One Hop This Time: Simcoe
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One Hop This Time: SimcoeOne Hop This Time: Simcoe
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IPA - American
Ranked #628
Ranked #6,087
4.07 | pDev: 8.85%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
One Hop This Time: SimcoeOne Hop This Time: Simcoe
Notes: Single-hop IPA brewed with Simcoe.
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 115 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on 3/22/20 into a tulip glass from a 16 oz can. Canned 12/31/19. Lacy head, hazy straw color
Herbal and citrus on the nose with a hint of earthiness
Taste is a pleasant citrus, hint of pine, some breadiness and and bitterness at the back, the earthiness kicks in at the sides.
Feel is smooth and nice carbonation, light to medium bodied, 6% alc.
Satisfying go to IPA, sometimes one wants simple for a change

Mar 23, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is melon and orange. Light bodied, moderate carbonation and slightly sweet. Makes for a good entry in this series. I will look for this again.

Apr 03, 2019
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usernamenotinuse from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can picked up from brewery-tap room. Poured into pint glass.
Pale yellow, mild haze, white head, some lace.
Smells robustly of rotten pineapple and honey.
Tastes of dank grapefruit, pineapple, rottten papaya, resiny, lemon, wild honey, neutral finish.
Body is light-medium, sparkly.
Overall, much like NEIPA, though, less haze, and a bit more carbonated/bright.

Mar 30, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can dated 10/28/18.

Pours gold with a chill haze and a moderate head and retention. Light peach and orange in the nose. On the thinner side of medium bodied with a crispish mouthfeel. Subdued hops on the palate with zero malt and a firm bitterness. Mild notes of orange, peach, and grapefruit. Finishes dry with fading hops.

Pretty light duty and faded for an IPA.

Jan 06, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy dark yellow with a white fine head.

Aroma is light grapefruit with a little melon.

Taste begins tropical but finishes with a dank hop note.


Dec 09, 2018
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jykleo from New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 10/26. Poured to Birrateque IPA 18OZ Glass on 12/1 .
A:Light yellow like straw colour. Very light haziness. Less than 1 finger cloud.
S:Lemmon, citrus but not strong aromas.
T:Citrus notes with some molts. Thin state.
M:Light body and light Carbo. Shallow taste.
O:Light and smooth and clean but weak character. Needs something more.
(Cimcoe) Same brother, one hop Mosaic is one of my favorite.

Dec 01, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, orange gold with a 1 finger white head with light lacing. Nose is light citrus with a touch of earthiness. Taste is also citrus mostly over a light malt base. Low bitterness. Feel is lightly soft. Not bad but not memorable either.

Nov 22, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Golden colored, some sediment floating throughout the glass. MIldly turbid, decent head retention and lacing
S: Strong tropical fruit, candied citrus and pine, very resinous.
T: Dry cracker malts, somewhat toasty but overall crisp and clean. Hops provide a mild resinous bite on the finish
F: Very smooth, very silky. Frothy. Carbonation is high and crispy, counters the creamy body. Very easy to drink
O: Great beer, I am a big fan of this series. They do a great job with malt selection for showcasing a particular hop.

Nov 16, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright white head, crests close to two fingers, firecracker explosion around the rims as it sizzles down, deep dimples forming along the way, wispy lacing at best. Yellow worn gold color with a soft haze throughout, impressively huge amount of bubbles storm clearly from the bottom of the glass all the way to the surface. Tightly focused nose of cracker, bread meal and grains, grapefruit pith and cocoa powder, high-toned enough that any danker, herbal side has no time to settle in, the pineapple, nectarine, mango fruit sweetened by a curious note of bubblegum. Medium-bodied and firm, all that visible carbonation does not translate into more than a mild prickle. Dry texture accentuates the sour orange to grapefruit zest as well as earthiness. The malts lack specificity but do smooth out the mouth feel. Touch piney, on the whole clean and, again, direct in manner. The honeydew melon, pineapple, pear, apricot fruit show more depth than expected yet remain a sidebar. While it’s easy drinking and borderline sessionable it feels like it has a hole in the middle. Still, appreciate the window into a single hop expression.

Aug 16, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Traded in from connecticutpoet. 4/26/18 canned on date.

Bright pale hazy pineapple juice color with a massive white head of 3 fingers. Big destruction of the glass with lots of broken white lace.

Aromas of peaches, nectarine, pineapple, orange, juicy grapefruit, and faint earthy pine. Slight herbalness.

Flavor is much more earthy on the palate, but not overly so. A nice balance of muddy grass and raw tangerines, slight lemon, slight grapefruit. faint herbal bitterness.

Feel is creamy and well carbonated without being chalky or offensive. Faint resin on the finish as well as some acid.

Overall, Simcoe is an interesting hop and I've had the pleasure of working with it a few times. It's one of those hops that manages to come across as both earthy and fruity, and that's displayed wonderfully here. Great showcase. Even at 2+ months it's still showing great potential. Nice beer overall, recommended.

Edit : I'm increasing my rating as the more I drank it, the better it got. Great beer!

Jul 11, 2018
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LingDynasty from Canada

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked it! It’s a stronger taste and reminds me of what most of the craft ding dongs are doing up here in Ontario. It has a nice golden colour. Hazy. The flavour hits you right away. I feel like you guys can do better. So, I’m in as a fan. Thanks for this!

Jun 08, 2018
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy golden yellow body from the tallboy into a chalice. A one finger frothy white head has pretty good retention and falls to a small blanket atop the beer. A few webs of lace.

S- As expected all about those clean and fresh Simcoe hops with a fairly equal mix of citrus, floral, sweet tropical fruits, pine and dankness. Mango, grapefruit, fresh orange juice, tangerine, weed and apricot come to mind.

T- Takes the path of the nose very nicely with the same general balanced and fresh hop profile. Dank weed, grapefruit, mango and bubble gum open up to oranges, tangerine, floral and pine notes. A light sweetness and a hint of crackers but mostly hops.

MF- Fluffy and puffy medium body. A high level of carbonation and a silky smooth feel on the palate. Ends with a citrus rind bitterness.

Simcoe is a classic and this beer does a good job embodying the spirit of that hop.

May 31, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – One finger head on a hazy yellow body.

Aroma – Sweet citrus and passionfruit with a hint of spruce tips.

Taste – Pine, earthiness, and bready malt. Long lightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Slick and it coats the tongue.

Overall – They got a lot out of the hop this time around. Very good.

May 31, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color—a little too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow ring around the edges of the glass, and streaks of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of berries and conifer branches are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of berries, orange citrus and pine with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The Simcoe hops work rather well in this single hop IPA as there is a good amount of aroma, tastiness, and crispness.

Serving type: can

May 12, 2018
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can date: 4/26
Cloudy Honey color in a Spiegelau glass with a 4F head.

Piney, citrus,earthy, tropical fruit aroma.

Excellent flavor blend of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

Dry, crisp, and very spicy palate.

Another singularly brewed beer from Night Shift.

May 12, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Pine and citrus up front along with a bit of breadiness from the malt. Slightly earthy as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of earthiness, pine, and very light citrus. Some herbal notes in there as well as the bready malt. Finishes with lingering earthy and herbal hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid IPA that clearly highlights simcoe. Very easy to drink. Check it out

May 11, 2018
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Blackrobe from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dated 4/26/18 on the bottom rim of the can, 1.5 weeks old.

Pours an unfiltered, slightly hazy pale yellow-beige in the glass with a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Nose starts off with a blueberry jam followed by passion fruit, crisp apricot, hop matter, wet earth and pale crackery malt. Taste follows the nose closely, think blueberry preserves on a saltine cracker (without the salt). I also get a bit of dankness and sap with the earthy notes on taste. Mouthfeel is a medium-light, the weakest part of the brew. Medium bitterness/Low drying. A solid single hop brew. If you're looking to learn about different hop profiles, check out Night Shift's One Hop This Time series.

May 07, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/05/17 opened on 11/11/17

Pours out looking clearer than most NE ipa's....a light golden-white color with a white foam cap that sticks around a while.

Simcoe is maybe my favorite hop, so diverse! The aroma is mostly light citrus and deep grainy earthy tones. White wine, green grapes, white pepper and herbal explosion. Golden wheat and a very light, herbal pilsner-esque malt scent.

A rather thin, light but crispy malty body, followed by a funky, white grape juice, honey dew mellon, light herbs and spices, holden wheat and msybe some rice as an adjunct. I think of simcoe as much more fruity and bold in flavor, but the very light malt seems to have it toned down slightly overall. A very intersting hop flavor, mot exactly bold, decent complexity, but much more relaxed than I would expect. The hop level of flavor and complexity I would say, seems more in line with an APA style wise.

Overall, a rather light and thin version of an otherwise very intetesting line of single hop ipa's.

Nov 11, 2017
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tzieser from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned 10/05/17. Purchased at Busa Wine & Spirits in Burlington, MA. This is my first time trying Night Shift. I've been meaning to try them but they don't seem to distribute much to SE Massachusetts, which is where I usually stay when visiting family....anyway, on to the review

Pours a blonde/golden color with a slight haze. Fluffy white head that settles into a thin lacing, I was expecting a bit more haze considering their reputation. Not a bad looking beer by any means just not what I was expecting.

Piney hop aroma. Flavor is typical Simcoe hopping done right: piney bitterness with a bit of grapefruit. The mouthfeel is too light, in my opinion, for a hop like this. The malts are a bit too weak to really make it feel like a good IPA. This is certainly closer to an American Pale Ale or a Session IPA, especially @ 6% ABV. That's the only thing that is holding this beer back from greatness: a better malt bill. Overall enjoyable but not something I'd go for again.

Oct 29, 2017
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Monkey-D-Luffy from Massachusetts

1.32/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Purchased cold - Can dated 10/06/17 - Poured into an English pub glass

L - Pours a clear pale straw color, with a frothy white 1 finger head on a perfect pour. Quickly dissipating and circling the glass it leaves good webby lacing as it goes down.

S - There is nothing here... the faintest of citrus, and barely that.

T - Following the nose, the lights are on and nobody is home... sort of maybe bitter, kind of?

F - Light bodied, with almost no carbonation to speak of.

O - Maybe I got a bad batch? This isn't anything like what I would expect of Night Shift. This is basically urine colored alcohol water.

Oct 22, 2017
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Stephenmheadley from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typically musky yellow color that follows most New England IPAs, this is probably my favorite IPA that Night Shift does. It has a nice balance between the hops and the tropical flavors giving it a very easy and refreshing quality to it. Definitely worth checking out.

Apr 04, 2017
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about twelve dollars. Very nice smell and taste. Night Shift makes consistently excellent brews - will buy again.

Mar 25, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 1/31/17, pretty fresh

Pours a nice frothy fizzy 1.5 finger head that fade at a quicker pace, little spotty lacing, super hazy murky golden yellow pilsner color.

Nose huge simcoe, some dankness, big lemony and grapefruit, lemon peel, spritzer, some grapefruit juice, little pineapple, dank must and a little pine, not quite cat pee but very musty, touch sweet blond cracker malt.

Taste brings more simcoe, juicy for sure, lots of citrus gain but again more lemon and a little grapefruit, lemon meringue notes, grapefruit zest and juice, a little grassy as well, more dank musty notes, but not a ton, mild creamy cracker malt notes, fruity cereal, fair bitterness, with spicy rind lemon and grapefruit zest lingering on the dry finish.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, touch creamy.

Overall not bad, pretty nice beer, showcases simcoe fairly well but misses some of its best parts, but thankfully not much of its worst parts. Base beer is OK.

Feb 23, 2017
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

02/01/17 ... so just about three weeks old.

First impression: appearance and feel suggest that this is a hoppy Pale, rather than an IPA. But hey, they know better than I. Looks almost like a Blonde! Huge fluffy head with tons of lace. I don't have the refined palate to pick out Simcoe in a beer that has more than one type of hop but being isolated, it seems that this varietal skews toward resin and pine with a hint of fruit in the finish. Also has that earthy/mossy quality that reminds you an old school hop was used, as opposed to the synthetic-like character of newer varieties of hops. All told, this is a mighty tasty beer that drinks like juice and therefore forced me to crack open a second can without hesitation.

Feb 22, 2017
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20holmbrew from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A -  Pours a hazy yellowish-orange with a frothy white head

S - Smells great. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits; orange, pineapple and mango.

T - Getting a piney bitterness that I wasn't getting much on the nose. Grapefruit and orange dominate.  More bitter than I was expecting, but not in a bad way.

M - Little thin mouthfeel with med-high carb.

O - I learned I am a fan of the simcoe hop. This hop series is a great idea. It makes me want to seek them all out to see which hops I prefer.

Feb 18, 2017
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