Simcoe | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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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 awakeavast
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear dark amber. Thick ivory head with moderate retention.

S. This smells fantastic. Strong pine and grapefruit smells with hints of other citrus.

T: The taste is piney all the way. Just enough deeper citrus notes to remind that you that you are in fact tasting simcoe, but otherwise its a clean sharp piney hop flavor on a sweet malt background.

M: Thick but sharp. The bottle conditioning really helps in this regard. Good carbonation and bitterness.

O: Another amazing single hop IIPA from Pipeworks. This is one of the best in the class. Can't miss.

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Photo of timc100
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 123

A: Hazy dark orange - gold tinged. Nice off yellow foamy head - not very thick lacing and retention, looks like a 9.5 beer.

S: Reminds me of heady... which is a great thing of course. Not the most pungently aromatic of the series, but very very nice. Sweet pink grapefruit and sugared grapefruit rind, incredibly fresh pine. Along with the sweet grapefruit comes notes of various tropical fruits - pretty sweet. Though piney, not very resinous.

T: Very good - and again, brings heady to mind! Incredible balance, as have all of their single hop ninja series beers have been. Incredibly fresh pine and ripe pink grapefruit washes over the palate with traces of various light-colored tropical fruits. Pretty dry but the flavor lingers well. Its getting better and better as it warms - more distinct pine and grapefruit.

P: Medium/full mouth feel. Does not coat the mouth with sticky, chewy hops very much.

O: What can I say, I am a sucker for all of these beers. The best part is that I know that future batches are going to be even better. A great DIPA as it is - awesome to see these hop varieties under the spotlight.

Batch 192 day old when consumed - improved, fantastic, amazing

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Photo of buck1futter
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in a boulevard glass.

A - copper to orange hues very little head as it is a 9.5 abv beer, as expected

s- tropical, fruity, candy sugar, honey wax, some strawberry, dough. smells amazing.

t-pine, big pineapple mango, pretty bitter but not overwhelming, juicy grapefruit bitterness, tangy, some alcohol brings in a spicy note, but you really don't taste it. finishes slightly dry.

m- medium to heavy bodied, oily, little carbonation.

0- Once again pipeworks brings on another amazing iipa , bring, juicy fruity and extremely tasty, simcoe hops never let down, don't pass this one up if offered or anywhere.

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Photo of beardown2489
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A - hazy golden color with not as much head as I expected. Probably just under 1 finger.

S - it's simcoe characterists, obviously! Brings citrus, pine and an oniony tone. Doesn't really share the amount of sweetness I've detected in the other ninja brews. That's fine though, still enticing.

T - Taste follows the nose. The grapefruit shines. Maybe some other tropical tones here that I'm not able to pick out. Drinking with a cold tonight. I'd guess its some mango though.

M - This is where the beer shines. My oh my, this one makes me beg for more. It makes my mouth water. The juicy aftertaste is just so undeniable.

Overall, this ninja series is a proven commodity and this one proves it again. Just an outstanding DIPA that I could drink anytime. Pipeworks, nice work here. You guys are just showin off now.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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 mjohnson17
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper red, nice fluffy white head.

S: A combination of sweet tropical notes of lemon, grapefruit, and citrus in combination with pine.

T: Smooth, hoppy, delicious. Up front lots of juicy citrus, then an earthly piney tastes washes over the pallet. Very well balanced malts and hops.

M: crisp, clean, good carbonation.

O: A very good DIPA. My favorite hoppy Pipeworks offering to date. This beer is a perfect balance of citrus and earthly/piney hops.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Adam and Robbie for this bottle. Batch #123. Poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy medium orange with amber in the middle. A thin layer of bright white head.

S - Huge grapefruit, peach and tangerine aromas with a touch of mango. A faint sweet honey malt backbone.

T - Bitter with fresh grapefruit, tangerine, mango and pine. A slight caramel malt sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Sticky and resinous. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Rizalini
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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 pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 123.

22oz bomber poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium orange bodied beer that is slightly opaque. Almost 2 fingers of white head, Moderate lacing is better that a spotty lace.

Smell: Big citrus nose! I smell alot of oranges! Some grapefruit rind and pine. Hint of tropical fruits for good measure; mostly mangos and pinapple. The hops have that nice dankness going on too! Some bready malts to balance things out nicely. Great smelling beer!

Taste: mild to moderately bitter hops. This beer tastes a little bit different that the nose smells. The pine is bigger than the citrus in the flavor profile of the beer. Mostly dominated by pine. Grapefruit is a the most prevalent citrusy flavor, but I do get just a little bit of oranges and pineapple. The beer finishes with mild pine and grapefruit notes; a hint of dank, chalky hops for good measure. The hops in this beer taste wet and fresh! Very, very nice!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. So drinkable its just not even funny! This beer drinks like its 6% abv. Very impressive how dangerously drinkable this beer is! The hops do dry the beer out just a little bit especially in the beers finish.

Overall: This is another fantastic Ninja beer by pipeworks! I think that its almost as good as Citra Ninja, but not quite as good. It just falls short of citra ninja, mostly because my preference in hops profile favors the combination of big citrus and big tropical fruits that Citra Ninja delivers flawlessly. Simcoe Ninja tends to deliver more pine without being too resinous and carries a decent amount of grapefruit notes too. Fantastic DIPA, The fact is... that Pipeworks is local beer that is world class; no doubt in my mind! Every Pipeworks DIPA has "WOW"ed me and simcoe ninja is no exception!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #194. My first beer in the Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Epic Battle Series, and my first beer made with strictly simcoe hops that I'm aware of. Expectations are high based on Pipeworks's good reputation for great beers, and based on this beer's current high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a beautiful dark burnt sienna orange colored body with little sediment. Two fingers of creamy fluffy off-white / light tan colored head. Big fat sheets of lacing on the glass. Looks beautiful.

S - Smells truly mouthwatering. Luscious sappy pine hops, grapefruit, peach, some earthiness, some soapiness, a bit skunky, cat piss like acidity, and tons of beautiful floral aromas.

T - Definitely lives up to the hype. Believe it. Tons of bitter pine hops, grapefruit, peach, blood orange, some soapiness, florals. Truly an outstanding tasting beer.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy with some resinous hop bitterness and just a hint of alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, a truly outstanding beer from Pipeworks, probably one of the best I've had from them so far. These guys never cease to amaze me. About as smooth, creamy, and easy drinking as you could possibly expect from a beer with a 9.50% abv. Alcohol is expertly well masked. Apparently fresh simcoe hops are a beautiful thing.

Pipeworks Simcoe Ninja ---4.5/5

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a dark copper with a 2 finger light beige head. Big blotches and small bubbles of lacing ring the glass.

S- caramel, bread, huge citrus going on (grapefruit, oranges, mango), and some pine.

T- caramel, light toasted malts, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, light spice, with bitter pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy and very drinkable.

O- another amazing ninja beer! This beer is very well balanced with citrus and bitterness, but not overly sweet.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Batch #124 shared with Shaun #1 and Doug in snifters last night, 6/3/2013.

Aroma: We just had a growler of Ephraim earlier in the evening and when I cracked this one open, this was an instant flashback to Ephraim. So much grapefruit hitting me in the face, along with some pine. No question, there's got to be Simcoe in Ephraim, because this one was also hitting on all cylinders. (4.5)

Colour: Pours amber, with a nice fluffy off-white head that takes its time to dissipate into a thick white film. Some decent lacing, not a great amount. Very clean-looking and begs to get poured into my mouth. (4.25)

Flavour: Simcoe all the way, baby. Its a bit different than Ephraim, but it is just as well put-together. It's got the citrus for sure, but the pine definitely is more present throughout than in the Ephraim. The malt backbone is very nice and caramelly; it's there more so than in Ephraim, which makes it a bit thicker sweet if that makes sense. Overall, very hopped up but with a great malt component which I've come to expect from Pipeworks. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, piney aftertaste that is resinous and dry.. even a bit earthy. (4.25)

Overall: Another awesome Ninja from Pipeworks. They honestly can't do anything wrong with their DIPAs at this point. (4.5)

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber in color with an orange hue and a slight haze. Head is off white, one finger and has great retention

Smell is great lots of pine and big citrus notes forward. Citrus is dominated by sweet orange notes with a slight hint of grapefruit and some citrus rind. Yeast is sweet and almost candy like, slight hints of booze.

Taste is awesome, pine is the first to hit the tounge and followed by a heafty amount of bitterness that's not overdone, citrus flavors are much more mild in the taste but the yeast add a slight buttery note.

Mouthfeel is good, velvety smooth and with a high carbonation and little bubbles. Lots of resiny hop oils and Carmel malt give it a medium to thick body.

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Photo of Hendry
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky burnt orange with a one finger ecru head that reduces to a cap in minutes, lacing is respectable.

Aroma is piney, resinous hops with sweet bready malts on the outer edges.

Taste is also rather piney and resinous, resins resting atop the palate, sweet malts keeping the hoppy character in balance and resting on the sides of the palate. There is a hint of booziness that hits the back of the throat, and a high level of acidity overall that make this one a sipper.

Mouthfeel is oily, chewy,medium to heavy body with lively carbonation.The acidity level of this simcoe bomb does not go unnoticed.

Overall, one dimensional in flavor, but for those that have a high tolerance for bitterness and acidity, this is one worth trying.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle (batch 194) into snifter

Pours a clear amber, orangish color with a off white head which settles fairly quickly. Smell is piney with a little grapefruit and lemon peel. Taste is definitely piney with some of the citrus in the nose. Thick and sticky mouthfeel with moderate to low amount of carbonation. This is my first beer from Pipeworks and I am definitely going to seek out more. Super drinkable and smooth especially at 9.5 abv.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Etan
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz from the first batch.

A. Pours a burnt caramel color with little wisps of foam around the edges of the glass.

S. Sweet aromas of melon, candied pineapple, pine oil, mango, lemon. Really nice.

T. Taste brings leafy resin, piney bitterness, pithy citrus, slight alcohol, mild caramel and biscuit malt.

M. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O. This brings out the oily, fruity potency of Simcoe really nicely. Another successful hoppy beer for Pipeworks.

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Photo of FBarber
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Ri0
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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 MCain04
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, <1 wk fresh, from Beer Temple, poured into a Spiegelau tulip glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance is a deep golden orange clear body with large fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

Smells of piney resinous hops, grapefruit and lemon juice, a little bit of sweet orange juice and sweet malts.

Body is heavy on the grapefruit and pine with some lemon rind as well, a lingering citrus bitterness but not an overly bitter beer, the beer is quite drinkable for 9.5% and while the beer is not overly hoppy the balance is good with the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, maybe a tad under-carbonated, medium bodied, dry finish, not too sticky or cloying.

Overall a great DIPA and probably second only to Citra in the Ninja series. Get it if you can - definitely worth it!

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

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 Mikeypnh
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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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