Hop Revolver IPA - Simcoe
Stone Brewing

Hop Revolver IPA - SimcoeHop Revolver IPA - Simcoe
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American IPA
Ranked #1,123
Ranked #9,425
4.05 | pDev: 6.42%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
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Hop Revolver IPA - SimcoeHop Revolver IPA - Simcoe
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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. One of the last remnants from that mixed Stone 12 IPA pack. Enjoy by date of February 23, 2018.

Appearance - Clear golden color, plenty of effervescence and a fine looking finger and a half of frothy off-white head. Very good head retention and streaks of lacing linger as the head dissipates.

Smell - Earthy and leafy hops with a touch of melon and lychee and general citrus. Really nice clean nose that is simple and enjoyable.

Taste - Middling hoppiness, I suppose this would've been more ramped up a month or two ago. Generally fairly leafy, good amounts of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Some tropical fruit in the background with mango and melon being the primary culprits. Pretty balanced and quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, but not too much and easy drinking body. Finish is quite dry, but again restrained.

Overall - One of those beers that pulls together really nicely. Even after it's prime, this is a tasty IPA that lives up to Stone's namesake.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I see on their website that the Hop Revolver IPA series is only available in their mixed-12 packs. Hmm. I must have hit it lucky at the Giant Food Store's location in the Lancaster Shopping Center where they had this singled out in their Beer Café section. Good deal.

From the bottle: "The aim of this experimental, hop-centric series is to demonstrate just how dramatically a single hop can impact a beer. We’re going to periodically fire off a variety of single-hopped variations of this IPA for some good brewing fun! Empty the bright tank with one. Reload it with another batch. Rinse. Reload. Repeat. We invite you to enjoy along with us."

I Pop!ped the cat's cap & gave her a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. Oh, you didn't know that Simcoe is a kitty?!? Her main attribute is her cattiness, especially on the nose. I then swirled here around in the glass to raise a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention that left behind nice lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was odiferous with cat fumes, underlain with grapefruit and tropical fruits. Here, kitty, kitty. Mouthfeel was soft & fluffy, so I allowed her to just roll around on my tongue, doing her thing. Her thing was the hallmark of the AIPA style - loads of bitterness, ranging from grapefruit citrus to pine resin & topped off by the tropical fruity sweetness that is the latest trend in this burgeoning style. Mmm. Oh, man, I keep railing against AIPAs that rely too heavily on the tropical fruitiness & lose the high IBU count that is intrinsic in the style, but that was not a problem here! It was plenty bitter for this hophead without being so over-the-top as to be off-putting for the casual drinker. Finish was dry, but gasping, making it just that much more enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pineapple and mango. Sweet caramel and tropical fruit flavors with a nice piney bitterness.

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Photo of bret717
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Crystal clear, golden-orange liquid with 1 finger bone white head

Aroma- strong garlic/onion up front followed by some mango, banana and peach

Taste- the garlic and onion take a back seat here with the tropical fruits being more prominent. There's also a little weedy dankness in there. Finishes with a moderate bitterness

Body- medium bodied, decent carbonation

Overall- very good, but i wish the taste would have followed the nose bit more as I'm a big fan of the garlicky/oniony flavors in IPAs. Still, it's great and I'm glad I have a couple more.

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Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clear golden hue with a slight head, but some nice lacing. Nice tropical tantalizing hints. Very nice tropical flavors accentuated by the simcoe hops. Light bodied well carbonated with a very good balance and a delicate amount of bitterness. Very well balanced beer with a nice hint of bitterness to hit the spot.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I feel excited. Like I'm about to try this hop for the first time. To be fair, I've had dozens of beers with this hop featured, even prominently. But I by no means feel like I know how it tastes. But it smells fruity and sweet as I pour it into a pint glass...

L: Extremely fine head. A snow-white blanket lingers over the top for ages. Nice clarity in the body and lots of active carbonation. Very nice.

S: Tropical and tantalizing: papaya, apricot, orange, mango, pineapple, pine and white pepper.

T: Wow. Perhaps the best limited release IPA I have ever tasted. A brief but dynamic flavor profile: papaya and grapefruit bitterness instantly suckerpunch the palate, but the bitterness dies before it even takes hold, as a flush of overripe peach and strawberry blends into a mellow, but richly sweet cantaloupe, followed by pineapple, mandarin, warming alcohol, then pepper, grapefruit rind, and pine. All is experienced less than two seconds after taking a sip. If you blinked, you could miss it.

F: As with the last rotation I tasted (#3: Ella), perfect mouthfeel. Clean and crisp, but rich and refreshing. Rather uniquely to this ale, the bitterness dies incredibly quickly, which may not appeal to some.

O: Score. I feel educated. Now I know what character the Simcoe hop imparts to beer, and I really like it. I feel like this hop is essential to the flavor profile of both Union Jack and Aurora Hoppyalis IPA. On top of that, this is the kind of thing I hope for from limited release IPAs. Complex, different, and interesting, but still recognizable and tasty. Stone is kicking FW's ass at this rotating hop game. Let's face it: compared to this, Luponic Distortion is just the same hoppy pale ale over and over...

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Hop Revolver IPA - Simcoe from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 49 ratings