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Simcoe Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 15
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-23-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 15
Photo of Deconstructionis
2.95/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was in the north country visiting a friend and saw how highly praised this one was. I'm guessing THB has good friends. That's not to day this isn't a decent beer, but it's not anything special by a longshot.

It's a typical amber shade, slightly cloudy with a short frothy head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is spicy with some citrus and a something that resembles air freshener.It tastes better than it smells, dominated by bittering hops and citrus notes. The finish is raw and woody and the least appealing aspect of the taste. The body is medium and it's heavily carbonated. For a session type beer it's not very drinkable mostly because the aftertaste lingers and overhwhelms after a couple. It might well be better with food but very average at best.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep, dark orange-honey color. The white head falls quickly. Very fragrant hops, bits of pine and lemon coming in with it.

The taste is pretty bitter, a strong hops bite right off the bat. It starts out fairly fruity with lemon, orange and grapefruit but moves into more of a grassy hops flavor with pine taking a more prominent role in the flavor. Alongside of this, a constant backbone of caramel and vanilla brings it all together. Very smooth, crisp and refreshing. I could see some people finding it too bitter, but I think it's remarkable. Sure, it's bitter upfront, but it's brought into this balance of joyous deliciousness.

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Photo of Monkeypaws
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this just before noon, when beer tastes best. Great rich amber color, nice head od thick foam, which persisted well into the glass. Overall blast of hops is impressive from start to finish - there is less malt to round it out than with Town Hall's superb Masala Mama, but the hops are more prominently featured, and the long after bite of hops is impressve. I like this hyper-hopped variety better than the Fresh hop 2007, which was amazing, but almost, dare I say, too hoppy and unbalanced to drink more than a pint of. This beer would be worthy of a growler for further study.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark orange clear pour, with a great white head that sticks and sticks and sticks.
Aroma is perfect, a little sweet, but pine and citrus come through so well out of the hops.
Taste is almost as good as the aroma, nice sweet malt to it, but quickly taken over by the wonderful hops, more pine and citrus, but almost candy like.
great creamy, smooth mouthfeel, I love the Masala Mama, but this is a much better beer, all around.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this at the brewery, but I had it w/ a meal so I grabbed a growler so I could review it with some scrutiny.

Very clean appearing orange brew w/ copper undertones. Lively carbonation from the growler w/ a crisp opening. I'd give it a higher score, but it just doesn't give off that "glow" that invites the drinker. The aroma is phenomenal w/ neverending hops. Grapefruity citrus aromas assault the nose initially, followed by more mild vitamin C laden fruits such as tangerines and oranges. There is a hint of malts in there as well, something some overly hopped pale ales lack. The flavor of this beer is one of the best I've experienced. Strong hoppy bite initially w/ more of the citrus as described above. Finishes w/ strong piney flavors. A nice clean bitter bite and finish. The mouthfeel is quite clean and crisp. Not overly heavy which makes it that much easier to have another.

Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had. The simcoe hops are in the spotlight, but the supporting cast of the clean brewing water and balanced malts make this an incredible beer. Town Hall should brew this as much as possible. If it weren't for the hop shortage, I'd be trying to recreate this beer right now in my basement.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, poured a faded copper, very nice off-white head that settles into a nice coating, leaving rings of lacing every sip of the way down. The aroma is purely, uncompromising Simcoe hops. Lovely citrus fruits and hop oils, slight pine, a bouquet of floral beauty, damn fine. The taste is the same, deceptively simple, it shows of this hop with startling clarity and precision, letting the ingredient to the talking. Full of flavor, grapefruits and peaches and more, slick hop oils and herbal hints, just astounding. The mouth has the right body, right carbonation, everything about this beer seems right. An excellent brew.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extreme hop aroma comes off the top of this one: fresh, clean, and spicy. The burnt orange brew left a thick lace on the class all the one down. The front end of the taste has a bite, but less than the smell might promise. A bit more sweet than bitter, but still a very light ale for a mouthfeel, making it very easy to drink--very easy. Description says 5 hop additions, which explains the complex hop taste, and 3 lbs of hops per barrel, which explains the aroma. Fine brew. Well worth the trip down to TH to get it tonight.

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Photo of beckje01
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber with 1/2 an inch of head that is very thick, no activity.

S- Very hoppy smell.

T- Very nice balence with complex malts and it ends with a nice hop kick.

M- Smooth very nice and no activity, its just thick enough.

D- goes back easy very good out of the cask. I sampled the tap version as well and found it to be slightly off balence for the style but the cask hits it right on the head.

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Photo of dfried
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers ever. It has a deep color for a pale ale, orange/amber color, with a decent frothy head that slowly bubbles away to a thin film. The aroma is of a good pale backbone and a lot of grapfruity citrus hops. Tha taste is very similar, but more earthy/grassy flavors come out as it goes down. With a little bit heavier/maltier malt than some PAs, it balances well with the good amount of hops in the beer. Very smooth and easy going down. I can't get enough. I like really citrusy hoppy beers, and this one is very well put together with that flavor there but toned back and malty, which makes it incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best APA /IPA I've had from TH, but I am partial to Simcoe...blows away Mama imho but it may be a hop preference thing with me...

Great aroma of "freshly squeezed" tangerines/mandarin oranges and "freshly cut"pinneapples..also a mild herbal "canibus" element.

Taste is straight out of the west coast PA handbook...big on the hops...fresh and juicy..a lot of tangerines and manadarin oranges...but the malt side is also there and complements nicely..and the malt lends more of a british biscuity flavor to things...finishes high and hard with a big piney hop bite...

Great tasting APA I would buy by the case if it was bottled. Great, great beer..pushes into IPA territory in my opinion but nothing wrong with that...some might find it a little one-sided but personally I think the malt adds just enough to keep this about right...

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Photo of edbeered
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Everyone knows that lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place. After all, the Masala Mama is one of the best beers anywhere. How can this stack up to that? Well, I stand corrected. Lightning has struck again! This is an amazing beer.

This pours a cloudy orange amber color, with a thick uneven whitish head and a ton of lacing on the glass. It smells of pine and resin. Upon tasting, the tongue is immediately immersed in a warming sustained hop bitterness that goes on and on. One can detect pine as well as a lemony citrus flavor, along with a juicy oily resin taste as well. There is some bready maltiness to smooth out and balance this beer, but the flavor is mostly hops. I'm unfamiliar with the Simcoe variety of hop, but it sure can be used to make a fine beer. This one's a keeper!

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Photo of hanco005
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of pints of this at the release, paired with the Buffalo Chicken sandwich and it was excellent. Didn’t review it at that time as we were rushed to get to the Gopher basketball game, but was able to sneak in for a pint this weekend.

A—orange amber, with 1 inch thick off white head that settled slightly as I drank it, thin lacing down the side as well

S—man, its strong, pepper comes to mind first, followed by grapefruit and pine, a slight sweet smell, but overpowered by the strong bitterness

T—extremely bitter and strong (not in a bad way), sour grapefruit, pine, pepper, flavor is everywhere and stays for a long, long time in the after taste.

M—medium bodied, very dry, carbonated nicely

D—very good. This is the most bitter beer I’ve tried and it is wonderful. Wish I could have had more. Note: as mentioned above, this really does go great with the Buffalo Chicken sandwich at MTH. Take home a growler and try it with other spicy food.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tarnished copper. Some fiery streaking in the body. Medium sized, somewhat rocky white head. Great retention and the lacing comes in sheets.

The aroma is absolutely perfect. Oily and pungent and brightly citric and resiny and flowery and... WOW!! Ever stick your face in a big pile of West Coast Hops and inhale?

The flavor nears perfection for the style as well. Hops offer pure bliss for the hop lover. Lemony and oily. Pink grapefruit pulp. Rind like properties. Tangerine. Mary Jane. Intense to say the least. The malts give a sturdy enough foundation. Some orange marmalade characteristics surface every now and then. But the malts are mostly toffeeish and biscuity in nature. Bitterness is fairly clean. And long lasting in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very agreeable. Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. And this stuff is downable by the gallon.

Can you tell Simcoe is one of my favorite hops??

And when put in the hands of a master craftsman....one who puts out some of the best Pale Ales, IPAs and Bitters in the country, the end product is truly a work of art.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Simcoe Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.