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Simcoe Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Simcoe Pale Ale
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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 21
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 08-11-2011)
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2/5  rDev -53.1%

trob1971, Nov 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very bright in color. A fingers worth of head. Light lacing persists. Sweet citrus on the nose. Slight sweetness up front followed by a hop bite, but it's not aggressive. Rather dry and bitter finish.

I honestly find this beer quite boring. Could probably drink it all day but there is no point. I was done with it after my 8oz pour. Nothing was striking or profound that I needed more. Essentially you've had this same type of beer 100 other times so there is really no reason to reach and get this. Hands down my least favorite HF offering.

TheDudeRules, Nov 27, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CraftFan5, Mar 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jason.

Cloudy amber body topped by a clinging head. Nose of cooked grain, strangely wort-like. The hop aroma really hones in on the spicy, piney aspect of simcoe, with a touch of floral and citrus character beneath. While it smells OK, it's lacking the depth of a beer like Row 2/Hill 56. The palate is heavy on resinous, bitter hop flavors and cooked, caramelized grain. Slightly spicy and floral, quite bitter in the finish. Pretty good stuff, but nothing special.

largadeer, Oct 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time at the brewery! :D

Not a big fan of Simcoe hops so not expecting to love this. Beautiful pour as usual, decadent hoppy aroma. Super fresh, smells great!

Taste is a different story. Distinctively Simcoe tones to kick things off. Hoppy, bitter, not juicy or citrusy. I'm not a huge fan of most beers from this style either, and Simcoe hops don't help in this regard. I'm sure many will love it, but this isn't for me.

brystmar, Nov 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

smccann, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Urbancaver, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

callmescraps, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

tom10101, Jun 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

xenjoiii, Mar 21, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by spycow. Thanks!

A - Light orange, little haze, pillow of white foam sits on top.

S - Tons of mango, weed and resin.

T - Great tropical hop flavors shine through. A little sweet bready malt, but a very sharp bitterness on the finish. Seems slightly out of balance.

M - Light bodied. Resinous and an overly dry finish.

O - Fantastic nose and great hop flavor. If the IBUs were dialed back just a few, I'd find this to be a near-perfect APA for my palate. Still, Shaun knows how to use those hops.

ChrisPro, Aug 29, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured From a 750ml from last weekends trip to the brewery

A: Pours Golden orange honey hazy and completely opaque with about a 2cm head

S: It smells of oranges and other fruit a very "fruity" aroma smells like the hops

T: The taste is very hop forward with a full blast of hops but there are notes of citrus and orange that follow the smell. However it fairly quickly turns to bitter from the hops but it is not overwhelming and fades nicely to the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is oily and syrupy it goes down smooth and is pretty drinkable

O: Overall I really liked this IPA it is interesting to the single hop versions every once in awhile. May not live up to the other hill farmstead IPAs but much better then your average IPA. If you are an IPA person definitely worth a try but won't blow your mind. For some reason I feel like I liked it better on tap when I sampled at the brewery but who knows.

Pinknuggets, Oct 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

jtladner, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

SPRichard, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

JasonSiedman, Oct 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Peter1977, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

montrealbcr89, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Mjdoyon, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

pisano, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

JebediahScooter, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

nh2032, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

polishkaz, Sep 23, 2012
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Simcoe Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.