SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
First Batch Bottle. Poured dark amber with beautiful off white, velvety head. Great lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, grass, lemon, grapefruit. Big flavor! Huge hop bite, big bitter finish. Notes of citrus, pine, and slight caramel. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. The bitterness mellowed slightly as it warmed. This is a sipper for sure. I like hops, but not sure how I feel about the Simcoe.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy dark orange with an average size lasting off-white head. Very nice aroma with lots of hops and sweet malt. Flavour: Delicious! Big fresh hoppy flavour with lots of sweet malt, some fruit and a nice bitter finish -- very nicely balanced. There’s alcohol there but in no way does it detract from how tasty this beer is. Medium bodied. This is a fantastic I2PA -- I love them Simcoe hops!
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange body with a creamy white head. The aroma is very fruity and hoppy - tons of grapefruit, oranges, bread, yeast, and alcohol. The flavour is very hoppy, resinous, bitter, with warming alcohol and reasonably harsh. Tasty but it’s pretty big so more suited as a sipper.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours a cloudy amber with a medium sized ivory head. Aroma is of pine, hops and malt with citrus notes. Tastes quite bitter and somewhat tart throughout. Elongated bitter ending. Not my style of beer, but very good for what it is.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber: Pours a deep cloudy orange with a persistent rocky off-white head. Fresh citrusy hops in the aroma with flowers and pine. Full bodied with soft carbonation, and a sticky mouthfeel, starts and ends bitter with a long bitter aftertaste.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep auburn with a pillowy lacy off-white head. Aroma is catty, grassy, caramel and nuts. Not nearly enough fresh hop character for me. Body is med. The flavor is deeply malty, clean ferment, nicely alcohol level, but what’s missing....hops. The finish has a nice pronounced, but not bracing, bitterness. This is a great American Strong Ale, but the hops are really lacking to me.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the regular crew plus MDS at Greg’s, Harry’s bottle. Very strong hop aroma with a ton of malt - lots and lots of hops. Based on this aroma along I have come to the conclusion that Simcoe hops = good. Taste - wow, so much malt! Mixes so well with the hops - easily one of the most balanced double IPA’s I have ever tried. And I love this hop. Great job guys.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 12 ounce bottle recieved form BBB63. Poured amber orange with a thick tan head. Very murky. Didn’t leave any lace, but the head clings to the side nicely. The aroma is 95% citrus rinds. The rest is pine, resin, and a bit of malt. Spectacular flavor. Candy sweet with ass loads of bitter Simcoe goodness. Medium body, and a oily film left behind on the tongue. Top notch for sure.
GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev & mds - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Reddish-amber with a moderate sized head. Aroma of herbal tea, spruce, caramel and brown sugar. Flavour of nice, fresh hops - more tea and spruce notes - with a faint background sweetness and a lingering dry finish. Loving it!
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fruity oriented hop aroma with dried fruit and a bit of citrus. Hoppy taste with caramel and fruit along with noticable alcohol.