Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Birdiebeagle on 05-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by EnJeiBee:
Photo of EnJeiBee
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Transparent amber hue with a pillowy 2 finger white head

S - The prototypical simcoe profile is right there. An interesting combination of citrusy grapefruit and resinous pine. One thing the nose of this brew does is showcase the complexity of the simcoe varietal very well!

T - Although the citrus profile of the hops takes the cake in the nose, they are only opening players in the taste. The resinous piney flavors dominate the finish backed by a bit of a bready malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. As others have noted, there is definitely an alcoholic note in there as well.

O - This is a solid DIPA that pays homage to the complexity a single strain of hops can offer. It didn't blow me away but I can't complain either. I would probably reach for something noticeably more citrusy than this or something noticeably more piney. The middle ground doesn't tend to be an area I prefer.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

For $6.99 this 22oz corked bottle to me is a steal at Bestway here in GSO.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep murky hazed amber with a big fluffy white head that left multiple rows of lace as it never completely settled.Somewhat odd aromas something was a little off,there was the deep pine resin but also almost a skunked note wich I can safely say this bottle was not,just a weird off note.Big sweet alcohol mixed with intense pine resin on the palate,its definently hot like alot of Weyerbacher brews but the hops are intenese and awesome.Mouth coating mouthfeel is very nice its full and rich,its big and and dangerous and could be a future headache, but hey its pretty damn good.

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Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass. The labels information includes the ABV only whit is listed at 9%.

Appearance: This beer pours very hazy as expected with an almost ice tea like color. On top is a light tan head of about two to three fingers thickness. This head is long lasting and makes tons of sweet slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is an interesting balance of sweet malt and citrusy grapefruit hops. Deeper in the aroma there are some lemony herbal spicy notes as well.

Taste/Palate: There is an extreme full bodied hit in the mouth of citrusy grapefruity hops, sweet bready malt, yeast, herbal citrusy tea like hops and sweet brown sugar notes. Hop bitterness seems to only catch up in the finish. The finish is slow with all things coming together melting into the tongue. It is full bodied and full textured with a bit a chew to it. The carbonation is good and keeps things from getting sticky or cloying.

Notes: This one knocked me for a loop. There is a ton of hop flavor and complexity with this wonderful single hopped ale.

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Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Hoops4life511
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is apricots, oranges and caramel malt. The flavor is a mixed bag of citrus fruit, pine and a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jondeelee
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA opens to a huge citrusy, hoppy note, the bottle overflowing with pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, lemon oil, dandelion stems, anise, mint, and eucalyptus, showcasing virtually every hop aroma. The hops do swing toward the bitter side here, the dandelion stem, resin, and eucalyptus especially present, but enough sweet and oily notes are present to make the nose balanced—impressive, considering there’s only one hop variety in here. The hops are joined by a selection of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, which combine with some of the hop aromas to produce a strong, musty Concord grape overtone. Large scoops of brown sugar add further sweetness. This rests on a bed of biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and peppery bread, which adds earthiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, offering hopheads an excellent selection of aromas, and while the intensity of the hop aromas far exceed anything else in the beer and produce a sense of imbalance, the result is enticing enough that this matters little.

On the tongue, the beer is, as expected, quite hoppy, with pine resin and grapefruit rind dominating, the more bitter notes of dandelion stem, anise, and eucalyptus somewhat weaker, but still very present, and below that, a spicy mint and pepper note. The fruit esters begin with a shot of pineapple that blends surprisingly well here, joined by cherry, orange, and berry, the last three in lesser quantities. Dollops of brown sugar abound, and the biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and peppery breads from the nose translate nicely. In subsequent sips the anise, pine resin, and pineapple can combine to form a slight, but unfortunate overtone of rubber inner tube. The aftertaste is a bitter continuation of the main mouthful, the pine resin and eucalyptus especially present here, burning at the tongue and soft palate for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, there is much to be liked in this beer, and hopheads should definitely give it a try. There is a slightly strong alcohol note that becomes especially present in the latter half of the mouthful, and the rubber inner tube overtone is occasionally disconcerting, but there’s still enough in here that the beer is worth seeking out.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes. L: Pours hazy reddish amber under a 2” off-white amber tinted foam collar that produces thick, complex lacing. S: Citrus, grapefruit and pine aromas. T: Tandem attack with rich malt and assertive hops, citrus, grapefruit and pine interweave with caramel, malt and light fruits. F: smooth, rich, creamy full body, medium to medium low carbonation. O: Big, assertive but well done.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm happy to take this opportunity to finally put in my first review. I've been on BeerAdvocate and into the craft brewing scene for a little while now but for some reason never found myself attempting to put my opinions to words on here. So, forgive me if this is a little awkward...but here I go! I picked this bottle up after having a taste at the ACBF and liking what I remembered about it afterwards...

Appearance-Huge aggressive head of about two and a half fingers off a mild pour into my New Belgium snifter. Head is a slight off white that gradually settles down into about a quarter finger that doesn't dimish further as I drink. Also leaves nice, heavy traces of sticky lacing down the side of my glass as I drink. The beer itself is a very handsome medium brown with a nice cloudiness that lets in a nice amount of light to color it a pleasant golden amber/brown.

Smell-I'm loving the smell on this beer. I'm surprised by my first whiff, expecting to be hit initially by the hops, but instead am initially greeted by a sweetness with a bit of malt coming forward. However, this is immediately followed by a huge and lovely hop boquet. Though I've still probably not tried more than a dozen DIPA, I'm particularly struck by the huge notes of grapefruit and citrus that are followed immediately afterwards by nice resiny/piney tones. Forgive me for getting a little poetic, but this smells like a stroll through a pine forest on a cool day while eating a nice slice of white grapefruit. Gets me excited for the taste.

Taste-Intial sip greets me in a very similar fashion to what I detected in the smell. I'm struck by the fact that this beer comes on sweet at first over my tongue with a bit of a malt profile before letting the bitter hops wash over the back of my tongue as it heads for the throat. Again however, after the initial malt detection, huge flavors of grapefruit and pine fill the mouth leaving a pleasant biting bitterness that does well to power out the initial sweetness. The citrusy grapefruit taste gives way again to piney notes that complement the aftertaste and become more prominent in relationship to the grapefruit as the beer warms in my glass. Very impressed with what I perceive as a surprisingly subtle balance in this beer before the hop punch at the end, leaving little overt impression of the heavy alcohol content of the beer. However, I could see how the sweetness on the front of the palate could be offputting for DIPA lovers.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability-For a DIPA, it came as no particular surprise that this beer had a fairly thick and sticky mouthfeel that was fitting also for the sweetness of the beer as well. However, the heavy hop bitterness/citrus note helped to balance the heavy mouthfeel and the beer went down very easily for the alcohol content as well.

In short, happy to have had the chance to make this beer my first review. Would pick it up again while fresh and consider it a steal given the price.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta - I've been waiting on this for a while.

Pours an almost opaque light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with huge amounts of pine hops. Struggling out are hints of citrus but the pine aromas really are in force here.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel and slightly bready malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by sticky pine flavors. A mild bitterness sets in midway through the sip and intensifies through the strongly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this is much more intense than the filtered version, it reminded me more of a hoppy barleywine than a DIPA. Tasty and the fact that it's unfiltered adds another dimension. Worth a shot.

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Photo of pwoods
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchase at Hyde Park, poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep reddish plum flesh color, opaque. 2+ fingers worth of dense, cream head, very good retention and loads of lacing.

S: Yummy yummy Simcoe aroma... gotta be my favorite hop. Fuck yeah, cat piss! Tons of pine and healthy citrus. Some toasty, bready sweetness.

T/M: Great balance between the lip smacking bitterness and nearly chewy sweet malts. Catty, ammonia, very piny. Toasty and sweet malts. The alcohol adds a very interesting character when combined with the added yeast, like a bit of Old Ale alcohol twang with some added fresh spiciness. Body is nearly full and a bit chewy with moderate carbonation.

D: Very tasty but needs to be taken slowly. Very good beer.

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Photo of Varkias41
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of cclark67789
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Mar02x
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I mail order this one from Germany. Just to try it because it looked appealing.

A - A orange haze in my glass with some yeast snow. The head on top looks a bit orange, yellow and white!? Yes I know it sounds strange.

S - A beautiful pine forest enters my nose. In the forest there must be some citrus- and mango trees too, with grass between the roots.

T - A sweet citrus&pine syrup are having sex with my tongue. This a beautiful subtle blend and the after taste is just a perfect bitterness.

M - A medium carbonated body with a creaminess that could have been better though.

O - A lovely DIPA, nearly as good as the heady topper. I really love this.. I do think I got this one really fresh though. I will buy it again to see if I was dreaming.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks go out to Lum (wherever he may be) for the bottle. Thanks Paul!

Pours a deep ruby color with a slight haze and an off white head that forms easily and retains pretty well.

Nose is alot of...uh...simcoe, and a significant perfumey malt sweetness, smells a little dated.

Taste follows with significant bitterness, and a sharp piney hop profile that seems a little old. Dont know how old this bottle is, but it shows some signs of being a few months past its prime. The flavor profile of the hops is a bit lacking but still obvious, and the bitterness is certainly still there. Sharp dry finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly overcarbed, and a bit viscous, but not bad for the style and/or gravity.

Drinkability is ok, but this one is a tiny bit hot.

Overall, an ok DIPA, certainly a good one for the east coast. The bitterness is quite high by EC standards, but its not checked enough by flavoring additions. This bottle seems like it might be a touch old, but even if it was fresh it wouldn't be anything mindblowing, but certainly not a bad beer, and one im happy to drink. Enjoyable brew.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish yellow color with an off white head. Almost dirty looking with sediment floating about, bouncing through the high level of carbonation. Leaves a residue.
Passionfruit, and a little grapefruit.
Very fruity. So this is what Simcoe tastes like. Passionfruit, grapfruit, slight alcohol and some malt.
Lots of carbonation but it worked well with the beer. Very bubbly with a full consistency.
A great double IPA, that is worth trying. A great way to familiarize yourself with Simcoe.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No snifter available, so poured into a standard pint glass and shared with a friend.

A: Pours a bold copper/orange in color white a huge 3-finger off-white head.. and trust me, I poured this very gently. It is completely opaque/hazy (clearly because it's unfiltered) and the head retention is great. Lacing is quite nice, as well. Definitely darker than I expected, but didn't disappoint otherwise.

S: A strong nose built upon a firm malty backbone. Citrus notes accompany a bouquet of piney hops.

T: There is a lot going on here.. the malt backbone shines through pretty strongly. There is a sugery sweetness upfront, as well, followed by orange and grapefruit notes. A slight bite from the alcohol comes through in the end. Definitely like the taste, just a bit more malty and hefty than I was expecting.

M: The fullest body I've had in a DIPA, by far. Creamy feel with lots of carbonation. Just a little out-of-balance to me.

D: Glad I split this bottle. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it, but man this one is heavy for a DIPA. The alcohol comes through more in this one than most DIPAs I've had. Usually I'll want the whole bomber to myself and that will yield a better drinkability score, but that's not the case so I'm docking it a bit. Still above average.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy brownish amber color with an off-white head that leaves excellent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma features some malt but it is definitely highlighted by the hops. There is a huge floral, pine and citrus hop aroma that is simply mouthwatering. There is also a notable amount of alcohol in the nose as well.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out immediately with a sharp hop bitterness and lingers for a long time well after the sip is finished. This will definitely satisfy anyones craving for hops. Behind the hop madness is a pretty solid malt backbone that just provides another tasty layer.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another fantastic brew from Weyerbacher that I enjoyed a lot. I really hope they decide to release more of this because this is fantastic stuff! Highly Recommended!

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Photo of eallured
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip this beer is very carbonated, two thirds of the glass is foam, like a Belgian. Head is also very long lasting, it will be a while before I can pour a full glass, oops! The beer itself is an opaque copper, seriously this thing glows at the edges, the only place the light can fully penetrate. And the sediment is not disturbed, there is still a thick layer on the bottom. Unfiltered is right! Head is light tan and creamy. Ilove what hops does for head retention, this thing just doesn't want to subside.
Aroma is heavenly. Absolutely simcoe, could pick this out of a lineup any day. Juicy grapefruit, orange and lemon with Peach and some fragrant light pine notes. Detect some vegetal, like whole cone hops.
Five minutes and a small top up in, and there is still a thick head, but it is sinking. I can't wait any longer, I've gotta tear into this beast.
Head is very fluffy on the lips. A good blast of citrus. More grapefruit and peach. A short, strong dark caramel maltyness follows but is quickly overpowered by a blast of spicy bitterness that lasts, slowly fading and letting the yeasty caramel back in to round things out. Finishes a little heavy on the sweet side, but not too much.
Full bodied, tongue grabbing bitterness and coating sweetness, this beer would hold up to the heaviest of foods, while still cutting through fats with the sharp bitterness.
Although it has plenty of bitterness to hide the alcohol, it's sweetness has a decidedly negative effect on drinkbility. I am very much enjoying this 750ml bottle, but any more than this and my palate will be sugar-blown. I was expecting something a bit lighter in color, I think the heavy caramel is what will get to me first.
Overall a very solid beer, better than most DIPAs but short of an SDPA. Glad I found this although I may slightly prefer the flavor of the regular double simcoe, I like the extra yeast and complexity of this unfiltered offering.

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 411 ratings