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 HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark orange, almost brown with a one finger light tan head.

S - Citrus and lots of carmely sweet malts.

T - Citrus and carmel malts.

D - Smooth and sweet. Lower carbonation and a medium to heavy body.

O - A East Coast, sweet IPA. I don't usually care for sweeter IPAs, but I liked the flavors on this one.

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Photo of shanblur
2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle dating obscured. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Murky and muddy brown and red with a minimal head. Not very pleasing.

S - Piney hops from the Simcoe is there but also a strong malt presence.

T - A nice bite of piney hops up front then fades and is overtaken buy a sweet malt flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a low carbonation.

Not a very nice double IPA for me. Not a very appealing look, and the malts overpower the hops.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip.
Deep amber color with nice retention an lacing, very evident thickness in the glass.

Initial aroma is pine, but also very noticeable malt and some definite sweetness.

Initial taste also piney, but quickly followed up and dominated by the malty sweetness. The sweetness isn't too much, in fact has a very unique character for my taste buds anyway, almost like a smoked, or deep amber honey (not the average light stuff you get in squeeze bear).

Definitely a thickness and oil that lingers in the mouth, making this a great sipping beer.

While I personally prefer more floral/citrus aromas with DIPA, this one is really unique and would seek out again.

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Photo of cmq103
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. Picked up a bottle from Canals Hamilton in the Hamilton Marketplace.

Appearance: Darker than I thought it would be, almost the color of an unfiltered apple cider. Great 1" sudsy off-white head with a moderate pour that lasted for almost 5 minutes. Lacing was spot on, clinging the full length of the head pour. Thicker, as expected, with some murkiness to it. I love the whole cork thing; bottled like a fine champagne.

Smell: Initial blast of citrus and piney hops followed by malty sweetness. I also get light pineapple and maybe orange peel. Swirl the glass after it warms a bit and you get more nose than when the beer is cold, which is milder for a DIPA.

Taste: Piney grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus hops. The sweet maltiness tones down the hops to an enjoyable level with a moderate bitter bite from begining to end. Not overwhelming, as with some DIPA's, but enough to keep the hopheads happy. This is definitely sweeter than I expected. Light booziness in the end of the sip. Not huge alcohol warmth but enough to remind you its a 9%'er. A whole lot of different flavors going on at once in this brew.

Mouthfeel: This is thick beer, but creamy with each sip. I'm kind of surprised how creamy they were able to get this DIPA. Carbonation is lively enough to wake up your taste buds.

Overall: This is a great slow sipping sweeter DIPA that I would go out of my way to buy again. A "must try" for DIPA fans who want to satisfy those hop cravings.

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

22 oz. bottle, cork and cage, bottle conditioned, bottled 4/29/11, purchased 7/2011 and well stored in temperature controlled conditions.

Poured into a British Imperial Nonic.

Pours a nice one finger head, thick, thins out to a nice ¼” cap which hangs in there. Decent lace.
The color is very deep cloudy amber from the bottle yeast and malt. There is a lot of residual yeast in the bottle so pour carefully.

Huge in your face aroma of piney hops, quickly followed by rich malt, then the hops take over and dominate the rest of the pour. Very faint hint of alcohol, which is actually quite pleasant.

Incredibly delicious rush of very distinct, aggressive, piney hops and strong malt when first tasted. Crisp acidity, very full mouth feel and perfect carbonation add balance. Bitter hops come out in the middle, then followed by more rich malt as the two major components of this ale battle for dominance, the hops eventually win by a nose (pun intended), with the hop oils sticking to roof of your mouth like glue. Nowhere is the 9% ABV noticeable.

Very long finish of bitter, piney hops with some malt trying to peak through. As stated above the hop oils last forever. Really.

This is a very powerful, aggressive ale. The hops are very aggressive but are balanced beautifully by the malt and some slight sweetness. Wow! a wonderful brew, just flat out delicious, I could not ask for more. It is one of the top 10 DIPA’s I have tasted. At least in my area (South Eastern PA), this is known as one of Weyerbacher’s flagship brews. It has my vote!

As always I write my review before reading past posts. I admit I am surprised by the number of reveiws that don't seem all that excited by this ale. There is a 12 oz. bottle version that is not conditioned. Could this be it? IMO this ale stands with some of the best reviewed on BA.
Oh well.

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Photo of forcedlaughter
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For it's style, I didn't think this looked very attractive, but I don't care too much about appearance, as long as it tastes good.

Smells sweet and then hoppy. A very malty IPA, but with no date I have no way of knowing how old this is.

Tastes sweet with a little hoppiness. I was hoping for a bit more hops, but it's still a good tasting beer. Caramel, some alcohol, and piny hops.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a heavy IPA, but I like that.

Overall, I could find a few dozen I would pick before this that are just as easy to find year round, but there isn't much to complain about either. I'd like to try it as fresh as possible. I think I will visit the brewery very soon and grab some to ensure a fresh release.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Dark copper with 2 finger off white head and excellent lacing.

S- Very sweet malts and lots of citrus hop aroma (primarily pineapple).

T- Again, very sweet caramel malts. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit comes through in the middle. Not a huge hop bitterness but enough to balance this DIPA, slightly piney hop bitterness but more of a orange rind type of bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium bodied and smooth creamy texture. Could drink 2 or 3 of these no problem.

O- Excellent DIPA. Had this over a year ago and it's just as good as I remember it. Will be bringing a lot back to IL when I travel to Asheville over Memorial Day.

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Photo of Mikey58
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful hazy, deep amber/orange color. A loose, three inch head formed.
I was looking forward to a big hop aroma, but disappointed to get very little. I waited to let the beer get closer to room temp, and only then got a subtle grapefruit and piney hop aroma...not bad.
I like the body and mouthfeel, but the distinct alcohol burn and slight metallic aftertaste distract from the nice simcoe hop flavor. No date on the bottle, but wondering if this is out of code.
Would be willing to try again, but many beers of this style I would rather spend my money on.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: ?

Purchased @ Tulley's, Wells, Maine

Price - $7.25/bomber

Pours a hazey dark orange with an enormous head that measures three inches deep in my Duvel glass, wow. The retention is long lasting and exceptional. Beautiful decorative Tina Turner like legs adorn the drinking vessel. Freshness and carbonation are evident with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top.

The nose is hoppy and full of pine with an underlying aroma of fruity sweetness. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple and caramel malt are in the background begging for attention.

The flavor starts out as pine resin but quickly changes to a tropical fruit character with orange and grapefruit leading the way. Unfortunately a noticeable taste of alcohol comes through and brings down a bit the overall taste.

The mouthfeel is what you would expect, quite bitter but with a slight dry finish. The body is medium to full with carbonation being spot on.

Overall the hops are in the forefront here and I'm digging it. Nothing here is a surprise, pretty much text book for the name and a solid beer overall.

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Photo of hopking311
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper orange with quarter inch white head, quickly dissapates to a thin ring around the glass.

Smells astringent at first not hoppy as expected.
Creamy rich mouthfeel.. 2 words.. hop syrup
Immediately tasted biscuity malt profile,citrusy hops with a woody base.
Very nice and calm for 9%

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Brick Store Pub over Labor Day weekend. Poured from the tap into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A--Golden orange with hints of dark orange when the light hit the beer. Also had a full 3" stark-white head that was very foamy and engulfed nearly 1/3 of the tulip. The head lasted a good long while before finally dissipating and leaving a small ring around the outer edge of the glass.

S--Grapefruit bomb. This had a sharp, tangy bitterness of the fruit. There was also a wonderful pinecone and resin smell. This is one of the strongest beers I have smelled.

T--Definitely able to taste grass, pinecone, and hops. THen comes the painfully bitter grapefruit juice. The acid of this beer scorched my tongue. Took a long time to adjust.

M--Medium bodied, almost thick mouthfeel. Heavy hops and citrus made it a bit hard to drink. The taste buds suffered from this one.

O--This was a really good DIPA, but it was almost a little bit too intense for me. My taste buds adjusted near the end of the drink, but by then it was almost too little too late. Would love to try this one in a food pairing with a sharp cheddar. Perhaps the creaminess of the cheese would cut down the acidity in the beer and mellow it out a bit.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy reddish amber with a decent head that faded fast, leaving behind globs of big bubbles and little lace. Little visible carbonation.

S - Pine trees, juniper, mango, mandarin orange, wafting alcohol, resinous malt, fresh bread, pineapple, apple cider

T - Intense meaty pine with some tropical fruit essence. Some kind of candy, like Nerds or Sweets Tarts, maybe pixie stix. Surprisingly mellow with a good bitter that doesn't overpower. Sweet middle where the malts really shine, and then a good balanced finish for a beer with such high alcohol. The finish has hints of mandarin orange, mangoes, and pine, with a pleasant bitter to support it.

M - Great carbonation for the abv and a really pleasant mouth coating. The bitter is minimal but still has a good character.

O - A really good DIPA, quite fruity and satisfying but still with a citric hop character. Potentially dangerous at 9%!

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle to pint glass.
Dark ruby toned body with decent head retention and lacing. Smells pretty intense with alot of piney hops and caramel malts. Palate is tasty and very balanced but a bit rough around the edges. Piney and earthy with some boozy undertones. Viscous mouthfeel with moderate body. This is a good DIPA but, assuming this bottle is fresh, I feel it's a bit overhyped. That said, this is one that I hope to revisit.

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

Bottled May 24 2011

A - deep rusty amber body with a very nice tan head. Very good look.

S - grassy, tropical fruit, pine, touch of funk. light roasted malts on the back.

T - very earthy and roasty. a little bit of bitter hops, some fruity notes. At this stage, it's not very hop-forward, but it is excellent. I will try to find this fresher.

M - quite smooth, nice full body.

O - yeah, this is really good. not quite what I want from a DIPA, not enough hops on the tongue, but it's still good.

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

Immediately upon opening, a very nice citric hop presence was noted. A sweet, biscuit malt started peeking through but it is still definitely in the background here.

Definitely has a sharp bitterness right away upfront; has both tropical fruit (mostly) and pine qualities to it. Along with it, there's good balance from a sweet candied malt and spicy biscuit malt profile that permeates throughout the body of the beer. Somewhat resiny on the finish, though the bitterness is pretty clean and doesn't linger all that long. I did some research on the Simcoe hop varietal, and what I saw is pretty much true: it isn't very astringent and is pretty tasty. The 9% ABV isn't apparent to me at all, and there needs to be credit given there.

All in all, very tasty stuff and well made. Of course, the ABV is somewhat preventative towards having very many, but at least they did a great job masking it. Some may say it borders on barleywine, but I think it definitely has sufficient hop character not to be.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass

A: pours a medium brown color that is very hazy and has a very slight amber hue, pours with a finger of tan head that lingers only for a short while, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: hit first with malty hops and then follows with a slight alcohol twinge
T: almost tastes like it is on the verge of being a barleywine, strong maltiness with a slight underlying hop bitterness, finishes with a bit of alcohol bite
M: strong carbonation, smooth yet leaves a slight aftertaste, leaves a nice warmth
O: a good representation of the style, a bit too deep and malty for my tastes but still, I feel it is a good brew

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Photo of Holland
2.89/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured an amber orange color - very hazy. Good one finger head when i got it, and it left some lacing on the sides.

S: pine, bitterness, and something musty

T: tastes very bitter, and I don't get the citrus notes at all. I taste earthiness instead, which is fine. A little bit of malts round it out, but I don't get the caramel malt I expected from the color. Now that I think about it I didn't smell the caramel malt either.

M: medium bodied, but very crisp. The bitterness is accentuated by the carbonation. Nice.

O: It's okay - I paid $4 for a 12 oz pour at Tipples in Gainesville. I would never buy it again, but it's drinkable. It's not very complex (one hop, of course) and I'm totally unimpressed.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hszy burnt orange. Very very thick head stays well at a couple fingers. Lots of lacing as well.
S- Smell is of big pine hops with some citrus aromas, caramel and lightly toasted malt. Really pleasing heavy hop hit.
T- Again its really heavy on the hops and I like it. The pine is thick with citrus background. There is some sweetness to it. Some caramel notes and its a bit sugary. Just a faint bit of alcohol warmth compliments the resinous hops in the finish.
M- Not quite as dry in the finish as I would like, there is quite a bit of sugar in the finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Low carbonation.
O- A very good IIPA. Just a touch drier would put this in the top couple for me.

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

750ml bottle into tulip. 072211 bottle date. Huge thanks to Kristencooks for this want in the GDBIF!

A: Pours a big frothy off white head, that hold great retention. The body has slow carbonation, and a very murky burnt orange body color. The lacing is thin, but left in layered swaths.

S: The aroma is huge Simcoe flavor, notes of resin and pine. High hop aroma intensity. The flavors are very earthy and herbal.

T/M: The body is rich in hop character and has a very high level of bitterness from this high alpha acid hop. The flavors are suggested from the nose, of resiny pine and herbal note. This is like walking through a pine forest. High intensity on the flavor and a great malt balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Lingering taste has bitterness through the roof! This is a truly hop bomb.

O: This has been quite a great brew. Huge classic Simcoe elements and bitterness that is unsurpassed. Very well enjoyed and another huge thanks for this one. I know now which hop will be used in my home-brewed One Hop Wonder series.

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Photo of bobhits
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really need to learn hop varieties better, but here we go with another single hop beer.

Pours rather dark, we're not far from a black IPA. Held to the light this is a cloud dark orange and just lovely IPA. Head could be better and retention could be better as well.

Pungent floral, citrus, resiny, and just glorious hops in this nose. A solid malt sweetness here, this is going to have some malt back bones for sure.

This is amazingly complex, clearly the simcoe hop variety has a lot going on. A very resiny, nutty, and has some of the weed like funk notes (at least it tastes like weed smells, can't really comment on the flavors). Malt seems to perfectly intertwine with the nutty notes from the hops. The shift from hoppy to sweet here works flawlessly and the malt completely complements the hops. Word to brewers, the malt is supposed to do this. Hoppy and sweet only works when they go together.

There is plenty of carbonation here which gives this medium-thick bodied beer a rather drinkable mouth feel.

This is incredibly flavorful beer. It is overpowering and perhaps everything an American IPA should be. In your face hop forward and rude as hell about it! I'm a fan and wish this were available in my area.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty, cloudy orange/caramel color with a 1/2 inch head, good lacing throughout. Smell is of hops, a slight hint of citrus. Taste is very hoppy, considerable bitterness, not much else going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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

A: Pours a light hazy red with a massive 3 finger white head with a generous pour that dissipates after a while

S: Huge whiff of sweet tropical fruits at first, mostly pineapple, and then a nice hint of really grassy and slightly floral hops. This one has a huge malt and caramel backbone, smells very sweet.

T: Much like the smell, but in reverse. Starts off with a huge caramel/toffee/malt backbone, then transitions into a tropical fruit flavor, and finishes with grassy, earthy hops. Amazingly refreshing.

O: This is a damn fine IPA. This is 3/3 for weyerbacher, I'm excited to pick up some of the others I left behind at the store before.

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Photo of sjverla
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Very estery. Fruity alcohol and yeast. Dry grass. Smells bright and sweet. Not very hoppy -- might be old.

Appearance: Very hazy and only a small head. Rusty orange. Not very inspiring.

Taste: Big and fruity at first, but the hops kick in strong. Massively bitter -- a mouthful of greenery and grapefruit. Hot on the gums and throat. Way less sweet than a lot of doubles IPAs.

Overall: I'm not getting a ton of the "double" here, aside from the bitterness. 100% true to the name, not so much the style.

Apparently, I wrote this when it was too cold. As the beer warmed it improved.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I truly have to give it up for this brew being a one hop brew. Wow I really thoought is was going to be weak on hop appeal but not at all. Very piney, some citrus full of a resiney smooth taste. Great ABV and great one hop brew I loved it and will try to find again


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

So, if wonder what a double IPA is, try this one. Sure, it has just one hop, but you'll get the idea of what a double IPA can do to you.

Pours a bright, deep reddish/brown/amber color. Head is foamy and dense. Lacing all the way down. Pretty pretty

A slight whiff will stimulate your nose hairs. Hops? Um, yeah. But also some nice caramel and earhtiness to it. Chewy, it may be

Zing! There are those hops. A bit green-viney. The simcoe is the most obvious aspect of this beer, but it has enough malt to balance...or try to balance...out the flower. It doesn't happen, but it makes an effort. Alcohol is noticeable and takes a bit away from the enjoyment. But what are you going to do?

Syrupy or resin finish on it really makes the bite turn into a throat scratching experience.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,238 ratings.
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