Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

3,237 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 joshstevens87
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a murky amber/copper with an inch or so light tan head
S-grapefruit and pine hops and a sweet malt in the background
T-hop taste of citrus, grapefruit, and a big pine flavor, with a sweet biscuty malty in the background with a gentle alcohol burn
M-medium body with a low carbonation and a decent burn from the alcohol
D-definatelty a sipper due to the hop bitterness and the high abv

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

Good pour from this attractive bottle yields a nice amber-copper colored ale with a decent head. Nose has a big leafy, herbal, and maybe outright vegetable like aroma from the hops. Similar garden flavors are noted on the palate from the hop influence, with not quite enough malt to round it out. Even though out of balance it's still fine with me, as a yummy double india pale ale.

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

12 oz. bottle. Presumably fresh, since purchased at the brewery. Side note: If you have a chance, visit Weyerbacher in Easton, PA. It's not the most scenic of breweries or areas, but the Saturday tours and tastings are packed with beer lovers. Mix and match cases are offered. A good scene.

Pours a dark, hazy copper-red with a nice little head. Great lacing.

Aroma is piney, woody and almost spicy.

This is a really bitter IPA that showcases the single hop variety it's brewed with: Simcoe. A dark hop flavor prevails, with predominately raw, piney notes. A woody spiciness comes through, finishing very bitter, borderline harsh. Great mouthfeel and decent fullness from the malt, which provides some sweetness to balance the hops. After the first bottle, the second seems sweeter, with a more pronounced dark toffee flavor. Interesting balance. Very smooth and drinkable for a 9-percenter. Great stuff.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Color is amber with a little orange tint. Slightly off white head dissipated quickly.

S - disappointed that the hops don't come through more. Perhaps the bottle is a little old and the strong aromatics that I expected have died off a little. There are faint 'piney' notes, but distant. Not the in-the-fact Simcoe smack down I was hoping for.

T - fairly complex taste, strongly bitter throughout. Some slight citrus notes, perhaps orange. Also picked up some toffee flavors in the middle that were quickly overpowered by the bitter finish.

M - average mouth feel. Not too sticky for a 9% beer. A little dry on the finish.

D - decent beer, but not a strong contender in the DIPA field either. I would like to taste fresh on tap, but likely won't chase down another bottle.

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Photo of twaddlac
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy, opaque, burnt orange, with little head lace. Few nucleation points.

S- Surprisingly malty, with the astringent note of hops. A mild pine smell, with undertones of caramel malts.

T- Very piney. The hop flavor is masked by the malts. Some floral notes. Very hoppy aftertaste that lingers on the pallet for quite a while.

M- Medium-heavy body, dry finish with a sticky residue.

D- Not the easiest to get down, though it has a decent flavor. The hoppiness is a bit extravagant, though the added malts help tame the potential bitterness of this beer. Very potent, and at that this beer can be drank at very small quantities.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i could smell the hops right as i opened the bottle. pours a somewhat murky dark amber, with some orange in the light. a nice off white head with very nice retention. and quite a bit of sticky lacing on the glass. the aroma is a pungent, resiny, piney, tropically fruity,and floral hop smell. amazing to have such a complex aroma of hops from only one kind of hop! caramel, bready malts struggle to balance. intense bitterness off the first sip. all the piney, grassy, resiny flavors are there. again in the taste the malt struggles to balance the beer. way more on the hoppy side. finishs with a little buttery caramel malts that immediatly give way to bright bitter grassy hop flavor. heavy body. sticky, oily, resiny mouthfeel from the high amount of hops used in this beer. quite a bit of bitterness. drinkability suffers a tad because of the high alcohol, but that doesnt mean you couldnt easily drink 3 or 4 of these in a night. definately a beer worth checking out. gotta love that simcoe hop!

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Photo of zoolzoo
2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a thick looking dark amber color. Two finger frothy head which was retained quite well.

S: All I can really get out of the nose is pine and alcohol. If you sample this and dont smell the alcohol, let it warm up a bit. Not very interesting, but pretty strong.

T: Really big bitter hops up front, my first taste was almost mouth puckering. The residual bitterness from the start lasts throughout the whole sip. Im not tasting much citrus here as others have suggested, bitter hops seem to dominate. Im getting more malt (and alcohol) out of this as it warms, but I wouldnt call this balanced (though I doubt balance was Weyerbacher's intention with this one).

M: This is probably one of the heaviest IPA/DIPAs that I have had so far. Mouthfeel is quite thick, if you swish it around in your mouth its almost like a syrup.

D: This beer is heavy, bitter, and unbalanced...additionally, at 9% its even less drinkable. Its not that bad of a DIPA but 6 - 12 oz of this is enough for me.

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

Pours slightly hazy dark amber color with a one finger off white head that dissipated quickly and left decent lacing.

S-Pine and citrus hops dominate with notes of malt.

T-Piney hops with a very noticeable biscuity malt backbone.

M-Medium body, crisp carb bite, slick oily finish.

D-If you like the style, this is a very drinkable DIPA.

I wouldn't call this outstanding, but it is very good and worth a try.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really nice appearance with a dark honey body and nice sheets of lace are left at one inch intervals down the glass as the beer is consumed. The smell isn't as bold as many other have claimed, still very good with honey crusted oranges, spruce and floral notes. The simcoe hop is really that good by itself. Mouthfeel is where this beer shines, heavy, syrupy and smooth with understated carbonation. An outstanding DIPA and a now a personal favorite.

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Photo of spwalshesq
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome DIPA, especially for those who appreciate an aromatic beer!

A: Pours a beautiful head - frothy, white - lingers a good long time. Great lacing.

S: I think the person who developed Simcoe hops should be awarded the Nobel Hops Prize! Highly citrusy - beautiful smell. This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever sampled.

T: A very hoppy ale. Fruity, pleasant piney notes, the Simcoe hops are sooo good!

M: Full-bodied, sticky, nice carbonation.

D: Do yourself a favor and go get a bomber (or 4 pack) - you won't be disappointed! A great beer for hopheads! Slainte!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Dark amber color, almost murky. Had a little head but not much, also had a small amount of carbonation. It took a few minutes for the small amount of head to leave.

s - Interesting smell. Smells fruity and sweet which I wasn't expecting. Can definitely also smell the hops and maybe a little alcohol.

t - Very bitter taste that hit me right away; you can really taste the hops. Also got hit with the taste of alcohol towards the end. You can definitely tell this is 9%.

m - Light to medium body and very little carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

d - Overall I thought it was decent, but not that great. Very bitter and you can taste the alcohol and tell that it is 9%. There are definitely better IPAs out there that I would buy before buying this again, but I'm not opposed to giving it another chance further on down the road.

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

A - Pours a dark amber, slightly hazy with a great billowing light brown frothy head. Takes many minutes for the head to dissipate.

S - Very interesting slightly estery smell with a wonderful aroma I can't quite place. I am guessing this is the simcoe hops. And pineapple, definitively a pineapple tone.

T - slightly fruity upfront, then the hop bitterness start to show. Finish is slightly dry. This is a good bear, the final hop finish is maybe a bit harsh, but that may depend on the level the drinker likes hops.

M - Good mouthfeel. A lot going on but fairly balanced. but solid and appealing. Some might think it a bit thick, but works for.

D - Despite being 9% ABV, this is an easy drining beer. I like the balance. Again, some might find it a bit think, but I think the balance is there. Starts sweet, ends with a dry bitterness.

Overall I liked this beer more than most double IPAs.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color with about an inch of thick white head. Laces beautifully, great retention. This one looks like a top-notch IPA. Smell is out of this world with a great interplay of citrus hops, caramel/toffee malts, and a hint of alcohol. Just a blast of that simcoe, reminds me to some degree of Two Hearted, for some reason.

Taste begins with a barrage of bitter and slightly citrusy simcoe hops. It continues with an assault of bitter and slightly floral simcoe hops. It finishes with a conflagration of bitter and leafy simcoe hops. Simcoe, simcoe, simcoe.

There's a bit of caramel maltiness to back this one up, nice, although I can't call it balanced. This is a tremendous DIPA. Booze isn't that noticeable, possibly because it blends in with the ridiculous hop bitterness.

MF is extremely creamy and full. Maybe a hair sticky or too full, but still great. Drinkability is way up, definitely one of my favorite IPAs.

Come on Weyerbacher, get some new labels.

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Photo of Thur123
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very hazy dark blood orange color with what could be described as a pecan kind of brownish color. The head was off white and quick to fade but left a little lacing on my flute. The smell is sweet and musky, like a basement full of flowers and fruits. Specifically I smell grapefruit and other more tart fruit juices.

Bottoms up

The taste starts mellow before spiking into a hoppy explosion. The flavor is all herbal and floral with the fruit flavors showing up as the bitterness mellows. The malt is present but a little thin and tastes of a lightly toasted biscuit. As I continue to taste this, the hop mix becomes a little easier to discern, much tarter than expected with lime and grape fruit following a floral wallop. Over this is good but rests too much on the simcoe, although it's really still good, especially for used only one hop type.

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

Served in pint glass.

Pours a dark, ruddy copper, with a rich, thick, sticky tan head, which is very retentive.

Nose is dominated by hops, with pine, resin, citrus, floral and grassy notes.

Tastes of oily, piney bitterness are up first, followed by tart citrus, spicy and grassy flavors. Hops are balanced well with a subtle malt sweetness, featuring honey, syrup and toasty notes. Alcohol very prominent.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy, almost juicy in quality. Smooth and rich.

Very tasty.

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

Poured into DFH snifter and imperial pint glass from 750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy, dark amber with a huge, thick and persistent creamy beige head. Heavy lacing. Really good looking beer.

Aroma is heavy on pine and citrus. Bits of pineapple. Lots of sweetness from the malt. Great balance of tangy and sweet.

Tasty, tasty. Very smooth, chewy and almost syrupy. Heavy pine and citrus flavors bite into my taste buds. Hops dominated, but the malt makes a valiant effort to punch through as the sweetness and breadiness still make an impact. Semi-dry finish with notes of woody pine and tobacco.

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Photo of callmescraps
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this last year and absolutely loved it. Having it again, this time far more sober. We'll see if it stands up under the light of day.

Appearance- Deep ochre color. Very cloudy. Half inch of very creamy head. The yeasty cloudiness is not a favorite, although the head is very rich. Laces great. Overall pretty good.

Smell- Very earthy and grassy. Sort of a dank pot-ness. A little maltiness. Lots of pine sap.

Taste- Starts sweet. Plenty of pine sap. Followed by that dank herbal hop flavor. There's a hint of the citrus. Almost some toffee. Too damn sweet and herbal. Very astringent and bitter on the finish. The booze really comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel- Very syrupy. Quite thick. Needs more carbonation.

Drinkability- One and done. I bought a four-pack based on the last experience. Sigh.

Big disappointment. Either this is way passed its prime (I don't think so, I got it from a place I used to work at) or I totally misremembered it. Considering I was hammered last time I had it, I'm wagering that's what happened. Oh well, now I wont bother regretting being unable to get it in SoCal.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased At: The Coffee Grounds (Eau Claire, WI)

Appearance: I saw the yeast dive in, so the pour is a cloudy dark amber color with two fingers of head. There was a little more yeast in the bottle than I had anticipated, so I got more into the glass than I wanted (although I almost always consume the yeast anyways). The head retention is pretty good, it sat there for a few minutes without fading away. Alas, now I'm left with just a thin layer of cream colored head that looks like it's covered in hop oils. A few swirls of the glass reveals the lace. It's thick. The glass is covered with sticky malt. There are some thick sheets, some small dots, you name it, it's there.

Smell: The nose is a whole heap of hops. A lot of earthy and herbal notes are shining through including pine and grass. There's some citrus in there too, featuring the usual suspects.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt upholds the heavy use of hops in this. The sweetness disappears quickly though, and a huge, huge, huge wave of bitterness comes flying in. It's a very strong herbal hop flavor. The aftertaste is nice though, some nice citrus grapefruit and mango come through.

Mouthfeel: A crisp carbonation with a medium to full body. One of the more full bodies I've had on an IIPA. I would have bumped the carbonation down a tad, and I would have liked a slightly more thin body. Even after letting it sit and warm up for an hour the carbonation was still a little harsh on the tongue.

Drinkability: The appearance is great, nose is great, but the tasting just didn't go as well as I had hoped. Perhaps I'll have to try another bottle sometime.

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

This beer poured with a fairly small, fine laced head with good retention. A bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle helped to give it a hazy copper hue. I loved the nose, very floral, with a hint of sugarless gum.
The intial bitterness of grapefruit was followed by a sweet malty flavor.
Nicely carbonated and creamy.
I have no trouble having more than one of these!

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Photo of mikey711
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of the freshness of this bottle but had one a few days ago and it wasnt so bad, so i figured I would have it again.

A: Cloudy and range with quite a bit of sediment floating in the glass. The head pours about an inch thick but leaves very nice full rings around the glass as it dissapates.

S: Nice pine note along with some citrus and some floral soapiness. Also a good amount of caramel sweetness in the background too

T: heavily pine almost sappy with hints of lemony saopiness followed by some nice caramel. It is a bit to flowery for me but still enjoyable.

M: Pretty full bodied and creamy, although some booze is presemt

D: I dont think i could have too many of these because I was feeling it after only a few sips

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Photo of Katahdin
2.86/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very hoppy beer it pours a dark gold/orange in colr witha noticeable lack of a head. With every siip you can taste the high hoppiness of the style. The bitterness of the hops taste lingered in the mouth making it difficult to enjoy any other style of beer. Really had to fight to drink it because the floral nature of the hops really fights hard.

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Photo of kbm
2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber with a good head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Piney hops with out of control diacetyl. Turning me off.

Taste: Piney hops with a significant malt backbone. The diacetyl is killing me in the after taste. All I am tasting is the butteriness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate and pleasant carbonation with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Despite the diacetyl problems, I can take down a bottle in ten minutes in no time.

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Photo of FutureCowboy
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fancy cork & cage bomber poured into a chilled Goliath tulip.

Disclaimer: This is the beer that made me turn the corner from mild-mannered beer liker to overboard beer lover. Now, about 2 years later, I'm reviewing it. Gotten a lot more quality under (and now hanging over) my belt, and hopefully a better pallet. Still, I'll try not to gush.

A: The ol' bright orange, as you'd expect from any nice American IPA, but it's a little more hazy since this is the unfiltered version. Haze affects the color, tending it towards brown. Surprisingly frothy head on this pour, and it's sticking around.

S: Mmmm....simcoe. Love the aroma of this hop. A super thick pine nose, with all the citrus taking a back seat to the national forest that lives in this beer.

T: Again with the pine, in a good way. The other regular citrus parts are there as well. One thing I remember loving about this, and that I'm getting again here, is the depth of the hop flavor in this, it permeates every drop in such a way that it penetrates all corners of your mouth. It's inescapabale. Limited alcohol burn, well masked for a 9%er.

M: Little different than I remember, maybe b/c it's unfiltered? Feels a little more frothy and lean. Not what I expected.

D: It's as drinkable as a 9% can be, which is to say you better watch your a$$. The mouthfeel is a bit of a turn off in that department I'm afraid.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new Ommegang tulip.

A- Lots of head with pretty good stay and lots of lacing. The beer is a deep orange and fully hazed.

S- Sweet, citrusy hops. Under the grapefruity hops there is a biscuity malt presence. Very nice and inviting.

T- Really hoppy. Citrusy sweeter hop bill than others. A caramel/biscuity malt bill underlies the crisp simcoe hops. As to be expected the hops are very oily and resinous. The citrus rind bitterness lingers. Wow this stuff is good!

M- Pretty full body for an DIPA. Prickly carbonation with a semi dry crisp finish.

D- Kinda boozy at times, really hoppy but very refreshing and good.

DIPAs like this are one of my last frontiers of beer. It took me some time to adjust to the really hoppy stuff. Now that Im beginning to appreciate the hoppy stuff I find this to be one of the best DIPAs Ive ever had.

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Photo of DougBrew
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours with an initially murky deep red, clears out to a nice dark copper color. Nice tight head, about an inch thick, which only remained for the first few sips.

S- Citrus note from the simcoe. Not particularly sweet smelling.

M- Effervescent on the tip of your tongue, but mellows to coat the rest of your mouth quickly. Not a particularly chewy double; more on the light side. Leaves the palate feeling clean and refreshed, which is not always the case for style with big grain bills.

T- The Simcoe shine, for obvious reasons! They bring to the table notes of citrus, particularly grapefruit. On the backend, there is a slight medicinal quality reminiscent of Benadryl. The malt profile is quite nice, not overwhelming, again for obvious reasons. It has almost a subdued oaky taste initially, balancing towards a sweeter finish.

D- Surprisingly drinkable and almost quaffable, in my opinion. However, to really appreciate the profile of Simcoe hops, I recommend sipping with like minded friends.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,237 ratings.
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