Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by frothyhead:
3.3/5 rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a hazy and chunky copper amber/brown in a pint glass with a decent 1 finger off-white head. Looks like I should have poured more carefully, this one is chunky.
Nose is hoppy with pine and grapefruit. There seems to be a bit of sulfer/rotten eggs and some mild oxidation/wet cardboard coming through. These notes are very subtle and as the beer warms and the chunky yeast settles to the bottom they are replaced with caramel.
Mouth is medium bodied and silky with some hop oils with a dry, bitter finish. Medium carbonation.
Taste is solid American IPA. Bitter throughout with pine and grapefruit and some earthiness. Not a whole lot of malt to balance it, though there is some mild sugary sweetness as it warms.
Drinkability is decent, though I'm finding the bitter linger perhaps a tad too strong and there is a solid metallic taste that builds on your tongue as you drink more.
Overall this is a decent beer. Nothing outstanding, but solidly drinkable and enjoyable. It seems to have its heart in the right place but has some flaws that keep it from being great.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2009 23:25:12 | More by frothyhead
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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.