Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Corked 750ml. Had high expectations for this one and have to say that it was a let down. Appearance is great, dark copper and slightly hazy like most unfiltered beers with a thick foamy and lacing head. Aromatics are just all wrong for me. Soapy, stale and grassy hop notes overwhelm the tropical fruit character typically associated with Simcoe. Flavor is more bitter than the standard Simcoe and somewhat harsh. Doesn’t have the same layers of malt to lend a touch of sweetness and balance to the beer. Tastes as though some Belgian yeasts were used at some point. Oddly similar to the Houblon from La Chouffe in that it tastes a bit more like a Belgian IPA than a standard American Imperial IPA. Finish is soapy with a lingering aftertaste. Completely different flavor profile than the regular double Simcoe which I love. If you like hops mixed with a yeasty Belgian golden style this may be for you. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Foamed up quite a bit when poured down the center. Slow settling yellowish head atop hazy orange brown. And yes, there is some spent yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Nose is fresh orange, pink grapefruit, spruce and caramel. Creamy and coating like a hop latte with a splash of club soda. Becomes dry and resiny. Taste is bready grapefruit, orange, caramel, lemon zest and quinine. Mouth numbing goodness. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Pours an attractive, unfilitered murky bronze with a thick, dense bubbly manilla head. To my surprise, it has more of a subdued aroma - the pine and whiffs of Simcoe tropical fruit notes are there but also some layered earthiness. Resembles an aged Double Simcoe; barleywine-esque. Flavor starts with a strong toasty/caramel malty backbone followed by notes of old woodiness, pine, grapefruit, a twinge of tropical fruits and this time, an estery yeast note with a touch of raisin - I wonder if a Belgian yeast strain was used somewhere in the process. Ample bitterness but also plenty of sweetness in there too. The body is very full and lush with lively carbonation. Even though the hop character isn’t as bright in aroma and flavor as with the regular Double Simcoe, it’s enjoyable. Maybe it’s my taste buds but it was a totally different drinking experience for me. hopdog (13249) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
750ml corked and caged bottle. Poured a deeper and clloudy/murky amber color with a huge (and I mena huge - 5 finger) sized off white head. As I got towards the middle, the pours became more manageable. Aromas of citrus, pine, floral hops, and a little earthy. Tastes of lots of citrus, wihe some of the same floral hoppiness, pine, and also has a caramel balance. Lighter alcohol in the finish but overall I found it to be well hidden. Lacing left on the glass. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2009
The hoppy character hits a higher note with this one with a creamier more bubbly body than original DS. There is almost a streak of vanilla within this bitterness. I can sense the malts in the background which add a nice layer of sweetness. The aroma of pine and citrus is also more pronounced. I got a case as well: they were going fast!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle. I had it at the release but wanted to get a decent amount to be objective so I bought a case. Pours a clouded amber a huge frothy thick off white head. Flavor is just screaming hip hoppy goodness the citric piney quality hits front and back. Palate is crisp, medium body. Makes me glad the stars aligned for me to grab some of this up, I have no doubt this will disappear. Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle Pours a cloudy amber with a big off white head. The head lasts well and laces quite well also. Has a good hoppy aroma of spruce with a slight touch of sweet malts. Has a good carbonation and a wonderful mouthfeel. The flavor is good. A real nice bitterness. The alcohol is hidden well. Very well blended and balanced. Has an oily texture. A medium to full body. The finish is bold and hearty with a great lingering aftertaste. I liked the Double Simcoe but I love this. spacecowboyjoe (1) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2009 does not count
Bottle. Lots of sediment. Pours cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Tons of pine and citrus on the nose and the tongue without a heavy aftertaste. Very smooth. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle. Man this was good. Cloudy dark yellow with a white head. Aroma is nice and bright, citrus and pine hops. As much hops that are here it is not overdone. Taste is juicy and clean, doesn’t linger at all. Aroma and taste are quite pleasant. Creamy and hoppy. Overall very nice. jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle. The hops in the special edition stand out more with a more profound citrus and piney smell and taste. I’ve noticed that the regular version bottles can be a little stringent in the hop taste but this one is very smooth with a cleaner mouth feel, actually it is dangerously smooth.