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 r0nyn
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

Pours a mustardy-brown hue that settles into the glass opaquely. Not really living up to the whole 'pale ale' moniker, but whatever. Half-inch off-white head that slowly recedes, leaving strings of wispy lacing coating the inside of the glass. I think the little bit of age that this particular bottle has been through has mellowed out the smell, because while I'm getting some light grapefruit notes, they're pretty subdued. There's a very sweet malty essence that defines the nose of this brew and while unusual, I'm definitely digging it.

The first sip is quite a bit of a surprise to me; a big hoppy punch of bitterness right off the bat, destroying any pretensions I had of this being less hop-forward than normal. After the inital blast of bitter, the malty notes from the nose come through, though far more nuanced than the smell would have me believe. The bitterness lingers throughout and long into the final swig. Aftertaste is all hops too. Not too much of an alcoholic bite. The mouthfeel is really quite thick, especially from an IPA. It coats the mouth well and leaves the palate somewhat dry.

On the whole, this is a pretty interesting beer. Looks funky, smells great, tastes... interesting to say the least. I'd definitely like to try a fresher bottle to compare. A very serviceable IPA from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of zachary80
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small offwhite head fades quickly and leaves bubbles. Amber brown opaque body. Good lacing

Aroma is all hops. A nice piney citrusey blend with a twang that I haven't smelled in many other beers.

Taste doesn't keep up with the aroma. More of a straight bitterness and not the wonderful nuances and variety of the smell. Still enjoyable but definite room for improvement.

Mouthfeel is good. Barely detect the alcohol

Overall a beer with potential. Might be better when extremely fresh

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

Poured this into a brand new tulip glass that I just bought. The beer pours a hazy amber color, with a slight head. The smell is very pleasant, with some fruit coming through with the hops. The taste follows pretty closely. It's sweet and hoppy at the same time. I do enjoy the mouthfeel - it's not too heavy, and has a nice, clean aftertaste. Not my favorite DIPA flavor, but very, very solid just the same. Even though nothing in particular wows me, this is a really enjoyable beer overall. I will buy another 4 pack of this the next time a fresh one is released.

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Photo of shand
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This was bottled about six months ago, so it's surely less fresh than I usually like from the style. Didn't notice these were dated until I got home.

Pours a very hazy (to the point of translucency) deep red color with a finger of head that recedes fairly quickly. Lacing is good, though. The aroma on this is caramel malts, a decent amount of earthy hoppiness, and some nice citrus malts. The taste? Foiled again! The hops have faded further than I'd surely like. That said, this is still a well-constructed brew that provides a pleasant and persistant hop bite over some caramel malts. Thankfully not too sweet, and the alcohol is barely present. A good DIPA for sure.

The mouthfeel is good, it's moderately carbonated and not too thick. The drinkability is superb, this glass didn't last too long in front of me. Surely, I can see this bottle's past it's prime. I don't quite understand why Weyerbacher's date code gives this another two months of shelf life, since I bought this from a store that's rather good about following date codes. I'm surely going to seek out a fresher bottle and update this review, because this is still quite delicious six months out, even if it's not as hoppy as I'd like.

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Photo of liamt07
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum, Weyerbacher feature night. Into a tulip.

Pours a reddish amber, mild offwhite head with some decent lacing. Nose is huge, tons of hops, loads of orange, tangerine and peach with some mild malt balance. General sweetness overall. Taste is just as hop forward, more orange, tangerine and pine cones come through after the fact. Good malt balance here too, keeps the hops at bay to a degree, but tastes great. Some lingering bitterness but doesn't slaughter the palate. Medium low carbonation aids the drinkability. Great mouthfeel and a very attractive beer overall.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Beer is a cloudy orange color and does not let much light through. The head is light tan, thick and creamy and with an oily sheen on it. On initial pour I got a huge overflow of foam out of the glass and could have lost a lot of beer if I hadn't stopped pouring.

S - Very nice hop aroma. Orange and grapefruit and maybe some mint. The aroma is very much like the classic US hops, but somehow softer and less harsh. Maybe a bit of nutty malt, but it is way in the background.

T - A wild mix of sweet malt, sugar, alcohol, and a thick backbone of citrusy hops. Finishes slightly sweet and fruity.

M - Heavy hop bitterness. Thick body. Some carbonation creaminess.

D - Overall a very good beer. A little too sweet and heavy in body for me to consider it balanced, but the hops are amazingly smooth and soft-tasting, given the high hop bitterness.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 fl ozs bottle into a pint glass. Dated 120910/080811 on the neck.

Appearance: Pours a thick, cloudy burnt orange. You cannot see through this beer. The head is a dark, hazel-colored off-white, yet thick and bready.

Smell: Muted citrus in the nose. I feel like any odor is trapped in this thick brew, though it does smell a little boozy.

Taste: Orange caramel? Muted citrus flavor. The alcohol comes right through in a rather untamed way and leaves a bitter medicine-like aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation whatsoever. Feels like the last experience I had with a watery-thin cask ale, which I was not so fond of.

Overall: Not sure if the almost five month old bottling date (if I read the neck correctly) is part of the letdown, but I am not a huge fan of this DIPA. Also, this is my first experience with an DIPA brewed with a single hop strain - bottom line, I'll have to try more!

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Photo of zrab11
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a Hazy amberish color with nice 1 finger head

S- Has a citrus hoppy smell with some grapefruit and orange notes to it

T- Hits you with alot of hops right off the bat then comes in next is the grapefruit then finish's with a crispness

M- Light bodied with nice carbonation

D- Overall i didn't really like this one too much. It was drinkable but just alittle off for me. I think after a few reviews im begining to see a trend. if the grapefruit profile is strong i tend to not like the beer as well. So give this beer a try . but for me i wont be picking this up again on purpose.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
9% ABV, 010511/090511 on the neck.

A - The giant waft of gunsmoke is the cool precursor to the brilliant appearance of this beer. The four-finger light khaki head is undying! Probably the best retention I've ever seen! Many minutes go by until any shift in height is seen. A plateau forms in the center and ultra-thick lace is left clinging to the sides like mad!

S - The hop-rich aroma is filled with low notes of grassiness while the grapefruit citrus is forwards. Lots of caramel malt backs up the large hop profile well. Notes of banana yeast esters and clay in the back strangely.

T - A hop-forward flavor is to be expected but the pure Simcoe take me by surprise. Juicy grapefruit and pineapple with a dash of lemon grass and floral notes. Big fruitiness accompanies Belgian-like yeast with fruity esters and earthy tones of clay. Huge caramel, bready malt backs up the hops with a robust presence.

M - Full-bodied and sweet with a very malty profile underneath the fruity, citrusy, slightly bitter hop finish. A bit too sweet. I'd like just a little more hop bitterness to come through for balance. Well-carbonated but the mouthfeel is a little cloying.

O - Low drinkability from a persistent but mild alcohol warmth and taxing sweet malty profile. Overall, it's a pretty darn good beer, but it's certainly a beer better shared than experienced alone. Simcoe hops are nice - I love experiencing single-hop brews.

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

Dark orange, approaching a reddish amber color. Off white full finger head

Big scent of hops released on the pour. Upon closer inspection the malts come through, and also a tinge of yeast. Oranges, lemon zest.

Upon tasting this is a well balanced double ipa. First hit was a hop quickly went to a malt taste still backed by the hops. Sweetness in the malt, some caramel appears, orange, pineapple. I feel like the hoppy bitterness keeps wanting the come through full force, but it held off by the malt. More fruitiness to the malt as I drink more. Hints of orange/cream mix. Alcohol noticeable as well, but it's welcome. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium. Appropriate carbonation and drinkable

Overall very good. Kind of underwhelmed til 5th sip, then it was extremely delicious. But then the hops began to fade slightly.

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

Thanks for sending this one my way, Scott.

A: The pour is a hazed dark amber color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: A nice citrus hop punch right off the bat. Good grapefruit and sweet oranges. There is a lot of tropical fruit character as well. Maybe a touch sugary, but a good pine note to round things out.

T: Fruity hop flavors from start to finish. Grapefruit and pineapple are the big ones, but there is a nice citrus peel flavor and a little bit of grass. Pine provides most of the bitterness, and there is a substantial malt component.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: While it does tend a bit toward the sweeter side, it still has a solid hop profile and nice bitterness.

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

Thanks to smokeypeat for this one!

750 mL corked and caged. Some obvious sediment.

Great looking beer! Brown and somewhat cloudy with a giant head that lasted and lasted, continually growing from the torrent of bubbles rising from the laser etching on my duvel tulip glass. Great lacing too.

Very hoppy aroma. Also plenty of grapefruit and lemon peel, various subtle light fruits, and an array of malts.

Taste is very bold. Lots of hops along with a strong malt backbone. Pine and grapefruit are great fillers, along with a subtle fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and rich, slightly oily with hops, and strongly carbonated. Light alcohol warming.

Drinks very well. A damn fine offering. The more weyerbacher beers I try, the more I like this brewery. So far the insanity is my fav, but I like them all!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is earthy and very hoppy in the sense of what this beer is.Tthe color is muddy golden looking. Not the most appealing color but once you taste it you'll see it's good. This beer goes through different stages it seems like at first it's hoppy and juicy, then it because more dry as you drink it. The flavor is unique amongst other IPA's. The head on the glass is great too, the lacing is very sticky. This is one of Weyerbacher's pride and joys. This one should be around for quite some time.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ma 'n pa picked this up in the States and bro and sis flew it over a while back. Thanks for supporting my retarted hobby guys!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-thick, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. A hazy burnt umber brown with lots of active carbonation. Darker color than expected. A splotchy wisp remains the whole way down and leaves some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of caramel malt, pale malt, light honeydew melon and some citrus grapefruit notes. Light orange peel and some floral hops as well. Nice, but could definitely be bigger.

TASTE: Some caramel and pale malts up front, then more grainy and bready malt through the middle into the finish. Some floral hops at the swallow, then quite a good dose of grapefruit and piney, bitter hops. A bold and lingering aftertaste of bitter grapefruit and piney hops, as well as sweet caramel and toffee notes. A touch of booze lingers as well. Bigger and bolder than the nose, and goes through distinct sweeter malt and bitter hop stages from beginning to finish. Tells a story. Good stuff!

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, somewhat oily even, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite at the swallow and finishes mouth-coating. An oily finish perhaps. Great stuff again!

OVERALL: I enjoyed this one much more than I’d expected to. A nice, creamy palate provided the base for a taste profile with two distinct acts. The nose could be a little bigger, which would add to the anticipation, but the taste profile made this an enjoyable, interesting DIPA. Definitely worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again guys!

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Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper with solid foam retention. There is lacing on the glass. Beer looks thick.

S - Smells of citrus and spicy hops. The aromas come across more focused than most DIPA's. Where there are more complex type, the Double Simcoe is consistent with its scent.

T - Nice taste of tangerines, grapefruit, and the Simcoe gives it a rather spicy hop flavor. Very nice.

M - A beer that coates your tongue. Easy drinker for the ABV.

O - A solid DIPA that stands on its own and flies under the radar.

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Photo of Marty30
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber taken out of the fridge ,poured into my Harpoon 100 barrel series glass.

A. Very nice hazy deep brownish orange.Poured somewhat aggresively leaves behind a bid fluffy three finger tan head,that dissapates slowly and leaves behind a quarter inch cap.Lacing is nice and sticky.

S. Citrus and pine are upfront,also get some pineapple. Not very strong aromas,like most DIPA's.

T. Exactly like the smell. Hop bomb,very bitter piney and citrus notes. Not a balenced brew,I don't think it was meant to be that way either.

M. Mouthfeel is great,very creamy medium feel.Coats the mouth really nice.Not overlly carbonated.

Overall Not mind blowing but on the same token not bad either.If you are into hop forward DIPA's I think you would enjoy this.

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a murky and dark golden brown with 3 inch rocky white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Wonderfully aromatic pine and citrus hops.
T: In-your-face hops here. Bitter, aromatic, pine, citrus...big hops. Hint of pineapple and caramel malt.
M: Medium body. Fresh hop feel. Bitter bite with a mild alcohol burn at the finish.
D: If you are into hops (big time), then this is your brew. Nicely refreshing...even for a big beer. I will say that this beer is nicely balanced...not nearly as harsh as one might expect given the massive hops.

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

A: Poured a hazy dark amber. Head is slightly off white and receded after about a minute, leaving behind a nice lacing.

S: Surprisingly, the hop aroma was almost overshadowed by the aroma of sweet malts. The citrus is there, but a lot of sweetness comes through as well.

T: The taste is a more hop forward than the smell suggests. Sweet, dark fruits come through afterwards, and a hoppy bitterness lingers at the end.

M: Decent carbonation, a little syrupy and sticky in a not entirely pleasant way.

D: Quite drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden. Sweet for the style, so perhaps not everybody's cup of tea, but I rather enjoyed it.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to finewinemike for the chance to taste this one. I had actually had this one on tap while I was in DC last year, and remembered liking it. Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a very very dark amber color. Maybe the darkest (non black) IPA I have ever seen. Foam fills the glass, and recedes quickly, leaving a little lacing. Smell- butterscotch, some alcohol notes. Taste- bitter bitter butterscotch, followed by a bitter buttery finish. This is a bitter abusive IPA! The butterscotch flavor is overdone, and this lacks some complexity, but overall is an interesting spin on the style. I'm not sure that using Simcoe hops only was a good thing, but its interesting anyway. Mouthfeel- a teeny bit flat, a little bit syrupy. Drinkability- I overall like this beer, but dont know that I would really be able to have another one today!

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

This beer poured a apple cider like dirty amber with a light white foam that laced the glass. It smelled of simcoe hops (what else?) and a citrusy malty mix to give it a nice sweetness. The flavors are very well integrated. The simcoe hops and citrusy malt are near perfect together. This is also one of the smoothest DIPAs I've ever had. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ozer into a tulip
A - Very deep and cloudy dark orange color on the pour with a kahki brown head and good lace.
S - Very grassy and earthen hops with cirtus spackled into the nose. A good musty pine.
T & M - Awesome hop presence that is smooth and musty. It has a carmalized sugary pine flavor and a deep dark sugar depth. The beer is medium heavy bodied and chewy that finishes a little bitter.
O - A good DIPA that has some goo qualities. It is very natural as it only has one type of hop but it is not incredibly balanced or complex. I really enjoyed it but it will not blow you away.


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Photo of mountsnow1010
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Brownish, hazy, with a huge white head that leaves purty lacing.
S - Toffee and fruit. Pineapple, apple, some other citrus all hit me pretty strongly. I don't know much about simcoe so this is new for me.
T - Again, real nice delicate fruit flavors. Apricots, perhaps? A biscuity flavor as well, but just a slight touch. Definitely a soapy character as well. Also getting some more raw 'green' flavors...
MF - Smooth and quite creamy, perfect carbonation. Alcohol warms the throat, but it is very pleasant.
O - Great beer, very enjoyable, especially fresh. Outrageously drinkable at 9% too. Not quite as hop forward as most DIPAs I have tried, definitely not as aggressive. Very pleasant and interesting take on a DIPA, will try again. Hopefully will get a chance to try the unfiltered version (I sent my only 750 of that out in a trade, but it's readily available here).

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't really like the looks of this. Kind of a mud water brown/tan color. On the edges it is orange and nice, but throughout most of it is is kind of poopy. The nose is the best thing about this beer. Hops dance happily from pungent bitter to sweet apricots, and followed by a kind of malt "sensibility" that puts a dollop of cream on the whole thing. The flavor is a slight disappointment up against the complex and happy nose. The whole thing just goes fruity in flavor, and then there is a bitterness that only seems to make it hard to take another sip as apposed to balance the sweetness out. I will say that I detect hardly any booziness, so perhaps that's what the bitterness could be hiding at the end.

I think my rating gives this beer it's due. Sweet fruity flavors with a bitter finish, but not a whole lot beyond that. I'd go for it again if it was around, but nothing here get's me off. I would go for more pronounced hop character, not just hop bite, and the high abv. just seems to make that more difficult to achieve here.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, nice thick frothy off white head with a color of dark copper, not clear kind of dense in apperance.

Smell is nice hop front (pines and citrus) with a good lightly roasted/bready malt followup.

Taste is suprisingly balanced (no esters) for this ABV, nice malt sweetness balanced by the big simcoe hop flavors, lots of pine hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel is a touch sweet, would like it to be somewhat smoother, but no ester flavors.

Overall, very good dipa, maybe on the sweet side for my taste but i like the big bready malt balance

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-poured into a dogfish snifter a very cloudy brown with orange tints on the edges three to four fingers head with plenty of retention.

S-smells as malty and thick as it looks very bready nose with a slight grapefruit twinge mostly just malts though.

T-very malty with biscuit and bread hoppy as well picking up grapefruit bitter from start to finish but lingers with a heavy malt sweetness.

M-very heavy for this style thick chewy and slightly off-putting for me.

D-I had this last year sometime at which point I did not review it but this seems like a completely different beer and not in a good way I remember this one being slot better. Maybe I'll grab another in a year and see if it's made a comeback.


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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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