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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
Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip. Pours very hazy dark red-orange color with a enormous 4 finger off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a decent sized lacing cap that lasts. Fairly thick lacing sticks to the glass. Aromas of huge amounts pine, pineapple, mango, orange, and grapefruit; with some caramel and bread as well. Taste of big pine, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, and bread. Strong bitterness shows up on the finish and lingers for a while with caramel, bread, citrus, and spiciness. No alcohol in the taste but a slight warming on the finish is present. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied. Fairly smooth drinking as well, but is definitely a sipper with it’s huge flavor and body. Overall, and excellent imperial IPA, and it is extremely hoppy, just how I like them.

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a big fluffy 3" head that sticks around a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: floral bitterness, soft pine, and some sharp grapefruit tones are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malt base with some pine tones, grapefruit, ripe pears, a bit of bubblegum, and a hearty bitterness. Alcohol is noticable and provide a nice warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp throughout with some dryness showing up late. Long aftertaste as the bitterness and grapefruit flavors linger on the tongue a while.

Drinkability: this beer is so quaffable and at the higher alcohol level, it may be dangerous. I usually stick to one bomber bottle in a session, but I can see opening a second one. Great beer.

Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Pours a large off white head that is kind of fizzy. Decent retention. Color is a burnt copper brown/orange.

Aroma: Big hop profile. Pine shows a lot. Caramel malt with some sweet grapefruit notes.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit citrus up front. Pine and floral hops. A slight caramel malt profile, but not a lot. Just enough to show but not enough to be distracting.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Fairly fizzy feel to it for a dipa. Ends a bit sticky with a hop resin feel to it.

Overall, this one is fairly drinkable for how big it is. Better than the regular DS imo. It was more hazy (just a random note). Pretty fresh and enjoyable.

Photo of yourefragile
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pour is initially very foamy, settling in a deep hazed amber with a dense, thick head and ridiculous webs of lacing. Aroma is sharp, fresh pine hops, very pungent and balanced with mild malt sweetness. Very creamy, smooth body with medium carbonation and lingering pine and citrus rind hops without being overly bitter. Body has strong caramel malt backbone with strong dry citrus, pine and herbal flavors. Very nice sipper from Weyerbacher; I prefer this over the DFH Squall for a local unfiltered DIPA.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked & Caged bottle poured into standard pint glasses. Split with oglmcdgl, thanks 4 sharing.

A- Deep copper, slight mahogany appearance depending on the light. A huge frothy tan/beige head steadily gained height while pouring so some time was needed to properly pour. Some lacing although the foam is not sticking 100%. Being unfiltered there is some sediment so be careful pouring if you dont want it.

S- Simcoe hops times two. The hop assault in the smell tells me what im getting into. Not sure if this is an effect solely based on the simcoe used but a pine scent is very noticeable. A nice malty backbase smooths things out with a bready/caramel scent. This one is good to smell and will open your eyes. Very pungent.

T- Big huge blast of 100% Simcoe hops and based on the beer I very much like this strain of hops. A bit bitter up front but as the ounces go by the bitterness fades and just pure hop juice invades the palete. The malt base is solid and is probably keeping this super hopped beer very drinkable to me. Some bready notes and sweetness but minimal.

M- I kind of like the feel a bit better than the unfiltered batch but thats just me, it's just a little fuller. A good solid medium bodied feel that gets easier to drink as time proceeds. A good amount of carb from this fairly fresh bottle but a week or two more in the cellar would have probably made the feel even better. A touch bitter and while this is a hop bomb it's not overbearing on the tounge.

D- Weyerbacher is either hit or miss with me and this was a hit. Im not sure which I like better this or the regular version but I will do a side by side to compare. One bomber would be tough to tackle on my own, hopefully they decide to put this version in 12oz bottles like the regular version as well.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark bronze, like a dirty penny. It's cloudy as can be with a haze. It forms a soapy, sudsy head. Sweet alcohol, grapefruit, damp hay, citrus, must and a little bit of tropical fruits are in the aroma. On the palate, pine, fuzzy papaya, pineapple and lemon. Strong hop notes are complimented by a big caramel malt flavor. Solid bitterness adds to the fuzzy texture. Alcohol, pine, citrus oil coat the mouth and are quite aggressive. This is a beer for those who really like beers. Surprisingly medium bodied and quite dry, light for the strength.

Overall, this is an intensely hoppy, bright, yet funky beast caught in its primeval form. Unapologetically brash, palate wrecking , explosive, yet rewarding. Any fans of barleywines and double IPAs should reach for this one.

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Bottled Jan 7th 2011, best before September 7th 2011 here we go!

A good solid pop from the cork. Monster head and borderline gushing quality off the pop. Into the glass the head is frozen, it will not even move. Color of head is a big off white stick and lots retention it's like pudding. Body is a bit cloudy with about 50/60% opaqueness but a nice dark copper into dark orange. Ridiculous stickyness for lacing on this beer.

Bouquet is a mellow citrus orange, and some dryness. Faint grain and toasty feel, very mellow in character but definitely feels arid.

Taste is a mild body with a dry pepper. Toastyness and a sharp piquant pepper like feeling that I associate with this hop (simcoe) bitter. Mid palate has some nice sweetness getting into some very light brown sugar quality barely a sugar sensation which makes for a nice not overly sweet sensation. Stinging tongue though beyond prickly right on the tip but I really like this body for mouthfeel. Abv is somewhat noticeable.

Good drinkability, and a fairly good price point as well too. Would have again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my brand new Pumpking chalice. It poured murky and dark orange, almost brownish in color. It started with a big frothy and bubbly white head to it that faded some but kept a nice layer covering the beer as I drank it. Some nice lacing was left on my glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a nice floral and citrusy hoppiness to it. I get some grassy and pine flavors from it along with some nice citrusy and tropical fruit flavors. Some sweet malty, caramel flavors come through as well.

The taste shows more of the malty, caramel flavors then the nose did. The hoppiness really starts coming through more towards the finish. Grapefruit citrus, pine and just a bit of a tropical fruit flavor comes through. The alcohol shows through in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some nice flavors and I enjoyed the flavors of the Simcoe hops. The malt flavors really came through to add some nice balancing sweetness to it. Very enjoyable beer overall.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.


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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, big thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending for the Gentlemans Club BIF.

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost a mahogany brown, very huge and thick off white head forms, never really settles down, very thick layer, great chunks of lace stick all over the glass, great retention.

Smell is neat, caramel, lots of floral, lots of grapefruit, brown sugar, some nice pineapple character, slightly fruity, seems a bit sweeter in the nose than the regular version, some alcohol, a bit yeasty, nice stuff.

Taste is almost Belgiany, slightly sugary, caramel, almost a raisiny fruit character, grapefruit, pineapples, pine, alcohol, yeasty, a bit medicinal, some pretty rough and ready bitterness, would strip paint off a while, quite citrusy, dry and herbal in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, pretty damn bitter and hoppy, alcohol warms going down, some residual sweet but I'm digging this. Thanks Michael!

Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta - I've been waiting on this for a while.

Pours an almost opaque light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with huge amounts of pine hops. Struggling out are hints of citrus but the pine aromas really are in force here.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel and slightly bready malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by sticky pine flavors. A mild bitterness sets in midway through the sip and intensifies through the strongly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this is much more intense than the filtered version, it reminded me more of a hoppy barleywine than a DIPA. Tasty and the fact that it's unfiltered adds another dimension. Worth a shot.

Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +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!

Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas begins with waves of earthy and piney hops. Definitely Simcoe hops through and through. I can detect some caramel maltiness as well which I expect I will enjoy in the taste.
The taste begins with the grainy and caramel malts as I expected which I enjoy, but the Simcoe quickly steals the show and takes control of the flavors and your palate. The maltiness does stay prevalent though which stops this from being a hop bomb and too sticky/resiny. The beer is really well balanced with loads of pine and caramel malt.
The mouthfeel is full with adequate carbonation and a freshness that made it borderline sticky. I enjoy this version slightly more than the regular version but that is my preference normally; bottle conditioned beer are just fresher and more flavorful in my opinion. It is nice to see a well balanced DIPA as opposed to the shredding west coast DIPAs that totally destroy your tastebuds. A new go to for me. Weyerbacher remains the top East Coast brewery for my money.

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mildly hazy reddish orange with a MASSIVE off-white head. Good retention. Carbonation is a-plenty. Gorgeous lace too 4

S: That classic aroma of the Double Simcoe is present, but slightly smoother. Mildly peachy, mango, hop character with some caramel in the back.4

T: Pungently and juicy hoppy with mango, peach and citrus. Plenty of hop flavor with reserved bitterness and mild caramel sweetness. Now, I'm not a fan of the sweeter IPAs, but in this case, it works, the caramel flavors pair beautifully with the hop character, and that thoughtful design warrants bonus points in my book.The finish is sweetish-dry with plenty of hop character

M: Medium bodied with a great, soft carbonation and a hoppy finish. This version is a lot softer, smoother and more rounded on my palate that the version I had on tap a month back. 4/5

D: This is the second bottle I've drank in 3 days. Good stuff, can't say no to it when fresh.4/5

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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