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Double Simcoe IPA

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.

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