Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 aaronh
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body topped by a 1.5" cream colored head that is composed of tightly-formed foam. It hangs around for the entire glass. Absolutely beautiful. The head is so creamy it almost feels like sucking whipped cream off the top of the beer. The aroma has a good bit of hop florals with maybe a touch of pine and a touch of malt sweetness. The first sip presents alcoholic sweetness immediately challenged by a smooth bitterness. A ton of hop flavor, almost sweet in nature (ever had EK Golding tea? Reminds me of that natural hop sweetness) but then there's the resinous bitterness that lingers behind. Alcoholic warmth is also noted, but not in a burning or overpowering way. Mouthfeel is solid, and supports the bold flavors of this beer very well. Drinkability only suffers because it is a 9% ABV beer, and it doesn't try to hide it at all. An outstanding offering from Weyerbacher.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Gorgeous. Pours hazy orange with a 2 finger frothy tan head that stays around for a while. A fair amount of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom. Before I've lifted the beer, I've already got sheets of lace around the rim. As I get near the bottom of the first glass, there are sheets of lacing all the way down the glass.

The smell of this is intense. The hops are piney and citrusy. I can't make out any other smell than the hops.

This tastes great. Somehow, the hops are very intense and yet the flavor is very smooth at the same time. While the hops dominate the flavor profile, there is a sweetness that comes out in the middle and towards the end of each taste, which seems kinda backwards from how flavors in double IPAs usually hit me. More pine in the taste than citrus. I like that this is a single hop variety so that I can understand what simcoe is all about...and I like it. It's got a very long finish that, again, is sweet and piney at the same time. Amazing that after not being able to smell the malt, the taste has this much sweetness and it leaves my lips stick sweet. The 9% abv doesn't really show in the taste of this.

Mouthfeel is more than medium bodied. Sticky sweet, and it coats the mouth. My entire mouth feels a little numb too.

This is one of the best double IPAs I've ever had. Presviously I was very impressed with Weyerbacher's oaked beers but not their others. I am very impressed that they were able to come up with such a great double IPA and I hope they continue to come up with great new stuff.

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

Pours dark copper, with a chill haze, and an off-white head.
Thick foam recedes slowly, revealing an abundance of lacework, and great retention to the bottom of the glass.
Aromatics are a blast of sticky, sweetish, pine-infused citrus.
Mild caramel in the background with loads of fresh fruit and bitterness.
Medium body, sappy and a bit chewy.
Pallet is loaded with mango, tangerine, sugared grapefruit, cotton candy, and caramel coated apple.
Aggresively bittered, but smooth and not overdone, the emphasis is way on the hop flavoring and lush fruits.
Finishes a bit sweet and reminiscent of a barleywine.
A little drier and less malt character would make this one a world-class DIPA.

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

Double Simcoe pours a dark orange amber with a nice thick head that laces well. The smell is of hops. Piney, citrus hops.

The taste surprised me a little. Of course there were hops with nice citrus flavors like grapefruit, but there were also a decent malt backbone. An almost barleywine character with it's surprising malty presence. This isn't a bad thing, but maybe it is not quite true to the DIPA style. Still a nice brew though. It may not be DIPA like I think of the style, but it's maybe not attempting to be a style and just be a great beer is the best way to go.

Mouthfeel was thick and satisfying. Drinkability of the 9% ABV brew will certainly be limited by common sense and tolerance.

One of my favorites from Weyerbacher. Good stuff.

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

22 oz brown bottle from a friend in NY.

Pours a bubbly, lightish amber with a great, thick head. The smell is a very sweet, fruity, citrus hop aroma with some orange and grapefruit noticeable. The flavor starts out hoppy with sweet grapefruit taste, then gets a little malty, then finishes with a tangy, bitter hop finish. Nice. The mouthfeel is a really good medium-thick body with nice carbonation and a smooth, dry, mouth-watering feeling at the end. Overall, one of the best DIPA's I've had.

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

A rich, slightly orange maple syrup color, with a ton of golden white head souffle-ing over the glass, and lots of intricate lacing. Smell is full of rich molasses malts and a wonderfully complex hop presence, with sublte fruitiness and a bit of chocolate. Just the faintest touch of alcohol. I left the room for a moment, and when I got back I could smell it from across the room! The taste is very diverse and comes in stages, but is nicely balanced throughout. The first thing you get is a sweet, appley, piney front, a nice warm and rich hop kick on the middle, and a great mellow malt finish. It has a great body in the mouth, which seems more balanced by the hops than it is by the carbonation. This beer has a huge kick to it, but it really does go down well. If I had one word to describe this, it would be "serious". Seriously

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange with a beautiful off-white 2 finger head that melts ever-so-slowly to very sticky lacing.
Aroma is piney and pink (sweet) grapefruit hops.
Taste is unbelievable. Slightly sweet grapefruit hops (again reminded of pink grapefruits), slight honey taste and feel, slight pine finish.
This is definately all about the hops but it is not overly aggressive. Somehow very, VERY balanced in the sweetness and bitterness of the malts and hops. Amazingly so.
Aftertaste does not cloy, but rather is rich an satisfying with the bitter grapefruit hops staying a long time.
Very satisfying..perhaps the best DIPA I've ever had.
Thanks to Ev from PA for giving me the opportunity to try this wonderful brew.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

A- Deep rich amber/copper, with a head that just grows and lacing that isn't lacing, it's a curtain. Literally coats the glass. Hops maybe?

S- Spicy and citrusy. Sweet malts and some slight caramel.

T- Yummm. This is my kind of brew, almost like Victory Hop Devil which must use Simcoe or something like it. Spicy and citrusy, yet balanced by the malts too.

M- Smooth and creamy. Outstanding.

D- I like this one way too much! Great brew and a perfect example of a double IPA.

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Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep rusty amber. Large, thick frothy head of off-white foam retains as an awesomely compact bubbly topping - sticky patches of lace. Sweet citrus and pine resin aromas with a healthy dose of malts and some underlying diacetyl. Taste is bitter sprucey hop oils as the citrus takes a back seat. Moderate sweetness all around - the malts really do a great job standing up to the huge load of Simcoes. Terrificly smooth, full yet pillow soft mouthfeel is nearly creamy.

Good to have a DIPA that stands out from the others - love that resinous pine quality. Obviously a great utilization of Simcoes and well worth picking up if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from bleedingshrimp as part of 120/190 BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the very cloudy orangey amber brew. Head fades on the edges, leaving a moat around the resilient center plateau of brew, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is sweet grains and fruity hops. Taste is initially balanced, with ample pale malt sweetness and fresh green hops, but the hops kick it into gear and keep coming, yet still don't overdo with bitterness. Mouthfeel is suh-mooooth, and oh-so drinkable. A dangerous brew that I look forward to revisiting, almost makes me think of (dare I say it?) Dreadnaught. Yum.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Auburn brown red color, mostly clear with a great looking light tan head. Very nice soapy retention with sheety and spotty bits of delightful lace. Smell is a punch of equally delightful, huge amounts of simcoe hop...suprise! Definitely some diacetyl in there with a good caramel sweet malty base. Taste matches the big aroma with a lush, smooth, happy mouthfeel. Nice bitter dry through the finish with good drinkabiliity.

Yup that's worth getting. Very uplifting hops and nice malts.

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Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from this 22 oz. into an IPA glass. Created a mega-head of khaki colored chunky foam which left a ladder of lacing. Gianormous head filled half of the glass. Body was clear golden brown.

Smell was hops hops hops up front. Sweet malty alcohol developed as it warmed. Floral, resin, and slight citrus notes were evident.

Tasted crisp and smooth. Both bitter and sweet with the oily hop flavor eventually replaced by alcohol . Fairly complex yet collapsing to merely alcohol flavors at the end. Unfortunately I poured out the last few ounces because I just didn't enjoy it anymore.

Full body was smooth and had low carbonation.

Initially rewarding work to drink. Warmth eventually created a less than pleasant beverage.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruddy golden yellow, little bit of brown mixed in. Superb fluffy offwhite head inches high perches atop the body.

S: Lots of grapefruit juice, bit of toffee and fresh pine.

T: The foam is so creamy, the first sip was like having whipped cream with beer in your mouth. God that was cool! Syrupy hop abundance is immediately noticed. Lots of grapefruit, sour apple twang and light caramel. Smoothness of the head adds a thought a fresh cream. Aftertaste is graham crackers, grapefruit rind and vanilla on the lips.

M: Full bodied, creamy from the head and slick from the oily hops

D: This beer is dope. Enough said.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big 22oz bomber, excited to try this one. Pours from the bomber into my tulip glass a deep murky copper orange with a sticky, creamy inch of foam on top that immediately leaves sticky lacing on the glass. Lookin good! Aromas of wonderful Simcoe hops right off the bat. Big pine resins with citrus tones as well, even a bit tropical. Comes across really fresh and vibrant with a sweet malty undertone. I get some grapefruit too as I continue to enjoy the aroma. Just a wonderful green, hop cone punch to the senses.

First sip brings a sweet maltiness with a hint of caramel and bread along with a big blast of lush hops. Pine sap oils merge into citrusy flavors. A well placed bitterness that is strong but not abrasive flows through on the way down. Notes of tropical fruit and grapefruit mix in throughout. Finishes with a blast of fresh Simcoe hop cones. Nicely balanced and a wonderful DIPA. As my glass empties I'm stuck wishing I had more!

Mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy and it just rushes across the tongue with mellow carbonation. This brew is simply a joy to drink with a blast of hoppy goodness in each sip. A hophead's delight for sure and a testament to the Simcoe hop. I wish this brew was available to me as I'd likely drink it on a regular basis. An awesome Double IPA from Weyerbacher...bring on more single hop brews!! Thanks to blitheringidiot for being nice and sharing.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle, no date information.

Obscured copper. Towering, dense beach sand colored head that settles from the bottom up like a nitro tap pour. Mixed size bubbles pop and leave sheets of thick lacing. The head maintains a rocky mountain cap all the way down. Huge floral and pine aromas waft around the glass and are noticeable from a distance. Fresh and citrus rind crisp as well. Inviting. Bold and brash initially, the pine and rind hits big and powerfully. The ample malt body provides a complimentary sweetness and girth into the finish which is filled with fresh oily rind notes. The hops are resinous and juicy and there is a slightly numbing effect, but this does not impact negatively. There is no hint of the alcohol and the finish is perpetual, leaving me to think I'll be tasting this one tomorrow as well. Full bodied and with minimal carbonation, the luscious silky smooth mouthfeel is almost cask-like. Not sessionable, but why would you? This is a beer to be savored and enjoyed as it is delicious, delectable and absolutely a must find.

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Photo of bwyker
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange. Lots of bubbles that settle in a very thick, creamy head. Very good retention and nice lacing left on the glass.

S: Incredible. A floral hop aroma is prominent, though soft, coupled with a reserved sweetness. Hints of apple or pear.

T: Moderately sweet with a smoothed bitterness. Slight alcohol/malt in the finish.

MF: Airy, with a little stickiness in the end.

D: Very smooth, highly drinkable. Alcohol is there and could make its presence known quickly, but very very enjoyable!

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

Appearance, a clear, blushing apricot color, under a blessedly big head, creamy colored, lots of lace.

Huge, wide open aroma, blasts out fresh grapefruit, lime, mango, with a slice of pineapple on top. Beautiful stuff! Gorgeous. A treat to breathe into the nose.

Taste: why not? ...mmmm, yes! Forceful entrance on the palate, vast flavor, dripping with oily hop flavor, fantastically tasty fruit character, and persistent feel on the tongue. Long lasting hoppy finish, big in the body. Caramel malt rises up in prominence and the sweet, bready taste is a keen companion to the hugeness of the hops.

This is almost perfect, I nearly think. The 9% is hardly noticed. Wait, ...there it is, okay...

Great texture, great flavor, vibrant and memorable, ...simcoe is a hop-lover's wet dream, and this delivers their deepest fantasies all the way to the money shot. Ahhhh!!!

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Photo of blitz134
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this in Asheville, NC. Went beer shopping and found this, what a surprise, especially since I was working on a trade to get some.

Massive head for such a high abv beer, truely impressive. Solid four fingers of it in my imperial pint. Just off white in color. Sparkling, perfectly clear dark amber/orange body. Lace clings beautifully to the glass. I dont know what else to ask for really.

Aroma is all hops, no malts to speak of. A metric ass load of pine sap with a hefty dousing of citrus on top, tangerine and somewhat tropical. I like the smell but this usually accompanies some flavors which aren't my favorite in a D/IPA.

Lots of pine show up in the taste initially. Then the finish is more sweet floral and citrus hops which come across almost candy like. Finish is resin bitterness. The sweetness is a bit over the top for me as I like some more earthyness in my DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and again almost over the top oily. Definately full bodied and one of the thicker DIPAs I've had, but the syrup feeling doesn't do it for me. This one doesn't ever leave the insides of your cheeks either.

Sits really heavy on the stomach. This is a huge beer, pretty good flavor but I think this one is a bit too sweet and syrupy. Its got lots going for it but the sweetness kills it for me.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A majestic pour of fluffy pillowy ivory foam cap atop a bejewled copper peach hue appearing a tad chill hazy. Let's tawk lace: Tons of it sticking to the glass like a papparazzi on a pregnant Brittney Spears out of Starbucks! Rock solid!

Scents blow my nose off. The aroma could rip the chrome off a tail hitch or smack the ugly off a warthog. This is what is meant by piney and resinous. Look it up in the dictionary and there's a picture of Simcoe 2IPA. A blast of pine!

First swigs: Instant memory maker of dry resinous pine soup. Sticky sweetness, sugary superlative intenseness that kicks azz first and doesn't bother to take names later. Prepare for pilaging. A non-stop roller coaster ride of floral white grapefruit pith, orange juice and Pez candy. A partial critique that prevents a 5/5 is due to the need for a spacial hop balance inherently devoid in any single varietal despite the grandiose spectacle of this gem!

Sand paper licking feel is tongue punishing. Leaves me with a tear in my eye and bone dry linger. Thick feel is unforgivable and deadly crisp.

Last swigs: My #1 beer of the year! After swigging on several of these bad boyz, the verdict is in: If you like your tongue, be prepared for a real East Coast Ruination. New sherriff in town! Weyerbacher Double Simcoe.

Beer is good. No, beer is a miracle! Happy beering.

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Photo of bruachan
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i think i snagged this at the hudson acme. that place never ceases to surprise me (though i suppose it could be lefover from steve's stuff next door)

very red, with an outstanding head. i don't think my glass was in prime condition for a beer (washed in the dishwasher with the general population of the dishes) and the stuff stuck all over the place. when the cream finially did drop i still wouldn't have been able to tell if i held the glass to eye level

malty sweetness, though the hops are king here. rich piney aroma

there's a sticky sweetness to the flavor of simcoe that rubs me the wrong way—it's mostly in the aftertaste. spicy. it's a full-feeling brew

oh yeah...did i say the lacing was good?

btw...maybe i don't mind simcoe

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Photo of veggiemafia
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a transparent copper/ruby with a moderate head that maintains a ring and some lace through most of the beer.

Smell is awesome. Resinous pine, underripe strawberries, big pineapple thing going on. Very tropical, but just the faintest wisps of any sort of malt that comes in the form of a creamy caramel thing. This is all about the hops.

Taste is slightly backed off on the resin, especially as the beer warms a malty presence comes out, however slight that makes this easier to drink so it doesn't just feel like mouth abuse.

Mouthfeel is sticky and awesome. Very heavy bodied, but not too overblown.

This one is definitely a sipper in a big way.

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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 orfeu
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a creamy off-white head. Thick sheet-like lacing. Grapefruit and cannabis aromas with an underlying sweetness of caramelly malts. Wow, this sucker is sweet and boozy. Heavy syrupy mouthfeel (even when pretty cold), crystal sweetness galore. The malts actually override the hops here -- which is saying a lot since the hop content is pretty steep. Regarding those hops, the Simcoes deliver on what they promise: juicy, resinous (piney) flavor with minimal harsh bitterness. Maybe my palate has been trained to actually like the brashness of high-cohumulone hops, or maybe I just think that the rather cloying candy-sweetness of this beer could benefit from some bitterness, but I'm not really feeling this one more than simply as an experimental single-hop beer. Interesting, but one is enough for me, thank you.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A very nice deep golden amber color with a large foamy off white head. The tulip glass is forcing the bubbles to feed the head, which stays nicely and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Piny, resiny hop smell on the nose. Pretty nice.

T - A nice hop punch with a very big alcohol kick. Some sweet malts speak up but lay low behind the hops. The alcohol is strong in this one but it's a pretty good flavor overall. A ton of hop bitterness.

M - A nice thick full bodied feel.

D - Pretty good when you need a hop fix. Toning down the alcohol flavor might help this one become even more drinkable.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zrrbrrt for this one...
Dark amber in color with a full finger of off-white head..most goes bye-bye and leaves some nice sticky lacing.
Fruity hops pierce the nostils...and hang on to the hairs for dear life. Solid malt sweetness to balance out the nose...pulls you in very quickly.
The taste is an extremely bitter double...the sweetness is definitely there with a solid malt backbone, but the bitter wins out. Catching some green apple flavor, honey, and a slight medicinal feel due to some alcohol detected.
Mouthfeel is quite thick and the carbonation is where I want it.
Drinkability may suffer a bit, as it does have some alcohol flavor...certainly andenjoyable bomber, but nothing more for me in a sitting.
A real nice offering in the style from Weyerbacher...hope their success in how this one is received allows them to produce it again.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,233 ratings.
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