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RATINGS: 1626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Fast on the heels of our fantasticly reformulated Hops Infusion, our brewers have picked up the gauntlet and brewed a Double IPA using exclusively Simcoe(R) Hops! This west coast Hops was created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc. and carries a fantastic flavor profile abounding with citrusy-grapefruit, piney, resiny notes that pushes this Double IPA over the top. 9.0% ABV in the brew gives it a nice malt foundation as well. Draft and bottles, 12 oz. in PA, 22 oz. out of state (as we have no 6-packs),

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (5988) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2006
12 oz Bottle Cloudy amber Topped off with a GREAT thick off white head. the aroma is GREAT I canít even say WOW. A sweet and bitter. Thanks Indiana_Red

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Pours dark redish amber with a fluffy white head that sticks around. Aroma is of peach, pineapple, grapefruit, some pine needles, and sweet vanilla cakey maltiness, sort of like pineapple upside down cake. Flavor is peach and pineapple with some pine coming in the finish backed fully by gingerbread, some honey, and a touch of malt syrup. Excellent balance in the front. Bitterness slowly rises in the finish and aftertaste to become very full but not unpleasent. Full body witha smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bomber. Poured a cloudy deep orange. Thick head mostly diminishing, leaving spots and bands of lacing. Deep citrus hop aroma, with traces of pineapple or mango, wood, burnt sugar, roast malt and some mild cheesy yeast. Great hop blast on the first sip, zesty citrus and pine, balanced very well against sweet toasty malt. Alcohol fairly well hidden, just a bit of smokiness noticeable. Medium slightly oily palate, with fine carbonation. Nice lingering piney/orange-rind hop bitterness on the finish. Pretty impressive 2IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006
thanks to OhioDad for the bomber, shared with friends at a recent tasting. poured a great looking caramel color with a decent head. peach and grapefruit aroma but could have used a little more malt balance IMO, still a tasty treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Thick and sticky and malty. Nice spicy hops all over. Apricot, pine, grapefruit and floral hop flavors. Full bitterness, but well balanced by the heavy malt. Nice dense mouthfeel. A real nice beer, but lacking the complexity I expect with a high gravity beer like this. Perhaps thatís what comes with a single hop beer. Very sucessful experiment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2010 (Bottle at OT, Stockholm) Pours hazy orange/brown. Almost no head. The smell is pine, citrus and malt. A light smokey touch. Fresh nose. Some fruitiness and rasin. The taste is fruity with a heavy bitterness. Rasin. You feel the taste of all the exotic fruits and citrus in the begining. After a while they are sweapt away by the bitternss. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (5864) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Many thanks to Beerdrenched for picking this IIPA up for me. Pours medium / dark copper with a thick dense tan head. Aroma is heavy on the floral hos with a good amount of caramel malt for balance. Some pine aspects as well. Not quite as assertive as youíd expect for 9%. Medium / full body with lots of gentle carbonation. Taste has floral hops that are full and rich with help from the malt. Bits of sweetness are in here as well as traces of woodiness. The finish brings out more wood and pine with the carbonation.giving a prickly sensation. Thick and bold enough to believe it is as strong as it is, but you donít taste much of the ABV. Excellent IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Poured a nice amber color with a bit of a head. Lots of citrusy hop aroma. Smooth going down, a little bit buttery, but this needed some more malt. I like hops, but this one wasnít quite right. Iím not too sure why this is rated as highly as it is.

Re-rate: 12 oz bottle. Again, a nice amber pour with a fluffy white head. Piney, citrusy hop aroma. Itís pretty much just how I remember it and how I describe it above. I guess my palate has just changed pretty drastically since then and Iím enjoying it a lot more this time around!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
Orange amber body with a small creamy beige head. (3+) Big hops in the aroma, green leafy hops and orange notes. More green hops in the flavour with a lightly astringent bitterness and mild resin. Average palate with a bit of body to spare. Solid hoppy brew that distracted me enough that I didnít write as much as I could have. Very nice. 9/3+/8/3+/16-17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mds and tupalev, my bottle. Mostly clear amber with an average white head. Lovely hoppy aroma, spruce/resin/herbal - pungent, somewhat sharp, a little different - this is simcoe? all riiight ... decent caramel malt backing, floral notes like rosehip tea - well blended and balanced through the whole glass. Where the aroma had a fair malt presence, the taste is dominated by the bitter hops - this IS an imperial - spruce, resin, mildly herbal, some malt backing, strong alcohol yielding a long, bitter finish. Good IPA body, quite astringent, decently carbonated, fairly complex hop character, although overall itís pretty one-dimensional - truly an excellent I2PA, all hop-heads should make sure they try this one, they wonít be disappointed.

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