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 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 merlin48
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 for a 22 oz bottle at the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. This pours a clear amber body with a huge three finger, offwhite head that proves quite sturdy. Retention is excellent, and patch lacing is massive and pitting.

Aroma begins with a burst of fresh pine needles, followed by mandarin orange and a hint of grapefruit. A hint of caramel is fleeting.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, slick and oily with hop resin. Carbonation is aptly moderate.

Taste is dry and bitter with an enormous Simcoe hops presence. Pine cone is dominant, with bitter mandarin orange underneath. Just a hint of malt character here. Very resinous with hops. Middle and finish are unrelenting with hops bitterness.

Just what the hop doctor ordered. More malt presence would have added some needed balance, but if you're in the mood for Simcoe hops this is the poultice.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber, with a sticky, fluffy head. Aroma is good, piney, soft. Taste is outstanding. Not over-the-top hop. Nice, slight pine notes. Resiny. Mouthfeel is good, alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable, thank goodness for Imstillthegman and BIF 33 for the chance to try this!

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber to red in color with a large tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin layer which leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Grassy and sweet citrusy hop aromas, nothing overpowing in the nose. Some bitter grapefruit and sweet maltiness in the taste with a slightly spicy bitterness in the finish and a major alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is creamy but lighter in body than I expected. The hop aroma and taste are nice but not huge, a little understated compared to others in the DIPA category. The alcohol on the other hand is quite large, at times it was not as noticeable, at other times I found myself wishing for more maltiness to balance/hide it a bit more.

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

Poured an amber and gold hue with some haze and few yeasties floating around. Off-white/tan head with some viscous caoting on the glass.
Aroma had big pine and lighter citurs notes with some caramel and even a hint of chocolate underpinnings.
Flavors of had a grapefruit/orange twist with some definiate pine-sol on top a soft caramel coating that was virtually overhlemed by the hop characteristics.
Mouthfeel was mostly full bodied, maybe not quite enough body for a DIPA but overal prety solid. Some warming alcholic notes were present as it warmed but the mouthfeel was all about an ever increasing crescendo of bittering, started lighter and citrusy and then pounded you with a really piney and almost dry finish.
Drinkability is very solid. Again, a tad thin for a DIPA but except for a little bit more malt this brew is all about the hop notes. Very pleasant brew and solid offerring.

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking to fill the Smutty Big A void until the next batch is done, and I happened upon this big green monster by accident. I didn't even know it existed and I found 1 bottle in the cooler at State Line. And what a Monster it is!!! Simcoe bitch slaps you as soon as the top is popped. Golden amber pour with very nice, lingering lace. But man, those Simcoes. Piney, citrusy, extremely aromatic. This is one extreme beer and if you're the least bit hop-shy, stay away because not only will Simcoe bitch-slap you, but he'll bend you over and pound you like he hasn't seen a woman in years. The alcohol is covered nicely and malt is fleeting, however it does sweeten this beer a little too much. I'm a Weyerbacher fan, and this does not disappoint. But it makes me miss Stash.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally, the much-hyped Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA. Found this bad boy at Once Upon A Vine for 4.99. Good deal? Let's see...

A- Appealing red-orange color with a huge head. For some reason this beer went crazy with carbonation when I poured it and spilled over the glass (funny, the last beer I drank that featured Simcoe hops did the same thing). Big time lacing, probably one of the stickiest laces I've seen on a beer. So far so good.

S- Very nice, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, citrus. Some definite pine as well, along with a little toasty malt aroma. Good smell, I just wish it was a little stronger.

T- This is where it goes a little downhill for me. Very sweet, almost cloyingly so. Flavor is nice, continuing with the citrus/pine theme that the aroma set. Caramel malts come in at the finish. Unfortunately, the sweetness is just a bit much for me. Big time bitterness in the finish, but it doesn't really balance out the sweetness, rather, it clashes a little and lingers a bit too long.

M- Very thick and syrupy, quite nice in this department.

D- Not overly drinkable. Too thick, too sweet, too alcoholic. I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Overall, this wasn't a bad beer, but it didn't live up to what I was expecting. I had tried one beer before that featured Simcoe hops (local brewery Legend's Hopfest), which I thought was fantastic. However, I'm not sure that Simcoes can carry a beer by themselves. They are fantastic aroma hops, but don't do much for me in the flavor department. Like I said, this was a good beer, but not in the league of, say, 90 Minute in terms of taste, balance, and drinkability.

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Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The 1.5" off white head slowly recedes, leaving considerable lacing behind as I consume. The beer is a medium amber in color.

smell: The big, dominant hop aroma is both floral and piney. There is a light malt sweetness underneath, with a twinge of ethanol.

mouthfeel: The beer is medium in carbonation and between medium and heavy in body.

taste: There is a big upfront hop flavor, piney and floral in taste, which somehow avoids being tealike. This is immediately followed by a light, moderately sweet malty character. The malt flavor is very nondescripts and plain. The bitterness grows from after the sip to a tongue numbing level. Good flavors, but lacking depth.

drinkability: Drinkability is decent, as the alcohol is very well hidden, yet hindered somewhat by the unchecked bitterness.

Received from xcjetta in HBIF3, reviewed about a week ago, entered from notes.

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

Wow! What a beer. Pours a dark amber in color with a nice frothy head. From the minute you open this offering, you know that you are in a world of hurt. Wonderful hop aroma from the Simcoe hops (whatever these are). The higher alcohol content balances well with the crazy IBU level. A great representation of the Double IPA style. Overall, great beer!

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-red color with an off white-light tan head that sticks to the side of the glass. Impressive staying power.

Aroma: Candied grapefruit rind is the first thing that comes to mind. Huge citrus simcoe hop aroma with a malty overtones.

Taste: Grapefruit hits you in the face here. Surprisingly sweetness follows the initial bitterness. Toffee maltiness comes through the hop flavor. Bitterness comes back to bite you a second time.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Bitter/sweet balance is fantastic.

Drinkability: At 9% abv, not a brew to be taken lightly, or in heavy doses.

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

Deep clear copper colored. With a huge thick foamy head that slowly fades and leaves thick fat sticky lacing.

Well I had high expectations for this beer going in and so far off the nose and appearance it's not dissapointing at all. A nose of thick piney hops, layered malt, some grapefruit and apple aromas in there as well. Very big complex aromas.

Fabulous!!! Not sure how many people ever got to try Miami Trail Pale Ale before they went under but now I know they used the Simcoe hop. This is very similar with more complexity and mouthfeel.

Mouth coating, resiny, piney, complex hops, with enough sweet malt to balance it out. Finish is at least a minute if not longer. Hints of grapefruit, slight alcohol prescence in the throat and chest but, it's more like putting a pine tree in a blender and drinking it. Absolutely fabulous.

Nearly a perfect score from me but the drinkability takes a slight hit just because the hops last so long and are so drying you need a beer to calm your taste buds back down after drinking more than a few of these. Thank God this isn't a one time brew as originally thought. Great job Weyerbacher!!!

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

Poured a tall dense tan-colored head that lasted forever, and left strings of lace as I drank. Dark amber looking beer with a few bubbles rising slowly through the middle. Impressively clear for such a big hoppy beer. Aroma of pungent grapefruit hops with a bit of sweet herbal-ness to it. Fairly thick and sweet beer. A bit of caramel and some tea flavors in there. The finish has a chewy bite that’s enjoyable.

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

Bomber bottle with yet another excellent label - whoever's doing the graphics for Weyerbacher has some talent. Brilliant burnished gold with an almost nitro-like offwhite head that just refuses to let go of my imperial pint glass. There's still some up near the top of the glass, and it took eight or ten swirls to get it to move. I've cleaned lasagne pans more easily. Maybe one of the best looking pints I've poured in years. Aroma of sharp, pine/citrus/grass hops (in that order) over a caramelly, toasty-bready malt.

Great hop attack - bites the tip of the tongue and rolls backwards, the piney-citric bitterness growing and coating the inside of the mouth. The malt comes through, sweet (mango?) and caramelly with some tasty graininess and warming alcohol, but this one's all about the hops. Finishes with a great lingering bitterness and whiffs of cool alcohol, with syrupy malt in the distant background. Creamy mouthfeel with a slight tingle. Definitely a sipping beer - but one you could sip all night long if you're a fan of this hop.

Yet another excellent brew from Weyerbacher. Dan & co. are hitting their stride, big time.

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Photo of HellsBELLS24
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good double IPA

I had this one after drinking a whole 22 of the Three floyds dreadnaught DIPA. It was not bad and the golden color was impressive. The hop taste was very very strong. I think that I was spoiled by the dreadnaught prior. Although I must say that this beer is a rather good beer if you are into a very strong hop flavor. I was spoiled by the dreadnaught for sure.

Good but not the dreadnaught.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, cost me $5 at New Beer on Christie in NYC, No freshness indication to be gleaned, pours slightly golden tinged medium amber. Supports a tan long lasting head and leaves well developed and extensive lacing. Nose here is brightly of pine and citrus peels. Densely hopped tasty brew. Loads of resiny pine, plus smooth rounded grapefruit notes. Full throtle, hoppy brew, get some fresh and enjoy this ballsy offering from W'Bacher

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

A- slightly hazy reddish amber color. carbonation bubbles race to the surface like a can of sprite to form a solid sticky offwhite head.

S- dominated by grassy, piney hop aroma with some carmel and bread showing through.

T- the initial flavor is a strong grassy hop bitterness, followed by a slightly calming and smoothness from the malt, which is quickly ripped from your tongue to finish with hops lingering for minutes later (if you can wait that long before another sip!)

M- right on the money. solid feel with a slight chewiness.

D- pretty good drinkability with all considered.

overall- ive been dreaming in my sleep about this stuff ever since i read about it. Finally tracked it down and picked one up the first day it hit the shelves at my local shop. I had high expectations but wasnt let down at all. This is definitely a sipping beer, and can only be appreaciated by true hop lovers. The intese hops and present but overshadowed malt character make this similar to some american barleywines ive had. Im sure this would age well, but i for one would not want to calm this one down at all.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Body is thickly hazy amber. Actually, more like a London fog than typical haze. Massive head resembles an airy version of pancake batter - same eggnogy yellow color, small bubbles bursting on the concave surface. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is powerful, potent, pervasive, piney, and phruity. Love the smell of Simcoe in the happy hour.

Taste begins with a deep caramelly swetnesss, not at all cloying, but like a high quality chocolate versus cheap sugar. The sweetness never really goes away, but forms a continuous foundation, on which the hops build and spill, coating the mouth and tongue. Wonderfully bracingly bitter but not causticly mouth puckering. Through it all, extremely, incredibly well balanced. Finishes with a long, satisfying hop tingle as the malt clears out with the swallow.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewey and just feels right.

Drinkability is simply outstanding. Hook me up to an IV bag with a straw instead of a needle and I'll live on this.

Simcoely, er, I mean simply, this is an outstanding example of an Imperial IPA, and I'm extremely proud of my local brewery. Come Saturday, I'm off to stock up at the source.

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

22oz bottle poured into chalice. Off-white, chunky lacing atop a cloudy dark copper body. I'll chalk up the short staying power of the head to the hops.

To the nose, a surface full of floralness with a slight butterscotch background. The hop aroma is somewhat muddled.

In the mouth, the obvious pine juice taste is overwhelming at first. Layer after layer of it creates a hop character that to me is confused and unsure of itself. It is tasty - but too ponderous. The malt sweetness integrates well and forms a nice candied fruit back that overcomes much of the over the top floralness.

The feel is somewhat full over the entire mouth. The tight carbonation is right on and creates a very satisfying brew. It finishes clean, dry and very earthy,organic.

Musings: A nice DIPA that needs to find its true identity in the spectrum. If we stay in the local strain - it is not 90 Minute. Further, Unearthly, Smutty and even Stoudt's seem to me better examples of the style.

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

This beer poured a beautiful orange/amber color with a 3/4 inch creamy head that lingered in the glass. The head only dissipated slightly in size and left a layer of sticky lace on the glass. Aroma was an enticing mix of hoppy herbals, apricots, citrus and piney smells. Very nice. Taste was just as good or better. Incredible flavors of apricots, peaches, mango, hop bitterness and grapefruit. Also present is a good malty, caramelly flavor that complements the hoppiness perfectly. Alcohol is there, but barely evident. Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy on the palate. This beer was dangerously easy to drink. I could have finished 2 bombers by myself, but thought better of it. I stopped at 1 and a half. Excellent beer and by far the tastiest offering I've had from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $4.99 a bomber. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very good looking clear amber coloration. The head towered at two fingers high with a honey white coloration. Thick pancake batter lacing remained behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer produced a massive explosion of resiney piney goodness as soon as the beer was opened. The smell only improved after it was poured into my glass. The beer has a very dominate pine resin and grassy citrus combination. The beer has a very pleasing caramel malt undertone.

Taste: The beer has a supremely pine resin and citrusy flavor initially. Then the beer shows some balancing undertones of caramel maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has an excellent hop attack. The hop attack is blunted by the caramel maltyness of the beer. The beer is well balanced and never goes over the top. The beer has a creamy full bodied mouthfeel. The beer is hoppy as all hell but never becomes abrassive. The alcohol in the beer is well covered up in the smell, taste and mouthfeel of the beer. This is just a very tasty beer treat all the way around. I am going to have to purchase more of this one. I am glad this will be a seasonal offering. Thank you Weyerbacher for this beer treat. If you like hoppy beers you will not be disappointed.

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

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-2" great lookin' light-tan foam head, a merangue, if you will. Beer is orange/amber and clear. Nicer lacing doesn't exist, well, unless your half- spider gramdma crochets you some underwear with a sistine chapel motif. Lacing stayed forever, and clings to the glass in thick filigree all the way down. Terrific.
S-Grapefruit city: my favorite town, and this beer smells truly fantastic: I mean it's got drool-inducing power of epic proportions. Simcoe is a mother of an aromatic, eh?
T-This is a citrus hop lover's dream come true. "Just" Simcoe is used in this? Answer: yes, as a bittering hop and as an aromatic. Well, it's outstanding in both capacities, IMHO. Some pine/ woodsiness is there too....I'm crazy about the bitterness in this Simcoe hop-blitz, and the burn of the resulting hop-burps. Hoppy/blood orange juicy: heaven; there is some sweetness in the minor player malts, but i'd say this finishes dry, with an aftertaste avalanche of puckering bitterness that leaves this DIPA lover extremely delighted.
M-Superb mouthful, rich and creamy. Carbonation is perfect for the style.
D-Incredibly drinkable beer here. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. 9%, surely you jest. This isn't beer: it's a work of art, strangely complex in it's one hop simplicity.

CRUX: AWSOME EAST COAST HOP-HEAD DIPA HERE. Frankly, I'm amazed that this was created using only one hop variety. I'm so glad Weyerbacher came out with this, and I think it's their best beer IMHO; not only that, I think this is the best "East Coast" DIPA made right now: and it's about time the East Coast produced a big beer that can hold it's own against the California Hop-Monsters. Between this, and the newly available Moylan's DIPA, it's shaping up to be a damn fine summer. (Stone, who?) Now if only my local Keegan Ales would pull off a masterpiece IPA coup like this....christ, life would be too good! This is a review that I will definately hone with relish in the future, but right now, I'm short of words, feelin' the love; havin' an aesthetic experience of sublime proportions, and just want to drink the rest of this fantastic artful beer in peace....knowing that I'm blind to any shortcomings this great beer might possess, yet happy in the knowledge that it's the blind love of the truly smitten....

p.s.: Further bottles have revealed pretty noticeable alcohol...

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber, with a massive beige head that retains impressively...looks imposing. The aroma is also impressive, huge piney and resinous hops out front, with some citrusy and floral notes in the background, along with caramel, toasted bread, fruity esters and some alcohol. The flavor is just as good, starting off with massive piney and resinous hops, along with some caramel, citrus, toasted bread, fruity esters, and an ever so slight hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is bordering on thick with light carbonation. Drinkability is good. A kick ass DIPA, definately worth seeking out.

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


The Double Simcoe pours a very deep amber with a reddish cast and orange highlights. The creamy tan head has remarkable staying power and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

The nose is loaded with pungent, fruity, grassy, and piney Simcoe hops!

It's creamy and silky-smooth in the mouth with a dextrinous medium-full body and moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

The flavor delivers the same whopping hop-smack that the nose does, softened a bit by the gently caramelish and doughy malt beneath. It's rich and full and bitter, but not overdone. It finishes extremely dry with a lingering bitterness although the hops and malt fade shortly. The alcohol remains well-cloak for the most part, but does start to become apparent towards the end of the glass, adding a peppery side that helps to dry it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a wonderful orange color with a thick 3"+ head thats lasts a while. The head is almost merangue like. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: huge pinecone bitterness dominates, with a hint of citrus in the background.

Taste: nice sweet malt backbone that is counter balanced by strong dry pine bitterness, mild grapefruits, and hints of pepper spice. Alcohol is lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, less crisp during the finish. The aftertaste is surprisingly short on the bitterness.

Drinkability: nice and easy drinking. The alcohol levels keep this down a notch. Pick one of these up.

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Photo of Terp96
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid offering from Weyerbacher. I have had poor experiences with Hop Infusion but love Simcoe so I had to pick one up.

This beer pours a deep amber with a one finger thick, off-white head. I expect a little more haze in a DIPA but this was a nice looking beer.

Smell is of pine, juniper and a tad bit peppery. Very nicely done and will make a hophead want to dive in.

Taste is good as well. Very piney up front. There is a nice malt backbone to carry this one through to the peppery, dry finish as well. The taste does seem to get more subdued as you progress though. That may be due to the amount of hop in the beer.

Mouthfeel is solid. Oily and smooth. There is a nice, somewhat thick, sweetness left on your lips and tongue. The beer is warming but the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall a very drinkable beer. At $4.89 a bottle, I will go back for a couple more.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass medium amber golden with just a bit of haze. The head was off-white, frothy, large and in charge, coating the glass completely from top to bottom.

The aroma was piney and citrusy from a mile away. Even before bringing to the nose you could pickup the hops and a malt character. At the nose the beer was even stronger with piney and resinous hop character. Some caramel malt presence was notable, but difficult to accurately define till all the head drifted away. After the head fell back the aroma seemed more muted but still full of hops.

The flavor was piney and resinous with a very bitter flavor to the head. Once you get down to the beer it was caramel malt and a strong bittering backbone. The flavor and bittering hops were both piney and resinous with a bit of citrus character. The beer contained a nice malt presence but it was overshadowed by hops from start to finish.

The finish was lasting piney and resinous hops long and a bit overpowering into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was full and almost viscous with a moderate carbonation level which worked well. The warming from alcohol was strong and apparent. A good beer, a bit off in the balance and headed toward too much of a good thing in the hop bittering. The lasting bittering became harsh in the final flavors and lasting which affected the drinkability. Definitely reminded me of a beefed up Hops Infusion.

22 ounce bottle.

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,266 ratings