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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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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

KAF, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Carl_R, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like spicy herbal hops with some lemon zest and caramel malt. It tasted like herbal and resin hops, with some sweet honey malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and tasty single hop beer, characterized by spicy herbal flavors. It tasted very smooth and crisp, with a mellow finish. Simcoe also made the malt seem lighter. It had nice body and was easy to drink.

Pencible, May 24, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick light tan head. Aroma of of grassy and citrus hops. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and bitter grassy hops with a sweet citrusy finish. The hops have held up nicely on this beer's overseas journey. Very delicious!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of vtfan77
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- On the dark side of amber with a nice orangish hue and a huge white head that leaves behind tons of lacing. Very nice looking beer, although the head may be too big, given that I poured it carefully and had just rinsed out the glass.

S- Say what you will about simcoe hops (and I've said alot), they make for an amazing-smelling beer. Tropical fruits abound in the aroma with sweet tangerine and pineapples at the fore. I suppose there's a nice maltiness in there as well, but I can't get past the hops. Fantastic.

T- The hops don't come through as much in the taste, and when they do it's with a piney taste. The malt comes through with a nice dry cracker-like taste. There's a moderate pine needle bitterness on the finish that goes away pretty quickly.

M- On the light side of medium with a nice prickly carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy texture. Quite nice.

D- I could see having a couple of these in a sitting no problem. None of the flavors are too strong and the mouthfeel is just right for having several in one sitting. The only thing that would hold me back is the alcohol. I can't really taste it, but I'm guessing that I would feel it after a couple. I wouldn't have thought this beer was any higher than 6% based on the taste alone, and possibly lower. It does a good job hiding it.

This is a very solid IPA. If it were (much) cheaper and more widely available I'd buy it all the time. I've been shying away from Mikkeller's more hop-forward beers for some time because I had doubts about the freshness after such a long shipping distance. It turns out my fears were unwarranted, at least with this one. I may give a couple more of their IPAs a shot now.

vtfan77, Jun 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

dgherm, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with a large ecru head that retains well and lays down nice lattice-patterns of lace. There's a ton of thick, chuncky floating particles in the beer.

S: Thick, rich and resinous hop aroma. Loads of sweet citrus, pine, and a hint of (!) herbal woodiness. Bold and intriguing.

T&M: Citrus flavors up front that give way to a bit of piney/herbal flavors later on. Not a lot of malt flavor detected, the simcoe hops dominate this one. Body is medium with a prickly carbonation and decent stickiness. On par for the style.

D: Rather drinkable--a bold, big flavor with a nice body.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Sunn, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Goldorak
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A really dark caramel brown, it had more of a IIPA look to it, with a decent tan head.

Smell: Hey, seems like I like simcoe hops! Lots of pink grapefruit, with a touch of powdered milk and maybe even a bit of coffee grinds in there to calm down the citrus from blowing too hard in my nostrils.

Taste: Nice balance of malt and tongue-gripping citrus and herbal hops, the latter showing force at first, then slowly letting go to ease the malt in front in the end. In all honesty, I was expecting something way unbalanced, overhopped to the point of it feeling too medicinal and boozy, instead I get malt and most importantly balance. My hats off to this promising Danish brewer.

Goldorak, Mar 05, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Murky brownish-orange color with a reasonable two finger cream colored head with great stability and lacing qualities.

Smells like mint, oregano, mild onion and garlic (surprisingly mild), a bit of biscuit malt and a healthy dose of marijuana aroma once it warmed up somewhat.

Tastes like mint and oregano as well but has a much larger portion of pine resin that swells up in tandem with the onions and ganja to take the forefront of my palate. It definitely can be brutal on the palate, this one. An odd vegetal note pops up along with the biscuit malt as the glass warms up, as well as a semi-dry sort of "caramelized onion" flavor.

The same medium body and carbonation levels, creamy texture as all the others in the single hop series session thus far.

WastingFreetime, Aug 11, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange with huge white head. As the head dissipates, it leaves some lacing down the glass. Smells of tropical fruit, pineapple and some peach. The taste has the same element, but it isn't as beautiful as the smell. Some bitterness, but it isn't too heavy. A nice malt backbone that doesn't get in the way of the hops. I got through this beer much quicker than I expected as I kept on going back for more sips.

kwjd, Jun 20, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only thing that detracts from the appearance of this brew is the huge chunks of yeast floating around... Way too much sediment... This has an excellent taste and aroma... Loaded with citrusy hops all the way around... Not balanced, but who cares? Its tasty... BUT....for 9 bucks for a 12 oz bottle, I probably won't be having this one again anytime soon. Too many good American offerings...

Tilley4, Apr 16, 2009
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.

oberon, Jun 13, 2010
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.

Kraken, Mar 19, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Small pricey bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours a lacey golden body lots of white foam. Citrus aroma.Mouthfeel is Ok, although post-tingling. Very good orange taste, superior IPA, drunk...quickly. Another Mikkeller gem, served just below room temp.

Two and a half years later I had the hop series which was a great showcase of the Simcoe hop and orange citrus bitterness.

Sammy, May 17, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from K&L Redwood City for $5.99, which is a ripoff, but at least this was very good.

A - Awesome appearance, slightly hazy amber with a large cream-colored head that leaves great lacing.

S - Intense citrusy and resinous Simcoe hops and just a touch of crystal malt.

T - Simcoe city. Citrus, pine, and resin. Also some caramel and Munich malt that provides some sweetness to balance.

M - Palate is sticky and lively with medium-full body for an IPA.

D - Pretty high, with a slight mark-down for the excessive price. This is another really well-done single-hopper from Mikkeller, probably my favorite of the series so far.

nickd717, Oct 09, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper pour with an absolutely stunning head (in size, texture, persistence and lacing!)
Aroma is amazingly sweet and fruity: tangerine, passionfruit, lychee, with some woody hints later. Clean sweet caramel malt is present underneath.
Flavours are similar with pine, citrus and tropical fruits, then some sweet malt with hints of caramel and a fairly strong green bitterness contributing as a finish of great length.
Light spritzy carbonation, moderate body and light alcoholic warming work well.
Pretty bloody good, perhaps the strong bitterness was a bit out of balance, but that's quite a small complaint..

CrazyDavros, Jun 06, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted after Mikkeller's Sorachi Ace and Bravo Single Hop IPA's.

A-Pours out a cloudy but bright orange with a full two fingers of dense,dirty white head.Decent retention and gummy ribbons of lace.

S-This is exactly the nose I've come to associate with Simcoe.Grapefruit,peach,cat pee and pine.

T-Undeniably Simcoe!Grapefruit,stonefruit(nectarine and apricot),pine,slight orange zest and sourdough bread.

M-Light to medium bodied with a slight dryness.Tart and prickly.

O-A really solid showcase of one of my favorite hop varietals.

StlHopHead77, Jul 07, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a lot of stuff floating around. About an inch and a half of beige head coats the sides pretty thoroughly and keeps quite well.

Smell has the grapefruity aromas I would expect from simcoe, but smells a bit past its prime as well. Somewhat soapy, with a caramel and bready sweetness. It has an earthiness to it as well.

Although the nose suggested this may be past its prime the taste still has plenty of flavor. Grapefruity and earthy, with a moderate bitterness. It's quite bready like the nose was, with some caramel sweetness that goes well with some sweet, juicy grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a nice oily slickness to it. Carbonation is smooth with just a zesty ting in the finish. Finishes clean and dry with a lingering bitterness.

I like Simcoe and this is a solid beer, but it's not as good as I was expecting. Perhaps that's because this bottle is a bit past its prime (although frankly I have a fundamental issue with this entire series because of the difficulty in getting these beers super fresh), but also because there are other beers like Weyerbacher Double Simcoe that so beautifully showcase this hop. Not bad and I'd like to try it on draft.

number1bum, Dec 16, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy gold amber with an ample fluffy off-white head, which leaves a decent amount of lace as it fades.

S: Of all the single-hop beers I sampled this evening (1/3 each of 3), this one had the most going in the nose. I get light pine, grapefruit, and even a hint of watermelon.

T: The taste matches the complexity in the nose. This is the most complex of the single-hop beers I've had to date. The initial sweetness goes over to a citrus/peach/melon center before heading for a clean bitter finish. I'm going to have to seek out some of the other Simcoe beers on the market.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D: The perfect level of complexity makes this a very drinkable beer. Must get more.

speter, May 29, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine ol' beer from Mikkeller that emphasizes the Simcoe hop. Inevitably, I compared it to Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA, which I think is a pretty great staple beer. Now, Mikkeller's Simcoe single-hop is about $3 more/bottle, and I would say that that $$$ comes through in the taste, but not to the degree it should. The Mikkeller is a more subtle, and less biting take on the simcoe hop. But I don't know if it should be. It's smooth and downplays the bitterness of the tastes. But I think that bitterness and the hard bitter caramel malt is what makes the hop come alive. Here we see that hardness giving way to this fruitier, more raisin-y sweetness. It's an interesting approach, but this one's doesn't nail the hop the way, say, the Nelson Sauvin does.

petacutlasaurus, Mar 27, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My third Mikkeller single-hop IPA this week...all from Grape and Gourmet, Va Beach. The Nugget is still the winner as far as I am concerned although all were good. Poured into a pint glass....hazy orange color. medium size off white head. Average retention and thin lacing that covered a lot of the glass.

Smell was outstanding...floral Simcoe hops. Taste started out the same but the bitterness eventually outweighed the hops flavor. I like hoppiness but with more lasting flavor.

Mouthfeel was rich enough to start with but there was a dryness that limited the mouthfeel and drinkability.

A good beer but at $6.25 for 11.2 oz, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe is a much better bet.

JayQue, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark amber with lots of brown sediment, even on the foamy white head that hangs out for a long while, excellent lacing.

smell of hops, earth, some caramel, and a touch of citrus.

taste is bitter up front, some citrus, touch of caramel, and nuts, ends nicely bitter.

froghop, Apr 20, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sweet Water Brewing 420 glass to keep with the theme. Intensely fluffy light cream colored head. It floats up above the rim of the glass, but does not spill over. As the head drops down, spider webs of lacing spreads out around the inside of the glass. The body color is a murky dark tea brown. Fine flecks of sediment swirl around.

Simcoe is not the most intense variety of hops, but the do have a pleasantly mild and mellow aroma. Blended in with the malts, there is a lot of pine and tea leaf aromas. Taste has a lot of the pine flavoring as well, but there is also a mild dried apricot fruitiness. It is extreme in its mellowness.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than what I had expected, verging on watery. It's really the only negative I have for this beer. Finishes a little dry, in fact I have a little cotton mouth. So far I have enjoyed everything I've tried from Mikkeller.

bort11, Apr 21, 2010
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.