Imperial Simcoe Slacker
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IPA - American
Ranked #3,517
Ranked #20,064
3.87 | pDev: 7.49%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Despite his bitterness, lack of power and insuperable aversion to any over-the-counter labor- he kind of has a charming charisma, and perhaps he is even lovable. Somehow we find him unbelievable irresistible and stimulating because he is one of the few that masters the ability to effortlessly impress with wide-ranging conversation even though he was not even supposed to be here today.
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BWED from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a nonic.

A- Light gold, hazy. Lumpy off-white head. Great lacing left behind.
S- Citrus, piney. Mild straw/light toast malt. Fruity, sweet juice notes as well.
T- Straw and toast come through under a fruity, yet dull pithy bitterness of grapefruit.
M- Body medium with a bitter finish.

Jun 11, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned spring 2016; drank 6/11/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy yellow/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge, noisy bright white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Pine needle, cane sugar & faint lime notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mango & dry pine needle flavors up front; fresh-cut grass & faint fresh ganja notes on the finish.

Not my IPA profile, certainly, but slightly above average.

Apr 15, 2019
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Four pack copped from Bottle King in Livingston. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

Feb 05, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
Batch #008

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy pale orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango), nice little pine/diesel like. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango), nice little pine/diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Nice to see it around here.

Jan 17, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 007. Poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours an almost clear, golden color with an enormous, fluffy bright-white head and lacing. The smell is dominated by bitter citrus. Mostly lemon but some grapefruit. I can't tell the age of the can but the base is sweet, bready malt with light citrus and bitter, biting Simcoe hops. It's nicely balanced albeit on the sweet malt side. Overall, this is quite drinkable and a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops.

Jun 10, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's been a while that I enjoyed a great East Coast(?) style IPA for its crisp, dry and bitter flavor. Now it came down from the Heavens - or was I wrong to see Jesus' figure on the can? :)
Anyway, if not a work of religious art, it is definitely an ode, an ode to Simcoe. Simcoe, that you don't drink straight too often for being a bittering hop - but now you got it. This is how to make a superb IPA out of Simcoe.
I am honestly glad that Evil Twin came out with this as I've always been fascinated by Simcoe, trying to decipher its taste out of the complex IPAs - and now here I have it, full on. And it's amazing. And it's piney. Earthy.
And now I know what adds that punch to the best IPAs. That piney, twisty bitterness, that fascinating taste that lies underneath. Well, this is the time that it got brought up to the surface and this is where it shall stay!
Forever live Simcoe! Cheers to this great beer, thanks Evil Twin!

May 05, 2018
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YungAnejo from Nevada

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #003
Pour from 16oz can into snifter glass, inch of consistent white head, pale yellow body, minimal lacing

Aroma is lots of pine with a hint of grape fruit, with a bready malt funk, I’m with it

Taste is dank, bitter earthy pine hops followed by a toast like bread flavor

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slightly thicker, resin comes to mind, long dry sticky finish

Overall I picked up this single can for $3 something and I’m satisfied, I think it may be old since it’s lacking some of the citrus flavors I associate with Simcoe but still solid

Feb 28, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am rather inCANredulous at how many CANs of Evil Twin Brewing's beer I have acCANumulated for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm)! I had begun running through them at the end of New Beer Sunday (Week 677) & CANtinued my efforts yesterday during NBS (Week 678) so now I am simply finishing up. I have a couple/few days' worth left, but since my 53rd birthday is next Sunday (Week 679) & I have plans that may curtail my involvement that day, I am getting them in while I CAN.

From the CAN: "Despite his bitterness, lack of power and insuperable aversion to any over-the-counter labor- he kind of has a charming charisma, and perhaps he is even lovable. Somehow we find him unbelievable irresistible and stimulating because he is one of the few that masters the ability to effortlessly impress with wide-ranging conversation even though he was not even supposed to be here today."

I Crack!ed the CAN open & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention that left behind nice lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all vying for a taste. Nose did not have the cattiness that I expected from a beer with "Simcoe" so prevalent in its name, but no matter. Pine, melon, tropical fruits, slight dank, some cattiness and an earthy maltiness were all in evidence on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium. This was more in line with what I expect from an AIPA - it was quite bitter, very citrusy with grapefruit & lemon peel leading the way, underscored by Simcoe the Kitty & her cattiness, backed up with an earthy maltiness and then finished with honeydew melon which was not terribly sweet, either. It was not so bitter as to be puckering or off-putting, but when I rail against the modern tropical hop flavors, I would be remiss if I did not rave about one that taste the way that I expect. Finish was dry, bitter, catty, dank & just the way I would want it. YMMV.

Feb 21, 2018
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about a finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus and grass. Citrus hop scent of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Earthy hop scent of grass and cannabis. Malt hints of caramel, cracker, and grains with some yeast. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus and grass. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, and lemon. Earthy hop notes of grass and some pine. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, drying, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A very good IPA. Good mix of citrus and grassy hop flavors.

Jan 26, 2018
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear yellow golden color with white head. Grass, hay, light pine, and very light fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more grass and a light fruit.

Jul 19, 2017
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with near perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, creamy, dense, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium floral, herbal and over-ripe pineapple aromas with medium light maltiness beneath. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a very smooth feel through the middle. Pleasant warmth from the middle to the end. Medium high herbal hop flavors up front with light flora notes beneath. Medium malt flavors. Medium high, spicy hop bitterness through the middle that carries through to the end. Boozy heat emerges from the middle to the finish, Finished semi-dryly with a strong lingering pine hop bitter aftertaste surrounded by herbal notes. Aromas were a bit subdued, particularly the hop aromas, and were evenly balanced. Flavors were intense and herbal with a fairly strong bitterness that lingers a bit long and detracts from the drinkability. Feel was a on the thinner side and lack creaminess. Intense hop flavors and bitterness are the showcase.

Jun 21, 2017
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Balanced with a bitter finish, another impressive hoppy offering from Evil Twin. Simcoe showcases well on the nose, and finishes clean without dissapearing

Jun 07, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a lot on herbal notes. Grass, chive but also cannabis all over the place. Some pine needles and a bit of grapefruit. The maltbackbone brings balance to this beer. Really drinkable stuff

May 13, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Mildly hazy yellow to light gold. Good visible carbonation, and a one-finger white head that fades quickly.

S: Melon, tropical fruits, spice/onion, pine, and lesser notes of citrus fruit. Very light cracker malts in the background. Not a huge aroma, but decent.

T: Melons, onion, resin, and tropical fruit. Some grapefruit and a bit dank. Very light cracker malts again. A bit herbal and flowery as well. The malts stay in the background and let the hops do their thing. Modest fruity bitterness in the hang.

M: A light crisp body and a good amount of carbonation sensation. The alcohol is maybe a smidgen higher than average but well within an acceptable range.

O: A malt bill that I dig (largely absent light cracker malts), but not a hop profile that I’m in love with. If you enjoy big Simcoe, then fine. I’ll drink the other 3 without a problem but won’t be going back for seconds.

Feb 17, 2017
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy golden color, half finger white head, great lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Hops, tropical fruits.

T: Hoppy, sweet and bitter at the same time. Slightly malty. Very good!

F: Medium bodied, good drinkability.

O: Very good IPA. Eviltwin have done it again.

Feb 15, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One pint can poured into a pint glass.

Mildly hazed golden color with lots of visible carbonation, it tops with one finger of foamy white head that withstands for a while with pretty good retention before sinking to some long-lasting bubble sheet atop along with some patch of lace on the glass-side.

Strong resiny note that is almost pungent in the aroma, piney, tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, and lime, all of these scents are derived from the hop quality while malt with note of sweetness, bread, and caramel in the background.

It is still led by strong resiny hop in the taste with its persistent resiny bitterness together with the other hoppy profiles ranging from pine, tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, lime, and a bit spice. Malt is also there with its subtle sweetness and breadiness undertone.

Medium body with some lively crisp carbonation generated smooth mouthfeel through the palate, finish is dry.

Simcoe plays a vital role here through its strong resiny and piney character, good American IPA with hop nicely forwards.

Jan 06, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fairly weak for an "Imperial beer. A bit lacking in the aroma and flavor departments but that may be due to age. The stamp at the bottom of the 16 oz can says "Batch 001". This beer was first rated in April 2016 and I drank it in November 2016. Poured into a pint glass, it delivers a big frothy head with average retention, a cloudy hazy yellow color, some sediment at the bottom of the glass and a few wisps of lacing. Aroma is fairly mild, some grassy and piney hops and a little sweet malt. The flavor is somewhat subdued as well, mostly a balance between grassy hops and biscuity malt with a little rich sweet malt and some piney hops added. Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat bitter, but I was expecting a bigger flavor package than this in a high abv AIPA. OK beer but nothing special.

Nov 21, 2016
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Mdog from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Nice citrus aroma.

Taste: Starts with some sweetness then moves to a nicely bitter citrus flavor. Kind of reminds me of orange tang, in a good way.

Overall: Tried a 4 pack of this now that it is in cans rather than bombers. Nice IPA, I'm a fan of simcoe in that it has a nice citrus bite with a little different feel than the other "C" hops. Good stuff.

Nov 20, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an above average amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: A good, subtle aroma of hops, light malt notes, citrus, and pine.

T: Tasted of some light pine notes, a little bit of malt, a big hops presence (not as as much as I thought), some citrus (lemon, in particular), and a hint of caramel as well. A very solid flavor that's quite hop-centric. In general, a well balanced taste. Borders on being too hoppy.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: For the most part this is a solid beer. It isn't the greatest IPA ever, but it's drinkable.

Nov 13, 2016
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CHickman from New York

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a tallboy can it pours a slightly hazy gold color with a 2+ foamy white head that was packed with bubbles, the head itself dissipating very, very slowly and leaves really good spotty foamy lacing all over the glass as it went down.

Smells grassy and full of floral and piney hop notes up front, followed by earthy tones, hay, toasted grains, wheat, lemon zest, orange peel and light onion and/or weed. Smells just as malty as it is hoppy with nice balance but rather muted for a Simcoe focused brew.

Tastes similar to the nose and is grassy and full of floral and piney hops up front, followed by toasted grains, cracked wheat, earthy tones, hay, dry leaves, wet cardboard, faint caramel, wheat bread crust, herbs, lemon zest, orange peel and light onion and/or weed. It's so grainy it almost seems powdery with some texture to it and dry as it finishes. Even though it seems very average it goes down pretty easy and hides the 7.5% ABV very well.

Mouthfeel is slick and seems thin, but then there's a slight chewyness and texture as it slides down - a very odd contrast. Light carbonation, a light to medium body and a slight bitterness help this fade on the dry side, but overall it didn't really excite me. I'd have it again for sure, but would not seek it out.

Nov 04, 2016
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pkalix from California

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very lemon-y... a bit mellow and easy to drink, especially for a 7.5% brew.... in the end, however, just another generic product from Evil Twin.... decent, but not remarkable.

Sep 25, 2016
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy pale gold in color with a finger of fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has a surprising amount of caramel malt with some pine and grassy hop notes. Taste is more of the same with slightly sweet caramel malt upfront followed by a mix of grassy and piney hops and a touch of bitterness followed by a piney sweet finish. Decent mouthfeel, light-medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight hop slickness. Overall a decent beer, too sweet for my tastes but still drinkable.

Sep 24, 2016
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Kendo from New York

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the pint-sized can into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy straw-golden with a small, fairly bright, white head on top. Some lacing up top and legs of lace on the way down.

S: Some citrusy pine over a surprisingly strong scent of caramel malt.

T: First impression: not impressed. Grassy straw comes to mind, along with a hodge-podge of other flavors: some pine and citrus peel or pith - the more biting bitterness you get from citrus fruit. White grape and grape skins and under-ripe peaches. Lemon or lemon peel at the finish, with a combination of lingering grassiness, lemon peel (or zest) and malt sweetness, which fights to poke through. Reminds me of a German pilsner at times, probably due to the grassiness (which always reminds me of the Noble hops).

M: Active, modestly sharp carbonation. Heft is medium.

O: As I noted earlier, I remain unimpressed.

Sep 14, 2016
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RyanK252 from California

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy light than head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Pine, zesty citrus, fruity notes, crackery malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit and lemon, pine, light floral and fruity notes, maybe white grapes, white peach, mango, and maybe berries, a bit spicy, grassy, earthy, herbal, crackery malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not really what I was expecting from an allegedly simcoe powered beer, but it is enjoyable.

Sep 07, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange with an off-white froth that mounts this beast like it owns it. Citrus, grain and lemon in the aroma. Light fruits cover the palate, leaving little room for a faint, spicy bitterness. Light in body with something a little off in the aftertaste.

Not a true slacker, but could use some ambition and cleaning up it's room that's for sure.

Aug 24, 2016
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