beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The description from the brewey states this beer is for people who are "addicted to Masala Mama" and now I am addicted to Simcoe Pale Ale. Another great offering from MTH. Nice bronze appearance with a creamy head. The Simcoe hops give this beer a grapefruit citrus flavor but it is well balanced with the Vienna and Munich malts. Nice complex mouthfeel leaves you wanting more. I will be back for more.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Created, they say, for those Pint Club members who are addicted to Masala Mama IPA, although they certainly still have plenty of that, this ale was crafted with a mattress of Munich and Vienna malts for the hop bitterness to bounce off of...100% Simcoe variety. Two pints at the pub, and for this tasting, I crack a growler at home...
classic, hazed bronze appearance (this one was unfiltered to let the taste shine through), with an appealing cap of creamy, tapioca topping of foam. Quite nice.
Aroma begins with pine, a deep forest breath, inhaling almost down the bark...some grapefruity-type citric character creeps in afterward...ahhh, hops!!! Thatís it, and thatís what you want, isnít it, you drooling, salivating hopeless hophead....wait, was I talking to myself again?
Taste: oh, letís do!
Big and emboldened as it crashes the palate, leaving bitterness in itís wake, flooding fruit behind it...and met with each sip by bracing, but enticing bitterness...this is no one-hand affair, though, as the friendly malt back-up is delicious in itís self and ably handles the hops. Tasty and a little toasty. A sturdy beverage, this, quite rewarding, and succulent.
Full body, gripping texture, lip-smacking taste, extremely pleasant mouthfeel...a delight by every reckoning.