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

On tap at the Brick Store(from my notes):
Beautiful dark orange/amber pour.
Fresh citrus and pine hop aromas
Flavor is dominated by the hops up front, lots of grapefruit,
then balanced by some sweet malt flavors which are obliterated in the finish by more hops. Pretty much a palate shredder for me.
Had this in the bottle a while ago, but on tap the flavors are fresher and more immediate. The hops are a good bit more aggressive than I remember them being in the bottle.
Mouthfeel was appropriate for the style, some syrupy texture and oily hop coating on the tongue.
It would be hard to drink too many of these in a night, but the one I had went down quite easily.
Pretty damn good beer.

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

Pricey hop bomb these days but the good word makes this a must try. Brew pours a light amber or grapefruit; forms a big, thick frothy head that settles down into almost an inch of head. Aroma is strong and naturally sweet, pine spa and needles, a little brown sugar and pine syrup. taste is thick and almost bittersweet, lots of tylenol, pine and grapefruit in the taste. Hops dominate in the aftertaste with only a glancing blow from the malts.

A hops-thick brew, no doubt, but balanced enough to be an enjoyable hob bomb.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Weyerbacher beers.

Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head.

Aroma is dominated by piney hops with a solid malt backbone.

Taste is hoppy througout; piney hops in the front balanced in the finish by a nice malt backbone.

Nicely resinous mouthfeel; highly drinkable for the style.

One of my favorite Weyerbacher beers.


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Photo of mrkrispy
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try this, a big fan of Simcoe hops and I wanted to see how they tackled a beer made of only Simcoe.

Poured a nice red/copper, a bit cloudy looking. No head.

Amazing aroma of a huge hoppy floral bouquet, punches you in the nose then buys you a beer. Hop buds everywhere. Not much else I can smell besides my own amazement.

Tastes of vanilla (!), subdued malts, minimal sweetness. Hops are all over the place - citrusy, a bit o' resin, slight grassiness. I taste red pop, what the heck? Hop oils coat the mouth, but not a puckering bitterness. The bitterness lingers, sticks around. A bit thick after a few tastes. Nice carbonation helps to clean the palate, goes with the red pop. Hop aroma lingers in the mouth with every taste. Very mildly hot, hits shortly down the glass.

This is a great beer, definitely one any hophead should check out. Cheers for the Simcoe!

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Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper/orange color with a one finger white head. The head dissipates leaving a thin layer of bubbles on top. Lacing is decent.

Tough to smell that much. You can definitely tell the hops are there, just not as in your face as most DIPA's are.

Tastes great. Hoppy then more hoppy. Not too harsh either. The bitterness is the biggest thing, there's a little bit of sweet malty taste as well. The taste sticks around for a bit.

Mouthfeel is great. Very thick with the right amount of carbonation. The thickness is really great with the taste of the beer, you can chew it.

Drinkability is good. The thickness and bitterness make it something that can be a bit much, but it's a great beer.

Overall it's definitely worth a shot. It's a bit expensive, but split it with someone if you have to.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Finally in South Carolina! Woo!
Pours out darkish orange. White head on top, which hangs around through the entire drink. Aroma is a touch on the harsh side -- boozy, for sure. Apart from that, it reeks of hops. (awesome)

Taste begins with the malty sweetness of a 9% brew, but then follows hard with some crazy bitterness. Absolute hop-fest going on here. Bitterness is followed by AMAZING hop flavor, which lingers on for a very long time. Incredible display of a single hop. Easily one of the hoppiest I've ever had... bravo.

Sticky mouthfeel leaves that gorgeous hop flavor in your mouth for quite some time. I think one of these will do for now, though...

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

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass. It was too cold and exploded.. Nice cloudy pour with a large head.

S. I'm in for a hop bomb. Piney resinous hops. My brother could smell them from across the room.

T. Hops! I really like this. Hops dominate a rich malt backbone. A unique strain of hop, not at all like west coast IPAs. Herbal and tea like at times. Pine. Lightly spicy. Alcohol is played down but there.

M. Easy drinking, and dare I say, quaffable.

D. As drinkable as a 9% double can be. A nice DIPA. A lingering hop bitterness prolongs the magic.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark coppery red color with a thick light brown head and excellent lacing.

S - Overwhelming piney hops with hints of tropical hops as well. A light caramel sweetness backs it up, but I am expecting a big nasty blast of hops from this one.

T - A light sweetness up front quickly overcome by a piney hop bite. Slightly off taste to the hop bite...a little metallic? A very good tasting brew, but not quite what I was hoping for after the smell.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and a little chewy in the mouth. Very drinkable by DIPA standards but the somewhat funky taste after the hops lingers too long and knocks a little off the drinkability.

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

Holy grapefruit! Poured hazy copper with a thick three finger beige frothy head, which left a great amount of lace behind. Upfront, the aroma is obvious (grapeffruit). I also get some pine, sweet toffee and biscuit. The body feels medium to full, oily, and subtly carbonated. Once again, the same applies with the taste, grapefruit. Slightly sweet but hippen quickly with a blast a citrus bitter. Overall, I felt this brew was not well balanced. I love the mega hops, however I was looking for more malt sweetness to balance. I enjoyed this brew with scamble eggs, ham and brie cheese on a Belgian waffle with maple syrup. Enjoy

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Photo of chuckd123
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. It pours cloudy, and has a bit of an orange look to it. Nice head, but gone in about 3 minutes. No worries there because the smell and taste are what this beer is all about.

First off, the smell. I could not stop smelling this one. A very complex, thick blend of hops & grapefruit. If you like IPA's, this will blow you away.

The taste... this thing is powerful. You notice the incredible simcoe hops at first, followed by strong citrus undertones. The alcohol is there, but not over-powering. To me, this is exactly what I want out of a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is excellent as well -- feels sort of thick if that makes any sense, and has almost a creamy consistency to it.

Drinkability is hurt only by the ABV. I could empty a 4-pack of this stuff easily without some restraint.

An excellent, top-3 (imho) example of the style.

If you haven't tried it, you're missing out.

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

22oz. bomber: This one pours a hazy orangish-amber color. There was a bit of a frothy tan head on it that dropped off somewhat quickly. It left some lacing. Both the citrus and pine hops are quite obvious to the nose, yet they seem to be balanced nicely. The pine and citrus notes of the hops are evident in the taste, and are well balanced also. Potent but not over the top. Actually a hint of malt sweetness in the finish. This one is pretty well done!

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Photo of Jerico
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - somewhat cloudy, golden light amber color, with a thin lacey head.

S - hoppy smell, with pine/cedar in the forefront.

T/M/D - very sharp hoppy taste, with a woody flavor (is wood a flavor!?) and a bit of a zesty, citrusy aftertaste. The alcohol flavor blends nicely but is apparent. This one is too big to session, but is quite a treat.

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

Pours a cloudy, hazed golden orange with a white, creamy, tightly packed head. As the head falls, wall paper sheets of lace across the glass. Smell is hops. Hop resin, peppery mint, lemon zest, meaty citrus notes with hints of fresh baked bread. This is one hop forward smelling beer! Taste is surprisingly more balanced than the nose, however, that is not saying much. The flavor begins with fresh bran muffin and as the beer moves across the tongue, the hops begin to shine. White pepper lemon zest, pine resin, grapefruit juice, pure bitterness. The finish is incredibly dry and the following breath is full of bitterness again. The alcohol isn't showcased much, perhaps hidden behind the bitterness. Highly enjoyable DIPA! Wait, this is an East Coast DIPA? This could surely rival those San Diego boys.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber red body with particles of yeast floating in it. Head is slightly off white, decent retention, good lacing as well.

S: Citrus and piney nose, maybe just a slight malt background. Pretty powerful and good.

T: Very good flavor, intensely hoppy at first with the same notes as the aroma, a slight sweetness hits the back of the tongue a little later. There is a strong bitterness throughout. Alcohol is really not detectable.

M: Great carbonation, good body.

D: Highly drinkable except for the lingering bitterness somewhat, not to mention the high abv. Its great tasting but one is probably enough per sitting.

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

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep caramel color. Has a nice ring of lace that remains throughout.

Smell is very citrusy. Exploding with juicy pineapple and mango scents.

Taste is interesting. Not as fruity as it is bitter. Tongue bruising hop bite.

Overall, a hophead's dream. I think for me the simcoe hop is not my favorite, but this is still a very nice brew.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is a strange on for me to rate. I really like IIPA but this one was just too over the top, but very well crafted

A-Hazy amber slightly orange
S-Pine, citrus, grapefruit, sweet honeyed malt. Smells really good and I'm excited to try it
T-Sweet honeyed malt and a piney/grapefruit that abruptly changes to resiny bitterness that absorbs all other flavors. It lingers for a long time in the back of the mouth and I think it cleared my sinuses. I like bitter but this is too much-it tastes like acrid crushed medicine.
M-Didn't like the flavor but creamy in the mouth.
D-I could barely get through a bottle and I'll give away my other one. I'm becoming a hophead but this is over the top.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The drink had a huge, huge frothy head with the standard dark, murky golden-amber of a double IPA. Aromas were surprisingly gentle for what I was expecting. Hops, herbs, spices, malts; perhaps its the Simcoe hops that are used because this is pretty light for an imperial IPA. Not so overpowering bitterness, which is good. Malty, hoppy bitter flavoring wrapped around slightly grassy, floral textures. Good mouthfeel makes this beer have good crispness but also a slight creaminess from its heavy hops. Overall, not a bad imperial IPA.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Simcoe IPA pours a hazy orange with a thick off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is quite hoppy. Piney and citrus hop flavors dominate, there is a slight metallic taste when the beer is a bit on the too cold side. The taste is pretty good for a double ipa, bordering on excellent, but it just isn't the best I've had. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, but not inappropriate. Worth a try for sure.

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

Poured this amazing beer into a pint glass. This beer was very impressive looking from the pour to the actual lace it left on the glass, this was some serious lace and the chopper color was also amazing. The smell has a very sweet nose of butterscotch, pine and earth and a bit sweet honey. The taste was very hoppy and to the point I can taste the sweet backbone with a nice very bitter hop finish that stayed on my palate for quite some time, this was one of the best DIPA I have had in quite some time. Overall this was an amazing offering very fresh and very hoppy just how they are supposed to taste, it went down very smooth and quickly.

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

Best [American] IPA I have had in a long time. Poured up a spectacular reddish colour with a nice eggshell/off-white head. Very attractive beer. Smell is resinous "pine sap" hops, which is, of course, what I was anticipating. Flavour, too, was dominated by a powerful hop presence with only a suggestion of malt right at the beginning and somewhat powerful hops asserting themselves throughout, especially on the finish.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. This is a very pleasant beer to drink.
I will certainly seek this out in the future when I'm craving this style of brew. Brilliant!

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. This certainly is a double IPA. There's no misclassifying this brew.

Pours a deep copper with a thick tan head that sticks tenaciously to the side of the glass. Smell is HOPS, HOPS & MORE HOPS. Mostly piney, but a bit of tangy citrus, too. The taste is a bit sweet up front. There's tons of malt in this brew. And here come the hops. The resins coat your tongue and latch onto your throat. Nice.
Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is mellow. An enjoyable double IPA, but just one will do me. My taste buds need to recover.

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

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Brewed using 100 percent Simcoe hops, a West Coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals. Oh my. Let the shredding of palates commence!

It's a rich, dropped-bright, dark copper-colored beer with a massive meringue-like, frothy, foamy, sticky head that rises four fingers above the beer and glass. It eventually settles to a half-inch lace, retaining its froth to the last drop. Fantastic nose. Aroma is intense with resins, notes of pine, fresh-cut grass, floral, dry aspirin and a strong, prickly grapefruit that dominates. First sip is smooth, a bit chewy and juicy, with a thicish consistency. Palate is immediately coated with sticky, resiny hop oils that embed more pine, abrasive grapefruit citrus flavors, green wood and a minty back. Soapy suggestions, along with some dry aspirin. Fruity, tangerine middle, with black pepper, forest berries and warming alcohol beneath. Malts attempt to break through the onslaught of hops, providing a sweet base that tries to balance, along with some depth--charred caramel, fresh brown bread crusts and honey edges. Dry, woody finish, with raw, leafy hop oils still attached to the palate.

Most of these flavors courtesy of a single hop? Outstanding. We sampled from the second brewing of this beer, and Weyerbacher just announced that this will be a year-round offering. Awesome.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep amber color with a strong head. Smell is earthy, piney, with a strong grapefruit presence. Taste is very pronounced... punches you right in the face on the first sip. Very well balanced... alot of hops up front followed by the malt. Good amount of carbonation. Great brew from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of racer2k
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange and cloudy, with a some thin lacing around my tulip glass. Head dissipates immediately

S: Earthy, malty, and some citrus tones

T: Malted Grapefruit. The malty taste holds up the beer and hides the 9% ABV nicely. Nice highly hopped flavor but it smooths out quickly

M: Moderate mouth feel and thin with a hint of alcohol

D: Very nice Double IPA that is very smooth but dangerous as a session beer.

Serves quite well in a tulip glass. The beer opens up nicely

Serving type: bottle 12oz.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear, orange-amber body and a head crowning above the rime greeted me after poring out the newly arrived Double Simcoe into a pint glass. The smell was clean and piney and had spicy undertones and a peach backing. The taste was bitingly bitter with an immediate puckering reaction, which to me is just what a double IPA should induce. There was a lot of pine in every sip. The malts were toasty and nutty, but stood no chance against the hop onslaught. The hop burn in this beer lasted from start to finish and beyond. Just what a double IPA should be. I'll need to horde more of this.

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