Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
mmmmmm gooooood. This is delicious guys and gals. excellent cloudy burnt orange in color nice thick creamy head that laces well enough. served on tap. it was on cask as well, but i opted for tap. taste is almost all hops, some malty tones early on but once this beast reaches the palate, it hangs on and the assault begins. bitter and tingly at first, then moves to a more sour, grapefruit route. It is a great beer to be sure grab one today! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2006
On-tap at the brewpub: Dull slimming orangey bronze shade. Medium cap of firm, curdled froth. Fades to keep a good skim and collar present. Lots of drifting lace.
Heavenly aroma! Bright, heavy, crisp, and resin loaded. Semi peachy and citric with lots of oily resinous pine stinking it up. Outstanding nose!
Taste is big and full on hops. So this is the Simcoe. Wow! Welcome to bliss. Man, this slips down quickly at first staying bright, crisp, crunchy, and forever playful in bite. Huge amounts of oily resin fill every crevice of the palate while sturdy piney soaked citrus blankets the top with brillantly clean, yet oily bitterness waves. This has a lot of flavor that never stops with the hops bringing tangerine, dark grapefruit rinds, and thick resinous pine oils.Very hearty through and through.
Massive feel of fullness in this Simcoe Pale. Crunchy, thick, crisp, heavy, and bitter. Holy crap! It’ll make you sit down. Its a meal of oily citrus pine and bitterness.
The first few sips and gulps just glide right down with crushing drinkability. But once those Simcoe hops and its heavy body start to take hold, you’ll be lucky to get through your second helping without having to unbuckle your pants. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Draught at the brewpub. Quite frankly, this brew blew me away. This is not your average APA. In fact, somebody (perhaps Pigfoot) decided to toss aside it’s own stated "Pale Ale" style and log it as an American Strong. I don’t know about that. The nose is a Three Floyds Alpha King clone. Doesn’t taste as much like Alpha King, but just as that brew is named an APA but listed on this site as IPA, I would lean toward TH Simcoe as an IPA over an American Strong. Nevertheless, Pigfoot does an outstanding job of conjuring up the emotional essence of Simcoe. A very romantic assessment, anything short of which would be an understatement. This is not an ordinary brew. Not sure how many people showed up on Monday for the Simcoe Pale release, but I’m guessing fewer than the throngs who went two days later on a Wednesday night to the Blue Nile for the Surly Two release. Although both brews have quite a bit going for them, the Simcoe Pale in my opinion deserves the higher kudos and greater attention. Wonderfully full bodied aroma, well balanced, sweet, hop nectar in the nose. Slightly hazy light amber with excellent lace. Decently lasting off-white head. Resiny hop; peppery yet creamy and pleasant. One of the best APA’s I’ve ever had. I like to see that this brew is getting the props it deserves. Delicious. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Created, they say, for those Pint Club members who are addicted to Masala Mama IPA, although they certainly still have plenty of that, this ale was crafted with a mattress of Munich and Vienna malts for the hop bitterness to bounce off of...100% Simcoe variety. Two pints at the pub, and for this tasting, I crack a growler at home...
classic, hazed bronze appearance (this one was unfiltered to let the taste shine through), with an appealing cap of creamy, tapioca topping of foam. Quite nice.
Aroma begins with pine, a deep forest breath, inhaling almost down the bark...some grapefruity-type citric character creeps in afterward...ahhh, hops!!! That’s it, and that’s what you want, isn’t it, you drooling, salivating hopeless hophead....wait, was I talking to myself again?
Taste: oh, let’s do!
Big and emboldened as it crashes the palate, leaving bitterness in it’s wake, flooding fruit behind it...and met with each sip by bracing, but enticing bitterness...this is no one-hand affair, though, as the friendly malt back-up is delicious in it’s self and ably handles the hops. Tasty and a little toasty. A sturdy beverage, this, quite rewarding, and succulent.
Full body, gripping texture, lip-smacking taste, extremely pleasant mouthfeel...a delight by every reckoning.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Holy hops! Its all hops in this, and they are some bitter ones. Had side by side with a Massala, and the Simcoe had a much more pronounced hop bite on the pallate, not as balanced as the Mama, but thats fine by me. Certainly get your hop fix here, and the fact that it sticks on your pallate for hours after its gone is a big bonus. This and the Muskie Capital APA are the hoppiest Pale Ales I have ever encounterd. Big fan.
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 (on tap at the brewpub) Pours a hazy orange amber with a white head that left great lacing on the glass. Huge hop aroma that was very similar to Alpha King. There was a huge dose of grapefruit, some orange, and a light scent of pineapple too, just a great nose on this. Taste is a big blast of bitter hops, with grapefruit peel, but some malty sweetness shows up in the mid-palate. The finish is really good here, with a strong hop bitterness that gives way to a somewhat grainy taste as well. This is a very good beer, and will definitely give you your hop fix. beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2006
The description from the brewey states this beer is for people who are "addicted to Masala Mama" and now I am addicted to Simcoe Pale Ale. Another great offering from MTH. Nice bronze appearance with a creamy head. The Simcoe hops give this beer a grapefruit citrus flavor but it is well balanced with the Vienna and Munich malts. Nice complex mouthfeel leaves you wanting more. I will be back for more. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2008
[On-Tap] Pours orange-amber with a good creamy slightly off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is definitely similar to Alpha King (as ElGaucho said) with the grapefruit hops the easiest to recognize. Taste is really aggressive with the hops up front--a lot of bitter grapefruit. Then some malt towards the end. Good thick mouthfeel with a long citrusy finish. This beer is a must-try for hopheads out there. 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! arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Doesn’t get much better than this! Pours hazy amber with white head, and aroma is full of wonderful hops. Taste is chewy full of piny, resiny, citrusy hops with a bit of malt sweetness that flows into a huge lasting bitterness. Hope to see this again!