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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
64oz Growler
Flossmoor Station

Shimkos' Simcoe shows off a body the color of tarnished copper with a good deal of clarity. The off white head had the sheen of an eggshell and incredible staying power. Each pour from the growler easily produced two finger heads that fell ridiculously slowly and left sticky clumped lacing down the sides of the glass. This is an impressive looking IPA.

The nose begins with a solid caramel backbone but that's quickly pushed aside by the hop profile. Plenty of citrus is noticeable right from the get go with orange being most prominent. Pine needles waft around in the back but don't let my use of the word waft fool you into thinking the pine can hold its own with the orange, because it can and does. A clean drying booziness sits in the rear that accentuates the hop profile of this IPA. There are even floral notes as this one warms up.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. A deep caramel maltiness, that almost reaches light white toast occasionally, starts things off but is quickly taken over by the dominating hop profile again. Orange oils come through in a big way with a blast of smooth and bitter citrus. Bright pine needle hoppiness follows the citrus closely and drenches the tongue in a solid bitterness. Clean but noticeable alcohol cleans it up on the swallow and brings the bitterness forward.

I'm surprised at the mouthfeel on this big IPA. For a beer ringing in at 8.7% the body is like an IPA in the 6.5-7% range with a moderate body and prickly enough carbonation to keep things moving. The bitterness coats the tongue but this beer drinks like a dream.

The drinkability is off the charts. This beer drinks like a much lower in alcohol IPA which can be very dangerous with the abv this puppy hides so well.

I was both excited and a little apprehensive to try the first new IPA from Flossmoor's new brewer. I have to give it to him; he hit the nail on the head. What better way to start off a new gig than to pump out an IPA of this quality. Keep up the good work over there Brian!

Reviewed: 4/28/09

Price: $12.95 Served In: Pint Glass

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