Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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4.05 w/ 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Birdiebeagle on 05-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 410 |  Reviews: 219
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 mklisz
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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 IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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 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 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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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 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 RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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 beerthulhu
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, murky rustic-orange with a rapidly rising and towering 3 finger foamy beige colored head that calved and formed a devils tower structure. The initial retention was very good, after the second pour all that sticky caramel malt and hop oils coated the glass and the head became ever lasting refusing to go down. The lacing was thick spongey and clumpy , near full sheet, coating the entire glass on the way down. Visible carbonation was feverishly strong. A beautiful deep rustic coloring, sturdy head and bright carbonation would be hard to improve on.

S: sweet juicy grapefruit with wet fresh pine exploding from the beginning. Sweet caramel adds a nice sense of maltiness that was creamy and deliciously represented.

T: Sticky sweet caramelized grains with dry grapefruit flowery hopping slaps the taste buds into submission right from the start. Bitter pine and a dry grassiness parches the tongue while a caramelized grain sweetness offers glimpses of balance. The finish finds an intense dry flowery bitterness of grapefruit, grass, and pine all delivered by a brisk and strong carbonation compliments of its unfiltered and bottle conditioning. Bitterly dry and packs a wallop.

M: full bodied with a lusciously creamy and sticky caramel coating the tongue. Sticky hop oils and bitter dry flowery hopping parches the tongue after the swallow. The carbonation is very healthy and active here bringing out the brisk and bitter nature.

D: Very good drinkability, well hopped, dry but very manageable for the seasoned ipa drinker. Comes with a great enjoyment factor.

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

Big pop from the cork.

A-Pours dark amber with a gigantic dense head.

S-More balanced than expected. Very piney hops collide with sweet malts. Citrus hops are also quite evident.

T-Strong flavor. Pine and citrus hops with big malt. Hop foward without the super bitter finish. Somewhat roasty in the end as well.

M-Sticky and resiny.

D-Great taste and quite drinkable.

Not sure if I like the unfiltered better than the other one. I'm a big fan of the booming cork pop at the beginning however.

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

A: Cloudy and rusty orange, fluffy and crisp white head, great retention and lacing

S: Citrus and piney hops... grapefruit. Floral. Sweet biscuity malt. Small hints of grass and yeast.

T: Sweet, burnt brown sugar immidiately followed by pungent bitter grapefruit and pine flavors. Some floral, grassy and yeast notes. Bitter and malty finish. Great balance with emphasis on hops, nothing overpowers.

M: Medium bodied, great bottle conditiond carbonation. Dry finnish.

D: Great balance. Hop bombs can be complex and balanced!

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

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle purchased at TJ's Everyday. I am enamored of regular Simcoe, so I hope this is a treat.

A: The ale is a doppeganger for the amber bottle it was packaged in. A thick head, over 1.5 fingers, stuck like glue to the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is piney, concentrated with strong hops. The aroma is best described as very dirty and earthy. I don't know if it is the remaining yeast sediment or what, but this not is completely different from the behemoth original version.

T: The simcoe is concentrated but not completely overpowering, a real conundrum when you figure that the normal filtered version is an overwhelming hop bomb. The flavors are thicker, more intense, with a resiny pine flavor that reveals simcoe the more it warms. The simcoe is full and delicious, a herbally bitter hop. Caramel malts are also fuller, especially on the back end of each sip. The simcoe remains strong from just past the start of the sip to the finish. An interesting take that seems to focus the hoppy strength.

M: The ale doesn't pull any punches, relying on its hop profile to carry the day. The good news is that those hops don't disappoint.

D: The ale is wickedly heavy, loaded down with booze and hops. The two, in tandem, are a devastating combo.

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Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83.4% out of 100 with 410 ratings
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