Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. – Easton, PA  25.4 oz.

Double Simcoe IPA – 9% ABV

www.weyerbacher.com

“IPA brewed using Simcoe hops.  Bottle conditioned.”

Purchased today at Super Food Town in Lansdale.  It had just arrived on 12/17, so it’s pretty fresh.  It’s also selling fast!

The pour on this unfiltered beer is darker than I expected from an IPA.  It’s a deep orange with hints of red.  Difficult to see through.  The Head is tan and has great retention, starting off as 2 inches and fading slowly to ½ inch, which lingered.  The head lasted the better part of the glass.

The aroma is a bit yeasty, surprising for an IPA.  The hop aromas are nice.  A different hop aroma than I’m used to.  Lots of fruit in the aroma.  There isn’t much pine in the aroma, but also not much citrus.  It smells a bit woodsy.

It’s not quite the “hop bomb” I expected, but there’s a bitterness that’s not surprising.  The flavor is balanced with the hop flavors of the Simcoe hops, a great malt profile and some high ABV.  There is a tangy funkiness that underlies.  The malt backbone is the most prominent aspect of Double Simcoe.  The Simcoe hops have a bitterness that balances out the malt.

The alcohol provides a kick here, with a 9% ABV.  You can definitely taste the heat from the alcohol.  It’s not bad, but anyone tasting needs to be aware of it’s presence.  You can taste it.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is medium to aggressive.  The drinkability would be higher  if the ABV wasn’t so high.

Double Simcoe is a nice IPA.  Not available all the time, but can be purchased now.  Hop lovers would do themselves well to check it out.

Overall: B+

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Published in: on December 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Note: Double Simcoe IPA is available year round in both 12 oz (filtered) and 25.4 oz (bottle conditioned and unfiltered) packages. If you don;t see it in your favorite store, just ask and they’ll get some in for ya!


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