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 Ryan011235
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 7/18/09

A - Dense amber in color; hazy. Poured a 2 finger off-white head; settled to about half that after a few minutes. Bountiful lace.

S - Bold hop presence, pine & grapefruit. There are also some toasted malt notes.

T - A robust hop bitterness runs the game. There is a pleasant & unassuming bready malt sweetness upfront that gives way to grapefruit tones & a dense pine flavor. A resiny bitterness lingers throughout.

M - Hop resin allows for a nearly chewy character. There is an enjoyable grittiness as well. Despite this, there is also a bit of boozy slickness.

D - A very intense beer, it is almost daunting at times. For me, this is one to enjoy occasionally. I would like to give this a try on draft.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is burnt orange and oh so cloudy. The thick head that's staring me in the face is like hop flavored ice cream. I want to grab a spoon and take a bite. The amount of lace that remains after settling is could be scraped off with a knife. The smell is sweet yet pungent bitter hop cones. I get a sort of musky woods aroma as well. It actually relaxes me as I take deep whiffs. The flavor is similar to the nose. Hoppy and rediculously bitter but sweet and musk like. Like pine chips might taste. Not a bad thing by any means. The mouth feel is super sticky. It sort of latches onto my teeth and makes my mouth gritty. I get no hint of the high abv at all. This is a very good DIPA.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with dmunroe. Thanks Donald.

A: Pours a murky, glowing coppery amber into a tulip. The head is about an inch of off-white foam, with big bubbles, and retention is pretty decent over a couple of minutes. Thick sheets of lace down the sides of the glass. One of the best-looking IPAs I have ever seen, bar none.

S: Hugely citrus pith with a tangy, rindy, earth vibe to it. Some pine in there, although it manifests itself more as a weedy aroma. I'm surprised by how much malt I smell in there too. A very pungent bouquet here.

T: Citrus up front. Orange rind dominates, but there's some grapefruit and pineapple bite in there too. Pine sap plays a huge role in the mid-taste, which is when the taste starts to hint at getting malty, but the citrus elements pull back into the finish to produce a clinging bitterness that rides well into the aftertaste.

M: A chewy body with moderate carbonation that helps its presence. There's a slightly dry burn at the beginning, with an alcohol burn at the finish (owing to the ABV). Definitely resiny.

D: Kind of hard to have a second one right after the first. This is an explosion of flavor, and it's so much that my palate needs some rest about 3/4 of the way through, and I definitely couldn't enjoy another one right away. But later? Yes.

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Photo of johannasclimacus
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into my Stone tulip.

Pours a deep reddish brown, very pretty. A nice three finger layer of frothy head that settles down into a one inch layer. Lots of lacing all around the inside of the glass.

Smell is great too, lots of pine, fruit, malt, and a distinct hop, Taste follows through, very bitter and first, but not so much as it continues to set in on the tongue. This beer is not dominated by the hops; there is an enormous malt presence here.

Alcohol is too high to make this extremely drinkable, but that just goes with the style. Still, a damn tasty and impressive beer from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of DannyS
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Dark, ruddy orange brown with a 1 finger thick head of foam that dissipates into a respectable collar and webs of drippy lacing.

S - Lots of big floral, fruity, piney hop aromas with that distinct amoxicillin-remniscent malt sweetness.

T - Almost as bitingly bitter as Ruination; here's that 'tongue-bruising' character. Fruit, citrus, and malty sweetness dry desperately to punch through the bitterness, finishing dry with less residual bitter than i expected. Aftertaste is bready. Gets a little less harsh with continued drinking, though it's making my tongue feel tingly.

M - Almost oily in its viscous feel, with low carbonation. This is one heavy beer.

D - 9% ABV and an unrelenting bitter attack make this a definite sip & savor brew.

Overall - It's not the obnoxious bitter bomb that Ruination is, but it's close. I think I'll stick to 90min. while I'm biding my time before Hopslam comes around again.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber golden color, more copper than anything. Gorgeous head produced from a not-so-aggressive pour. Very impressive retention and lacing, maybe the best I've seen in an IPA.

The nose is pure Simcoe hops, which is great since it is by far my favorite hop. Juicy grapefruits and possibly mangos (?). Very balanced, however, with a caramel malt backbone. Great hop presence, but not overpowering. I think this could be a great DIPA for someone on the fence of whether they love hops or not.

The taste doesn't deviate very far from the nose, but thats ok because I didn't want it to. I'm a huge Simcoe fan and would be disappointed if it had characteristics of anything else. Fruity citrus grapefruits and apricots, with a nice smooth caramel malt to back it up.

Mouthfeel has the IPA bite, but is surprisingly smooth and clean. Incredibly smooth, I almost can't get over it. Drinkability is most likely one of the highest for any DIPA I've had.

Overall, one of my favorite DIPA's. Very tasty and very drinkable. Beautiful lacing and very balanced. A staple of the style and a great showcase of my favorite hop, Simcoe.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A strong yet balanced IPA is a wonderful thing.. and strong well balanced double IPA's are even rarer still in my limited experience. So it is with some satisfaction that I write this review.

Pours a dark copper, slightly cloudy with a good rich two finger head. The head recedes to a heavy blanket of foam but it leaves gobs of lacing down the glass. Really nice.

The smell is a joy. Lots of pine and some fruitiness underneath. Lovely stuff.

The taste is just a solid harmony of sweet malts, fruitiness and a real depth of hops that lingers for a long time. It's all big but the alcohol is dangerously well hidden.

The beer goes down fast and I'm almost thankful another isn't in my home or I'd be on my second as I write this. Mouthfeel is just right. Well done Weyerbacher. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for more beer from you.

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Photo of dolbex
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed my Weyerbacher in a pint served from a bottle at around 40F

A - Cloudy and dark copper tones crowned by a 2 finger tan-white head. Great looking beer.

S - The simcoe rings grapefruit like no other. Very sweet caramel flavors and malts.

T - This beer hits like a ton of bricks with juicy grapefruit wave on the front end and plenty of alcohol biting at the back end. Personally, I really enjoy the ride and think the smell, flavor, and mouthfeel all compliment each other in a great way. It isn't necessarily balanced but if you like beers with a big bite this is for you.

M - Thick, malty, and lingers on the tongue. Very appropriate and expected from the cloudy appearance.

D - Big bite and loud flavors make this a pallet killer ready to close out your night.

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Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden brown color with a slight cloud with big fluffy tan head. Nice lacing and good head retention.

Huge sweet hop smell. Brown sugar, pineapple, citrus, malt- they're all here and in great abundance.

Nice thick hop presence with good malt backing. Not as sweet as the nose and more caramelized sugar and biting hops. Pretty decent complexity, a bit boozy and astringent. Lingering sticky hop aftertaste. Some cola notes come in at the end as well.

Medium bodied, nice soft carbonation. Leaves a syrup like coating on the tongue for a long time. Almost like pine sap on the palate.

The bitterness gets strong with every sip. I'm a hophead and I'm actually getting sick of this one half way through. Nice attempt at a DIPA, but there are quite a few better examples out there.

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Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz glass at Mister Goodbar - one of the best divebars I've ever been to.

Pours a clear amber with a billowing white head that produces sheets of lace. The aroma has a boatload of piny hops, like a titanic boatload (and like the titanic this one goes down easy). A slight spiciness and a sweet caramel compliment the hopping. Oh hoppy goodness - this is f'ing amazing. Huge caramel malts lead off, but get an absolute beating midway from a pine tree, segueing into a fragrant finish that lasts forever. The amazing thing is that its actually well balanced in the sense that they used a ton of malts and a ton of hops. The body is full and smooth, with low carbonation. Damn, its so drinkable. Awesome stuff from Weyerbacher!

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

Poured into a pint glass

A-Cloudy amber color 1/2 inch head alot of good lacing


T-some greatfruit but not a citrus explosion like some other ipas. A bit of a pine flavor

M-Decent amount of carbonation that kind of tingles the mouth

D-Good. COuld drink a few of these

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Photo of goblue3509
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber color with a thick head. The aroma is on pine and earthy hops, the smell is very strong, it is balanced out by some malt. The taste is of pine hops and some other earthy hops, there is a slight amount of malt present. Mouthfeel, I let this sit for a while and got a slight carbonation, but nothing overpowering. The drinkability is above average, it is a strong full hop taste that could be over powering, however, the malt smooths it out.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift from alexd3891. Poured this into a tulip, and displays a large creamy head that sits atop a deeply reddish body with a small tinge of orange. The head takes a long time to dissipate, but reemerges quickly and massively upon agitation.

Balanced aromas of hops and malts, with smells of slight caramel, bananas, and cloves. As I agitate, a little bit of bubblegum penetrates the nose. Quite pleasant.

Flavors of bitter citrus, grapefruit, and that slight caramel feature from the bouquet. A quaff yields some tobacco and ash as well, which may be from the higher alcohol content. It's quite excellent up front, with plenty of flavors to smack the palate, but exhibits a slight burn and unpleasant kind of bitterness on the backend.

The mouthfeel is juicy yet slightly thin, with a slight tingling on the tongue.

Overall, this is a decent DIPA. The flavor lags behind, however, when compared with the look, smells, and mouthfeel. This could also use a little more refinement, as the hops are present but not pervasive, which is the point of any (D)IPA.

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Photo of bbeane
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Dark amber colored with a nice finger thick tan head that lingers and leaves some lacing

S- Ha ha, just smells really hoppy

T- Has a very subtle sweet start, with a really hoppy

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, and a hoppy bite after swallowing

D- Its tasty and pretty drinkable, probably very drinkable for a hop head


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

Pours an appetizing dark coppery amber with a thick, off-white, fine-bubbled head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is rich and hoppy to the point of being piny with a strong citrus overtone. Flavor is strongly hoppy, a little bitter with just a touch of citrus, more orange than lemon. Texture is smooth as milk but pleasingly fizzy and tingly. One of the best IPAs I have ever had! I strongly recommend this to all IPA fans.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into my tulip glass.

A: Gorgeous amber color and thick creamy light colored beige head. I've seen heads like that on English nitrous canned beers. 2 1/2 inches at pouring and then a thin layer remained the entire time.

S: Aroma of freshly cut pine, citrus rind, malt, and bits of yeast filled the glass.

T: The initial sip was malty at first, but then SMACK...the grapefruit came out in force. As the beer warmed in my glass the citrus dissipated a bit and then the maltiness made a triumphant return...loved it.

M: This beer is creamy and coats the palate beautifully, with hop oils that linger in the back of the tongue for a very long time.

D: If you're a hop head, this beer will definitely become a staple in your fridge, however at 9%, if you try to drink this as a session beer, you will be stapled to the floor.


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Photo of McGIPA
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wooow! this beer is awesome!

first off the appearance of this beer is amazing...a dark amber unfiltered cloudy appearance makes this my favorite to date. the head is nice a thick and stays that way for a period of time.

taste is exceptional! probably my favorite Double IPA as of now (and Hop Stoopid was hard to beat)

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

Pours a dark cloudy orange. Big booming head that stays around. Thick chunky lacing destroys the glass. Aroma is amazing. All about the hops... pine, grassy, citrus.

Taste is even better. The hops mentioned above plus a nice sweet malt character to go with it. Some caramel as well along with a nice bitter bite. Leaves a little sticky sweetness in your mouth.

I only wish the alcohol was a little less... just so I could drink more of these in one sitting!

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Photo of shivtim
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Brilliant rusty orange, with a billowing, lasting meringue head. Looks very nice.

Nose is strong hops and sweet malt, with a spicy undercurrent. well balanced. Taste is immediate big citrus hops, and a lasting malt background. Hops swing around again to linger at the end, mixing with slight ethanol. Full mouthfeel. Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep reddish orange with a cream colored foamy head that dissipates to tons of sticky lacing.

Big pine up front in the nose. I know there's grapefruit in there, but upon the pour, it is a pile of pine needles. Some light caramel in there as well.

Huge bitter hop flavor with pine yumminess and some light caramel and toasted malt sweetness. Let's face it folks, this one is all hops, with a little woody alcohol in the finish (wood is obvious in this one).

Big oily chewy mouthfeel to this one. What I like the most is that this is a pretty clean beer. The bitter lingers, but your mouth drys pretty fast. Nice.

Overall, you can sip this one. Got a 12 oz. bottle, and I think that though the bomber would be easily finished, it would be a bit much at the end. A tasty hop heavy beverage.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A- light mahogany or light brown with a ¾ inch frothy head that leaves decent lacing

S- pungent fruit smell...grapefruit in the forefront also with a good amount of pine

T- a lot of pine with a nice crystal malt (caramel) backing, also a good amount of grapefruit comes through in the middle to end...good amount of bitterness comes through in the end. Nice lingering oily bitter sweetness on the palate.

M-nice smooth creamy mouthfeel

D- look forward to every sip, great malt-hop balance...not a session beer, but no problem drinking 2 of these

Very solid East coast Dipa especially for a single hop bill

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

Glowing dark amber with a red center. 2 finger light tan frothy head that sticks around and leaves a decent lace down the glass.

Pine, Grass, and hop spiciness are dominant. With a hint of sweet caramel.

Bam! A bitter blast of super pine covers the mouth with spicy resinous hop oils! A sticky bomb of goodness: pine, grass, spicy resin, sour grapefruit. Malts are pretending to balance this beer with a little caramelly sweetness. Nice lil bite o' alcohol and a slight taste of wood. Super sit-on-your-tongue-and-punch-it bitter earthy resinous aftertaste.

Med bodied, sticky masterpiece that goes down smooth and leaves a pleasant dry sticky aftertaste.

A great strong bitter piney manly brew. I feel like this would be a great camping brew. Love the Simcoe hops and its flavors/aromas. Malts are overshadowed by the hops, but in a good way. They lend just enough balance to it. Good alcohol presence for the brew. I like this one a lot. Good alternative to a lot of the big citrusy doubles out there. It's semi-tough to find around new england, but I have found a place that now seems to constantly carry it. woo hoo

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is delightfully hoppy and malty. Lots of rich chocolate malt and spicy, floral hops. Smells like a beverage forged by gods to be consumed by gods.

Pours a murky orange/yellow/apricot color, mild head. Looks pretty good.

I'm excited to find that the flavor follows the nose and gets raunchier. Solid trunk of malt; rooted with shear malt flavor and limbed with varying degrees of roast. Chocolate and nut notes are aplenty. The bushy brunt of this beer is the leafy, floral, fresh, spicy, earthy, oily, and perfumey hops (in that order, to the best of my distinguishment). It's like a mighty tree of malt-wood and hop-leaves growing in my mouth. Moderate bitterness and tartness. Mild notions of alcohol (ever so slight, really). Some nutty oiliness. Some citric hop flavors manifest. Tastes quite good. Feels quite good. Great drinkability. Good balance. Finishes... hoppy!

Impressive complexity and beauty. It's been sitting in my cellar (i.e. under my sink) since I bought it on vacation in Boston 9 months ago. I wagered that it could stand the wait. A bargain for $5.99; you Bostonians know how lucky you are?

'It's like a mighty tree of malt-wood and hop-leaves growing in my mouth.'

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Photo of olmatty
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a towering, creamy, off-white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing.

Smell- Herbal, spicy and bitter hops and a nice balance of cereal malts.

Taste- Hops hit early, are momentarily eclipsed by a hefty malt persence which is followed by a bitter finish. Lots of alcohol punch and hops bitterness. Bitter aftertaste lasts a long time. Slightly medicinal.

Mouthfeel- Thick and stewey, smooth carbonation, big alcohol hit.

Drinkability- Big ABV and heavy body make this a one bomber mission.

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Photo of katan
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a brown to golden brown color. Appears to have a bit of hazing to it, could be from bottle conditioning. Head formation is strong, off-white, well retained. Light carbonation apparent.

S - A well balanced smell of piney and earthy hops notes backed up by a sweet malty scent. Some almost orange like attributes are there as well.

T - Starts off with a light sweetness which is immediately bombed by an overt bitter bite. Meaty, earthy hops build in - overtaking the beer. Finishes with a strong grassy flourish of hard hitting simcoe hops. Biting, edge, resinous. Aftertaste is a strong bitter film coating the tongue.

M - Moderate to strong body - this baby is loaded down. Carbonation is present, but not biting. Oily residue on the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability - not a session beer by any means. But, as a DIPA its in line for ABV and not abusive flavors. Not filling.

Been wanting to try this beer for some time - well worth it. I can't get it here in Iowa, and I guess I would say I'm not too upset about it. I do think there are viable alternatives for this kind of hop bomb.

Gives me something to look forward to when my simcoe beer comes out of the fermenter in a few weeks.

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