing.

S: Pine forest. Pine notes with some orange grapefruit citrus and a deep caramel sweetness. Do I detect a bit of funk? Love those simcoe hops.

T: Wow, this is not your average 2X Simcoe. The massive pine forest hops just blast away. The lighter citrus hops ride along but there is no doubt a huge earthy spicy funk to this beer. Very yeasty, very different, kick ass! The malt is the understudy here, as the hops and the yeast just keep pounding through the flavor. Finish is hops bitterness and spicy yeast. Alcohol creeps in on the end. If I closed my eyes, I would swear this was almost a belgian IPA. This beer is freaking good!

M: Full, coating, bitter, yeasty, it has it all. Alcohol warms at the end, you know this beer packs punch, but it is oh so welcomed.

D: For 9.5%? High. The 750 goes down so easily, it scares me.

Overall I just can't say enough about this beer. I love 2X Simcoe, but this ramps the flavors up tremendously. This is an INCREDIBLE beer, do not miss the opportunity to try. I was going to trade a bunch of bottles, but not now. I need to drink every drop of this awesome beer. Dan Weyerbacher, this may be the best beer you ever made, no kidding. Wow.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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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.

Photo of magine
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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

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.

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.