Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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: 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 PatrickJR
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy orange/amber with two finger light tan head. Somewhat short retention, but good lacing.

S - Pine is the dominant flavor here followed by a healthy backing of grapefruit. An amazingly complex earthy aroma is present as well.

T - Sweet malt hits first, but it's rather thin and dies away quickly. Bitter grapefruit peel from the hops taks hold mid palalte. Overall this brew is suffering from a lack of complexity.

M - Medium bodied but still a little thin for a DIPA. Low carbonation.

D - I probably won't be coming back to this one when I want a decent DIPA. A bland and mediocre example of the style.

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Photo of TeddyBG
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: I love the look of this one. Burnt orange, cloudy, with a 1/2 inch head that sticks around awhile and the lacing is good.

S: Citrus and malt.

T: Grapefruit with a good caramel? malt backbone. Very bitter hop finish that is good but may linger too long.

M: Full mouthfeel with an alcohol feel in the middle.

D: Definitely 22 oz. is enough. Really feel the 9%. Absolutely delicious beer, but the alcohol content feels higher than 9%.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper pour with a golden orange reflection, nice one-inch thick, white fluffy head, very compact. Lacing lasts from beginning to end.

Hop citrus aroma, grass presence and just the slightest hint of sweetness.

What hoppened? Delicious citrus up front with a hop dominance mid- to rear of palate and just a sample of grass or straw. The flavor is very impressive, and despite the strong hop presence, not overwhelming at all.

Medium to full bodied, generous carbonation, and complex flavor offering.

This is one to imbibe in. Take in all there is to enjoy in a couple of Simcoes and relax.

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

On tap @ Brick Store Pub. A real joy!

A - amber body with a thick white head. Great lacing while drinking as well

S - Massive hoppy citrus and grapefruit explosion. Very bitter smelling

T - A bitter explosion! I can't remember the last IIPA I had that was this bitter and stuck around on the back of my tongue this long. Huge aftertaste. Citrus etc. are there as well. I think Lee put it best, "after having this you'll be able to pick Simcoe out of anything." Totally true, as that's about all I can taste, even after lunch!

M - Medium bodied with some carbonation. Goes down well.

D - wow! This is so bitter and so good. Would gladly drink more, and plan to in the future. A solid IIPA and certainly a Simcoe showcase. Check it out!

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Photo of tpd975
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden orange red color with a small yet lasting head. Despite the small head nice sheets of lace are left behind.

S: Huge hop aromas. Fresh citrus pours from the glass. Lemon and orange mostly. Nice touch of sweet pine as well.

T: The nose is big and bold, as is the taste. This is a very hoppy yet enjoyable beer. Tons of sweet orange and grapefruit. A touch of grass along with some malt sweetness. Not overly bitter though.

M: Nice and full bodied.

D: Very drinkable. I am glad Weyerbacher has arrived in Florida. This will be one of my staples from now on, but at $6.25 a pint I can't have too many.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is gorgeous. Pours a ruby color that's slightly cloudy. Big fluffy head. Powerful aroma of the hops but it's balanced well with a true maltiness.

Tastes sweet and slightly bitter. Truly well balanced. Almost a crunchy taste like mixed nuts and pine. Paints a picture of enjoying pesto and bread in a botanical garden.

Finishes sweet, smooth, and bitter.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Color is a deep amber. Nice head that sticks around while drinking this beer. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly hops. Almost all citrus and just a little spicy. The alcohol also comes though.

The first taste I get is a really big malt sweetness. The hops kick in toward the end of the drink bring a nice balance and finish with plenty of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice and resinous. It stops right at the point of being syrupy. Nice carbonation keeps it from feeling as heavy as this beer is. Pretty easy to drink for such a huge beer.

This is a really good DIPA. I like the use of only Simcoe hops. I also love that they are right up front in telling you what kind of hops are used. I got a 4-pack of this on vacation and gave two of them away. Now I want them back.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with a small white head with good retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, citrus smell with some bitter, earthy hop undertones.

T: A nice, bitter, earthy, spicy, hop taste with some citrus undertones in the aftertaste meant to balance. Nice, fairly balanced taste.

M: A smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel that was very pleasant on the palette.

D: A very drinkable beer. Excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste. Cannot taste the alcohol, but can feel it as you drink the beer. Definitely an excellent beer and highly recommended if you can get it.

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

Holy yeast-in-the-bottle! My first experience with this beverage was yeast-filled, so I'll go with a latter experience.

Poured ever-so-slowly down the middle of a "Beer Hunter Tasting Glass," a dark orange body is present with a thick white head, which goes down to a nice lace around the glass.

The aroma is heavy with hops and grapefruit, very nice.

The flavor... phenomenal. Grapefruit abound and a bit of boozy alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full and nice.

I could drink the hell out of this thing, which probably isn't a good idea given he alcohol content. Just make sure to pour it slowly, or you'll have more yeast than with a 'hefe... and the next morning won't be so fun.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Very cloudy, deep, orangish amber color, with one and a half fingers of sand colored head that leaves tons of thick lacing behind.

A: Citrus hops hit me at first, mainly the orange and grapefruit. Then the loads of caramely (is that a word) malts come into play. Well balanced nose.

T: The sweet malts take control of this beer. The simcoe hops are very prevelent, and balance it nicely. The beer finishes very bitter, which is nice, but the aftertaste is a little off.

M&D: Creamy, full body beer, light on the carbonation but not too light. Very drinkable @ 9%. I would say this falls a little more into the German DIPA category,(similer to Bell's Hopsolution). This is my first experience with Weyerbacher, and I will have to say that if their other selections are as tasty as this one, I will become a fan. Skal.

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Photo of argock
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date, but there isn't really a need...

A: Beautiful orange-amber color with thundering off-white head that geysers out the tops of my glass after an aggressive pour. Great bottle design as well.

S: A hopfest of aroma with loads of earthy tobacco mixed with more delicate herbal and floral smells. A faint sweetness linger in the background.

T: The sweetness in the depths of the aroma are plentiful and even this beer remarkably as the hop load is intense. Intensely bitter with the same floarl-tobacco mix of flavor as in the aroma, the malts bring more to the table in the flavor as there is plenty of sweet pale malt in the palate.

M: Not as slick or oily as I would have imagined but there was no major deficiency here. Reasonably smooth for such an intensely flavorful beer.

D: Loads of hops smoothed exceptionally with what must have been a ton of pale malt. I enjoyed this beer and it lives up the hype. Drinks awfully easily for 9% ABV -- no wonder they only sell it in 4-packs -- probably a directive of their legal team.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark amber color with a solid off-white head that leaves and impressive amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet malt and a very nice dose of piny hops with some citrus as well. The taste starts off with smooth and sweet malt for a split second before the hops come in and blast the taste buds with a puckering bitterness. Overall, this is a very nice Double IPA that is a hop bomb that will surely crave any hop fix and completely ruin your palate. Definitely recommended to any and all hop heads out there.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark gold hue with just a little head.
Smell: Hops prevalent, aroma reminiscent of citrus and is a little grassy.
Taste: Hop-bomb here- but not the strongest I've had. Hops are certainly king. Some thicker malts help balance out the bitterness- malt characteristics hard to describe due to the hop dominance. Taste is definitely simcoe (grassy/earthy.
Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy. Smooth despite the hop sting.
Drinkability: Only for hop-heads and those looking for a stronger, slow-drinking experience.

I can see how hop-heads (like myself) would approve of this brew. Casual beer drinkers might find the hops too intense.

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Photo of abankovich
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with an amazingly thick head that sticks around for a long time, leaving great lacing as it dissipates.

Those simcoe hops smell delicious. Citrus, earthiness, pine and a little sweetness (caramel) all come through the nose.

Wow this is a fantastic and very unique DIPA. Some burnt flavors that come through and are fantastic along with the intense hop bitterness. Citrus fruits linger in the back of my mouth. Maybe even a little vanilla along with the caramel malt. Alcohol taste is just barely there, but is fleeting.

Great full mouthfeel, chewy, rich, robust and delicious. There is a nice kick from the bitterness and alcohol yet there is still an excellent smoothness while drinking this one. Drinkability is about as high as you could expect a DIPA this full of flavor and body to be. Certainly couldn't sit and drink bottle after bottle after bottle of this stuff. But within the style, this is a really highly consumable beer. I love it.

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Photo of countrocula
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed 12 ounce bottle into thick walled glass tumbler.

Appearance - Poured nicely. Dense foam manifests into cigarette butt yellow head. Head ebbed away quickly leaving a nice lace for duration of tippling.

Smell - I get big pine off of this with subtle grapefruit. Not sappy pine mind you but like pine sawdust off the circular table saw.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Huge grapefruit up front. Puddles up on the swallow to leave a formidable bitter hop finish.

Drinkability - Delicious yet certainly not a guzzler in my estimation. 9% makes this perfect for an extended sip and I'd gladly take this on a damp fall day or blustery winter.

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Photo of AltBock
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle that has a simple yet cool black label of wavy green lines. I'm guessing that these green lines are suppose to represent grass blowing in the wind or Simcoe hops. In front of the green lines is the name of the beer in big bold cream colored letters. Off to the left side and the bottom of the label is where they keep the US Government warning, barcode, refund values, and the brewery's actual address and web address. No date anywhere on the label or the bottle itself.

Appearance: When poured into a Harvest Moon pint glass, this Weyerbacher is a clear golden amber with traces of sunshine yellow along the edges. Sitting on top of this amber beer was a tall creamy 2 inch head of white/tan colored foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a small creamy white/tan film and a huge amount of white/tan streaks of lace around the glass. I just loved the appearance of this beer. It was beer eye candy.

Smell: What an aroma! The aroma was on the strong side with bitter and dry citrus hops, citrus fruits, pine needles, grapefruit, a hint of tea leaves, a drop of lemon, and all of this ended with more bitter and dry citrus hops. Toward the end, I noticed a speck of caramel malts trying to peak through the hop wall, but when I noticed the malts, the hops swept in to cover them up.

Taste: It's funny how this taste works. The taste strats off gentle with toasted caramel malts and then out of nowhere, the taste suddenly gets aggressive with pure hoppiness. The taste actually gets hoppier and hoppier as the taste progresses along. After the toasted malts, that's where the bitter citrus hops, sour grapefruit, pine needles, and more citrus hops come into play! In the middle of this hop burst was a subtle touch of sweet caramel. I don't know how all the hops let that one through. It probably should have been in the beginning of the taste where it could have recieved more light, but it was fine where it was. Very good and Very Hoppy!

Mouthfeel: It was clearly a full bodied beer with a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of citrus hops, tea leaves, a slice of grapefruit, pine needles, and a hint of biscuit malts. The aftertaste was almost as hoppy and good as the initial taste. If you couldn't tell already, this aftertaste will linger on in your mouth for quite a few minutes. I should also mention that it masked it high 9% ABV. There's was no way of knowing that I was drinking a 9% ABV beer.

Drinkability: So far, this is my favorite Weyerbacher beer! The taste of this beer was very hoppy, interesting, and of course excellent! I would drink this beer again at a drop of a hat. If you try only one beer from Weyerbacher, make it "Double Simcoe IPA."

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Photo of Raymond69
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange hue , nice rocky head with some lacing throughout glass.

Smell is faintly hoppy , with some citrus coming through , although not as much as I'd expected.

This beer is a hop monster , tons of bitterness , mouth puckering grapefruit bitterness. I really can't detect much of a malt backbone , or any sweetness expect some residual stickiness on the lips.

The hops lighten this up pretty good , good carbonation.

Overall a nice sipper , although I'm chugging this one down after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Iceman77
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with generous foamy head which recedes slowly to a full surface film and clingy lace. The aroma and taste are a hop head's dream. This is def one of the most aromatic brews I have ever sampled, a very complex mix of pine, citrus and a unique hint of fresh flowers (maybe that's just me, haha). The taste is bold hops, and since it is straight simcoe rather than a blend of hop varieties, the flavor is very clean. You revisit the pine and citrus here, with a touch of sugary sweetness. This brew coats your mouth with the flavors and tings the back of the throat with the hoppy bitterness. The only reason I didn't give this a higher drinkability rating is because the aroma and taste is so bold, none but the hoppiest hop heads would session this, but it is a DIPA that has to be tried. I will certainly have it again and again whenever I can, another home run from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance - Pours a cloudy orange. There isn't much head but a thin bit of white foam that leaves excellent lacing.

Smell - Piny hops and citrus fruits. Some sweet malt as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - First taste is of slightly bitter hop taste giving way to the sweet malt and citrus fruits. The end finishes of with a lovely bitter pine hop taste. Very well balanced!

Drinkability - A very solid double IPA. Has everything that you want and need if your ever in the mood for a serious hoppy beer. Another great IPA to add to the list!

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance - A cloudy orange bronze color without much of a head. This beer does have some unbelievable lacing, as it leaves a thick halo around the top of the beer.

Smell - Bitter bitter piny hops wrapped around a citrus grapefruit smell. A balancing sweet malt comes though too.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This beer definitely delivers the hop bitterness! Very crisp scratchy carbonation with an oily smooth body. Bitterness does fade into a caramel creamy sweet malt further back on the tongue. Finishes like it started with that bitter hop flavor in the aftertaste.

Drinkability - Nice beer to grab when you need your hop fix. Hoppy and syrupy make it a sipper and keeps the drinkability a little lower. Good Double IPA to punish your palate from time to time.

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

This was damn good! I was disappointed in their Barley Wine (way too sweet and thin, IMO) so my hopes weren't that high for this one. Nice, typical IPA appearance, but the aroma and flavor leap out! Lots of citrus hops, good body. Very creamy and smooth. I'll have to try it again to rate it in the upper echelon, but I'm currently drinking a Hopslam, and the Simcoe holds it's own. Don't miss it if you get a chance. Thanks Deepak!

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Photo of paultierney1
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here's what happened to me: For years, I have been a big fan of Two Hearted, 60 Minute, and Commodore Perry. All fabulous and available in Toledo for about $1.50 per bottle. Every once in a while, I would spend more and get a 90 Minute, or even a Thomas Hardy or a 120 Minute.

But then I tried the Weyerbacher Simcoe from Pennsylvania. It's in the same league as Delaware's 90, a DIPA, but even better. The hoppy bitterness is amazing and it just stays there. No citrusy aftertaste a la Two Hearted, which is great by the way. Just smooth, lasting bitterness. Don't ever try to go back down after one or two of these. I made that mistake once and the Commodore Perry seemed like a Bud Light!

The only problem is the price. Now it's about $3 per bottle, same as the Bell's Hopslam, but probably a little better if that is possible. The Brothers really need to try this one, don't you think?

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

12oz brown bottle with no dates poured into a pint.

A: Beautiful sun-kissed copper hue with a very slow carbonation stream and a sicky fluffed white head that coats the glass.

S: A generously hoppy nose with citrus hints of grapefruit and passionfruit. Slight pine aromas mixed with a slight malty sweetness reminiscent of apples.

T/M: All hops, off the charts on the the hop-o-meter. Lots of hop oils that keep the bitterness lingering for a while after the swallow. The beer has a nice creamy texture with its relatively heavy body for the style. It's really difficult to comment on anything but the hops in this one.

D: I love hops, usually more than the next guy, but this one was too much for me. I couldn't get past the biterness. It is an Imperial so it is not out of character.

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Photo of getalife2k5
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a copper/golden amber... looks like oolong tea. smells of pine and pineapple-citrus. perfectly bubbly with constant bubbles at the surface. tastes strongly of white grapefruit with certain piney notes. thick and syrupy and extremely bitter. the bitterness hits you about halfway through and stays in your mouth for quite a while. perfect for true hop-heads! while the bottles are pricey, they are certainly worth it. take your time and really enjoy this one. but, you won't taste much of anything else after you finish it, your tastebuds will be down for the count, if not the rest of you!

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Photo of Monkeypaws
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Just wow.
Great dark IPA, with a very tight head, leaving sticky lace all over the damn place.
This is the first beer in a long time that I've actually been able to SMELL, great hops smell; I can't really tell the difference between citrus and piney, but I'm guessing piney here.
The taste is absolutely outstanding, especially for a bottle. Rich hops and malts battle it out, and you win. Amazing balance and flavor abound.
This beer has a rich. chewy mouth feel, and the strong alcohol content is masked by terrific flavor.
I only have the one bottle Kingpin so generously left me, but I think I could drink a few of these.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84.5% out of 100 with 3,239 ratings
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