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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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber that is greatly drinkable. Just hops, and nicely malted but still on the bitter side. Must be enjoyed on its own, with another IPA would not be as much of a standout. A good IPA and not overdone double. Lace in glass, and good colour and head. Hoppy aroma, and nothing but.Had on tap a few months later and it was about the same.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 Finger head with lots of lacing on a reddish amber cloudy body. The aroma is excellent with lots of hops and citrus with a nice pine note. Very flavorful with a strong bubble gum note with lots of hops, citrus and pine. Very complex overall for what seems like a single hop IPA. I wonder if others are added as well. Medium body and moderate carbonation with a sharp finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fantastic double ipa for the bitter hop people. this is one bitter bastard. it pours a hazy bronze color with a prominent white head more than two inches tall. there are huge chunks of yeast floating around, bigger globs than i think ive ever seen, but the beer still looks very inviting. the nose is real bitter hops, oily and up front, with subtle fruity notes from the yeast in there as well. flavor is true to the smell, with the pungent hop character taking full control. there is also a bit of an alcohol burn on the back end, which combined with the hop bitterness makes this beer a real firebreather. green veggies and intense hops throughout. great mouthfeel too, with bright carbonation and a hefty medium body. its very soothing going down, and this is a 4 pack i could happily consume in an evening. overall a distinctively hopped double ipa, worthy of its excellent ratings.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 12oz bottle in a trade recently. It pours a dark orange color that has plenty of offwhite head on top. Decent lacing, moderate retention.

Smell is mostly of simcoe hops. Kinda sweet both from malt and from hops. Moderately piney with an interesting grapefruit mix. Thats simcoe for you.

The taste is great. All simcoe hop flavor with some caramel malt behind it. Stone's 11th anniversary beer got me into simcoe and now I can't get enough of it.

Body is medium and very carbonated. Amazingly drinkable. This one is up there with the Maharaja from Avery and the 10th Anniversary from Stone.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is earthy and very hoppy in the sense of what this beer is.Tthe color is muddy golden looking. Not the most appealing color but once you taste it you'll see it's good. This beer goes through different stages it seems like at first it's hoppy and juicy, then it because more dry as you drink it. The flavor is unique amongst other IPA's. The head on the glass is great too, the lacing is very sticky. This is one of Weyerbacher's pride and joys. This one should be around for quite some time.

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Photo of nmann08
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, cloud dark golden orange. Minimal carbonation.

Smell is piney hops, resin, a little sweet from the malts. Raisins. Not in your face.

Taste is piney, a little bitter up front, light citrus notes. Spicy, grapefruit. Finishes well balanced and a little sweet.

Mouth feel is great for 9%. The carbonation is a little light.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color and has a thin beige head.
S: It has light aromas of citrusy and piney hops.
T: Like the smell, the hop flavors really dominate the overall taste yet there are also notes of sweetness from the caramel malts. The bitterness from the hops is strong, but not that overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and a bit oily. There is dryness in the finish.
D: There's no way you could drink more than one of these in a single sitting but it is a good sipper.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious and aggressive IPA that shares some finess malty notes of sweetness and body with resiny hop flavor and bitterness that coexist well in the same glass.

Double Simcoe pours with a rusty haze of deep amber- could very well be an Amber Ale. A dense off white head adorns the beer with solid retention and lacing. Darker than most, but the beer has the look of good IPA's.

Strong scents of pine resins, fresh grasses and herbs, and a sharper onion-like note all make a presence in nose. But not to be outdone are the hearty malts that give a sweeter, breadier scent of caramel, richly kilned barley, and bread crust. Crisp citrus rinds emit as the beer warms, along with a formitable alcohol presence.

Those hearty malts make an early impact in taste as well. Delicious caramel flavor carries only moderate sweetness that resides in the distance and allows the hops to garner attention. The citrusy pith flavor of grapefruit and oranges seem to pull flavors of apricot and pineapple from the malt sweetness and yeasty esters for a delicious blend of zesty fruits and thinly sweet malts. And as the beer turns toward finish, the more piney, resiny, grassy, and herbal-vegital hop notes take the hops from fruity flavored to intese bitterness. Again, a moderate amount of bitter alcohol flavor accents hop derived bitterness late.

The thin sweetness of the beer starts the mouthfeel with a richer and more verbose texture of creaminess. But the sweetness of malts remain malty but low on the unresolved sugars that keep most beers from drying. But the beer releases the malt body at mid palate, in favor of hop dryness, fleeting malt weight, and alcoholic warmth. Though not as dry as many IPA's, the malt character carries the beer through a malty-dry finish and a citrusy bite into the next sip.

A beautiful beer that uses a thin caramel taste and a note of powdered sugar that supports the hop flavor and bitterness without weighing heavy on the palate. This is the key to this beer's sucess and is welcome in my glass any day. The Simcoe hops don't have the strong onion, garlic, or canabus character in which it's famed or blamed.

Thanks BigBlueBeerGuy!

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Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium copper color with a frothy head that never quits and leaves lots of splashy lacing; even after the pint glass is drained, the head remains almost half an inch thick - astounding

Smell: Incredibly piney but there is also some lemon, pineapple and apricot and a touch of mint

Taste: Starts out with a dominating piney hop profile that overwhelms the malt; after the swallow, there is a tremendous bitterness at the back of the tongue and, surprisingly, a touch of grapefruit sweetness peeks through on the tip of the tongue while its fruity bitterness spreads around the sides and rear; the alcohol is not well-hidden and makes a bit of a solvent and warming appearance

Mouthfeel: Rich and syrupy with moderate carbonation

Drikability: This is one big beer with a lot of flavor; it is not the easiest beer to drink however, as the piney resins and alcohol are a bit overwhelming

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Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-amber in color with significant hop haze. The head is unusually thick and frothy, looking almost like a nitro head. Very solid retention.

Smell - A big ripe grapefruit-like hop aroma jumps out as soon as I put my nose near the glass. Doughy, slightly estery malts bring to mind peaches and custard. Nicely balanced, leaning a bit more toward the hoppy side.

Taste & mouthfeel - Bready and fairly dry. Subtle fruity esters mix with citrusy flavors of grapefruit and lemon. The malt foundation is pretty big, but not big enough to balance the huge hop flavor. Bittering hops are strong in the finish, bordering on excessive, but never quite reaching the level of being downright astringent.

Notes - Enjoyable stuff, but not my favorite kind of DIPA. The intense bitterness takes its toll on the palate after a while, leading to a quick fatigue. That being said, it was an enjoyable 12 oz and I'd definitely try it again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber-orange into a pilsner glass. Nice head retention, head looks fluffy and sticky. Tiny bubbles float languidly upward.

Smell is slightly sweet, butterscotch hops, similar to a barleywine without the booziness. Perfumy and floral, maybe a touch medicinal.

Taste is mellow at first, malty, then the hops creep up to moderate levels, and become medicinal and strong in the finish. Balanced, not overdone on the hopping. Grapefruit in the aftertaste, and little indication of the ABV.

Full, velvety in mouthfeel, very nice to sip and ponder it. Very drinkable, but one to watch due to it's deceptively hidden 9% ABV.

Thanks to markgugs for the trade!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is pretty intense and covers the malt. Taste is also dominated by huge fresh citrus hops. Malt is certainly present but hard to taste with all the hops in there. Body is above average and beer is not over filtrated. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, while this IIPA is very enjoyable, a better balance between malt and hops would have provided more enjoyment on my part.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber-copper color with a pretty solid off white head. The nose brings forward a large amount of citrus rind as well as some resinous pine. There is a slight amount of caramel malt in the background. The taste is quite bitter with some nice citrus and pine notes. Grapefruit and orange seem to be the most dominant. Mouthfeel is dry with a bit of booze. Overall, this drinks fairly well, but there's something that doesn't come all the way together for me in the end.

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into great lakes snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of off white head. Color is a dark burnt orange copper. Decent retention with light splattered lace.

Aroma: Pine and floral hops. Big hop profile. No malts showing. Big citrus kick. Grapefruit and orange.

Taste: Big hop resin feel to it. Juicy floral hops. Grapefruit citrus and orange peel. Some malts show here and they really bring this dipa down. As it warms the hops develop a weedy characteristic to them.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very sweet with hop flavors. Sticky as well.

Overall, a decent brew, but nothing extraordinary. I had higher expectations for this one. Another Weyerbacher sipper for me.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big mango, pineapple, orange, apricot, grapefruit, herbal, caramel, light pine, and earthy spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big orange zest, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, pine, floral, caramel, tangerine, grass, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruit, caramel, pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hop flavor complexity(Simcoe rules); with a fantastic balance of malt sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Very smooth and easy to sip on for 9%. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth. Really great stuff.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of off-white head that exhibits good retention and thick lace. The body is amber brown and slightly hazy.

S - Musty, spicy hops. Lots of pine and a bit of grapefruit; very much like sniffing hop pellets. Some toast and caramel malt in the background as well.

T - Pine hops with some sweaty, spicy notes and moderate bitterness. Malt sweetness begins to counter in the middle with rising alcohol warmth. The finish is quite spicy, from both hops and alcohol, with malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness competing for dominance into the finish.

M - Thick, creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish with a hint of astringency.

D - Pretty drinkable considering the level of hopping and the alcohol. There is a lot of hop intensity here, but not a lot of complexity. The aroma is quite a bit better than the flavor. I am impressed that this is able to come off as balanced as it is while leaving a lingering spicy bitterness and the distinct impression that the hops are in charge. A pretty nice DIPA overall, though the hop flavor could use a little more variety and a somewhat more rounded, less astringent, bitterness.

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Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Dale aka hoppedup for sending this and many other gems from NC,poured deep orange infused copper with a big blooming slight off white head that settled ever so slowly leaving globs of lace behind.Oh man the aromas pine,pine and more pine with underlying grassiness and grapefruit rind its almost all hops with a small dose of caramel malt base but like I said its small.The big piney notes samck your palate and lets them know who in charge,a hop lovers dream here very piney and resiny I notice a tangerine-like flavor in a long lingering finish,there is a touch of sweetness and breadiness to let you know there is a pretty hefty malt base but the hops steal the show and what a show it is.The alcohol creeps but is pretty much in check,a damn fine DIPA and to me is true to form,unbelievably I cant get in the Buffalo area I wish I had more.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A fluffy semi thick 2 finger head rises up and fades slowly over semi hazy darker reddish orange brown colored beer.

N: Lots of earthy and heavy hops. Definite Simcoe hops. Some sweetness and a malty backbone with a touch of booze as well. The hops have some citrus, a little pine, some tropical fruit, sweet fluffy hop aroma, and even a slight apricot.

T: Starts with a malty backbone actually, some sweetness, toasty malts, and touch of warming booze. WIth that comes some hops, some bitterness but not too heavy, earthy hops, a little spicy hop addition, chewy hops quite a bit, and some sweet almost nougat like hop flavors. I also get a slight plastic-y-like flavor from the Simcoe hops that I seem to get sometimes. More fruits, a little apricot, touch of tropical fruit, and fluffy sweet hop favors too.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter, but not overwhelming. It actually gets more and more bitter as it goes, both from the hops adding and from the long bitter finish. It gets pretty dry on the finish which accentuates the bitterness as well. Some spicy and piny hops, a little fruity hop flavor, and more of that fluffy nougat like hop flavor too. Pretty spicy on the long finish as well, partly from the hops and bitterness, partly from the dryness, and somewhat from the booze.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


The Double Simcoe pours a very deep amber with a reddish cast and orange highlights. The creamy tan head has remarkable staying power and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

The nose is loaded with pungent, fruity, grassy, and piney Simcoe hops!

It's creamy and silky-smooth in the mouth with a dextrinous medium-full body and moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

The flavor delivers the same whopping hop-smack that the nose does, softened a bit by the gently caramelish and doughy malt beneath. It's rich and full and bitter, but not overdone. It finishes extremely dry with a lingering bitterness although the hops and malt fade shortly. The alcohol remains well-cloak for the most part, but does start to become apparent towards the end of the glass, adding a peppery side that helps to dry it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle purchase yesterday from the refrigerated IPA section at Beverage World (N. Georgia). This Double Simcoe pours a cloudy dark amber with a red-orange tint. The tan head is small, bubbly and short-lived, but leaves some very nice lacing.

The pungent nose is loaded with citrus, herbal and piney notes from the Simcoe hops! Promises to be more tangy than sweet, and the high ABV shows.

The flavor nearly delivers the full hop-hit that the nose suggests, but it is softened a bit by the substantial malt load, and the piney/fruity balance increases. It's rich and bitter, but not overdone. The alcohol adds a note of white pepper. Properly bitter, grapefruit flavored aftertaste.

M: Fairly smooth with a medium-full body and near moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. It finishes semi-dry.

O: rich, strong and hoppy as expected, without being too challenging to drink.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear dark amber (with an almost golden sheen at times) and 2 big fingers of creamy off-white head. The retention of this is just fantastic, shriking down to about a 1/2 finger and staying put there almost for the entire duration and leaves behind just gigantic, sticky lacing. The aroma is a beefy mix of pungent pine, spiciness, citrus notes, and bready malts.

The taste is a big biting hop bitterness up front that is balanced by a hefty mix of citrus character and malty sweetness. The finish has a prominant bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a pronounced heat element to it that leaves the mouth drenched with a hot and bitter feel.

Wow, I've got to give Weyerbacher credit on this one, as this is one beer that lets it all hang out. Huge bitterness and a beefy feel that sometimes seems bigger than its 9% ABV, yet still stays fairly smooth and approachable. This is a nice one for when you feel like throwing down something that just might throw you back!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange-brown color with a big foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass. The pour also creates a nice Guiness-like cascade of carbonation, which I haven’t seen too often in this style.

S: Big hoppy aroma with a minor but complimentary background of citrus & caramel.

T: Huge dose of bitter hops hit you first and dominates the taste, as it should in a 2IPA. There’s some citrus sweetness and caramelized malt present, but they have hard time getting through the hops bitterness. The balance gets a little better as the beer warms.

M: Very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D: This one has the tastiness for a hophead, but I didn’t find myself drinking it quite as fast as most other 2IPA’s that I've had.

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

First had: ?
Review from recent notes at Weyerbacher.

Copper colored liquid, somewhat hazy, with a nice puff of white head that retained well and left sploches of lacing on the glass. Aroma is expectedly hoppy, citrus, pine, tropical fruit, hint of mint and earth. Nice taste, hoppy, as promised by the aroma, pine, citrus, pithy bitterness, crisp, subtle fruit sweetness melded with a distant pale malt base. Medium body, some alcohol heat, average carbonation. Nice option for an easily-accessible / local DIPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazy and copper brown in color with a finger's tall light beige head. The head retention was excellent and there was lots of lacing on the glass.
S: Hints of citrus hops with distinct aromas of grapefruit and tangerine coupled with some piney hops as well.
T: This beer is a pleasant assault of hops on the palette - some amount of bitterness but not too much. In addition to the citrus flavors, there is also a sweetness as if from caramel malts.
M: Medium bodied with a little dryness in the finish.
O: This is a very enjoyable beer and likely one I will purchase again... not a beer that you could enjoy multiple of in an evening as it is very intense with flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer so I'm sure that it could really sneak up on you.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Come with me, now, as I take a journey into... Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber body with a fluffy ivory-colored head.

Smell: A wonderful, expressive nose full of juicy ruby red grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine notes and tremendously resinous, but which also displays plenty of caramel sweetness for an excellent show of balance.

Taste: A Double IPA using exclusively Simcoe Hops. There's a purity and nobility to that. Initially, chewy sweet malts full of caramel richness which leads into an invigorating explosion of green hops which are full of a pungent bitterness that never becomes abrasive. Finishes sweet with a nice spicy, hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied beer that's both oily and somewhat syrupy.

Drinkability: Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA is, in many ways, orgasmic.

Except you're ready to do it again thirty seconds later.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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