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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 BeerLover99
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dirty orange jam, finger khaki head
excellent lacing

S: powerful grapefruit and fresh pine, earthy wood

T: lemon peel, pine, wood, mild chalky, long bitter finish

M: med body, very oily, mild sticky mouth

O: Quite good, love this brewery.
So glad to re-explore various hops and dive
into the intense detail each offer. Would
buy again to be sure.


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Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This Ninja is one dangerous fellow. At 9.5% ABV, this guy drinks like he's much closer to 6%. The aroma is pretty standard for an IPA, citrus hops and caramel malts. The taste comes hard with sweet citrus and a solid piney bitterness that melds very well with the sweet caramel malts. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated and sticky, it's just what I want to feel from a DIPA. The drinkability is amazing, Simcoe Ninja goes down far easier than it should. Overall, a DIPA that excels in the mouthfeel department. Very enjoyable, and greater than the sum of its parts may seem.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try my first Pipeworks beer.

Appears a hazy, murky orange. Moderate head. Leaves Little lacing.

Aroma is tropical and piney. Plenty of bready malts.

Tastes sweet with almost guava and pine notes over a bready malt. Finishes with bittetsweet grapefruit.

Full mouthfeel with carbonation on the low side.

Decent offering here but would not put too much energy into seeking out again. However would certainly seek others in the ninja series.

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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 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 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 Treebs
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #124

A: Pours a dark amber color with a yellowish head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap and thick collar. Sticky sheets for lace are left down the glass.

S: All simcoe, all the time. Piney and earthy with a little grapefruit backing. Some mild scallion as well. Sweet caramel malt balances it out.

T: Same as the nose. Sweet grapefruit with some earthy hops. Mild scallion on the very backend with some sweet bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Earthy hops on the finish.

O: Full blown simcoe. Hits on all the levels and flavors you'd want from a beer like this. Tasty for sure.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold-orange color with a copious amount of white head that leaves behind spotty lacing.

The smell has orange peel, pine, and lots of cat piss.

The taste is unmistakably Simcoe. Grapefruit, pine, Brie cheese. The light bready malt is submissive to the bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and clean. Fresh tasting.

It's an awesome DIPA and, so far, only takes a backseat to citra ninja in their lineup, in my opinion.

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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 sleuthdog
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #124 poured into Founders BC glass

Pour: Copper orange color that is hazy. Minimal maybe half finger white head that was gone almost in the blink of an eye. Settles to a ring of medium sized bubbles.

Smell: Wow! Love the nose on these Pipeworks beers. Big citrus like standing in an orange grove. Some grapefruit, some pine but citrus is where this one is at. Also some tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. Some sweet bready malts and caramel thrown in for good measure. Damn this is nice smelling.

Taste: This gave me a bit of a surprise. It is actually much less tropical and citrus than the nose let on. I get much more pine here than anything else. Much more bitter and dank than I expected. There is some of the tropical notes just way subdued. The caramel and malts show up too but the sweetness is held at bay.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium amount of carbonation. A smooth and creamy beer and a touch sticky.

Overall: This offering caught me off guard a bit as I was expecting another sweet tropical, citrus DIPA but instead got one that shows off more pine and bitterness than Pipeworks other offerings in this style. Now I like this beer tremendously, I guess I personally just enjoy the more juicy tropical ones more.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Dark copper. small off white head

s: Aroma is surprisingly (and disappointingly) muted. What I do get is grapefruit, melon, orange and pineapple.

t: Grapefruit, caramel malts, very slight piney bitterness. Hops do seem wet and fresh.

m: Juicy, slightly creamy. Seems under carbonated - a bit flat to me.

o: A bit disappointing. Aroma was a letdown. Wish it had a tad more bitterness as well. It's still good on the whole and I'd recommend trying it but I won't seek this one out again. Pipeworks are pumping out DIPAs like no tomorrow so I'm sure there will be something I like better coming along.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a plastic cup.

A - Looks nearly identical to Cascade Ninja, but with a bit better head volume.

S - Slight cattiness, with some guava, passion fruit, and a similar malt backbone of dough, sugar, and perhaps a hint of caramel. Hops seem less intense than the Cascade Ninja, even though this is a few weeks fresher.

T - The tate is quite heavy on melon and cantaloupe, with fairly low zesty or pithy notes. The malt character translates pretty closely from the aroma, with doughy bread and sugar dominating. Surprisingly hefty hop bitterness here.

M - Medium-full body, lower in carbonation, with a dry finish. Some lingering malt stickiness and hop resins. Again, a mild alcohol warmth that, while acceptable for 9.5%, makes this seem boozier than its predecessors.

D - I think this is my least favorite Ninja variant; the aroma doesn't pop quite like the other iterations, and I was expecting something like Haymarket's Degan. It's a solid brew, but I'd skip it in favor of Pipeworks' other beers.

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Photo of Florida9
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Darker, dirty shade of orange. Slightly hazy. Forms a smallish off-white colored head that collapses to next to nothing, just a slight ring around the edge. Some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is very nice. Sweet orange, orange blossom, and clementine. A slight ambrosia note, just a little tropical fruit, and a bit of alcoholic pungency comes through as green onion. Luckily the sweet, fruity aromas dominate.

T: Taste is moderately sweet. Again there is more orange, but the taste is earthier than the aroma would suggest. Citrus, grapefruit, pine. Some caramel malt. Finish is surprisingly quick. A touch of alcohol on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness. A bit of alcoholic heat.

O: Another very nice DIPA from the Pipeworks crew and another very good beer in the Ninja series. That said, I would have appreciated a bit more bitterness on this one.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 KFBR392
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hits all the marks for an Imperial IPA without being anything outstanding. Low carbonation, average lacing on the edges of the glass. Deep burnt orange color which is absolutely appetizing.

Smell: An interesting contrast of violent active hops and floral sweetness. Floral hops hit on the front but then a very strong alcohol bitter hop body hits. Spices and some earthy tones can be felt on the undertones of the aroma. Overall, not as complex as I would have expected though.

Taste: Some really interesting things going on here. The front is a much more subdued hop mellowness then I expected. Wet citrus and fresh hops blast through in the body. Ultra piney kicks in on the aftertaste and refuses to leave the palette. The complex waves take on fruity flavors then seeming very bitter pine. What I would definitely call a palette crusher.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth through the body then the hops come in and crash the party. Crazy complexity.

Overall: A really complex and interesting IIPA. The fact that I am getting this brew so fresh makes it so much better. Pipeworks is doing so great things and I look forward to this brewery going and expanding in the future.

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Simcoe from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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