Simcoe Imperial India Pale Ale - Mikkeller ApS
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by popery:
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a light amber gold. It's somewhat cloudy. Both darker and less cloudy than the Citra version. Pretty much identical head, on the other hand. It's white, somewhat rocky, medium to large in size and sticks well to the walls of the glass. The aroma has a good deal of bitter citrus, grapefruit, some pine, an herbal note, pineapple, blackberry and some honeysuckle. Harsher than the Citra, though not really in a bad way. Like the Citra version, there's a mild malt sweetness with light caramel. The taste has gentle but bitter grapefruit rind flavor. It's not as flavorful as the Citra - gets a bit bitter bland - but there are still some nice flavors bouncing around. Grapefruit rind, pine resin, blackberry, peanut (not sure what that's from), light caramel, grape. Medium body, pretty normal carbonation. Fairly slick with hop oiliness. Good, solid DIPA, but whether it's the beer or Simcoe tasting dated, this one doesn't impress like the Citra version.
05-04-2014 06:33:09 | More by popery
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3.39/5 rDev -11.3%
Reviewed as an "Imperial India Pale Ale" per the label. 8.90% ABV. 330ml brown glass bottle with appealing label art acquired at a shop in Budapest, Hungary and served into a .3L Zlaty Bazant pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Budapest. Reviewed live. Expectations are high as I like Simcoe hops and Mikkel is me favourite brewer. Cost was 1300 forents. Brewed at De Proef. BB: 07/01/16.
Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White in colour. I'd prefer it a bit thicker. Retention is average (~2 minutes). Leaves no lacing as it recedes.
BODY: Clear copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears adequately (but not ideally) carbonated.
Not a unique or special appearance for an Imperial IPA, but it's generally appealing. I'm optimistic.
AROMA: Heavy on the fruit - but the fruit is rather vague. Has some soapy and detergent notes that indicate this may have spent too long in primary. Floral hop character. I think the fruit is tangerine and mango? An inoffensive aroma of average strength.
No yeast character, off-notes, or alcohol is detectable.
TASTE: Has some pleasant vague citrusy notes, some vague fruit (tangerine and mango I think?), generic floral hop character, hints of onion, pale malts, clean barley, and sweetbread. It's balanced, but this is a pretty underwhelming hop profile overall - especially considering simcoe was used. I do get touches of detergent/soap off-notes which suggest this spent too long in primary.
The pale malt sweetness does balance the hop bitterness well, but there isn't much here in terms of depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. I do like it, but this has become such an intense style that beers in it need to bring far more complexity/intricacy and nuance to the table to really stand out. It's got some nice subtlety, and this is definitely a cohesive build for an Imperial IPA, but it just doesn't offer much the discerning drinker hasn't encountered before (and at a lesser price).
No yeast character, spices, or alcohol come through.
TEXTURE: Clean, nicely soft, smooth, wet, and somewhat refreshing. Medium-bodied, with perfect thickness and heft on the palate. It has a nice overall presence on the palate and is near perfectly carbonated, but overall this texture doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to the taste.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, scratchy, or harsh.
OVERALL: An enjoyable Imperial IPA, but far from a world-class one. I do like it, but there are far better imperial IPAs available at a more reasonable price (though admittedly, perhaps not here in Budapest). It's absolutely worth trying once, and I'd have another if it was more fairly priced, but as drinkable as it is, it's rather unremarkable. It'll please, but won't impress. More good stuff from Mikkel.
06-24-2014 21:14:01 | More by kojevergas
4.51/5 rDev +18.1%
dark orange pour with a decent two finger head and lots of stickiness on the sides.
lots of simcoe hop bitter aroma, grapefruit.
taste is of grapefruit, orange peel, citric oiliness. some sweetness blended with the oily texture.
medium feel. nice brew. easy to drink. showcases the hop well....
04-19-2014 21:27:17 | More by pkalix
Simcoe Imperial India Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.