Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (simcoe) and yeast.

(Beer added by: Goldorak on 03-05-2006)
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Reviews by Howler89:
Photo of Howler89
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wish I could review more beers. Studying the law has put me in a position where I can drink beer or write about it, but not both. I need to shout out StonedTrippin for an amazing sunday real quick. He made the best rack of ribs I ever tasted and even let me carry some things and juice some apples for the apple juice hot tubs we created for stage 3 of 4 of the all day smoke sesh that went down. It was elite dog. Your the man. I encourage anyone and everyone to check his reviews for valuable education on any of 1680 beers currently reviewed at his page.

Now on to more pressing matters. Mikkeller has created some of the finest beer to ever grace my palate, and thus, I was disappointed to realize that this beer had been sitting on the shelf at littles for months and I hadn't tried it. It pours into a tulip glass a foggy apple juice color with a stiff white head. The smell of this beer seems to give away the entire experience. The hops are very fresh. Far from a hop bomb, reminding me more a tropical island getaway, coconuts, pears, and oranges. The taste is very much the same. Fruity with mild to medium bitter right up front. Doesn't linger for long but unique none the less. The Simcoe Hop must have more subtle intentions when it comes to my heart, but I always have gone for the mystery girl anyways so it is what it is. The brew is nice and weighty in the mouth. A respectable beer, and another success among many for MIkkeller.

Solid B unless you are looking for something more classic, then a B-.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
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
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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 MaxT
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of trail77
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of interistacanadese
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of ROBORB
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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 megamass
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 BeerDrinkingDiver
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of magictrokini
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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 virinow
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 acknight
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of kwkdmk
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of mocktm
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.