bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a copper body with a long-lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pineapple. Flavor of breadiness and hops; nice balance. kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Orange-amber, frothy tan head. Fresh hop aroma. The flavor is all hops, they coated my entire mouth and lingered on my palate. I’ve become a big fan of simcoe lately. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle from Slob. Thanks, Bert! Pours a somewhat thin amber; really wanted more thickness in the body. Nice creamy head that slowly cascades into the beer, leaving a wavy lace network. Flavor is VERY tart and sour in the onset, then it slowly fades back along the palate. Nice pine/grapefruit notes linger. Mouthfeel is solid and allows the flavors to melt along the tongue. This is a great IIPA; another stellar effort from one of the best brewers around. DANG, I want them to ship to Texas! Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Don’t get me wrong, it’ a great IPA. But...
the strong alcy overtone is the first thing that hits you. It’s a grade A IPA, but the ABV kicks your arse!
Arayaga2 (2219) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2007 Cidery opaque appearance with a big tan head. Nice hoppy citrusy aroma (as expected). Flavor is less citrusy and more tea-like with a lingering bitterness. $5/22oz (nyc) Great in a bottle, but nearly perfect on draft.
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled. Strange hazy colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is flowery hoppy and caramellish. Smooth. Flavour is caramel, "IPA", fruitish and very positively hopped. Smooth and easy to drink. Refreshing. Also some nutty hints after it gets warmer. Hides the 9% very well. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
RBSG 2006 - DC Grand Tasting Lineup
Amber, nice head and light lacing. Nose of sticky oily hops, sweet and floral. The flavor is sweet, rich body and a nice creamy mouthfeel. The finish is tasty, a nice balanced and grapefruit rich mouthfeel. Nice. TBone (18209) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2006
Hazy amber color, small white head. Sugary, bready, mead-like sweet nose, which is full of Simcoe aromas. Soft, sweetish mouthfeel, loads of hops. Bready, bitter aftertaste. Tasty, but not very complex for my liking. radiomgb (2838) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Orange-amber in colour with a long lasting white coloured head, great lacing. The aroma is extremely hoppy (citrus, pine), herbal, grassy, lightly sweet. The flavour is rich and chewey, intense hop bite (orange, pine), moderately sweet, small amounts of caramel malts. Very bitter mouthfeel, medium/large body, high carbonation. Finishes very long with a hoppy bitterness, dry. This is quite bitter which is fine but it seems to be lacking in balance to me.
DomErie (11) - McKean, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2006
650ml bottle obtained in a trade with OldGrowth, thanks Tom. No Best Before date.
A very smooth, highly drinkable IIPA with all the attributes of the style. I will buy this again.