MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours a cloudy gold with a medium beige head. Aroma is musty hops, grapefruit and other citrus, and a little perfumey. Flavor is solid hops, a little too much bittering hop, and little to no malt.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a hazed and sediment ridden pale gold with a big giant head that has a cylindrical structure in the middle as it pulls away from the sides of the lace. The aroma is of hops - red grapefruit, mostly, and perhaps yeast. The flavor is bitter grapefruit and cookie dance that is hard to describe. There is the malt backbone, but rather than the typical IIPA over sweetness, this is well done and yet holds up the bitterness well. Yes, this is pretty good. Iím quite happy with it.
Arayaga2 (1930) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sedimented hazy orange with a nice bone colored head. Aroma is fantastically simcoe with sweet ruby red grapefruit, and sour strawberry. Taste is the same , almost perfumey, with a sweet taste that folds into the biscuity malt. 11.2oz/$6.50
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy (should be clear) amber with a massive white puffy head that lasts forever and leaves huge sticky lacing. Nose is very perfumy in a good way with a earthy spicy character. Major orange zest in the nose. Strong biscuit character up front with mild carbonation. Slight caramel at the backend before the huge resiny hops take over. Long bitter drying finish. A very good IPA.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
So now I understand that simcoe is a wild mix of citrus and spice. Defiintely more earthy than centennial-based beers I am used to. Good hop juice. But of course, thatís really all it is.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
177th rating of this beer. Drank while sitting up in my girlfriendís bed watching disc 3 of season 2 of Dexter. Episode 1 of that disc, his new girlfriend Lyla is crazy, but super hot, Iíd hit it. Is there anything wrong with drinking beer in bed?
Aroma is bright and hoppy with lots of citrus notes and resins (how I love my resins) and an interesting dusty note that I can only assume is from the yeast (it was brewed at De Proef, think there is a correlation?). A light sweet toasty note, but this one is a celebration of the Simcoe Hop. Pours a dark golden, hazy with a huge fluffy head and some noticeable bubbly bubbles. Lots of hop flavor, tons of citrus, orange, grapefruit, other fuzzy tasty fruits as well, some underlying toasted malt and some caramel I guess. These hops linger forever and dry out the mouth, I love the palate. Combine that with lively carbonation and the almost sessionable 6.9% and you have a European IPA that if it werenít $6.99 a bottle I would drink regularly. Good stuff.
trevor211 (1470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright orange with an incredibly thick, pillowy head. Ahh, this is the aroma I love - crisp, citrus hops, balanced by sweet mandarin and bitter pine notes. Mikkeller did a great job making sure the malts didnít dominate any of the hops in these single-hop brews - itís fun to learn the slight differences between the varieties. The flavor here is far more resiny / grapefruity than the warrior version - crisp, bitter notes are at the forefront, with the sweeter citrus taking a back seat. For the size of the head on this brew, the carbonation seems a bit lacking - it isnít very lively on the palate. Very good, though - Iím enjoying this series!
daniele (6771) - ITALY - MAR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Could smell this one as I poured. Huge citrus pine cone malty aroma. Crushingly bitter and very spicy flavor. A lot of flavor packed in here. Itís cheek tingingly bitter. Lots of malt and lots of hops.
MrBunn (2595) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy amber with a massive head (I can only get about half of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass on account of the 4 finger head.) Aromas are thick with pineapples & grapefruit. Flavor is more of the same, with an emphasis on the grapefruit part of the agenda. Malt is sufficient enough to keep this pleasing on the palate... a sweet caramel backdrop plays nicely against the hops. Finish is a lovely bitter grapefruit and pineapple mixture.