Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA
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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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using 100% Simcoe Hops, a west coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc.

Added by yen157 on 05-05-2006

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Photo of lhaqq
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark copper to mahogany body with a dense white head.

S: Pine, cream, and lemon.

T: Starts off with a good dose of citrusy hops. Some lemon and grapefruit. Finishes mostly creamy but has a bit of a spicy kick at the end.

M: Smooth--almost closer to a triple IPA than a double.

D: A sipping beer. Always try to have double IPAs whenever I see them. This one was definitely better than average, but wouldn't be one of my favorites (those would probably have to come from Russian River).

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Photo of silentjay
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a rather murky orange/brown brew gives life to a relatively small but frothy light tan head that laces well.

pine and citrus and bitter grapefruit aromas give way to a sweet malt smell.

lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits attack the palate. pineapple, nectarine, passionfruit, mango, among others. a touch of pine as well. some soft and sweet malts balance it out nicely, almost too much, with a slight alcohol heat. but its tasty with lots of flavors intermingling.

medium bodied and a bit oily with good carbonation levels. a bittersweet aftertaste with a bit of alcohol astringency.

drinks rather well. not a complete "hop bomb" but the hops are there. I think they have faded just a bit over a little time. From my recollection, I enjoyed the unfiltered a bit more, but this is a very good beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper orange hued pour from a 12 oz bottle offers decent retention and lacing for an East Coast brew. Not much carbonation is evident amid a light haze.

Nice nose of earthy hops, bit of malt and a touch of citrus. Improves with warming somewhat, becoming a bit smoky with some air.

Flavor is lightly bitter and somewhat chalky and dry of bitterness. Nicely balanced in flavor overall with a hint of so many things. Subtle and discreet, yet enjoyable nonetheless. Becomes a bit orange rancid in malt flavor by the finish as the bitterness dissipates. Somewhat lacking in bitterness overall, and with a notable syrup viscosity in flavor.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, slightly orange amber with subdued carbonation. The head is pretty diminutive, and quickly fades to leave just a skim across the top, but leaves wonderful lace on the sides of my tulip glass.

The aroma is loaded with dank pine and grapefruit goodness from all those simcoe hops. I do still detect a hint of boozienss and some pale malt sweetness, but they just seem to add to all that wonderful hop aroma.

The flavor is hoptastic with plenty of candied orange, ruby red grapefruit and some fresh pine character. The malt is surprisingly plain and sugary given the color, but it does a good job of accentuating all those hops, and standing up to a fairly high bitterness that is most apparent in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the larger side of medium, and finishes sticky dry with hop flavors hanging on my tongue. There is definitely a bit of perceptible heat in this beer, but it does not detract from the overall feel.

Not the most drinkable double IPA, but quite tasty. I tried this back when I was just getting into craft beer hardcore and I remember thinking it was a bit too much at the time. I am definitely glad I came back to revisit this one. Recommended.

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Photo of speter
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep copper color with a huge creamy off-white head that leaves impressive lacing.

S: Well, those are Simcoe hops alright! The malt is way in the background, but the pine and citrus of the hops dominates the nose.

T: From start to finish, this has hop bitterness. Normally, you'd get some malty sweetness up front, but here, you just get the least bitter portion of the beer. As you head over the center, your palate is coated in pine hop resins and oils, leading to a piney finish. Surprisingly, the aftertaste is on the palate, rather in the throat. Very interesting.

M: Very viscous and oily.

D: If you're in the mood for hops, this one is a great single hop IPA

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A dark amber to a mahogany color body that is very hazy. The tan/ivory head is initially 1-2 fingers, creamy in texture, that dissipates over time to a foamy ring around the glass with island foam in the middle. Great lacing and head retention.

S: A sweet malty aroma with citrus & piney hops. A very balance smell that is powerful, rich, and overall pleasant.

T: An initial sweetness on the palate is followed with a rich caramel malts and necessary bitterness that is hardly noticeable in the beginning of drinking this beer. Pine, citrus, and grapefruit hops are there as well as a strong malty backbone and brown sugar notes. A very balanced beer that that tastes like delicious-ness.

M: A smooth and creamy texture with mild carbonation and a medium-full body.

D: I only bought one, wish I bought more. So good. Definately will be drinking this again in the future.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: rich orange hue with plenty of haze. Head is two fingers of creamy dark-ivory foam. This beer looks thick.

Smell: big, sweet malty aroma with a big dose of citrusy and slightly piney hops. This smells a lot like an American barleywine or strong ale. I rather like it.

Taste: sweet, caramel malt backbone with rich, citrusy and piney hops. There's plenty of grapefruit flavor here for the taking, but it's well-balanced by a huge malt body. Bitter, but balanced. I like it a good deal.

Mouthfeel: big body with a creamy, silky mouthfeel. This thing is chewy and really coats the mouth and distributes the flavor. Pretty solid, I say.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable DIPA. I feel like its good balance makes this something I could have a few of, despite the high ABV. I'd definitely look for this again.

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Photo of JondaRam
2.72/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Light amber brown. Cloudy. This was a 12oz bottle which I didn't think was bottle conditioned, but theres lots of particulates floating around like it was.

S - Fresh hops, sweet malt/alcohol, some toast/nut

T - Bitter, muddy unattractive hops. Alcohol. Long, pleasant bitter finish.

M - Medium to medium-full, cleaned up in the end by the bitterness. Good, strong carbonation.

D - Had to struggle through this for long enough that by the end it was reduced to a warm bitter vodka tasting drink.

Not at all a good example of a DIPA in my opinion. I didn't think there could be such a muddled hop flavor in a single-hop beer. Alcohol was way too forward. I'd take a sip of this again if someone else was drinking it to see if I got a stale bottle, but wouldn't spend my money on it or recommend anyone to buy it.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great DIPA on tap, very close to its bottled version with a slightly richer nose here.

Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Menu offers a short but fair description. Notes Alc. by Vol. (9%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber to amber brown orange pour. Short but fair head touched the rim of a glass served almost full, good retention, surface memory, with some frothy lacing.

S - Very rich and fresh hoppy nose: grapefruit, pineapple, with a grassy and resinous feel.

T - Rich hoppiness, pineapple and grapefruit are richly upfront with a nice malty backbone.

M - Medium body with a sticky and creamy feel, and a dry bitter touch in the finish.

D - Nice DIPA with a smooth touch that makes it particularly pleasing.

Notes: Still quite remarkable on tap. Worth the selection although I guess that I may lean towards the unfiltered bottled version...

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a duvel tulip. beer is brown and hazy forms a thin head that breaks and disappears, leaves very little lacing. carbonation is low.

aroma is piny and malty, pretty standard

beer is medium bodied and quite bitter. it leads off with a lot of malt though. its kind of a tie in here between the malt and the hops. drinkability good, mouthfeel fine. its ok.

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Photo of jpro
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the corked, bottle fermented version at CBX about a week and a half back... popped it open tonight. Pours a murky, deep copper amber, with an off white head that is huge and shows some considerable, chunky lace that sticks and globs all over my trusty Piraat tulip glass. Aroma... first thing I notice, surprisingly, is cararmel malt?!? Piney and citrus notes dominate the hop profile. There's also some sweet yeast in there, along with what I'd characterize as a homebrewed hop sediment aroma. Like the smell, there's quite a bit of caramel malt in the taste... followed by dank hops: herby and heavy grapefruit rind. A touch of booze peeks through, along with some molasses and maybe a touch of all-spice in the finish... interesting. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat creamy, yet a touch prickly and with sticky, sweet malts. Its pretty heavy duty stuff, but very enjoyable. One of the more complex double IPA's I've had -

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Photo of StephenRich
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Double IPAs like the Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA have made their way on to the regularly available list for most breweries and pubs. These beers could certainly be considered an acquired taste, they are generally pretty intense, but those who like them like them a lot!

Weyerbacher's history is classic American Homebrewer turned brewery story. All it look for Dan and Sue Weirback's hobby to explode into a dream reality was a trip to brewery-rich Vermont in 1993. By 1995 they had established the Weyerbacher Brewery in downtown Easton, PA. After spending two years brewing more mainstream products, Dan realized his mistake and began to focus on big beers; the first being a Raspberry Imperial Stout. Although no one seemed too interested in a standard Pale Ale, they were sure excited about a Raspberry Imperial Stout, and soon-to-come Blithering Idiot Barleywine.

This is the real deal right here. Craft breweries creating unique and exciting beers that people will genuinely get pumped about. How do you get pumped for another run of the mill bland beer? I really don't know, I'll ask the Coor's marketing team for the answer.

The Double Simcoe IPA is another of Weyerbacher's big beers, and it is also a regular now in their beer portfolio to heed the call of all the hopheads out there. It comes in a 355ml bottle at 9% abv. It was designed to provide all of the rich flavor and aroma characteristics of Simcoe Hops without the harsh or aggressive bite. Only Simcoe Hops were used because they are prized for their high Alpha Acid content, maximum aromatic oils, and low cohumulone (a chemical which produces a harsh bitterness). When you brew with hops you are looking essentially at two different properties being imparted to your beer.

1) Bitterness; the longer the hops boil in the mash, the more Alpha Acids will be absorbed into the wort creating a strong bitter sensation. After time though you will loose the flavor characteristics of the hops and are left with the strict bitterness itself. Depending on style and goals, this may or may not be optimal.

2) Aroma; if hops are in the mash for a shorter period of time you are able to extract the hop's flavor contributions without loosing their potent aromatic qualities. This imparts a more noticeable hop flavor and aroma in beer without becoming excessively bitter on the palate.

Depending on the style, bitter hops vs. aroma hops will be balanced, or emphasized in one direction vs the other. In the case of the Double Simcoe IPA, Weyerbacher has desided to focus on the aroma hops, producing a beer with all the rich flavor characteristics of hops, but lacking the serious bitterness that would have naturally come along with it. I split this beer with a good friend of mine into two tulip glasses. It poured easily with light viscosity producing a glowing amber red beer with a short half inch dense cream colored head. The beer was calm showing a transparent golden mahogany color with touches of bronze and orange - quite beautiful.

The nose was powerfully floral with bright citrus flavors and generous pale and caramel malts. Grapefruit and lemon peel was easily detectable, and pine and earth gave away to the backdrop of sweet dense malt. The nose was very rich and aromatic; hinting on the true power of this beer. We poured this beer relatively warm around 14C (54F). For a big IPA like this we were directly trying to emphasize the richness of the hops, so a touch colder could have muted them.

Drinking this beer is a bit confusing because it is hard to tell what comes in first - rich and potent hops burst in with sweet citrus fruit, pine, earth, honey and spice. But at the same time dense malt glows through with caramel, toffee, brown sugar and sweet candy. It was actually weird cause I was looking for some bitter hops to come in a balance the sweetness, but the hops were in there adding to the sweetness. Very strange sensation, very interesting.

I kept playing with this beer contemplating its construction, and really it just continued to confuse me. Maybe that was a good thing though, proving that the malt and hops here are in perfect unison playing off each others strengths. Really the backbone of this beer is in the malt, but the hops have so much rich aromatic power that they share center stage.

There was minimal carbonation on this beer and the overall mouthfeel was somewhere between silky and oily. It did emphasize the power of the hops, but I actually would have preferred a delicate rumble of carbonation to scrub my palate. The finish was lightly dry but sweet, with a medium short end. We both enjoyed this beer a lot, but it does not go in the top Double IPAs for me. Although many would scoff at the idea of an IPA with desert, but this baby was built for rich chocolate, I guarantee it!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours hazy deep orange with a big ol' fluffy head that won't leave. Just so much head on this. Do I like this much? not sure.

S-Piney and citrusy hops. Maltiness does come into play which makes it fairly balanced.

T-Balanced but strong in both areas. Huge cirtus and pine combined with a pretty heavy malt. A lot of taste here.

M-Pretty rich but not as resiny as expected but still quite thick.

D-Drinks much easier than most 9% DIPAs. For instance, DFH 90 minute is the same alcohol content and I find it to be much boozier and overall harder to drink.


New label and my first review was semi-suspect. I don't double review so I will give this one its day in court now.

I actually agree with most of my initial review. The textbook Simcoe aroma and flavor is excellently highlighted. Deep, oily pine and aromatic candied citrus. The flavor is slightly more vegetal. The nearly tart grapefruit and biting pine is quite delicious.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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 +4.9%
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 -0.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -4.4%
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 -5.7%
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 -8.9%
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 -9.6%
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 carolinabeerguy
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -8.1%
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 +1.5%
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 +3.9%
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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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,251 ratings
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