Boutip (4995) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is pretty intense and covers the malt. Taste is also dominated by huge fresh citrus hops. Malt is certainly present but hard to taste with all the hops in there. Body is above average and beer is not over filtrated. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, while this IIPA is very enjoyable, a better balance between malt and hops would have provided more enjoyment on my part.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with gputty. Thanks Geoff! Pours a nice rich slightly dark amber with a big hearty frothy off white head. Nice lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of sweet hops, pine and lemon. Taste of citrus, hops and bread dough. Has a bitter sweet snappy finish. A very nice IPA.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - thanks clarkVV - Aroma is simcoe plain and simple. Citrus, pine, and then the carmel shows up. Pours hazy light brown with huge solid head that slowly fades to leave tone of sticky lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is creamy and smooth. I like it a lot.
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 (6400) - 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 (2250) - 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 (2981) - 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.