Simcoe Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 194
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 26
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kingcrowing on 08-11-2011

An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with one of our favorite hop varieties: Simcoe!
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Photo of Guess2814
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is there best Pale Ale besides the Abner.. This beer is about 5.5% alcohol and the hops are intense.. It has a very light yellow look to it.. Smooth as heck this beer.. One of the best pale ale's i've had... Every beer I had from Hill Farmstead has been on point.. I put this among there best beers..CHEERS to this beer... (335 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury.

A: Hazy pale amber body, 1-finger white head. Good retention, nice lace. Solid.

S: Bright, fruity hoppiness. Huge grapefruit, tropical notes, and pine resin. Amazing.

T: Pure hops, nothing else. Huge fruitiness up front, strong bitterness on teh finish. Cleanly bitter, almost chalky finish. Great.

M: Soft, creamy, delicate. Wow.

O: Incredibly good pale ale. I enjoyed it far more than Edward.

Cheers! (450 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA
Also got a mini growler to go.

Sampled on tap, but later poured from my growler into a Zero Gravity jumbo pils glass. Effervescent! Cloudy golden-yellow color, aggressive poured to obtain a full 4-finger, white, foamy head; this receded to a thin bubbly cap but otherwise retained through the session leaving sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma...it just doesn't get any better than this. On of the best-smelling beers evar, I believe, LOVE Simcoe hops, and mighty fresh too. Tons of lemon and grapefruit on the nose, grassy and sweet. This followed through to the taste, a blast of hop bitterness up front, followed by a crisp zesty flood of lemon and grapefruit; pale malts bringing up the rear for a mild toastiness in the background. HF, you've done it again. This really treads the sharp border between a APA and an IPA, but you don't hear me complaining either way. Crisp vivacious mouthfeel, light-medium body, and wonderfully drinkable. Cheers! (998 characters)

Photo of mountsnow1010
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap today at HF; now drinking from a growler.

Delicious both times. I actually enjoyed this far more than the Galaxy, although I don't feel comfortable reviewing that as I think my tastebuds were burnt out by the time I got to it.

Anyways - here is my Simcoe review.

I'm not sure why, but I must really like beer that tastes like piss.
Cat piss, that is.

A - Hazy yellow with a thick white head that disappears somewhat fast. A bit of lacing.
S - Delicious citrusy happy hoppy smell. Very catty. A bit of marshmallow-y vanilla-like sweetness. Just a touch of graininess to the smell.
T - Somewhat grainy again - followed by a citrus sour punch.
MF - Fine carbonation. Dranks re-aul naice aynd smoooothlike.
DB - Too drinkable for me. As in, way too drinkable for the fact that its a 1.5 hour drive to HF for me. On the other hand, I should be thankful I'm so close.

This beer is beautiful in it's simplicity. This is an exquisitely crafted beer with bold, well-defined flavors.

YUMMY YUMMY CAT PEE!! (1,016 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a small white head, nose is fruity, pine and well, classic simcoe.

Taste is awesome its super fresh and fruity, mango and grapefruit all over the place. Mothfeel is smooth and creamy (264 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill of Simcoe Pale Ale during the Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest. Served 3 days later.

The beer pours a hazy light amber with a small creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves down to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with hops. Grass and pine dominate, but notes of lemon and grapefruit are also present. The aroma lasts quite a while and doesn't dissipate like other hoppy beers.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is loaded with hops. It begins with lemon and grapefruit citrus. Some light tropical fruit appear in the middle and it finishes dry and moderately bitter with pine and grass notes. Hidden in the background is some bready malt that does a good job of holding this beer together. Once gone the lemon and pine flavor lingers on the palate.

This is beer loaded with hoppy flavor. Not a lot of bitterness or sweetness. A hop lovers delight. (987 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a stemmed glass. This was filled 3 days ago at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light apricot color. Very light color for a pale ale. Light/pale gold. Leaves a finger of white, fluffy head that fades to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Tangerine, lemon rinds, nice citrusy hops, floral scents, a hint of resin.

Taste: Nice citrus hops, earthy tones, a bit of lemon zest, grapefruit: very smooth taste. The simcoe hops really shine in this one.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light to medium, creamy body. The finish is remarkably smooth. Very crisp and refreshing.

Overall: This is a very crisp, tasty, refreshing pale ale. Very well crafted and delicious. So very easy drinking. (724 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Pro Pig in Waterbury!

A: Gorgeous, hazy, lemon yellow with a fine head, retention, and lace.

S: Earthy, spicy, floral...Simcoe!

T: Has that HF signature deliciousness. Just incredible. Everything a PA should be plus the unique character of Simcoe hops. I was never sure if I was a fan of this hop bc there aren't many beers that highlight it but as usual HF knocks it out of the park.

M: The smoothest, most flavorful, most consistent PA I've had in a long while. Wow.

O: Very different from Zero Gravity's Sim City that I had earlier in the day but that was an IPA and this is a PA. Each time I drink a HF I'm reminded of why the hype is real. The gaps between each HF beer are so long that I forget that it's the best stuff in the country. (756 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: If a pale ale should be pale, this defines the color, pouring a hazy goldenstraw color capped by three inches of foam; excellent retention and a few strands of lace pattern the glass on the way down

Smell: Floral tropical fruit (papaya, pineapple and kiwi) tones merge with sugary white grapefruit tones

Taste: Floral tropical fruit flavors launch from the outset, with the sugary grapefruit (along with a touch of pithy rind) building in the middle; fruity, after the swallow, with just a hint of bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation; almost etherial

Overall: A great example of a west coast influenced APA that really showcases the Simcoe hops

Thanks, Denzo, for the opportunity (735 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Growler shared by yourefragile, thanks! Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Another winner from the winningest brewery on the planet.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze to it. Nice white head, some lacing, nice carbonation.

Aroma is super hoppy, very forward, not a hint of malt anywhere...anywhere.

Beer is light and fruity with a great finish. I love love love this beer. I'm glad I got to try it and would definitely have this again. (463 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

tasting glass at Hill Farmstead.

A~ beautiful glowing neon yellow, big fluffy head and some lacing.

S~ citrus up front, tons of grapefruit. then of course the earthy dank bitterness of the big bad simcoe hops.

T~ just about follows the nose to a T. more dank grass here and the grapefruit is more of a zest or peel kind of thing.

M~ extremely smooth, refreshing, and of course perfect carbonation.

O~ pretty much a perfect 4.5 in my opinion. honestly one of my favorite single hop pales from HF, which i wasn't expecting since i'm not too into simcoe or maybe this broke my cherry haha. of course its worth a try, go grab a growler! (637 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler thanks to Chris (spycow). Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving some spotty lace. Hazy peach body.

S - Tropical fruits, some citrus, sugary malts, a bit of herbal character, and thankfully no cat pee, something I occasionally get from Simcoe beer.

T - Taste has big tropical fruits, a bit of grapefruit, sugar cookie malts, and moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, juicy and resinous. Quite refreshing.

D - It's a well-executed Simcoe beer. If this is your hop of choice, you'll love this brew. Tons of flavor for what I'm guessing is a fairly low-ABV beer. Could drink a ton of this. (695 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this one yesterday at the Saison event which proved to be another great time. I really appreciate the effort that Mr. Hill and the entire HF crew put forth to host such consistently nice gatherings.

Appearance: Pours a dull and cloudy pale apricot tinged orange with a 1 finger white crown that displays some retention and lace.

Smell: Really nice medley of pine, grapefruit, and a light bready malt sweetness.

Taste: Same as nose..including the rounding up part.

Mouthfeel: Heavy side of light bodied with perfect carbonation. Really well done.

Overall: A totally enjoyable and sessionable APA that professionally showcases the simcoe hop. Great stuff! (682 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow aka Chris for sharing this growler.

A - Hazy orange/yellow colored beer with a bit of a white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Nice tropical fruit, some herbal bitterness, little pine and resin. Great smelling.

T - Big tropical fruit, little pine, grapefruit. Has a nice sweet malt backbone going on there. Nicely bitter to close out.

M - Lighter bodied with good carbonation and a bitter finish that is quite quenching.

O - Great beer, and like Alex said, no cat piss smell or taste with the Simcoe wich can be a problem with this hop sometimes. Really good and refreshing beer, would love to drink this regularly. (648 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to aapp for sending out a 750mL growler of this, and as well to imagineiii for sending one for us to share down here. Served in a tulip.

Pours a nice golden color with a several-finger white head. A bit of lacing on the way down and a collar throughout. The nose carries some nice light pine resin as well as some floral and citrus notes. Flavor dials up the pine quite a bit, taking it to the next level. Bitterness and pine work incredibly well together. Smooth bitterness in the finish, though not quite as smooth as with the Amarillo version, as the bitterness is a bit more heavy-handed, though no complaints about that. Another big hit in the single-hop series. I'm glad someone is finally doing these things right. (733 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hope I'm not wrong but I'm going to assume that this is the Simcoe Single Hop that is currently on tap. If I'm wrong, feel free to correct me.

Pours a cloudy amber blonde with a very thin head into my glass. I'm guessing that it's unfiltered.

The namesake says it all: A mellow dose of Simcoe hops greet the nose. The malt background smells soft and buttery.

Wow. Like drinking straight-up hop juice. A blast of Simcoe hops that just keeps on giving, followed by citrus.

The mouth is dominated by bitterness here with citrus zest. Again, "airy" and warming.

Highly recommended. Get it while it lasts on tap? (615 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to baconsausage for this

pour is a dirty golden yellow and orange. fluffy white head with lacing running down the sides. great retention.

light pine with a balanced dose of citrus

a great combo of pine and citrus blending with a bread like malty backbone. the finish really brings out the pine as it lingers in the mouth.

nice moderate to mild carbonation. body is light and easy without feeling thin.

a delicious pale ale with a near perfect representation of simcoe (483 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, light, golden straw color with a half inch off-white, frothy, soft head. Some lacing lingers on the edge of the glass. Can really smell and taste the simcoe hops. Earthy, piney, slight citrus and apricot flavors can be detected throughout. A hint of the malts linger in the background. The mouthfeel is just spectacular. Smooth, not overly bitter. A perfect balance between light and medium body. A great example of the style by simply utilizing a single hop variety. (481 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL growler, thanks Conor! Shared watching football in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a dark, dull golden bronze color with a wispy finger of white head and a thin collar throughout and light lacing. Aroma is straight Simcoe, with strong fresh pine notes and light citrus hops. Flavor is dominated by pine hops, minimal bitterness and a stronger than expected malt body. Not much citrus presence or bitterness in the finish. Body is a little lighter than expected from this series and lacking smoothness in the finish. Simcoe is a little heavy throughout, but still a very enjoyable APA. (595 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler, thanks to Chris.

A - Pours a mirky orange color, white head, bubbles here and there on top, and some spotty lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, hops, grapefruit, pine. Exactly as-described and just as enjoyable as I was expecting.

T - Grapefruit, citrus, sweet tropical notes, some dank pine. So easy to drink and the fruity sweetness and excellent hop profile makes this one disappear from my glass quickly.

M - Light, good carbonation, oily bitter finish.

O - If you enjoy Simcoe hops, you'll enjoy this beer. Shaun continues to kill it when it comes to all things hoppy. Would love to have a full growler to myself...I'm greedy. Must.Have.Again. (654 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Hill Farmstead yesterday. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful hazy golden hue with a wonderful two finger white head that fades to leave thick side lacing and a nice rich white blanket.

S - Very nice orange notes, light biscuity malts, light mango. Not bitter smelling, very nice clean. Getting super faint peach.

T - Nice light biscuits here with lots of hops. Delicious, delicious simcoe! Light grassy flavours with good citrus (orange), light mango as well as light peach. Simple and well executed.

M - Mouthfeel is top notch. Super refreshing and drinkable.

O - Overall a delicious APA. Simple, clean, well executed. Well worth the buy as it showcases simcoe hops excellently. (724 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler, courtesy of Anthony- thanks again bud! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 4/15/2014. After spending hours today filling out tons of paperwork for my new job, I felt like doming a big bottle of hops, and this one is the only pale ale I have in the fridge, so bottoms up!

A- Hazy, light straw body with a lovely effervescent 2 finger white head with great retention. When it does fall into the beer, leaving a thin film continuously fed by the carbonation from within, it leaves lots of sticky lacing and residue all along the glass. This is lighter yellow in body compared to all of Shaun's other pale ales which tend to include some orange/copper. But the cloudiness is on spot.

S- Freshly squeezed grapefruit. Citrus rind. Pineapple. Wet floral notes, presumably from the hop resins. Hints of caramel and biscuit indicate a small malt backbone. This is certainly a pale ale that is dominated by hops, and it smells fantastic.

F- Citrus rind is dominant, floral resin, non-descript tropical fruit, with hints of toffee and caramel barely balancing out a surprisingly bitter grapefruit finish. Very delicious beer that seems to be a bit of a departure from the other Hill Farmstead single hop pale ales where the malt backbone seemed to step forward more.

M- Medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated, creamy effervescent mouthfeel. In other words, this is par for the course with Shaun's pale ales. Finish is a dry but clean grapefruit bitterness that sticks around.

O- I'm a fan of Simcoe hops and in my opinion, this beer delivers as straight up Simcoe as any others I've had, bursting at the seams. This is a very good pale ale, though obviously I prefer Edward's complexity to this one. (1,720 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Jacks Abby pint

A Hazy straw yellow in color with a generous bubbly white head. doesn't look like much carbonation in the beer and sticky lacing is left after the head goes down to a fat ring of foam.

S My nose is a little stuffy so take that for what it is. citrusy hops and a little malt.

T Lemony citrus with some grapefruit and a piney bite. Some malt body showing up too. Finish is bitter and lingers a bit.

M Very little carbonation, almost flat, doesnt happen often with the swing top growlers. Medium feel on the tongue and finishes slightly sticky.

O tasty pale ale. I'm glad I could pick this up this past weekend. (643 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler from Harvest Fest
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours hazy almost bright yellow gold color. I get a full finger of head still coming up. Leaves some lacing sheeting as you drink.

S: Lots of fruity grapefruit. Juicy hops for sure. Some pine. Some orange rind. Very low malt bill here, nice overly hoped pale ale.

T: Nice mild bitterness up front. Bitter grapefruit, pine, etc. These flavors continue to develop in the middle of the mouth. Minimal malt bill here. Maybe just two row and a touch of caramel malt. It's not "balanced" and I lot that about it. Dry bitter finish that sticks with you.

M: Lighter medium bodied. Bitterness lingers. (657 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass. This beer has that same great hazy melon-orange color with a generous head one can expect from Hill Farmstead pale ales.

The aroma is full of piney, punchy hop flavor. It is also slightly dank.

The taste has a mild malt flavor that gives a hint of breadiness. This is quickly overrun with grapefruit rind and pine in the finish.

This is light, with a smooth velvety mouthfeel. Another top notch pale ale from these guys. (451 characters)

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