One Hop This Time: Simcoe
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One Hop This Time: SimcoeOne Hop This Time: Simcoe
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American IPA
Ranked #616
Ranked #5,997
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.
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Reviews by AzIpaGuy:
Photo of AzIpaGuy
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange-straw color with a finger of white head. The head settles into a ring around the top of the beer, leaving some splotchy lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma brings notes of grapefruit, pine resin, and plenty of cracker malt. Back end is earthy with a slight hint of peppery spice.

The taste follows the nose. Lots of bitter pine, some grapefruit and orange rind, with a cracker malt backbone. Finishes with a sharp bitterness that bites the tongue.

The feel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Some lingering bitterness with a dry finish.

Overall, a good IPA that is a solid representation of the simcoe hop. It's bitter and resinous, but nicely balanced.

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

Love this series of single hop IPAs - the hops sit atop a malt chassis that allows them to shine. They're all well constructed beers that isolate the hop profile, so your enjoyment ultimately comes down to the hop itself. To me Simcoe is bitter, piney with a touch of acidic fruit - passion fruit or melon maybe but definitely not as strong as pineapple. Aroma and taste of spruce, passion fruit, melon and a deep bitterness that lasts. A great example of an OG American IPA.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium aggressive pour gives this a pretty persistent head. Body falls in a weird place between "standard" clear IPA and hazy "New England" IPA. May have leaned more towards the hazier side when fresher, but at just about three weeks old this is still a damn fresh beer. Aroma is largely citrusy with a touch of the "dank" note that is commonly found in mosaic. Bitter citrus notes come through in the taste

Overall, this beer, along with the others in this series, really allows the hop to shine. If you like Simcoe, you will like this beer, if not, you won't. This particular rendition is a very interesting midpoint between some of the more standard west coast IPAs and the hazier, juicy east coast IPAs. It has some of the aroma, some of the look and some of the flavors, but there is a definite bitterness that I haven't found in Trillium and Tree House beers. Great beer, and if I'm in the mood for an IPA I think this would always leave me satisfied.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like it a lot better than the earlier Topaz version. Heavy on the citrus but it doesn't overpower the hops. Aroma is potpourri, look is very hazy golden-yellow. Lingering aftertaste with some pine and what can only be called a lowkey version of how your tongue feels after sucking on a Warhead candy. This one is killer, cop a single or a four pack if you can find one!

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint can dated 11/09/16 (SIMCOE),into a Cigar City Spiegelau IPA glass.

White frothy 3 finger head,that retains well.A very nice cascade.Moderate carbonation.Golden/Straw in color,with a light orange hue.Light is hazy coming through the glass.Once settled it loses the orange hue and becomes a very light hazy straw color.

The nose gives off bright citrus aromas with orange,and some apricot.Also some pine from the hops.

The palate has nice bright orange notes in the front,some grapefruit in the middle,and a nice bitter piney,resinous back end.Very smooth finish,with hints of grapefruit on the back end as well.

Nice medium body,with an explosion of hops on the way down.It has a nice wet chalky finish.

This is a very good IPA...Look forward to having this one in rotation.

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Photo of BigMac59
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of florisj135
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pGaf
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of brewandbbq
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.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
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.

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

Photo of brunop
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of tzieser
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.

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Photo of Gatch
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.

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Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of jlindros
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.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbutova
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.

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Photo of farrago
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.

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

One Hop This Time: Simcoe from Night Shift Brewing
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