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Simcoe Sensation - Odd Side Ales

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BA SCORE
85
very good

174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-06-2013

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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 24
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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint glass a dull golden with a thinner white head that lasts for awhile leaving a thin ring of lace behind.Aromas of pine and grapefruit with not much sweetness detected,a lighter crips malt base.One of the better flavor profiles of the style I have had to date,leafy and piney with more citric notes giving off a nice hop profile,lightly toasted grain with minimal sweetness rounds out the palate.Iam not a huge fan of the style,I guess I like getting hammered over the head with hops and bigger sweet malt bases but I do think this is a good representation of the style.

Photo of tectactoe
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for tossing me a bottle of this stuff. It pours bright, golden-yellow color that definitely lets light pass through, but it's hazy enough to obscure anything on the other side of the glass. The white, foamy cap is big-bubbled and settles rather quickly into a half-assed skin that sits lazily on top of the brew. Only a little bit of lacing is left behind.

Simcoe Sensation delivers everything the name promises - a whole lot of Simcoe hops, straight to the dome. Intense pine needles and florals, with an underlying woodsy and earthy spice. Secondary are the citrus aromas; very mild grapefruit and maybe even a touch of apricot. Lightly sweet from the pale malts, although maybe I'm confusing that a bit with the fruity aspect of the Simcoe hops. Smells like it's gonna be bitter.

Whew! The first sip really has me taken back - this brew is quite powerful for being only 4.5% ABV. Like a straight-up mouth full of Simcoe hops - heavy, heavy pine needles, resin, white pepper, spicy and earthy beyond belief with a staunch bitterness that traverses the entire profile. It tastes like a Christmas tree covered in floral perfume.

The hops certainly kick my ass in this one, as the palate shows almost no mention of malts at all. Maybe in the very end, the most masterful palates could pick up some light biscuit or bready notes, but they're most certainly dominated by the onslaught of Simcoe. The mouth feel is pretty thin and rather wet; juicy, oily, and slick with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish really isn't that dry, although the lasting bitterness of the hops can make it seem that way.

This baby is pretty explosive for a sessionable-level brew. I guess that's what happens when you go hop-crazy with nothing but Simcoe. Very good for the bitter freaks who love the tongue scraping pines and resins. It was a tasty beer, but I can see the sheer abruptness of the hops growing old after one bottle. Still not a disappointment though, as I really had no expectations going into this one.

Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thewimperoo for sharing this one!

Murky pale orange, frothy soapy foam that laces nicely with a long lasting head that has persistent surface coverage.

Malty undercurrent with some citrus rind bitterness, grapefruit zest.

Firmly bitter taste, very hoppy with more citrus peel, medium bodied, ample carbonation. Earthy and leafy green hop character, very resiny. Drinkable, though I'd like to try it fresh on tap someday to compare.

Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is light amber/gold in color with pale yellow highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - It has a floral and citrus aroma. It is pleasing.

T - At first I thought it lacked flavor. Now that it has warmed a little, I am getting some mild citrus with a pine finish. The flavors are subtle.

M - Moderate.

O - I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. The subtle citrus and pine flavors and quite enjoyable. It is a good session beer.

Photo of minterro
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a Spartan Spirits for around 2 bucks

The bottle says session but BA says APA this rating might be a bit interesting because I'm

Piney & spicy hop tones. Huge fizzy head that pour about 2 fingers even when not pour aggressively and has great retention. Lots of thick lacing. Liquid is a transparent straw colored.

Way more hoppy than I was expecting, mostly the same as smell as far as flavors. The finish is pretty bitter especially considering it's a session (almost has tastes like the bitterness of a rye IPA). Beer is on the low end of medium bodied and the carbonation is on the higher side of medium.

Overall: I was very impressed by this beer. I usually stay clean of this style because its just not for me but this beer was clearly my favorite I have tried for the style

Photo of fmccormi
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a teku; no bottling or freshness date that I can see on the bottle, but I picked this up out of a cooler in Michigan just a couple of days ago, so, uh . . . hey, sometimes you gotta take a leap.

Appearance (3.5): Two and a half fingers of bone-white foam caps a slightly hazy, glowing golden body with some orange tones within. Lacing is light as the beer dies down, with just a couple of thin splotches and broken collar fragments scattered around the glass. Great body, very good head, “meh” lacing.

Smell (4.25): Some slightly spicy, herbal strangeness mixed with fruit (sweet orange peel, a bit of grapefruit juice, and something more exotic like passionfruit juice), and some dank, weedy resin underscores all of the above. Just a tiiiiny bit of honeyed, biscuity malt body backs it all up.

Taste (3.75): A nice balance of hop flavor—in the form of fresh-cut grass and something herbal—and bitterness—in the form of bitter orange peel, bitter herbs, and a subtle weedy funk—jive together on top of a very light, pale, bready malt base that’s less cracker and more rustic, country bread. It’s got a decently long finish that’s dominated by that bitter orange peel, which hangs around for a while but not too long. It’s very good, but not quite excellent—a little understated for that, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel (4.25): The beer’s got a light- side of medium-weight body with a dry feel and nicely dry finish, bookending a moderate carbonation that feels soft and smooth at first, and then nicely tingling as it washes out. Exceedingly drinkable, and better than most other examples of the “session IPA” thing.

Overall (4.0): This is a really, really solid example of the session IPA subgenre (or what have you), even if this is here called an American Pale. (It does, after all, say “session IPA” on the label.) It’s got a liiittle more juicy punch than most other examples, thanks to the Simcoe—which is handled very nicely in this beer—which also makes it more approachable than most others. Definitely worth picking up, and the price works.

Photo of gopens44
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starts out really great to look at - hazy yellow with a magnificent white foam head and picture perfect lacing. Nose is fairly piney with very little else going on. Taste is basically the same, just add a great bitterness to the tongue. Fairly dry and very little aftertaste. Pretty good beer for certain.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a six pack of Odd Side Ales Simcoe Sensation last week for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm a big fan of their Citra Pale Ale, so when I saw that they released another beer for distribution I knew I had to try it, so lets see how it goes. Bottled May 3rd 2012 so it's very fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer it's bright and colorful which makes it pretty eye catching and they get bonus points for clearly printing the bottling date on the label. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of white head that left a good amount of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all, it's fine just the way it is.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of Simicoe hops which impart a pretty nice aroma that is full of citrus fruit along with a slight cannabis like aroma and a real light floral hops aromas, but it's clearly the dank citrus aromas that stick out the most and are the highlight of this beers aroma. I also get a lighter malty aroma withe some grainy and bready aromas sticking out with a slight bit of lightly toasted malts. This beer has a very good aroma, the Simcoe hops are showcased nicely and there's just enough malt aromas to provide a little bit of balance,

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it start off with a lower amount of sweetness followed by a lots of Simcoe hops with the citrus fruits still sticking out the most with citrus rinds and grapefruit sticking out the most and a little bit of dank cannabis in the background. Up next comes a decent amount of malts that add a grainy, bready and slightly toasted flavor to this beer and it brings balance to the flavor. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with some dank citrus rinds on the aftertaste and a slight bit of bready malts. This was a very good tasting session IPA, the Simcoe was showcased nicely and the malts provided a little bit of balance to it and this is first time I have encountered that in this style and I like it.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, clean, refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and very good example of the style, it may not have been as fruity as Founder's All Day IPA or Short's Prolonged enjoyment, but it did have have much better balance with a decent malt aspect that I have never encountered in the style before and I think it really works well with this beer. It had good drinkability, it was smooth, refreshing, crisp, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I could drink more than a few of these especially on a warm summer afternoon and I could see this being a great beer to have while i'm BBQing, it lives up to it's title as a Session IPA, it's pretty sessionable. What I liked the most about this beer was the flavor and the aroma, they were both great and did a great job at showcasing Simcoe hops. There wasn't anything I disliked about this beer, it could be a couple bucks cheaper, but for a Session IPA of this quality I don't mind paying a little extra. I would buy this beer again, in fact I have already went back and bought another 6 pack since I enjoyed it so much, and I recommend it to anybody who likes IPA's. All in all i was very happy with this beer and I thought it was impressive for a Session IPA, the Simcoe hops and the balance were the highlights of this beer for me. When I first got this beer it was only 5 days old, which might be one of the freshest bottled beers I have ever had. Good job Odd Sides you guys are steady impressing me with great and sessionable brews, you can be sure when the next new beer is released I will be trying it as soon as it hits the shelf. So far this is one of my favorite Session IPA's, this is one high quality beer.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into multiple pint glasses from a 64oz growler 8/25/12. Extra special thanks to HeatherAnn and Killer for the assist. Happy Birthday Killer!

A: Pours a hazy, light honey color. A clumpy/rocky head formed on top and hung around for a good while before gradually settling down to a strong collar. Lace was plentiful, to say the least.

S: Huge nose full of Simcoe with a lightly toasted malt backbone. Simple, clean, and uncluttered.

T: See above.

M: Slick, oily hops with a nicely astringent finish.

O: Fantastic! An even more drinkable hoppy beer than their CPA. Bring this one back...seriously!

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden yellow color. fairly hazy. a finger or two of a foamy off white head that leaves a lacing behind

Smell: strong hops, pine, citrus. some spiciness and fruitiness

Taste: strong and bold pine, followed by citrus and florals. ends up with some fruit. very strong taste for such a light alcohol content

Mouthfeel: fairly light but very bold for a such a sessionable brew. light to moderate bitterness

Overall: another delicious single hop creation from oddside. I hope they begin to bottle more.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack the tops and pour brews of solid golden yellow into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a two finger head of fluffy white foam, showing excellent retention. This slowly bubbles away, leaving thick, patterned lacing around the glass. There is a lighter chill haze, with fat chunks of sediment bobbing about. Carbonation appears to be wildly active. The nose gives bright fruitiness and brightness, with piney and sweetly nectary hops, pale and metallic malts, light corns, white flour, soft banana esters, apricot, cherry, and mango fruitiness, vanilla coolness, tartness of tangerines, and light plastics. With warmth comes a sourdough breadiness. Our first impression is that the beer is freshly flavored, highly sessionable, and quite reminiscent of the drinkability of Founders’ All Day IPA. As we sip, the taste opens with that doughy pretzel sourness, metallic yeast, mango, kiwi, strawberry, and pineapple sugars, nectary, herbal, and lightly citric hops, sweaty saltiness, and light lactic creamy twang. The middle peaks with sap, resin, and pine bark, with raw pale malt base finally working its way in. To balance are softer notes of honey, cinnamon, lemon zest, wet wheatiness, milkiness, and pear juiciness. Washing through the finish is nectarine and pineapple fruitiness, white rice, light chemically hairspray, skunky grassiness, soured pale and pretzel graininess, lemon and lime juiciness, walnutty oils, and coiny metallics. The aftertaste breathes of bittered lemon rind, broccoli vegetal twang, resiny sap, mossy bark, mineral, juicy yeastiness, dried apricots, milky lactics, chalk, walnut meatiness, plastic foaminess, and herbal rootiness. The body is lightly medium, and carbonation is medium, but offers big froth on the swirl around the mouth. Each sip gives great froth, cream, slurp, and smack, with crisp pop on the back. The mouth is left coated, cooled, and foamy, with final astringent and chalky dryness streaked back across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability remains high throughout.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its appearance and refreshing drinkability. The pour is glorious in that the head is foamy and bubbly, exhibiting beautiful retention. It is really never gone, even by the end of the tasting, as a film is still the first thing to hit your lips with the last gulp. The flavor follows with equal excitement, with bright simcoe inclusions of pine and resiny to meet the massive fruitiness to balance. These mixed for a refreshing and zesty blend, but for some the bitterness, especially with warmth, may prove overpowering. The nose was comparatively weak, but this remains a session ale to compete with the best of them.

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with nice complexity of hop notes with a solid malt balance; with very good strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, floral, grass, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, citrus, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop flavors with a solid malt balance; with plenty of flavor for 4.5% and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic session IPA! All around great flavor balance and robustness at 4.5%; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. An incredibly delicious offering that may become a regular buy for me.

Photo of zeledonia
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 12 November 2013.

Pours pale orange-yellow, hazy. One finger of off-white head, decent retention and lacing. Nice.

Smell is straight-up simcoe. Juicy, with a sort of waxy fruitiness. Smells clean and dry beneath that. Very nice hoppy pale ale.

Taste is about what I'd expect - a light, moderately bitter, dry pale ale. The hops come through just a touch, providing a juicy sweetness.

Feel is good. Light body, carbonation that rushes up before coasting back down, and a pleasant dryness that cuts it off at just the right time.

Quite a nice beer. In the realm of dry-hopped APAs or session IPAs, for sure. The hop presence and the dryness are excellent.

Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like beer. Smells floral and ale and some bread and grassy, rural, woodsy quality. Tastes low on the malt (good) with some late hope notes, dry, and with great sustain and high alpha acid bitterness. Carbonation is high, scrubbing, and not watery. Best session ale I've had. I think this is as hoppy and interesting as anything....higher IPA character than most session IPAs. Sure, I'm a fan. Drink While You May!

Photo of Durge
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy yellow gold in color this IPA holds a nice fluffy white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is a tasteful but decidedly pissy citrus, tart with grain hints, bright but solid. Very nice for the hop lover. And wow, this is a bitter brew, just a bit of fruit sweetness but dominated by the aggressive citrus bite and some bready, bright cracked wheat grain. This stuff bites the tongue nicely and carries through to the back of the mouth. This may be sessionable by ABV but it may be more bitter than most folks would want to guzzle for hours. I wouldn't mind trying though, it's tasty as heck if you are fine with hop dominance. There is an edge of a little soapiness perhaps but it's probably just the hop intensity. I definitely like it. The body pretty light with sharp carbonation that really drives the hops home. So the feel is very effervescent and would play well at those summer picnics. Fun stuff though I expect many will be a little critical of the lack of balance.

Photo of chugalug06
2.52/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Slightly murked red-orange with somewhat lasting white foam, decent lacing.

Grassy, earthy, swampy. Creamy, lactic, milky.

Missing a lot of flavors...crisp, very crisp. Lacking any lingering bitterness and complexity. Carbonation was "hit"

A mess of a beer, cant recommend for anything other than sessionable. Not well rounded or complex.

Photo of hackmann
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: misty golden body with a one finger white head with layers of sticky lacing

Aroma: very aromatic on the hops; earthy floral with a nice touch of pine

Flavors: sweet floral tones; nice touch of pine; earthy grains

Mouthfeel: nice bitterness; hint of sweet; medium body session ale;

To the Point: a very good Session American Pale Ale; I bought a 12 pack to have around the campfire this summer and I really enjoyed this ale;

Photo of joe1510
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Odd Side - Grand Haven, MI

Simcoe Sensation, another Pale from the fellas at Odd Side, has a hazy sunrise orange body with a few streams of active carbonation. The clean white head surprises me and nearly overfills the glass but surface tension is a miracle. As it finally settles it rests at a fat ring with straggling, chunky lace left clinging to the glass. Muy bueno.

Mega fresh grapefruit pith is first from the glass along with orange and some pine greenness. There's some candy sweetness throughout. As this beer warms it smells like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. I hate to say this, and it's faint, but there is some band-aid present when the glass gets swirled. If it wasn't for the band-aid and the grapefruit juice ruled all this beer would smell amazing. Luckily the volatiles are only noticeable when swirled.

The flavor profile leans much more toward the pine than grapefruit with a firm bitterness that runs the entirety. The malts are pale and a little crackery, a little sweet. Grapefruit and orange make their way through but the pine bitterness leaves them reeling. Unfortunately, those band-aids pop up here and there again faintly but noticeable.

The body is on the lighter side of moderate with a quick but soft carbonation and body. The bitterness grows and becomes pretty assertive in the long run.

This beer has some problems, unfortunately. If not for the rather aggressive bitterness I think the band-aid medicinals would be even more noticeable. No bueno. Underneath the flaw this beer seems like it would be delicious. I'd love to try a delicious bottle.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Pours a hazy and tawny light color. Nice head. Decent retention.

S - Nice nose on this one. Big hop profile.

T - Resinous hop profile, some piney and earthy notes. Some malts, but the oily hop takes the dominant flavor here.

O - This is a really nice take on the session IPA. Highly drinkable with good flavor.

Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium golden with a frothy ivory head that dissipates in big bubbles, leaving sticky lacing.

Onion and a huge kick of grapefruit form the initial aroma. Resin and fresh cut grass surface subsequently. Slightly sweet malt is subtle.

Flavor reveals catty notes, accompanied by strong resin, earthy hops, and grass dominance. Underpinnings of grapefruit and floral hops are really overwhelmed. The finish is decidedly bitter and peppery. Malt adds a touch of breadiness, but the balance is toward bittering hops.

Body is on the light side, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Resin and bitterness dominate, but the usual onion character I associate with simcoe is subdued, which I prefer. A little too bitter for my liking.

Photo of guityler83
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A solid two finger tall head formed in the english style pint glass made of mixed bubbles and a tinge shade darker then bright white. It slowly receeded and left a nice coat of spoty lacing on the edge of the glass and a mountin of pillowy foam on the beer. Underneath is a copper colored hazy beverage that I can bearly see my hand through with just a tiny bit of sediment at the bottom when it settled.

S: A slightly sweet toast and bread crust malt aroma hits first, followed by a low level of pine and grapefruit hop aroma. I also get some lemony notes as the glass is swirled along with some grassyness.

T: Assertive pine flavored bitterness hits first, followed by a toasty, caramel like malt flavor. In the middle of the taste comes some of the grapefruit hop flavors that take you through to the end. The finishing flavor is more of the bready malt flavor combined with pine/grapefruit.

M: Medium body beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very sessionable with the low abv (no noticable alcohol warming). A creamyness sensation comes through with the carbonation as its being sipped.

O: A nice flavorful, sessionable pale ale with a solid malt backbone and enough hops to keep the hop head interested. I could have used more aroma in the beer, but might have just needed a fresher bottle.

Photo of Alextricity
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had twice -- once out of the bottle dated 5/3/13 yesterday, and this one (from a separate batch) with an erased date, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Not the best looking label in the world -- it's supposed to look like an acid trip, I think, with a simcoe hop sitting in front of a hippy background. Insanely hazy with very little light getting through. There's about a finger of head that goes to one and sticks around a little while. Even after the head is gone, the lacing is unbelievably sexy.

Smell: Unreal ... definitely highlighting the simcoe... fruity and floral as hell.

Taste/feel: At the ABV, it's hard to believe. There's a mild bitterness, but there's a surprisingly nice balance with malt in there. Fruity and floral from the simcoe, with a slightly spicy malt finish that lingers extremely pleasantly. The feel is actually a bit heavier than I was expecting, which is a great thing -- I REALLY have a distaste for watered down feeling beers. The balance is what makes this beer much better than the likes of All Day IPA by Founders, which seems to be an extremely popular beer.

Not only is it a great beer at 4.5%, it's just a great beer. Smells incredible, tastes almost just as good, looks spectacular in the glass... wow. It may be $2.19 per bottle (not sure the six-pack price), but I have to say it's actually worth it. I don't normally like "session ales" (light beers), but this one is great.

Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear light orange, forming a nice tall rocky bone white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. The nose is of pungent marijuana with a little grapefruit rind. The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, clean and slightly dry in the finish. The taste is great...again, the pungent marijuana and grapefruit up front, followed by some ver light and delicate malts (comes through as pilsner malt but looks like pale), then a medium-firm grapefruit rind bitterness and more hops lingering in the aftertaste.

A ton of hops for a 4.5% beer makes this a great option when you want a ton of flavor but don't want a ton of alcohol. Very well brewed. Anyone who loves simcoe has to try this great varietal beer.

Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a Pint glass
A. Cloudy gold with a finger of fizzy white head, medium lacing.
S. Definitely that simcoe aroma, big pine spicy dankness with fresh cut grass, pineapple, pear, lime.
T. Spicy hop resin bready malt Vitter pine dankness, very nice.
M. Bitter and dry but fresh and light.
O. Just like citra it's very clean and crisp.

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Simcoe Sensation from Odd Side Ales
85 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.