Harvester Of Simcoe | Equilibrium Brewery

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Brewed by:
Equilibrium Brewery
New York, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Harvester of Simcoe has aromas of passion fruit, bright pine, berry and earth, followed by some bready notes. The taste is a creamy pine flavor supported by tropical notes and a firm but rounded bitterness.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 57
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can dated 10/26/18. Poured into GI Nonic Pint glass.

Juicy pulpy color of amber and a creamy head of 3 fingers, leaving huge walls of lace behind.

Aromas of orange and apricot, slight passion fruit cake with vanilla frosting, and slight herbs.

Gigantic flavors of dank apricot - and that's ALL you need to know about Simcoe. Very faint pithy orange, but by and large dank, dirty apricot. Beautiful Simcoe character here.

Feel is slightly creamy and moreso juicy/acidic. Good moderate level of carbonation. Pretty good balance. Resiny/dry finish with moderate warming alcohol.

Overall a really great display of the Simcoe hop and a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 16oz can, undated. Served in a tulip.

Pours a cloudy, dull orange-bronze colour with a finger of soft, soapy suds. Retention is very good, leaving a creamy cap and a solid curtain of bubbly lacing.

Sweet, flowery nose of straight-up fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Taste starts out following the nose but then bursts into an explosion of complexity with top-notes of pineapple, tart lime and berry jam accompanied by bottom notes of toast and earthy, woody pine bark. Nicely balanced with a dense and doughy base and both biting bitterness and ample juicy sweetness. Tingly, oily orange peel bitterness lingers well after the glass is drained.

Feel is smooth and doughy, soft, medium-plus bodied and brightly carbonated.

Overall, maybe I was just really in the mood but this was christly delicious! I wish I had a refrigerator full of this and I wouldn't leave the house until it was gone.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

its hard to believe that this is a single hop beer. its seemingly more simcoe than simcoe, showcasing this hop in a new way, which also seems hard to believe, as just about everyone and their cousin has made a simcoe beer at this point, but so rarely has the true essence and full potential of this awesome hop been on display to this extent. its cloudy and dense looking, really hazy but uniform, and holds a full inch of pure white head in my glass, orange hued and sturdy. the nose and taste of this take me for a ride, the simcoe for one seems super fresh, but also has some nuance i have not necessarily noticed in its profile before, light orange and mango even, i never thought this was so fruity as it appears to be here. i get the more familiar pine and oil complex too, faint juniper and woodsy character, and a lot of synergy with the starchy grain profile here, bready and pretty deep and flavorful for an east coast ipa type, where usually its more about body and creaminess from the grain than it is about flavor, at least in my experience. here the grain supports the hops really well, gives it a almost autumnal vibe, and then stays back in the finish, letting the simcoe pop. good bitterness here too, more than expected and well above the standard for the style. i like it finishing with some bite and snap from the hops. high alpha and fresh, layered all the way through, and somehow still balanced for what it is. awesome beer overall, not quite as dynamic as their fluctuation that i had in the same session, but one of the best expressions of simcoe that i have ever known. huge thanks to my brother for the hookup! stoked on these guys right now!

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Photo of JamFuel
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy orange with thick, fine head. Very pretty.

Smell is gorgeus, with mango, orange sorbet and vanilla all playing perfrctly off each other.

Taste is juicy and slightly sweet. Massive washes of mango, orange and vanilla coat the tongue. The flavors last and last, and the fairly mild bitterness just blends in perfectly.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and smooth. Well carbonated.

Overall, one of the best NE IPAs I've had, and it wasn't all that fresh. Will go to Middletown specifically for these guys in the winter.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really hazy ripe peach color with creamy off-white head. Aroma has tart milky and lime notes, melon and white grapes. Taste follows really fruity with some light tart notes, almost no bitterness, just sweet fruits. Medium body and carbonation, really soft mouthfeel. Really interesting hop profile with a nice fruity tartness.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - hazy yellow one finger head some sediment

S - dank,overiped mango, passion fruit, peach

T - cannabis, peach, mango, bitter orange

M - juicy

O - an enjoyable neipa. Dull at fridge temp. Nice when it warms up

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Photo of JmanEspresso
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 32oz Crowler a few hours after purchase. Poured into a Teku style glass, this beer pours a HAZY, almost perfect orange juice color. Think Sunny D, but with a hint of molasses added to darken the color a hint. Nice solid creamy head that leaves adequate lacing.

The Aroma on this beer is BIG. Its not overly complex, I get mostly Mango and Pineapple, and in a really big way. Let someone unfamiliar with the style smell this beer and the result is amazement at the fruity aroma.

Taste is just, well, JUICE. This is one of the juiciest NEIPA style beers Ive ever had. Its straight Mango, Pineapple, Passion Fruit. There is a little bit of pine dankness to the finish, but its subtle, and welcomed. The other main point, is the mouthfeel. Equilibrium does this part of the beer very well. This is a creamy beer. I go back to my original mention of Sunny D. This beer 100% has that Sunny D creamyness.

This is honestly a world class beer. In the world of the New England IPA, this is a beer that deserves the hype of Heady Topper or Julius, or any other major hyped NEIPA. This one is a MAJOR winner.

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Photo of NextBestThing
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

OK this beer is not what I would normally have expected from what I had been told by others. I anticipated a Heady Topper knock-off but got an inferior version of any number of Tree House juice bombs.

This is a relatively dark and definitely hazy beer. I'm pouring this from a crowler into a pint glass and getting a burnt orange, hazy beer with 1/8 inch of impersistent head of foam. Looks quite a bit like a Heady, maybe darker, but minus the head. I can smell the standard collection of tropical fruit descriptors as soon as I pour the beer. Very good nose, in my opinion the most pleasant characteristic of this beer. I like it.

Taste essentially follows the nose, but what I am getting is overripe mango with the emphasis on over. It's not bad but it's indelicate. What I do like and what I have unfortunately found in the last 2 or 3 cannings of Heady and not in this beer is unpleasant bitterness on the back palate. The taste is consistent all the way down. The type of beer anyone can drink and find perfectly inoffensive. Again - think Tree House although I find this a click beneath equivalent-ish beers from Tree House in terms of the overall experience. Mouthfeel is medium and presents no problem. I find this beer neither negative nor exceptionally positive in this regard.

This is a good beer. I hate the 32 ounce format but if it's all I'm drinking I can live with it. NOT bitter. Recommend.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber orange with thick head, lots of retention. Tons of citrus, grapefruit in nose. Taste is all citrus, tropical fruit - grapefruit, blood orange - creamy and reminiscent of orange and cream ice cream. Finishes with some malt balance and warm alcohol finish. Drinks very smooth. Very very good DIPA.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, deep amber coloration, turning bright orange when backlit, with a medium, frothy head. Smell is bright and juicy, with zesty notes of citrus fruit: grapefruit, tangerine, lime and light tropical notes: mango, papaya. Just a hint of pine coming through as well. Taste follows the nose, with a very hoppy character and just a tiny hint of biscuity malt coming through. Quite juicy and zesty notes of citrus fruit: grapefruit, tangerine, lime, complemented nicely by slight tropical notes of mango and papaya, with the slightest hint of pine Finishes with a light bitterness followed by a strong, almost acidic citrus zestiness that lingers on the palate in the aftertaste. Smooth, soft mouthfeel with a light/medium body and lively carbonation. There's more to this than just the awesome, Metallica-inspired name. A very bright and zesty Neipa that makes what it lacks in bitterness up with a quite pleasant citrus acidity.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released 12/16/17; drank 1/14/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge white head; a thick, impenetrable wall of lace.

Dry grass, orange citrus, faint banana & faint cane sugar notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus, cream & faint cane sugar flavors up front; dry wheat & faint baking soda notes on the finish. As this warmed, faint booze heat notes emerged.

Better than the other Equilibrium's I've had so far; less dry/bitter & less baking soda notes. Still not amazing, but one I'd have again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a modestly hazy orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells absolutely fantastic- almost Hill Farmstead-esque in that sort of zesty and bright aroma. It reeks of Simcoe in the best way- with sugared grapefruit, clean and zesty pine, passionfruit, and mango. The aroma just explodes out here.

The taste is pretty solid, but not quite what the aroma promised. There's a nice bitterness here, as to be expected from Simcoe hops, plus sweet citrusy goodness- orange and grapefruit. There's a nice little sweetness, but it plays off nicely against the bitterness. Simcoe is a great hop to be used on it's own, and Equilibrium capably handled it here.

This is light bodied, crisp and very clean, with a good level of carbonation. There's no sign of the booze anywhere here, which is amazing for 8.8%.

These guys are turning into one of the best breweries in NYS. Once they move a little past the IPA factory vibe they've been putting out- they'll get even better.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can generously kicked my way from the captain sister himself. Thanks, bud!!!

Love me a good simcoe ipa and equilibrium has proven quickly that they are to be taken seriously. Brew pours orange haze w a frothy cap. Nose is dominated by a sweet simcoe...little thick and syrupy but not off putting. Flavor is more of the same bursting w sweet s imcoe. Not dripping...fairly light bodies considering the syrupiness of the nose. Easy drinking...dangerously so. Real good.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Yellow, hazy, with 2 inch head.
Smell: Passion fruit, peach, and papaya.
Taste: Passion fruit, peach, earthy, and pine.
Mouthfeel: Full and dank.
Overall: A good IPA from equilibrium. Neck and neck with Other Half.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a murky grapefruit color, and a foamy light tan head. I am finally comfortable, after looking at a twenty or so of the NE-style IPA that is EVERYWHERE that I prefer the look of the "traditional" IPA, which can be a bit hazy but doesn't look like an episode of "Milkshakes Gone Bad."

The aromas, though, are spot on, with passion fruit, mango, and pineapple dominating the olfactories. The taste follows the nose, with the citrus flavors coalescing into a luscious tropical flavor profile.

The feel is what I especially appreciate in this beer - I like a little pillowy, but but not so watery that I occasionally think I'm drinking actual juice. I like a little hop bite and this has that.

An excellent beer, and a preferable (for me) example of the style.

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Photo of cavedave
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is murky light orange color, but without chunks. A swirl puts righteous lacicles on the glass.

Full strength aroma and then some. Sweet grapefruit, soft pine, mango, a kinda thick sweetness to it, and some hints of floral add up to a remarkable bouquet.

Very full flavored with orange and grapefruit leading the way. Lightest caramel and neutral sweet come along for the ride, joined by mango, and the pine of the nose now is a bit more pointed and has some herbal accompaniment to end the sip dry.

Full bodied, low carb., highly viscous, excellent finish and despite these things it is still very refreshing.

Another blast of hop artistry from the new kids on the block, Equilibrium brewery. They have this style nailed, and if it's at all possible I suggest you get some of this immediately.

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Harvester Of Simcoe from Equilibrium Brewery
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 57 ratings