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Simcoe - Pipeworks Brewing Company


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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 6.71%

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:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-22-2013)
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Photo of Florida9


4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Darker, dirty shade of orange. Slightly hazy. Forms a smallish off-white colored head that collapses to next to nothing, just a slight ring around the edge. Some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is very nice. Sweet orange, orange blossom, and clementine. A slight ambrosia note, just a little tropical fruit, and a bit of alcoholic pungency comes through as green onion. Luckily the sweet, fruity aromas dominate.

T: Taste is moderately sweet. Again there is more orange, but the taste is earthier than the aroma would suggest. Citrus, grapefruit, pine. Some caramel malt. Finish is surprisingly quick. A touch of alcohol on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness. A bit of alcoholic heat.

O: Another very nice DIPA from the Pipeworks crew and another very good beer in the Ninja series. That said, I would have appreciated a bit more bitterness on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 01:06:00 | More by Florida9
Photo of buck1futter


4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 10:30:39 | More by buck1futter
Photo of Etan


4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 04:33:35 | More by Etan
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | 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!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 03:51:18 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of beardown2489


4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 05:26:41 | More by beardown2489
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a dark copper with a 2 finger light beige head. Big blotches and small bubbles of lacing ring the glass.

S- caramel, bread, huge citrus going on (grapefruit, oranges, mango), and some pine.

T- caramel, light toasted malts, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, light spice, with bitter pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy and very drinkable.

O- another amazing ninja beer! This beer is very well balanced with citrus and bitterness, but not overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:27:54 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of timc100


4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 21:32:00 | More by timc100
Photo of KFBR392


4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 02:28:09 | More by KFBR392
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Simcoe from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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