Simcoe (Single Hop Series) | Hermitage Brewing

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Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Simcoe is the latest addition to our single-hop series of india pale ales. The aroma of the hops themselves is a lovely combination of pungent earthiness and sweet fruit. That tropical fruit aroma persists into the glass, while the flavor that carries over to the finished beer has a solid bitterness with a nice piney undertone, dominated by a robust citrus, grapefruit-like quality. The beer finishes dry, leaving a clean, almost minty aftertaste on the palate. Another delicious example of what hops can contribute to the art of beer.

Added by zeff80 on 04-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours an orange amber color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A good bite of pine with subtle lemon lime citrus. Plenty of caramel malt.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. Good pine with the citrus being more of an orange and grapefruit variety.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Good pine bit meets good citrus and a solid caramel malt base.

(O)- A solid single hopped beer with most of the right stuff. A little too heavy on the malt base for me, when I would just like the hop varietal to shine.

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3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: 8-oz. (I think) hotel shaker glass
From: Kelly’s Liquors in San Jose, Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: April 14, 2016
Consumed: April 15, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on bottle

Kind of looking forward to trying this. Have had one other Hermitage beer (Hoptopia) and I did not care for it. Really into the single hop IPAs lately, so wanted to give Simcoe a try here. No born on date as far as I could tell on the bottle. I don’t like that. Also just noticed that this is under “retired” on Beer Advocate, although most recently someone rated it on March 26, 2016.

Poured a caramel, honey, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white head. Some light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of fairly layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled spicy Simcoe, floral hops, caramel malts, citrus, sharp pine, hints of tropical zest and lime. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste initially was a bit unbalanced. Getting spicy dry Simcoe, bitter, earthy muted grapefruit rind, caramel malts, pine needles, sugary floral hops and a touch of tropical rind. Fairly boozy. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Bitter, boozy, abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.00)

Did not think this was anything special overall, although I still have not ideal when it was bottled. (Overall - 3.50)

3.47 | 79 | B-

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of piney hops, slight citrus, sweet malt, resin, slight alcohol, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of piney hops, slight citrus, sweet malt, resin, slight alcohol, and slight caramel malt. Overall, good balance, not too bitter, good appearance, and decent aroma.

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3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Insane head retention & nice lacing

S: Pink grapefruit with faint breadyness & caramel

T: Big time, faint breadyness & catty hop notes up front. More cattyness & pine as this warms, along with some caramel fighting through. Finishes piney with a touch of grapefruit, a whisper of pineapple & breadyness

MF: Medium bodied/slightly chew with low carbonation, fairly well balanced for the style

Drinkable albeit a tad slow for me, drinks more like a DIPA. Not sure how fresh this is, no dating on the bottle, I don't think this at optimum. Looking at prior MO reviews, I'm a least a month late to this party, but still tasty & most hop freaks will love this, I merely really liked this...

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3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin, sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and other tropical fruits.

T - Good burnt toast maltiness with a sharp bitterness. It had nice fruitiness with some tart grapefruit bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - I really enjoyed this one. The Single Hop Series are some of their best beers.

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4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single Hop Series Simcoe picked up at Riverside Red X for around 6 dollars.
Bomber bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A- This is the only one out of the 3 different beers from the Single Hop Series that didn't gush when opened. Pours a solid copper color with nice sticky cream colored head that laces wonderfully on the glass. Off to a good start.

S- Wow. This one must be fresh compared to the other ones. Hops seem to shine through on this one. Aromas of resinous pine dominate. Sweet tropical fruits seem to have a back seat to the pine. Overly ripe, almost sour pineapple comes to mind for the fruity aromas.

T- Pleasant amount of bitterness. Tropical fruit dominates on the taste. Sweet, yet bitter. More grapefruit than pine. More of a grapefruit/pineapple hybrid fruit if there was such of thing.

M- On the high side of medium bodied. Ideal amount of carbonation.

O- With out a doubt the best Single Hop Series beer I've had from this brewery. Couldn't find bottle dates on the bottles so maybe this is the freshest one. Who knows? Really enjoyed this one.

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Simcoe (Single Hop Series) from Hermitage Brewing
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