Fresh Hop Simcoe IPA
Breakside Brewery

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American IPA
Ranked #514
Ranked #6,434
4.26 | pDev: 7.98%
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 26
Photo of Radcpa
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber appearance with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very flavorful fresh hop. Taste is a very pleasant fresh hop that has no bitterness.

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

Tried this on tap at Growler Nation the other day. While pretty tasty, for some reason my recollection is that this was a better beer last year. There's still plenty of lovely wet hop simcoe flavor on the nose, but I thought the beer was just a bit lacking on the palate. It was still quite good, but the flavor profile seemed just a bit light and thin to me. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is pretty good.

Still a fine beer, but at least this year, I prefer the Mosaic hop version of this beer.

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Photo of psychgawsple
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Incredible depth of hop flavor, not sure if this is because of the liquid nitrogen "shattering" process or just because it's a ton of fresh Simcoe. One of the most impressive fresh hop beers I've ever tasted, if you don't live in the PNW you don't know what you're missing

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Photo of almostjay
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

So, I wandered into the pub to pick up a few bottles of the regular IPA and was happily surprised to see some Fresh Hop Simcoe IPA on the board. As someone who debates whether or not Russian River Row 2 Hill 56 is my favorite beer, you can imagine that I didn't waste too much time ordering one.

This beer is apparently the first from Breakside (or anywhere, for that matter) using an experimental process involving liquid nitrogen to flash freeze and subsequently "shatter" the fresh, wet hops. The goal of this process is to retain more of the hop "essence" found in the lupulin glands that sometimes gets over-shadowed using fresh hops. If this beer is a good indicator, I'd say that they've found a winning process.

I won't bore you with tasting notes. If you know enough about beer to know that you like Simcoe hops, do yourself a favor and get to the pub before this stuff is gone. Awesome use of the fresh hops, perfect Simcoe character, and yet another great IPA from Breakside. Well done!

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Fresh Hop Simcoe IPA from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 26 ratings