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Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA

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415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 29
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Goldorak on 03-05-2006

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (simcoe) and yeast.
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Ratings: 415 | Reviews: 271
Reviews by Asgeirr:
Photo of Asgeirr
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hope to try all the Mikkeller Single Hop beers before the end of summer.Poured into a standard pint a mukry,hazed amber with a large fluffy crown atop that left globs of lace it settled oh so slowly.Aromas dont really hit home like I was hoping,light tropical-like fruitiness,along with some sweetish buscuit malt.flavors of overripe citrus fruit with subtle pine from the hops layer over a caramelly sweet malt base,both come together pretty well.I really nice almost mouthcoating feel,lusch for a "smaller" beer,a solid one hop offering again from Mikkeller.

Photo of ricke
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color, clear liquid. A 3 cm slightly yellowish off-white airy head that leaves nice looking lacings.

S: Plenty of grapefruit. Elder flowers and red currants as well. Pleasant peppery and grassy hops. A nice mix of fruity and floral hops, but the malts are rather anonymous.

T: Plenty of grapefruits here as well, but they are not as distinct as in the smell. Gooseberries, some elder flowers, grass and nice floral hop flavors. Toasty malts with a gentle and semi-sweet caramel character in the background. The finish is peppery with a big bitterness that dominates completely just for a moment. After the initial attack from the bitterness it settles and leaves room for hop resins with somewhat of a perfumy character, pine-needles and a hint of minerals.

M: Medium body, rather crisp. Well balanced carbonation. A clean and simple mouthfeel, nicely attuned to the style.

D: Not a bad IPA, for sure. It's really hop-forward and showcases the simcoe profile nicely. But perhaps it lacks some complexity and is slightly off-balanced. But all in all, I enjoyed it.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orangey-amber with white head, a little murky. Nice smell, piney and dank, leaning towards the perfumy end. Sharp, biting bitterness, pine with very little malt backbone. Thin, and leaves a lingering harshness on the sides of the tongue. Seems to have a phenolic/high alcohol thing going on too, and I could see more than one leaving me with a headache. I appreciate what they're doing with this series, but for the price ($7!) I'd expect a neater product.

Photo of MadScientist
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An orange hued light amber with excellent clarity. The persistant, creamy and rocky off-white head leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: A moderate hops aroma of grapefruit, pine and citrus hops aroma with a clean malt sweetness. There is some grassiness from dry hoping. There is a mild fruit ester, mostly orange and a little bit of alcohol.

T: A moderately strong hops flavor tasting of grapefruit, citrus and pine. There is just enough malt to support a strong hops bitterness that only gets a little rough on the tail end of a long bitter aftertaste. The balance is firmly bitter with a dry finish. There is a touch of esters.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. A very faint astringency that seems to be derived from the high hops bill. There is a some creaminess and no warmth.

O: An outstanding IPA with a spectacular flavor. I don't really want to pair this one with food, I just want to enjoy the out of this world hops flavor. I want a bigger punch of hops in the nose though more aroma hops would make me very happy but would happy buy this again and again. I just which it was a little more affordable at $5.99 for 12 ounces and with no bottling date this will be a rare treat.

Photo of ROBORB
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am assuming this is the Simcoe Single Hop IPA entry.
Served in a shaker this beer produced a 2 finger off white head that stayed forever. The head remained at 1 finger throughout the sampling. The smells consists of simcoe, pine, and some floral notes. This beer has some phenomenal lacing. The first sip has a very nice bitter taste that lasts for a while but there is a subtle malt background that balances this one out. The palate is medium bodied. This is a great beer if you can find it.

(As noted from other reviews; there is a bit of sediment in this beer but it doesn't distract from the taste)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lion's Pride.
A beautiful beer. In a tulip glass it was a hazy orange/red color with a thick tan head. A sheet of lace.
Intense floral aroma. Sweet.
Resinous pine taste, a little grapefruit, sweet malt.
The flavors all work well with each other, making this a very balanced and smooth beer.
A wonderful beer. Maybe my favorite IPA.

Photo of marvin213
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beverage looks tasty and appealing. It's bronze...uniformly tanned like a beautiful woman. A frothy head slowly subdues into a thick, sticky residue. Even though I know the dishwasher runs full and sometimes shuffles food debris, I'm confident that's floating beer sediment traveling throughout the liquid.

The smell smacks of grapefruit. This single-hop experiment solidifies the substance of Simcoe hops: it's a twangy fresh grapefruit. It's almost odd how much this beer smells like fruit. I'm taken aback because it's got "hop" in it's name and it's an American IPA. It's got a lemony zest as well. Perhaps other hop-styles are more notorious for the grapefruit twang, but my first waft here went way that way--subsequent smells become eerily clean (read: Pledge w/ lemon).

I noticed the smell lost its potency fairly quickly with time--the first whiff right out the bottle was by far the best--but I wonder if the taste worsens with warming. The taste is far, far more bitter than
the smell reveals. I see the sediment and chalk it up to a chalk-taste contributor. It's like a really raw, au natural, simple beer. The lasting impression from this sip session will certainly be the stark contrast b/w smell and taste. It's less about the one being better than the other, and more about how different it stimulates the senses.

Mouthfeel is solid. The citric acid meshes with good hop bitterness to become balanced. I'm sure the sediments floating throughout each sip contribute to the biting hop effect. If not enamel-pulling, it's at least teeth-sucking. It will leaving you smacking your lips.

It's a raw, relatively unfiltered, real-deal hop-beer. Though I really respect that, it's a hindrance to drinkability. It's remarkable the fruit-feel I got from this beer juxtaposed against it's hoppy bitterness. I find it particularly interesting that this apparent contrast comes from the same hop variety. It's a good beer, but I don't see you buying even a six-pack.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, purchased "on sale" from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY for $2.99. 2 months past the date printed onto the cap.

Pours darker amber, cloudy/murky, under a frothy tan head, that leaves gobs of thick sheeting and extensive, long lasting lacing.

Muted hoppy nose, smells like the inside of a burlap bag of hops.

Super dry and densly hopped ale. Tastes like a mouthfull of what might be sitting at the bottom of that burlap bag of hops.

Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for picking this beer up for me while he was driving through Lafayette, LA.

Pours a murky golden brown with a white head. The aroma is overly ripe apricot with some resiny notes. The flavor is resin with some apricot and orange. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of magictrokini
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You want a single-hop hop bomb? Here it is, and its good. Pours darker gold with a 3-finger while bubbly head. It didn't stick around very long, but this may have the thickest, stickiest lacing I have ever seen. It laced all the way to the finish. Fresh-cut cedar and resin in the nose, that smells like (surprise) fresh Simcoe hops. Medium mouthfeel, not syrupy, but a little sticky and full-bodied. Big, bitter peppery taste. The citrus (white grapefruit) takes a back seat. The bitterness was almost sour at times, which detracted only a little. Caramel malt finish tames it a little. It got a bit much towards the end of the pint, but I'd gladly have another.

Photo of Kraken
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 3/13/09

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle dated 10/22/10 into a 16oz pint glass. Moderate pour called fourth 3 fingers of light tan head. Head losses 1/2 it's size fairly quickly but keeps a 1/2 inch frothy top. Nice sticky lace. Color is dark cloudy orange with large chunks of sediment.

Nose- Terrific. This is what an IPA is supposed to smell like. Spicy concentrated grapefruit, and lemon. Faint notes of apricot. The smell is heavy and sweet, like a humid summer evening after a rain.

Palate- My mouth is watering with anticipation. Subtle at first, lightly sweet, bready malts come through. Citrus notes begin to enter the picture. Big grapefruit and lemon zest, slightly spicy. Some light to moderate bitterness. Finishes dry. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Active spicy and dry.

Drinkability- Great. Price is prohibitive.

Photo of ehammond1
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A deep and dark amber with lots of haze throughout. Off-white head. Some lacing down the glass.

This beer is potently aromatic! Incredibly powerful aroma! Wow! Huge citrus bill, specifically grapefruit and biting lemon, some grassy and pine elements, and some sweet, sticky caramel notes as well. Hugely aromatic!

The flavor is a lot like the aroma, but not quite as dramatic. Lots of citrus, lots of marijuana and pine flavors, along with a sticky and sweet caramel malt backbone. This beer is dank!

Thin to medium bodied.

A delicious and powerful Simcoe IPA. A great idea and a great beer.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Green's on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy orange-copper color with a two-finger, darker than normal tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing. Floaties populate the bottom third of the glass.

Smells of grapefruits with light amounts of pine and pale malt aromas. As it warms the grapefruit aromas dwindle a bit but even during the last sip it's still the most dominant aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the grapefruit flavors aren't as intense as the smell led me to believe. Sweet malt flavors lead things off and are followed shortly by grapefruit flavors. The ending is solidly bitter and becomes even more bitter as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle easily and could have a few of these.

Overall this is a close second to Mikkeller's Warrior single hop, and could have surpassed it if the taste matched up with the aroma. Worth a shot.

Photo of coryking
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

All pine nose. Only pine in the aroma. Resinous pine with a grapefruit rind flavor. I prefer the flavoring and aroma of the Simcoe, over the bitterness that it adds.

Photo of linnet
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely large creamy head, copper colour. Aroma is just fantastic, with lots of passion fruit, citrus grass and sweet malts. Flavour is equally impressing with yet again lots of passion fruit and it is fruity like no other beer I've tried, with passion fruit and grapefruit being the most dominant ones. Mouthfeel is crisp with small bubblesThis was my first beer from Mikkeller and boy did it leave me wanting for more!

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Woe are we who must work our way through the onslaught of these new Mikkeller flights of fancy on our local bottleshops' shelves...

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with three solid fingers of tight foamy, chunky off-white head, which leaves a string of inverted gear lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of reserved pine resin and saucy grapefruit peel, more than a bit of spiciness inherent in both. The taste is creamy caramel malt, and a slowly resurrected redux of the aroma in the form of warm, bitter citrus, and soft forest floor hops.

The carbonation is once again quite sedate, the body equally smooth, bearing a low-key medium weight. It finishes with a pleasantly warm spiced toffee malt sweetness, and a loitering softened citrus hoppiness.

I do quite like these glimpses into the inner workings of the singular hops that make up the blends so common in the best West coast IPAs out there. Here, we have the spicy citrus side of that complex equation. Good to know, and also rather good to put back on its own.

Photo of CushyGig
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber, the head thickly lacry. Nose is sweet and floral like jasmine flowers showering in simple syrup. Double-take flavors...dry and icey in the mouth...hints of young grapefruit come to mind, with a quickly tapering minty exit that vanishes abruptly. There’s a consistent floral background riding along at all times. This is damn classy...seriously, its like champagne..

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Small pricey bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours a lacey golden body lots of white foam. Citrus aroma.Mouthfeel is Ok, although post-tingling. Very good orange taste, superior IPA, drunk...quickly. Another Mikkeller gem, served just below room temp.

Two and a half years later I had the hop series which was a great showcase of the Simcoe hop and orange citrus bitterness.

Photo of ElGordo
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a cloudy golden-orange color with big chunks of yeast and/or hops floating about. A half-finger's worth of creamy white head has some good retention, slowly receding to a thin, wispy layer across the entire surface. Aroma of earthy yeast, mildly sweet pale malt, and lots and lots of hops. Notes of grapefruit, pine, and clover honey are prevalent.
The palate not strikingly bitter on the tip of the tongue - mildly sweet pale malt is balanced with a light citrus hop character at first. The hops quickly take over, though, and big hits of grapefruit and pine dominate. A bit of yeasty funk lingers in the background. The finish leaves a nice, citrusy bitterness that hangs on the back of the mouth for a good long while.
The Mouthfeel is a little silky for an IPA, nice and smooth without a whole lot of caustic carbonation, It's a nice change of pace. This is an excellent showcase of the bitter, grapefruity character of the Simcoe hop. While not an experience I really need every day, this is a damn tasty beer, very well-executed.

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the malt house, 6 of these single-hop varietals on tap this week at Malt House/Brasserie V...my goal for the weekend is to drink them all

cellphone notes

appearance: served in an unbranded chalice, hazy apricot body, light beige ring with minimal retention

smell: definite simcoe IPA - lush tropical fruit, apricot, floral and fresh

taste: apricot, tropical fruit, fresh floral hops, grapefruit citrus, sweet toffee...nice ipa - love the simcoe varietal

mouthfeel: fresh, prickly

drinkability: good

Photo of deliriumfest
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 3/9/09

Poured a beautiful rich copper color into a RR pint glass. Aroma is a complex hop-malt combination with a heavy focus on the hops. Taste is almost unbelievable and hoppy at first but unfortunately dies very quickly. Mouthfeel is pretty light for an IPA but drinkability is pretty easy. Overall, this is an awesome interpretation of an American IPA but the taste is the lone negative factor since it dies off so quickly.

Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber with a slight orange and woody hue; head is thick and holds fairly well; lacing is solid at top and intricate as the beer empties from the glass

S: Grapefruit and citrus rinds sit on top of a sweet, toasty nuttiness; still fairly subdued though

T: Hop bitterness is well balanced with a toasty maltiness; grapefruit and citrus actually blend perfectly with the biscuity malts; there is also an oily quality that is pleasant

F: Creamy and yet oily with a nice, even mouth coating--sits on the back of the tongue forever

D: A great, subtle but tasty American IPA--very smooth, balanced, drinkable, and delicious

Photo of cjacobsen
1.45/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

(A) Poured into a snifter. Sat a brown, earth toned orange and decent amount of sediment. I've seen mop buckets with more attractive looking liquid.

(S) Really faint hops. It has a weird citrus-like smell, almost as if you were smelling a wet rag that was used to wipe up orange juice...a week ago. Smells like wet grass.

(T) Tastes a bit malty, but mostly that week old grass clippings that have been fermenting in the garage waste bag. If I drank the brown juice from a 2 week old batch of lettuce, I would imagine it would taste like this.

(M) There is little to no life to this despite the fact that it was decently carbonated.

(O) Simcoe is no stand alone hop. Dank brew and needs a lot of work. Cool to experience, would turn it down if offered again. I don't know why so many people have liked this.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours hazy deep murky copper with enormous white fluffy head that looks like ice cream and the thickest retention and lacing I have ever seen.

smell is very light and sweet citrus, kind of soapy.

taste is very bitter and semi sweet up front with a strong malt finish with light lingering hop flavor. i think i detect belgian yeast though, and that is a no-no.

semi light carbonation and and perfect density.

this is a great IPA, nicely done. too expensive though. $5 a 12oz? no thanks

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.