Unfiltered Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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 IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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 iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to marcpal for rushing a couple of bombers of this highly anticipated brew to MN. Marc sent me my first taste of Double Simcoe which led to a serious addiction & he knew I needed to have this. Salut, my friend!

Split the bomber with my Double Simcoe-loving wife. As expected, this is orange & opaque, with some floaties, even leaving a finger of mush & beer in the bottle. Carbonation is well evident. Just sniffing the cork almost sends me into circle-spinning, arms-waving ecstasy. Damn. If that smell isn't Angel's piss, I don't know what is.

Taste meets the promise of the smell. The hop spruce hits the tongue like liquid wood sap, & the unfiltered yeast is close behind, leaving a weird earthy residue on the tongue, tonsils, & lower intestines. Luckily, it's a welcome guest. I suspect there's malt in there somewhere. Don't need to taste it. Don't care.

Carbonation is a titch high, which mars the absolute perfection of the beer (geez I'm hard to please) & bubbles in the mouth a touch. The alcohol is absent, but can be felt in the head & reasoning centers of the brain. A third of the way through my half of the bomber, & I'm surprised I can still feel my taste buds - the hops haven't lost their lash. I thought they'd be toast by now.

Fantastic beer. I don't know if it's an improvement on the original, which was nearly perfect, but takes it in a new direction that's just as tasty. Highly recommended.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle, big thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending for the Gentlemans Club BIF.

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost a mahogany brown, very huge and thick off white head forms, never really settles down, very thick layer, great chunks of lace stick all over the glass, great retention.

Smell is neat, caramel, lots of floral, lots of grapefruit, brown sugar, some nice pineapple character, slightly fruity, seems a bit sweeter in the nose than the regular version, some alcohol, a bit yeasty, nice stuff.

Taste is almost Belgiany, slightly sugary, caramel, almost a raisiny fruit character, grapefruit, pineapples, pine, alcohol, yeasty, a bit medicinal, some pretty rough and ready bitterness, would strip paint off a while, quite citrusy, dry and herbal in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, pretty damn bitter and hoppy, alcohol warms going down, some residual sweet but I'm digging this. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of markgugs
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this review under the filtered version...

Caged and corked 750 from Jagger.

Appearance. Pours a hazy deep amber with over 2 fingers of thick, off-white head.

Smell. Huge hops here!! Pink grapefruit, caramel oranges, limes and pineapple with a little pine.

Taste. Big caramel malt taste upfront that I wasn't really expecting. Followed up with big citrus and grassy hops. Nice bitterness but not overwhealming.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall. Great big dipa here. Nice ballance and easy drinking considering the abv.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 10-18-2011 00:04:54

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas begins with waves of earthy and piney hops. Definitely Simcoe hops through and through. I can detect some caramel maltiness as well which I expect I will enjoy in the taste.
The taste begins with the grainy and caramel malts as I expected which I enjoy, but the Simcoe quickly steals the show and takes control of the flavors and your palate. The maltiness does stay prevalent though which stops this from being a hop bomb and too sticky/resiny. The beer is really well balanced with loads of pine and caramel malt.
The mouthfeel is full with adequate carbonation and a freshness that made it borderline sticky. I enjoy this version slightly more than the regular version but that is my preference normally; bottle conditioned beer are just fresher and more flavorful in my opinion. It is nice to see a well balanced DIPA as opposed to the shredding west coast DIPAs that totally destroy your tastebuds. A new go to for me. Weyerbacher remains the top East Coast brewery for my money.

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Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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 DoubleSimcoe
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered Double Simcoe, 750-ml corked-and-caged bottle bought at Tully's in Wells, Maine, for $7.50. Have had this beer (a variant of my all-time favorite Double Simcoe) many times before but never got to review it.

Appearance: Carbonation is off the charts here. My first pour produced a wacky fist-sized head that took over half of the snifter I was using. Then it calms down and gets better, with a more normal one-finger head that lasts and then some and leaves some of the thickest lacing this side of Antwerp. A deep-rusty copper for this thing, not too different from the regular Simcoe.

Smell: Muddy, malty Simcoe hops. Raw, unfiltered honey. A bit of sheep droppings at the end. Earthy, barnyard. Funky and weird, but enticing.

Taste: Damn spicy! A bit of booze too along the way too. This is NOT your typical "pineapple-and-grapefruit" IPA. Lotta pine raisin, white pepper, exotic spices and yeast. Malt of course!

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost full flavor and carbonation. Spicy, peppery finish. Odd and different.

Overall: While not nearly as exciting as the original Simcoe, this concoction is satisfying and intriguing. Quite drinkable too! I will always take the regular Simcoe first, but revisiting Unfiltered from time to time is always a pleasure.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Pencible
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque copper with tons of light tan head. It was difficult to smell through all the head, but it had scents of rose and pineapple hops with some sweet caramel malt. It tasted like very fresh floral and peach and copper hops, with some honey and caramel sweetness. It was thick and creamy with subtle carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a delicious beer with super fresh flavor. Very bitter, but very clean, and with some balance and complexity too. It also had a fantastic smooth body, and hid the alcohol pretty well. I'd love to try this side by side with some of the other top IIPAs.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.6/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle split three ways. Poured into NB snifter. Best before 01/27/11. Huge thanks to StormKing47 for the extra!

A: Pours a very dark, hazy, raisin colored amber with extremely active billowing light tan head that foamed up in the glass before taking its time to fade into a thin bubbly film that left spots of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of pine, grass, and everything nature. There is a whiff of alcohol on the nose as well. There is a layer of citrus as well.
T: Blast of alcohol almost overpowers the flavor, but the dominant flavor is definitely of simcoe hops (duh). Hop flavors are leafy, earthy, and herbal, with notes of honey and tea in the finish. Aftertaste minty but astringent and warm.
M: I'm not loving how this sits in my mouth. It's boozy, which isn't usually a problem, but combined with the crazy carbonation and bitterness this is becoming a chore to drink.
D: We left the last couple inches in the bottle when we drank this, and when we poured it into an empty glass it looked like chocolate milk. They weren't kidding when they said unfiltered! Probably much better fresh.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A very cloudy dark amber pour. Huge foamy beige head that lasts forever. Great lacing.

S: Huge blast of typical tropical fruit simcoe smell. Bit of pine and maybe a little caramel.

T: As in the nose, tons of tropical fruit. Surprising amount of pine too. Bready and caramel malt apparent as well.

M: Sticky, almost syrupy and resinous to the extreme. Kinda unpleasant but not terrible.

O: Not a bad double IPA, mouthfeel is really detracting though I think.

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

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus and malts with pine

T-citrus, especially grapefruit, and pine with some malty sweetness and a moderate bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a solid DIPA with good flavor, but not my favorite.

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Photo of popery
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Deliciously dry, yeasty and full of Simcoe goodness.

This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color in the shade, which shows up more like a bright tangelo in direct light. The head blooms up quickly in a giant mass of foamy bubbles, almost like a nitro head. Great looking stuff. The aroma is a bit restrained in hoppiness with a much bigger yeast presence than most DIPAs. The hop notes are still quite nice - the nearly perfect Simcoe blend of flowers, pine and citrus - but really bloom when you take a sip. The flavor is a wonderful yeasty hoppy sweetness that finishes dry. As good as the hops are in this beer, it probably has my favorite malt presence in a DIPA. It's not too sweet and mainly serves to hold up the hops, but there's still depth and complexity. The hops coat the mouth in resiny goodness and give a good bitter bite. The yeast is also very pleasant and provides another positive note. Great beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Popped the cork and poured it into a tulip glass. A dirty red color with two fingers of tight off-white head that held.
Blunted citrus smell. It really just smells like a bag of hop cones, probably Simcoe hops.
Strong bitterness, lots of hops and fairly malty. I feel like I am chewing on the Simcoe cones.
Medium bodied, moderate to higher carbonation. Fits the IPA bill.
While it is enjoyable, I am not getting anything special out of it. It is a good IPA, but it does not standout from most others.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Picked a case of this up at a place called Westy's in Camp Hill PA. Case says, "freshest by 10/10/2010."

5.0 A: Hazy deep amber color. Three fingers of foamy, but creamy light tan head. The retention could not be better. It refuses to budge at all. Lots of lacing is left behind. Quite a looker.

4.0 S: Floral hops up front with lots of fruitiness including pineapple and grapefruit. There's also a good bit of pine. The unfiltered version lends an earthy yeastiness not found in the original. Nice caramel sweetness to give some balance and a touch of toastiness as well.

4.0 T: Seems a bit more boozy than the original, which is strange. Malts shine as much as the hops. Plenty of sweetness from crystal malts and again a roastiness. Hops give a nice bitter backbone with resiny pine and grapefruit as the dominant flavors. The unfiltered lends a muddled earthiness not found in the filtered version.

4.5 M: Heavy medium body. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but otherwise fine. Mouthfeel is very nice with a thick creaminess. Warming alcohol on finish.

4.0 D: Tasty brew. Not much better than the original, even though this is going to get a higher score. Still, very nice and great from time to time. Hopefully Weyerbacher will do this again.

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. First off, this one one was a slow gusher. It didn't come shooting out of the bottle, but the foam continued to ooze out the top for a good half hour.

Pours a hazy orangish brown with an enormous creamy white head that takes a few minutes to retreat to a clump of foam in the middle of a small cap. Lacing is excellent.

The aroma is full of pithy grapefruit, oranges and some thick resinous pine. The caramel malts are in the mix as well with a caramel sweetness to balance all the hops.

The taste is all about the sweet citrus blast up front, pineapples, oranges, maybe even some pears and peaches. The caramel malt is much bigger than I expected and makes for a fairly balanced taste.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and incredibly smooth, just coating the mouth with the sweet and slightly bitter hop presence.

I don't know if it's quite as good as the unfiltered but it's pretty damn close. It's got tons of hops, tons of malts and still remains very drinkable. Excellent.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of illidurit
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours hazy bronze with a filmy white head. Bright tropical simcoe aroma with lots of citrus and some obvious yeastiness. Flavor is dry, resinous, and herbal. Very little sweetness, from either the hops or the malt. Dry and bitter finish.

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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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