Simcoe SamuRYE - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Slatetank:
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden
The color is dull copper with mild haze and thin head of tan with tight bead no lace or retention to speak of. The aroma is nicely hop oriented with strong grass and pine aroma as you might expect from a Simcoe ale with some fruity esters augmenting the hops.
The feel is good with med high body with moderately high carbonation and light bitterness up front with subtle sweetness and semi-dry feel throughout with good balance of malt and hops with almost no alcohol influence on the palate. There is a very low astringency in the feel.
The flavor is great with mild rye up front and light herbal hop taste verging on piney with slight toasted grain and a generic citrus tinge in the back with nice rye augmenting the simoce flavor. Overall I think the best thing about this beer is how drinkable it is. I was pleased with the malt and the rye is there but the simcoe is in perfect balance making this amber a good candidate for multiples.
09-28-2012 18:52:28 | More by Slatetank
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
Firkin - Simcoe wet hopped...
A - Two fingers worth of airy fluffy big bubbled khaki colored carbonation... The color was a deep yet vibrant and glowing garnet red... Fairly still with only a couple of stray carbonation bubbles... Some rings of lacing cling to the glass...
S - A modest yet effective punch of simcoe hops to start... A slightly spicy rye component emerges next... Grassy... Lots of bready malts...
T - The simcoe hops shine at the forefront and throughout - they're even and consistent... A deep malt base lies beneath the surface... The spicy rye component is rather muted but still slightly noticeable...
M -On the lighter side of medium bodied... Silky smooth... Slightly lush... Very light carbonation...
D - This one was gone before I knew it... Fantastic offering... Perhaps my favorite from Pizza Boy to date... I would (will) drink this one with regularity... If this was bottled, I would always have this one present... Wonderful hop flavor and balance from my favorite hop varietal in a striking 6% ABV package... A job very well done...
12-01-2012 00:25:09 | More by philbe311
4.01/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a reddish-copper color with golden edges. There was a thin layer of head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose had notes of both hops and rye spice. The body is quite “chewy.” The flavor profile was very well balanced and followed the nose to a T.
This offering paired well with my bacon cheeseburger hoagie.
04-30-2014 03:27:56 | More by 57md
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.
A - Pours clear amber orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of citric and grassy simcoe hops with some spicy rye helping to keep them in check. Some caramel and light fruitiness offers some additional flavors but this one is all about the simcoe and rye.
T - Starts off with a quick hit of spicy / chewy rye quickly being enveloped by the strong citric hop bite from the simcoe hops. Hints of fresh cut grass, caramel sweetness and dulled tropical fruit help round things out. Finish is chewy with plenty of lingering hop bitterness.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter, chewy feel from start to finish. Some light sweetness and booze creep in toward the end of the glass.
O - Even with all of the assertive flavors this one remains easy to drink. If you have a chance to try this one I suggest you do, it is one of Pizza Boys better beers to date.
10-13-2012 18:31:26 | More by orangesol
4.23/5 rDev +5.2%
Draft offering at Als. The brew appears a clear amber color with a yellowish tan frothy head that displays solid retention. A light swirl effortlessly revives the cap back to a finger's strength.
This brew has a citrus nose with an herbal element and toasty biscuit-like grain inclusion. Some dark fruit almost like current emerges as it warms up. It displays a nice balance of character between hops, grain an alcohol.
The taste has a solid rye presence that is mildly fruity before going to more of a flavor like toast or biscuits. A solid herbal hop feel lingers with a rindy bitter element. Nothing about this brew is out of place or dominates in character. It is well blended and enjoyable.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking with a nice balance of character. Of all the pizza boy brews, this one is the most well balanced of his ipas (in my opinion) really a treat to reink. The rye isnt hiding and the hops are bold enough to let you know whats up. No problems drinking a few of these. Very well done.
10-10-2012 15:10:25 | More by stakem
Simcoe SamuRYE from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.