Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

1,363 Reviews
Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using 100% Simcoe(R) Hops, a west coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc.

Added by yen157 on 05-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 1,363 | Ratings: 3,237
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 02/24/16

Pours hazy maroon dark red amber with a thick creamy off-white light khaki colored foam head. Smells like toffee, dark brown bread, blueberry, blackberry, red grapefruit, some orange citrus, apricot, passionfruit, with herbal earthy grass and bitter woody resinous pine. Tastes like juicy red grapefruit, dark berries, orange citrus, apricot, passionfruit, dark toffee malt, brown bread, with herbal earthy grass and bitter resinous woody pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice single hop DIPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Comes in with an orange glow, soft 2/3" white head. Simcoe didn't kick down much aromatics in the nose.

Taste had actually a lot of malt driven flavors, this wasn't as over the top Simcoe as I would have expected, brings some wood and sweetness from the caramel like malt notes.

Its good, but it drinks like a barleywine just as much as a dipa.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Holy shit this beer looks like a dirty ass fish and turtle tank--the floaters in this are gigantically chunky and disgustingly offensive. You might be expecting this in certain, really old Belgians, but not in an American DIPA.

Trying (very hard) to push that aside, Double Simcoe has a dark copper hue to it with a moderate sized, fluid beige head.

Smells like piney grapefruit candy, with biscuit, and a little dirty sock.

Caramel flavors pop up front, then grapefruit and orange rind come in after, with a very dry and astringent finish.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks @jzeilinger for the sweet tulip Weyerbacher glass and this brew. Poured slowly down the middle and got a one inch slight off white head, that leaves plenty of lace, the beer itself is dark orange.

Smell is tangerine, apricot, caramel, biscuit, pine, and grapefruit, a little week because it was bottled 12/02/15, but still inviting, just not what I'm sure it could be.

Taste follows tangerine, apricot, biscuit, and caramel upfront, with some pine and grapefruit in the finish, again fresher and this would probably have a little more bite.

Mouthfeel is on the large side, plenty of life, kind of creamy for a DIPA not complaining, just unusual, not dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is really nice, it has held up well, but the grades probably would have been higher fresher.

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Photo of AndreRus
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You think you know how unfiltered IPA looks like? Think again. Double Simcoe sets new standards for unfiltered beer with the junks of hops literally floating inside a glass. Smell is definitely uncharacteristic for a DIPA. Dark fruit on the nose. Teste is like combination of hops with the backbone from the Blithering Idiot. This one is definitely the one of it's kind!

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark golden, murky and opaque and as everyone else says it has floating sentiment. Like more than I've ever seen before. Aroma is fruity peach, barely hoppy and a damp earth --also a little woody. Complex and very pleasant.

Taste is juicy citrus which moves, through a great biscuit malt background, into an apricot and boozy and pleasantly bitter hoppy finish. IBU is reported as 90, it is there and consistent but doesn't kill you during or at the end. The citrus is pretty forward and the feel is juicy as well as carby.

Also, warming for sure. At 9% the booze is obvious. But not astringent considering it's 100% Simcoe and could do only one thing to a fault.

A DIPA that delivers with balance, a juicy arrogance and drinkability. Sip slowly and enjoy

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Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: A dark, hazy, amber color, with an off-white head that lingers. Lots of lace on the glass. Surprisingly a lot of sediment from the bottle.
S: Tropical fruits on the nose. Very pleasant.
T: Mango, papaya, and some breadiness, with a slight malt backbone.
F: Full bodied with no lingering bitterness or flavors.
O: Super drinkable; would never guess this is 9%.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Apple cider in color: No head; tons of sediment. Some glass soapiness.

Smell: Pine; citrus; floral notes

Taste: A little orange-juicy sweetness upfront the segues into heavy booze
and grapefruit bitterness.

Feel: Carbonated.

Overall: Interesting pour / experience. Not sure I'd want another, but was
happy to try.

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Photo of BeerMagistrate
2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Maybe these means I don't like simcoe hops?

Perhaps now I understand why they blend hops.

I just wasn't feeling this one. Nothing pleasant about. Tastes like a rookie brew, but I'm guessing that's a result of the simcoe.

I taste dead flowers, a little malt, nothing bright or fresh here.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saw this and had to try. Simcoe is my fav hop by far. Dark Amber, super vleasy you, snd looks awesome. Brownish head and string lacing. Great aroma. Aroma and taste are Pine, grassy and earthy. Drinks smooth and not stringent though good hitters are present.

Drink with ribeye, wild game, roasted vegetables and corn on the cob, no really.......

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like murky, rusty water. Has floaties.

Very fruity/tropical aroma.

Thin mouthfeel for a DIPA.
Nothing overpowering in the taste. Simple but good.
As others have said this is also a malty DIPA.

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Photo of aleigator
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin slighty yellow head, color of deep orange, amber.

Very fruity aromas, of peach, apricot, grapefruit and sweet grapes.

Taste is incredible refreshing, intense orange smack, thick honeyed citrus, hints of bread, some alcohol and finally a big load of simcoe hops. A big, bitter ending, which is very enjoyable, its got a nice complexity, coming from the sweetness at the beginning which vanishes into total bitterness at the end.

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Photo of bluehende
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice double that tends a bit toward the sweet side. A nice balanced double with a huge aroma that comes off a lot like brown sugga. Nice double if you do not want to be overcome with hops in a big dipa.

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Photo of JWU
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- a murky medium-dark amber/orange with a fluffy white head, that dissipated pretty quick. Funny that this is the filtered version, as there's still some particulates floating in there.

S- Big and dank. Pine, grapefruit, a bit of that onion/garlic/cat pee thing that Simcoe gives off. Malt it detectable as a mild caramel note.

T- I like Simcoe, therefore, I really like this beer. Dank, sticky and bitter. Pronounced citrus (mainly grapefruit and orange rind), pine, and a dank garlic/onion note. Some faintly detectable pineapple.

M- Slick and almost creamy for a big, dry finish DIPA.

O- On oldie, but goodie. Double Simcoe still stacks up very well against today's trendy DIPA's.

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Photo of hman43
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy light amber with orange tints.

Aromas of pine, and a bit of citrus.

Flavors of floral, pine and citrus.

Highly bitter on the palate.

Overall the combinations did not burst out with flavor like so many of Weyerbacher's products do. It simply wasn't one of the best I've had from them, but it was decent overall.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge ipa drinker but I will say this was a fantastic beer. They have a great tasting room. I visited a couple weeks ago and they really took care of my parents and I. Would definitely put this on draft at my bar.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Bottled 4 September 2015.
A: Pours ruddy amber, opaque but translucent, with some sediment, but no head. Beautiful.
S: Big and juicy, with a hint of caramelized sugar. This is a DIPA lover's dream. A touch dry and spicy.
T: Holy moly, this is so much better than it was on draft. It does have some of Simcoe's occasional savoriness -- the onion, the garlic -- but distantly, and it actually pairs well with the sweet malty backbone. Sadly though, the beer is a bit thin. Heavy on the lemon overtones, but the malt sort of sticks to the sides of the mouth without buttressing the maintaste.
O: A good DIPA, but not overwhelmingly good. I think it would be benefit massively from a dose of El Dorado or Mosaic.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's an almost disgusting amount of stuff floating around in this beer. Good for them for being original and fearless, but gross dudes, gross. That aside, it's a pretty good beer. Not fantastic, or superbly flavorful, but there is a really nice balance in this beer. Hoppy but hardly bitter at all, so that's nice. It's got a very mellow flavor, and is really smooth for the alcohol content. Some pine and flowery content, with the slightest hint of citrus, but nothing really stands out in this bottle. The only problem is that it's so easy to drink, I could easily have more than I should in no time (price not being a factor).

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Photo of Taybeh
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a single bottle (best by 11/1/2015) into a Spieglau IPA glass
a: little haze, amber copper with a 1 finger tight bubbly head that subsides into a little crown that stays with the beer the entire glass. Minimal lacing.
s: I like Simcoe, generally, and this doesn't disappoint. A little resin, some earthy flowery notes, and a good dose of tropical dankness.
t: follows the nose though it has a bit more light caramel and raisin bread malts to provide some balance and the piney resin kind of drops out; a surprising nice little spearmint kick at the end.
m: very smooth, hides the abv very well insofar as it doesn't feel heavy at all and there's no alcohol burn.

I'd do it again for sure. Good stuff and well made.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nice smoothe but strong beer.

I feel as though Weyerbacher's take on the Double is great. Its Simcoe hop flavoring gives it a very good welcome to the Double/Imperial genre if one is new to it, and it definitely leaves one wondering more about this genre of beer.

That this beer is sometimes available in semi-keg form, makes it one of the best gifts to a beer aficionado that one can give(beer-gift wise), and I think overall that this is a really satisfying American Double/Imperial.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy amber-orange with zero head. extremely heavy on big solid sediments. nose; rich resinous pine and floral citrus zest. simcoes are in full effect here. taste largely follows - massive dank pine, floral citrus and grass with some light pineapple sweets in the middle. easy on the malts, and the 9% is fairly tame surprisingly. perfectly carbonated. "unbalanced" comes to mind, but hop-heads are already out for extremes so this may fit the bill. i always like brews with single varietals to get a taste for them, and simcoe stars in the show here. i like it!

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

This is a big beer in many respects. High alcohol, rich flavor and floaties. Hits the mouth with almost a syrup-like quality. Dates and raisins come to mind, especially initially. Sweet backbone balances all that Simcoe. I don't know if it might be overkill to some, as it still comes across as sweet to me. Good beer overall.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured a cloudy amber/copper color with a huge, frothy, three-finger off-white head. Retention's really nice, lacing is spastic, spotty.
smell is of pine, passionfruit, pineapple, dankness, bready malt
taste is of bitter pine, earthiness, bread crust, some nuttiness. Malt is not quite balanced but still enough to close the gap from the hop bitterness. Really hides the 9% well. Not hot at all.
feel is medium-bodied, a little high on the carbonation. Fairly slick finish.
Overall, a nice bitter hoppy showing of the Simcoe hop variety.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reddish deep copper, decent white head. Nose of pine with some mango, and just a hint of cat. Taste is similar, quite piney and resinous. Body is medium with medium carbonation.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brownish orange color with a big cream colored head that leaves a lot of lacing. There are a ton of floaties in the beer as well. Smell is straight simcoe. Tropical, orange, pine, grassy and dank. Taste is great, very similar to the smell with a good deal of bitterness. Calling this beer balanced is a bit of a reach, but there is a good malt backbone to it. Medium body and slick mouthfeel, would never know this is 9%. Overall a very nice double IPA and one I will def be buying again

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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