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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Simcoe Sensation is a seductive brew with succulent simcoe hops and a splash of sublime spunk. When you pop the top, an aroma of pine, resin and grapefruit with permeate the air.

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4.4
superspak (6236) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2013
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with nice complexity of hop notes with a solid malt balance; with very good strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, floral, grass, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, citrus, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop flavors with a solid malt balance; with plenty of flavor for 4.5% and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic session IPA! All around great flavor balance and robustness at 4.5%; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. An incredibly delicious offering that may become a regular buy for me.

4.3
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Had twice -- once out of the bottle dated 5/3/13 yesterday, and this one (from a separate batch) with an erased date, poured into a pint glass. Appearance: Not the best looking label in the world -- it’s supposed to look like an acid trip, I think, with a simcoe hop sitting in front of a hippy background. Insanely hazy with very little light getting through. There’s about a finger of head that goes to one and sticks around a little while. Even after the head is gone, the lacing is unbelievably sexy. Smell: Unreal ... definitely highlighting the simcoe... fruity and floral as hell. Taste/feel: At the ABV, it’s hard to believe. There’s a mild bitterness, but there’s a surprisingly nice balance with malt in there. Fruity and floral from the simcoe, with a slightly spicy malt finish that lingers extremely pleasantly. The feel is actually a bit heavier than I was expecting, which is a great thing -- I REALLY have a distaste for watered down feeling beers. The balance is what makes this beer much better than the likes of All Day IPA by Founders, which seems to be an extremely popular beer. Not only is it a great beer at 4.5%, it’s just a great beer. Smells incredible, tastes almost just as good, looks spectacular in the glass... wow. It may be $2.19 per bottle (not sure the six-pack price), but I have to say it’s actually worth it. I don’t normally like "session ales" (light beers), but this one is great.

4.1
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Non Beer Trip Beer Trip #98. 12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Ann Arbor Eisenhower. Clear pale golden, large foamy off-white head. Good retention. Aroma of strong catty, resiny Simcoe hops, lemon, pale malt. The taste is herbal, resin, catty, piney hops, pale malt, lemon juice, dandelion. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, complex. Nice beer.

3.9
MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Sample at Odd Side. This beer was really pale and clear with quite a bit of white foam on the sample. Aromas were lovely Simcoe... Resin and pine... Flavor was very robust and clean for a small beer. Nice! Can’t wait to see this in bottles.

3.9
BrownALEx (459) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Smells of dry hops. Pours a clear light brown with a small head. Taste is bitter, very nice though. Palate is medium bodied. Overall a very balanced ipa. Great bitterness meets excellent maltyness.


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