Simcoe - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
09-12-2013 16:24:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.01/5 rDev -7%
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a plastic cup.
A - Looks nearly identical to Cascade Ninja, but with a bit better head volume.
S - Slight cattiness, with some guava, passion fruit, and a similar malt backbone of dough, sugar, and perhaps a hint of caramel. Hops seem less intense than the Cascade Ninja, even though this is a few weeks fresher.
T - The tate is quite heavy on melon and cantaloupe, with fairly low zesty or pithy notes. The malt character translates pretty closely from the aroma, with doughy bread and sugar dominating. Surprisingly hefty hop bitterness here.
M - Medium-full body, lower in carbonation, with a dry finish. Some lingering malt stickiness and hop resins. Again, a mild alcohol warmth that, while acceptable for 9.5%, makes this seem boozier than its predecessors.
D - I think this is my least favorite Ninja variant; the aroma doesn't pop quite like the other iterations, and I was expecting something like Haymarket's Degan. It's a solid brew, but I'd skip it in favor of Pipeworks' other beers.
05-03-2013 20:05:38 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -7.2%
(Served in a tulip glass)
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.
03-26-2014 21:36:47 | More by rhoadsrage
Simcoe from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.