Simcoe - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.23%
Wants: 90
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-22-2013

Having spent equal time studying at the Citrus School of combat and the Piney School of combat, Pipeworks Simcoe has garnered immense skills when it comes to fighting the horrible, evil, Bland Clan. Prepare your senses for the 1-2 punch of this Simcoe hopped Imperial IPA.
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Reviews by timc100:
Photo of timc100
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of awakeavast
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of larryarms847
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous dark rust red, great two finger head, and well carbonated.

The Simcoe provides nice citrusy, spice notes to this wonderful brew.

Spicy citrus is balanced perfectly with a fresh bread backbone and notes of pineapple in the finish.

Sticky and dank, just the way I like my IPAs!

Overall this is a perfect concoction to pour down the throat on a hot summer day.

Photo of Burgman08
4/5  rDev -6.8%

The alcohol taste gets to you by the end of the second glass

Photo of Jaycase
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Dark copper. small off white head

s: Aroma is surprisingly (and disappointingly) muted. What I do get is grapefruit, melon, orange and pineapple.

t: Grapefruit, caramel malts, very slight piney bitterness. Hops do seem wet and fresh.

m: Juicy, slightly creamy. Seems under carbonated - a bit flat to me.

o: A bit disappointing. Aroma was a letdown. Wish it had a tad more bitterness as well. It's still good on the whole and I'd recommend trying it but I won't seek this one out again. Pipeworks are pumping out DIPAs like no tomorrow so I'm sure there will be something I like better coming along.

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A smooth pour easily achieves two fingers of yellow tan head. Head is mountainess and rocky as it slowly fades. Spots of lace are left behind. Body is nicely dark murky amber haze. Really a fuzzy mahogany hue.

Nose is sappy and full of woody hops. Spicy characters are very present throughout this very fragrant brew. A bit of rawness lingers on the nose as well.

I am immediately taken by how initially silky the hop profile is on this beer with first sip. Clean yet full on the palate is a very neat trick. Easy drinking but nicely aggressive hop feel throughout the flavor profile. Hops are raw and remind me of arugula a bit. Crisp and raw with subtle but consistent bitterness especially on the back half.

This is an overall solid and incredibly drinkable IPA. Mouthfeel is very enjoyable.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Adam and Robbie for this bottle. Batch #123. Poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy medium orange with amber in the middle. A thin layer of bright white head.

S - Huge grapefruit, peach and tangerine aromas with a touch of mango. A faint sweet honey malt backbone.

T - Bitter with fresh grapefruit, tangerine, mango and pine. A slight caramel malt sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Sticky and resinous. Light carbonation.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #194. My first beer in the Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Epic Battle Series, and my first beer made with strictly simcoe hops that I'm aware of. Expectations are high based on Pipeworks's good reputation for great beers, and based on this beer's current high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a beautiful dark burnt sienna orange colored body with little sediment. Two fingers of creamy fluffy off-white / light tan colored head. Big fat sheets of lacing on the glass. Looks beautiful.

S - Smells truly mouthwatering. Luscious sappy pine hops, grapefruit, peach, some earthiness, some soapiness, a bit skunky, cat piss like acidity, and tons of beautiful floral aromas.

T - Definitely lives up to the hype. Believe it. Tons of bitter pine hops, grapefruit, peach, blood orange, some soapiness, florals. Truly an outstanding tasting beer.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy with some resinous hop bitterness and just a hint of alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, a truly outstanding beer from Pipeworks, probably one of the best I've had from them so far. These guys never cease to amaze me. About as smooth, creamy, and easy drinking as you could possibly expect from a beer with a 9.50% abv. Alcohol is expertly well masked. Apparently fresh simcoe hops are a beautiful thing.

Pipeworks Simcoe Ninja ---4.5/5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%

Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by Sasha - thanks. Batch 467/468.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a half-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Juicy grapefruit, tangerine, orange, pineapple, fruity and floral.

T: Dank and herbal with some pine and solid malt backing.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Resiny and sticky finish.

O: Strong Imp IPA and very hoppy. Well done.

Photo of Etan
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz from the first batch.

A. Pours a burnt caramel color with little wisps of foam around the edges of the glass.

S. Sweet aromas of melon, candied pineapple, pine oil, mango, lemon. Really nice.

T. Taste brings leafy resin, piney bitterness, pithy citrus, slight alcohol, mild caramel and biscuit malt.

M. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O. This brings out the oily, fruity potency of Simcoe really nicely. Another successful hoppy beer for Pipeworks.

Photo of Ri0
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 267/268 poured 22oz bottle into snifter.

A - Rusty orange in color with a dirty white 2 finger head. Slowly fades and leaves behind nice webbed lacing on the glass.

S - A load of hops, pine, grapefruit and pineapple dominate. Sweet caramel and hints of honey scents balance it out.

T - Big hit of hops off the bat. Pine and grapefruit with some sweet pineapple. Sweetnes comes in with waves of caramel, honey, and ripe pineapple. Finish is all bitter with juniper and pine.

M - This beer has a medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, with a nice crisp finish and minimal alcohol.

O - This is sensational and showcases Simcoe all the way! It helps me realize that some of my other IIPAs must use this hop. I'm looking at you CW Illumination.

Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This Ninja is one dangerous fellow. At 9.5% ABV, this guy drinks like he's much closer to 6%. The aroma is pretty standard for an IPA, citrus hops and caramel malts. The taste comes hard with sweet citrus and a solid piney bitterness that melds very well with the sweet caramel malts. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated and sticky, it's just what I want to feel from a DIPA. The drinkability is amazing, Simcoe Ninja goes down far easier than it should. Overall, a DIPA that excels in the mouthfeel department. Very enjoyable, and greater than the sum of its parts may seem.

Photo of MCain04
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, <1 wk fresh, from Beer Temple, poured into a Spiegelau tulip glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance is a deep golden orange clear body with large fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

Smells of piney resinous hops, grapefruit and lemon juice, a little bit of sweet orange juice and sweet malts.

Body is heavy on the grapefruit and pine with some lemon rind as well, a lingering citrus bitterness but not an overly bitter beer, the beer is quite drinkable for 9.5% and while the beer is not overly hoppy the balance is good with the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, maybe a tad under-carbonated, medium bodied, dry finish, not too sticky or cloying.

Overall a great DIPA and probably second only to Citra in the Ninja series. Get it if you can - definitely worth it!

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 123.

22oz bomber poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium orange bodied beer that is slightly opaque. Almost 2 fingers of white head, Moderate lacing is better that a spotty lace.

Smell: Big citrus nose! I smell alot of oranges! Some grapefruit rind and pine. Hint of tropical fruits for good measure; mostly mangos and pinapple. The hops have that nice dankness going on too! Some bready malts to balance things out nicely. Great smelling beer!

Taste: mild to moderately bitter hops. This beer tastes a little bit different that the nose smells. The pine is bigger than the citrus in the flavor profile of the beer. Mostly dominated by pine. Grapefruit is a the most prevalent citrusy flavor, but I do get just a little bit of oranges and pineapple. The beer finishes with mild pine and grapefruit notes; a hint of dank, chalky hops for good measure. The hops in this beer taste wet and fresh! Very, very nice!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. So drinkable its just not even funny! This beer drinks like its 6% abv. Very impressive how dangerously drinkable this beer is! The hops do dry the beer out just a little bit especially in the beers finish.

Overall: This is another fantastic Ninja beer by pipeworks! I think that its almost as good as Citra Ninja, but not quite as good. It just falls short of citra ninja, mostly because my preference in hops profile favors the combination of big citrus and big tropical fruits that Citra Ninja delivers flawlessly. Simcoe Ninja tends to deliver more pine without being too resinous and carries a decent amount of grapefruit notes too. Fantastic DIPA, The fact is... that Pipeworks is local beer that is world class; no doubt in my mind! Every Pipeworks DIPA has "WOW"ed me and simcoe ninja is no exception!

Photo of KFBR392
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hits all the marks for an Imperial IPA without being anything outstanding. Low carbonation, average lacing on the edges of the glass. Deep burnt orange color which is absolutely appetizing.

Smell: An interesting contrast of violent active hops and floral sweetness. Floral hops hit on the front but then a very strong alcohol bitter hop body hits. Spices and some earthy tones can be felt on the undertones of the aroma. Overall, not as complex as I would have expected though.

Taste: Some really interesting things going on here. The front is a much more subdued hop mellowness then I expected. Wet citrus and fresh hops blast through in the body. Ultra piney kicks in on the aftertaste and refuses to leave the palette. The complex waves take on fruity flavors then seeming very bitter pine. What I would definitely call a palette crusher.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth through the body then the hops come in and crash the party. Crazy complexity.

Overall: A really complex and interesting IIPA. The fact that I am getting this brew so fresh makes it so much better. Pipeworks is doing so great things and I look forward to this brewery going and expanding in the future.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Simcoe hops seem to get a bad rap. The common connotations is that the hop variety imparts aromas and flavors that are garlic-like, grassy with skunk and cannabis, or even of cat pee. But all-Simcoe "single-hopped" beers that I have don't seem to have the brevity that is preceded by their reputation.

Citra Simcoe's body is rich with a dark honey color. Its unadulterated haze further adds to its rich hue. But on top, a voluminous off-white froth builds into a rich lather. Its heady structure easily lasts the session while grazing the glass with concentric lacing.

Full hop aromas are highly citrusy and earthy. The scent of vibrant grapefruit might carry the character of being over-ripened. Those citrus notes are juicy and seems to be mixed with an herbal blend that consists of chive, basil, fresh-cut grass and cilantro. Its Italian herbal scent seems to be drenched in thin honey and caramel for a mostly balanced nose that tilts confidently toward the hops.

As the nose leaves sweeter impressions, the taste picks upon the honey and caramel as those sweetnesses wrap around the front of the tongue in anticipation of its hop dominance to come. The earthen fruitiness takes hold with an acidic and racy taste of grapefruit and oranges with a tinge of apple and kiwi could easily be yeast-derived fruitiness but weaves into the hop flavors seamlessly. As the beer extends into finish, the more herbal, grassy, and earthy bitterness takes hold, and does include a the light dankness of cannabis and is mildly catty- but much lesser so than is expected. But those final flavors are not alone- a spicy alcohol note seems of acetone and aids the closure in taste.

Full-ish in body, the same heft that pushes the ale toward ten-percent also allows the accumulation of sweetness that's not only tasted, but is also felt. This extra creaminess and weight pushes the hop and alcohol dryness until very deep into its taste. But the beer does finish semi-dry, spicy, warm and with a mild hop-derived astringency.

Simcoe Ninja is a solid IPA that doesn't miss a beat even if its hop blend is simple and directed to only one variety. This usually leaves beers lacking depth, complexity and interest; but no such problem here as the beer's "bigness" and alcohols aid the distinctive Simcoe hop with complexities of their own.

Photo of Rizalini
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Opened a bomber purchased from Bottles & Cans in Chicago, batch #467/468, and poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy copper/orange color with 2 fingers of dense off-white head. The thick foam lingers around for a while. After sipping, the head falls leaving a nice ring behind.

S - Dank with tropical fruits. Pineapple, grass and pine assault my nose in the best way possible. The smell makes the corners of my mouth water, very inviting.

T/M - The beginning of the sip is sweet, but then immediately followed with the hop bitterness. The rich, malty backbone stands no chance against the massive hop profile. I love the great fruity hop aftertaste that's left behind after I swallow. Medium/slick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - This is everything I look for in an IIPA. Bold, dank, hop-forward, great hop aftertaste. If you're a hop headline myself, you need to try this brew. Definitely well worth it to give it a try, I know I will be seeking this one again.

Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try my first Pipeworks beer.

Appears a hazy, murky orange. Moderate head. Leaves Little lacing.

Aroma is tropical and piney. Plenty of bready malts.

Tastes sweet with almost guava and pine notes over a bready malt. Finishes with bittetsweet grapefruit.

Full mouthfeel with carbonation on the low side.

Decent offering here but would not put too much energy into seeking out again. However would certainly seek others in the ninja series.

Photo of buck1futter
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in a boulevard glass.

A - copper to orange hues very little head as it is a 9.5 abv beer, as expected

s- tropical, fruity, candy sugar, honey wax, some strawberry, dough. smells amazing.

t-pine, big pineapple mango, pretty bitter but not overwhelming, juicy grapefruit bitterness, tangy, some alcohol brings in a spicy note, but you really don't taste it. finishes slightly dry.

m- medium to heavy bodied, oily, little carbonation.

0- Once again pipeworks brings on another amazing iipa , bring, juicy fruity and extremely tasty, simcoe hops never let down, don't pass this one up if offered or anywhere.

Photo of ChicagoMikeS
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

The color is a slightly hazy orange with a large fairly thick head. There's moderate retention and very sticky lacing.

The malts are almost more prominent than the hops in the nose. There's also a hint of pine.

The flavor is very big but not very complex. It's big hops with quite a bit of malt as well. There's a lack of balance and subtlety, but it's not as bitter as I would expect from a hop bomb. It's certainly not bad, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a DIPA.

The mouthfeel has a very slight creaminess to it, but the alcohol is noticeable in every sip. It's not exactly boozy, but there is a bit of a burn and the 9.5 ABV does begin to wear on you.

Overall I'd say that it's worth trying, especially if you enjoy the simcoe profile or are just looking for a hop overload, but I don't think this is one that I'll be revisiting.

Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

An impressive fluffy white head that lasts forever. Piney and earthy hop aroma and flavor dominate. Very good but I'm not so sure simcoe is a hop I enjoy alone.

Photo of beardown2489
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A - hazy golden color with not as much head as I expected. Probably just under 1 finger.

S - it's simcoe characterists, obviously! Brings citrus, pine and an oniony tone. Doesn't really share the amount of sweetness I've detected in the other ninja brews. That's fine though, still enticing.

T - Taste follows the nose. The grapefruit shines. Maybe some other tropical tones here that I'm not able to pick out. Drinking with a cold tonight. I'd guess its some mango though.

M - This is where the beer shines. My oh my, this one makes me beg for more. It makes my mouth water. The juicy aftertaste is just so undeniable.

Overall, this ninja series is a proven commodity and this one proves it again. Just an outstanding DIPA that I could drink anytime. Pipeworks, nice work here. You guys are just showin off now.

Photo of koutkid41
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark orange color, hazy with little sediment. Two fingers of creamy fluffy off-white / light tan colored head.

S: Amazing aroma on this. Pine hops, grapefruit, candy like fruit, mango, some dank. Hint of plastic.

T: A lot of piney grapefruit, floral. Some dankness.

M: Dry and crisp (love that) with some resinous hop bitterness and just a hint of alcohol warmth on the finish.

O: Love Pipeworks, Simcoe and Citra are my favorite Ninja's so far. Love going to Binny's weekly seeing what goods they come out with.

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