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Great Lakes Brewing Johnny Simcoe

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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: American Pale Ale
Etobicoke, Canada

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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"Johnny Simcoe APA" started as a one off Project X cask.
Lieutenant General John Graves Simcoe is legendary for his trailblazing into Upper Canada. As a result of this he’s had both a town and a lake named after him. That’s nothin’, now he’s got a beer!
Part of the Tank Ten series!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2167) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
473 ml can from the brewery via kopitar. A stunningly drinkable, refreshing, hoppy ale. Possibly the best GLB hoppy beer I’ve had.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (1995) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2014
On tap at Bar Hop (Toronto). Pale yellow with a white head. Fresh light grass, some stale caramel, tropical and citrus. Moderate carbonation and mild body, enjoyable and easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyLion (517) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2014
On tap at barVolo Toronto Citrus aroma. Nice creamy heady hazy straw colour. Nice hoppy taste but not too overboard. Very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
salvaticas (432) - - FEB 28, 2014
On tap at BarVolo in Toronto. Pours a beautiful sparkling gold. Citrus on the nose. Subtle but nice hoppy flavor with a bite. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (390) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
(Draught at Bryden’s, Toronto) Pours a very pale slightly hazy straw yellow with a decent-sized head of white bubbles. Aroma almost all hops, catty, grapefruit and fresh dank, quite pungent and a good expression of the hop. Flavour follows the nose, dank grapefruit hops dominating a light pale malt backbone with very little sweetness, citrusy bitterness taking from the middle of the palate on through the finish. Dry and crisp. Over-carbonated in draught form, body fairly light but style-appropriate. Summer quencher. The tall cans I had were not as enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (515) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
Lazy spring afternoon pour on deck with cigar & horror magazine on the go. Crispy goodness with a stark palate. Not as tasty as some of their other tank ten offerings but good pour.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jur (284) - NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2013
Draught @ Bar Hop, Toronto. Pours hazy yellow, with fast fading bright white head. Smells fresh with citrus hints. Crisp taste, with almost nothing but hops. Nice starter. Light.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (3869) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2013
Nice initial smell here. Has some pine and citrus in initial aroma. Folloes with some light malt. Pours cloudy orange. Decent head and some lacing. Finishes pretty bitter. Texture a little fuzzy, pretty high carbonation. On tap at Tequila Bookworm.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2012
March 12, 2011 - Great Lakes Tap Take-over at Volo. (and at least three times elsewhere since) - cask, I think. Incredibly hazy orange with an average but lasting frothy/fizzy off-white head. "Ho-lee f*%k does that smell good! Smells like God’s pee!!!" --- catty, citrus, incredibly juicy, pine .... 9+! Taste follows, but muted, subtle on the tongue - all the same elements, just more restrained, with grapefruit pith and catnip in the finish. Average body, weak carbonation, somewhat astringent, and a surprisingly medium-length bitter/catty dry finish, and not a lot of linger - very sessionable, very pungent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
550ml draught
6.2% ABV
I tried this beer on draught on July 11, 2012 at "C’est What" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent golden-brown colour with a thin tan head. The aroma was citrusy hops, pineapple hints and grassy malt. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was tropical fruit, weak grapefruit, and some caramel.


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