JoeShmuck (1) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2009 does not count
What I hate about Simcoe Smash is that you can’t get it in Vancouver. The west coast doesn’t lack for decent IPAs but nothing I’ve tried comes close to Smash. Even as it pours, the dark amber... almost mahogany... punches you right in the nose with a huge aroma of pink grapefruit. The first taste is crisp, clean, nicely carbonated and loaded with sweet, fresh grapefruit that quickly turns into the beautiful, bitter bite of rind. I’m a big fan of Central City Brewing’s Red Racer IPA which has the great citrus but lacks the big time bitterness. Tree Brewing’s Hophead has a nice bitter kick but not the citrus. Simcoe Smash combines everything I love about a big, bitter beer. The only thing missing is a brewery in BC.
IPeeEh (2) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009 does not count
The aroma leaps out of any glass this beer is poured into. The citrus is effusive, the flavour is robust, with huge malt character balanced perfectly with aggressive bitterness, effectively masking the high alcohol content. Long simmer before boil lends an almost candied quality to the palate. An incredibly delicious, dangerous beer. Extremely drinkable. Handle with care.
HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2009
Shared by jerc with, blankboy, garthicus, gregclow and mabel. Clear bright refractive amber with an average frothy off-white head. Aroma - wow! - cat piss (in the best possible way, yowzer), pungent dandelion and marigold floral bitterness, slightly balanced by a sweet toasty malt backing - unbalanced and who cares; THIS was made in CANADA??? The taste was stronger, almost an assault of bitterness, even less balancing from the light malt than the aroma - challenging, OTT - slightly boozy and almost harshly bitter (it pains me to write that). Average body, plenty of astringency from all that bitterness, somewhat light on the carbonation, but man that’s a long, long bitter finish and linger. Astonishing beer, I want more of it! Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle sent by Nash. Pours and tastes like a cask beer, little carbonation left. Mint citrus hop leaf, a good and strong bitterness. This actually was popular with a group of newbies. Drinkable and decent mouthfeel. blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o GregClow. Pours a clear golden-orange with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of lots of hops: Spicy hops, resiny hops, cat pee hops -- a wonderful hop medley! Nice hoppy flavour, Simcoe being one of my favourite hops. Medium bodied. A fantastic IPA.
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
[2463-20090827] 500mL bottle. Evergreen fir tree sap aroma has swee maple hops. Clear, golden amber body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. More heavy evergreen sap and needles in the flavour with a mildly grainy and sweaty finish. Bold bitter body. Surprisingly tasty, great shape, wonderful hops.
garthicus (2925) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 1, 2009
Overheard: "It smells like pissmass?" "No, it smells like Christmas!"
(c/o GregClow, w/ him, blankboy, garthicus, HogTownHarry, jerc)
With thanks to GregClow. Appearance: Cinnamon red, small off white head. Aroma: "cat piss" - harry, orange, mangoes, pineapple, spice and cinnamon, lovely! Flavour: Bitter hops, hops, hops, lovely pineapple-ness, delicious long bitter finish - just superb. jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2009
2009-08-27. Very hoppy aroma, leafy vegetation, light touch of tropical fruit. Ɨ+) Flavour is mostly a fruity melange as in the aroma, citrus and tropical touches, light leafy vegetation and muted resin hints. Ɨ+) Smooth average plus bodied palate is lightly carbonated. Really quaffable, very interesting hop profile is enjoyable but does not turn my crank quite as much as others at the table. Solid. Bottle shared by GregClow
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2009
Swing-top bottle sent to me by brewer Greg Nash - thanks, Greg! Beautiful golden-copper with a small white head and lots of lacing. Very hoppy aroma with lots of tropical fruit, pineapple and grapefruit. Flavour is also very hop-forward - tons of citrus and spruce and delicious bitterness - but a fair bit of candy-like sweetness to balance things out. Great mildly carbonated mouthfeel as well. Frickin’ awesome stuff! Spab (3762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2009
Tap at Hart & Thistle. Pours a somewhat hazy orange gold with small white cap. Big fruity, hoppy nose - pineapple, citrus, etc. Taste doesn’t disapppoint - hops are huge but with some nice malty sweetness keeping things in balance. Lasting fruity finish, medium body, lively carbonation. Very nice beer.