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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of WilliamD
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow- sorry, but this is a damn good beer. I have to be up front on this one. I've blown my wad a bit early, I know.
Looks wonderful as it settles in to my pilsner glass. Nice orange-amber color, with a sensuous, cream-colored quarter-inch thick head.
The smell is perhaps the best of any IPA I have ever sampled. Rich, lush pine- pine from the deep, untouched Canada- if there is such a pine. That's what I think of anyway, dammit. Rich, untouched Canadian pines blowing in the crisp, cold wind, with trout hopping in the river and Grizzlies frolicking about on the grassy knoll above. Hints of citrus as well.
Taste: Wow, what can I say. This beer is absolutely delicious, in my opinion. The pine taste matches the smell, and the bitterness is exquisitely balanced. I'm sorry, but Hopslam pales, and I gave that beer an excellent review.
Drinkability is A+. I would love to have a case of this beer, but my wallet won't allow it. In a perfect world, man and woman- or man and man, or woman and woman for that matter- would spend many a lazy Sunday afternoon tipping a few too many of these back.

WilliamD, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man, they hit it with this one! After opening the bottle the beer slowly started to foam out the top. Poured with a thick foamy frothy off white to very light tan head and good lacing. Color is a cloudy medium amber with some sediment. Aroma is mainly Simcoe hops with some malt caramel and toffee. Taste is like aroma but with a perfect touch of sweetness to counter the hop. So well done. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is likewise super. Wanna have another sip - no, gulp. This is the best of the three single hop beers Cascade and Warrior.

drpimento, Apr 19, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

trail77, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a murky orange-brown with a huge dollup of beige meringue. Massive amounts of sticky lacing all around.

The aroma reminds me of Two Hearted but with a third heart. This aroma is big with juicy citrus, grass, and pine hops. The malt is present, but of course, it can't compete with the hoppiness.

The taste also brings on the hops with grapefruit, orange, grass, and pine. Caramel malts give a nice balance. The finish has a slight peppery bitterness to add even more character.

Medium bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

My favorite type of American IPA. Loaded with citrus hops but still well-balanced. This could be one of my main drinkers if they can get the price point down to $3 or so.

Monkeyknife, Feb 26, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm assuming this entry is the same as Simcoe Single Hop Ale. Had this in bottle at the Brick Store Pub, and I have to say this is one of the better IPAs I've had in a while. I love Simcoe Hops, so that certainly helps things. Poured a hazy orange with a very nice head that looks more like a very healthy head off of a cask. Very rocky and a bit grainy with very nice lacing. The smell is somewhat light but with lightly herbal and fruity aromas with some nice citrus on the finish. The taste is fantastic, a beautiful blast of Simcoe goodness. Intensely fruity with grapefruit and Meyer Lemon citrus, spicy and rich. Long bitterness follows, and a nice resiny pine emerges as it approches the finish. The mouthfeel is on the thin side. The malt is dry and a bit grainy and there is just enough of it to support the massive hop attack, but they work very nicely together. Absolutely delicious, and tastes quite fresh. A delight, and an especially nice surprise.

Georgiabeer, Feb 21, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

linnet, Aug 28, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy ice tea color with two fingers of white to off-white suds. Lacing on the glass immediatly.
Smell is a wonderful pine tar and grapefruit aroma and a slight yeast burn. Love this smell.
Taste is a combination of grapefruit and sweet nectarine. Of course the bitterness is in there too but these fruity flavors last a long time.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the oils quickly go away making the mouth ready for the next drink.
Drinkability is only brought down by the cost of these wonderful beers.

peabody, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams glass.

A: An amber orange with a minimal one finger off white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Simply incredible. I thought I had some piney smelling IPAs before, but nothing like this. Huge hit of spruce pine with some bitter citris. Very little if any malt.

T: Simply the same. The huge hop bitterness smacks you in the face with a massive amount of spruce flavors, like eating a Christmas tree. Hints of tangy citrus, grapefruit, and a touch of sweetness. Hops play the major role here. This is from Belgium? Wow, this is a total american style IPA. Finish is lingering bitterness from the pine. Wonderful hoppy flavor, Simcoe is so stinking good.

M: Bitter and full with not any alcohol traces. Mouthfeel lingers forever.

D: High, this was a really drinkable excellent beer.

Overall I was so stunned by this beer, I kept smelling and sipping it, then looking at the bottle. I would have sworn this was a California IPA no questions asked. This is the most piney beer I have had to date, this thing was incredible. Props to Mikkeller, awesome.

Kadonny, May 10, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Tawny copper color, and poured with a fantastic frothy and creamy white head. The lacing in the sample was great, and expected for the style.

S - Smack of hop bitterness up front, and with a bit of the resiny funky hop power in the aroma as well.

T - This is a hop bomb and a half for just a single hop utilized and also it's not a DIPA. Wonderful hop bitterness, and a great deal of flavors ranging from the cedary/piney nature of the simcoe to a touch musty with a great malt backing.

M - Medium MF, smooth and a bit viscous. Really coats the palet.

D - Hugely drinkable for such a hop bomb. Really interesting, and really demanded another sip. Too bad this is a bit on the stronger side as I could quaff this all night long.

Overall, this was utterly exceptional and would highly recommend to all hop heads.

Nickls, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of mvasilis
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought at ölbutikken in Copenhagen.

A: A lot of foam when poored, foam stays at the glas, the foam is like cream. Liquid is clear, red-orange colored.

S: fresh nose, alot of tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus. Fantastic nose!

T: Taste similar as it smells; tropical fuits, pinapple and citrus. A well balanced bitterness finish the taste.

M: Small bubbles, crispy, quite alot of C02, but it suits the beer.

mvasilis, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of joecast
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the New Sydney.

Bright light orange/amber/copper color. Like the hop oils are adding some kind of inner glow. Head is just off white with that milky resiny stability.

Well, um, smells like Simcoe. A bit of sweetness from the malt but mostly hops. Spicy, floral, slight citrus. Not sure if Simcoe originates from a blend of other signature US hops, but it sure seems like it. Not the one dimensional character of Cascade or Amarillo, though these are all enjoyable.

Great balance. Big, bold, bitter. It's got it all. Finish is clean showing what a well made beer this is. All you're left with is a lingering hop bitterness which requires more beer to wash it down. A nice problem to have if you ask me.

Totally blown away. Had no idea this was on and the barman insisted I try it. Great idea. Only one keg so glad I got to have one. Will be sad to see it go.

joecast, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of IPAcraig
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a semi transparent orange, with a huge head. Appealing color but a bit cloudy.

Fantastically hoppy aroma. Earthy piney goodness,

Juicy. Pungent hops with a semi sweet body that is fairly light despite the noticeable sweetness. A pretty unique hop.

Somewhat sticky and lightly carbonated.

A fantastic drinker.

IPAcraig, Jul 28, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

acknight, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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