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Simcoe - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 71
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13%

09-16-2013 23:51:44 | More by nrs207
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akang

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-15-2013 16:36:04 | More by akang
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -30.4%

09-14-2013 17:10:58 | More by chippo33
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CoolEthan

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-14-2013 04:12:14 | More by CoolEthan
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-14-2013 03:30:29 | More by SocalKicks
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wesside89

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

09-13-2013 09:19:10 | More by wesside89
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 16:24:25 | More by BEERchitect
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jegross2

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

09-12-2013 06:15:23 | More by jegross2
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CityofBals

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-12-2013 03:15:46 | More by CityofBals
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RWNay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-11-2013 22:46:24 | More by RWNay
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detrockcitey

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-11-2013 14:47:37 | More by detrockcitey
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kevanb

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 00:36:02 | More by kevanb
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Zoso2772

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-09-2013 18:56:50 | More by Zoso2772
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Irishace9

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-09-2013 01:09:13 | More by Irishace9
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Chiefilliniwek

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-08-2013 04:15:55 | More by Chiefilliniwek
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tjdemon

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-08-2013 02:31:41 | More by tjdemon
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Buckeye982

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-08-2013 02:13:33 | More by Buckeye982
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 23:52:01 | More by mfnmbvp
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MNPikey

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-07-2013 19:08:58 | More by MNPikey
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CesarLopes

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-07-2013 16:59:34 | More by CesarLopes
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber in color with an orange hue and a slight haze. Head is off white, one finger and has great retention

Smell is great lots of pine and big citrus notes forward. Citrus is dominated by sweet orange notes with a slight hint of grapefruit and some citrus rind. Yeast is sweet and almost candy like, slight hints of booze.

Taste is awesome, pine is the first to hit the tounge and followed by a heafty amount of bitterness that's not overdone, citrus flavors are much more mild in the taste but the yeast add a slight buttery note.

Mouthfeel is good, velvety smooth and with a high carbonation and little bubbles. Lots of resiny hop oils and Carmel malt give it a medium to thick body.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:11:44 | More by Fcolle2
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-06-2013 02:22:14 | More by phishphorce
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-06-2013 01:11:10 | More by Hopmarc
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle (batch 194) into snifter

Pours a clear amber, orangish color with a off white head which settles fairly quickly. Smell is piney with a little grapefruit and lemon peel. Taste is definitely piney with some of the citrus in the nose. Thick and sticky mouthfeel with moderate to low amount of carbonation. This is my first beer from Pipeworks and I am definitely going to seek out more. Super drinkable and smooth especially at 9.5 abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:59:36 | More by Jas45678
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

09-05-2013 16:13:27 | More by Thorpe429
Simcoe from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.