S!mcoe | Liberty Brewing

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Liberty Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of laituegonflable
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber colour, slight cloud to it. Cream-coloured head, foamy and sticks around nicely. Decent-looking IPA.

Lots of floral hop character, slightly US west coast character overall. A little bit cloying to be honest, needs more zip or tang.

Floral hops again on the palate, and not a lot of complexity to it. Gets very dour and bitter on the back, slightly astringent. Again the floral notes from the hops are slightly cloying and the back is very bitter.

Not a bad feel, really; just a bit muddy on the back and slightly bitty.

Just not really a simcoe advocate, and this has them in spades.

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Photo of dgilks
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy golden colour with a small head and nice lacing. The aroma is beautiful and full of nice floral notes. Some light citrus ties it together. On the palate it falls apart. A big, harsh bitterness dominates with some pine and cat pee adding characteristic Simcoe notes. The flavour just doesn't stack up for me. A moderate body and lowish carbonation are fine and work reasonably well. On the whole though, not great. There is lots of alcohol and bitterness but the hop flavour has suffered and it falls down on this point for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at GABS in Melbourne.

Pours a pleasant hazy amber colour, very full-bodied with a firm ring of off-white/yellow foam. Carbonation, such as it is is small-bubbled. Lace is sheeting. Looks good.

Yep, it delivers what it promises on the nose at least: huge Simcoe aromas. That odd butterscotchy character, along with a bit of sweaty ass. It big and robust, but I really just don't much like Simcoe. Like I said, it delivers the classic Simcoe smell at least.

Taste is better, once the simcoe derives a bit of sharp, crisp bitterness. Clean entry before a herbal, somewhat minty mid-palate and an astringent vegetative bitterness on the back. Really big flavour profile, resiny finish.

Full but biting feel, partially from the hops and partially from the booze.

It feels pretty heavy-handed overall, and it's pretty one-dimensional, albeit intentionally. My notes conclude with "Yeah, it's a DIPA with loads of Simcoe. Woop de doo."

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S!mcoe from Liberty Brewing
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 3 ratings