TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice malty double IPA, with loads of citrus flavors balanced out with that nice malty sweetness. Drinkable and delicious, but so many double IPAs are. I’m starting to wonder if making a great IIPA is really such a feat...
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice dark amber color with good head and okay lacing. Aroma was grapefruits and other citrus. Flavor was muc hthe same with some pine in there as well and a hint of caramel.
alexanderj (3385) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured copper orange. Nice color. Aroma of pine with caramel malt. Main flavors were pine and citrus, with some malt. Like this beer alot, and like this style. Very good.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. This was a good beer. I’m guess I’m not a Simcoe hop person. Was a little to citrusy for me. Had a good bite to it however.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber courtesy of sliffy, no date that I can find. Pours a hazy copper orange red with a two finger creamy yellowish head. Wonderful aroma of pineapple and grapefruit up front with some sweet caramel malts mixed with a bit of resiny pine. Didn’t really smell like it’d be terribly bitter--more of an aroma hop thing--but the flavor proved me way wrong. There was some sweetness near the beginning, but after that it’s all hops and lots of bitterness. Flavor had more pine than any of the other aforementioned aromas. There was a fair amount of astringency, too. As it warms there is a little more of a citrusy sweaty flavor. Dry, moderately bitter finish. A little warming ETOH in the belly. Moderate, somewhat sharp carbonation with a full body. Quite delicious.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange copper. very nice smell of chick b.o. grapefruit, and pine. taste the same maybe more bittert than i would have liked but still this is nice.
LinusStick (2954) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best IPAs I have ever tasted! The perfect mix of bitterness and drinkability. Ever laugh at someone’s face after they eat a lemon? Let a casual beer drinker take a sip of this and you will see the same expression. High class IPA!
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle provided by JHop. Pours hazy rubied and burnt orange with a small frothy off-white head that mostly diminishes, lined-spotty lacing. Aroma is huge floral and pine, fruity, sweet candied citrus hops, oranges, sweet caramel and maple malt (straw, meal) and yeast (sweat). Heavy pine and dry resiny hops, citrus rind, caramel malt and earthy straw, yeast is present near the end, the sweetness is subdued by the hops. Medium bodied, fizzy and dry palate.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to some forgotten RB soldier for sending me the brew, maybe DocLock?
An robust amber body sits brilliant below the ivory bonnet of head. The aroma and taste are mega citrus and pine sap. Alpha hops to the max, baby! Bitter and zesty with hops but balanced with palate and oily mouth-feel… Caramel malts, hint of toffees, but a pungent alpha hops carries it home. Only grievance, a bit astringent at times, as if over done at certain instances… a hidden mention of metallic character. Enjoyable beer over all! – Maybe I need another try at it??!
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An absolutely brilliantly clear, richly red color that is tinged with amber overtones. The head is summoned forth to an easily four-fingers in thickness and has a bit of a meringue like consistency and enough staying power to leave a textured lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. An intensely fruity aroma dominates from the get go. As I pour this the fruity hop notes just jump out at you. Smooth, is certainly an apt descriptor for this amply hopped brew; the Simcoe aromatics are just so rounded. This aroma has no harshness, no raw green hop notes and astringency. Towards the end of the aroma notes of lightly toasted grain and caramelized malt are noticeable. The fruit hop notes remind me of berries, lychees, candied orange peel, sweet tangerines and even ruby red grape fruit. This beer could almost use some harsher hop aromatics as a balancing point, but really it is beautiful as is.
Lightly sweet up front, this beer continues to be quite smooth until it picks up a nice, clean bitterness which closes out a sip of this brew. In the long finish the bitterness lingers a bit as well as just a touch of almost tannic astringency, which is the only other noticeable note from the ample hops used in this beer. Of course the fruity citrusy hop notes dominate the flavor profile of this beer but there is lots more going on even in the hop department. A nice backdrop of menthol like notes sort of move to the tannic astringency that is in the finish. The finish definitely makes me think of fresh pine needles and is even a touch raw and green in character. Layered fruit notes of candied orange peel, concentrated lychee, even pithy sweetened grapefruit and a berry coulis reduction all combine together to form a nice mix of hop fruit flavors.
I knew that Simcoe hops were quite smooth, but I am definitely impressed by how smoothly fruit focused this hop is. Sure it is in fact a hop so it does have some of that raw hop character, but comparatively to many other varieties it is down right mellow (especially in the amounts that must have been used for this beer). Really a lingering, lightly green, tannic note that just mouth coatingly sticks around is what tells me that a lot of hops were used in this brew. This is definitely enjoyable, and regardless of the outcome, I will always be a fan of a beer that so boldly show-cases the effects of a single hop variety. Simcoe is a perfect candidate for something as big as a one hop Double IPA, it is so smooth, yet at times I wonder if that raw, aggressive hoppiness that other varieties contribute is not missing from this brew. Regardless, this has shown me that my choice of Simcoe in the hop mix of my own brews is a good choice and will require further experimentation.