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Simcoe Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 195
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 26
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

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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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 195
Photo of Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.59/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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?

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Photo of jaasen64
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.


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Photo of koopa
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Simcoe Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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