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Simcoe - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 82
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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1/5  rDev -76.7%

Pulltabs_only, Nov 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

chippo33, Sep 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

kscaldef, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Many thanks.

The beer is orange / russet and fairly hazy with a half inch of off-white head. Aromas of citrus, alcohol, bready malts, pine. These massively hopped, high alcohol beers just get on my nerves. Aggressive alcohol heat / sharpness in the finish. Lacking subtlety and grace. An in your face onslaught of hops and malt. Not entirely bad, but not my preference for the style. There are many DIPAs in the 8-10% abv range that reign far superior. This concludes my rant.

Put a freaking date on the bottle. Seriously.

Huhzubendah, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of kkleu357
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a big white fluffy head. Earthy hoppy aroma. Very earthy slight pine taste. Slightly sweet. Heavy mouthfeel. Lots of alcohol taste. It’s ok.

kkleu357, Oct 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

fenlop54, Oct 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Kmlund, Oct 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

BergBeer, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Thorpe429, Sep 05, 2013
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.

ChicagoMikeS, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

tylergoov, Saturday at 06:34 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Sean9689, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Reagan1984, Sep 30, 2013
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%

NW_IPAHEAD, Aug 17, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -13.8%

Taybeh, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of kevanb
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, batch #194, poured into a Pipeworks snifter.

The beer pours a bold copper color, hues of orange and gold, clear complexion with a slight haze with a billowy, off white head that rises about 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and leaves only a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of heavy pine, very sappy, resinous and oily, light grapefruit with some tropical sweetness that leads right into the sticky, sweet malt and a fairly heavy dose of booze. Lots of pine on the tongue, very oily and resinous, further earthy undertones are cut by some tangy grapefruit and citrus and very sweet, rich malt and heavy alcohol. The mouthfeel is okay, juicy and sticky, coats the mouth well, the finish is a bit creamy and leaves almost a burning alcohol sensation in the mouth as it goes down.

Verdict: A decent DIPA from Pipeworks, but once again, is dominated by alcohol. This beer does showcase Simcoe nicely, but doesn't have the same complexity or delicate nature that a beer like Row 2, Hill 56 does. I've yet to be overly impressed with too many of the Pipeworks IPAs and this just strikes me as another run of the mill IPA, I'll stick to stouts and porters from Pipeworks, where I think they really shine as brewers.

kevanb, Sep 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Mantooth, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

largadeer, Oct 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

mendvicdog, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

jhillwastaken, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

BeerGreg, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

geuze_gone_wild, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

drewone, May 11, 2013
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Simcoe from Pipeworks Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.