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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: 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 gford217
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. First off, this one one was a slow gusher. It didn't come shooting out of the bottle, but the foam continued to ooze out the top for a good half hour.

Pours a hazy orangish brown with an enormous creamy white head that takes a few minutes to retreat to a clump of foam in the middle of a small cap. Lacing is excellent.

The aroma is full of pithy grapefruit, oranges and some thick resinous pine. The caramel malts are in the mix as well with a caramel sweetness to balance all the hops.

The taste is all about the sweet citrus blast up front, pineapples, oranges, maybe even some pears and peaches. The caramel malt is much bigger than I expected and makes for a fairly balanced taste.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and incredibly smooth, just coating the mouth with the sweet and slightly bitter hop presence.

I don't know if it's quite as good as the unfiltered but it's pretty damn close. It's got tons of hops, tons of malts and still remains very drinkable. Excellent.

Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours hazy bronze with a filmy white head. Bright tropical simcoe aroma with lots of citrus and some obvious yeastiness. Flavor is dry, resinous, and herbal. Very little sweetness, from either the hops or the malt. Dry and bitter finish.

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of popery
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Deliciously dry, yeasty and full of Simcoe goodness.

This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color in the shade, which shows up more like a bright tangelo in direct light. The head blooms up quickly in a giant mass of foamy bubbles, almost like a nitro head. Great looking stuff. The aroma is a bit restrained in hoppiness with a much bigger yeast presence than most DIPAs. The hop notes are still quite nice - the nearly perfect Simcoe blend of flowers, pine and citrus - but really bloom when you take a sip. The flavor is a wonderful yeasty hoppy sweetness that finishes dry. As good as the hops are in this beer, it probably has my favorite malt presence in a DIPA. It's not too sweet and mainly serves to hold up the hops, but there's still depth and complexity. The hops coat the mouth in resiny goodness and give a good bitter bite. The yeast is also very pleasant and provides another positive note. Great beer.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged, poured into a snifter

A pretty, hazy amber body with a fluffy, light tan cap. The cap stuck around forever and left gobs of sticky lace all over the inside of the snifter.

Huge grapefruit/pineapple/mango hop aroma penetrates the air. It is so pungent, someone sitting 7ft away from me outside commented on it. Sticky resiny notes as well with a hearty dose of caramel malt.

Absolutely beautiful. This is what a dipa should taste like. Heavy spruce and pine with ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, and sweet mango. They were pretty heavy handed with the sweet, sticky caramel, but the bitterness just plain overpowers. Not for the faint at heart.

Big, full body with a chewy smoothness that is really hard to describe. All I know is that it leaves a big, bitter trail in its wake.

Given the style, the abv and the bitterness, this one nears perfection in drinkability. Easily quaffable, but very potent. I probably drank this one a little too fast, but it was just so damn delicious.

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

A: Cloudy and rusty orange, fluffy and crisp white head, great retention and lacing

S: Citrus and piney hops... grapefruit. Floral. Sweet biscuity malt. Small hints of grass and yeast.

T: Sweet, burnt brown sugar immidiately followed by pungent bitter grapefruit and pine flavors. Some floral, grassy and yeast notes. Bitter and malty finish. Great balance with emphasis on hops, nothing overpowers.

M: Medium bodied, great bottle conditiond carbonation. Dry finnish.

D: Great balance. Hop bombs can be complex and balanced!

Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to marcpal for rushing a couple of bombers of this highly anticipated brew to MN. Marc sent me my first taste of Double Simcoe which led to a serious addiction & he knew I needed to have this. Salut, my friend!

Split the bomber with my Double Simcoe-loving wife. As expected, this is orange & opaque, with some floaties, even leaving a finger of mush & beer in the bottle. Carbonation is well evident. Just sniffing the cork almost sends me into circle-spinning, arms-waving ecstasy. Damn. If that smell isn't Angel's piss, I don't know what is.

Taste meets the promise of the smell. The hop spruce hits the tongue like liquid wood sap, & the unfiltered yeast is close behind, leaving a weird earthy residue on the tongue, tonsils, & lower intestines. Luckily, it's a welcome guest. I suspect there's malt in there somewhere. Don't need to taste it. Don't care.

Carbonation is a titch high, which mars the absolute perfection of the beer (geez I'm hard to please) & bubbles in the mouth a touch. The alcohol is absent, but can be felt in the head & reasoning centers of the brain. A third of the way through my half of the bomber, & I'm surprised I can still feel my taste buds - the hops haven't lost their lash. I thought they'd be toast by now.

Fantastic beer. I don't know if it's an improvement on the original, which was nearly perfect, but takes it in a new direction that's just as tasty. Highly recommended.

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

a: snifter serving, fantastic looking beer - a hazed, deep orange-amber in color, topped with a full two-finger khaki head that lingers to the end

s: big pine and caramel malt nose, pulpy hop tea, perhaps some soft yeasty character, very nice

m: soft, medium carbonation over a medium body - full and creamy

t: caramel malt body supports waves of pulpy pine hop flavor, sugars clean up gradually and move to a full bitterness, a nice dipa without anything exceptionally complex or striking

d: easily consumed the entire bottle over the course of a homebrewing session

750 from Arrowine in Arlington, VA

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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

257th review on BA
C/C 750 ML
bottle to tulip

Thanks ATPete for this one.

App- I hate to use this phrase but again its very similar to the color of the bottle. A giant 3 finger head would just not go away. The lacing was quite nice as well.

Smell- To my senses it was quite aromatic, Im assuming due to the unfiltered aspect. I could be wrong. Very hoppy of course but has a balanced earthy, small citrus aroma as well.

Taste- Big, spicy, hoppy and just a BIG flavorful beer. The profile is just different but tastes quite good. It's palatable but assertive with flavors.

Mouth- A nice bigger medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. This beer retained a certain moistness on the tounge. Left me with a nice soft spice note on the finish.

Drink- A very nice DIPA. Goes against what I normally like with a more earthy spicy DIPA. This was very good. I am curious if the regular Double Simcoe has a different profile than this one being filtered. This was a big, tasty beer but don't think I could do two in a sitting.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big pop from the cork.

A-Pours dark amber with a gigantic dense head.

S-More balanced than expected. Very piney hops collide with sweet malts. Citrus hops are also quite evident.

T-Strong flavor. Pine and citrus hops with big malt. Hop foward without the super bitter finish. Somewhat roasty in the end as well.

M-Sticky and resiny.

D-Great taste and quite drinkable.

Not sure if I like the unfiltered better than the other one. I'm a big fan of the booming cork pop at the beginning however.

Photo of tpd975
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Too many trades I have no idea who sent it but thanks.

A: Pours a nice cloudy orange type hue. Nice solid two finger head with huge thick chunky sheets of lace.

S: Wonderful aromas. Lots of hops here. Mostly citrus, but there is a bit of sweet pine. The malt backbone is there to add balance.

T: Wondeful canided malt up front. A nice blend of caramel and brown sugar sweetenss. By the middle th hops have pushed forward. Nice bittereness. Tons of citrus, but there are ample amounts of pine and earthy grassy hops as well.

M: Medium in body. Great carbonation. More people need to bottle condition IPA's. I am happy to say the local guys Cigar City did it. Glad Weyerbacher did as well.

T: Great. Enjoyed this one all alone. Wonderful taste keeps you coming back for more until the bottle is empty.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of hopdog
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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.

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

Poured into a snifter. Picked a case of this up at a place called Westy's in Camp Hill PA. Case says, "freshest by 10/10/2010."

5.0 A: Hazy deep amber color. Three fingers of foamy, but creamy light tan head. The retention could not be better. It refuses to budge at all. Lots of lacing is left behind. Quite a looker.

4.0 S: Floral hops up front with lots of fruitiness including pineapple and grapefruit. There's also a good bit of pine. The unfiltered version lends an earthy yeastiness not found in the original. Nice caramel sweetness to give some balance and a touch of toastiness as well.

4.0 T: Seems a bit more boozy than the original, which is strange. Malts shine as much as the hops. Plenty of sweetness from crystal malts and again a roastiness. Hops give a nice bitter backbone with resiny pine and grapefruit as the dominant flavors. The unfiltered lends a muddled earthiness not found in the filtered version.

4.5 M: Heavy medium body. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but otherwise fine. Mouthfeel is very nice with a thick creaminess. Warming alcohol on finish.

4.0 D: Tasty brew. Not much better than the original, even though this is going to get a higher score. Still, very nice and great from time to time. Hopefully Weyerbacher will do this again.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of scottfrie
2.55/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle split three ways. Poured into NB snifter. Best before 01/27/11. Huge thanks to StormKing47 for the extra!

A: Pours a very dark, hazy, raisin colored amber with extremely active billowing light tan head that foamed up in the glass before taking its time to fade into a thin bubbly film that left spots of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of pine, grass, and everything nature. There is a whiff of alcohol on the nose as well. There is a layer of citrus as well.
T: Blast of alcohol almost overpowers the flavor, but the dominant flavor is definitely of simcoe hops (duh). Hop flavors are leafy, earthy, and herbal, with notes of honey and tea in the finish. Aftertaste minty but astringent and warm.
M: I'm not loving how this sits in my mouth. It's boozy, which isn't usually a problem, but combined with the crazy carbonation and bitterness this is becoming a chore to drink.
D: We left the last couple inches in the bottle when we drank this, and when we poured it into an empty glass it looked like chocolate milk. They weren't kidding when they said unfiltered! Probably much better fresh.

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

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