fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Pours a deep caramel brown leaving a thick creamy tan head that sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is spicy, sharp, simcoe hops, caramel, cooked butter, toffee, pine are in the front of the aroma. The taste is wonderful starts with a piney sharp bitter bite in the beginning but moves to slight fruity malty caramel balance but this brew is dominated by a huge wonderful hop feel on the palate that is bitter but makes this a refreshing ale. This is a great IIPA and for 4.99 a 22oz bottle I’ll be stocking up on this one! SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2009 Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. Pours a copper color with an off-white head. Strong yeasty aroma of rising bread dough. Flavor of honey and cantaloupe provides a rich strong sweetness that really works well for this beer due the fact that it has such a generous amount of hops. The strong sweet flavors mask the high level of alcohol. UPDATE 2009: I sort of now think that this one is definitely overrated and over priced. Too unbalanced in the hop department. Just excessively hopped. Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of hops & citrus. Flavor is overly hoppy, citrus, and carbonation. I don’t enjoy most IPA’s, but this wasn’t too bad. jordanartuso (26) - lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2006
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx tme for written review, will write later. IndianaRed (5121) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Bottle "Over the top" is right! Nice deep orange/amber with a huge sticky head that stayed in glops on the side of the glas as I drank it down. Intense sweet tangerine, grapefruity aroma. Hefty carmel rich malt body and lots of cirtusy bittering. Quite strong and very delicious. This beer is going to make me look for more Simcoe(R) IPAs.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Thanks Jordan for sharing this gem
I made a homebrew simcoe beer that turned out great so when I saw this I had to get it. Burnt orange, massive sticky head that lasts forever. Aroma is apricot, peach, pears. I could go for more aroma in an DIPA. Medium body, full flavor. Fruity, bitter, sweet. I get some grapefruit but no pine at all. Smooth finish. No alcohol burn. Very nice, goes down a bit too smooth. Braudog (6898) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle: Poured with a huge, impenetrable foamy head. Dark, dark orange, almost red. Dirty earthy hop aroma. This is my first exposure to the simcoe hops, as far as I know, and they are a unique twist ... the hop astringency is some strange cross of that citrus kiss you get in many American IPAs with the woody, earthy hoppiness that I’d equate more with European ales. I’m not sure I dig it that much. It is aggressively oily and finishes with a sting ... the alcohol content doesn’t serve to balance it in my opinion, it just tips the scales more to the unpleasantness. Svesse (8922) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2006
(Bottled, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Colour is amber, slightly hazy, with a foamy off-white head. Nose is fruity, violently but beautifully hoppy with citrus (pink grapefruit, blood oranges) and lots of pine needles. Taste is fruity, still very hoppy with grapefruity (both yellow and pink), pine needles and a long brilliantly hoppy finish (it followed me all the way home for 35 minutes on the tube). Medium to full body. It’s obviously a bit sweet, but the sweetness never takes over, it’s nicely balanced by the bitterness and the underlying body. Would I call this very complex? No, definitely not. It might be more balanced as well. But still, being a hop head, I simply can’t resist this. Lovely stuff! glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle compliments of Secret Santa! Slightly hazy amberwith huge head. Aroma is sligtly piney hops and sweet malts. Pine hops taste all the way through. Very tasty...but balanced. This is an IPA that can be enjoyed by both hop heads and "others" equally. It’s got great hop taste without being over the top. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 6, 2006
thanks to pineypower for this one.
Pours an opaque amber with a thick, dirty white head. The flavor is upfront dry hoppy with a clean finish. The alcohol is completely hidden and this is dangerously quaffable.