BarrysHomebrew (11) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2009
If you did not try this, you missed out big time. Lovely floral and citrus aromas and a malty balance to its slightly aggressive hopping. This is sure to come back when the hops are more available.
Good session brew Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
2006 Draft. (from notes). I had the pleasure of putting this on draft at my house. Poured clear copper in color with a large white extremely sticky head. This one really gummed up my tap valve. Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Taste of sweet piney hops, and citrus. Nice bitterness that follows into the finish. Exudes the trademark Simcoe characteristics without overdoing it which is outstanding. usbadass (17) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Clear copper color, off white foamy head. Aroma was thick prickly hops. Explosively fresh, with lots of citrus and pine. Nose was some sweet malt hidden behind the smoke screen of fresh hop. Taste was full and flavorful malt base, rather thick with layers of fresh hop flavors piled on top. Very resin-y. Mouthfeel was nice, and at 7%, carbonation was perfect. Overall a very hop complex beer, well balanced and very drinkable. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/01/2006CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2007
Mode: Hand Bottled
clear amber, whispy head, strands of lace, sweet caramal and pine aroma, big bitter hop flavor, touch of caramel sweetness comes in and tries to balance but falls short, tasty but the bitterness gets old
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Hand-bottle courtesy of Dickinsonbeer, sampled in November 2006: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin-lacing white head. Aroma has some sweet toasty caramel malt and peppery grapefruity hops. Body starts with a sweet caramel maltiness and good bittersweet peppery grapefruity hoppy balance. A nice IPA.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Courtesy dickinsonbeer. Clear dark amber. 1.25cm frothy, off white/tan head. All hops in the nose. Pine trees, grapefruit rind, resin. Same notes in the flavor with solid malt support. Medium body, balanced. Easy drinking, hoppy session brew. Solid. roan22 (1) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007 does not count
on tap at Sly Fox Phoenixville 12-8. Fresh for the IPA night. Can they please bottle this, its superb piney and citrus taste is really beautiful to the palate. It is refined and distinctive without being weak. If you love hoppy IPA’s, it doesn’t get any better than this beer! goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Poured a clear copper color with a small off-white head. Hop forward aroma of tangerine and citrus. Hoppy tangerine flavor with a decent malty base. Moderately bitter finish. ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2006
On draught at Egajdzis’ house on 10/5/06.BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2006
A slight glassiness shows the unfiltered, but well-conditioned nature of the beer. A rosy peach-tangerine body displays a small, but fairly dense, and well-retained white head that laces quite prominently.
Very fragrant simcoe hops in the nose show tons of dry-hopping and late-boil additions. It dosent strike me as an overdone, bittered-to-all-hell version and light bits of fluffy, rather succulent honeyish malts can be daintily picked out as well. As it warms and I continue to take it in, the lush simcoes deepen in complexity, lasting on the finish and producing a very green, watermelon and candied orange note that belies the usual hard pine resin and heavily dry grapefruit. There certainly is some light resin, but it is balanced easily by the light sugars and lively fruitiness. Despite having about 5 glasses of this stuff, and kicking Eric’s keg, the aroma never seemed to fail, nor did it get boring, which is strange, as there isn’t all that much going on. Just goes to show, when hops are done right, the wonderful simplicity can make a huge difference.
No surprises in the flavor, then, when I find a wonderfully drinkable, highly flavorful, yet tastefully done IPA. Some moderately bitter pine needle-like notes perk up at first, but are quickly washed away by melons, tangerines and a finish reminding me of ruby red grapefruit; no doubt the interplay of the light, but noticeable malt, and the tangy citrus notes from the hops. Excellent texture is provided by a comforting, soft malt body and low, but rather tight carbonation (especially for a draught sample). Nearly creamy, though not as heavy as to be creamy, but certainly frothy and invigorating on the palate, with an immense drinkability. Alcohol is never noted, nor any diacetyl. Hop acids never become a problem, even after the end of 4 or 5 glasses. I could have (and would have) kept drinking it.
Not the most complex example, but I don’t think it attempts to be, nor does it seem that it needed to be. Not the sheer tour de force of complexity and powerful flavor that is Mikkeller Simcoe IPA, but wonderful in its own right, and worlds apart from some of the other also-rans in the simcoe IPA category (Weyer dbl Simcoe, stone 10th). Thanks Eric!
Special gift from Eric and served in my GI IPA glass: Pours a beautiful coppery golden sunset hue topped by a small but lasting frothy head and left okay lace in it’s awake. The nose detects SIMCOE in all of it’s glory of pure pine resin, pink grapefruit, crab apple, white pepper, a touch of clove and mint supported by carmelized and biscuity malt and even a dash of beet sugar.
The taste profile starts very hoppy making me happy with citric, acidic and hop spice characteristics at the forefront. Nicely balanced by sweeter malts and a some sugary component. The finish is dry, ashy and astringent but not so much to take away from the flava flav. The mouth feel is mildly aggressive and sharp around the edge and smooth in the midesection with a very long mineral bitter aftertaste.
I love these single hopped IPA to show you what the hop is all about, this is no exception. Digging the Simcoe, oh so yummy to my tummy. Mucho THX, now the brewer can get off your ass.