Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely had this a while ago but grabbed another bottle to try it again for reviewing. The cork pops like Champagne. The beer pours out with a deep hazy copper color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is decent, not much different than the regular version of this. There are some sweet malts on the nose as well as a big hop aroma as well. The taste of the beer is sweeter than most IPA's, it's got a good bitterness in the finish. Caramel and bitter citrus notes balance nicely. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, it's got some good body to it. It's a slick oily beer. Overall it's not bad, I seemed to enjoy this beer more a few years ago than I do now. Still a quality brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a huge, sticky head that sheets lacing down the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Massive grapefruit and pine tones in the aroma

Taste: Grapefruit and tangerine, at the outset, followed by pith and pine bitterness, with the alcohol making its presence felt in the flavor profile by mid-palate; a bit harsh, with aspirin overtones, just after the swallow, but the finish is sweet and fruity

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with prickly carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A little hot, and that drops the drinkability score, but this is a fine DIPA

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Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b for sharing this one!

Reviewed from notes. Opaque orange with great sticky head retention. Ultra tropical hops in the nose, I swore it made me dizzy every time I took a deep whiff. Sticky sweet cantaloupe, mango and ripe melon aroma, resiny dank herbals behind the fruit. Amazing! Fruity tropical juicyfruit flavors come across in the flavor too, bolstered by a huge pale malt undercurrent, with a slightly boozy edge that trails off with spicy, sweet and bitter hop flavors. If not for the abv, I would try to tackle a bottle myself! Thanks for sharing Dave, hopefully my dreams come true and this makes it to WI someday soon!

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a murky, orange/brown color with a three-finger head of tan foam that seemed to never stop rising. It left sticky patches of lace when it finally did recede.

S - An overwhelming aroma of grapefruit and bubblegum with mild caramel notes.

T - Like the aroma, there is a strong grapefruit flavor but with a piney quality, too. It had a nice burnt toast maltiness with another flavor that I can only call creamy. Must be because it was unfiltered.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had some real bite. A medium to full bodied beer.

D - Great tasting but I found myself struggling to consume the whole beer by the end. I'd recommend getting the 12oz bottles.

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

Poured into pint glass.

Pours a large off white head that is kind of fizzy. Decent retention. Color is a burnt copper brown/orange.

Aroma: Big hop profile. Pine shows a lot. Caramel malt with some sweet grapefruit notes.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit citrus up front. Pine and floral hops. A slight caramel malt profile, but not a lot. Just enough to show but not enough to be distracting.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Fairly fizzy feel to it for a dipa. Ends a bit sticky with a hop resin feel to it.

Overall, this one is fairly drinkable for how big it is. Better than the regular DS imo. It was more hazy (just a random note). Pretty fresh and enjoyable.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip. Pours very hazy dark red-orange color with a enormous 4 finger off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a decent sized lacing cap that lasts. Fairly thick lacing sticks to the glass. Aromas of huge amounts pine, pineapple, mango, orange, and grapefruit; with some caramel and bread as well. Taste of big pine, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, and bread. Strong bitterness shows up on the finish and lingers for a while with caramel, bread, citrus, and spiciness. No alcohol in the taste but a slight warming on the finish is present. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied. Fairly smooth drinking as well, but is definitely a sipper with it’s huge flavor and body. Overall, and excellent imperial IPA, and it is extremely hoppy, just how I like them.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a very large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of piney hops bitterness. Then a hearty malt character quickly follows along with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a decent balance and the hops presence returns to the forefront. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are other 2IPA's I would pick first but this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my brand new Pumpking chalice. It poured murky and dark orange, almost brownish in color. It started with a big frothy and bubbly white head to it that faded some but kept a nice layer covering the beer as I drank it. Some nice lacing was left on my glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a nice floral and citrusy hoppiness to it. I get some grassy and pine flavors from it along with some nice citrusy and tropical fruit flavors. Some sweet malty, caramel flavors come through as well.

The taste shows more of the malty, caramel flavors then the nose did. The hoppiness really starts coming through more towards the finish. Grapefruit citrus, pine and just a bit of a tropical fruit flavor comes through. The alcohol shows through in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some nice flavors and I enjoyed the flavors of the Simcoe hops. The malt flavors really came through to add some nice balancing sweetness to it. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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

Corked & caged 750 ml courtesy of HopStoopid120, cheers Tony!

Pours an effervescent & dirty caramel with 4+ fingers of khaki colored head. Crazy head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty, piney & boozey (a bit)

T: Breadyness, buscuitty malt, leafy & earthy hops in your face, plus pineyness & booze hiding under caramel up front. Dryness & herbal bitterness dominate as this warms, plus toffee & caramel, plus herbal hops smack & a ton of pink grapefruit & some booze..

MF: Chewy, bready with low carbonation & bit too hoppy balance & ABV-wise to ring all my bells

Drinks a bit slow, the ABV & complexity slow me down a bit. Hop heads may disagree

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you to the kind BA who sent this one my way. I had been waiting a long time to try this one, and was super stoked to see it in the fridge. Served chilled and poured into a goblet, this one was consumed on 06/11/2009.

The pour was damn near perfect, well it was perfect. Huge foam head that would go nowhere. Rich lacing dripping down the sides of the glass and really just giving this one a huge overall look to it. Nice hazy amber color, this was what I want all dipa to look like. Lots of earthy hop notes here, really nicely done I have to say. Very well balanced with loads of pine notes and an un wavering malty touch to it. Smooth,even carbonation and a freshness that made it almost sticky at times. This was just perfectly balanced taste and much fuller and more robust then the original.

Overall I thought it was excellent. So nice to see this very well balanced beast as opposed to the shredding west coast ipas that we normally see. This is a winner in my book for sure.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head (seven fingers!). The beer is orange-amber and very cloudy. Each re-pour creates another excessive head. Settles slowly and leaves lumpy lace.

Strong pine-like hoppy aroma. The alcohol is quite prevalent.

Nearly extreme, this is a heavily hopped beer with a potent alcohol presence. Rich broth with a mild carbonation level. Starts with a light malt flavor. Long, long bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to nyrangerfan (Steve) for hooking it up with a bottle of this. It's been on my wants forever it seems, so it's nice to pop the cork on this one.

A: The pour is a hazy, dark amber color with a very fluffy off-white head on top.

S: The nose is full of fruity hops. An all out assault of grapefruit and pineapple. Man, I love simcoe.

T: There is a great bitterness up front which is quickly followed by a very juicy grapefruit flavor that just sticks to your tongue all the way to the finish. A nice bitter bite on the finish completes the sip.

M: The body is medium with a rather plentiful level of carbonation. The bitterness lingers a bit, but provides a nice crisp and refreshing feel to the beer.

D: That 9% ABV is nowhere to be found in the sip. This is an absolutely fantastic DIPA, and one of my new favorites, in fact. If only I could buy it out here in California.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been wanting to try this one for a very long time. Unfortunately, I feel like the regular version is the one I prefer more so. This one seems muddled; a result of the unfiltered edge of it. The earthy tones that are prevalent in the regular version are definitely here as well. Though they seem more weighed down and not as boisterous and interesting.

Nice to be able to try, but not really as interesting as I was hoping for.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Bottled Jan 7th 2011, best before September 7th 2011 here we go!

A good solid pop from the cork. Monster head and borderline gushing quality off the pop. Into the glass the head is frozen, it will not even move. Color of head is a big off white stick and lots retention it's like pudding. Body is a bit cloudy with about 50/60% opaqueness but a nice dark copper into dark orange. Ridiculous stickyness for lacing on this beer.

Bouquet is a mellow citrus orange, and some dryness. Faint grain and toasty feel, very mellow in character but definitely feels arid.

Taste is a mild body with a dry pepper. Toastyness and a sharp piquant pepper like feeling that I associate with this hop (simcoe) bitter. Mid palate has some nice sweetness getting into some very light brown sugar quality barely a sugar sensation which makes for a nice not overly sweet sensation. Stinging tongue though beyond prickly right on the tip but I really like this body for mouthfeel. Abv is somewhat noticeable.

Good drinkability, and a fairly good price point as well too. Would have again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle -

Pours mostly foam at first though the dark amber body quickly grows. The Head is foamy/rocky. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of strong pine - spicy and sappy.

The taste is also of strong pine - sappy with a hint of caramel. Alcohol certainly shows. Finishes with a sweetness and a bitterness and boozy.

Full-bodied and somewhat creamy, thickish.

This is a raw one. Simcoe hops in full force. With booze and hint of caramel. Raw - but good if you're a Simcoe hop lover. Honesty, I prefer the original. The rawness impacts it more.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kmurray8621 for sending this my way. Served in my usual Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Ridiculous four fingers of blonde foam that takes forever to dissipate and leaves lots of wonderful lace patterns on the sides of the glass. You can definitely tell this is unfiltered because it is dark! Opaque dark orange-brown color with only the slightest bit of visibilty at the bottom, where I can see tiny bubbles streaming upwards. The only thing keeping this from a perfect score is that the color is a little dull and doesn't have much glow or fire to it.

S - There's tons of earthy pine and a little bit of dankness, with only hints of citrus zest and tropical fruits in the background. There's also a very balanced helping of brown sugary malt, and maybe the slightest hint of booze. The smell is a little muted when cold, but comes alive as it warms up.

T - This is definitely a more malt-forward DIPA in the vein of Racer X than a West Coast grapfruit explosion. There is still plenty of the earthy Simcoe flavor going on, with some unusual fruit notes (peach is the most obvious), pine, and grass as well. The malt is more sweet dough and less saccharine than suggested in the smell. There is a very strong bitter aftertaste (also like Racer X) that becomes seriously palate busting. It's a very unusual, but ultimately successful combination in my opinion.

M - Moderate carbonation with a slight upper lip tingle, but not particularly bloaty. On the lighter side of medium bodied, and maybe a touch thin for the ABV. Tons of residual stickiness and oily hop resin - you'll taste and feel this beer long after you finish drinking it. There is some nice alcohol warmth after a while.

D - No problems with the 750ml bottle, but afterward my palate was worn out and I had a pretty serious buzz going. This is a definite evening ender, and could be dangerous at the end of a long session.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is dark amber and hazy iwth a thick white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high. Head has a lot of staying power.

Aroma is smooth but hop forward with piny hops, smells good.

Beer is medium bodied with minimal sweetness up front with nice hop flavors and smooth bitterness at the back with a clean finish. Beer is really enjoyable as a DIPA. Its a definite repeat for me.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a big fluffy 3" head that sticks around a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: floral bitterness, soft pine, and some sharp grapefruit tones are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malt base with some pine tones, grapefruit, ripe pears, a bit of bubblegum, and a hearty bitterness. Alcohol is noticable and provide a nice warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp throughout with some dryness showing up late. Long aftertaste as the bitterness and grapefruit flavors linger on the tongue a while.

Drinkability: this beer is so quaffable and at the higher alcohol level, it may be dangerous. I usually stick to one bomber bottle in a session, but I can see opening a second one. Great beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.


Pours a nice cloudy amber/orange color, nice carbonation, huge thick/creamy off-white head, with tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some slight malts, citrus, and pine notes. The taste is slightly sweet on the lips, hoppy (big hop bomb), some malts, very nice touch of citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice chewy brew. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Weyerbacher.

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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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark bronze, like a dirty penny. It's cloudy as can be with a haze. It forms a soapy, sudsy head. Sweet alcohol, grapefruit, damp hay, citrus, must and a little bit of tropical fruits are in the aroma. On the palate, pine, fuzzy papaya, pineapple and lemon. Strong hop notes are complimented by a big caramel malt flavor. Solid bitterness adds to the fuzzy texture. Alcohol, pine, citrus oil coat the mouth and are quite aggressive. This is a beer for those who really like beers. Surprisingly medium bodied and quite dry, light for the strength.

Overall, this is an intensely hoppy, bright, yet funky beast caught in its primeval form. Unapologetically brash, palate wrecking , explosive, yet rewarding. Any fans of barleywines and double IPAs should reach for this one.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked & Caged bottle poured into standard pint glasses. Split with oglmcdgl, thanks 4 sharing.

A- Deep copper, slight mahogany appearance depending on the light. A huge frothy tan/beige head steadily gained height while pouring so some time was needed to properly pour. Some lacing although the foam is not sticking 100%. Being unfiltered there is some sediment so be careful pouring if you dont want it.

S- Simcoe hops times two. The hop assault in the smell tells me what im getting into. Not sure if this is an effect solely based on the simcoe used but a pine scent is very noticeable. A nice malty backbase smooths things out with a bready/caramel scent. This one is good to smell and will open your eyes. Very pungent.

T- Big huge blast of 100% Simcoe hops and based on the beer I very much like this strain of hops. A bit bitter up front but as the ounces go by the bitterness fades and just pure hop juice invades the palete. The malt base is solid and is probably keeping this super hopped beer very drinkable to me. Some bready notes and sweetness but minimal.

M- I kind of like the feel a bit better than the unfiltered batch but thats just me, it's just a little fuller. A good solid medium bodied feel that gets easier to drink as time proceeds. A good amount of carb from this fairly fresh bottle but a week or two more in the cellar would have probably made the feel even better. A touch bitter and while this is a hop bomb it's not overbearing on the tounge.

D- Weyerbacher is either hit or miss with me and this was a hit. Im not sure which I like better this or the regular version but I will do a side by side to compare. One bomber would be tough to tackle on my own, hopefully they decide to put this version in 12oz bottles like the regular version as well.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pour is initially very foamy, settling in a deep hazed amber with a dense, thick head and ridiculous webs of lacing. Aroma is sharp, fresh pine hops, very pungent and balanced with mild malt sweetness. Very creamy, smooth body with medium carbonation and lingering pine and citrus rind hops without being overly bitter. Body has strong caramel malt backbone with strong dry citrus, pine and herbal flavors. Very nice sipper from Weyerbacher; I prefer this over the DFH Squall for a local unfiltered DIPA.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle Dyan!

Pours dark reddish orange into my imperial pint glass, with a two finger soapy, pillowy, and frothy off white head. Retention is good and some clinging lacing. This head is lasting forever.

The aroma is of pine and grapefruit, with apricot, peach, and floral notes. The malt foundation is in the form of sugary caramel, and it balances the aroma nicely. There's an interesting medicinal/plastic quality that I can't put my finger on. It's subtle and inoffensive but it's definitely there.

The flavor is pine resin and bitter grapefruit. Alcohol is immediately apparent, and it's present through the finish. The sugary caramel malt has a go at balancing the aggressive pine and grapefruit bitterness, but doesn't quite succeed. The finish is boozy pine and sugary caramel grapefruit with a high level of lingering bitterness. The medicinal flavor I noticed in the aroma returns for the finish and stays on my palate for a while. The alcohol burn becomes a bit distracting.

The beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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