Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

3,238 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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Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of PatrickSullivan
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of UnderPressure
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish orange. 1/2 finger tan colored head, melts to 1/8 inch.

Roasted malt aroma found in many imperial IPAs. Grassy hop aroma. The hop aroma was more present before I poured the beer, when I sniffed the bottle opening.

The aroma is pretty different from the flavor. There's a green, grassy flavor obviously from the Simcoe hops.

Full bodied mouthfeel to support this high gravity brew. Nicely carbonated. Bitterness sticks to tongue, but is not harsh.

Overall, I was hoping for more hop flavor and aroma, as the reason I bought this beer is because I really like Simcoe hops. But, this is a really good brew anyway. Anyone who likes the Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA would probably also like this. They apparently have a very similar malt bill.
Different on the hop side, though.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer quite a few times, I might as well review it.

This is one of the best releases by Weyerbacher. The best of quite a few from a very strong beer maker.

The top smells of pine. And there is a lot of pineyness in the flavor as well.

I really enjoyed this offering. This was great.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.86/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Nice dark orange in color with 1/2 inch off white head and ok retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Typical candy sweetness nose from the simcoe hops with some caramel and toffee

Taste: This has to be the most unique IPA I have ever had. It has a funky orange candy flavor. There is some alcohol presence. Not good

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and a bit sticky on the finish

Overall: Not what I'm looking for in a IPA

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber color with very thick fluffy white head that remained throughout the beer.

The scent was of citrus, some piney and floral hop presence.

The taste was citrus, moderately bitter piney hops, also notable sweet fruit and some alcohol presence.

Full bodied, very smooth and a bit chewy, moderate carbonation.

This was a very delicious beer, lots of great flavor and very easy to drink.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a 1/2 finger off-white head.

The aroma I associate with Simcoe. Dank citrus/tropical fruit aromas with a little bit of pine. Just a touch of caramel malt.

Starts off with a grapefruit burst with touches of citrus and pine. Just a touch of bready sweetness in the middle rounding into a dank pine resin with bitterness lingering on the tongue.

A little chewy with good carbonation.

I love Simcoe so this is a great example of an IPA in my opinion. Dank hops and a nice lingering bitterness.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

924th Review on BA
Bottle to Hangar 24 2nd Anny Glass
12 oz bottle

Cant find a bottle date

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one

App- A bit of a amber/orange/red color with a semi puffy 1-1/2 finger head. A small bit of cling and a ring of 1/8" bubbles.

Smell- Truly a DIPA as most would know it. A good bit of citrus on first whiff with a backing malt and some thick aromatic caramel with some grain.

Taste- A good beer for sure. Smaller than Unfiltered and doesnt have the assertiveness of the spicy malt. This was a bit smoother with more damp citrus flavors and a bit less caramel and some freshness.

Mouth- A good small medium body with a medium carbonation. Smooth, light, crisp and points with a little bit of spice.

Drink- So after a trade, my wife bringing me a bottle and a 2nd trade I finally got the bottle I need. A bit less of a head that the unfiltered but a little more smooth. I liked it. Thanks Matt!

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

Poured a hazy dark red/brownish color into an oversized brandy snifter from a 12 oz bottle, with date of bottling and ABV marked clearly on the bottle. Definite chill haze in this beer with the haze slowly giving way to clear dark reddish colored ale as it warmed up. Good carbonation with a one finger head that dissipated to a thin film (good retention).

Aroma is all hops predominantly floral (piney) with hints of citrus/pineapple. Aroma is sure to be every hop-heads delight.

Taste is just fantastic. Hops are evident upfront, piney bitterness which gives way to subtle sweetness. Clean finish with not much of a lingering after-taste. Considering this has just one kind of hops, the balance achieved in this DIPA is truly fantastic.

Chewy, oily mouthfeel. The alcohol is masked quite well, although as you keep sipping it will tend to warm you up. Easy to drink considering the high ABV, and to me it was because of the nice clean finish and very good balance.

One of the best DIPA's I have had and is definitely worth trying. Highly recommended.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A. Cloudy yellow/orange with 2 finger head and excellent retention.

S. Grapefruit, lemongrass, pine, honey like maltyness

T. Pungent grapefruit. grassy and bitter hop profile is balanced out by a nice malt backbone, easy to drink, alcohol well hidden.

M. Medium body but real creamy as well

O. Good DIPA, would be nice to see it with a few more hop additions to add some more complex hop profile to the beer.

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Photo of idurra
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color is hazy dark copper, with an of white head that leaves a good and stubborn lace.
Smells of typical good IPA with citrus hops, but also conifer resin, pine and juniper.
The taste starts with pleasant citrus and hops, but after a while, pine and juniper start to dominate a lot, reminds a little bit of gin, especially with the noticeable alcohol taste. The initially pleasant medium mouthfeel also becomes more tannic and astringent.
Overall, the pleasure of the beer gets less with every subsequent sip.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks to wyllder for this one!

A: Pours hazy glowing dark burnt amber with a very oily dark tan head that faded into a lasting film which left a solid sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet smelling with notes of honey and caramel followed by a blast of sticky pine sap and hop resin.
T: Follows the nose with dominant notes of pine sap, hop resin, sticky sweet caramel and a hint of honey. The finish is very ‘green’ and leafy with flavors of fresh hop cones, and the aftertaste has notes of tea leaves and is sweet and lightly bitter.
M: Sticky body, viscous mouthfeel, and thick and greasy all-around. The alcohol is hidden very well, and the carbonation is bubbly yet soft.
O: Very easy to drink for being so bold. Great balance between sweet and hoppy. Not my favorite DIPA, but I would never turn down drinking this one again. Very impressive lacing.

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Photo of boyermi206
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

A- Hazy dirty copper, pours a 1 1/2 finger head that dissapears relatively quick.

Smell- Sweet, heavy malt and some hops but mostly caramel sweetness

Taste- sweet, chewy with alcohol bite and hop kick in the cheeks after swallow.

Mouthfeel- very good, full and foamy.

Overall if you like the sweet kind of IIPA's then this is very good I would buy this again

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep orange, very nice thick frothy head that crackles and retains pretty well. Smelt the beer upon opening. Smells come from it almost like those from 120 minute IPA. Lots of floral scents, some lemon, and a very faint "beer" smell.

Full bodied and lots of carbonation. Picked up some tartness and lemon on the medium to back up the first sip. Slight alcohol presence. Lots of citric hops on the back end with a slight grainy bitterness that doesn't linger too long. Its nice.

Up front I don't get too much taste. The single hop's presence remains on the back end also showing some grassy notes.

Overall nice dipa for only using one hop. Not my favorite but its drinkable, different and has a well hidden abv of 9%, not bad.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Weyerbacher Pint glass

A - Deep sort of amber bronze in color. Cloudy sort of white head that was about a finger plus. Good retention and good lacing.

S - Citrusy lemon sort of hop characteristic. I think its so cool to be able to single out exactly what the hop smells like since this is only brewed with Simcoe. There are notes of grapefruit and sort of a pine hint.

T - Its more of a malt upfront that fades to Simcoe hops. The sort of biscuit malt sweetness that fades into a piney citrus grapefruit sort of deal thats just really good. I enjoyed mine at cellar temp so even for a 9% 2xIPA there was no notes of alcohol which is dangerous.

M - Medium sort of all coating carbonation. Good IPA feel

O - Great expression of just one hop. I like the flavors here and its really well balanced. Good 2xIPA showcasing Simcoe as a fantastic hop.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this after picking this up in Totowa last week. I had never had anything exclusively with Simcoe hops and after giving this a go, I can vouch that they rank up there with Cascade and Saaz as one of my favorites! This was quite aggressive but not quite like other Double and Imperial IPA's that I've had, even though they have quite a bit in common stylistically.

This poured a bright amber with a decent amount of head and lacing that marked itself down my pint glass after every sip. The aroma was good and after the first taste, I could have sworn that this was a Barleywine. Yes, this is that strong and there's enough of a rye presence that this is not quite other IPA's that I've had. The mouthfeel was pretty oily and there was enough of a grapefruit backbone to the taste to remind me what this was. Because this warmed me up and wasn't 100% clear when held up to the light, it was hard to keep in mind what category this fell under!

As much as I liked the mouthfeel and aftertaste, this was just a notch too strong for me. Hopheads will like this beer but as an introduction to Imperial IPA's, this isn't the best first choice. Come winter, I would love to have one of these to warm up with but in a sea of hoppy beers, not enough stands out about this. I will give Weyerbacher credit for pushing the envelope, as I've never had anything quite like this before.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep rusty orange/tan mild cloudy, big 2 finger tan head,
outstanding lacing

S: big grapefruit, pine, and lemon zest

T: sweet grapefruit, big pine, mild sugary taste,
hint of booziness, firm earthy malt,
long bitter oily finish

M: med/heavy body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Big Hoppy beer and so good!
I would get this again and recommend
it to other hopheads.


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Photo of bylerteck
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy amber. One finger of soapy white head. Decent carbonation. Minimal lace and a film of head.

S - Big grapefruit, pineapple, light rye bread.

T - Pure hop resins. Pineapple, citrus. Nice.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, fairly bitter.

O/D - A solid DIPA. Took time to open up but was nice. Very drinkable and flavourful.

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Photo of freddpa
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well balanced IPA. Very Hoppy but due to the Simcoe Hops its hoppy but not harsh. Relatively high ABV but no "hotness" from the ABV. An all time favorite. Has nice body and flavor. Leaves a bitter but pleasant aftertaste but (enjoyably) lacks the acidy bite of just heavy hopped DIPA's

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Photo of hmf05
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very burnt orange with a two finger head that sticks around. Can't see through it. Aroma is fruit punch, passionfruit, guava. Taste starts slightly sweet passionfruit juice, but quickly turns into a bold bitterness that stays until the beer is long gone. Mouthfeel is good with decent carbonation. Overall, very impressive. This is likely the most bitter beer I have ever tried. The only flaw is drinkability. I would like to have tasted more sweetness to balance out the hops. I know this is blasphemy, but I'm interested in seeing how this DIPA does with age.

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Photo of znichols
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a deep clear burnt orange color with eggshell white lacing. A tight little head that quickly moved its way to the glass and stuck.

S-some people have described simcoe as "catty". I get a little of that here. I get light toasted malt and sweet cinnamon in the aroma first. A little alcohol in the middle. There's some piney, resinous smell with an almost cat piss-like hint in there. Its not quite as fowl as it sounds...

T-pine sap and spice from the simcoe hops shines first. It quickly moves into an almost french toast flavor from the sweet biscuit maltyness. A lot of good flavors here. Finishes with resinous hoppy flavor. Exactly what you expect from a solid 2x ipa.

M-somewhat thin and light bodied. Medium carbonation. Mild stickyness. Very nice body for sipping.

O- very enjoyable double ipa. Reminds me of great divide's hercules, probably due to the prominent pine and woody flavors. A great representation of the style in my opinion. Pungent hoppyness, big sweet malt, a touch of alcohol burn, its all there. However, perhaps this beer's exemplary traits are its downfall. Might have liked to see a touch of something different and surprising in there for it to get an A, but I'm sure this beer is exactly what the brewers shot for.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a slightly off-white head.

The nose is full of grapefruit, pine, and sweet tangering.

Starts with a big blast of pine noodles and a hint of lemon zest that is followed by some tangerine and peach essence. The finish is more pine and sweet citrus. Pine lingers pleasantly on the palate.

The feel is full and lush. Not too heavy and not at all watery.

Overall this is a great DIPA and a near bargain at the price. This could easily become my go-to for a hop fix.

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Photo of philerman
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter-type glass poured from a bomber purchased at Wegmans in Malvern.

A: Very generous head, possibly somewhat attributable to my sloppiness opening the bottle. Pours a deep amber/honey color with the variation hinting at the lack of filtration of the beer.

S: Not as piney as expected, but plenty of citrus notes.

T: Comes on strong, piney without too much lingering.

M: Medium carbonation and crisp. Lingers nicely as well.

O: While I was hit a little more (somewhat surprisingly) by the more sessionable Sam Adams Latitude 48 Simcoe, this does nicely for a single serving. Among the better east coast IPA's for sure, but likely doesn't hold up next to the heavyweights out west.

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

22 oz bomber Picked up at Wegman's in Collegeville, Pa.

The pour on this brew was a deep, hazy amber color. It has a off white, beautiful large head that just flowed, spilling over the edge of teh glass. The lacing that followed was also great, leaving webs throughout the brew.

The aroma is packed with a great piney/citrus hop aroma. Its also got a great malty background that balances it all out.

This brew had some amazing flavor in it. Of course Weyerbachers use of there own Simcoe Hops give this brew a great passionfruit/citrus like flavor. In doing so it has a perfect malt balance that makes you just want to sip more.

The mouthful on this brew is quite nice. It actually tingles the tongue and has a wonderfully crisp finish.

The drink on this brew is just right. The alcohol is present, but is hidden under the citrus flavors. Watch out though...found out it can sneak up on you. Still a great brew, another fantastic brew by Weyerbacher.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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