Simcoe Pale Ale | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guess2814
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is there best Pale Ale besides the Abner.. This beer is about 5.5% alcohol and the hops are intense.. It has a very light yellow look to it.. Smooth as heck this beer.. One of the best pale ale's i've had... Every beer I had from Hill Farmstead has been on point.. I put this among there best beers..CHEERS to this beer...

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4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury.

A: Hazy pale amber body, 1-finger white head. Good retention, nice lace. Solid.

S: Bright, fruity hoppiness. Huge grapefruit, tropical notes, and pine resin. Amazing.

T: Pure hops, nothing else. Huge fruitiness up front, strong bitterness on teh finish. Cleanly bitter, almost chalky finish. Great.

M: Soft, creamy, delicate. Wow.

O: Incredibly good pale ale. I enjoyed it far more than Edward.

Cheers!

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4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA
Also got a mini growler to go.

Sampled on tap, but later poured from my growler into a Zero Gravity jumbo pils glass. Effervescent! Cloudy golden-yellow color, aggressive poured to obtain a full 4-finger, white, foamy head; this receded to a thin bubbly cap but otherwise retained through the session leaving sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma...it just doesn't get any better than this. On of the best-smelling beers evar, I believe, LOVE Simcoe hops, and mighty fresh too. Tons of lemon and grapefruit on the nose, grassy and sweet. This followed through to the taste, a blast of hop bitterness up front, followed by a crisp zesty flood of lemon and grapefruit; pale malts bringing up the rear for a mild toastiness in the background. HF, you've done it again. This really treads the sharp border between a APA and an IPA, but you don't hear me complaining either way. Crisp vivacious mouthfeel, light-medium body, and wonderfully drinkable. Cheers!

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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap today at HF; now drinking from a growler.

Delicious both times. I actually enjoyed this far more than the Galaxy, although I don't feel comfortable reviewing that as I think my tastebuds were burnt out by the time I got to it.

Anyways - here is my Simcoe review.

I'm not sure why, but I must really like beer that tastes like piss.
Cat piss, that is.

A - Hazy yellow with a thick white head that disappears somewhat fast. A bit of lacing.
S - Delicious citrusy happy hoppy smell. Very catty. A bit of marshmallow-y vanilla-like sweetness. Just a touch of graininess to the smell.
T - Somewhat grainy again - followed by a citrus sour punch.
MF - Fine carbonation. Dranks re-aul naice aynd smoooothlike.
DB - Too drinkable for me. As in, way too drinkable for the fact that its a 1.5 hour drive to HF for me. On the other hand, I should be thankful I'm so close.

This beer is beautiful in it's simplicity. This is an exquisitely crafted beer with bold, well-defined flavors.

YUMMY YUMMY CAT PEE!!

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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a small white head, nose is fruity, pine and well, classic simcoe.

Taste is awesome its super fresh and fruity, mango and grapefruit all over the place. Mothfeel is smooth and creamy

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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill of Simcoe Pale Ale during the Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest. Served 3 days later.

The beer pours a hazy light amber with a small creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves down to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with hops. Grass and pine dominate, but notes of lemon and grapefruit are also present. The aroma lasts quite a while and doesn't dissipate like other hoppy beers.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is loaded with hops. It begins with lemon and grapefruit citrus. Some light tropical fruit appear in the middle and it finishes dry and moderately bitter with pine and grass notes. Hidden in the background is some bready malt that does a good job of holding this beer together. Once gone the lemon and pine flavor lingers on the palate.

This is beer loaded with hoppy flavor. Not a lot of bitterness or sweetness. A hop lovers delight.

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4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a stemmed glass. This was filled 3 days ago at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light apricot color. Very light color for a pale ale. Light/pale gold. Leaves a finger of white, fluffy head that fades to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Tangerine, lemon rinds, nice citrusy hops, floral scents, a hint of resin.

Taste: Nice citrus hops, earthy tones, a bit of lemon zest, grapefruit: very smooth taste. The simcoe hops really shine in this one.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light to medium, creamy body. The finish is remarkably smooth. Very crisp and refreshing.

Overall: This is a very crisp, tasty, refreshing pale ale. Very well crafted and delicious. So very easy drinking.

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4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Pro Pig in Waterbury!

A: Gorgeous, hazy, lemon yellow with a fine head, retention, and lace.

S: Earthy, spicy, floral...Simcoe!

T: Has that HF signature deliciousness. Just incredible. Everything a PA should be plus the unique character of Simcoe hops. I was never sure if I was a fan of this hop bc there aren't many beers that highlight it but as usual HF knocks it out of the park.

M: The smoothest, most flavorful, most consistent PA I've had in a long while. Wow.

O: Very different from Zero Gravity's Sim City that I had earlier in the day but that was an IPA and this is a PA. Each time I drink a HF I'm reminded of why the hype is real. The gaps between each HF beer are so long that I forget that it's the best stuff in the country.

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Simcoe Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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