FlacoAlto (3881) - 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.
shigadeyo (3296) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA pours a beautiful clear deep golden orange color with a HUGE foamy orange head (that seems to last forever) and lots of lacing. It has ively carbonation without appearing to be too fizzy. Aroma is JUICY sweet orange with a drop or two of tart grapefruit. There is a lot of underlying sweet, caramel maltiness, but the wonderful Simcoe hops with their bold grapefruit citrus and pinecone flavor come right through. There is a substantial amount of bitterness in this beer, but it is very well balanced and not overwhelming at all (I might have just fallen in love with Simcoe hops and will definitely need to brew a Simcoe IPA at home). On top of that, the 9% alcohol is about as hidden as it can get in this beer! Slightly thick and sticky body, but perfect for the style and this particular brew! This is ALMOST as good as Three Floyds Dreadnaught or AleSmith YuleSmith (Summer) IPA. If one takes cost and availability into mind, the Double Simcoe beats easily beats the other two. Everybody out of my way - I need to get to the store and stock up on this awesome IPA. Needless to say, if you havenít tried this beer yet, you should be out the door on your way to get some as well!
22 oz bottle.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 In short: An overly sweet sharp IIPA. Not for me.
How: A few times at tasting sessions. Never had a full bottle.
The look: Cloudy golden-orange body with a medium off-white head.
In long: Iím an hophead dude so this highly rated IIPA is suppoed to be for me but it wasnít. Aggressive and unpleasant malt syrup, common juicy hops, very sweet. Too sweet really. Feeling of candy syrup. Leafy floral hops with sharp bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden. Iíve had it a few times and I still donít care much for it despite being highly rated. Maybe the problem is me, thatís what people tell me all the time anyway.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 22 oz bottle from bigsilky(thanks!).Pours a clear copper wirh a nice size head. Lots of spidery lace left on my Pilser glass after the quick finish. Man this is good stuff. World class. hard to describe the taste or aroma except to say there is a nice malt backbone somewhere under the resiny Simcoe hops, then some simcoe hops, and then more simcoe hops...It leaves a bitter aftertaste...but it is lots of resiny oily sweet bitter pinecones, so it is all good! Absolutely heavenly...
jcwattsrugger (11586) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle-pours a big foamy to shaving cream rocky tan head with hazy copper color. Aroma is lots of medium hops-citrus, secondary malt. Taste is lots of muted/bitter medium hops-citrus, medium malt-caramel, alcohol. Full body. Upfront-good effervescence.
KAME (160) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks JHop. Wow, what an aroma! Pours a medium orange with a very thin white head. Aroma is great, full of grapefruit and piney hops. Flavor is sweety, citrusy, with long lasting bitterness. Alcohol is present but not offensive. Definitely a lip-smacker.
agl108 (928) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle at Flat Rock Saloon. Long anticipated tasting....pours copper with a thick off-white head. Very big nose full of citrus. Left extraordinary lacing in the glass. Booming floral, citrus flavor that is extremely bitter at first, then becomes increasingly smooth as the pints go down. Just a touch of the 9% alcohol is evident.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 A IIPA that does not have any plastic traits, wow. A natural hop profile in aroma and taste. Hazy ruby/orange color with a small head. Medium thick mouthfeel, strong hop taste, not a dry finish. Very good.
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a copper body with a long-lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pineapple. Flavor of breadiness and hops; nice balance.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber, frothy tan head. Fresh hop aroma. The flavor is all hops, they coated my entire mouth and lingered on my palate. Iíve become a big fan of simcoe lately.