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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 Natural510
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z bottle pours a light copper color with rich, creamy foam which resembles melted ice cream. Foam sticks around enough to leave a respectable layer of lacing on the glass throughout.
Smells sweet, piney, and slightly juicy with hints of pineapple and grapefruit. A bit subdued, but the qualities I expect from the style.
A blaze of forest-pine hop upfront with an immediate bittering quality. Some citric, caramelized malt peeks through, but the hops are the showcase here. The pine subdues after a few sips and a more floral quality comes through. Notes of lemon and pepper with a heated alcohol finish.
Thick, syrupy and slightly boozy in the mouth.
There are more incredible examples of the DIPA out there, but the Weyerbacher take can certainly hang with its brethren. Chock full of simcoe hops with enough malt to balance things out. Tasty.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
appearance - orange, amber. Nice head.
smell - pine, citrus.
taste - hops nicely balanced with malt. Great stuff. Alcohol well hidden.
mouthfeel - full and creamy.
drinkability - surprisingly drinkable considering the 9%. Wonderful find.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Simcoe IPA
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.00 %, Draft>pint glass
Reviewed @ E Street JB

re-reviewed on 9/23/09 (revised: more pine-y hoppy-ness than I remember from my 5/2009 review)

A 4.5 - Deep orange amber in color, excellent head, retention and lace.
S 4.5 - Simcoe baby! Bold hop aromas. A pine dominant but mildly citrus hop bomb! KABOOM!
T 4.5 - Semi bitter with a bold pine hop delivery! Tastes follow smell. Pine hop are dominant but some mild citrus notes sneak in on taste. Alcohol is hidden very well!
MF 4.0 - Medium carbonation, Medium/Full body for an IPA.
D 4.0 - This is an awesome rep of a Simcoe IPA, but at 9/10% ABV you have to take it slow!!

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Photo of stevenseg
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I visited my local specialty store looking for some over-the-top fresh hop taste. Dark Horse's Crooked Tree IPA had me craving the flowery fresh taste and smell. I picked up a bottle of this Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA.

Apparently, Simcoe is a strain of American hops raised on the left coast that is noted for its aroma and low harshness so brewers can put in lots of 'em. Let's see how this goes.

I opened the bottle and poured rather aggressively to get a 1 1/2 finger head that appears to be sticking around a while. IPA's typically have a great lacing pattern, and the Double Simcoe IPA appears to be living up to the IPA name. The color is a nice and foggy amber, but a bit darker than typical. I like that...that means sweet malt.

The aroma is not as floral as I'd like it to be, but too much floral can mean the hops overwhelm the body of the beer. Hot so here. I definitely get the hops along with a sweet hint of malt.

The sweetness of the malts was a little more overwhelming than I was looking for, but it offers a delicate balance. The hops are noted at the end of the drink when a burst of floral hoppiness pushes out the malt and the bitter finish settles in and dissipates rather quickly so as to not taint the taste. The strong hop taste is a bit different than others I have tasted and is very powerful.

The richness of the beer really lends itself to the creaminess mouthfeel. I am a fan of creamy beers, but the taste of this IPA would be great a little thinner. Just as good? Maybe?

Being so rich it is easy to say that I'd only have one then change up for my second. But cheesecake is rich too. Just wanting one at a time doesn't mean lack of drinkability. If you are looking for a strong hop flavor that is not as bitter and undistinguished as a run-of-the-mill IPA, look for the Double Simcoe from Weyerbacher. It definitely gave a fix to this hop head tonight.

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Photo of nickd717
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wegmans in Princeton, NJ.

A - Hazy dark golden color with a nice white head.

S - Awesome piney hop aroma with some sweet malt. Really hits you. This must have been fairly fresh.

T - Some sweet caramel/pale malt, but mostly a blast of piney and citrusy hops. Very interesting earthy/leafy note is really prominent here. It's like dirt that tastes good, if that makes any sense. Really good stuff.

M - Smooth palate with hop oils coating the mouth. Intense.

D - Good for a mega hop bomb.

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Photo of apbarwood
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color, with a perfect head and lots of clinging to the glass. There was a decent layer on top of the beer until it was all gone. Smells wonderful, lots of citrus especially grapefruit and orange. Tastes as it smells with an incredibly bracing and pleasant bitterness. There's a hint of sweetness to the citrus flavor that helps make it slightly more drinkable than most. Nice carbonation which, combined with the hop bitterness makes this beer truly refreshing. It just screamed out for some spicy food to balance it out. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mjl21
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 9%.

A-It is very hazy and quite reminiscent of unfiltered apple juice. It has a 3/4 finger off white head that quickly rests as a small circular layer. A few streaks of lace are left on the glass.

S-When first poured, I get some caramel malt and herbal/grassy notes. It begins to pick up on some citrus as it warms. The pine that is common with Simcoe is hard to pick up at any point during the session. The citrus and malt continue to increase as it sits in the glass. This one really deserves a 3.75 for aroma.

T-Lots of grapefruit and caramel malt dominate 50/50 in the taste department. I get some orange juice flavor as it hits the middle of my palate. It finishes with more grapefruit. On the finish it is quite herbal tasting and it has some aspirin astringency that knocks out the grapefruit flavor. It is bitter throughout the session. This one also is more like a 3.75, but the aspirin taste prohibits it from being a 4.

M-Medium bodied and well carbonated. Bitter throughout.

D-Not bad, not great. Definitely worth letting it sit in the glass for awhile.

I think that this one has a lot going for it. The aspirin taste knocked it down some. Would love to try fresh from the tap. Looking forward to my 750ml bottle of the Unfiltered version.

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

Thick two finger head atop a hazy amber. Definate hops presence in the smell, which is dominated by grapefruit and pine. I really got the grapefruit in the taste. This is especially true at the finish. Sweet bready malts present themselves toward the beginning. Thick hoppy resiny sticky feel. Can tell there is a hefty amount of alcohol in here too. This is pretty good, but I have had better in the style.

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Photo of botham
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Sugar Maple in Milwaukee. pours an apricot orangish-amber with a mild haze and three fingers of eggshell colored thick and creamy head. looks great in the glass.

aroma is rich and thick with hop oils, with a coniferous, dry character. little to no malt qualities here; this is all about the hops, and they are laid on thick. still, not overdone in the nose.

taste is full of hops with a thick and rich profile of hop oils. not much for malts here either, because the hops are too thick and rich to give way to any remnance of a malt note. still, the hops are thick enough to be chewy on the palate.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a chewy texture and a dry finish of residual piney hops. very well done without overdoing the hop qualities(although they are pushing it!).

drinkability is good; the sheer amount of hops here hurts the drinkability, but the brew is done well enough to remain at least a bit drinkable. a solid offering by Weyerbacher. cheers!

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Photo of Amalak
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a second time and had to upgrade my review. It has a very nice nutty taste with a slight bitterness. Very refreshing. Not sure if I had a bad batch the last time or if my taste has improved, but this is certainly very good.

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Very opaque, dark gold color with some head and little lacing.
S- It has a nice, hoppy scent to it.
T- At first it tasted great. But the aftertaste just kind of turned me off. It's a decent beer, and is easy to get used to, but there are certainly better Imp. IPAs out there.

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Photo of slk22
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful copper, slightly cloudy, with a tan/cream head having good retention, and leaving ample lacing clinging to the glass. Aroma of sweet and citrusy pink grapefruit was tremendous, balanced with hints of pine and orange. Couldn't wait to taste this thing and it did not disappoint. Taste was bold, huge grapefruit upfront, less sweet than it smelled, with bitter pine on the finish. Bitterness did not linger and isn't overly harsh in my opinion. Although hops take center stage, the malt backbone can be detected giving just a bit of contrast. Mouthfeel was smooth with a medium body. This one left me dying for another, although at 9% ABV this is no session beer.

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Photo of Byeast
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep opaque orange/auburn, some honey tones on bottom, big 2 inch rocky cream colored head.Lots of lace left behind. This is a beauty!

Smell: obviously lots of hops but a nice strong malty sweetness is quite apparent as well. Bisquit and pale malt mixes with resiny,zesty bitter citrus. Smells fantastic.

Taste: Diving in i can feel tinges of the big hop bitterness at first but a mouth coating and delicious maltyness sweeps right in quickly and is then taken over by the hops again. Malt is dinner roll rich and pale-malt everywhere for a moment with honey and a touch of tea flavors as well. The hops won't allow the malt to hang around the front of the stage very long though, but it does move to the back and stay there thoughout. Resiny, citrus fruity(clementine after biting out the juice) and ruby grapefruit flavors wash away the solid malty middle with a quickness and good strength, leaving behind a green and lightly floral finish with a touch of soap. The longer one waits between sips(oh its hard!) the more the aftertaste is sweet malt again. Wonderful back and forth between hops and malt. The aftertaste is everlasting!

Mouthfeel: thick, full, viscous and voluptuous baby! Its mouth-coating goodness. Huge mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This DiPA is definatly one of the best that iv'e had. I feel that it has all the hop punch and complexity that one expects, but also a solid and tasty malt middle. I love simcoe hops. Very complex for only one hop variety and a big ole' brew, well done Weyerbacher brewers!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into standard pint. No bottling date. 9%ABV.

A- The darkest DIPA I've ever seen, maybe second to Hop Rod Rye. Off-white, mildly tan head is thick and creamy. Incredible retention, as well. Looks like swiss cheese. As it finally settles it looks like pancake batter on top of the pint.

S- WOW! Pungent. This beer reeks. Piney, sweet, almost astringent but not off-putting.
T- Follows the nose. This beer is a ball-buster. One of the most flavorful DIPAs I've ever had. The hops are bitter, aromatic, mildly 'new-growth' piney, and backed by a pretty substantial malt bill. Very flavorful... and unique. Simcoe is a wunderkind in the land of IPA/DIPAs.

M- Pretty full and thick, this beer has a hefty malt backing up the hops. Very well done, though perhaps a bit overbearing for those faint of heart.

D- Moderate. Tasty to the max, but a slow beer going down and one lasts for a while. I really enjoyed this beer and will buy this again. If you're a hop head, you cannot miss out on this one.

My first Weyerbacher... not my last by a long shot. Excellent beer.

EDIT- as I finish the pint, I think I've figured out what this beer reminds me of. It's like a half-mast DFH 120, complete with the sweetness, heavy malt bill, and pungent hops. Bravo!

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Photo of Primitivechef
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Off white head, nice amber hazy color, full head, nice lacing.

S- Very nice strong smell of big floral piney hops, good Grapefruit presence.

T- The Simcoe hit to the mouth is awesome, the bitterness and malts is great, this is my go to IPA!

M- Thick and oily feel to the mouth, a little chewy you know you are drinking a great IPA.

D- A very intense beer, this is one to be enjoyed, savored, at 9% ABV be careful.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great copper color with a thin short lived head. Lots of of citrus and grapefruit in the nose. Sizable malt background.

Crisp and complex hop profile. Tangy but yet a little sweet. Alcohol in the belly but not on the tongue or in the nose. Bitter velvet on the tongue. Easily went through two pints before the alcohol made me stop.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a big thick 3 finger head. Thick lacing, great retention. Dark orange copper color.

S. Nice smell of Piney hops. First smell of simcoe, and I like it. Not overpowering, just pleasant to the nose.

T. Hop bitterness, nice balance, A great blend of malt and hops. Just like the smell its not overpowering. A nice mellow hop flavor.

M. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet mouth coating. Medium carbonation. Noticed some burn towards the end of the bottle.

D. First experience with Simcoe hops, and it was a very pleasant one. This is easy drinking and smooth. The higher ABV was fairly well hidden. I think I am a fan of Simcoe.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased by my good friend Brian during a visit to the fine state of Wisconsin. I had never heard of Weyerbacher before, so I was fascinated to see what this brew was all about.

A: This is a really handsome beer. It's a deep bronze color which shows more tangerine against the light. The pour delivers a lovely fluffy yellowy, creamy head. Retention is great and the lacing is spectacular. A combination of age lines that trace the sipping history and attractive fine stalactites.

S: Man... OK, I know that it says Simcoe in the name but WTF. You may as well be standing in a pine forest in some Scandinavian country. It's turned up to 11 and almost medicinal but not in a bad way. It's fresh and does a great job of cleaning out the sinuses.

T: Again, I get the committal to Simcoe but the experience is still shocking. There is enough Simcoe in this brew to knock down a beer geek at a thousand paces. Hellishly dry and piney but there is plenty of caramel malt in there - enough to stop the pine from become overpowering and cloying. Bravo! Each sip starts with a hint of sweetness, it then goes headlong into a Simcoe piney/woody character and ends with a very dry finish and an extra hop bite just to remind you that the Double is your daddy.

M: It's on the light side of full bodied. The combination of malt, medium carbonation and hop aggressiveness makes this brew a good combination of smooth and active in the mouth. Keeps things interesting.

D: I am really angry that I don't have a case of this sitting around. I often don't enjoy IPA's that are too piney but this is done so well. It's really well balanced and when I say balanced I don't mean that it is equal parts malt and hops because it is not. This is a hop machine but there is just the right amount of malt to keep the hops in check and allow a really big beer to have some restraint. It's no session beer but I want more. I also really want to try other brews by this brewery.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine beer, and another good one from Weyerbacher.

A: Pours a barely transparent rich mahogany color with slight amber tints to it when held at the right lighting. The nose is off-white and very nice looking, leaving lots of lacing along the glass.

S: Amazing nose! Floral, bitter, grassy, twangy, earthy, and piney hops all around!! I love simcoe hops! All of this delicious hop goodness is balanced by a firm malt base.

T: Copy of the nose, slightly bitter and very nicely balanced by the malts. Just an instant classic!!

MF/D: Highly drinkable, a little intense after a few, but very nicely done. Beware; this beer will crush your palate, so drink this one last.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, shaped pint glass

Pours a clear amber color with definite orange tones. The head was very thick and frothy, lots of lacing & retention.

Nice pine hops aroma with grapefruit.

An abundance of hops hit you right away for the taste. Nice bitterness balanced by malts. Citrus flavors mixed in. The alcohol content was quite noticeable.

Smooth drinking, could use a little more carbonation.

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Photo of capra12
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/21/09 solo at The Gingerman NYC,

Appearance: Orange and clear in color with about a finger head, with web-like lacing.

Smell: Piney hops (like it should)

Taste: Opens with a strong bittering and piney hop which fluctuates between the two flavors from open to finish and there is a slight tanginess in the middle to end. There is a piney hop aftertaste which lingers.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and leave my palate a bit dry.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again but just another or else I'd be stuck in the evergreen forest. lol

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Photo of Darkhorse09
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very deep, dark amber, with a little red when held to the light. A very thick, big looking beer filled with rich color. The head is creamy, cloudy and doesnt ever leave. In fact, laceing was left all over the glass through the whole beer. Great looking beer. My first 5 point score for appearance.

Very good smell. Kind of a let loose hops aroma, nothing hidden, just right in your face. Grassy, earty and spicy hops with a little barnyard scent too. Really interesting nose. But a little overpowering for me (although I suppose that is the idea....)

A really outstanding double IPA. Enormous hop character. Backed by a huge (almost too big IMO) malt flavor. Hops upfront, and a long, long finish with the malt. Almost a burned, charred malt that demands, forcefully lots of hops. Very dense, intense flavor. Don't give this one to a first time DIPA drinker...

The mouthfeel is thick and oily, totally coating the entire palate. Very chewy and sticky from all the hops, again, a little too much for me. But perfect for the style.

Drinkability is not as high due to just a touch of alcohol on the finish and the big malt flavor. Enormously dense brew, with enough flavor for just one IMO.

A really fantastic beer, all in all. Be ready to be humbled.

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Photo of hdofu
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mmmm this one is a good one the likes of which I havent had since the last bottle of ruination I had. Pours an orangeish red with a peachy head has a sort of apricot finish. Smells sort of orangeish. Very thick, one of the thickest mouthfeels I had in awhile. Good carbonation. It's a big beer so while I could drink alot of it it could floor you with its big abv

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Photo of beerbrains
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber. Full on citrusy hops in the nose and on the tongue. The hops is not harsh or overly piney. Some earthyness in the nose. A very balanced dose of malty sweetness underneath. Crisp biting mouth feel. Scrubs the palette. Paired this with a great spanish chorizo.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Poured a murky burnt orange with a half-inch frothy, off-white head embedded with tiny ringlets. Head eventually recedes into a broken cap - thicker around the edges than in the middle, with a swath and some spots of lacing exposed as the brew is consumed. Great nose - sweet grapefruit up-front, followed by some piny/resinous hops towards the back. Flavors are more evened out than suggested by the nose - sweetness and piny quality muddle together nicely on a malty backbone and play some tricks on the palate (is it sweet, is it bitter?) - my personal preference with DIPAs is more to the sweet side of the spectrum, but this is a pretty nice compromise in my opinion. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little oily on the tongue with a fairly even amount of background carbonation that peaks a little towards the back of the tongue - not too much lingering bitterness. Solid DIPA with a fairly well-hidden abv. - qualities change slightly as the brew warms, so a pleasant sipper.

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of off-white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Big hop aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. No doubt what you are gettin into with this aroma. The first thing that hits my tongue is a blast of citrus followed by high bitterness. It is hard to pick out any malt but there is a sense of some caramel sweetness there. Alcohol taste and warmth in the finish that has the affect of cleansing the bitterness from the palate. Has a nice soft texture and carbonation. Medium bodied. A good showcase of a single hop variety. I would of preferred some semblence of balance. High bitterness and ABV limits drinkability as well.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,245 ratings
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