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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Birdiebeagle on 05-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 410
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of grassy, sweaty hops. Flavor of sweet malt, grassy and sweaty hops, with a resiny hops finish. Hmm, this tastes pretty much exactly the same as the original, if I'm remembering it correctly...still very tasty!

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

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus and malts with pine

T-citrus, especially grapefruit, and pine with some malty sweetness and a moderate bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a solid DIPA with good flavor, but not my favorite.

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Photo of hopdog
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle.

Poured a deeper and clloudy/murky amber color with a huge (and I mena huge - 5 finger) sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, floral hops, and a little earthy. Tastes of lots of citrus, wihe some of the same floral hoppiness, pine, and also has a caramel balance. Lighter alcohol in the finish but overall I found it to be well hidden. Lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very murky, orange-tinted brown in color. Forms a huge half-a-glass of light tan, very stable head that pours over the side of the glass. Eventually reduces down to a mere surface coating, leaving a good amount of lacing on the way down.

S: Strong spicy hop aroma rounded out with citrus, pine, and a light yeastiness.

T: Some light sweet caramel malt. Spicy pepper hops leave a long, lingering flavor in the mouth. A bit boozey, almost barleywine-like with a bit of a homebrew quality to it.

M: Medium in body with heavier carbonation.

O: Double Simcoe is one of my favorite DIPAs and I was very excited to get my hands on a bottle of the unfiltered version. Unfortunately, I was a bit let down. This is still a good beer, but (unsurprisingly) it just seems to be lacking the refinement that would make it a great beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered Simcoe in a tulip.

Man, does this bottle have enough carbonation, or what! Loud pop upon uncorking. Poured 70% foam. A hand's worth of head. It's silkscreening the glass, although I'm waiting minutes for a mere inch to fall. The foam is retaining so well, it's almost petrified. After I added more to the glass, it looked like smoked meringue with peaks. Oh, and the color of what beer I have so far is a very cloudy brown.

Pine-y and resinous hop-oily in aroma. Dank with some backdrop orange and grapefruit citrus. Malts are hiding a bit; mostly sweet with a hint of toast. Yeasty, too. Thank you, bottle-conditioning.

Spicy and dank. Punchier with alcohol. Perfumey hops taste as such with a variety of pine, floral, and citrus notes. Spiciness is inexplicable. Lots of oils yields a resinous beer. Malty with a medium roast and some mild sweetness. Tobacco, onion, pot leaf, grapefruit, and candle wax. Big bitterness level, perhaps lightly hampered by a tempering yeast nuttiness. Sweeter as it warms. Not as tongue-twisting as the original. The easiness is pleasing.

The body is magnificent. Rich and creamy with that suspended yeast. A little oily on the tongue, aided by the alcohol, which is right there. Very focused.

This beer is always awesome, in whatever format. Happy to have finally enjoyed this unfiltered version. 4.25

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered Double Simcoe, 750-ml corked-and-caged bottle bought at Tully's in Wells, Maine, for $7.50. Have had this beer (a variant of my all-time favorite Double Simcoe) many times before but never got to review it.

Appearance: Carbonation is off the charts here. My first pour produced a wacky fist-sized head that took over half of the snifter I was using. Then it calms down and gets better, with a more normal one-finger head that lasts and then some and leaves some of the thickest lacing this side of Antwerp. A deep-rusty copper for this thing, not too different from the regular Simcoe.

Smell: Muddy, malty Simcoe hops. Raw, unfiltered honey. A bit of sheep droppings at the end. Earthy, barnyard. Funky and weird, but enticing.

Taste: Damn spicy! A bit of booze too along the way too. This is NOT your typical "pineapple-and-grapefruit" IPA. Lotta pine raisin, white pepper, exotic spices and yeast. Malt of course!

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost full flavor and carbonation. Spicy, peppery finish. Odd and different.

Overall: While not nearly as exciting as the original Simcoe, this concoction is satisfying and intriguing. Quite drinkable too! I will always take the regular Simcoe first, but revisiting Unfiltered from time to time is always a pleasure.

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Photo of Brew33
2.35/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Corked and Caged 750. Right off the bat, I didn't like this beer. It poured a full 4 inches of homebrew-esque head. Murky body due to being unfiltered. A 4 inch head? On a DIPA? The aroma is Belgian yeast? WTF? Is this an American IIPA? After doing some research I found that this beer is actually bottled conditioned with a Belgian style strain of yeast. There are definitely some sticky, dank, Simcoe hops but they're masked by a downright offensive combination of yeasts and a weird malt bill. What the hell happened here? This thing is an absolute trainwreck. The ONLY redeeming quality this beer has is excellent mouthfeel. Super sticky.

I honestly cannot believe that this beer made it into bottles and the brewer and tasters said "Yes!". This beer is absolutely brutal. My worst batch of homebrew ever was better than this god awful excuse for beer. Sorry Weyerbacher. Swing and a miss....

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

I had this beer when it first came out but sampled it too late in a session to do a decent review. I remember a lot of floral hop goodness, bitterness and hazy appearance, but that's about it.

I had another one tonight.Corked and caged bottle. Pours a very cloudy caramel color. I split the bottle and the first pour yielded a HUGE pillowy head off-white head with excellent retention. The next glass had a more normal size but still very impressive head. Lacing is thick and plentiful.

Good solid floral hop smell. Tastes very good. Floral hops, good bitterness but not as overpowering as I remembered it from the fresh sample. There is some malt balance that keeps the "aged" version from being a total hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp, maybe a tad oily as well. Drinkability is good. I could have enjoyed the whole bottle without sharing.

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Photo of Chaney
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one once before, but have since forgotten all about it.

A: Poured a mohogany color, with a huge soapy head (like most unfiltered beers), and fairly moderate carbonation. Even though it looks more like an amber to me, I've seen weirder.

S: Smells of grass, hay, a bit of sweetness (in an organic, sugar cane kind of way, as opposed to a candy one), and a tinge of booze.

T: Very boozy, then the unpleasant lawn-clipping quality hits the palate. Not pleasant. This brew would benefit greatly from just a tinge more sweetness, even a bit more syrupiness.

M: The booze killed me! No, not the bloodstream, but the taste buds. The bitter grassiness just lingered, almost as if it was begging me to stop drinking. The carbonation was sufficient.

D: I asked myself during the session, "Do I just not like Simcoe?" The answer: I think I still do despite my misgivings about this well regarded brew. Heck, the Mikeller Simcoe was excellent! I just don't think the Weyerbacher taste profile worked in this setting.

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Photo of bobsy
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I' ve been after this beer for a while, so I'm pissed that it doesn't live up to expectations.

Cloudy golden pour with three fingers of white head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass, and exhibits good retention. Not infected depsite the vigorous head formation. Big, big fruity nose. Lots of caramel, juicy tangerine and other assorted citrus, Maybe pineapple and mild pine too. Gah! I think the hops have dropped out... is it possible this bottle is past its nest? Still a good beer, but drinking more like a strong ale than a DIPA at this point, and not much like the Double Simcoe I had on tap. Lots of sweet juicy citrus, some pine, big caramel malt base, some booze and a moderate bitterness. Occasional off-putting bad breath notes. Medium-full body with a good carbonation.

Whether past its prime or not, it still drinks well, but not well enough to justify a repeat purchase.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Victory tulip. Hazy dark orange color, with a huge, rocky slightly off-white head. Good hoppy aromas of strawberries, apples and bubble gum. Nice caramel malt on the palate, along with some piney/citrusy hops. A big bottle, and the 9% catches up with you in the end. A good, but not great, beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a huge pillowy tan head. This is absolutely beautiful, and took a good 3 minutes to recede enough for me to drink it!

S - Pungent piney hops, tropical fruits (mango mainly), sweet caramel malt and a slight whiff of yeast.

T - Pretty spot-on with the nose. There is a strong bitterness toward the end and a bit of booziness.

M - Creamy and slightly sticky, with a bit higher then medium body. Carbonation is nice and lively.

D - Definitely a sipper, the ABV and bitterness sneak up on you. Judging from the look and smell, I thought this would be better then it was. Still a tasty brew, just no where near the big-boys in the class.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy brown orange body, 2 finger head, gorgeous lacing

S: grapefruit, pine, mild grassy, malt

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, pine,
solid earthy malt, long oily bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Love Double IPA/Imp IPA and this one delivers!
would recommend and get again.


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Photo of grub
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled oct 15/09.

pours hazy red with a thick, dense cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves a sheet of thick lace behind as it falls.

aroma is good. rough resiny pine. grapefruit. orange peel. bit of alcohol. white bread and cracker. touch earthy. bit of herbal character too.

taste is great. the rough powdery and resiny attack continues. pine and grapefruit. orange and grapefruit peel. bit of tangerine, but this is much more about the rough bitter aspects than the sweet fruity stuff. the 9% alcohol is basically forgotten behind this hop attack. there's some bread and biscuit malt holding things together, but it's at best a supporting actor in this beer. even with the harshness and hop dominance, the bitterness is really only around medium-high level - just about right for a beer of this size.

mouthfeel is good. should i put the enamel peeling character here? medium-large body with a nice drying hop finish. very fine medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. intense, but balanced. your teeth might fall out and you'd be inclined to fall over, but i think you could drink this one all night. good stuff.

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Photo of philbe311
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark murky copper color... Creamy, perfectly level batter-like tan head... Moderate retention... Once the head fades, here is a thin veil of lacing sitting atop with thick edges around the outside of the glass...

S - Terrific nose... It's no surprise that the hops dominate... Subdued citrus mixed with piney and floral notes... Mildly sweet...

T - Layers of hop complexity... They're both potent and subtle at the same time... Surprisingly strong and consistent malt base... The alcohol is noticeable as well, but it's not overpowering in unpleasant...

M - Medium to full bodied.... At first it's lush with a mild creaminess... After the initial sip, it turns thick, viscous, and syrupy... The heat from the alcohol coats the mouth... Very smooth... Only the slight tinge of carbonation...

D - A very sophisticated sipper... Excels in all categories... While reminiscent of the original Double Simcoe, this unfiltered bottle-condition version rises that bar and take the brew to an entirely different level... It's more assertive and more appealing in all categories... No complaints here...

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Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to GeoffFromSJ. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Anderson Valley snifter.

A - Cloudy brown color with a large off-white head.

S - Aroma is floral/citrusy simcoe hops, a bit muted compared to what I expected, with some yeast and caramel malt.

T - Nice caramel/toffeeish malt, yeast, and citrus/resin hops. Hop aroma/flavor seems to have faded a bit, possibly from age/heat.

M - Palate medium-full and fairly dry with lots of lingering hop bitterness on the finish.

D - Pretty good. I prefer regular Double Simcoe to this, but this is still very solid.

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Photo of atsprings
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of jampics2
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22 oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, monster 4+ inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Sweet fruity hops, orange, pineapple, grapefruit,some sugars, slight carmal malt aroma.

Taste - Grassy fruity hops with a alcohol and malt backbone. Has a somewhat oaked/smoked spice flavor. Hops are dominate at first until mouth adjusts, then the carmal malts come out. The finsh is malty but the hops add some sweetness and fruitness to add some bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed by the hops, then coated with malts. Palette is bittered, then sweetned by malts. Decent job working over mouth. Aftertaste is sweet, semi bitter and dry.

Overall - Really tasty, hoppy, and more malty then i expected. Regular double simcoe didnt blow me away if memory serves me but, i really enjoy this. Alcohol is a little high, and only comes out at the finish, so be careful with this 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to G311 for the brew...

A - Cloudy orangey-gold hue, big white head and lace.

S - There is a bitter tropical pungency in the nose, like the sap that comes out of mango when you pick it from the tree; a mixture of tropical-fruity and sappy-evergreen. The other usual suspects are hanging out in the background there too: grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, etc.

T - The taste is pretty much the olfactory extrapolated to the gustatory. Tropical-evergreen hoppiness abounds, with little malt assertion, perhaps a tiny bit of sweetness. The bitterness is quite heavy, though likely not as heavy as the standard Double Simcoe.

M - IPA. Quite good.

D - Overall this is quite an outstanding brew, as long as it is ultra-fresh. Too bad you have to research batch dates to determine that, because there is no freshness dating.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
1.4/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Oh dear God, why do I not learn from my mistakes? Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, deserving of an upper cut sack blast.

Monstrously billowy pour with more head than your run of the mill smut film. What's the deal with the carbonation here? Way out of place and not complimentary by any stretch.

Since the nose and smell are so similar, let's comment as such. Imagine huffing gasoline through a stale plantain laden hose. A little bit of Mobil grade 87 and a bit of Chiquita bananas set aflame and doused with an overly vigorous blanket of Belgian yeast. Oh, no!!!

Please don't make me drink anymore. The next sip goes straight to Davey Jones's locker.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep ruddy orange brown, with a huuuge pillowy tan head and sheets of lacing.

S-Classic simcoe hoppiness. Piney, sticky, resiny. Also some pineapple and mango notes for good measure. Oh, you want malt? We got some of that too.

T-Huge, deep, rich malt in the front and strongly bitter grapefruit in the back end. Pine sweetness is not as detectable as in the nose, but some booziness is there instead

M-Rich, sticky, lingering and heavy. Not a bad thing but your tongue will remember this beer.

D-Very fine indeed. Bursting with aromatics, strong flavor profile lasts and lasts. Yummy!

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.