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 TurdFurgison
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big Weyerbacher bottle into pint glasses. I've had a range of experiences with Weyerbacher, and on the whole I don't trust the beers to provide a comfortable experience. Along comes Double Simcoe, with all the love provided by tons of BA's, and once again I can't see the attraction.

It was hoppy in a piney kind of way, but not at all balanced with malt like the best DIPA's (Goose Island Imperial IPA, Stone 10th, Pliny, even Weyerbacher Eleven). Just hoppy in an unbalanced way.

I guess I can't say it's a terrible beer, it just didn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean copper/orange beer. Has a big foamy beige head with plenty of lace. The aroma is all hops. Mostly a strong piney character up front. With a light sweet citrus background. The mostly pine character continues in the taste with just a hint of malt sweetness wandering in and out. Very interesting but that very strong piney character gets almost medicinal befroe the very dry hop finish.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An absolutely brilliantly clear, richly red color that is tinged with amber overtones. The head is summoned forth to an easily four-fingers in thickness and has a bit of a meringue like consistency and enough staying power to leave a textured lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. An intensely fruity aroma dominates from the get go. As I pour this the fruity hop notes just jump out at you. Smooth, is certainly an apt descriptor for this amply hopped brew; the Simcoe aromatics are just so rounded. This aroma has no harshness, no raw green hop notes and astringency. Towards the end of the aroma notes of lightly toasted grain and caramelized malt are noticeable. The fruit hop notes remind me of berries, lychees, candied orange peel, sweet tangerines and even ruby red grape fruit. This beer could almost use some harsher hop aromatics as a balancing point, but really it is beautiful as is.

Lightly sweet up front, this beer continues to be quite smooth until it picks up a nice, clean bitterness which closes out a sip of this brew. In the long finish the bitterness lingers a bit as well as just a touch of almost tannic astringency, which is the only other noticeable note from the ample hops used in this beer. Of course the fruity citrusy hop notes dominate the flavor profile of this beer but there is lots more going on even in the hop department. A nice backdrop of menthol like notes sort of move to the tannic astringency that is in the finish. The finish definitely makes me think of fresh pine needles and is even a touch raw and green in character. Layered fruit notes of candied orange peel, concentrated lychee, even pithy sweetened grapefruit and a berry coulis reduction all combine together to form a nice mix of hop fruit flavors.

I knew that Simcoe hops were quite smooth, but I am definitely impressed by how smoothly fruit focused this hop is. Sure it is in fact a hop so it does have some of that raw hop character, but comparatively to many other varieties it is down right mellow (especially in the amounts that must have been used for this beer). Really a lingering, lightly green, tannic note that just mouth coatingly sticks around is what tells me that a lot of hops were used in this brew. This is definitely enjoyable, and regardless of the outcome, I will always be a fan of a beer that so boldly show-cases the effects of a single hop variety. Simcoe is a perfect candidate for something as big as a one hop Double IPA, it is so smooth, yet at times I wonder if that raw, aggressive hoppiness that other varieties contribute is not missing from this brew. Regardless, this has shown me that my choice of Simcoe in the hop mix of my own brews is a good choice and will require further experimentation.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice deep orange and gold with a medium head that lasted well. There's a fair amount of lace.

The smell is very strong. There's a ton of somewhat herbal hop flavor in there. The taste has plenty of malt with hops running strong all the way through. Bitterness drops quickly in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is very good for the alcohol content.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a turbid burnt orange with a tall, firm billowy head like a cappuccino. Tons of lacing all the way down. Aroma is brightly hopped, lots of grapefruit and juicy, bitter oranges. It's a slap in the face from the start.

Taste is strong, bitter, in-your-face juicy hops. Almost tastes like biting into some grapefruit-orange-melon experimental farm hybrid. Only after a few sips does a pale toasty malt base start to come through with a little caramel or buttery sweetness to balance. A faint spiciness lies somewhere in the middle, not sure if that is an addition or a by-product of the overwhelming hops. Some equity is attempted but this one is heavily tilted toward the juicy, heavy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium-light given what it is; I would expect it to be far more oily than this. Although bitter hops rule the day, its drinkability never suffers -- even at 9%, I could swill this for quite a while. If anything, it drinks like a hop-flavored Jolly Rancher candy.

Mmmm... Simcoe Jolly Ranchers....mmm....

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok 'tard.. perhaps you went home with the hot chick. what bugs me more, though, is that you gave me this hauntingly good beer. as much as the memory of that toe-headed vixen lingers in my mind.. the hop jolt provided here can satiate any animal urge.

crystal amber pour with a soapy tan head. bubbles crackle on the surface and porous patterns of lace follow the disintegrating foam. funky hop aroma.. funky insomuchas the beer smells like feet, cheese, overripe lemons, coriander and freshly pummeled lemongrass. herbal garden delight in the hop profile.. simcoe goodness, definitely a new hop overdose angle for me.

sips a bit tangy, thick, and follows up with the earthiest primal dirty mouthfeel. the aroma permeates the whole sip, and adds a jungle rot to the festering goodness of the base double caramel burnt sweet beer paradise. what mystifies me the most is the tang in the middle of every sip. is this a by-product of a simcoe OD? is this one of those flavors that appears in my mouth as a side-effect of excessive beer drinking? either way, it works to balance this tremendous brew.

drinkability and mouthfeel obviously suffer a bit due to the caustic nature of this experimental brew.. but those are the sacrifices that we must make in order to press on in the direction of good beer.

after a night of left coast monsters, this beer reminds me that the east coast can pull off something substantial.. inventive and creative to the level of middle ages X. a surefire winner.

was it worth losing a chance to bang the beer prom queen? no. was it f'n good as sh*t? yeah. weyerbacher would be stupid not to make this a year-rounder.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1/4-1/2" light tan head on a cloudy amber orange body. Thin lacing.
S- Huge citrus hop aroma. A hint of a malt background but pretty much not there. Orange and other cirtus and tropical fruit smell. Pineapple also comes out.
T- Big fruity rind flavor with tons of hops in there also. Big strong bitterness that goes throughout. Big flavors like pineapple orange and grapefruit all mixed together. Basically no malt in it. Bit of a alcohol taste but it is very well covered. In the aftertaste the fruit rind with the hops are all that is there. The big bitterness makes itself known and lingers through it all.
M- Full body, light to medium carbonation. Flavors stick to the mouth but what doesn't stick goes down smooth.
D- A very good beer. Easy to drink but it is a sipper. Very nice big hop flavors. It is up there with one of my favorite DIPA's.

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Photo of KFaulkner
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome.

This beer is all about being big; big bottle, big pour, big head, big body, and, most importantly, big taste. This beer is big.

But most importantly, it tastes great, announces it's presence with authority (not unlike Tim Robbins' character in Bull Durham) but goes down remarkably smooth. It's extremely hoppy; just the way I like it. It rivals DFH 90 Minute in quality and taste... maybe not quite there, but close.

What astounded me was the foamy head; wow! You pour this bitch of a beer and it foams right up, and then that foam sticks around. A great part of the experience, I found my first sips leaving my nose foamed up. Awesome stuff, interactive beer!

It's also another great beer in a long line of great beers from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bomber served a few degrees over fridge temperature in a pint glass. God, I love hops. Especially when they're enveloped in a hazy orange monster of a beer, like this beauty.

Appearance- See above... a hazy, dark orange beer of Kong-like proportions... the head billows magically into a four-finger soapy, sudsy cap, leaving behind ridiculously sticky webs of lacing all the way down. On the second big pour after the beer has been sitting for 20 minutes, the head overtakes the liquid and stands upright... literally rising squarely over the rim without spilling over. Friggin' gorgeous.

Smell- A busload of citrusy, sweet Simcoe hops integrate very nicely with a firm malt backbone... the alcohol is showing up a bit as the beer warms, but it's still a distant third.

Taste- Holy crap... so this is what this hop variety does for a living... kicks the living shit out of your tongue! This is incredulous... borderline impossible to drink? No! It can't be! This single hop variety bulldozer of a beer makes Great Divide's and Dogfish Head's DIPAs cower... head down, genitals guarded. The initial sweetness at the tip of the tongue is immediately left for roadkill as the malts and hops initiate World War III in the mouth. Big alcohol warmth, a slight burn after the swallow... a gluttonous offering, this beer really needs better balance to drink well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As if one could actually contemplate mouthfeel during the viscious hop attack going on here, it's pretty subtle and even thin for the beer's weight. The texture doesn't foam out after a gentle swish... it virtually liquifies and goes down without much form. This is one rough beer to get through... it's a hell of an example of single-hop varietal brewing, but drinkable it is not. Time to prep the coffeemaker for some action in the morning.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy deep orange with two fingers white foam. Lots and lots of lacing

A real Pine-Sol nose (not that it's a bad thing) with some herb notes in the background. Just a touch of sweetness but it's overwhelmed by the hop aromas.

Moderate malt body, slightly sweet but primarily hops, hops, hops. Pine for the most part with a touch of citrus and spice.

Medium to heavy body, low carbonation (it's all in the head, dude!) with a bit of oily residue. Bitterness is appropriate for the style (meaning pretty damn bitter - a good thing) but still a slick coating on the tongue.

A hop lover's dream. For 9.0% ABV they hide it very well but it's sure a drinkable DIPA.

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

The pour yielded a rich golden-copper view. The initial aroma was wonderful - yielding a citrus-grapefruit nose. The taste was quite good to me. I favor other styles over the IPA style, but this Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacjer is worth trying and getting again. The taste has a complexity that favors "tasty".

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Photo of mattcrill
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Orange peel, candied orange slices, and a nice sweet malty base. Citrus hop aroma all over the place.

Appearance: Brilliant garnet with a tan cake batter head.

Flavor: Spicy, acidic orange juice. Powdered hop resin, lemon zest, and all things good and hoppy. A touch biscuity at the end. The warming alcohol is there throughout but it's well balanced and well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Oily on the palate and leaves a long, bittering finish.

Overall impression: Wow! A hop jack-in-the-jaw with enough malt to make this a balanced treat. What a way to showcase a particular hop variety. I must admit, Weyerbacher is very hit and miss with me (see their 11th anniversary ale for a "miss" example). However, this beer is a solid hit for me. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of rabsten
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fathead's, south side of the 'Burgh. Bright orange amber with red tinted head. Laces very nicely and the head stays semi-intact throughout.

Lovely, citrus hop aroma. More orange or tangerine than the usual grapefruit-like citrus you often find.

Taste is, not surprisingly, a hop bomb. Since this is the famous "all simcoe" IPA I now know a simcoe hop from a cascade. Very bitter, very cirtusy, very good. Not balanced at all, but I like that in an IPA sometimes.

Crisp to astringent at times, but generally pretty smooth. Easy to drink.

Excellent outing from Weyerbacher. If you're a hop fan it's great. If you like balance, go elsewhere. I like hops a lot so I loved it. Hope it's still available next week when I return.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought at Sam's in Durham.

a - deep copper color, huge off-white head with great retention and lacing, slightly hazy

s - huge hoppy aroma, some citrus and pine, sweet smelling, notes of alcohol

t - citrusy sweetness up front with an all encompassing hoppy bitterness attacking the palate soon thereafter, the finish is long and bitter with slight alcohol

m - medium carbonation and medium body, moderately dry finish

d - very tasty beer that masks its alchol pretty well, I could down a couple bombers no problem

I've been wanting to try this brew for sometime and it didn't disappoint. I love the Simcoe hops both for their aroma and taste.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very deep copper color. Crystal clear, and has a nice big frothy head.

S - Strong resiny, some grapefruit and strong piney hops,

T - A little bit too much to the hop side, but there is a nice balance of carmellish malts, and what I want to say is oak. Very sweet.

M - BIG and chewy. Strong bitterness grabs your tounge. Leaves a bit of slickness on the tounge.

D - If it wasnt for the high ABV this would be a great all the time beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one and a half finger pillowy white head. There was good retetion and lacing.

The smell featured a strong resiny hop with powerful citrus and pepper notes.

The taste was upfront grapefruit and pepper with a solid biscuity body and excellent grain backbone.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a very flavorable and quaffable DIPA. ABV is not readily detectable.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper almost orange color. A very dense one finger head stays steady after the pour. Piney sweet aroma, no citrus there yet.... First sip=citrus hop flavor right off the bat and that Simcoe Grapefruit flavor kicks in also. A thick resinous mouthfeel-almost sticky as the malt is felt not really tasted yet. A good froth sweetens the brew and releases a different bitterness as some of the citrus fades and a more astringent hop flavor emerges and stays to the finish, very nice. As this IPA warms up, the malt flavors are more evident. A sweet malt flavor is tasted and caramel flavors are ther albeit subtle. I have hop-heads who are not big on Simcoe hops, this IPA was unique and tasted great all around.

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

Big thanks to Tyrawlings for the bottle.

Appearance: A fine red-orange body, slow steady strems of carbonation make toward the top. Head is bleached white and very resilient.

Smell: Fruity (grape) and caramel malt. Appropriate for the style, with a little alcohol present to intensify it.

Taste: Hops are raw and a little earthy and fruity. I also get a little raisin and ok malt, but the hops override, start to finish. A nice single hopped-DIPA, great for a hop head.

Drinkability: If you like hops, there is no reason you will dislike this beer. Very hoppy, and if that is your thing you will like it.

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Photo of Sayson
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the bomber at Sam's Quick Shop in Durham, NC. Bottle has no clear indication of date brewed.

A: Poured a robust white head. Nice lacing as the glass drains. Clear and copper/ruby in color.
S: Pungent hoppiness apparent. Just as I'd expect with this style. Citrusy
T: Sublime. Bracing bitterness hits the sides of the tongue. Aftertaste burns slightly. Overall an extremely pleasant experience.
M: Full mouthfeel. Cleansing carbonation
D: Very drinkable considering the alcohol content.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer and the best one that I have come across in quite a while. I would put Double Simcoe in the same league with I2PA, 90 Minute and Hercules which are the top double IPAs in NC right now.

Seek this beer out. It's a fine one.

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Photo of beerphan
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle -> goblet
no date

Pours with a deep amber in the center which fades to a pale golden orange. A generous head fades to a nice thick layer of bubbley pillows. Sheets of thin lace all over the glass. Major slow moving carbonation.

Hoppy pine nose, with a blast of grapefruit and hints of peach, apricot, and caramel malt.

A fairly intriguing balance with rich juicy hops backed by a sweet malt presense. A very dry bitter aftertaste is oh so deep and lasts and lasts.

Thick full body that leaves the mouth dry and the palate numb.

A very drinkable DIPA though long sessions would probably be discouraged because of the high abv and the total palate blast residue that lingers. A bomber would probably be just right for that nightly hop jones, or a late night snack after a long work day.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - I don't think I could complain about this no matter how hard I tried. It pours up with about three to four fingers of gorgeous tan head that dissipates down to a half finger about about five minutes. That lingers even longer. Beastly rings of lacing cling all over the glass in layers, my glass is starting to look like the Steppes. The beer itself is a noticably viscous amber to copper brew that is devoid of any sediment. There are only a handful of bubbles rising to the surface of this brew. I am impressed by this look.

S - A pine aroma with some toffee, but mostly pine. It is rather one dimensional and not too strong, but it still smells nice.

T - I has a very strong smooth hoppy flavor. The hops are sweet, but untracablely so. It is like a fruity sugar flavor, almost akin to that of honeydew melon, but it is seems to originate from the hops themselves rather than the malt. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a pine and grapefruit base.

M - Very thick with a very smooth feel, it isn't very refreshing, but it could be worse.

D - Well, it could be worse here. It is a bit thick and the hops make for a very potent flavor. It isn't meant for food, and one bomber is plenty, but it is good. It is a bit too sweet to score well here. The flavor will make you take the next sip, but the refrshing nature (or lack thereof) certainly won't. Double IPA isn't my favorite style, but this is an excellent example of one.

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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 tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear medium apricot color with slightly off-white puffy head. Modest lacing. Smell is would be expected, loaded with piney grassy hops. I felt like I was in an evergreen forest. Taste is enjoyable, with strong domination by the hops. A bit lacking in the malt department, and is a bit unbalanced. Nice full mouthfeel. The beer got better with each taste, as it slowly warmed. And was at its best at rrom temperature. A nice well done beer

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Photo of techdiver
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber with a substantial head that lingers. Smells of wonderful flowery hops. Taste is reminiscent of Ballantine IPA. Never thought I'd say that. Well balanced with virtually no notice of the alcohol content. The finish is quite complex and displays some sweetness that gives way to the intense hops.

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Photo of Gasp100
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep burnt orange amber, crystal clear with a huge white billowy head and excessive lacing down the glass. Serious head retention... forcing me to wait to drink.
S - Apricot, mango, dripping sugary fruity citrus hops... smells great but doesn't knock you out of your chair.
T - Piney, citrus backed by carmelized malt. Peach, apricot (brandy), caramel apples, sweet but not cloying. This is very well balanced for it's strength.
M - sharp and intense bitterness gives way to smooth and oily slickness which gives everything back to the dry, crisp and intensely bitter (but not harsh!) mouthfeel.
D - DIPA's like this (and Stone's 10th) are great, but for the simple fact of the sweetness from the malt required to balance the intense hoppiness, drinkability suffers a little bit. Another cold weather drinker or nightcap. This is really nice - Great to see Weyerbacher getting the recognition they deserve - this should be readily available for me locally too which is awesome.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,236 ratings.
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