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 philbe311
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark murky copper color... Creamy, perfectly level batter-like tan head... Moderate retention... Once the head fades, here is a thin veil of lacing sitting atop with thick edges around the outside of the glass...

S - Terrific nose... It's no surprise that the hops dominate... Subdued citrus mixed with piney and floral notes... Mildly sweet...

T - Layers of hop complexity... They're both potent and subtle at the same time... Surprisingly strong and consistent malt base... The alcohol is noticeable as well, but it's not overpowering in unpleasant...

M - Medium to full bodied.... At first it's lush with a mild creaminess... After the initial sip, it turns thick, viscous, and syrupy... The heat from the alcohol coats the mouth... Very smooth... Only the slight tinge of carbonation...

D - A very sophisticated sipper... Excels in all categories... While reminiscent of the original Double Simcoe, this unfiltered bottle-condition version rises that bar and take the brew to an entirely different level... It's more assertive and more appealing in all categories... No complaints here...

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Photo of westweasel
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured out a hazy dark amber with a gigantic beige head. The beer appears to be very thick. The aroma is filled with the strong (and wonderful) Simcoe scent. It is filled with oranges and pine along with toasty notes from the malt.

The mouthfeel is full with moderate carbonation and a medium finish. The taste is filled with biscuity and toasty malt sweetness initially, followed by a nice bitterness constructed of oranges and pine. The alcohol warming is noticeable, but there is no alcohol flavor.

This is a very tasty and enjoyable beer. The substantial hop bite is not harsh and provides a bit of a bite at the end of the swallow that does not linger excessively.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think this might be my first unfiltered double IPA - a cool concept.

Poured into a Piraat tulip this beer is dark and cloudy with a huge head that doesn't give up an inch.

The first whiff is full of simcoe hops light roastiness and intense floral esters. There's something special going on in my glass, and I like it!

The first taste is like a kick to the face! You get massive hops, intensely sweet malt (but not overly so because the hops are so strong). There's so much bitterness, hop oil, malt, then back to a very dry finish that it's hard to stay focused. Almost too much going on here. I would say the malty, banana ester yeast comes from the unfiltered aspect of this brew. The filtered version was much more one note.

The mouthfeel is very good for the style. It may be a touch too viscous due to the fact that this one is unfiltered. There's a touch of chewy graininess going on in this one.

Drinkability suffer because of a few things. First the beer is 9% and in a large format (750). Second this beer has a massive/obscene amount of simcoe hops. Third, this is probably the driest beer I've had. All of these things combined and you're in for a sipper beer that should last a while.

Overall not a bad brew but not one I'll seek out in the near future. My advice is to find two friends to share this with as it's very dry and the hop bite is unrelenting. Tasty nonetheless!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was not quite as hoppy and bitter as a number of other DIPAs out there, but still pretty good. The bitterness is not the acrid, bitter punch-in-the-mouth that I've come to expect from DIPAs, but the hoppiness here was still adequate and enjoyable.

It is cloudy (as one might expect from an "unfiltered" beer) and the body is sort of a muddy amber color. Aroma is distinctly hoppy but not edgy or overpowering. There is some nice biscuitiness behind the some fragrant and floral hoppiness in the flavor.

Interestingly, the "dregs" of the bottle had a more intense flavor than the rest of the bottle. I split this bottle with SurlySober, and he mentioned that he thought the particulate in the dregs was more hop particles than yeast, and that was evident in the way it tasted, although I don't think I'd want 750mls of dregs!

I really liked this...and I think this bottle was $5.99 from Blacklick Liquor, which makes it quite a deal! Definitely recommended.

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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 dukedevil0
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 750mL from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH and brought it to Goose Island for the July BeerAdvocate Gathering.

A: Pours a very nice hazy orangy-amber color with a good amount of white head and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Tons of grapefruit and pine in the scent with a lingering malt presence in the background.

T: Just like the smell...there's a lot of malt, but it's just destroyed by the amazing intensity of hoppy grapefruit and pine flavors. This is really delicious and I wish I could try the regular DS side by side with this because I don't remember that one blowing me away.

M: Very full bodied, lots of carbonation, but goes down smooth

D: I was really surprised by the intensity of this beer and while this does take down the drinkability factor a little bit, the great flavor kept egging me to drink more, more, more.

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Photo of meatyard
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very hazy, dark, burnt orange with a good 2+ finger, off-white head that slowly falls leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is strong grapefruit + some pineapple and pine hops with a following of sweet malt.

The taste starts bitter with critrus hops breaking through quickly then the malt sweetness arrives to finish.

Mouthfeel is medium +, not sticky with a just right amount of carbonation.

It's a very drinkable, pleasant beer even with the 9% ABV which I never noticed. Twelve ounce bottles along with the 750s would be nice if it ever is brewed again. I was glad I got 4 bottles of this and at $5.30/750 ml bottle is a heck of a deal in PA.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


pour leaves a giant cream colored head over murky copper body. huge lacing left behind and thick retention. beautiful!

huge citrus and pine scents, i mean huge. a bit of alcohol hidden within

upfront, giant citrus. mainly grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine. a bit of grassy earthy flavors. malts are fairly light and hidden behind the simcoe.

very full bodied and very smooth. most of the carbonation comes out in the head leaving a very smooth beer

this is amazing. this tops their regular double simcoe and masks the alcohol much better. this is one great beer although its very strong in flavor so just one at a time but many bottles should be enjoyed.

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

A: Mildly hazy reddish orange with a MASSIVE off-white head. Good retention. Carbonation is a-plenty. Gorgeous lace too 4

S: That classic aroma of the Double Simcoe is present, but slightly smoother. Mildly peachy, mango, hop character with some caramel in the back.4

T: Pungently and juicy hoppy with mango, peach and citrus. Plenty of hop flavor with reserved bitterness and mild caramel sweetness. Now, I'm not a fan of the sweeter IPAs, but in this case, it works, the caramel flavors pair beautifully with the hop character, and that thoughtful design warrants bonus points in my book.The finish is sweetish-dry with plenty of hop character

M: Medium bodied with a great, soft carbonation and a hoppy finish. This version is a lot softer, smoother and more rounded on my palate that the version I had on tap a month back. 4/5

D: This is the second bottle I've drank in 3 days. Good stuff, can't say no to it when fresh.4/5

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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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Photo of photomike
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an excellent extra from BA masterchiefMD. Thanks dude!

Pours a murky orangy brown with an absolutely explosive head. Pour delicately! The color of the beer wasn't too appealing, but its head was beautiful and ideal; crazy retention and massive fluffy lacing all the way down the glass.

The scent is quite bizarre. Lots of peppery hoppiness backed with a woody, earthy, almost smoky scent.

The taste follows suit somewhat. There is a bit of that smoke and earth taste followed by an epic blast of bitter, peppery hops to round things out. Far less tropical fruits or citrus than I expected based on reviews and my admittedly limited knowledge of simcoe hops. Alcohol is VERY well hidden.

Mouthfeel is nicely clean, but definitely on the overcarbonated side of things.

Drinkability is high. Despite all of the claims of prominent sweetness within these reviews, I found this to be quite dry.

Overall, not bad, but I wouldn't get it again. Very strange, but pretty enjoyable. Seems almost like another beer entirely when compared to other reviews here. Odd.

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Purchased at Beertopia in Omaha, NE for $6.

Pours a very cloudy dark amber with a thick, dense head reminiscent of many Blegian ales. The lacing nearly covers the entire inside of my Duvel tulip.

Smell; lots of tropical fruits hit you right out of the gates. Mangoe, pineapple and orange peel with a bit smack of pine needles. There's some vague hints of some malts in the background, but that's all.

Taste; spicey hops and alcohol to start, then becomes fruity with the mangoes, pineapples and oranges. The bitterness is definitely present, but somehow manages to not overwhelm with just enough sweet malts through the middle. Then the spicey qualities creep back through with pepper alcohol and an earthiness that must come from the lack of filtration.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; heftier and more satisfying moutfeel than the regular Double Simcoe, with a very smooth carbonation. Drinks pretty damn good for the high abv and bitterness thanks to the fuller body.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Can't See Through - definitely Unfiltered.

Smell: Stinks of simcoe hops. "Smells like *** after she works out" someone said at the tasting! Tons of hops.

Taste: Simcoe hops, bitter as hell, tangy - spruce, pine, pineapple. Over the top. A great showcase of this hop varietal!

Mouthfeel: Stinging - hop bitterness, smooth

Drinkability: not very drinkable - more of a sip and savor Love it.

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

A: The carbonation is through the roof. Both bottles we had were gushers. Even with a careful pour there is a giant snake of white head. Slightly hazy deep copper color. The lacing is nothing short of impressive.

S: The nose is a little more malt forward than the normal version. Right after that though bam simcoe. A little bit of sweetness from the combination of the hops and malt. I do enjoy that hop sweetness.

T: Starts off bitter then goes into the malt for a moment with a touch of sweetness. The hops win out and then it turns back towards bitterness with nothing really there except the bitter taste. It has the hops in spades but lacks a hop taste.

M: Very prickly carbonation. A little bit syrupy.

D: I liked it quite a bit. For the price you really cannot go wrong. I just wish the hop taste was a little bit cleaner. Not as good as the normal version on tap. Beats the bottled version though.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged, poured into a snifter

A pretty, hazy amber body with a fluffy, light tan cap. The cap stuck around forever and left gobs of sticky lace all over the inside of the snifter.

Huge grapefruit/pineapple/mango hop aroma penetrates the air. It is so pungent, someone sitting 7ft away from me outside commented on it. Sticky resiny notes as well with a hearty dose of caramel malt.

Absolutely beautiful. This is what a dipa should taste like. Heavy spruce and pine with ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, and sweet mango. They were pretty heavy handed with the sweet, sticky caramel, but the bitterness just plain overpowers. Not for the faint at heart.

Big, full body with a chewy smoothness that is really hard to describe. All I know is that it leaves a big, bitter trail in its wake.

Given the style, the abv and the bitterness, this one nears perfection in drinkability. Easily quaffable, but very potent. I probably drank this one a little too fast, but it was just so damn delicious.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: it pours a murky brown with a thin head that recedes to a film.

S: Nice pungent piney smell with a slight malt backbone

T: Big pine hoppiness going on with just a hint of caramel in the malt.
M: Nice medium body with plenty of hoppiness and good amount of carbonation.

D: I'd say this is just as drinkable as the regular simcoe, just a tad bit smoother. Good buy though!

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Photo of gameface23
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murkey brown with a great looking head that leaves chunky lacing.

S: An intense amount of Simcoe hops lends itself to vast amounts of pine and floral notes in the aroma.

T: Biting, bitter hops. I also got some roasted/darker caramel malts. It somehow finishes both bruisingly bitter and honey sweet at the same time.

M: Thick enough so that the flavor stays with you for a while.

D: I drank a 750 mL bottle by myself. There was no way in hell I'd want to open another one after I finished the first.

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Photo of Damian
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pt. 9.4 fl. ozs. bottle
Purchased at Winchester Wine & Spirits, Winchester, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a super dark and cloudy, crimson-amber color with a frothy, bubbly, light tan, one-and-a-half finger tall head. Thick sheets of lacing and spotty drops cascaded down the glass. Over time, the head faded to a bubbly cap of froth.

The aroma was somewhat milder than I anticipated but what was there was loaded with pure grapefruit rind. Sugar coated pink grapefruit rind, to be precise. Fruity and slightly medicinal. As the beer warmed, notes of orange peel emerged.

The taste was slightly malty up front before the razor sharp hops took over. Just like in the aroma, the hops were loaded with intense grapefruit notes. The hops turned more piney and spicy in the center. The huge, aspirin-like finish was ultra bitter and dry. I felt like I was chewing on a piece of grapefruit rind. As in the aroma, some orange peel appeared as the beer opened up. Also, both the aroma and the taste became slightly sweeter. A touch of alcohol came through in the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied for the style and super bubbly. Smooth and creamy on the palate.

Drinkability was moderate. This is a flavorful DIPA that masks its 9% ABV quite well. The dry, pithy, ultra bitter finish and the overall lack balance however were quite difficult to handle.

From what I can remember, the unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA reminded me a lot of the filtered version except that the unfiltered is darker, cloudier more carbonated. Although I have had outstanding single hop variety beers, this one lacked balance and seemed a bit one-dimensional.

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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 joepais
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this one from Scott in the 666 BIF Thanks. Bottle poured into a dogfish head snifter. It produced a good two finger off white head that stuck around for a while then it settled to a thick lace. The body of the brew was hazy amber to brown in color

The aroma is exactly what I expected big ass Simcoe Hops. I love that floral, pine resin and citric smell. The flavor is very bitter hop forward almost no malt sweetness found in this brew at all. A grapefruit does come to mind while relaxing with this brew. There is a nice and sticky medium mouthfeel with a carbonated dry finish.

Good drinkability I easily finished the bottle but I am somewhat of a hop head. The alcohol is well hidden and I do like this better than the regular Double Simcoe

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Photo of Fazulka
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: In the brown bottle it is hard to tell the color but the beer is hazy brown, with a thin layer of yeast on the bottom. When poured into a glass there is a thick light brown head that dissolves very slowly with quite a bit of lacing. The color is brown, nearly opaque. It is not possible to see through the glass at all, it has a hazy unfiltered look to it.

S: Not surprisingly the overwhelming smell is that of fresh hops. There is a very piney, citrusy, bitter hop smell.

T: When it enters your mouth is cool and quickly turns bitter. The bitter taste slowly fades into a piney hop smell that seems to fill your mouth and nose. The beer is very bitter, but is balanced perfectly with the taste of hops. Both flavors come through very strongly giving a very enjoyable taste. There is little or no alcohol taste despite the 9% ABV.

M: The beer is very smooth with an appropriate amount of carbonation. It is not flat, nor is it over carbonated. The light carbonation adds to the experience.

D: Drinkability is hard to judge on a double IPA. On one hand this beer is very smooth, and taste great making it go down easily. On the other hand, the taste is strong enough that I would not want to chug it quickly. With the higher ABV, I could not drink very many before having to stop.

Overall this is a great beer. I am a huge IPA fan and this beer is just what I was looking for when I grabbed a bottle that claimed to be an Unfiltered Double IPA. Delicious, powerful, hoppy flavor that is balanced with just the right amount of bitterness and hops.

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Photo of LunaChick
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy deep copper with subtle golden hues. A solid 2 finger fluffy head of blonde foam stands up well and laces the glass with intricate detail. Picture worthy.

This is an extremely complex brew as is first noted on the nose. Of course hops. Bright, citrus, and fresh fruits. Hints of Granny Smith apples. A very pronounced yeast character is present imparting a slightly sour tang in the back of the nose. Towards the end malts are nicely balanced in.

Flavor begins a very strong presence of hops with strong notes of orange skin--the sharp scent just after the zest when the white of the skin is present--bitter. Grapefruit intermingles with sharp but flavorful notes. A medly of other fruits mix in. Mild bite of granny smiths, and sweet but sharp kiwis. Very resinous and oily on the tougne. Middle kicks in with a slightly funky-sour yeast tang that accents the bitterness from the hops. Finally a solid malt profile ends the flavor with a slight biscuit note. Unlike many D=IPA's there is no lingering sweetness. This brew never becomes syurpy.

This beer offers good but not excessive carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is very smooth. The alcohol is so well masked it barely comes through.

Drinkability is very good for an ABV this high. The oily hops resin does linger after a while. Overall a very solid brew full of great flavors.

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Photo of dborginis
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently had my first double simcoe and enjoyed it. When I had the opportunity to get a few bottles of the unfiltered I jumped.

Appearance is a turbid rich deep brown. Smell is sweet and of citrusy hop. First taste I notice is the citrusy Simcoe. Yum. Next is the huge malt backbone..Sweet. Finally a lingering oily bitterness. Good level of carbonation...makes sense as this is bottle conditioned. First beer of the night, so very drinkable right now. Due to the ABV, might get harder. No worries, drink it first!

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Photo of aglose45
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 10.5 oz snifter at Union Jack's in Boyertown, Pa.

A: Dark ruby colored, amazing one inch sized, ivory-colored, head. Lacing was beautiful, and covered the glass throughout.

S: Wow! Mango, grapefruit and pineapple! The hop assualt on the nose is combined with a low-malt backbone, which is of the biscuit variety.

T: Super, super, SUPER citrusy and juicy! This may be the most citrusy IIPA that I have had to date. MANGO! - A bit of tart grapefruit, looking for some pineapple that the nose suggested, and I found it as the beer warmed up a bit. Backing up the hop profile is just what I got from the nose; some bready/biscuity/malty backbone. Also, near the end of my experience I encountered some piney hops, which was very pleasant.

M: Medium bodied, great carbonation, and a low to moderate amount of oiliness/ stickiness left from the hops. The amount of resin left was lower than I would have expected for the style, which is my only complaint about this beer.

D: I love the direction that Dan Weyerbacher took with this brew. I have been waiting for a brewery around here to brew a beer this special, in this beer style. This is a beer that I wish would never end up being gone. Hopefully this beer turns into a year round release, or at least a season or rotating brew. Cheers Weyerbacher, you really impressed me!

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle into a nonic. No bottling or best by date. Bottle proclaims "Full bottle conditioned, with yeast sediment," and there is indeed a heavy sediment layer on the bottom of the bottle.

*9% ABV listed on bottle, not 9.5% ABV listed here.

A- Deep, very hazy amber. Obviously unfiltered. Pours with 3 full fingers of creamy, light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing as consumed.

S- Grapefruit and pine resin hopiness, which turns somewhat herbal after the initial rush. Subdued sweet, malty notes eek their way in through the avalanche of hop.

T- Wow. Big grapefruit-citrus-pine assault. Nice caramel malt notes provide some balance. Bitterness level is high, with quite a bit of citrus peel bitterness sensation on the finish. Alcohol is fairly impressively blended.

M- Moderate carbonation. Full, creamy, and goes down easy. Really excellent.

D- Impressive. With the big hops bitterness and 9% ABV, probably would want to restrain myself here...good stuff.

Future outlook: Really excellent stuff...I'd be happy to try it again, but it is listed here as a "brewed once" limited edition....so don't know if I'll get to anytime soon. Will be sure to try the "regular" version sometime.

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 410 ratings.
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