apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is quite a hefty Double IPA. I really do like this Simcoe hop, and will look for it in the future. Great-looking frothy head over a copper body. Strong hoppy and citrus aroma. Some tea-like spices give the flavor some interesting character. Nicely balanced bitterness with just the right amount of sweetness. Overall, rich and delicious.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a thick and long lasting white head. Spectacular lacing. Smells like zest, orange, pine needles, carmel and graitfruit. Sour bread taste along with orange, caramel graitfruit and pine. The palate was overdone on the gratifruit in my opinion. Overall this was well done but not a top knotch Double IPA in my opinion.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sweet bejesus, this is one Fine, classy beer. Itís got a bready, luscious, rype, crisp malty fresh, virtually exploding with hops, the good stuff, nothing to throw it off here. Itís a seductive red-amber beer with a tight eggshell head. Impeccably balanced, slightly sweet in the finish, a "dinner" malt complemented by sourdough bitter grapefruit hop. Right carbonation and full flavored all the way through. I am buying a case of this first time I see it, for sure.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Hop Devil Grill, NYC. Beautiful ruby pour with a very creamy white head. Aroma of pine and light grapefruit. Very full and creamy and velvety in the mouth; pure bliss. There is a very rich hoppiness in the taste that is enjoyable though not as assertive or in your face as some of the big guys.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Aroma of citrus and pine. This is my first exclusively one hop beer and it was awesome. The aroma was marvelous and caught my attn right away. Flavor was slightly bitter but still felt balanced with sweetness in the mouth. This seems to be the hottest beer right now and im glad i tried it.
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy smokes. Medium clear orange amber, nice, lasting head with good lacing. Aroma was a resiny hop blast, full of pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Flavor was an amazing balance of gummy caramel and biscuit malt that melded into an absolutely amazing hop complexity that matched the nose, with some juicy fruit gum thrown in for good measure. Perfect palate. This was stunningly good, almost as if brewed to order for my personal tastes. The first IIPA Iíve ever run across that really gave Ruination a serious run for its money. Awesome stuff. Hard to believe this came from just one hop. If I ever get back into homebrewing again, Iím definitely going to be trying to get my hands on some Simcoe!
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear amber color, tall foamy tan head, very frothy at the top. aroma is all simcoe! (at least now I know what a simcoe smells like). actually, itís armpit, damp pinecones. flavor is very strong and spicy hop, high bitterness. frothy clingons of lacing. there is a little malty sweetness to keep this from being one-sided, but the sweetness in plain, canít pinpoint. mouthfeel is smooth and alcohol is super well hidden.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 Rating #420...hahahaha.. dude, that is soooo cool... Draft at Friscos. Clear, amber body with a creamy, off-white head. lasting cover, excelent lacing. Big fruity, citrus aroma, very sweet, lots of bready malt and caramel. The flavor is loaded with bitter grapefruit, apricot, lots of malty sweetness, caramel. Medium body with a chewy texture and a bitter finish. The nice juicey hop flavor is overwhelmed by the sickly sweet body.
ABUSEDGOAT (2331) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 Clear dark orangish gold body with a moderate to large head and good lacing. Aroma was grapefruity and citrusy hops with light caramel. Also quite fruity. Flavor reminded me a little of Ruination but this isnít nearly as bitter. Good flavors and good balance, but something just felt lacking in the long run. By the end of the bottle, I donít want to drink this anymore. I guess I prefer the other American varieties. This isnít bad, but itís not my style.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour was a thick, darker amber/brown color with a large foamy head. Aroma was huge citrus, sweet pineapple, and earthy hops. Flavors were big citrus, with a small hint of barnyard funk and carmel. Already a great beer, but the finish really knocks it up a couple of notches. I could taste the resiny grapefruit and pineapple for about an hour or so after finishing the glass. So glad this wasnít a disappointment!