Simcoe Pale Ale
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #41
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,009
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.75%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
199
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 25, 2021
Added:
Aug 11, 2011
Wants:
  25
Gots:
  9
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Notes: An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with one of our favorite hop varieties: Simcoe!
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Rated: 4.52 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
L: Hazy yellow with a small white head and good lacing on an aggressive pour.

S: Pine needles, grapefruit, and pineapple hop notes jump out front with a soft stonefruit character adding additional support. The malt is fairly aromatic providing a clean bready backdrop for the hops and yeast esters.

T: Mild bitterness upfront, moves into juicy grapefruit and pineapple flavors with a slightly resinous pine edge. The malt is stays in the background supporting the big hop flavors.

M: Crisp, dry with a nice moderate body.

Overall: A phenomenal showcase of Simcoe hops. So drinkable and flavorful. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a light, hoppy ale with a lot of character.
Sep 12, 2020
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with 2 fingers of effervescent white head. The head leaves a string of cobweb lacing before settling into a thin sheet.

The aroma brings a fuckton of grapefruit, as well as some orange rind and lemon zest. There's plenty of biscuit malt with a touch of pine.

The flavor follows the nose, bringing notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange, and cracker malt. Herbaceous and floral throughout.

The feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and highly drinkable.

Overall, this is a very good pale ale that nicely showcases the Simcoe hop. It's incredibly straightforward, especially for HF, but it's still a well made beer and definitely worth trying.
Sep 09, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by Jillobean from New York

Jun 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

Jan 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Dec 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by eddiefl from New York

Dec 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. can. Bright yellow orange and hazy with a big white head. Smells of grapefruit hops and doughy malt. Tastes of zesty citrus like grapefruit and lime. A touch of woodsy pine. Malt profile is a little sharper than the nose implied. Finishes with aggressive grapefruit bitterness. Medium light. The aggressive bitterness is the only thing that slows it down. Delicious.
Dec 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.44 by Hendry from Vermont

Dec 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by smb71481 from Vermont

Dec 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.37 by MJSFS from Florida

Oct 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by tazzman from Florida

Oct 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.22 by rolltide from Pennsylvania

Sep 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.4 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Sep 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Sep 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.54 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Sep 09, 2019
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the Archives
Jul 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

Apr 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Apr 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Apr 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Mar 30, 2019
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Reviewed by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Consumed 3/19/19

A: Pale yellow orange, a touch milky - hazy - pours with a small, white head, fades to a few wisps, retains a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Complex and balanced - citrus, with some orange and grapefruit juice, zest - floral citrus - leafy and herbal hops - woodsy, earthy, and spicy notes - some additional fruity aromas, hints of peach, apricot, and maybe some melon, mango - clean, pale malt base

T: Soft but potent citrus, with some tangerine, orange, and grapefruit juice, notes of zest - some floral and lightly spicy citrus - soft pine and some notes of mint - lightly earthy and woodsy notes - vaguely tropical notes, additional fruitiness including slight notes of peach and berries - low bitterness - clean, pale malts with just a touch of sweetness

M: On the light side of medium, smooth, low carbonation

O: [Insert Hill Farmstead praise here]

Hill Farmstead's pale ales all have a lot in common, which makes it even more notable that even the single-hop creations are inexplicably complex and unique in their own ways. I have had a lot of beers brewed with Simcoe, and I have had a lot of beers with just Simcoe. And Hill Farmstead somehow gets every imaginable flavor out of the hops and sets it against a backdrop of a perfectly balanced malt base. Another winner.
Mar 30, 2019
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 3/4/19

Pours a hazy, bright light gold with a finger of creamy, white head, which recedes fairly quickly but leaves behind an ample and persistent smattering of spotty lacing along with a light, mostly bubbly collar of foam.

Aroma opens with aggressive but rounded dose of sweaty, earthy hops which soon calm to vinous, herbal, dank grapefruit and citrus tones highlighting orange and tangerine pith; light and slightly spicy crackery malt appears toward the finish.

Taste profile brings hoppy orange, grapefruit peel, and a bursting, dank mixture of tropical fruits and wet grass; lemon zest and light crackery malt make up the back end.

Mouthfeel shows a body on lighter side of medium and balanced carbonation that together glide seamlessly across the palate, consistently juicy throughout, while simultaneously building to a drying, crisp finish with just a light, fleeting bitterness. Masterful for a hazy pale ale.

Hill Farmstead strikes again with some brilliant balance here, capped by a mouthfeel nearly beyond reproach, and one that makes this absolutely top-tier in the league of crushable hazy pale ales. For all its simplicity, this is consistently both flavorful and incredibly enjoyable.
Mar 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.38 by cp45 from New Jersey

Mar 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.11 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Mar 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Mar 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by zotzot from Vermont

Mar 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.59 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Mar 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.45 by edthehead from New York

Mar 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Mar 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

Aug 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jul 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.07 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

May 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.57 by ContentmentDIPA from Vermont

May 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

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.
May 12, 2018
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can from Kevin
Apr 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 20, 2018
Simcoe Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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