Simcoe
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #119
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #994
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 7.23%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
536
From:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Notes: Having spent equal time studying at the Citrus School of combat and the Piney School of combat, Pipeworks Simcoe has garnered immense skills when it comes to fighting the horrible, evil, Bland Clan. Prepare your senses for the 1-2 punch of this Simcoe hopped Imperial IPA.
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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, honey, biscuit dough, light caramel/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, honey, biscuit dough, light caramel/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, honey, biscuit dough, light caramel/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is an incredible DIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; amazingly soft feel. Amazing Simcoe profile. Extremely juicy, and lightly dank/earthy hops; with a nice sized dark/bready malt backbone. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing Midwest style example as expected.

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Photo of darktronica
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually think of Pipeworks' ninja series as a single-hop showcase for massive hop character, and this doesn't let me down on that front. However, it also has enough of a malt bill to provide some balance. Simcoe is such an interesting hop for American IPAs, as to my tastes, it comes across as a real battle of East coast versus West coast. Strongly aromatic, with great flavors of citrus and pine dankness simultaneously, followed by some earthy blueberry and melon notes.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned 4/12/19; drank 4/21/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dark orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge eggshell head; thick, frothy lace.

Watermelon Jolly Rancher, caramel, cane sugar & mild pine notes in the nose. Really not my IPA profile...

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel, watermelon Jolly Rancher & mild cane sugar flavors up front; mild pine & mild booze heat notes on the finish.

I think they crafted the beer they were aiming for here; unfortunately, I think it's not very good. Personal preference overriding execution on my grade here, as this beer is unpleasant.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt, very nice citrus, with some pineyness. The taste is hoppy, slight malt, very nice citrus, with some nice pine notes, picking up some tangerine. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a really nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew.

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Photo of FBarber
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange tinged color. Slightly hazy due to the beer being unfiltered. Thick pillowy white head dissipates slowly leaving a nice layer of foam on the top of the beer with some sticky lacing.

Smell is incredibly fragrant. Aromas of citrus, pine, foliage. Tons of simcoe aroma.

Taste is pretty straightforward. Strong simcoe hop presence. Nice balance between the fruitiness and pine. Light cracker malt backbone. Touch of sweetness but not overly so. Slight bitterness on the finish.

Feel is quite lovely. Not to heavy for a DIPA. Medium carbonation. Spot on for a DIPA.

Overall a really nice DIPA. Simcoe really works well with the base DIPA for a lovely beer.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour with a finger of white bubbles, very active in the glass. I like simcoe, but the taste felt too simple for me, especially given the hype. It is still delicious, but for a double ipa I wanted more complexity. Still nice grapefruit, orange, hop bitters, and herbs, plus caramel malt and booze that leaks on the edges. The smell is a different story, where free from the malt and booze heaviness, the hops star fully, relaying great citrus and hop dankness. Feel like I would have enjoyed more as a single ipa

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $9.49. Excited for this one because I loved the Mosaic version of this beer and I know Mosaic has a Simcoe heritage. Golden orange, good head. Earthy, piney, hoppy aroma that is distinctly Simcoe. Pine and berries in the flavor, not too bitter, not boozy at all (surprising). Slightly astringent finish. Nice beer but I prefer the Mosaic.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can you go wrong with Pipeworks single hop IIPA series?

A clear golden ale with as big a head as you want of off-white foam that leaves messy lace all down the glass. Smells like citrus fruits and berries with a woody, earthy edge. On the tongue, herbal pine rounds the fruits nicely, adding something musky to the blackberries and lime. Medium-bodied and smooth, moderately carbonated feel, and a satisfying finish that will definitely call for another glassful.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a big white fluffy head. Earthy hoppy aroma. Very earthy slight pine taste. Slightly sweet. Heavy mouthfeel. Lots of alcohol taste. It’s ok.

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Photo of ChicagoMikeS
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

The color is a slightly hazy orange with a large fairly thick head. There's moderate retention and very sticky lacing.

The malts are almost more prominent than the hops in the nose. There's also a hint of pine.

The flavor is very big but not very complex. It's big hops with quite a bit of malt as well. There's a lack of balance and subtlety, but it's not as bitter as I would expect from a hop bomb. It's certainly not bad, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a DIPA.

The mouthfeel has a very slight creaminess to it, but the alcohol is noticeable in every sip. It's not exactly boozy, but there is a bit of a burn and the 9.5 ABV does begin to wear on you.

Overall I'd say that it's worth trying, especially if you enjoy the simcoe profile or are just looking for a hop overload, but I don't think this is one that I'll be revisiting.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Many thanks.

The beer is orange / russet and fairly hazy with a half inch of off-white head. Aromas of citrus, alcohol, bready malts, pine. These massively hopped, high alcohol beers just get on my nerves. Aggressive alcohol heat / sharpness in the finish. Lacking subtlety and grace. An in your face onslaught of hops and malt. Not entirely bad, but not my preference for the style. There are many DIPAs in the 8-10% abv range that reign far superior. This concludes my rant.

Put a freaking date on the bottle. Seriously.

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

An impressive fluffy white head that lasts forever. Piney and earthy hop aroma and flavor dominate. Very good but I'm not so sure simcoe is a hop I enjoy alone.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%

Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by Sasha - thanks. Batch 467/468.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a half-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Juicy grapefruit, tangerine, orange, pineapple, fruity and floral.

T: Dank and herbal with some pine and solid malt backing.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Resiny and sticky finish.

O: Strong Imp IPA and very hoppy. Well done.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Opened a bomber purchased from Bottles & Cans in Chicago, batch #467/468, and poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy copper/orange color with 2 fingers of dense off-white head. The thick foam lingers around for a while. After sipping, the head falls leaving a nice ring behind.

S - Dank with tropical fruits. Pineapple, grass and pine assault my nose in the best way possible. The smell makes the corners of my mouth water, very inviting.

T/M - The beginning of the sip is sweet, but then immediately followed with the hop bitterness. The rich, malty backbone stands no chance against the massive hop profile. I love the great fruity hop aftertaste that's left behind after I swallow. Medium/slick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - This is everything I look for in an IIPA. Bold, dank, hop-forward, great hop aftertaste. If you're a hop headline myself, you need to try this brew. Definitely well worth it to give it a try, I know I will be seeking this one again.

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Photo of Ri0
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 267/268 poured 22oz bottle into snifter.

A - Rusty orange in color with a dirty white 2 finger head. Slowly fades and leaves behind nice webbed lacing on the glass.

S - A load of hops, pine, grapefruit and pineapple dominate. Sweet caramel and hints of honey scents balance it out.

T - Big hit of hops off the bat. Pine and grapefruit with some sweet pineapple. Sweetnes comes in with waves of caramel, honey, and ripe pineapple. Finish is all bitter with juniper and pine.

M - This beer has a medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, with a nice crisp finish and minimal alcohol.

O - This is sensational and showcases Simcoe all the way! It helps me realize that some of my other IIPAs must use this hop. I'm looking at you CW Illumination.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A smooth pour easily achieves two fingers of yellow tan head. Head is mountainess and rocky as it slowly fades. Spots of lace are left behind. Body is nicely dark murky amber haze. Really a fuzzy mahogany hue.

Nose is sappy and full of woody hops. Spicy characters are very present throughout this very fragrant brew. A bit of rawness lingers on the nose as well.

I am immediately taken by how initially silky the hop profile is on this beer with first sip. Clean yet full on the palate is a very neat trick. Easy drinking but nicely aggressive hop feel throughout the flavor profile. Hops are raw and remind me of arugula a bit. Crisp and raw with subtle but consistent bitterness especially on the back half.

This is an overall solid and incredibly drinkable IPA. Mouthfeel is very enjoyable.

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Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super dark, for an IPA, little head and unfiltered. as advertised!
smell is sweet. like pineapple sweet. typical good simcoe, when it's good. kind of a molasses aroma to it, also.... but I love the aroma!!!!
taste is kind of sweet, stable. I get the super high scores now, especially after comparing it to Simcoe Showers by Noble Ale Works.
after some indulging in this brew, it definitely is very sweet and is the reason it does not stand alone (usually) in a brew. needs other hops to compliment it, for certain.... but very good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 194
A- This beer pours a deep dried orange peel with a strong carbonation supporting a bubble beige creamy head.

S- The overripe pineapple hops leads to a green herbal hops in the finish.

T- The nice unripe herbal fruity hops lead to some citrus pith that finishes with a slightly sweet caramel malt hint. There is a gentle pungent green hop flavor that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish and no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer really shows off the Simcoe character. The nice unripe fruit flavors with some herbal woody depth and a mellow bitterness makes this pretty easy to drink for such a big beer.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous dark rust red, great two finger head, and well carbonated.

The Simcoe provides nice citrusy, spice notes to this wonderful brew.

Spicy citrus is balanced perfectly with a fresh bread backbone and notes of pineapple in the finish.

Sticky and dank, just the way I like my IPAs!

Overall this is a perfect concoction to pour down the throat on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark golden/amber. Small head with some nice looking bubbles floating on the top after it fades. The smell is very nice. Mostly a grassy pine, but with subtle hints of citrus, as well. Smells so fresh. The taste follows the nose, with a slight bitterness at the end. Malt comes through nicely, too, with a bready sort of after taste along with the bitterness. Lemon is the dominating citrus flavor, and it becomes more forward as it warms. Medium mouthfeel and creamy. This is a pretty bitter ipa, more on the side of lemon bitter as opposed to grapefruit rind. Another solid offering from pipeworks, although it may not be my favorite "ninja."

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Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-orange amber color with a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, pine, tropical fruit, herbal

T-caramel malt, grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a good Simcoe DIPA, a little on the sweet side, but overall flavor quite enjoyable

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Photo of koutkid41
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark orange color, hazy with little sediment. Two fingers of creamy fluffy off-white / light tan colored head.

S: Amazing aroma on this. Pine hops, grapefruit, candy like fruit, mango, some dank. Hint of plastic.

T: A lot of piney grapefruit, floral. Some dankness.

M: Dry and crisp (love that) with some resinous hop bitterness and just a hint of alcohol warmth on the finish.

O: Love Pipeworks, Simcoe and Citra are my favorite Ninja's so far. Love going to Binny's weekly seeing what goods they come out with.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I was able to find a bottle code on the bottom, but unable to read it. Label says it's batch #194. When I tried to wipe the condensation off the bottle to make it readable, the stamp may have wiped off, too.

Pours slightly cloudy amber, with a big tan head that dissipates fairly quickly into a small tan head. Smell is very strong, aromatic from the moment the beer was poured into the glass. Delicious pine and flowers, honeysuckle sweetness. Really really nice aroma.

Taste is lemon rind, slight honey sweetness, grapefruit rind, slight floral sweetness, pine bitterness. Pretty darn nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Simcoe hops seem to get a bad rap. The common connotations is that the hop variety imparts aromas and flavors that are garlic-like, grassy with skunk and cannabis, or even of cat pee. But all-Simcoe "single-hopped" beers that I have don't seem to have the brevity that is preceded by their reputation.

Citra Simcoe's body is rich with a dark honey color. Its unadulterated haze further adds to its rich hue. But on top, a voluminous off-white froth builds into a rich lather. Its heady structure easily lasts the session while grazing the glass with concentric lacing.

Full hop aromas are highly citrusy and earthy. The scent of vibrant grapefruit might carry the character of being over-ripened. Those citrus notes are juicy and seems to be mixed with an herbal blend that consists of chive, basil, fresh-cut grass and cilantro. Its Italian herbal scent seems to be drenched in thin honey and caramel for a mostly balanced nose that tilts confidently toward the hops.

As the nose leaves sweeter impressions, the taste picks upon the honey and caramel as those sweetnesses wrap around the front of the tongue in anticipation of its hop dominance to come. The earthen fruitiness takes hold with an acidic and racy taste of grapefruit and oranges with a tinge of apple and kiwi could easily be yeast-derived fruitiness but weaves into the hop flavors seamlessly. As the beer extends into finish, the more herbal, grassy, and earthy bitterness takes hold, and does include a the light dankness of cannabis and is mildly catty- but much lesser so than is expected. But those final flavors are not alone- a spicy alcohol note seems of acetone and aids the closure in taste.

Full-ish in body, the same heft that pushes the ale toward ten-percent also allows the accumulation of sweetness that's not only tasted, but is also felt. This extra creaminess and weight pushes the hop and alcohol dryness until very deep into its taste. But the beer does finish semi-dry, spicy, warm and with a mild hop-derived astringency.

Simcoe Ninja is a solid IPA that doesn't miss a beat even if its hop blend is simple and directed to only one variety. This usually leaves beers lacking depth, complexity and interest; but no such problem here as the beer's "bigness" and alcohols aid the distinctive Simcoe hop with complexities of their own.

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Photo of kevanb
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, batch #194, poured into a Pipeworks snifter.

The beer pours a bold copper color, hues of orange and gold, clear complexion with a slight haze with a billowy, off white head that rises about 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and leaves only a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of heavy pine, very sappy, resinous and oily, light grapefruit with some tropical sweetness that leads right into the sticky, sweet malt and a fairly heavy dose of booze. Lots of pine on the tongue, very oily and resinous, further earthy undertones are cut by some tangy grapefruit and citrus and very sweet, rich malt and heavy alcohol. The mouthfeel is okay, juicy and sticky, coats the mouth well, the finish is a bit creamy and leaves almost a burning alcohol sensation in the mouth as it goes down.

Verdict: A decent DIPA from Pipeworks, but once again, is dominated by alcohol. This beer does showcase Simcoe nicely, but doesn't have the same complexity or delicate nature that a beer like Row 2, Hill 56 does. I've yet to be overly impressed with too many of the Pipeworks IPAs and this just strikes me as another run of the mill IPA, I'll stick to stouts and porters from Pipeworks, where I think they really shine as brewers.

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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 536 ratings