Farmers Simcoe IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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Farmers Simcoe IPAFarmers Simcoe IPA

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 48
Photo of Chris-Naz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Nice head that dissipates to a ring in ~1-2min. Good lacing on the glass. The color is golden with an orange hue, darn clear with maybe a minor hop haze. Great Simcoe aroma and flavor upfront - pow! Pretty dry, I'm tasting hops from start to finish. Just a touch of bitterness on the back end to remind the drinker this is an IPA. Overall this is not a complex elixir but a nice brew that I will buy regularly when passing by the Woodstock Farmer's Market.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Herbal Earl Grey tea, citrus, grassy, a little pine, lemon, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Hop flavor is nice and pleasant. Simcoe stands out with malts in the background and mild tingly bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, mild bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice single hop Simcoe IPA. Great choice of hop in this brew. Hope I can find this one again in VT.

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Photo of Hendry
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy apricot pour with 1 finger of soapy white head that retains fairly well before reducing to a permanent cap. Lacing is splotchy in the Lawson's tulip.

There is a dank piney aroma emanating from this brew that is also herbal with some grapefruit pith, just a touch of bread in the background, but this one is all about the Simcoe hop. Upon warming, the aroma becomes more fruity and less piney.

Taste is decidedly piney and citrus, fairly bitter in a good way. I'm having a hard time accepting the 40 IBUs printed on the label, seems like it should be much higher as there is a good amount of pop and it wakes the palate right up, tend to feel it towards the back. This is one of those single hop ales that really stages the hop nicely and allows one to focus in on the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat chewy, dry finish that is relatively crisp. Carbonation spot on.

This is an outstanding IPA that is under the radar currently: the price of $4.49 for a bomber is righteous for the quality of the product and the level of enjoyment I got out of it. If Simcoe hops aren't your thing, you may want to try this one anyhow. Very nice surprise at less than $5 for a bomber, hail Rock Art!

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Photo of FrostBlast
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz (650mL) bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Almost clear copper/golden orange with a thin head, not quite non-existent, but certainly nothing big. Lacing is present but doesn't seem like it'll stick around very long. Head fades away rather quickly, exposing the beer.

SMELL : First nose is pine and citrus with a warm background of malt. Second nose opens up a floral spectre of aromas that almost completely take over the hop profile and the malt. Third nose follows through with what the second nose was, with a touch more pine.

TASTE : I was expecting something a lot more intense. It really isn't bad, it's just definitely not what I though it would be. The nose was far more intense than the taste is. The pine and citrus fruits are almost gone, leaving all the room for the flowery aromas to shine in unison with the malt, which in itself is quite nice.

OVERALL : Glad I had this one. It was a surprise from not getting what I expected from the nose, but it was a nice experience. I wouldn't go out of my way to get a bottle of this, but if I should come across some by chance, I'd definitely buy a few more. A calm, laid back sort of IPA that's definitely nice when you don't want anything too intense, complex or brainy.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz picked up at the brewery about 2 weeks ago.

Pours with a large, thick foamy off-white head over a fairly cloudy, amber-to-golden body that picks up a ton of floaties upon the last pour. Decent lacing.

Aromas are cool - not overpowering, but plenty of woodsy, and even some light citrusy hop freshness. Very good for a standard, 6% IPA. Nice floral quality, too.

Flavors are pretty sharp up front, and then dull-out a little in the finish. Lots of herbal qualities... could've used more citrus bite, but it's full of flavor, nonetheless. Mouthfeel is good and crisp... Great level of carbonation, without being distracting. Clean.

This one is pretty easy drinking, full of flavor, and very enjoyable. Pretty sure I could session this. Nice work, Rock Art, nice work.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Reservoir, Waterbury, VT

A coppery colored liquid, effervescent, capped with a foamy white head that coated the glass with lacing before settling to a ringlet. Aroma was nice, biscuity malts in the background, candied citrus and herbal hops, with a good display of the featured variety (one of my favs). The taste didn't quite live up to the aroma, but it was still good: tangerine, lemon pith, light herbal notes, grainy malt bill that seemed just a bit thinned out and unbalanced despite the pleasant hop profile. Light-medium body, dry, bitter aftertaste, a good brew overall.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you get the chance AND have the choice, DEFINITELY go for this on tap.

A - Very light golden color. Lots of bubbles present. Great lacing with each sip.

S - So great. Strong fruity smells from the Simcoe hops definitely noticeable, but it has a slightly unidentifiable finish that is somewhat piney, earthy and just pure awesome.

T - Boom. Behold the glory that is the Simcoe hop.

M - Very light, I long for a slightly thicker body. But hey, its great for summer time.

O - Overall...just get it if you can.

Update - 9/26/13 Just cracked a 2 1/2 month old bomber and the supreme hop bomb from when it was fresh is gone. Still a very tasty and sessionable IPA but all be damned if that fantastic hopsmash wasn't diminished. Still better than many options on the shelf.

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Farmers Simcoe IPA from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 48 ratings