Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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: 3,236
Photo of crnipeter
1.56/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours murky reddish coppery with quarter of an inch thin beige head that dissipates.

Nose is a bit rough exhibiting depressed apricot-like and woodsy hops being overshadowed by
dominant ALCOHOL which is inexcusable for a brew with copious dry hopage, indicated by murky appearance. The fruity aspect of the forementioned apricot is nicely supplemented by excessive caramel malt character, though. Flavor of the medium bodied beer with hot burning alcohol taking the center stage more or less imitates the aroma . Bitterness is not overly harsh and lasts into aftertaste.

The review of this alky IIPA imitation is short as was the drinking experience interrupted only by drain pour. I understand the beer might be old with diminished hop-qualities but the obnoxious alcohol revealing poor brewing skills cannot be ignored (330 ml into tulip, no Bottling date (what else)).

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Photo of Cobrito
2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A--Cloudy, unusually dark amber. Already unorthodox for the style. Will it be a good or a bad thing?

S--Fine, but blast of simcoe as one would expect is not forthcoming.

T--A sweet malt and fruit bomb. How can they call these things IPAs?

M--Malt milkshake. No thank you.

O--Should be a testament to the complexities of Simcoe. Instead it's a fruit bomb. Down the drain it went, little lamented.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.45/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A= pours a hazy deep amber color. Pushing what I would call brown. The head is minimal just a thin skin on top of the beer. No lacing is there and there isn't even much retention on the skin of a head. Somewhat dissapointing.

S= Piney hops. Not nearly as pungent as most IPAs I stick my nose into. I get a little citrus but other than a little hops there isn't much to smell from this beer.

T= The taste is different I guess. Still not impressed with this beer. Tastes hoppy sure but there is also a little bit of a glass taste to it. I would describe it as a minerally taste I guess. The hops that are highlighted aren't the best tasting hops in my opinion. Sort of old tasting. Bitter and piney but not nearly juicy and fresh enough tasting. Minerally as hell.

M= Low carbonation. really low carbonation. Slick and coating. Not bad at all I actually prefer a lower carbed IPA.

D= Not that great. Taste and smell aren't very good. Not a great beer and I'm not sure why it recieves so much praise.

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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 Hautacam
2.59/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy amber , with a tan head that foams up and laces.
Smells very piney with a hint of metal.
Tastes very sweet..intensely hoppy...citrusy mostly; bitter and alcoholic. There is a funny spearmint-menthol taste that is putting me off a bit and a little metallic bite in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is pretty cloying and syrupy.Carbonation low.
I got through a bomber of this , hoping I'd like it more as it warmed and my tastebuds got numbed by the hops....but just not thinking that I'll buy this one again.
Too bad ...I like just about everything these guys brew.

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Photo of scott
2.65/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


Medium, quick to fade head crowning a deep copper, thick-bodied offering. The carbonation is fighting its way to the top.
Pleasant & robust nose of floral citrus. Bitter from the get-go, this ends pretty harsh, and slightly hot. Syrupy, and not particularly easy drinking; this is a sipping man's DIPA. I don't feel as I can define this as well balanced, as I wish this had something more than bitter & cloying going on.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: 750ml, Hyvee in Omaha, NE
Date: Bottled in late January 2012, if I'm reading the label correctly
Glass: Tulip

The idea is excellent: use copious amounts of what's generally considered one of the tastiest, fruitiest, most complex hops available. Unfortunately, the beer seems to suffer from what I've noticed to be a common problem in Weyerbacher's beers: unrestrained, obvious ethanol in aroma, taste, and feel. This becomes particularly acute in the taste, and generally lends to the belief (for me) that the beer either ages terribly (ten months is certainly a long time for a DIPA, but should it have this severe of consequences?), is poorly brewed, or some mixture of both. The only way to really tell is to visit the brewery or find a particularly fresh bottle, but I don't really envision myself seeking this opportunity out.

Pours a substantial 2cm head of tan foam that has above average retention. Gradually, the head fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass, leaving modest lacing along the edges of the glass, a few dots and lines scattered haphazardly about. The body is a hazy, dark brown color with reddish tints. Light brings out orange and red tones from within the otherwise brown body coloration. Carbonation is visible through the murky body, and it appears fairly active.

Aroma is of subdued grapefruit and musty orange, which bespeaks the Simcoe hops used in the hopping and dry hopping of the beer. Unfortunately, these aromas are sitting atop not a caramel-sweet malt character, but easily noticeable ethanol. The alcohol isn't piercing, but it's obvious, which detracts from the hops and any malts used to balance things out.

As a few others have noted, this is a fairly hot mess of ethanol with hops and malts making up the balance: I don't know why others aren't tasting it. Opens with expected, though perhaps not as intense as expected, grapefruit and orange rind hop flavors, with a bit of medium-dark (caramel) malt sweetness in the background. Mid-palate is where the ethanol sharply bleeds into the grapefruit and orange-rind hops, also reducing the maltiness that would otherwise be evident. Back of the palate finds hop bitterness alongside ethanol flavors, and a bit of medium-dark malt character. Aftertaste is expectedly bitter, with lingering malt character and ethanol as well.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in weight, with medium intensity carbonation, that lends to a slightly fizzy, but overall acceptable feel for a double IPA. The ethanol is what hurts here, easily felt alcohol burn across the tongue and throat, and felt in the nostrils. Finishes fairly dry, as one would expect from the hop and ethanol content.

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Photo of JondaRam
2.72/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Light amber brown. Cloudy. This was a 12oz bottle which I didn't think was bottle conditioned, but theres lots of particulates floating around like it was.

S - Fresh hops, sweet malt/alcohol, some toast/nut

T - Bitter, muddy unattractive hops. Alcohol. Long, pleasant bitter finish.

M - Medium to medium-full, cleaned up in the end by the bitterness. Good, strong carbonation.

D - Had to struggle through this for long enough that by the end it was reduced to a warm bitter vodka tasting drink.

Not at all a good example of a DIPA in my opinion. I didn't think there could be such a muddled hop flavor in a single-hop beer. Alcohol was way too forward. I'd take a sip of this again if someone else was drinking it to see if I got a stale bottle, but wouldn't spend my money on it or recommend anyone to buy it.

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Photo of Talisker
2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A fascinating exploration of the Simcoe hop, and absolutely worth trying, but I can't see arguing for this as a cohesive beer worth returning to.

Pours a deep orangish red. Lots of light tan head, and a very persistent set of lacing rings. Smells like a freshpine tree with some grapefruits in it, some sweet malt in the nose. The taste is perfectly integrated - burning piney hops down my throat, not quite balanced by a too-sweet malt. Not sure if a drier or breadier malt would hold up to this firey hop attack, but the sweetness doesn't seem to fit. Texture is clean enough, not as syrupy as most other DIPAs. But the edgey burning hops hang around far longer than any syrup could. I can't imagine anyone's palate holding up to even a pint of this - I certainly won't be going back for seconds.

The score doesn't capture how *interesting* and overpowering this beer is, but rather my impression of how it holds up as a cohesive drink. Burning hops from top to bottom.

I think it's an object lesson in how more is not necessarily better, but I'm happy to get such a clean picture of what the Simcoe hop does.

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Photo of kellyej
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

I found this beer to be poorly balanced and the unrefined hop-usage left a taste in my mouth that reminded me of hairspray on a hot curling iron...

It pours from draft a hazy dark amber color with a brownish foamy head. The nose is heavy with pine and leaves behind a dry (almost astringent) mouthfeel. The taste is overwhelmingly bitter pine along with the weird off-note I already mentioned.

As an IPA fan I was pretty disappointed with the Double Simcoe, but other hop-heads may enjoy. With the high ABV it might be interesting to cellar this beer for a bit to see if it mellows out...

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Photo of rangerred
2.82/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy dark brownish-orange with a thin soapy head. No head retention and barely any lacing.

Aroma is unmistakably simcoe; smells like a litterbox. Not repulsive but it is really hard to detect any malt whatsoever. PIny hops with a little bit of citrus.

Same piny flavor right away on the taste. Also extreme sweetness. Just a tiny bit of caramel malt underneath but the hops overwhelm. Bitterness is high but overshadowed by the sweetness. Finish is very sticky with hop flavor lingering.

Overall, a very one-dimensional IIPA and way too sweet. I know these beers are supposed to be over the top but I still expect some sort of balance between malt and hops. This is just a sugar bomb with some hops thrown in. Not something I will pick up again.

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Photo of Beauregard
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not going to lie. I love Weyerbacher, I love Simcoe hops, and I love DIPAs, but this beer was way out of whack. Aroma was a strong hoppiness, but did not forewarn of what was ahead. The flavor/mouthfeel combination (I do not lie) reminds me of earwax. Something is wrong here. It's not the IBUs, it's not the abv, but something is awry, and I don't like it. Again, I love Simcoe hops, (check out the Dreadnaught for a wonderful example), and I've made some wonderful homebrew with them. There is just something terribly unbalanced about this beer that I can't quite put my finger on. Check out the far superior Weyerbacher 11 if you like a strong but delicious malt/hop balance.

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Photo of callmescraps
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this last year and absolutely loved it. Having it again, this time far more sober. We'll see if it stands up under the light of day.

Appearance- Deep ochre color. Very cloudy. Half inch of very creamy head. The yeasty cloudiness is not a favorite, although the head is very rich. Laces great. Overall pretty good.

Smell- Very earthy and grassy. Sort of a dank pot-ness. A little maltiness. Lots of pine sap.

Taste- Starts sweet. Plenty of pine sap. Followed by that dank herbal hop flavor. There's a hint of the citrus. Almost some toffee. Too damn sweet and herbal. Very astringent and bitter on the finish. The booze really comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel- Very syrupy. Quite thick. Needs more carbonation.

Drinkability- One and done. I bought a four-pack based on the last experience. Sigh.

Big disappointment. Either this is way passed its prime (I don't think so, I got it from a place I used to work at) or I totally misremembered it. Considering I was hammered last time I had it, I'm wagering that's what happened. Oh well, now I wont bother regretting being unable to get it in SoCal.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.86/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Nice dark orange in color with 1/2 inch off white head and ok retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Typical candy sweetness nose from the simcoe hops with some caramel and toffee

Taste: This has to be the most unique IPA I have ever had. It has a funky orange candy flavor. There is some alcohol presence. Not good

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and a bit sticky on the finish

Overall: Not what I'm looking for in a IPA

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Photo of Katahdin
2.86/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very hoppy beer it pours a dark gold/orange in colr witha noticeable lack of a head. With every siip you can taste the high hoppiness of the style. The bitterness of the hops taste lingered in the mouth making it difficult to enjoy any other style of beer. Really had to fight to drink it because the floral nature of the hops really fights hard.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy amber color with an off white head that sits about a finger high. Settles down leaving sticky lace.

Really dry grapefruit aroma with a little bit of a metallic aroma to this. THe taste is a little bit doughy with a bit of a grapefruit flavor profile. Not sure the balance is really exactly what it needs to be; a bit to malty on this with not enough hops to back this up.

The feel is a fair enough, good carbonation. Nice light body. This is a little sticky though. Overall I remember liking this one a lot more when I first got into beer drinking. I was hoping it would stand the test of time for me but not quite. In the end, not a terrible beer but I'll take other DIPAs over this.

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Photo of Holland
2.89/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured an amber orange color - very hazy. Good one finger head when i got it, and it left some lacing on the sides.

S: pine, bitterness, and something musty

T: tastes very bitter, and I don't get the citrus notes at all. I taste earthiness instead, which is fine. A little bit of malts round it out, but I don't get the caramel malt I expected from the color. Now that I think about it I didn't smell the caramel malt either.

M: medium bodied, but very crisp. The bitterness is accentuated by the carbonation. Nice.

O: It's okay - I paid $4 for a 12 oz pour at Tipples in Gainesville. I would never buy it again, but it's drinkable. It's not very complex (one hop, of course) and I'm totally unimpressed.

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Photo of beckje01
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Honey color with lots of thick head.

S- Semi sweet fruity hops in the nose. Pretty good.

T- Dull hops some sweetness, with a slight soapy aftertaste. It's ok for a DIPA but not great.

M- Smooth texture with no activity

D- A sipper it's ok just not loving it.

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Photo of pinyin
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Had this on draft at Floods, about 25 miles from the actual brewery.

Floods is notorious for not cleaning or changing their tap lines, so perhaps this may have contributed to the foul, contaminated taste.

I know the keg wasn't sour because it's a direct distribution, and the temperatures outside are below freezing.

Heard a lot of locals rave about this DIPA, but it was pretty awful.

Weyerbacher, perhaps it wasn't your fault, but retail establishments selling your product are contaminating it.

Not the first time I've experienced contaminated beer at Flood's. They just don't seem to know how to, or care enough to manage their lines and barrel's.

They purchase all of their stock from Cascario's in Pen Argyl.

I will purchase a 4 pack of this next time I see in the supermarket and revise this review.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA...from the Big Beers Variety pack.

Appearance-deep intense orange, active head that floods up, lots of carbonation, really fills up the glass.

Smell-hops, hops, hops, Simcoe aroma is intense, not really getting much else.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hop rashness, this beer is indeed one-sided. Not alot of malt flavoring, could use some more balance, I always thought I liked lots of hops, but wow. Just seems one dimensional though the flavor really isn't that bad.

Drinkability-too intense to really enjoy although you will be paying attention.

Overall-an interesting brew but not only that I really enjoyed, I found it rash and unbalanced, and I consider myself a hophead.

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Photo of danieelol
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris @ Slowbeer

Appearance is barleywine-red. Decent head/lacing.

Smell is loads of barleywine honey-malt, melon and marzipan. Alcohol, lots of it.

Taste is melony malt. Can detect sweetness but hop bitterness and alcohol wins out.

Again, the palate on this is just not that pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium and astringent.

While the IPA was too bitter, this is too English, and alcoholic. Another disappointment.

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Photo of kbm
2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber with a good head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Piney hops with out of control diacetyl. Turning me off.

Taste: Piney hops with a significant malt backbone. The diacetyl is killing me in the after taste. All I am tasting is the butteriness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate and pleasant carbonation with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Despite the diacetyl problems, I can take down a bottle in ten minutes in no time.

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Photo of zoolzoo
2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a thick looking dark amber color. Two finger frothy head which was retained quite well.

S: All I can really get out of the nose is pine and alcohol. If you sample this and dont smell the alcohol, let it warm up a bit. Not very interesting, but pretty strong.

T: Really big bitter hops up front, my first taste was almost mouth puckering. The residual bitterness from the start lasts throughout the whole sip. Im not tasting much citrus here as others have suggested, bitter hops seem to dominate. Im getting more malt (and alcohol) out of this as it warms, but I wouldnt call this balanced (though I doubt balance was Weyerbacher's intention with this one).

M: This is probably one of the heaviest IPA/DIPAs that I have had so far. Mouthfeel is quite thick, if you swish it around in your mouth its almost like a syrup.

D: This beer is heavy, bitter, and unbalanced...additionally, at 9% its even less drinkable. Its not that bad of a DIPA but 6 - 12 oz of this is enough for me.

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Photo of mmopt
2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured for a huge pillow layer of head, medium pour. Smell of slight pine and citrice. Taste has a slight sweetness but overall the bitterness dominates. A sipper for sure, and although others said it could be session beer, this is a huge IPA and probably just not my style, a good beer overall.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was not a big fan of this one. I had this at the foodery in Philly and I found the orange/hazy appearance nice with a great looking head. But the aroma was kind of 'off' and 'alcoholic' for my liking. The taste was very cloyingly sweet and boozy for me as well. Mouthfeel was actually very creamy and nice, but the drinkability was somewhat killed by the off putting aroma and taste! not horrible, but certainly not one of my personal favorites either!

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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