I was fortunate enough to learn about Weyerbacher at the Richmond World Beerfest in June. I drank a lot f different beers at the festival and Weyerbacher stood out from the rest. We tried two of their brews – the Double Simcoe IPA and a Tripel. While my husband loved the Tripel, the double IPA blew me away.
After much searching, I found Double Simcoe at Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA. It’s sold in a 4-pack. Although I had the beer at home, I sampled it from a bottle and chilled glass in a local pub. Because the Simcoe hop is low in cohumulone (harshness), the aroma was somewhat subtle (rather than the “hit you in the face” citrus of the Cascade hop). When this light amber beer was poured into a glass, the head was pretty thin.
It provided a hoppy burst up front, with a pleasant full-bodied flavor. With an IBU of 153, I thought it would knock me off my feet, but it really doesn’t seem that bitter. I really enjoy the Simcoe’s hoppiness w/o the overwhelming harshness of some IPAs. In short, you don’t cringe when you drink it. The finish is nice and clean and doesn’t linger around like an unwelcome house guest.
At 9% ABV, it’s not particularly sessionable, but I enjoyed several in this particular sitting. It’s that good.
To sum it up, I really love this beer. It’s everything that you’re looking for if you enjoy a good IPA but hate the typical bitter, harsh taste.
- Beer Name: Double Simcoe IPA
- Brewer: Weyerbacher Brewing Company
- Origin: Easton, PA
- Price: $8.00
- Date Sampled: 7/9/10
- Serving Type: Bottle
- Rating: 5+++
- IBU: 153 (whoa!)
- ABV: 9%