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RATINGS: 1607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Fast on the heels of our fantasticly reformulated Hops Infusion, our brewers have picked up the gauntlet and brewed a Double IPA using exclusively Simcoe(R) Hops! This west coast Hops was created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc. and carries a fantastic flavor profile abounding with citrusy-grapefruit, piney, resiny notes that pushes this Double IPA over the top. 9.0% ABV in the brew gives it a nice malt foundation as well. Draft and bottles, 12 oz. in PA, 22 oz. out of state (as we have no 6-packs),

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Dark for an IPA. Cloudy as well. I am intrigued by what is to come. Two finger off white head settles in. Lacing is generous and persistent, coating the glass. This brew has some substance. I am salivating over an opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite styles. The first whiff is intriguing. I couldn’t help pass the newly opened bottle under my nose before pouring. Simcoe hops. This should be an education as well as an adventure. Do I sense a roastiness? Strange for the style, but very pleasant. The hops smell delicious. Not quite as aggressively hoppy as Cascade. There is an earthiness, almost tobacco like quality here as well. The malts smell delicious as well. This is one of the best smelling beers. A yeasty cheesy hint is in there as well. Oh, but the taste! The malt is right there immediately. Almost too sweet, but the malt never overwhelms the other flavors that come parading through. The hops are huge, but not astringent. This is not the withering English hop profile. It is a citrusy like a navel orange. The combination with the malt produces a tropical flavor. Some pine sap overtones in the finish. This beer is so delicious, I can’t believe it. Sip after sip does not disappoint. The flavor follows the smell...thankfully. The flavor profile is an absolute dead ringer for the nasal profile and is even more bombastic. Sometimes I think I overuse the word ’explosion’ when describing great beer of this style, but there’s no other word that comes close to capturing the density and intensity of the flavor. Detonaton perhaps? Only a hint of alcohol. This beer is a chewy as some imperial stouts. Wonderful. It causes the flavor to cling to your mouth. My tastebuds have fallen into a long wet kiss. Where did this beer come from. It should really be no surprise. It is a double IPA. But this beer is exceptional in most categories. I have had several Weyerbacher offerings in the past. They were of high quality. But this is the best of all their offerings. Great job.


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gopherfan99 (1956) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Bottle; pours cloudy amber with a thin khaki head; aroma of pine, citrus fruits, and a touch of caramel; taste has light bitterness with citrus fruits and pine with a hint of caramel sweetness; finish is dry and slightly bitter with some pine notes

4
Prue (33) - Havre de Grace, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2016 spruce, citrus, floral, amber, cloudy, minimal head, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body, average carbonation, bitter,

3.8
BlazerT (1140) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle. Sensoric. Deep amber, medium hazy, floaty with small to medium, semi-thick, white head. Poor head retention and nice lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits (mango, papaya), resinous, also some moderately noticeable citrus notes (first of all oranges with some grapefruit). Malts are clear - biscuity and bread. Taste is medium to high bitter thru the whole time, perfectly balanced with malts. Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, finish is sticky, bitter and fruity. Refreshing, ABV is well hidden, which makes it even more drinkable, powerful and dangerous. In general this was one of my first US breweries that I’ve tasted (next to Flying Dog and Andersons Valley), still have old school Weyerbacher in my cellar, so this rating could be a little bit objective, but this beer definitely rocks in it’s powerful bitter taste. Afters few years I’ve tasted similar beer from ToOl SHOCK series: !!!PA Simcoe Mosaic !!!

3
PhillyCraft (7385) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Many bottles and taps, Draft at P house, clear copper orange with small white head. Notes of sticky pineapple, malt, sugar, bitter pine, and other orange skin fruit. This used to be one of my favorite ipas when i got into the game but after drinking clean juices like boat, old man hill hops, and good cali stuff its impossible to go back to these boozy, sticky, and sweet hoppy offerings.

3.9
Grzesiek79 (4316) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 12, 2016
Zakupione w Dyspensie, Radom. No podwojny chmiel Simcoe wali po nosie konkretnie. Aromat w tym piwie najlepszy, a co dalej. Wyglad to srednia piana, malo trwala kolor metny bardzo rozowo szary. Smak slodycz i nieco chmielu, ale generalnie slodowosc slodkawa ma gore nawet nad podwojnym botanicznym Simcoe. Do tego jest to piwo bardzo alkoholowe wiec ze smakiem tu najslabiej

3.6
619photos (19) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Tastes like itd been aged in bourbon barrels. Bit on the heavier side for my personal taste for DIPA. Couldnt drink too many of these..and i enjoy some DIPAs

3.5
thepatrickman (1365) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2016
From notes (10/16/15). Pretty straightforward, slightly under-inspired DIPA. Lots of pine and not much fruit from the Simcoe. Not bad, though.

2.4
Frank (4209) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2016
This is a glass of 2003--an amber colored, super bitter, super sweet IPA. It smells like a pine forest complete w/ a damp pad of pine needles and earth underfoot and tastes like hopped malt extract. It is big and syrupy on the palate w/ a bit of alcohol burn to it. This is really typical of everything wrong w/ the giant IPAs of decades past and I’m glad most brewers have moved on.

3.4
trapped (3248) - New York, TURKEY - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle. Hazy dark orange with small foamy beige head, strong citrus peel aroma, low carbonation, sweetish start followed by bitter citrus peel taste, thickish body, medium bitter finish. The expiration date had passed, and it felt a bit too bitter. I am not sure whether it was because of that though.

3.4
weihenweizen (3890) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle, it seems best before March 4, 2016, oops. Opaque reddish medium brown with small beige head. Aroma is herbal hops, medium body, lower carbonation, and a little lacing. Taste is herbal hops, caramel malt, resin, and bitter finish.


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