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 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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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this 4 years ago and it was not good. Maybe this time I had a fresh bottle because it was much much better. Clean and flavorful with a simcoe bite.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - very murky. Amber with tons of floating "botanicals". Upon poor about a 1" head that dissipated very quick.

Smell - much better than the appearance. Sweet malt, honey, and grains. A little piney.

Taste - malty, yeasty, honey, and bread. Not a bad DIPA, but in my opinion not outstanding.

Feel - hoppy and sweet collide coating the mouth but not leaving the lips overly sticky. Hard to get past the pieces of botanicals that I can feel in my mouth.

O - a good DIPA, probably better it was filtered.

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Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

WOW! A palate wrecker, but so stiffly and powerfully bitter that you have to just sip like a liquore.

A: Pours a hazy dark copper with a frothy head sticks up lots of lace and lasts.

S: First piney w pineapple, cat, riple apricot, herbs, grass, and mint.

T: Starts out with a dominating piney hop profile that overwhelms the malt, but there's a sweet caramel base. Tremendous bitterness on the tongue and some citrus sweetness, lots of layers of herbs, grass, and candy... the alcohol is warming and liquor like.

F: Rich and syrupy.

O: BIG BEER compares well with Lagunitas, Stone RUINATION, DIRT WOLF. Big one, must try for the tingle!

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Photo of Raime
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium.copper pour with a good sized head that leaves fair lacing.

Smells like grapefruit pith and malts.

Tastes exactly the same only with the malt turned to eleven.

Feels medium bodied with medium Carb and slightly creamy

Overall more stand able than then generic malt bombs tonight.

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Photo of donspublic
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really a big fan of this hop varietal, but I do like the smell it puts off. Poured into a 16 oz sniffer. Hazy orange with floaties. Love the smell coming off of this, real floral. Taste on the danker side for an IPA. I like this every now and then, but I actually prefer a more citrus hit. Heavy pine taste and a sweet finish. Grabbed these in Florida while on vacation, and glad I did. Even though I am not a big fan of this type of DIPA, I like it every now and then for a change.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very well balanced beer. I love the Simcoe aroma and flavor. This beer is more hop forward/ not as caramely sweet than some other DIPAs out there. Still enjoyable

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Photo of dacrza1
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Date: May 2, 2015... Glassware: Maudite snifter... Occasion: to a promotion!... Appearance: sediment-laden, casually carbonated opaque orange-brown body; thick, rocky off-white head forms craters and smears In the backdrop--an intimidating, active presence... Aroma: powerful citrus, with the signature simcoe damp, cool basement aroma; not much in the way of malts... Palate: heavy, puckerish body; dense and pulpy; extremely long, resonating finish of warmth and strength--a beer to reckon with...Taste: robust yet respectful citrus; large pinecone and orange peel mesh with late hints of alcohol to produce a solid, full-flavored experience; astringency late dampens the flowery aroma and the experience a bit...Overall: a beer monstrously effective at what it intends to do--overpower with its West Coast hops hailstorm; not exactly balanced, and not exactly a problem--but as Weyerbachers go, a fitting beer in their portfolio...

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Photo of JuMa44
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Total opposite of weyerbachers last chance IPA being that it smells terrible but tastes amazing, I prefer the piney taste in an IPA over the citrus side. Another solid beer from my favorite home state brewery.

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Photo of drpimento
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I’ve had this before many times and it’s always excellent. However, this time I may have gotten an older bottle as the hops don’t seem too fresh

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice double! bitter hops! floral grapefruit pine 9%!! great beer!
quite pinny actually....not super but enough to satisfy that along with the citra hops. this is quite good if you prefer the piney citra spectrum.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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