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Ace Of Simcoe

Rating: 4.0

Another new Brewdog offering for 2016, this one will be my second such beer and it follows on from the can of Albino Squid Assassin that I reviewed from them here a just over a week ago now. This one is also the first of two new Brewdog beers that I managed to try over the weekend in their DogHouse bar in Glasgow, the other being their newly released Elvis Juice. I knew this one was a beer that the brewery had only just introduced, I believe it was first available in their bars on Thursday night and I managed to sample some of Saturday afternoon so I knew it’d still be fresh and quickly ordered a pint upon arrival in the bar. The beer is also available in bottles and from what I gather it will be a limited offering from the brewery as the first in a series of single hop beers from them. This one (yup, you’ve guessed it) uses the Simcoe hop variety and comes in as a 4.5% session IPA that promised mango, pine and grapefruit flavours and had me excited to try it. The beer will be followed by Ace of Chinook, Ace of Citra and Ace of Equinox offerings over the course of 2016 and I’m also looking forward to those.

Ace Of Simcoe

Appearance (4/5): Light amber in colour and sitting with quite a clear looking body, this one was a still beer that was topped with a quarter centimetre tall head of white foam that left a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): Fresh and quite floral smelling, this one wasn’t an overly strong offering on the nose but at the same time it wasn’t weak either. Things were kicked off by some nice pine and citrus smells that were backed up by a bit of sweetness and touches of grapefruit towards the middle. The mango mentioned by the brewery was minimal but there was some nice herbal notes sneaking through and the beer seemed quite lively too.
Taste (8/10): Again this one was quite fresh with some nice hoppy flavours starting things off along with a nice combination of pine and grapefruit plus some mango not far behind. There was some orange coming through as well and a few tropical flavours before touches of grain and faint malts started to appear towards the end that hinted at a little sweetness as well.
Palate (4/5): This one was a lively beer that came through with strong carbonation that was sitting atop a medium body and a well-balanced beer. There was a nice hop bitterness to proceedings with some hints of sweetness making a brief cameo, particularly towards the end with some grains backing it up but it remained a fresh, easy to drink beer that was also quite enjoyable.

Overall (16/20): This one was a very nice Brewdog offering, particularly given it was yet another session IPA which isn’t really a style that I’m overly fond of when compared to a regular American IPA but it seems brewers are definitely getting better at making these, which is expected given all the practice they’re getting. I really enjoyed this beer and thankfully it was far from a one-dimensional offering that I always felt was a possibility given it is a single hop beer. The highlight for me was the combination of pine and grapefruit bitterness seeming working well with the faintly sweet malts and touches of citrus and this is an offering that I would have again.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Brewdog DogHouse (Glasgow)
Price: £4.20

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