Great Lakes Johnny Simcoe | Great Lakes Brewery

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3.89/5
Very Good
19 Ratings
Great Lakes Johnny SimcoeGreat Lakes Johnny Simcoe
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
greatlakesbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 03-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,737
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
19
pDev:
5.14%
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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of kinguy
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deonreds
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Johnny Simcoe is both really bright and really pale, which comes as a bit of a surprise given that a chunk of yeast sediment the size of bread-roll sneaked out with the last couple ounces of the can. This certainly destroyed the clarity but failed to put a damper on either the dazzling colour or shine.

This pale ale smells just like a heaping bowl of freshly cut mangoes. It's also got notes of papaya, pink grapefruit, pineapple and just a general, overall citrusy feature to it. But the notion of mango nectar is incredibly lifelike - I'm surprised not to find chunks of puree floating in the glass.

If I was to market a brand of "iced beer" treats - something along the lines of frozen yogurt or slushies - Johnny Simcoe is a clear no-brainer. It rolls all kinds of sweet tropical fruity flavours into crisp bitterness, with a lively acidity to give it super refreshing powers. To be quite honest it already tastes remarkably like a combination of mango, lemon, and green tea sorbets as it is.

With so much overt hoppiness but a reasonable 6.2% alcohol and surprisingly low 30 IBU (I would have guessed it a little higher), Johnny Simcoe straddles that line between sociable pale ale and gratifying IPA and manages to hit close to the mark for both. It's probably a little too strong for sessioning and leaves some room for indulgence on the lupulin front but still could be subbed-in at either position.

When the sun finally managed to start peeking through the clouds as I made my way home from work after a busy, stressful Friday, this was exactly the juicy, hoppy, refreshing pale ale I was craving. Johnny Simcoe is very similar to Crazy Canuck but scratches the hop-itch with a little more intensity and effectiveness while still being every bit as approachable. Another solid GL offering.

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Photo of valianes
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timeo
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of hunterjames
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of evil_liver
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KeKeKumba
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Bryden's and then picked up a can at the brewery. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and a few specks of lace. Hazed golden body.

S - Loads of Simcoe hops! Zesty, with notes of lemon and tropical fruits, and a hint of cattiness in there. Malt bill is pretty understated.

T - The taste is quite similar, with a hefty dose of melon, and grapefruit rind over top of a sugar cookie malt bill. The taste is surprisingly bitter for an APA; a few too many early-boil hops for my tastes I guess.

M - Pleasant medium body, lower carbonation, and a dry, crisp, finish.

D - A nice hoppy Canadian ale. The pint I had on-tap at Bryden's was closer to an A-, but the can was unfortunately not quite up to the same level. Still, I'd drink this again if I ran across it in Toronto.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Although not enjoying this can as much as I have previous encounters on draught, still a brilliant APA that I hope to see more widely distributed.

Can pours a hazy golden colour that is fairly visually uninspiring, except for the white head that lasts an impressively long time. Mild aroma is hop-forward, Simcoe specifically, as expected - with a green, graininess. The taste profile has great hop depth, starting neutral with a bitterness that develops over the malt-backboned body to the finish. Resiny pine, citrus and "Simcoe". All I could (personally) ever hope for.

Thank-you, Great Lakes!

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Photo of heebes
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Yeoman9459
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Johnny Simcoe
ABV = 5.2%
IBU = 45

Bottle purchased from the brewery a day after they put it in their store. Served in their 25th Anniversary glass.

Appearance - Yellow along the outside, orange inside. Sunset looking. No real head to speak of.

Smell - The best part of this beer, passionfruit bomb. Smells like it would be a great juice.

Taste - There isn't as much taste as there is smell unfortunately, little bit watery but its still quite good. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Not a ton of bitterness which adds to the refreshing taste with little to no carbonation.

Overall - Another good beer from Great Lakes, an interesting change because I'm used to their big IBU beers, where this one is much more refreshing and easy drinking. Great session beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Bar Volo. Slight hop aroma, golden body with some cask-like bubbly head. It grows on me, a decent bitterness,from Simcoe I think. Some vegetable notes, yes celery sounds right. Decent cask, although nothing exceptional.Average mouthfeel, though a little oily.

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Great Lakes Johnny Simcoe from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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