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Fresh Hop Simcoe IPA | Ass Clown Brewing

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Brewed by:
Ass Clown Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by merc7186 on 10-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by thecheapies:
Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ass Clown High Hops Simcoe Wet Hop IPA

Ale brewed with honey.

Green wax top, bottle split three ways. Served in taster glasses.

Iced tea color. Coppery dark amber. Thin whispy beige head.

Earthy simcoe hops with notes of pine and some dank citrus. Toasty malts. Leafy hop zing, but mildly bitter in the nose. Lovely nose.

Gentle bitterness with big dry piney notes and smacking earthy toasted malts. Resinous grapefruit notes. Sweetness lingers and mixes with a floral honey note. Finishes toasty and dank. Lightly tart, woody, ruby red grapefruit, unripe melon. A little green. This hop benefits from some kind of malty backbone.

Softly carbonated. Body is rich with oils. A good drink.

Damn good single hop IPA. Recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dogfishandi
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to scott (merc7186) for sharing this at our last tasting!

growler at about fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a very nice darkish red color, almost a ruby red with a nice 2 fingers of off white head. big bubbles, great retention and some very nice sticky lace. the slightest bit cloudy.

wow, very nice aroma, its like im smelling fresh hops off the vine. big tropical fruit and some citrus. peaches come to mind initially, also some mango, nectarine. smells very fresh and green.

the taste follows the aroma with that big tropical fruit, peachy hops. so fresh and green tasting. hardly any malt detectable, the slightest hint of a bready, crackery malt. some bitterness lingers in the finish, but i was maybe expecting more.

medium to light in body. IMO, had this beer had a little more body, a slightly heavier mouthfeel, it would have made for an extraordinary IPA, still very good.

overall, prolly the best fresh hop beer ive had this year. such a direct fresh hoppy taste, like no other IPA. really loved the fruity, peachy hop flavors. it could have maybe used a touch more body and a touch more bitterness, but still amazing as it is.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of njable
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ajtorres311
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy with fluffy bright white head.  
Smell is off the chain. Super fresh. Fresh tropical fruits peach mango nectarines pineapple super fresh hops. Incredible aroma. 
Taste is white grapefruit. Some tropical fruit notes. A bit malty. Very tasty.
Thick mouthfeel. A bit boozy but hardly noticeable. 

Overall very good.  Super duper fresh smelling and tasting. I am at a loss to think of an IPA that tops the freshness in the scent. Amazing aroma. 

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark copper colored beer. Head is off-white and drops to a small cap with a slightly larger creamy collar. Splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slight push of leafy Simcoe. Pine resin with a sweet malt backing. Some cooked and caramelized malts. Caramel and biscuit. Carries the same issue as the last bottle with a strong oxidized character. A bit of citrus in the back. Pretty soft overall.

Taste: Solid malt body with some big caramel malts. A bit of toasted biscuit with some seriously cooked and caramelized malts. Single is a bit light, only leaving hints of leafy oily pine. A bit of backing bitterness, but it's light. Some slight earthy sweetness in the back as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation. Medium body. Relatively clean with a hint of lingering dryness.

Overall: Uhhh....yeah.

I think I missed the boat here. Maybe the bottle didn't live up to the draft version, but this is a problematic miss. Some buried potential and I wish I could tap it.

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Photo of mccallisters_dali
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Sperzel
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a growler as a gift from a friend. Thanks, Jeanette!

Dark red-amber color with a nice off-white head that started around 2 fingers thick. The head retention is fantastic leaving splotches down the glass. Really rich aroma heavy with fresh citrus-like hops and I think I'm even getting a faint sweetness not unlike maple syrup. Flavor is a big flower/citrus hop punch with a deep, almost smokey earthiness leaving a slight oil coating on the palate. The finish is a bold and sweet bitterness that packs quite a punch when breathing out through the nose. The body is a bit thin with a smaller amount of carbonation that I expected.

I'm not as big of a hop head as I used to be so the bitterness on the finish is a bit strong for my personal taste. Probably because the beer is so fresh. It's definitely a must try for any fan of the IPAs. I have some smoked Gouda to nibble on and it pairs quite well.

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Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Lob
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of GameChicken
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Fresh Hop Simcoe IPA from Ass Clown Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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