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Simcoe Sensation - Odd Side Ales

Simcoe SensationSimcoe Sensation

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BA SCORE
85
very good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%


Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-06-2013)
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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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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.

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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.

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Simcoe Sensation from Odd Side Ales
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.