Simcoe (Single Hop Series) | Hermitage Brewing

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Hermitage Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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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3.47/5  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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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited Hermitage's Tap Room on Saturday August 10th.

Tried their Hoptopia IPA, but loved the Simcoe; So much so I was to purchase a Growler until the tap ran out.

Very pleasant grapefuit aroma, not too hoppy, and smooth.

One of their best beers!

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional, well balanced, hop-forward IPA. A nearly flawless example of the style.

A - Clarity is near crystal. Off white 2 finger head, with retention lasting around 2 minutes. Leaves a lace on the glass. Well carbonated, with a never-ending thin head atop the beer.

S - Pine, and grapefruit, or sour citrus. There isn't a massive hop aroma, but I wish there was given the flavor. Can't tell if this is dry hopped. Hard to smell the beer after a few swigs.

T - The 7% alcohol goes unnoticed with the smooth malt, and intense hop flavors and bitterness. The malt bill is perfect in the background. Pine and bitter grapefruit with grilled pineapple flavors. There's also an enjoyable resinous taste and sensation from this hop, with a little garlic/onion edge. Subtle, sweet citrus in the background. Complex flavors. The only 'fault' of this beer is the intense, lingering hop flavors of the Simcoe.

M - Just enough sweetness to balance the hop bitterness. Medium bodied with lingering hop oils.

O - Top shelf IPA. I'd recommend this to any hop head and brewer as excellent examples of Simcoe hops and the IPA style.

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Simcoe (Single Hop Series) from Hermitage Brewing
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 27 ratings