Simcoe Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
09-16-2011 09:58:05 | More by Thorpe429
4.51/5 rDev +5.9%
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
04-13-2014 19:46:01 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
10-23-2012 23:24:52 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +4%
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.
08-21-2011 20:25:18 | More by MasterSki
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
11-15-2012 14:40:36 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-28-2012 22:59:06 | More by jlindros
4.58/5 rDev +7.5%
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!
09-28-2012 16:08:55 | More by Rifugium
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
09-25-2011 23:38:43 | More by yourefragile
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
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?
09-24-2012 00:18:35 | More by Brad007
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-10-2012 01:52:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Simcoe Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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