Simcoe Pale Ale | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with one of our favorite hop varieties: Simcoe!

Added by kingcrowing on 08-11-2011

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#1,543
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
215
pDev:
7.98%
 
 
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Photo of rdoggg
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopley
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque pale maize with a large off-white foam.

Smell is spicy, peppery and citric of lemon, orange and even lime with mild accents of fresh sticky icky, mint and vanilla cream.

The flavor of malty shortcake leads into mildly spicy eucalyptus with a minimal spritz of lemon and melon. This is one of the rare ones by HF where the malt gets a little too in the way of the hops--which is too bad, because Simcoe is my favorite and I was really looking forward to this one.

The moderate to light body has an airy froth that condenses softly, finishing powder dry.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Kevin

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jhfinn
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, grapefruit juice color in the glass, and nice simple hop delivery--but not fruity--in taste. Dry-hopping step gives it another subtle hop wave through the aftertaste. Solid as a rock, and sessionable.

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Photo of MrDarcy
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jgmiller829
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a moderately hazy golden orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This is a really delightful use of one of my favorite hops- there's sweet tangerine, pungent piney hops, fresh hops, mango and grass.

This is way more flavorful than the 5.2% ABV would tend to indicate, as there's a big blast of juicy and bitter hop flavor here- fresh cut grass and fresh pine, with lots of tangerine and mango, as just the slightest hint of biscuity malt character.

This is light bodied, incredibly drinkable and crisp, with a normal level of carbonation.

In a situation that surprised no one, this is crazy good.

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Photo of Kurzman
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can, dated 03/19/18. Served in an IPA glass.

Pours a thoroughly hazy, super-pale grapefruit-gold with a scant finger of soapy white head. Little retention and no lacing, just a thick-bubbled little collar.

Very faint nose of sweet citrus and punky wood.

Interesting taste that's a little hard for me to pin down - a pungent, funky, musty, mouldering, tart fruit character, sort of a kiwi or gooseberry thing. A light, cakey malt body, slightly sweet, low-to-moderate bitterness, and a fast, dry finish.

Feel is clean, dry and quenching, medium-light bodied with quite light carbonation and a little mineral bite at the end.

A surprisingly complicated flavour profile for a single-hop beer. Like all of Mr. Hill's pale ales it is, of course, totally delicious.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Canned on 3/19/18. Opened on 3/22/18

A cloudy and thick looking white gold color. White sea foamy cover. Lacy, foam leftover in the wake. Exellent thick frothy coverage throughout the duration.

Major simcoe hoppy aromatics. Various tropical sweet fruitiness, strawberry, banana, mango, citrus...freshly crushed hop cones. Simcoe gives off a wonderful hop aroma.

This "Pale Ale" comes across much more like a classic New England Style ipa. The Simcoe hop complexity is pretty deep. A dry, earthy, semi bitter bite happens first, sweet fruits in the background, pine resin and pineapple upfront. Multiple levels of hop flavor seems to mutate with every sip. An excellent crispy , light earthy malt balance is pretty right on as well. I really love to focus on one hop strain, especially when it's utilized to the max.

The mouthfeel starts off very crispy and a bit dry, turning thick and practically full. Still, very easy , fresh and crushable.

More high grade goods from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdlb44
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brutalist
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Azpittil57
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Simcoe Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 215 ratings