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

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Strong grapefruit, some kind of tropical fruit?

Taste: Bitter grapefruit and orange flavor. A moderate amount of sweetness balances it out.

Mouthfeel: Kind of heavy feeling.

Drinkabilty: Despite the heaviness, still goes down really easy.

Finally saw this in stock over in Wiscoland so picked up a 4 pack. Tasty, solid DIPA, plenty of hop goodness and not super bitter. Good stuff!

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Photo of stonequarrywest
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12ozer into a Front Street Brewery a trade with jcb890...
Thanks Jake

Rusty orange por with a nice thick dirty white head and some good lacing hanging on.
NIce citrus nose ..more Oranges than grapefruit to me
Taste is a big bang....bitter hops with red ruby grapefruit zing and a nice piney zap
I love the mouthfeel here...oily and it really coats the whole mouth with that wonderfully bitter bite that really hangs on.
Moderate drinkability that could change with each sip.

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Photo of philmont
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple of these in Florida in a mix and match, boy do I wish I just loaded up on this beer. It's a hophead's dream.

Pours a orangish brown with a off white rocky head that quickly dissipates. Does leave a nice lace on the glass though.

Aroma is a hoppy/citrus combination that is very inticing. Never tried simcoe hops before, but this is a great variety of hops. Will definitely go in my next homebrew.

The taste is a continuation of the aroma, very citrusy with hints of orange and pineapple.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly oily, coating the tongue only to be cleansed by the hops tingle. Malt is abundant enough to keep the hops from overpowering but make no mistake about it, it's the hops that drives this beer and it's a great ride.

At 9% alcohol, this could be a dangerous beer, because it's hard to put down. This is a definite must-try. Cheers.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to dogfish head laser etched chalice.

Appearance - Amber brown with what appears to be sediment of some kind. 1 finger whitish orange frothy head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - Smells of hops, orange, and small amount of alcohol and malt. Very different smell to it, I like it but can't quite put my finger on it. Very nice smell though.

Taste - WOW. I have to say this is one of the better east-coast dipa's i have tried. Wow, what a taste. Bitter with orange taste, but very smooth bitter bite at the end that is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated very well, feels very nice on the tongue and throat. Just a little tingle, bitterness stays on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability- Could drink a 6 of these probably. The alcohol is only noticable in the nose, none on the tongue, very light and refreshing also.

Can't wait to try the unfiltered. Very nice offering from Weyerbacher.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Deep orange body. The big head eventually settles down but leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Total fruit bowl. Grapefuits and pineapples galore.

T: Pleasant grassy bitterness. Citrusy/fruity notes. A bit soapy.

M: Thick and resiny.

D: Another winner from Weyerbacher. I hadn't given them a fair shake in the past because of their godawful label art. But their beers have been consistently impressive. I'll bet mixing this with Heresy would make a killer black and tan.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: orange hazy color, thick head settles to thin layer, frothy lacing abounds
s: sharp pine hoppy aroma makes little else noticeable than minor citrus
t: piney hops kick it off and remain through most of the ride, tapering off to minor sweet malty flavor towards end, finishing with mild alcohol and bitterness that gets stronger and stronger
m: medium body, decent carbonation
d: this started off reasonably well in hop/malt balance but the hop level eventually made it a little less inviting for me

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

Appearance - This is a thick, orangish-brown in color with a good, pure white head.

Smell - The rich orange rind aroma is a thing of beauty. If you like simcoe hops you will absolutely love this nose. There is a light malty backbone here but mostly the simcoe just runs away with this contest. I've had quite a few simcoe-hopped IPAs but this is the purest simcoe aroma that I've ever smelled.

Taste - The wonderful hops carry through to the taste, but the story here is the amazingly big and heavy malts. It is so rich and so huge it's almost unbelievable.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. The bitterness is gigantic but tolerable by the super-sweet, gooey malts. This is an ultra-rich DIPA.

Drinkability - This is a big beer make no mistake about it. If you like big hoppy hear and simcoe hops, and especially if you have never had simcoe before, this is the perfect beer for you.

Update – Haven’t had this one in a couple of years so thought I’d compare a 2011 to the one I had in 2009. Really this beer hasn’t changed a bit. It’s still pure, Simcoe goodness with a perfect sweetish malt balance. One of my favorite East Coast DIPAs.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at La Cav du Vin, poured into a standard pint glass

a: nice deep amber color, 1/2" slightly off white head with nice retention, reduces into lacing rings. Nice amount of carbonation

s: nice fruit/pine hop aroma, excellent

t: hop explosion on the palate. Mostly pioney notes, but there is a hint of citrus/grapfruit. Nice malty backbone. Alchohol is slightly noticeable as it warm. Nice DIPA.

m&d: slightly oily mouthfeel. Ends slightly sticky and dry but I come to expect that with the hop level in this. Decenty drinkability however, more than 2 in a session is asking for trouble.


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Photo of Aenema
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, brown amber with a 1/2 finger head. Although the head dissipates rather quickly, there are tremendous rings of lacing all the way down to the base of the glass.
Smell - Intense pine and resin.
Taste - Much like it smells, intense pine and resin flavor with a sweet, bready malt backbone. Very good, though initially the bitterness is a little overwhelming.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a moderate, scrubbing carbonation.
Drinkability - This is a very enjoyable beer. Lots of intense flavor and well-masked alcohol, but I find the hops too strong to want to session this.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a vibrant red color with a massive, rocky ecru-colored head. Retention is excellent--it sticks around for ever and is rocky and pitting as it slowly descends. The glass is almost entirely covered in lace. Nearly perfect.

S: Big time tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple. A fruity eruption of splendid hop aromas.

T&M: It's got a shit-load of hops, but also enough malt to support them and create one hell of a tasty beer. It starts sweet, with a nice mixing of caramel malt and citrus fruit flavor. The finish is drying and hoppy, with an emergent pine flavor and some slight astringency. The flavor sticks around indefinitely, just beckoning you to take another gulp. Body is full and creamy, with the perfect level of slight, tingling carbonation. It's so smooth.

D: 9% is hidden quite well, but the large malt presence on this one makes it not *as* quaffable as some DIPAs I've had. Still, an excellent brew that really showcases how delicious Simcoe hops are. I'm glad I've got 3 more bottles of this to enjoy.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mhatters for this one.

Pours very cloudy and hazy. Dark orange. Looks "thick". Sticky head leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is sweet, like fresh cut grass. Loads of pine. Earthy and spicey...hints of cinnamon? Very intriguing leading up to the taste.

First thing I notice when I take a sip is the slick, oily mouthfeel. Tons of hops in this sucker. I'm getting all the flavors that I initially found in the aroma along with an enjoyable bitterness that wraps the tongue. Finishes dry despite the initial oily feel. Wow, the bitterness lingers.

No drinkability issues here. Big but approachable.

Nice DIPA and worth grabbing. Glad I have more in the fridge.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on something of a dare, poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out of the bottle a little thick, and even looks the color of golden honey with an off-white head; comes with a thick head of 1 finger that quickly fadfes to a very thick scum on top that is uneven and looks like something from a bog or swamp. Body is clouded and looks overrun by sediment. A thick layer of lacing holds firmly to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bitter and pungent hops are right up front. I've been told that simcoe hops are supposed to smell like cat piss, and well, I can kind of get that. However, I also smell a faint hint of some sweet malts in the back as well, but really the bitter piss-like hops dominate. As I continue to smell it there is also some strong hints of citrus (orange peel).

Taste: Surprsingly tasty beer with an abundance of bitter flavors coming out of it -- earthy pine, pungent cat piss (that's just getting funnier the more I type it), definitely some strong hints of citrus as well with the orange peel. There is also a mild sweetness coming from the malts and it's almost honey-like, but it's very subdued and it allows the hops to be in command.

Mouthfeel: Very sticky with tons of resin coating the mouth. Body is pretty creamy and the carbonation is much more present than I thought it would be considering how thick the body is.

Drinkability: I love the flavor, I love the body and the feel is great -- the ABV is a bit high and that lowers it a bit, but overall it's a great beer and I would love a second.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a large brandy snifter.

A: Dark amber with some light carbonation. Head has settled in after a few minutes, leaving a pretty thick lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit...yes, pretty hoppy. Some light malt in the background. I'm getting a little bit of oak, or wooded notes. Strong spice...

T: Creamy and bittersweet. Can feel the alcohol in the nose, but it's not overpowering. Grapefruit for sure. I'm getting some honey, too...but not a sweet honey...more like, how honey would smell...but I'm not getting it in the smell, more in the taste.

Overall, this is a darn good beer. I can't say I'm always happy with Weyerbacher's selection, but this one is quite tasty, strong, and overall very drinkable.

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Photo of TequilaSauer
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a thick, hazy amber. It's much cloudier than I would expect from a DIPA, reminds me more of a cider in appearance. Tops with a beautiful head, very creamy and elegant.

Smells of fresh pine, citrus, and carrots. Very pungent. Nice.

Attacks sweet and malty, VERY malty. The malts fade and accelerate into an intense, orangy bitterness. Stings a bit at first, but I like it. The finish is very heavy, pure grass and veggies. Love it or hate it, this is a strong double IPA. No apologies, no excuses.

It's a very pleasant and tasty beer and for all of its intensities.

It reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head's excellent 90 Minute DIPA. Very malty and out of the box. Not the most drinkable DIPA in the world, but very enjoyable, nonetheless.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought the big beer variety case. Which consist's of the Simcoe,Old Heathen,Merry Monk's,and Blithering Idiot.

Poured into a tulip a hazy ice tea color with a thick creamy off white colored heading. Lacing was all over the place,but it did look a little dead.

Smell is all hop with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste is just riduculously bitter, a bit overpowering of hops. In the beginning it seemed a little overhopped for my liking but you get used to it after a half glass or so.

Mouth is medium-full bodied with great carbonation and a nice balance on the palate not to thick not to watery.

Drink is good a little bit too much hoppiness otherwise this might have been a great session beer but definetly a must try for the taste.

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

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
Unfortunately, there is no bottle date

A: Dark, hazy orange color with a thick off-white head that drops very fast, leaves quite a bit of lace.
S: Smells very sweet (honey?) with a ton of grapefruit.
T: A lot of grapefruit hops with lots of pine on the back of the tongue, the pine dominates the citrus in the aftertaste, some caramel malts attempt to sweeten things, but the hops are dominant. At the same time, it seems like something is missing on the hops side, there is bitter, but a lot of the flavor seems to be missing.
M: Very tongue coating, oily hops, thick, borderline syrupy mouthfeel, but not in a bad way for the style.
D: A very good beer and probably awesome when fresh, but without a date, I don't know how old this is. The hops have a lot of the bittering parts left, but it seems like some of the aroma has dissipated. I am glad I had a couple of these, but I won't buy it again unless there is a date on the bottle.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice copper/orange color with a thin white foam head that leaves some lacing.

S- Huge grapefruit nose. Hoppy citrus and pine scents are very apparent. Some resin and esters present as well.

T- Lots of hop bitterness initially with many flavors that were noticeable in the nose (grapefruit, pine). A slight malt backbone helps to balance this one but the hops dominate. A sweetness is present in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Crisp and dry at the same time.

D- A nice DIPA that fits in well with others but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep copper or ruby colour is poured into my glass with a nice inch head. The head is a slight off white and fairly fluffy. The larger holes in the beer stick around and make indentations in the beer. The nose on the beer is quite odd for a doube IPA. The hops are quite prevalent, but it's extremely fruity. I don't smell any harshness nor do I smell much malts. However, a bit of alcohol.

The beer is quite bitter with a great maltiness. The hop flavour is quite good. It's a nice balance between a huge bitterness and extreme fruitiness. Fucking tasty. It lacks a slight bit of flavour hops, but that's probably because it's old. The mouthfeel is almost perfect on the beer, which makes it even more drinkable.

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

Poured recklessly into a pint glass by my friend! after the head settled down, the color is very nice amber and the smell is pure hoppiness. First taste is great. Very hoppy, fruity, citrus. This was my first Simcoe IPA and it was just so tasty. Very drinkable and I'm sorry I had to share it! I'm looking forward to opening the Special Unfiltered version I just got too. This is an awesome beer and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of sarahspat
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. No freshness or best by date.

Very cloudy, almost opaque reddish caramel. The off-white head dissipates very quickly, leaving hardly any on the surface of the brew. Just a few dots and small spotches of lace appear down the sides of the glass.

Smells mostly of caramel, and vodka. Hardly any hops are noticeable in the nose, though there are minuscule herbal attributes. Candied grapefruit comes through after warming.

Tastes highly astringent and alcoholic. Some orange peel and caramel. It's very bitter, but not complex at all; just anonymously bitter. After it warms, it becomes more sweet and candied grapefruit asserts itself. Overall, it just isn't complex enough for me, but it tastes alright and goes down nicely after warming. It boasts only a light-medium body, but does have a good amount of carbonation.

I really wish there was some kind of date on the bottle. I have a feeling that it might be a little old based on the strength of the hops in my bottle versus other reviews, so I would be open to trying it again despite not being crazy about this bottle.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before, but neglected to review it. The bottle I am drinking now tastes as though this beer as some age on it. While still a good drink, the simcoe hops seem to have faded, as they give off more of a grapefruit citrus taste. There is nice lacing along the glass, indicating an incredibly sticky beer. The body is a rusted copper brown, with a slight haze to it. The smell is predominately grapefruit and caramel sweetness. Again, going off of memory, I distinctly recall a fatal punch of Simcoe hops the first time I had this beer which resulted in a very piney winterfresh scent. The taste is mostly grapefruit citrus, with a fair pine hop kick towards the end. In the background, caramel malts provide both balance and substance. The mouthfeel is a bit wet, again not something true to this beer when served fresh. Could easily drink this beer again, but I would have preferred it to be fresh as I remember it best.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy, amber wheat color with a moderately large sticky head that leaves plenty of ropey lacing.
Light pine aroma with a touch of bitter citrus and apparent alcohol. Pine and grapefruit pith dominate this one, not very complex and the alcohol shines through in the aftertaste. There is enough carbonation, but it sure does coat your mouth.
Drinkability is actually pretty good for 9%, not wickedly anything. Just good.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

jwc215 sent this one! The color is a cloudy dark orange with a half inch head, leaving a decent amount of lacing. Smells strongly of citrus. The taste is a dark citrus flavor, sweet and bitter at the same time. So that's what simcoe hops taste like. Grapefruit with a healthly dose of sweet orange thrown in. A bit more sweet than I prefer, actually. The stickyness and sweetness tended to wear on my palette as I worked my way through this one, and they were a little over the top. Still a solid IPA.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with a small eggshell head. Strong aromas of grapefruity, floral hops with a bit of cannabis. Biscuity malt in the back. Surprisingly sweet, malty flavor. Light grapefruit character. Some weak bitterness leads to a dry finish. Full bodied. Pleasant, but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pack at my last shopping trip to Wegmans...

Appearance: Pours a nice somewhat cloudy, deep amber color with a half inch of head that fades quickly but leaves behind some nice lacing.

Smell: Maybe it's my allergies, but the smell is somewhat lacking in this brew. I can pick up a citrusy, grape fruity smell...but it smells subdued.

Taste: Starts off with a slight sweetness (reminds me of honey?) that quickly turns into a nice bitter hoppiness. Finishes with a nice clean grape fruit taste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is where I believe this beer truly excels. Not overly carbonated, very smooth and full-bodied.

Drinkability: For an Imperial IPA I was expecting more of a punch, but overall this beer is very drinkable and I look forward to having another.

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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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