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Simcoe - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 78
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-22-2013)
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Reviews by sleuthdog:
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4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #124 poured into Founders BC glass

Pour: Copper orange color that is hazy. Minimal maybe half finger white head that was gone almost in the blink of an eye. Settles to a ring of medium sized bubbles.

Smell: Wow! Love the nose on these Pipeworks beers. Big citrus like standing in an orange grove. Some grapefruit, some pine but citrus is where this one is at. Also some tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. Some sweet bready malts and caramel thrown in for good measure. Damn this is nice smelling.

Taste: This gave me a bit of a surprise. It is actually much less tropical and citrus than the nose let on. I get much more pine here than anything else. Much more bitter and dank than I expected. There is some of the tropical notes just way subdued. The caramel and malts show up too but the sweetness is held at bay.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium amount of carbonation. A smooth and creamy beer and a touch sticky.

Overall: This offering caught me off guard a bit as I was expecting another sweet tropical, citrus DIPA but instead got one that shows off more pine and bitterness than Pipeworks other offerings in this style. Now I like this beer tremendously, I guess I personally just enjoy the more juicy tropical ones more.

sleuthdog, May 06, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 194
A- This beer pours a deep dried orange peel with a strong carbonation supporting a bubble beige creamy head.

S- The overripe pineapple hops leads to a green herbal hops in the finish.

T- The nice unripe herbal fruity hops lead to some citrus pith that finishes with a slightly sweet caramel malt hint. There is a gentle pungent green hop flavor that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish and no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer really shows off the Simcoe character. The nice unripe fruit flavors with some herbal woody depth and a mellow bitterness makes this pretty easy to drink for such a big beer.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 123

A: Hazy dark orange - gold tinged. Nice off yellow foamy head - not very thick lacing and retention, looks like a 9.5 beer.

S: Reminds me of heady... which is a great thing of course. Not the most pungently aromatic of the series, but very very nice. Sweet pink grapefruit and sugared grapefruit rind, incredibly fresh pine. Along with the sweet grapefruit comes notes of various tropical fruits - pretty sweet. Though piney, not very resinous.

T: Very good - and again, brings heady to mind! Incredible balance, as have all of their single hop ninja series beers have been. Incredibly fresh pine and ripe pink grapefruit washes over the palate with traces of various light-colored tropical fruits. Pretty dry but the flavor lingers well. Its getting better and better as it warms - more distinct pine and grapefruit.

P: Medium/full mouth feel. Does not coat the mouth with sticky, chewy hops very much.

O: What can I say, I am a sucker for all of these beers. The best part is that I know that future batches are going to be even better. A great DIPA as it is - awesome to see these hop varieties under the spotlight.

Batch 192 day old when consumed - improved, fantastic, amazing

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A: Clear dark amber. Thick ivory head with moderate retention.

S. This smells fantastic. Strong pine and grapefruit smells with hints of other citrus.

T: The taste is piney all the way. Just enough deeper citrus notes to remind that you that you are in fact tasting simcoe, but otherwise its a clean sharp piney hop flavor on a sweet malt background.

M: Thick but sharp. The bottle conditioning really helps in this regard. Good carbonation and bitterness.

O: Another amazing single hop IIPA from Pipeworks. This is one of the best in the class. Can't miss.

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Clear gold-orange color with a copious amount of white head that leaves behind spotty lacing.

The smell has orange peel, pine, and lots of cat piss.

The taste is unmistakably Simcoe. Grapefruit, pine, Brie cheese. The light bready malt is submissive to the bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and clean. Fresh tasting.

It's an awesome DIPA and, so far, only takes a backseat to citra ninja in their lineup, in my opinion.

Vonerichs, May 13, 2013
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Simcoe from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.