Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

410 Ratings

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Birdiebeagle on 05-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Poured from a 750ml C&C bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance (5.0): CRAZY amount of head, nice light khaki color foam. Underneath is a flat-out tobacco colored body, which is very, very hazy. That rocky head isn’t going anywhere.

Smell (4.5): Dank is the name of the game, simcoe hops digging deep inside my nose. Good amount of caramel underneath.

Taste (4.5): Simcoe, walking the line between grassy bitterness and tropical fruits walking all over my tongue. Bready caramel malts come right behind, and are quite strong at that but the hops keep it in check by never really leaving. Start, middle and end are all characterized by the simcoe hops, like dank icing on a cake of malt. Malts come forward as it warms. Even so, it’s really balanced—definitely feels like an adequate ratio of hops to malt, and vice versa.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Oily, medium body that coats your mouth. Not too thick or chewy, but just right.

Overall (4.5): This is a damn good DIPA and I am really, really enjoying it quite a bit. Kind of wish it wasn’t 9% abv, so that I could have more than one glass. Pick this up if you see it fresh, and drink it on the colder side because anyone that appreciates simcoe will adore it.

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Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. brown Belgian style bottle with cork and cage. Poured into a New Belgium taster an amber-gold with a lofty tan-beige near two-finger head. Good head retention and some fine lace sticks to the glass as it goes.

Fruity sweet nose with some herbal spicy notes from the Simcoes. As it warms you get some sweet bubblegum like notes along with a bit of alcohol. Very pleasant in the aroma dept.

The taste is great with nice fruity sweetness charging into the hefty Simcoe bittering body. Very nice hoppy flavors mixing and melding with the caramel malts like they were made for each other...and they definetly are. Lots of sweetness with plenty of bitterness and a taste that reels you in for more. The yeast adds additional spice and although the stuff finishes on a bittery note, some residual sweetness comes back to linger on.

Plenty of body and carbonation, with the fairly high ABV not dominating in any way, this stuff drinks like a champ. A very well done brew that's no slouch in the hop dept., even by West coast standards. Would def enjoy this one again, thanks Benanomyces for the trade!

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Photo of Kadonny
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 corked and caged bottle into my Duvel snifter. Thanks Roger (liner81) for picking this up for me. This beer is 6 days old from release.

A: A deep murky, floaty orange color with a huge off white 4 finger head, on a conservative pour no less. Medium to low glass lacing.

S: Pine forest. Pine notes with some orange grapefruit citrus and a deep caramel sweetness. Do I detect a bit of funk? Love those simcoe hops.

T: Wow, this is not your average 2X Simcoe. The massive pine forest hops just blast away. The lighter citrus hops ride along but there is no doubt a huge earthy spicy funk to this beer. Very yeasty, very different, kick ass! The malt is the understudy here, as the hops and the yeast just keep pounding through the flavor. Finish is hops bitterness and spicy yeast. Alcohol creeps in on the end. If I closed my eyes, I would swear this was almost a belgian IPA. This beer is freaking good!

M: Full, coating, bitter, yeasty, it has it all. Alcohol warms at the end, you know this beer packs punch, but it is oh so welcomed.

D: For 9.5%? High. The 750 goes down so easily, it scares me.

Overall I just can't say enough about this beer. I love 2X Simcoe, but this ramps the flavors up tremendously. This is an INCREDIBLE beer, do not miss the opportunity to try. I was going to trade a bunch of bottles, but not now. I need to drink every drop of this awesome beer. Dan Weyerbacher, this may be the best beer you ever made, no kidding. Wow.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking beer! Hazy copper, no floaties but some nice lacing and a huge head that tries to climb out of the glass. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.
Smells like I just mowed the lawn and ran over a pine tree.
Taste is smooth and mellow, not at all a hop monster. There's enough malt to mellow this one out quite a bit. The hops are piney and grassy, some sweetness comes through in the middle and finish. Mild caramel and toffee come through from the malts.
Rich and dense mouthfeel and a simply great drinkable beer. Gonna buy as many as I can.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle; no freshness dating. Murky brown/copper body with a nearly two-finger tan head. Nice lacing.

Solid hop notes, primarily pine and grapefruit in the aroma. A little sweet malt in the background.

The flavor is very interesting and a good bit different from the aroma as I get a strong floral and herbal taste. Still, plenty of citrus hop flavor, mostly grapefruit and a little orange. Some pine resin notes in the background with a solid sweet malt balance.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel. Tasty brew overall.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of mulder1010
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Welcome to Australia!!!
NO corked and caged??? Sigh, just a 12 oz bottle

A-- Poured a light cola color and settled a dark amber ruby color. Nice look to this. One finger light tan head. Helhd up extremely well. A good few minutes at half a finger and the rest of the time a thick film/ collar. One good ring of lacing on the glass.

S-- Pungent, yet crisp and lively. Pungent grapefruit, orange and pine. Like walking through a Pine forest after rain. Good malt backbone to this.

T-- Lots of carmel covered orange and grapefruit. Slightly slick and sweet. Good amount of bitterness to this. Has some barleywine tones to this.

M-- Burnt toffee with orange medicinal qualities. Low carbonation, oily, and orange cough syrup medicinal. Hard orange/grapefruit medicinal finish with burnt toffee.

O-- Good looking, good nose, and good taste to start. Then it got real medicinal. Decent enough for one, maybe two. Stick with the West Coast DIPA's

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into oversized snifter.

A - There's little denying the perfection of this beer's appearance. Dark amber, very cloudy. The head on this guy is massive, 5+ fingers of off white foam. Retention is excellent, and never falls below a moderate cap. Abundant lacing. Few beers save for a handfull of Belgian's approach Unfiltered Simcoe's size and longevity.

S - Huge aroma here, full of pine and earth. Grass, some spice, and a sort of exotic citrus enter the picture also including lime and tangerine as opposed more common grapefruit and orange notes in other DIPAs. Very herbal; this stuff has a somewhat unpleasant compost-like aroma.

T - Some goodness, but some weirdness as well. Pine with touches of mint and herb hit hard upfront with a moderate sweetness from the malt. Mid palate introduces a rough bitterness with tangerine and other citrus. Huge earthy flavors and some weird spice/herb adds some interesting complexity but it isn't altogether pleasant, for my palate at least. In addition to the earthy, coarse bitterness, late palate yeilds the rotten vegetable flavor from the nose with a warming alcohol presence that is well integrated.

M - Medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation. On par with the style, no complaints.

D - I tried the Double Simcoe quite awhile back and didn't care for it much then, but I wouldn't mind revisiting it after trying this. A well made beer with a lot of nuance, it just happens to be nuance that I don't particularly care for. I suppose I don't care much for the flavor of simcoe, but from what I can remember this seems like an improvement over the original.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up and dragged it back to KC on my latest trip to Boston.

This beer pours a dark, hazy root beer brown with a massive 4 inch beige head that leaves some serious lacing as the beer recedes in my glass. Weyerbacher really did make a pretty beer. The aroma is massive piny hops with grapefruit, orange, and just a hint of grass. Also to be noted their is a rather prevalent solvent-like alcohol aroma to it. With the pine, it kind of reminds me of Pine Sol. The flavor is much the same with pine, grapefruit and lemon smacking you in the face but the huge booze flavor really puts a damper on the majority of the flavor profile. There is way to much alcohol for it to be covered up by the rest of the flavor profile. The solvent like booze kind of numbs my tongue. Its a rather odd sensation. I assume its what like a low strength Novocaine applied to the tongue would feel like. Otherwise the body is rather full for an DIPA. Nice malty body with the majority of the sweetness cut out. This would have been a great beer if it wasn't for the booze. It really needed to be hidden quite a bit more.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this special release ale from Weyerbacher this evening at Winchester Wine and Spirits.Appearance is very good looking; it is a rosy, strawberry color. Heading is pretty large, I got about two fingers worth from a rigorous pour. Smell is very citrusy and piney, with all the characteristics of great Imperial IPAs. Big blast of hops starts things off, again this beer is full of pine and citrus, mainly grapefruit. The malt is beaten in to the background, but it is noticeable. Body is medium to heavy, and a bit of a palate bruiser from all the hops. Still, drinking this is a sheer joy, and something that I would purchase often if it was around more. It would be interesting to see how this compares to the regular double simcoe. Either way, if you see it, waste no time, and buy it.

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Photo of buyyourfreedom
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Johncnh
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of brewtus
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = I must admit the appearance of this surprised me. I picked up two bottles. One for trade and one to consume. Both were kind of murky when I bought them, but the one for trade sat around at room temp for a couple days and by the time I packaged it, it seemed fairly clear. I had expected that the one I had in the fridge must have cleared up some, too, and when I pulled it out it clearly had separated between some yeast-looking sludge and some much more clear liquid. However, when I poured into the glass even though gently, I ended up with a translucent orange-amber liquid. It is attractive, but I was somewhat surprised. It formed a huge foamy bone white head that had good retention and left heavy tracing as it receded and as I drank.

S = Wow, very strong smells of crushed pine needles and just a hint of cat piss. I get virtually nothing else out of the smell, so it is a little simple, but you cannot claim you will be surprised they named it for the hops it uses.

T = There is more going on in the flavor than I expected from the smell. I get a light flavor of unsweetened ginger beer, some spices such as pure cinnamon, also maybe just a little bit of maple extract (some of the flavor but none of the sweetness of maple syrup). The bitterness quotient is high and there is a long dry, bitter finish.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, good mouthcoating, frothy smooth feel.

D = I don't know about this one. I kind of like the mouthfeel, but the smell is really too one note (and a strong note at that) to make me fully enjoy raising the glass to my face drink after drink. I will come revisit this one though because I am getting the sense that I am just not that into DIPAs at the moment and that may be affecting my review. I am pretty sure this is as good or better than the filtered version and yet I seem to recall giving it a better score.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must preface this by saying I may have had a bottle that is an exception to the rule.

This pours out mostly head. What liquid I do get is a dark amber color. Even a slow gentle pour the second time around leaves me with over half a glass of foam. It just kept growing until it flowed out of the glass and onto the table. There was, however, some nice lacing left behind...surprise, surprise.

The aroma was of fresh piney hops. Yum. The malts are there, but are quite subdued when compared to the hops. The dry hopping works wonders for this beer.

The flavor is, again, fresh and bitter pine hops. Resiny, sticky, sometimes almost pungent piney hops. Some lighter grapefruit, some toffee malts, and some alcohol also come through.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Not as bubbly as I had feared it would be. Resiny hops, sticky yet slick feel to it. This bottle disappeared a bit to easily, but I'm not sure if it was because of me drinking it or the fact it foamed over on every pour.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 410 ratings
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