Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by dgilks:
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a brilliant gold colour with a massive, creamy, ivory head. Decent head retention. Nice lacing.
Great aroma. Lots of passionfruit, pine, mandarin. This is just really juicy and appetising.
The initial attack is quite malty with a good balancing bitterness. The balance continues in the mid-palate with some piney charater and a hint of 'animale'. The back-palate has plenty of crystal malt sweetness before flowing into a strong lingering bitterness. This is good but some more hop flavour would be appreciated.
Medium-full body with a creamy yet vibrant carbonation. Good.
A tasty brew and a generally good showcase for the Simcoe hops. I would have like a bit more hop flavour but there was plenty of aroma and the malt backbone was good.
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2009 09:23:32 | More by dgilks
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3.84/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bottle into an English pub glass. A dark honey-red amber hue with large beige bubbles forming the typical Mikkeller shapely and long-lasting head, and an aroma of fruity grape candy, jam, spruce needles, and buttery toffee. Was expecting more citrus. Malt-forward like most of the other Mikkeller single hop IPAs, with some Munich malt adding almost a chocolate character along with the toffee. However, as expected, the generous dose of Simcoe adds a ton of aromatic black and long pepper spice notes that permeate the beer from start to finish, along with some pine cleaner, unripe guava, gooseberry, and pineapple. Simcoe is often accompanied by other hops with more classic citrus character and its interesting to taste a more spicy, green tropical, and berry character on its own, with a pretty aggressive menthol/pine note just barely checked by the sweet malts here. Ah ... There's some grapefruit. Moderately thick body with a decent dose of oily resins, somewhat prickly on the tongue. Finishes nicely bitter with some lingering floral and unripe tropical notes. I continue to enjoy these Mikkeller single hop brews, with this one coming quite close to a good malt-hops balance.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2014 02:44:57 | More by CalgaryFMC
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.