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 CHSLBrew
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Pours a hazy, opaque orange-copper beer. Amber-tan head topped this glowing brew, receding sort of quickly, but still retained as a nice swirl of bubbles.

S-Resingy, earthy-herbal hoppy aroma, thick and sticky, somewhat unusual from my experience. A bit of sweet-seeming maltiness lurks beneath the surface.

T-A thick, nearly vegatative hoppiness grabbed ahold of my tongue, resinous and thickly herbal. This flavor persists well into the aftertaste. Esters provided some perceived sweetness, which perhaps accompanies a hint of toasty, nutty malts. But these don't have much of an opportunity to shine, as the huge hoppiness is continually boxing out the malts for attention. Hop bitterness is huge, at times it even seems almost too huge for the beer to handle.

M-Medium-heavy body makes this one pretty substantial. Carbonation is a surprisingly spritely moderate level.

D-Drinkability is a difficult attribute for this brew. It's a pretty aggressive DIPA, with the bitterness to go with it. However, I still feel that a great DIPA should be a bit easier-going. For that, I'm going to knock this one a bit.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very murky brown with hints of orange around the edges with a 2 finger, very puffy offwhite head. Head sticks around forever...the beer looks completely gross for a IPA, but the head is really nice.

S- getting some very sweet smelling tropical fruit...pretty strong. Very nice.

T- starts off a little mild with the tropical, and then the simcoe smashes you in the face multiple times on the way down to the finish.

M- feel is fine, albeit unremarkable...feels more like a single IPA than a double. Not that thats a bad thing, just a little weird with the boldness of the flavors I'm getting

D- its a sipper, because the simcoe can be a little much. Still very, very good though.

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Photo of herman77
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange/amber. Almost a rusty brown color. Very cloudy with a frothy off white head. Great, thick/heavy lacing and the head stays frothy till the end.

S: Is this ever pungent and resiny! Pine and grapefruit. Tons and tons of resiny hop oils. Whiffs of sweet malt permeate as well.

T: Again, very pungent, resiny in your face pine, grapefruit and apricot hops. The Simcoe hops are pretty intense, but it is balanced well by the huge amounts of sweet malt. The malt is a rich carmel with honey sweetness. Finishes with a woody, earthy, resiny hop flavor that has a great drying effect. Makes you wanna go back for another sip.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation is a little on the high and active side considering the higher abv. Nice smoothness and creaminess. Drinks lower than its abv. This stuff is pretty intense, a palate destroyer, but its got a good drinkability considering.

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Photo of thetomG
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour - rich amber color with a decent amount of white head that lingers, leaving some lacing here and there on the glass.

Aroma is pleasant - slightly fruity, very hoppy. Flavor is more of the same bit bitter from the hops with some additional notes of caramel and malt coming through.

Very smooth and creamy on the palate and quite drinkable.

Would drink more of this, but not necessarily seeking it out.

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

Orange appearance, little head, minimal lace. Aroma was not the pungent Simcoe experience I came to expect.

Taste, not a big hop bomb like something named double simcoe would lead me to believe either. Woody, bitter, average hoppiness for a double ipa, a great deal of sweetness. Came off like a hybrid barleywine and dipa.

Carbonation is still up halfway down, a decent price on these $10 a 4 pack. Not going to knock the socks off anyone looking for a dipa simcoe west coast style beer. Enjoyable nonetheless, just was different than advertised.

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Photo of optiontwo
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is number 100. Weyerbacher just arrived in MN not too long ago so I guess this is kind of special, no westy 12 but hey.

Poured into tulip

a: went a little crazy on the pour. Lookin at a two inch cream colored head but I can already tell it will have nice retention and lacing. The beer itself is a glowing dark orange that's pretty hazy.

S: the Aroma is sweeter than I expected with lots of sweet caramel and sugary odors in the front. Not a bad thing but I expected a nose full of hops. That's not to say they're not there, and the hop scent is very distinct with lots of tropical fruit to it.

T: first off I taste a strong toffee flavor quickly followed by a bitter punch and dried pineapple and mango. There's also some herbal hints but not so much piney as it is tea like.

M: I actually think this is where the beer shines. The flavor itself is not incredibly complex but the mouthfeel is nice and chewy and the favorable flavors stick around for a while.

D: well hidden 9%. Most would say they'd have only one but I'd have two.

O: Would like to try this either fresher or on tap but still very glad to get to try this and it has me even more excited to use simcoe for the first time in a homebrew. Weyerbacher is good stuff and I cAn't wait to try more.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper-orange pour with huge creamy head and great lacing. Lots of earthy, pine in the nose with a nice malty backbone. The taste is much the same but with a kind of mediciney after taste. The Simcoe hops are the stars here with a nice bitter bite and a decent balance with some caramel malt to offset. I think this one was a bit too cold when I poured it as it got a lot more complex and balanced as it warmed up. Nice dry crisp finish made it pretty drinkable. The alcohol was nicely hidden and barely noticeable for a 9% beer. Not a great beer, but pretty decent.

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Photo of IronLover
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with an amber hue. Very hazy. Light yellowish head that disappears quickly, but leaves a steady cap. Wet lacings that don't stick around. Soft hoppy floral aroma. Refreshing, lively carbonation. Quick malt character in the beginning followed by intense, long lasting hop flavor. Finishes with a bit of pine character. Alcohol is sensed at the finish leaving a medicinal edge to the aftertaste.

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Photo of adam42381
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours an opaque amber color with a 1 finger cream colored head which dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Mixture of caramel and florals with just a hint of citrus and pine.

Taste: Malt up front followed almost immediately by a hoppy lemon rind bitterness. There is a definite sweetness throughout which is contrasted by the intense bitterness. The aftertaste is a mixture of bitter citrus and pine. Very long lasting flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Quite sticky.

Drinkability: Great drinkability but only if you love hoppy bitterness. The bitterness is very high.

Overall: An excellent IPA. I'm very happy that I picked this one up when buying a twelve pack of singles. I will be buying this one again.

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Photo of rwf08
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a NB tulip.

A: Dark burgundy with ruby hues where the light shines through. One of the darkest DIPAs I have ever had. No, this is the darkest, even darker than Nugget Nectar. Some sticky lacing, good froffy head that is tine but still hearty and dense.

S: I detect alcohol mixed with sweet malt. Pine, lots of pine. To be expected if not demanded with the name.

T: Sweet, malty, bitter. They balance well. There is a familiar fruity character that I cannot think of. Tropical I believe.

M: Good carbonation, a little heavy for an DIPA but does have a good dry finish.

D: I enjoy this but I have had better. At 9% it can drag on you but this isn't meant to be a short term drink. Make it last and enjoy it. I've had better but this is still good.

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Photo of mweso2000
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep ammber copper color. Head was not that thick. Nice lace however down the side of the glass.

S-Rich hoppy aroma with a hint of citrus.

T-The hops are really the first thing that hits you when you take a sip. Finishes with a taste of malt.

M-Feels smooth and creamy in the mouth. Nice carbonation.

D-Watch out with an abv of 9%. Has high drinkability though and it would be really easy to spend an afternoon throwing back a few of these.

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Photo of bogus564
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass, this beer displays a nice reddish color, with a light caramel head that holds for sixty seconds.

Very nice grapefruity smell, compliments of the Simcoe hops. I'm catching a bit of a cool floral tone as well. I've got my hopes up.

Yes! The simcoe hops have produced a fantastic grapefruit flavor, with a subtle grassiness underneath. I'm also catching the caramel from the roasted malt, keeping this beer from being way too hoppy. I am liking this.

Good mouthfeel - there are a few things going on here, and it keeps you interested.

Unfortunately, I don't have any leftover steak, or I'd be in my beer 'sweet spot' right about now.

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Photo of fear025
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Sweet, fruity hop aroma, kind of like a sugary candy.

Appearance:This beer is a deep amber with great head retention, and good lacing.

Taste:On first taste, the bitter hops hit like a ton of bricks. On subsequent tastes, the hops take on the fruity flavors that were in the nose. The heavy malt flavor also begins to shine through. The hops linger pleasantly on my tongue through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a thick mouthfeel, and an alcohol burn on the back of my throat.

Drinkability:This beer is a great DIPA, with unique complex flavors that I have not experienced in other DIPAs. It is a fantastic example of this style.

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

I finished a great day of drinking with two large pints off the tap of Simcoe. Clouds of carbonation hang suspended in the orange brown body, while the creamy whitish head hangs on for a good long while. Strong and powerful nose hangs in there all day, with citrus, hemp, and aged cheese-feet notes all doing their work.

Tasty. Simcoe is an easy-drinking hop as it doesn't bring too much herbal-peppery-bitterness. Citrus zest and tropical fruits bring the major flavor notes. The pale malt is sweet and matches the hops note for note. The booze is noticeable here on the draft version. Big mouthfeel is quite sticky and chewy. Everything about this beer is big and bad, and I love it.

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Photo of mklinger
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. It poured quite thickly & came out a fairly dark orange that was very hazy boarding on cloudy. I poured it vigorously but not much head developed. Not a super inviting appearance book.

Aroma was better than the appearance. Strong fruits paired with a good amount of sweetness. Some grapefruit but when paired with the crystal sweetness it comes out as something different. More rich and this changes the fruit character, maybe to mango with the citrus and sweetness.

Taste was rich and complex, almost more like a really hoppy barleywine than a DIPA. Rich malt followed very quickly by strong bitterness then the catty flavor folks talk about with Simcoe. The hop flavors do come off as less complex & sophisticated than other premium quality DIPAs. It comes across as a bit one dimensional on the hops.

Fairly full mouthfeel. More full than is my preference. I thought this DIPA was fine, but definitely not my favorite DIPA.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh Growler from Fathead's drinkin the same night.

A-pours a very cloudy mahogony red color with a very light tan colored head that is dense and creamy coming in abundance

S-the nose is quite nice and brings some balance, caramel malt, hint of brown sugar, pine and citrus in the back, notes of grapefruit and a good piney bitter aroma.

T-very balanced, lots of toasted brown sugar and caramel, pine takes over, quite resignous, lots of grapefruit and citrus in the back with a light lingering bitterness.

M-smooth and creamy medium body, good carbonation that holds the body throughout, crisp finish, syrupy on the roof of the mouth.

D-well balanced and huge, tons of malts but the showcase is the simcoe hop. Quite drinkable as the bitterness is moderate and pleasant.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a burnt sienna color, very hazy with visible bits of sediment floating around. Thin white head forms and settles to a skim, and sticks like glue to the sides of the glass.

S - Very floral and herbal hop presence, with a lot of pine/citrus along with it. There is also a lot of malty goodness going on in the nose, along with burnt sugar and caramel.

T&M - Full bodied feel with a quick blast of hop oils on the tongue, quickly balanced by the malts. Caramel sweetness creeps in as well, and the residual sugars round everything out. One of the sweeter flavored IIPA's I've had. There is almost a viscous feel to this, and just a little residual hop flavor after swallowing. Alcohol is well masked and felt only slightly in the finish.

D - Very tasty, but a lot of these flavors are so bold as to make this a slow sipper, and one at that. Average drinkability for the style, I would say.

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Photo of beergod1
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found some notes of this fine beer I had on-tap at UPick6 in Erie PA. I thought I gave my Ratings of a few Weyerbacher's, but I guess I got too drunk to Rate, I can read my notes still. Poured a Beautiful hazy Orange, with a light bubbly head. First sniff was awakening. Ahhh, this is Simcoe Hops. Combo punch of Pine and Grapefruit. First taste, just as it smelled, with a faint sweetness for balance. As it warmed, so did the Alcohol. Not overbearing, just letting you know it was part of this fine brew. I remember saying "Oh my God" several times as I sipped, while eating smoked turkey Sandwich with Russ's Famous Potato Salad. I need to get a couple of bombers, and let them rest for a while.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark brown amber colour using the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. The taste is quite malty with a very very bitter grapefruit hoppy finish. Honestly, its ok, not bad, but not great. Its incredible drinkable though for the 9%. No hint of the alcohol at all. Just wish the flavour packed a bit better of a punch.

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Photo of hardy008
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with a thin off white head which has decent retention. Smell is lighter than I expected, some grapefruit and pine, but I thought the aroma would be stronger. Maybe an older bottle?

The taste is grapefruit and pine, with a light caramel malt backbone. I am surprised this is as lightly flavored as it is. I am starting to think this sat around for a while before being sent to the store.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Somewhat oily. Might be the best part of the beer so far. the overall drinkability of this beer is decent, but I may need to try this again and edit the review. I think this may be an old bottle. I have heard and read for a long time that the aroma and flavor are bold, and this isn't.

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

This beer pours clear deep copper/light amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is highly hoppy-citrus lemon and grapefruit with some pine and a bit of fresh floral grass. There is a hint of sweet malt in the background. The flavor is upfront an explosion of hop flavor--grapefruity and piney with a solid hop bitterness. Beneath all the hops is a sweet, bready malt flavor. The beer finishes slightly dry with an ever-lasting hop flavor. The body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. The ABV is apparent only in a slightly oily mouthfeel and a glowing warm belly. Overall a deliciously hoppy beer -- hops all over the place with just a hint of sweet, bready malt.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rich amber color with a frothy white head that retained nicely trhoguhout the drink, leaving some spider-web like laces along the glass.

Smell is pine and oak, earth and resin.

The taste is hop-heavy with the bitter pines and grapefruit like notes. I've never had the Simcoe hop as a stand alone, but Weyerbacher really utlizes it well with this brew.

An excellent DIPA. One of the best I've had. Will definately purchase again.

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

12oz bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a very hazy and cloudy dark amber to light brown with a small light yellow head. Nose is very sweet and hoppy -tons of Simcoe as you'd expect.

Taste is sweet, bitter, harsh and full of citrus notes. It's got a fairly harsh finish but it's nice and bitter. It's fairly drinkable but the alcohol level is certainly noticeable.

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into great lakes snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of off white head. Color is a dark burnt orange copper. Decent retention with light splattered lace.

Aroma: Pine and floral hops. Big hop profile. No malts showing. Big citrus kick. Grapefruit and orange.

Taste: Big hop resin feel to it. Juicy floral hops. Grapefruit citrus and orange peel. Some malts show here and they really bring this dipa down. As it warms the hops develop a weedy characteristic to them.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very sweet with hop flavors. Sticky as well.

Overall, a decent brew, but nothing extraordinary. I had higher expectations for this one. Another Weyerbacher sipper for me.

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Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour at Fat Heads, served in a mini-snifter

A - the beer is dark amber in color with just a touch of haze. a thin layer of loose cream colored film sits atop.

S - quite spicy from the Simcoe hops with just a thin layer of lightly sweet malt underneath. fortunately, Simcoe smells a bit better than it tastes.

T - ah, the ultimate "love it or leave it" hop variety...I'm a big fan of hops but always felt that Simcoe is best left as a companion to other hops rather than being a display of its own.

M - medium bodied, very slick and oily but adequate carbonation helps fight through that.

D - not a bad DIPA...some will love it, others not. much bigger fan of the unfiltered version as that adds another dimension to an otherwise one-sided beer.

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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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