Simcoe Sensation - Odd Side Ales
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.86/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2013 01:01:19 | More by tectactoe
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3.94/5 rDev +4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 02:56:32 | More by fmccormi
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2014 21:39:10 | More by oberon
Simcoe Sensation from Odd Side Ales
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