holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Growler filled 5 days earlier by Tytoanderso. Thanks a lot! Enjoyed at "An Evening with Growlers" ... er something. Pours a clear orange with an off white head. Nose is nice. Slightly pefumey, but lots of fruit. Apricots, grapefruit, oranges, pine, and grass. Smooth carbonation. Flavor of raw hops. Sweet caramels, florals, with pine and grass. With all the hoppy notes, I half expect bitterness, but of course that’s not what they are going for. The grassiness is a little astringent. Which is not my preferred hop flavors. But other than that it’s a good beer. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2008
sampled from a growler, thanks to holdenn for it! pours dense golden with beige head. nose is grassy, piney, and grapefruit hop notes. flavor is grainy, gritty, grassy, fruity notes. not that bitter, nice and hoppy but seems unclean and too grassy for me. drinkable and tasty. KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Hazy golden orange pour with a nice white head. Piney hop aroma with a fruitiness as well. Citrus and pine in taste as well as caramel and maybe some toffee. Very well balanced with the hops. tennisjoel (1476) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Orange pour from the brewery. Scents of citrus, apricot, peach, mango. Flavor basically mimics the aroma. Nice bitter finish. For an APA, it just doesn’t get much better than this. Very well done! JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Growler from Stine - thanks man! Golden color with an attractive white head. Aroma of a wonderful simcoe hop bouquet with all the piney-citrus goodness that accompanies this awesome hop. Flavor has a strong floral-citrus flavor with a touch of earthiness. Very hop forward with some malt that acts to balance somewhat, but doesn’t ruin things. Wonderful mouthfeel. This one stacks up with the best APAs - My tops are alpha king and Captain Lawrence Freschester (which I just had earlier) and this one comes in right behind but is by no means second class. I’m a big fan of simcoe and this gets that wonderful taste to your t-buds without all the extra alcohol and malt found in a Double Simcoe or similar beer. I wish I could get this on draft as I would probably drink too much, but not feel bad as its "only a pale ale" - Only a "pale ale" that beats the hell out of most IPAs, DIPAs, and hoppy Barleywines and American Strongs in terms of quality hoppy-goodness, though it falls just short of Masala mama. Thanks again for the growler Eben!
egajdzis (6672) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Poured a lightly hazy amber color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus, a bit of toffee, and light toast as well. Taste was light caramel up front, more pine, light citrus, resin, and a dry, bitter, grapefruit finish. hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Growler acquired in trade with tytoanderso (as part of the Growler Swap v1) - thanks! Poured a medium and lightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, and I was getting a spiciness as well. Tastes of citrus, pine with some caramel and maltiness. Nice hoppiness. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler! Pours a lightly hazy golden with a smaller bubbly off white head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of a ton of mixed citrus, pine, caramel, grainy maltiness, toffee...great fresh Simcoe hop aroma. Flavor of up front American hops, mix of citrus, pine, grapefruit...also getting a good amount of malt flavor though too. Grains, caramel, Cheerios. Nice beer! islay (2867) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Pint on tap at the brewpub at the official 2008 India Brown Ale release on 1-28-08. I tried this after the India Brown and liked it better even than that excellent brew. Very nice, floral aroma features peach, perfume, bread dough, and muffin scents. Pours a clear orange / gold with a small amount of beige head. Produces extensive lacing. Sweet, floral taste features apricot nectar, honey, fruit-flavored sucking candy, passion fruit, and light-colored juice flavors. Nice, bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Soft and creamy in the palate. Town Hall Simcoe Pale Ale is an extremely pleasant and well-made beer. It should be classified as an American pale ale rather than an American strong ale. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2008
A good beer for sure but after the insanely high ratings I wa honestly let down a bit. Boatloads of bitter citrus zest and pine resin on the nose. A touch of earthy malt and tree bark as well. Pours bright copper with the trademark town hall lacing. Grapefruit bitter orange peel cut grass toffee and a touch of pine on the tongue. Medium to fill bodied. Rightly bitter. Lasting astringent bitter finish.