beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2006
(07.01.06) One pint 6 oz brown bottle as gift from Tom D. Poured hazy golden yellow with giant white head. No discernable carbonation. Hop bouquet aroma. Full bodied ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness and intensely pine resin citrusy hop flavors. Finished with light hop bitterness. Massive malt to support intensely hoppy profile. Smooth and rich. An exquisite mouth-watering ale, one of the best (if not the best) Weyerbacher beer that I ever had. pythonmets (14) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Nice orange hue on the pour with thick white head. Malty spicy aroma. Wonderfully malt flavor with nice carmel intwined with pine-like hop intensity. Smooth balanced hoppy spice finish. Beautifully bitter. jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Pours copper golden-brown with thick off-white frothy head. Aroma is nicely balanced with caramel malts and piney hops. Flavor is back and forth between the piney/slightly citrusy hops and the sweetness of the malts. Both aspects are nice on the palate but fight each other for balance. Palate feel is fairly full bodied, very oily, and nicely bitter. Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2006
<!-- b -->Aug 06<!-- /b --> Bottle @Kookfest. Piney grapefruity hhops. Malty frain flavours become slightly too sweet. Intense bitterness is nice but doesnt manage to balance the beer and the lasting flavour was of sweet malts. ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Bottle. Beautiful copper haze with a fluffy white head. Lots of lacing. In your face piney hop smell with subtle sugary undertones. Nicely balanced flavor with a very crisp hop bite, perfectly bitter. Alcohol is definitely present, but not distracting. High quality DIPA!
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bomber shared with after4ever. Pours a bright copper with a fluffy white head. The nose and taste are citrus-dominated, with grapefruit, oranges, mango and pineapple all showing up at one point or another. Great DIPA! after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bomber, courtesy AbusedGoat--and thank you! This stuff is amazing. It’s absolutely designed to showcase the Simcoe, without a doubt. Simcoe dominates the nose, palate, and finish. It pours bright orange amber with a moussy, fluffy white head. The nose is pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, with a whiff of spice around the edge. The palate has malt backbone, but it has malt backbone in the same way a Ferrari has room for luggage. Functionally, it’s there, and it does its job, but it’s not very prominent. The hops swirl around the flavor at every stage. If you’ve tried anything with a prominent Simcoe note, you can probably picture what this tastes like, but if not, words aren’t going to help you much--you should just try it. You should try it, anyway. But this is as fine a showcase as that particular sticky icky hop could ask for. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 Bottle. Deep honey color with a big, thick off white head, good lacing. Aroma = Big hops, sweetness, piney, tart citrus, vanilla, really, really nice (reminds me of the stone 10th anniv. IIPA I rated the other day). Flavor is very nice too, not nearly as bitter as i expceted, very, very smooth though. Nice sweet hops, mellow bitterness, vanilla, resiny. Medium body, nice carbonation. Not as complex as some of the IIPAs I’ve had, but amazingly balanced and drinkable for the ABV. This is a great beer, drink it warmer than you normally would, the piney, sticky hops really come out. 1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Send this one out to San Diego to compete with the big boys! only for the Lupy crazed hop head, slightly cloudy copper with small bubble foamy head.perhaps most bitter-sweet example of the iipa I have had. The high ethanol level immediately brings the hop oils out of solution and on to your tounge. I find Simcoe to produce what I describe as a sandy palate, not in a negative way. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Bomber poured into a St. Sebastiaan tulip glass. Poured a clear medium orange with some visible carbonation and an explosive cap of creamy beige head. Love that Simcoe! Nose picked up large doses of juicy pears, sweet floral, grapefruit, pine resin, and spiked toffee... just lures you in! Pine resin and tubs of juicy goodness seep across the tongue hitting all the necessary taste buds. Grapefruit and caramed form a respectable base for the large level of pine, pear, and grapefruit bitterness above... alcohol gives the bitterness an extra sting as this approaches room temp (works well and was expected considering the ABV). Thicker, resiney feel on the palate... felt good. Excellent beer!