Simcoe SamuRYE
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Rye Beer
Ranked #28
Ranked #10,108
4 | pDev: 7.25%
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A spicy rye beer, amber in color and brewed exclusively with simcoe hops.
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Reviews by gestyr:
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a nice thick white head that has lots of staying power.
S: caramel, rye, toasted grains, fruity
T: The taste follows the smell. Nice hops presence Good hoppy aftertaste. You can taste the rye.
M: Medium bodied and satisfying.
O: Overall it is a good and tasty beer. I will buy it again.

Jan 21, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pizza Boy Brewing "Simcoe Samurye"
on tap @ Southwark, Phila., PA on 12/22/16

Look: Deep amber/copper body beneath a creamy head of khaki. The head drops readily (dirty bar glass?) leaving behind only minimal lacing.

Smell: Fruity with apricot and orange over a delicate caramel and toasty malt base. Piney and spicy/earthy as well.

Taste: As indicated by the aroma but with a fuller maltiness that includes spicy and woody rye. The components all balance magnificently, as does the sweetness of the malt against a firm bitterness, leaving it sweetish upfront but then dry in the finish.

Feel: Medium bodied with a moderate, fine-bubbled median carbonation that leaves it crisp and then lightly creamy.

Overall: I've had other very good beers from this brewery but none that have made me want to seek them out - this one changes that. It would have been easy to go overboard with this but they've kept it in check and created a really drinkable, interesting and engaging ale.

Dec 24, 2016
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -5%

Dec 13, 2014
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Nov 22, 2014
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 04, 2016
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5%

Nov 08, 2014
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Budlum from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 13, 2016
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Nov 14, 2014
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dangelop from New York

4/5  rDev 0%

Nov 09, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden

The color is dull copper with mild haze and thin head of tan with tight bead no lace or retention to speak of. The aroma is nicely hop oriented with strong grass and pine aroma as you might expect from a Simcoe ale with some fruity esters augmenting the hops.
The feel is good with med high body with moderately high carbonation and light bitterness up front with subtle sweetness and semi-dry feel throughout with good balance of malt and hops with almost no alcohol influence on the palate. There is a very low astringency in the feel.

The flavor is great with mild rye up front and light herbal hop taste verging on piney with slight toasted grain and a generic citrus tinge in the back with nice rye augmenting the simoce flavor. Overall I think the best thing about this beer is how drinkable it is. I was pleased with the malt and the rye is there but the simcoe is in perfect balance making this amber a good candidate for multiples.

Sep 28, 2012
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 07, 2016
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Brew33 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Nov 14, 2014
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

Nov 02, 2014
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jan 04, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mar 19, 2016
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Firkin - Simcoe wet hopped...

A - Two fingers worth of airy fluffy big bubbled khaki colored carbonation... The color was a deep yet vibrant and glowing garnet red... Fairly still with only a couple of stray carbonation bubbles... Some rings of lacing cling to the glass...

S - A modest yet effective punch of simcoe hops to start... A slightly spicy rye component emerges next... Grassy... Lots of bready malts...

T - The simcoe hops shine at the forefront and throughout - they're even and consistent... A deep malt base lies beneath the surface... The spicy rye component is rather muted but still slightly noticeable...

M -On the lighter side of medium bodied... Silky smooth... Slightly lush... Very light carbonation...

D - This one was gone before I knew it... Fantastic offering... Perhaps my favorite from Pizza Boy to date... I would (will) drink this one with regularity... If this was bottled, I would always have this one present... Wonderful hop flavor and balance from my favorite hop varietal in a striking 6% ABV package... A job very well done...

Dec 01, 2012
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Thesoundandthefury from Washington

3/5  rDev -25%

Nov 08, 2014
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reizorc from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 13, 2016
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StormKing47 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

Feb 07, 2013
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lpotter from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Dec 13, 2014
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BradC from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +8%

Nov 08, 2014
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prodgerm from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

Nov 25, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft offering at Als. The brew appears a clear amber color with a yellowish tan frothy head that displays solid retention. A light swirl effortlessly revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

This brew has a citrus nose with an herbal element and toasty biscuit-like grain inclusion. Some dark fruit almost like current emerges as it warms up. It displays a nice balance of character between hops, grain an alcohol.

The taste has a solid rye presence that is mildly fruity before going to more of a flavor like toast or biscuits. A solid herbal hop feel lingers with a rindy bitter element. Nothing about this brew is out of place or dominates in character. It is well blended and enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking with a nice balance of character. Of all the pizza boy brews, this one is the most well balanced of his ipas (in my opinion) really a treat to reink. The rye isnt hiding and the hops are bold enough to let you know whats up. No problems drinking a few of these. Very well done.

Oct 10, 2012
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Draft was just fine, though the bottle I'm having tonight is way overcarbed.

Oct 27, 2012
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%

22 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Hazy reddish-amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Light carbonation.

Pine sap, mango, tangerine, caramel, and wintergreen.

Big pine sap, green floral, and wintergreen flavors. Lesser notes of tangerine, mango, and grapefruit. Firm caramel backing with rye on the finish.

Medium-plus bodied, silky, and semi-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Simcoe hop flavors, caramel, and rye are even distributed throughout the flavor profile. It's good but I'm not entirely sure if the $11 price tag is justified.

Oct 30, 2014
Simcoe SamuRYE from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 121 ratings