Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA
3,264 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: 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 rapidsequence
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear orange amber. Big rocky head. Some of the best lacing ever.

Smell: Surprising amount of sweet malt, but tons of huge citrus (grapefruit and orange) and slightly grassy hops. So sweet it smells almost like candy.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit is slightly astringent. The bite is nice. Its quite sweet, but very good. Not balanced of course, but the sweet helps to cut the insane hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: On the full side. Coating, a little oily and slick. Pretty creamy.

Drinkability: Its a delicious beer, with drinkability limited by the total assault on the palate and 9% abv. Delicious stuff, but its one and done. This is not supposed to be a session beer.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy dark orangish/brown. Had a thick bone white head that lasted and tons of lacing all down the glass.

S - Obviously hoppy with a pungent earthy, grassy aroma at first. Transitions into a grapefruit and slight citral fragrance towards the end.

T - It is surprisingly smooth/mellow to start but shifts to bitter quickly. It had a mostly pine flavor with some lemon in the background as well. Has a long lasting alpha-acid aftertaste as well.

M/D - Medium body which is nice for a DIPA and the level of carbonation balances nicely with the body. It had just the slightest faint alcohol taste/burn in the aftertaste but gets masked quickly by the alpha acid.

I was expecting something different from a "hybrid" hop but maybe I was just building up my expectations too much. Overall it is a solid DIPA with both earthy and citrus notes.

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Photo of Travlr
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden orange with hues of amber, slight turbidity. Nice white head with some staying power and excellent lacing.
Smell is fresh grass and pine with distant hints of lemon and black pepper.
Taste is very dominant hops, but not as overpowering as some American IPAs, this one is better balanced than most. Nice bitter finish which is long lasting.
Very drinkable. A notch below the Mikkeller Simcoe, but head and shoulders about the average American IPA.

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Photo of crossovert
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love that Simcoe. I've had the Unfiltered version so let's see if this is better or worse. Served lightly chilled.

Pours an orange/amber with a surprisingly dark off white head, no hop particles like the unfiltered one. The head is quite foamy.

The smell is of sweet hop candy. THe simcoe might be the best smelling hop, with an ultra concentration of grapefruit and pine.

This one smack you in the face with bitterness. The filtered version seems slightly metallic, other than that it is pretty similar to the unfiltered taste wise.

The mouthfeel isn't as thick in this one, so I'd give the mouthfeel nod to the unfiltered version.

I still think Mikkeller is the Simcoe champ and would advise you to the Unfiltered version before this one.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic! I've been trying to find something similar to HopSlam for the past year, as it's one of my absolute favorites but only comes out once a year. This was a definite close second. The smell is wonderful.. fresh, delicious hoppy goodness - I couldn't wait to take a sip! The taste is outrageous, so fresh and hoppy.. bitter and grapefruitey, but well balanced. There's also another bitter-ish quality to the flavor, but it's hard to describe. It's not as bitter as it sounds though, just very hoppy. I will definitely be having this beer again, and I highly recommend it to any hop-head out there.

Edit: Not sure if they changed the receipe or the hop type or if my tastebuds just changed, but I want from loving this beer to liking it just ok. I'd still recommend it, but not as a secondary to Bell's Hopslam.

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Photo of kegger22
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, cloudy amber with a moderate head that dissipated to a patchy skin. The aroma was hop citrus. The taste was strong and crisp hop, mild citrus and a backdrop of malty sweetness. The feel was full bodied and oily with little carbonation. Drinkability was good. Good stuff, not "in your face hops", but still powerful, nice balance and well done.

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Photo of jbone78
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I keep seeing this beer at the beer store and I am always hesitant to pick it up. I am a weirdo and not very fond of Weyerbacher beer. Here we go...

A- Poured into an American Pint glass. Color of an Amber lager almost. Very light head that has nice lace. Little hazy, which means one thing, HOPS! The color is the only thing strange to me, but looks great otherwise.
S- Smells like hops. I also pick up some sweet malt smells.
T- Very complex. First, you get a nice blend of malts and hop flavors. The hop flavors are citrus and a lot of pine. As the hop flavors fade, the bitterness starts to show. Once again, pine bitterness, but right on. Finally, the bittreness goes into a piney aftertaste that leads into a slight metallic taste. It may be me,but it is either a metallic taste or the pine aftertaste.
M-Nice carbonation. It actually ends well. After the pine/metallic flavor leaves, it is a clean brew.


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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Coasters in Melbourne

Pours a cloudy copper color with a nice white head which leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is pine and citrus and some sweet maltiness, a prelude of good things to come.

Taste is strong bitter hoppiness which is nicely balanced with an malty backbone. This is a great imperial IPA.

The nice hop/malt balance makes this very drinkable, but the 9% ABV drags the drinkability down.

Overall, a nice Imperial IPA, reminiscent of a West Coast IPA

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Photo of Anthony1
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, huge foamy off white head, tons of huge islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is of sweet malts, hops a plenty, slight citrus and slight caramel. The taste follows the nose pretty much, very hoppy and sweet malty. A very nice bitter/dry finish. Medium body, well rounded brew.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange with alot of carbonation intially and a nice small creamy head that hangs around for awhile. Smells of hop citrus with an ever so slight bit of peppery malt. Taking a sip, there's citrus up front with a momentary malt sweetness in the middle followed by an all out hop assault at the end with strong grapefruit flavor. The hop bitterness of this beer in unbelievable. (The IBU's are at 153.) The malts are vaguely there underneath and do very little to keep the hops in check, it's one of the most unbalanced beers I've ever tasted, but that's O.K., I like 'em bitter and this one delivers. I may as well stick a straw straight into a Simcoe hop.

This is one huge hop bomb, very smooth, unbelievably bitter, and a hop head's dream. I could sip a few of these in one sitting, I absolutely love this one and is my favorite beer from Weyerbacher, hands down.

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Photo of vacax
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle. No date markings. Thanks to Jerz for sharing this one.

Pours light brown with a good amount of hazy suspended yeast, even after letting the bottle sit in the fridge for a few days. Quickly growing head has a load of retention and some very good lacing, though it is not as dense as I would prefer. The nose is nicely hoppy with what has to be simcoe, bright and a bit vinous which blends nicely with a caramel malt backbone.

The taste is full of simcoe hops, somewhat earthy and vinous, a touch harsh on the palate. Moderate caramel sweetness is a bit too much. A bit astringent of a flavor, though it does cover up the 9% alcohol content. Medium bodied with a medium-high carbonation, maybe a little much but again probably necessary for the overall feel of the brew. Interesting big simcoe brew here, though definitely not perfect. Worth trying.

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper / red-orange with fine sediment in suspension, one finger of creamy cream-colored foam. Smell: old school...a little tangerine and floral aroma, big on the resin, some serious backend... caramel, cooked peach, black cherry. Taste: steely caramel, resin city, orange candy edges, sticky peach. Medium-plus bodied, creamy carbonation, sticky finish. Haven't revisited this one since the unfiltered version years ago. An old school, big boy DIPA.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dream sickly pour of orange body and cream colored head that flatens quickly leaving a nice lace til the end. The smell is powerful hop explosion both floral and piney. This brew is so sublimely out of balance I can hardly stand it. The hop profiles are top notch. I could drink this stuff all day long. The brew is sticky and rich simulataneously a great texture on the pallet. I have had few better AIPAs this year.

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

Pours a cloudy deep orange amber color with a nice big fluffy cream colored head. Head falls fairly fast to ringed bubbles but leaves some good lace behind.

Aroma is wonderful big orange notes on sweet caramel malts, nice flowers sprinkled on top to round it out. Floral notes blend in with the sweet malts well.

Taste is lots of hops blended thru out bitter but malty enough to keep them in check. Hops are citrus, pine with touches of floral blended through out. Nice and hoppy loads of hops on loads of malt. For 9% alcohol is not an issue.

Mouthfeel is big medium carbonation is mellow and a non isse.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable I2PA very drinkable hoppy but well balanced at the same time. Grabbed one from the store to try will be picking up more.

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Photo of infi
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter.

A murky and cloudy orange-red color with a one or two-fingers sized head arising from the pour. The head is really pillowy and thick and leaves great amounts of lacing each sip. The aromas are very enticing with candied sugars and either passion or tropical fruits heavily entering the nose. Grapefruit citrus and some earthy woodiness from the Simcoe hops can also be distinguished underneath the initial fruitiness. This smells very tasty - I wouldn't mind a candle smelling like this.

The taste is very hop/malt balanced. A caramel sweetness and tropical fruitiness hit the tongue first and then eases into a slight and bitter bite from the Simcoe hops. There's a very nice floral component alongside some good piney qualities. Very textbook IIPA. In the end, the aftertaste carries a subtle lingering bitterness, but not as potent as I thought it would be. I couldn't believe that this was 9% ABV. There is no striking boozy flavor at all. Mouthfeel is very smooth and coats the mouth very well. Drinks like a light syrup and delightfully so. Drinkability is high, but in moderation. That hidden 9% is so ninja, I didn't even notice but it's still incredibly tasty. Well-rounded DIPA for sure and a great product to help one ease into the IPA style.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured amber/copper with a finger of white head, that laced fairly well. The smell was exceedingly hoppy bitter with pine, lemon, and floral hints. What amazed me about the flavor was how smooth the hop bitterness was, which dissolved mid-palate to wood & earthiness, and then to a dry bitterness at the finish. Especially surprising for a DOUBLE ipa; most of the double ipa's nowadays are exceedingly citrusy sweet, but not this one. Medium-bodied, fairly carbonated, and a nice dryness at the finish. This strong beer is scary-smooth.

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Photo of ChugsMugs
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured with a mega head that dominated the glass before settling down to 2 fingers. Nice off white frothy head that left generous clumps of foam stuck to the edges. Golden brown color, nontransparent.

S- mm. sweet citrus, grapefruit most stinging in the nose. definetly some fresh cut pinebows or sawdust hidden in there. then brings you back to that grapefruit first noticed.

T- great bitterness right off the bat. a subtle flow of sweets just barely taking the edge off pure bitter annihilation. scents are backed up nicely with grapefruit tartness and that lingering pine. Mild soapyness maybe.

M- my personal favorite part of the beer. nice and thick. thoroughly coats the mouth with almost no carbonation. leaves behind its rich taste.

D- This is one damn good Double IPA. Little room for improvement. Perfect abv to match taste and style, and such a rich flavor to keep it coming.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Bomb!

appearance: nice beutiful red-amberish color, good head retention

smell: strong hop aroma and citrus notes

taste: not balanced but I like it. tons of citrus flavor and more pine then I usually pick up.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: overall a decent DIPA, and I would recommend.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting to try this a long time. Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Looks solid with a enormous soft, off-white head. Takes over 10-15 minutes to dissapate into a solid 1/2 inch crown. Great lacing. Beautiful deep amber color.

S: First I got a lot of nothing. Waited 15 minutes for it to warm up and the nose was mostly malts. Some fruitiness and caramel in the nose with a hint of alcohol. There are hops there, but really, quite subdued. The hop profile is mostly that of pine. The aroma profile suggests maybe an english barleywine, not a DIPA.

T: Once again the rich malts predominate with rich caramel flavors. There is a great deal of fruitiness as well. The hops are there more in bitterness. There is a definite pine flavor going on with a hint of tangerine. I was wanting more flavor in addition to the already strong bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and silky smooth. Finishes w/ a bitter stickiness. Very nice.

D: I was shocked by how mediocre this beer was. It has been hyped to be something excellent, but I really thought it was average at best. I am now wondering if I didn't get an older bottle based on the non-existence of the hop profile. I will seek out a fresher bottle and alter this review if it is better. Until then, I guess this is how it will remain.

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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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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,264 ratings