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RATINGS: 1627   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2006
I made a homebrew simcoe beer that turned out great so when I saw this I had to get it. Burnt orange, massive sticky head that lasts forever. Aroma is apricot, peach, pears. I could go for more aroma in an DIPA. Medium body, full flavor. Fruity, bitter, sweet. I get some grapefruit but no pine at all. Smooth finish. No alcohol burn. Very nice, goes down a bit too smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6385) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle: Poured with a huge, impenetrable foamy head. Dark, dark orange, almost red. Dirty earthy hop aroma. This is my first exposure to the simcoe hops, as far as I know, and they are a unique twist ... the hop astringency is some strange cross of that citrus kiss you get in many American IPAs with the woody, earthy hoppiness that I’d equate more with European ales. I’m not sure I dig it that much. It is aggressively oily and finishes with a sting ... the alcohol content doesn’t serve to balance it in my opinion, it just tips the scales more to the unpleasantness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2006
(Bottled, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Colour is amber, slightly hazy, with a foamy off-white head. Nose is fruity, violently but beautifully hoppy with citrus (pink grapefruit, blood oranges) and lots of pine needles. Taste is fruity, still very hoppy with grapefruity (both yellow and pink), pine needles and a long brilliantly hoppy finish (it followed me all the way home for 35 minutes on the tube). Medium to full body. It’s obviously a bit sweet, but the sweetness never takes over, it’s nicely balanced by the bitterness and the underlying body. Would I call this very complex? No, definitely not. It might be more balanced as well. But still, being a hop head, I simply can’t resist this. Lovely stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle compliments of Secret Santa! Slightly hazy amberwith huge head. Aroma is sligtly piney hops and sweet malts. Pine hops taste all the way through. Very tasty...but balanced. This is an IPA that can be enjoyed by both hop heads and "others" equally. It’s got great hop taste without being over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 6, 2006
thanks to pineypower for this one. Pours an opaque amber with a thick, dirty white head. The flavor is upfront dry hoppy with a clean finish. The alcohol is completely hidden and this is dangerously quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Had mine out of a bomber...From Rivers Bend. The head on this baby was incedible - it was a thick tan ice cream looking head that lasts forever...Smell is something like an orange tree growing in a Pine forest. Taste is grapefruit and pine with a hop kick that will knock the taste right back out of your mouth Its a pretty good double - definitely a must for hop heads.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (5862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2006 2006 bomber consumed on 8/3/06.
Lovely appearance, huge, sticky lacing in rings, immense beige head is very well-retained. Liquid is a strong bronze-copper color, with high clarity and plenty of bubbles.
Bone dry, bitter nose, shows heavy pine resin, very very sparse malts, dextrinous and well-attenuated. But nothing juicy, overly fruity or even very tropical. Just densely piney-citric and heavily aggressive. Medium strength, too, dosent really pour forth with a huge burst of aroma.
Ack, this is just another unbalanced, heavily hopped DIPA. Not as bad as Moylans Hopsickle, but along those lines. Pine, citrus and very dry orange and grapefruit rind are very bitter. Much more IBU/apparent bitterness than actual juicy hop flavor. The body is still strong and dextrinous (though ultimately, filtered), but very lacking in actual malt flavor/complexity. Plenty of yeast stink too, though the alcohol is well-concealed. Couldn’t finish the bomber.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2006
An absolutely SUPERB DIPA! Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color producing a huge, frothy, durable off-white head which persists throughout the glass. Lots of heavy lacing as glass empties. Excellent balance between the malts and hops in the aroma profile, noting caramel, toasted malt, freshly cut grapefruit, pine needle, and good ol’ Juicy Fruit gum. Aroma is simply mouth-watering. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth; somewhat oily, but full. Flavors are a luscious myriad of bittersweet grapefruit, pine, orange, honey, spices and crystal malts. Finish is long and well balanced between the hops, malt and alcohol. Really enjoyed this one. One of the best DIPA’s I’ve had the pleasure to sample. And what a deal at $4.99/22 oz’er!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Hazy orange-amber color with foamy off-white head. hoppy and citrus aroma. flavor is of malts and grapefruits with a bitter hoppy finish. great IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2006
pours golden orange with vreamy offwhite head. Aroma is citrus and sweet malt. Flavor is grapefuit and pine. Nice balance overall with excellent hop character. Easy on the palate for the large flavor. Finishes bitter and hoppy with nice sweet roundness of malt.

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