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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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90
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399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 18 | 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 theghost3
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is cloudy copper with lots of sediment chunks. The head is ridiculously thick, white with golden tints. The head has the consistency of root beer head & stays throughout leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy--orange, lemon, grapefruit. There are also hints of peach, spices, and caramel malts. Smells like fresh morning dew on an untouched mountain.

The taste is bitter, but not overpoweringly hoppy like a lot of IPAs. The orange & grapefruit are there along with sweet malts, and maybe even some cilantro. I know, cilantro, crazy! Mouthfeel is carbonated & crisp, but leaves a little sticky.

This is perhaps the most drinkable American IPA I've ever had. Not a very bitter flavor with a truly amazing scent.

theghost3, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

Cap dated 22/10/10

A: Pours a cloudy tarnished copper color with a lot of suspended sediment. A creamy, 3 1/2 finger, light-khaki colored head retains for ages and is fed by some really active carbonation. Sticky ropes and sheets of lace are left behind.

S: Incredible aromas of mango, grapefruit, peach, musk melon, apricot, fresh cut grass, and ripe orchard fruit. Smells very "fresh".

T: Tastes pretty much as it smells. Sweet tropical fruit, white pepper, toasted malt, red apple, and a touch of grassy hops. Surprisingly, a tiny alcohol flavor pops out during the finish after it has warmed a bit.

M: So fruity and sticky. Nice peppery/spicy sizzle on my lips and tongue. This thing just oozes hop oil. Perfect level of hoppy bitterness.

D: What a wonderfully balanced IPA! I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for the other Single Hop IPA's in the series.

GbVDave, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Cramerican
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Cramerican, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of bryanbrick
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 22/10/10
Another great beer from Mikkeller. Still haven't had anything from them that was not at least interesting. This is packaged brilliantly, as are the rest of their beers, in a simple modern, minimalist font with black on red type making up the basis for the label.

The idea here so smart. Everyone wants hops and more hops, how can you do that but put your own spin on it? Single hop variety designations. So simple and yet so few have done it at this point.

This beers pours a hazy orange/bronze color with a stark white, dense head. The beer is surely bottled unfiltered, mine had more than a bit of yeast floating around in it. Very pleasing to the eye.

The nose is great, fresh pink grapefruit with aspects of juniper and something like tarragon. I could keep trying to pick this apart all night, but the nose is so inviting it is hard not to want to throw this back college style.

I love the balance here, and being that I am a balance above all else guy I'll look over the lack of a palate crushing hops presence. Without being a brewer it seems that Simcoe would be more of an "aromatic" than a "bittering" hop strain. With great life and surprizing sweetneet this gives plenty of green fresh hops character, pine needle, bitter root and drying steeliness.

The mouthfeel is plush and creamy, while holding its carbonation to a nice crusing speed. I like the blonde-style sweetnees that comes on the mid-palate, only to be swept fully away by the bitter, but never harsh finish.

Honestly I'm not a huge fan of IPA, they have to be truely great to win me over, but this one does. I still couldn't have more than one of these a night, but the one I did have would be enjoyed greatly.

bryanbrick, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 3 fingers of off-white pillowy head with great retention. Chill hazy dark amber gold liquid. Pretty! Exactly as I expect an AIPA. Lots of chunks though :-(
S: Sweet fruit with musty undertones, like grapefruit and pineapple with marijuana in background.
T: Herbal, not as bitter as I expected. Good estery highlights. Strong, but not exceptional. It's strength is in how well executed it is. Strong on fundamentals without a lot of razzle-dazzle.
M: Bitter comes through more on the mouthfeel. Smooth too.
D: I'd order another and buy six if it wasn't cost prohibitive ($5.99/1!)

dfillius, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. Bits of sediment floating around. There was a huge, long-lasting foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of citrus and hops.

T: This beer had a milder flavor than I would've guessed, but still very zesty. Citrus, hops, some malt and lighter fruits.

M: A well carbonated beer with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an extremely drinkable beer. It's very vibrant and balanced. I could drink a lot of these.

avalon07, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of IPeteA91
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

IPeteA91, May 13, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

HoistinBrews, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of hophead247
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle...Poured a nice light orange color and a little on the cloudy side, but not too much. A very nice white head followed and didn't want to go away...but I didn't mind. I love Simcoe hops and couldn't get enough of the smell, very refreshing. The taste was crisp and citrusy with a nice balance of malt to go along with the hops. Definitely a beer to savor and not chug down. I've had some Mikkeller beers in the past, and I'm happy that they have finally made it out my way

hophead247, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of quilty
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

quilty, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of jenray
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange/amber color; some solids floating. Poured a 2 finger tan head with excellent retention to a dollop. Decanted lightly. Webs of thick lacing.

S: Pungent pine and grapefruit. Sweet, bready caramel malt comes through as well. Very nicely balanced nose.

T: Malt more up front. Resiny citrus and pine dominate the middle. Sharp bitter with resiny hops lingering a bit. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium to full body. Ample carbonation. Smooth, resiny and dry.

D: Very well-balanced without giving-in on hop or malt character.

Haybeerman, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

carrollmel7, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly pellucid pumpkin... at least until the yeast in the bottom of the bottle are added with the next pour. The golden sandstone colored cap is huge to start and looks all kinds of gorgeous. Belgian brewers have this whole head-and-lace thing figured out like no one else in the world.

I've had numerous favorite hops over the years. For quite a while now, Simcoe has held that honor. This IPA is bursting with tropical fruity goodness that does this brewery and this hop proud. Specifics include pineapple, grapefruit peel, tangerine and a musky Mary Jane vibe that adds another layer of complexity. Magnificent!

Thankfully, the flavor is just as outstanding. When a brewery with Mikkeller's chops sets out to brew a single-hopped IPA with one of the best hops ever grown, the result is truly something special. Ain't no way this ale will be good anywhere near the 'best by' date of late 2010. Drink it as fresh as possible for maximum hoppage... which means maximum enjoyment.

What little toasted malt is present is no more than a flavor accent. It still provides a solid, semi-sweet, sugar-cookie-with-caramel-icing base on which the hops can do their thang. And do it they do. The cornucopia of tropical fruitiness is pretty much identical to the aroma description, with juicy pineapple and pink grapefruit being especially prominent.

Looks like these guys have mouthfeel figured out as well as foam texture and longevity. That makes sense since perfect carbonation is the key. The beer is medium-full for the style, with a fresh fruit lushness akin to biting into a ripe peach.

Simcoe Single Hop IPA is one of many Mikkeller masterpieces. I'm still blown away by the fact that a Danish brewery can create better American-style beer than a lot of American craft breweries. Too bad this one is prohibitively expensive or I'd drink it by the case.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful IPA. I really, really like the flavors of the Simcoe hop, so this beer appeals to me. There's really nothing wrong with it except that it lacks some complexity that you get in a more varied hop bill. Mikkeller makes phenomenal beer. I dearly wish that it was cheaper in local stores. The aroma is particularly great. It smells like honeysuckle and oranges. The hops are strong, but the malt is just right to express their flavor. The feel is very good, the smooth hop oiliness that I want in an IPA. This beer does a great job showcasing the Simcoe hop. I hope that some American breweries take note of this beer and produce a cheaper version for me.

popery, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Andy_Luft
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Andy_Luft, Nov 05, 2013
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.

MadScientist, Oct 18, 2012
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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of NewGeneric
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this the other night after I got home from work. Poured a golden amber color with thick, creamy white head and lots of lacing. Also could see hop residue floating around. Smelled of citrusy hops and grass. Tasted of caramel malts and subtle yet pervasive hops. Probably the smoothest IPA I've ever had. Smooth and velvety and carbonation was perfect. If they weren't so expensive, I'd drink a bunch before I know it.

NewGeneric, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of codsmith
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden with a thick white foamy head. It head sticks around for the entire time and laces the glass nicely.

S: A wonderful aroma of Simcoe hops really shines through. Simcoe hops offer a very unique hop character that are not matched by any other hop out there. There is a very clean aroma with a slight bit of citrus and pine, but not over-powering. A good grapefruit character. There is also a slight sweetness from that malt that is coming through as well.

T: Starts out with a refreshing mellow citrus flavor and transitions into a very bitter taste on the backend, leaving a bitter after-taste as well. The malt character is mild and balanced well enough to really allow the hop aroma and flavor to come through.

M: Very light and refreshing. Carbonation is matched perfectly for the beer characters to come through.

O: A very good and interesting idea on how to really experience and taste a hop profile. The malt character was mild to enjoy the full hop potential.

codsmith, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very murky looking dark orange. Yeast sediment is suspended throughout the body. Head is thin and fluffy. Lace comes in nicely space rings. Aroma is nice. A little tangerine. A little pink grapefruit. A little MaryJane. Very resiny. A little smoky. Orange comes through on the nose a little too. Great smell. Flavor has a nice base of malt. But the hops are the stars here, specifically, simcoe. Oily feel to them Hop flavors are spicy and resiny. Tangerine comes to mind. Bitterness is middle of the road....not clean but not real jagged either Flavors are spicy and resiny. In all honesty, I'm surprised that this isn't more vibrant and bright and citric from what I know about Simcoe, but it pleases nonetheless. Very good. Nicely carbonated and medium-full body. One thing I've noticed about the 2 Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs are that they look and taste like very well done homebrewed IPAs, which is a compliment.

Bighuge, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of GregPearson33
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light honey/brown topped with a generous, fluffy head that held at least an inch before receding to a thick lace after a few minutes. Immediately my olfactory was assaulted with a waft of spicy citrus aroma when I even got close to the glass! This beer is a tribute to the Simcoe hop... absolutely delicious. Piney and citrusy with just as much flavor as the aroma initially implied. Additionally, I liked that the spicy flavor didn't fade to a sweeter, maltier note as is the case with many other IPAs. Behind the intense flavor I didn't notice the booze (6.9% ABV) at all. Tasty? Yes. Refreshing? Not particularly. Could I drink this all night? Absolutely
... if someone else was buying! ($6.49/11.2oz)

GregPearson33, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me say I was pleasantly surpised, not that the beer was good, but how interesting this was with a hop I would probably not use on its own if I were to brew with it. I appreciat HombreWing sharing this bottle, poured chilled into a tumber from the 12oz.

A - a light golden amber with thick cream that creates a lace ring, small beading and good clarity

S -Smell is more pine than anything, but the accents of grapefruit and floral notes are interesting, more zest than actual grapefruit flesh with slight note of melon

M - The feel is more mild than expected, yet slightly spiced and overall a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness w/ a slightly resinous feel and dry finish

T - The taste is truly great with all of the qualities of simcoe I like - grapefruit zest and pine flavors meld with a slight pepper and mild herbal flavor. The malt supports the acidity in the taste well and gives a slight blood orange and light ruby red tinge -really nice taste without the 'cat-pee' you normally associate with simcoe tasting beers

D - This is possibly the best of the single hop beers Mikeller makes, yet I have not had them alle, but as I said earlier, very smooth bitterness and flavor without any astringent qualities and no cat-piss or ammonia-like off notes or vegetal aspects just a nice cohesion between malt and Simcoe -Kudos Mikeller!

Slatetank, May 21, 2010
Photo of erz316
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle with 22/10/10 on cap, poured into spaten becker

A - this is a very effervescent beer, there is a huge head and one should pour down the side the entire time. the head retains really well, quite extraordinarily so. the foam is also a bit creamy, but not too much. the body is a darker amber, maybe a dark burnt orange colour; beer has slight turbidity, and some very noticeable visible solids of yeast just kind of chunkin' around and sinking. there is abundant lacing as well.

S - quite a good nose. the top layer is the single faceted face of the hops, but underneath them are a slew of interesting and delicious flavours. there is almost a fruity spiciness to the rest of the nose: apricots and grapefruits are the only ones I can fully discern. but rest assured, there is plenty more depth to it.

T - a good solid tasting beer. the initial tastes are the simcoe hops and this juicy frutiness they have that is incredibly like grapefruit pith. aside from the grapefruit, the hops have very good bitterness to them, not just a simple hoppy vegetable or herb like bitterness, but one that is like an amalgamation of different citrus oils and pith and tart herbs. the finish is the usual simple bitterness of hops, and not much else except for the very end of the finish, which becomes very sweet. the aftertaste is yeasty and bitter, quite bitter at the back of the palate for some reason.

MF&D - the feel is a bit too astringent for the style, but other than that the beer is rock solid and very delicious, lending itself to much drinking.

erz316, Sep 10, 2009
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.