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Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA
3,241 Ratings
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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Ratings: 3,241 |  Reviews: 1,364
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
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 +8.9%
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +5.2%
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 t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +3.4%
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 dmorgan310
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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 brentk56
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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