Double Simcoe IPA

Pennsylvania
United States
Double Simcoe IPA Weyerbacher beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Double Simcoe IPA is a full flavored ale with hints of pineapple and citrus up front, a good malt backbone in the middle and a clean finish.

Double Simcoe IPA is Weyerbacher's incredible reward for Hopheads seeking the intense hop flavor in a Double IPA, without the harshness. It is brewed utilizing only the Simcoe hop variety. This hybrid hop, developed and trademarked by Select Botanicals Group, LLC in the year 2000, was created for its high alpha acid content, maximum aromatic oils and low cohumulone (harshness) levels so that brewers can really put a lot of ‘em in a beer and not create an overly harsh taste.

Profile

ABV: 
9.0%
IBUs: 
90
Served at: 
40 - 50° F
Hops: 
Simcoe
Judges Review 
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Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

One of two Pennsylvania breweries represented in this issue’s tasting, Weyerbacher has been treating Atlantic Seaboard beer drinkers to their wares for 15 years now. Boasting a broad lineup of year-round and seasonal brews, Weyerbacher is rightly acclaimed for its “all about the hops” Double Simcoe IPA, brewed solely with the pungent, citrusy Simcoe hop. This brute fills the glass with a gleaming, albeit ever-so-slightly hazy, reddish gold. It throws an even, off-white head, but the high alcohol content impedes retention and the head subsides to a small foam collar at the edge of the glass. Contrary to its moniker, this brew fills the room with malt aromas of raisin, sloe and caramel apples. Snaking in and out of these profound aromas is a big, boozy alcohol hit, attesting to the power lurking within. Tim found some pleasing kettle corn notes in the aroma, but he noted that alcohol was the star here, while Nick enjoyed the lush, soothing fig and currant notes. As befits an IPA, Double Simcoe delivers a decidedly tingling bitterness, yet the flavor profile leans more toward a juicy, chewy malt character. Tom lauded the finesse with which the brewer offset the rich fruitiness and deep bitterness with a malt character that was “bready and almost a touch toasty.” Everyone agreed that the alcohol was well camouflaged amid the malt and hops, and the beer remained surpassingly drinkable down to the last drop. Not a beer to be toyed with, Double Simcoe IPA is one to sip as you would a fine cognac – in your study, with a favorite book.