Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,237
Reviews:
1,363
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
181
Gots:
439
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,237 |  Reviews: 1,363
Photo of zander4dawin
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly dark and expectionally smooth tasting double IPA. Despite the darker amber/caramel color Double Simcoe is not very roasty tasting, has more of sweet caramel taste with the hops adding more of a balance to it then a bitterness. Very drinkable, not a very hop forward double. If you are looking for a smooth, malty sweet IPA with good balance this is a good beer. Not mouth numbing in bitterness at all.

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Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of cbutova
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date 11/29/11. Definitely a beer that I have been meaning to review for a long time.

A- Poured into a snifter with a dark amber-brown body. Creamy off-white head forms to a nice size and has good retention. Nice coat of lace around the glass.

S- Hop forward but not necessarily as pungent as the extreme Double IPA hop bombs of recent memory. Hops bring nice notes of pineapple, pine tree, citrus rind, grapefruit, berries and tropical fruit. Underlying backbone of deep caramel malt.

T- Hop forward again but somewhat harsh compared to the nose. At 9% I didn't expect the alcohol to come into play but it does for me. Along with the sharp pine bitterness, it isn't a great feel. Besides this the hops are again citrus and pine forward with berry, pine resin, peach and floral notes. Backbone of caramel and sweets.

MF- Creamy body with a nice thickness to it. Sharp bitterness and quite a bit of alcohol warmth for the style.

Overall because of the alcohol and caramel this feels like a Barleywine-like IIPA that needs some time to smooth out. I don't think the fact that it is a month old really plays into this either, the hops are still pretty damn strong. It certainly has a few dimensions playing into the flavor but I find the alcohol and bitterness combining to feel somewhat harsh.

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Photo of Draughtsman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick tan head that stuck around for a bit, ringing the glass as I drank it. Dark amber/coppery color, like an old, yet still shiny, penny.

Smells strong of pine, herb, with an ever so slight bit of citrus. Some sweetness from the malt; caramel, maybe a little toffee. Very nice aroma.

As for the flavor, wow. Big flavor, but not overpowering malty notes right up front, but quickly followed by all the hop notes that the nose introduced. Bitterness to cut the malt, a little grapefruit, some mint, all nicely supported and balanced by the grains. A bit hot.

A lot going on in the mouthfeel. Sweetness of the malt covers the tongue, cheeks, palate, and then the astringency of the hops cut right through it, almost like taking a sip of two different beers. End result was very pleasing though, not tongue-coating and not enamel-stripping.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer, quite a treat for a birthday beer for myself. I would happily order this up again, and just may do so in the very near future. Thanks Weyerbacher!

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Photo of BrokenStones
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The balance of this beer is incredible. It shows off all of its best qualities in every aspect of the tasting. Each sip makes you want to take another. I can imagine this beer being in my fridge lots because it is one of the better DIPAs I've ever had. I highly recommend this one if you see it around.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour into a glass from a 750 mL bottle that still yields a huge 4 finger fluff of thick and silky off-white head that sticks around for a very long time, leaving tons of rings of thick lacing as it goes. The color is a deep burnt orange-red with lots of haze to it. Grapefruit citrus hops in the nose with a touch of resin and lots of pine. The smell is very clean for an unfiltered hoppy beer. Solid backbone of caramel and bready malts, but mostly a very clean, fresh hop aroma.

A very delicious hop bomb with a malt bill that nearly matches it in flavor. The caramel and biscuity malt bill do a great job smoothing out the whole experience, as this is very hoppy. The hops in this brew are a beautiful combination of pine, resin, earth, herbal, slight mint and even a touch of citrus that never become harsh or gritty, just pleasantly bitter in the back. The malty sweetness in the front carries through the whole palate as a smoother-outer, creating a clean and slick mouthfeel without losing the necessary prickle of the alcohol and hops. Even with higher carbonation levels, this manages to be smooth and creamy, perfectly complementing the caramel malts, which in turn perfectly complement the hops. Definitely a breath of alcohol, but no more than that. The aftertaste is a head scratcher; it isn't bitter. Usually with hoppy beers like this, I get a long and lingering aftertaste that has an almost harsh bitter effect. With this the finish is hoppy and juicy, but the lingering aftertaste is sweet and only lightly bitter around the outside of the palate, letting the caramel show off.

Overall, the balance of this beer is incredible. It shows off all of its best qualities in every aspect of the tasting. Each sip makes you want to take another. I can imagine this beer being in my fridge lots because it is one of the better DIPAs I've ever had. I highly recommend this one if you see it around.

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Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev -2%

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy, deep copper/ amber color with a nice head, decent retention and very good lacing. I'm loving this color.

S: Smells excellent. Quite hoppy. Floral, citrus, grapefruit and pineapple. Some alcoholic sweetness as well.

T: The taste is a tidal wave of hops. Sharp twang of citrus and grapefruit, bitter, a bit minty. The alcohol is blends in very well throughout and adds a touch of balancing sweetness. Slight grain in the back with more citric hops and some slight pineapple.

M: Medium body, smooth with a appropriate carbonation. Slick with hop resin.

Overall: Very impressive. The alcohol blends in very well for such a strong beer. I've never heard of an IPA, or any beer, utilizing only 1 variety of hop, and I would have never expected one to be so great.

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Photo of Pjev11
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Triples
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Bdel34
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Giantspace
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of XanderCruz
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of LouDogg114
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

Look: Darker honeycombed golden-brown that implies a hearty malt backbone. I can't say I'm going to be completely pleased if that's the case, but I suppose it's good that I try varying degrees of the same style. Minimal head that seemed to dissapate quickly.

Smell: Fruit characters are there. Heavy hops, some malt, and some varied citrus fruits. Smells hearty for an IPA. A whiff of alcohol right at the end.

Taste: Wow. A malty sweetness at the beginning that turns sour (in a good way) as it burns off my palate. Metallic, alcohol tinge follows swallow.

Feel: This is not your typical light IPA. This beer has a bigger, more syrupy body to it, and I feel like I'd be done after two bottles. Adequate carbonation; coats the mouth with flavor quite well.

Overall: Not really what I expected. I like going into these beers blind, so I was expecting a mouthful of hops. I can't, however, say I'm displeased with the malty character of this beer. Very solid.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of surlytheduff
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of danielp215
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Massbmx
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev -2%

Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,237 ratings.
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