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 TheDudeRules
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another 750ml growler provided by cbutova.

Another pour full of haze, a pale kinda rusty-orange. Big ol white head retains pretty well as a full cap leaving some lace.

Scent of orange juice, biscuit, and grassy hops.

Taste is solid as well, a bit weak at first comes out more after some time. Big citrus, lots of biscuit and bready malts, pale malts, peach, grassy and earthy hops. On the simple side but pretty great.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation, easy drinking. No complaints.

I'm a sucker for the deadly citrus/peach/biscuit combo, this seems like a light stripped-down version of that kind of beer. Not exactly mind-blowing but wouldn't be difficult to drink this all day. (690 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler filled at the brewery yesterday. Poured into my HF stemmed glassware.

A- Pours a very hazy yellowish golden with about a finger's worth of white frothy head that has decent retention but fades to a thin layer living very nice layered lacing. Nice carbonation, about average for a pale ale.

S- Nice citrus hops of lemon zest, lemon peel, some grapefruit, smells fairly juicy with some grass notes mixed and pale malts. One of the better noses in my opinion that I've had on a pale ale, but a little bit too zesty/peel like for my senses. Definitely a little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Citrus, zesty lemon, a little bit of bitter grapefruit, hops, some light grassy tones., finishes lightly bitter with a pale malty taste mixed with lemon peel. The taste was very good, however I wasn't a huge fan of the aftertaste and it was a little bit too zesty for me. Reminded me a little bit of Life w/o Principle.

M- On the lighter side, nice carbonation, easily drinkable, refreshing.

O- This was a nice pale ale however there were some characteristics that I thought threw it off slightly to my preferences. It had a little bit too much zest to it that gave it a nice citrus characteristics, but a little bit too much of a peel quality. The other HF beer that I'd say is closest to this (although still fairly different) is Life w/o Principle. I could easily drink this again, however I could see how some people might not care for it. (1,458 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler shared with good friends after an amazing weekend in VT. Reviewed from notes.

A- Murky and unfiltered pour into a pint glass with a lot of yeast haze in the golden orange body. Bubbly white head forms with a frothy texture. Cap is a finger in size and retains decently. Nice lace patches.

S- Peach is big from the hops with some citrus around too. I find the peach juice hint is unmatched from mostly any other beer. Very nice mango and peach feel. Not over the top hoppy but the base yeast and malts are fairly clean.

T- Cracked grain notes and slight yeast bread make a background for the hops here. Simcoe adds peach, zesty and citrus hints but not as juicy as the nose. The grain seems to integrate more here. A great biscuit, grain and bread presence opens up with time and warmth.

MF- Lighter end pale ale body supported by a nice creamy feel and crisp moderate carbonation. Clean bitterness in the finish.

Simcoe shines with a base beer that allows it to. Peachy for the most part with a pale ale feel when all is said and done. The aroma is outstanding. (1,080 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is like all their hop growlers, hazed pale yellow and a tight white head. Nose is quite strong, soft citrus notes up front turning into an earthy and very herbal tea with notes of grassy hops. Taste is more earthy up front, herbal tea notes and hints of grass. Finish is citrus with a touch of mango and moderate bitterness. Light body, well carbonated, and semi dry. Very soft feel, very nicely done. (406 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Completely cloudy deep yellow colour. A small layer of bright white head formed with decent retention.

S - Fresh citrus and lighter tropical fruit aromas up front. Grapefruit, tangerine, peach and mango. Some honey/caramel sweetness from the malts in the background.

T - A good bitterness up front with fresh grapefruit and tangerine flavours coming to the forefront. Some pine and lemon flavours are also present.

M - Medium body; creamy. Light carbonation. Typical dry HF mouthfeel. (524 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Share with rudzud and many other great friends.

Pours a big fluffy 1+ finger head that fades with lots of sticky lacing all over the glass, hazy grapefruit color.

Nose has tropical fruit, resinous hop oils, grapefruit, a decent amount of passion fruit, light citrus, rind, mango, fluffy malt, light papaya, and a bit musty.

Taste has fresh hops, tropical fruit, mango, papaya, resin, lots of passion fruit, some grapefruit, little rind, juicy, fluffy malts, little sweetness that turns to dryness, great hop flavors, light hop oil resinous and fairly bitter. Finish is dry and bitter resinous, passion fruit, grapefruit, tropical fruit etc.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice but not great, showcases simcoe pretty well but not an amazing beer overall compared to most Hill Farmstead IPAs. (807 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy. Thanks. Poured into a tulip. This pours a hazy dark gold with a pillow of white head.

The aroma has a sweet citrus backbone with some grassy hops and a touch of sweet malt. Nice dry bitter hop profile on the pallet. Grassy hops with just a touch of citrus sweetness in the background.

The body is medium and somewhat sticky. Good carbonation. Overall this one is great. A nice showcase of simcoe. (416 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy light golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-orange, citrus, earthy, biscuit, pine

T-light malt, citrus, mango, orange, earthy pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-nice single hop pale ale, Simcoe not at the top of my list but well-crafted beer for sure (337 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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Simcoe Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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