974: Double Simcoe IPA

Name: Double Simcoe IPA
Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Easton, Pennsylvania
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9%
First Brewed: 2006

Tasting Notes
Citrus fruits-grapefruit and orange-dominate, while some herbal and grassy notes emerge in the nose. A thick head promises a creamy quaff, and the first gulp is decidedly sweet with biscuity malt. Intense bitterness dominates, then it finishes clean and dry.

Ricky’s Thoughts
A double IPA? Heck yeah, sign me up! I LOVE a good IPA. As a matter of fact, we like IPAs so much that when we did our first home brew, we made an IPA. You want to know how I knew it turned out okay? The beer smelled like an IPA… and tasted like an IPA. So our first batch was a success! The more I get into this style, the more I learn about the hops that are used to make them. Apparently Simcoe are some of the best. Plus, this beer promised extreme bitterness, and I like my beer bitter.

Boy does this beer smell like an IPA. I just love that smell. And boy, do I love that taste! It starts out smooth on the palate, and as it moves to the back of your mouth gets more and more bitter. The more bitter it gets, the better the beer becomes. Then after you swallow, the bitterness sticks around and slowly dissipates as time goes by. The aftertaste actually lasts for a few minutes, rather than a few seconds like most beers we try.

This beer is an obvious IPA, from the nose to the flavors on your tongue. But with an extremely high ABV (high, relatively speaking) someone that likes an IPA, like myself, could get into a LOT of trouble with a beer like this. It’s incredible in every sense of the word. From the smell to the taste, I LOVE this beer.

Bottoms up people!

Rating: 5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
I have no idea what tonight’s beer is.  Ricky just handed me a glass and said “here you go!”  Guess he didn’t think I really needed to know.  Oh well, guess I’ll just drink it anyway.

The beer looks thick, a bit carbonated, not too much head, and is kind of an orangey color.  It must have been in a smaller bottle, because the glass he handed me is not that big.  It smells good.  I think I can smell some hops.  Is it an IPA?  Let’s taste it and see if I can tell from that.

Ok, pretty sure this must be an IPA.  It’s got that spice and aftertaste (or spicy aftertaste?) to it.  I like it, but then again, I’m a fan of IPAs; they are one of my favorite kinds of beers (after porters and stouts, of course).  It’s got a lot of flavor to it – much better than that Chimay we had earlier this week.  It takes a minute for the flavors to kick in, but then once they do – it’s pretty hoppy.  Gotta love that IPA aftertaste.  It’s not for some people, but I love it.

It’s a good beer with a good flavor.  I’d buy it again if it’s not too expensive.

Rating: 3/5

973 bottles of beer on the wall…

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