Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA pours a slightly cloudy copper colour along with a armada of bubbles, of various sizes, charging the surface.
The bread-white crown consists of large bubbles at the bottom and smaller more dense ones at the top - and boy oh boy is it a thick crown or what? Looks like whipped cream just before it's churned to butter! And a tall one to; only experienced it once before, but for some reason when pouring this beer, carefully and gently towards the side of the glass, it foams like an abused fire-extinguisher!
Gradually, it does however decrease in size, but not in the imploding fashion, no-no-no all too common, but from the bottom to the top. You know, just like a corpse being dissolved in a vat of acid when lowered with its feet first, right? Ya don't? Oh well, your loss partner... Finally leaving behind an aftermath, a trail of lacing scattered like mortared snow men, or simply plenty of lacing, it's your call.
Smell: Lemon grass sorbet is what my memory dug up for this one along with a herb-like sensation resemblant to that of basil. Speaking of herbs, there's a certain scent here pretty darn similar to that of hops closest relative... Not that I would know anything about that, just saying is all... Anyway, this brew is intensely hoppy and I blame it on the simcoe hops -- wonderful!
Taste: Consistency is the key, the citric characteristics I previously scented is back, but this time... it's oral! And whaddayaknow, it brought a buddy -- bitterness, which is more than welcome to play on my taste buds. He almost seems to be of Czech heritage, I guess that's why he didn't arrive 'til the end and thus transforming the lemon grass notes into what -- in more accurate terms -- would be described as grapefruit-like.
However, the sweetness of sorbet does not escape but manages to sneak in between this marriage of acid 'n' acrid allowing the malt to make itself heard in a mild but noticeable manner.
Mouthfeel: For a visible amount of bubbles being so strikingly large this beer is surprisingly gentle to the palate when it comes to the carbonation, fresh but not over-the-top. It holds a medium full body and is somewhat coarse, and rather warming in the finish.
Drinkability: The two sections where this "disappoints" is in the body, a tad creamier would've done the job and the malt was somewhat clandestine to my taste receptors. Other than that, for being my first Mikkeller I must say that this looks astonishingly promising!
Additionally, I almost could've bought it for the smell alone, grand, ya, Danes!
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2009 18:56:17 | More by Asgeirr
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