Guerde (1230) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 (on tap at the brewpub) Pours a hazy orange amber with a white head that left great lacing on the glass. Huge hop aroma that was very similar to Alpha King. There was a huge dose of grapefruit, some orange, and a light scent of pineapple too, just a great nose on this. Taste is a big blast of bitter hops, with grapefruit peel, but some malty sweetness shows up in the mid-palate. The finish is really good here, with a strong hop bitterness that gives way to a somewhat grainy taste as well. This is a very good beer, and will definitely give you your hop fix.
sthlm (1255) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[On-Tap] Pours orange-amber with a good creamy slightly off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is definitely similar to Alpha King (as ElGaucho said) with the grapefruit hops the easiest to recognize. Taste is really aggressive with the hops up front--a lot of bitter grapefruit. Then some malt towards the end. Good thick mouthfeel with a long citrusy finish. This beer is a must-try for hopheads out there.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy hops! Its all hops in this, and they are some bitter ones. Had side by side with a Massala, and the Simcoe had a much more pronounced hop bite on the pallate, not as balanced as the Mama, but thats fine by me. Certainly get your hop fix here, and the fact that it sticks on your pallate for hours after its gone is a big bonus. This and the Muskie Capital APA are the hoppiest Pale Ales I have ever encounterd. Big fan.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
mmmmmm gooooood. This is delicious guys and gals. excellent cloudy burnt orange in color nice thick creamy head that laces well enough. served on tap. it was on cask as well, but i opted for tap. taste is almost all hops, some malty tones early on but once this beast reaches the palate, it hangs on and the assault begins. bitter and tingly at first, then moves to a more sour, grapefruit route. It is a great beer to be sure grab one today!
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a light amber with average off-white head, long lasting lacing, clear body..... Distinct aroma of pepper, medium body with lively carbonation..... hoppy pine taste that was very long in duration, i really enjoyed this beer, another excellent Town Hall offering
ElGaucho (2320) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the brewpub. Quite frankly, this brew blew me away. This is not your average APA. In fact, somebody (perhaps Pigfoot) decided to toss aside itís own stated "Pale Ale" style and log it as an American Strong. I donít know about that. The nose is a Three Floyds Alpha King clone. Doesnít taste as much like Alpha King, but just as that brew is named an APA but listed on this site as IPA, I would lean toward TH Simcoe as an IPA over an American Strong. Nevertheless, Pigfoot does an outstanding job of conjuring up the emotional essence of Simcoe. A very romantic assessment, anything short of which would be an understatement. This is not an ordinary brew. Not sure how many people showed up on Monday for the Simcoe Pale release, but Iím guessing fewer than the throngs who went two days later on a Wednesday night to the Blue Nile for the Surly Two release. Although both brews have quite a bit going for them, the Simcoe Pale in my opinion deserves the higher kudos and greater attention. Wonderfully full bodied aroma, well balanced, sweet, hop nectar in the nose. Slightly hazy light amber with excellent lace. Decently lasting off-white head. Resiny hop; peppery yet creamy and pleasant. One of the best APAís Iíve ever had. I like to see that this brew is getting the props it deserves. Delicious.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep copper color, topped by a light tan rocky head of foam. Even after waiting for the foam to drop down, it remains nice and thick and clumpy. This beer leaves lacing before I even take a sip. Strong freshly-cut spruce and peppery citrus hop aroma. I get a bit of bready yeast in the aroma as well, though accidentally sticking my nose in the foam may have something to do with that.
The flavor is very hoppy, with fresh green pine and a grapefruit citrus flavor. Caramel malt is behind these, trying but not succeeding to achieve some balance. Screw balance, this is fantastic stuff as is. Medium body, fully but softly carbonated. Lingering grapefruit rind in the aftertaste.
Stine (1682) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Tap. Hazy shade of goldish copper with a fluffy, lasting head. Exclusively Simcoe hop profile makes this pale ale a unique and memorable one. Aroma is of so many pears, apricots, and peaches, nestled in the worldís largest wildflower garden. Flavor brings back pear skins, candy sugar, and a refreshing piney bitterness. A savory garden salad of Simcoe.
Updated. Tap on 1/25/08. Plenty of pine, chive and onion in the nose with a crispness thatís almost prickly with itchy resinousness. Celery salt and basic citrus peel in the flavor; some toffee and rich cookie dough in the mid palate. Lots of heavy earthy flavor dulls the brightness of the single hop. Rigid, with a mite of dusty sourness in the mouth. Unclean; hardly seems fresh or perhaps just poorly kept.
badgerben (4651) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a medium head. Incredibly floral aroma that was nearly a dead ringer for the local Como Zoo Observatory gardens! Pretty much the same for the taste. This may be my first big experience with Simcoe hops, and I must say Iím a fan. Just stupidly drinkable, though a little more malt to balance it out would probably make it more to my liking. If you want a solid and smashing pint of tasty hops, this is for you!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Dull slimming orangey bronze shade. Medium cap of firm, curdled froth. Fades to keep a good skim and collar present. Lots of drifting lace.
Heavenly aroma! Bright, heavy, crisp, and resin loaded. Semi peachy and citric with lots of oily resinous pine stinking it up. Outstanding nose!
Taste is big and full on hops. So this is the Simcoe. Wow! Welcome to bliss. Man, this slips down quickly at first staying bright, crisp, crunchy, and forever playful in bite. Huge amounts of oily resin fill every crevice of the palate while sturdy piney soaked citrus blankets the top with brillantly clean, yet oily bitterness waves. This has a lot of flavor that never stops with the hops bringing tangerine, dark grapefruit rinds, and thick resinous pine oils.Very hearty through and through.
Massive feel of fullness in this Simcoe Pale. Crunchy, thick, crisp, heavy, and bitter. Holy crap! Itíll make you sit down. Its a meal of oily citrus pine and bitterness.
The first few sips and gulps just glide right down with crushing drinkability. But once those Simcoe hops and its heavy body start to take hold, youíll be lucky to get through your second helping without having to unbuckle your pants.