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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: 392
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of spratmi


4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful deep hazy amber/orange full of sediment. Had a rich two finger white head with orange striations from the floating sediment.
S: There is a lot going on here - pine scented Christmas trees mixed with orange and lemon citrus hops. There is a background note of caramel malt.
T: Wow. The taste follows the nose - lots of pine and citrus hops with an underlying hint of caramel malt. The citrus zest (orange and grapefruit) is really bold. For such a bitter beer I also note a hidden orange blossom sweetness. Dry on the finish.
M: Crisp and clean with good carbonation. Refreshing and dry. This beer cleanses the palate.
D: I really liked this beer. The drinkability is excellent - I could drink several if it weren't a bit pricey.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 03:28:13 | More by spratmi


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper with some yeast sediment. Big 2 finger frothy offwhite head. Full sticky laces.

Sharp hops: pine, grapefruit, herbal dank. Slightly toasty biscuit and fruity yeast esters.

Big pine and herbal dank with a splash of tangy grapefruit. balanced by a slightly toasty biscuit with a hint of earthy chocolate? Big resinous bitterness with a small alcohol bite.

Smooth, sticky, slightly astringent, some yeast sediment gives it some texture here and there. medium bodied.

Very drinkable balanced bitter presentation of Simcoe.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 20:21:03 | More by CHILLINDYLAN


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass ($7.25)

A: 2 finger foamy, creamy head. Dull light tan. Not dense. The body is a murky tawny color. The head begins to stick as the above average retention depresses. Thin cratered film much like the moons surface. Lacing continues in barely interrupted fashion. Excellent. The color of this brew is dragging the appearance rating down as all other aesthetic considerations are impressive.

S: The nose is unmistakably simcoe, although Mikkeller's brew is earthier and danker than I imagined it would be. Maybe it's the yeast contribution that gives the impression. Plenty of bitter white grapefruit pith, fresh sappy pinewood and faint orange. Toasted, woody, caramel (or faint toffee) malts. Lightly yeasty.

I could be convinced of a better aroma score.

T: Starts out at a 4. Closing in on room temperature however, this brew becomes a 4.5. Simcoe is not as autonomous as it should be. That is to say, a superior single hop simcoe IPA would be the Double Simcoe by Weyerbacher, who has managed to highlight the beauty of simcoe with greater success. I believe Mikkeller's yeast strain does not marry with the other flavors as well as Weyerbacher's.

M: The mouthfeel is SPOT ON. Great carbonation level with a lingering dry and bitter finish. Only a very light sweetness from beginning to end. The light sweetness balances the hop bitterness just enough in my mind, Extra medium body. Long, lingering finish. I can't think of anything that would improve the mouthfeel.

D: Drinks extremely well. Yet another single hop brew for Mikkeller to be proud of. These guys are on a mission.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 01:44:18 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of Arenbeer


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Abrand for this one!!!

12oz into a Pint Glass

A- Pours a golden honey brown with a super thick and fluffy 2 finger head that leaves a good amount of lacing as it goes down.

S- Piney hops dominate with some citrusy fruitiness.

T- Delicious earthy piney hops hit you up front with with plenty of pale malts. Tangerine or grapefruit are also apparent.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong solid bitter finish that leaves you dry wanting some more.


Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 04:26:41 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of crossovert


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the Unfiltered Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA so when I saw this I went for it. The most plain label adorns this 11.2 fl. oz bottle, maybe it is to symbolize that the beer inside is all that matters.

Pours a dark orange amber with an abundance of black floaties. Has a large and very lumpy white head.

Smell is an intense citrus, just citrus up your ass, more so than the Weyerbacher. There is some pine resin and a lot of sweetness but this is grapefruit to the max.

The taste is citrus too, waves of it, though not overly bitter, this is one of the best and most precise IPAs I have had. On top of that I really like the Simcoe, it really works well by well... itself.

This is what you look for in an American IPA and its from... DENMARK ;-).

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 02:47:55 | More by crossovert
Photo of KeefD


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy dark amber color with light orange highlights, plenty of sediment floating around, a large light tan head that fell slowly, becoming nice and rock and leaving big chunks of lacing all down the glass. Perfect look. Big spicy, piny hop aroma, grapefruit, a little bit of orange citrus and maybe just a touch of cat pee! Flavor is like chewing on fresh pine needles while taking shots of grapefruit juice. There's a nice caramel malt sweetness that sits nicely in the middle but the piney, grapefruit Simcoe hops are the main star in this one. Bitterness is fantastic, but there's plenty of hop flavor and balances perfectly. I really dig this beer as Simcoe hops are one of my favorite varieties. This is a great beet and any Simcoe lover will find this to be a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 01:09:05 | More by KeefD
Photo of roan22

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller, the world roaming Danish contract brewers, have again brewed a batch of this beer, at De Proef Brouwerij in Belgium. I splurged and bought two of these teeny 11.2 oz bottles..been waiting a long time to try this beer!

Appearance is a hazy bright peachy color with tiny pomegranate-colored reflective floaties. Beautiful. A bit undercarbonated in my opinion.

Aroma is of melons and peaches..apricots..mango maybe...overall stone fruits. Fresh!

Taste is complex: each sip weaves a web of taste nuances on the tongue. Fruity hops, gingery lemon [?]..perhaps grass...and a bit of oak barrel aging maybe? Overall, very smooth..hops are more subtle, not "in your face" bitter or puckery.

Last night I had the first bottle. Initially I felt that this Simcoe Single Hop was a bit of a letdown...not nearly as tasty as Stateside IPA. But I had the second bottle 24 hours later and it has grown on me a lot more. One more reason not to judge [or review] a beer its first drink.

Price is a factor in drinkability unfortunately, I am disappointed the bottle size is so small.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 08:01:27 | More by roan22
Photo of TechTriumph


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 06/24/12; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white fluffy head; Slightly hazy and caramel colored; Patches of lacing around the glass

S - Plenty of Simcoe hops here - grapefruit, passionfruit, and a little bite of pine as well; Some honey, bready, toasted toffee notes also detected

T - Lots of passionfruit and grapefruit hops here with a bit of floral too; A little toasty, caramel malts provide some balance, but this is a Simcoe showcase for sure; Some bitterness present that fades towards the end of the taste

M - Medium bodied; Moderate carbonation; Nice, dry finish

O - This excellent brew proves that Simcoe hops can stand alone and provide an awesome aroma, flavor, and appropriate level of bitterness for an IPA. I really wish I picked up more of this beer, and will definitely seek it out again. I'm really curious to try Mikkeller's other single hop offerings to see if they hold up just as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 20:00:22 | More by TechTriumph
Photo of deereless


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Excessive head on a medium pour, as the head drops is leaves a rocky layer over the top, some sticky patches appear along the edges of the glass, the color reminds me of a weak iced tea - 4.00, S: The Simcoe hops are there in all their glory, lots of pine and a hint of citrus is noticeable on the nose, signs of tropical fruits, I smell what reminds me of wet wood and earthiness, glorious aromas that pay a worthy tribute to the Simcoe hops - 4.50, T: Pine is the first flavor to jump out at me but it isn't in your face, a nice non-aggressive bitterness, grapefruit and pineapple flavors as well, ever so slightly resiny - 4.50, M: The low carbonation on the tongue provides a creamy and smooth palate - 4.25, D: One of the better IPAs I've had in some time, Simcoe has quickly climbed the ranks in terms of my favorite hops and Mikkeller has done it justice, if the price wasn't $5.99 a bottle - I'd be drinking this often - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:19:25 | More by deereless
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper brownish color with tons of carbonation bubbles racing up the brew and a huge foamy 2 finger tan head that didn't budge and dissipated really slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down – spot on for an IPA.

Smells hits hard and fast with grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, piney hops, light caramel, sweet citrus hops, brown sugar, biscuit and faint booze; the hop aroma is fresh and strong with some mild grains and earthy notes managing to balance it out. Inhaling it after each sip is like taking in fresh hop juice in the glass and it is hophead heaven.

Tastes fresh and juicy, with grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pineapple and a brown sugary sweetness coating the tongue at first, followed by piney hops, grains, caramel, tea leaf, guava, and a fruit sweetness like candy; the ABV is completely hidden and there is a complexity that seems odd since this is a single hop in use, but it gives off so many fruit flavors that they all seem to blend together. Very tasty, with solid balance and more sweetness than bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with very light and almost fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body and a slightly bitter finish that is fruity and sweet, trailing off with a hoppy sweetness and some complimentary malt backbone.

Another well balanced and excellent IPA from Mikkeller. It was expensive, but worth it and a beer that I highly recommend trying. It was a shame to get through this so quickly, as this was another wonderful Mikkeller creation. Another display of the mastery of beer making.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 04:24:44 | More by CHickman
Photo of dbossman


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber with a slight orange and woody hue; head is thick and holds fairly well; lacing is solid at top and intricate as the beer empties from the glass

S: Grapefruit and citrus rinds sit on top of a sweet, toasty nuttiness; still fairly subdued though

T: Hop bitterness is well balanced with a toasty maltiness; grapefruit and citrus actually blend perfectly with the biscuity malts; there is also an oily quality that is pleasant

F: Creamy and yet oily with a nice, even mouth coating--sits on the back of the tongue forever

D: A great, subtle but tasty American IPA--very smooth, balanced, drinkable, and delicious

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 00:33:28 | More by dbossman
Photo of MetalHopHead6


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA is dark, dirty, and grassy.

It poured muddy dark copper with a huge pillowy head that stayed intact throughout the drink. Lots of thin ringless lace lined the glass. The smell and flavor were earthy, mossy, dirty, and very grassy. The feel was balanced and clean, with only moderate bitterness. As IPAs go, it was very refreshing.

Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA is the deepest darkest IPA I've had in a long time, with powerful earthy aroma and flavor. It has a great down-and-dirty character that makes it a great experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 21:44:59 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of b3shine


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. This IPA is deep in color. And the taste matches its depth. VERY HOPPY! I love it (although it's expensive). No complaints here; just make sure to get it while it's fresh. I'm excited about trying the other Mikkeller single hop IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 20:43:03 | More by b3shine
Photo of DoubleJ


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Orange colored beer, but has a little tin of brown coloring, almost bronze. Great head retention and lacing on top of this beer. Mango and subtle tropical aromas in the nose, along with light crackery malt. The taste is like the aroma: mangoes all around, mixed tropical flavors, and notes of rye. The aftertaste lingers of dry crackery malt and pleasant hop bitterness. The body is smooth and creamy, which is really nice.

So this is what a Simcoe IPA tastes like. Great to see a Mikkeller beer on draft here in the US. $7 for the pint, but $5.99 for 11.2 ounce bottle from a store...weird pricing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 21:34:43 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of jtd1969

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass. Tall head foamy with a little lacing effect. It pretty much is glued to the glass... It's a delight to stare at.. hahah Golden copper tone in color. A little hazy. Smell was fruity. Lots of fruit on the palate with the hops kickin' in... Smooth IPA! I really enjoyed this one. Full Hop character through out, but with more of a fruit kick and less of the pine... If you like IPAs, you really should give it a try! Real Good!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 02:26:35 | More by jtd1969
Photo of Crosling


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pros: Bottle conditioned, Excellent look, with a dark orange color and a massive and lasting cream. Terrific aromatics showcase the Simcoe hop at its core. Terrific feel in the mouth. Very strong, full, concentrated, intense. A big dose of hops.

Cons: Not a single flaw in this beer. It's hard to imagine a better simcoe IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 06:08:51 | More by Crosling
Photo of ratedz


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

The Simcoe Single Hop IPA pours about the same amber brown color as the other beers in the series. One thing that I do notice about this beer is that there is a lot of sediment floating around in it. I didn't notice any sediment in the other Single Hop beers, but this one is heavy on the floaties. After letting it sit for a minute or two, most of the sediment has settled to the bottom of the glass. As I lift the glass to my nose, I can smell a blend of citrus and pine. Those two flavors also dominate the palate along with the sweetness of the malt. The strong lemon-like flavor makes this beer very refreshing on a hot summer evening. Smooth mouth feel and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:23:05 | More by ratedz
Photo of dukew456


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass.

Pours a semi-hazy orange with a great two-finger head that retreats a bit, leaving very nice lacing on the glass. There was a bunch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but a careful pour yielded a great looking beer.

Smell is citrusy, with a strange yeasty quality to it. A little bit of bready malt works in there, too. All scents meld very well.

A resiny and grapefruitish flavor are strong up front, but then give way to a nice malt backbone. The hop character on this beer is pretty great, as it finishes much more cleanly without that familiar hoppy "bite." Don't get me wrong, I love that bite, but this is something to be appreciated.

I picked this up out of curiosity, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm pretty sure I saw a few other single-hop IPA's from Mikkeller, and I look forward to trying them, as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 01:47:39 | More by dukew456
Photo of gopens44


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper with a thin foamy head

S - Straight up grapefruit. Awesome.

T - Earthy with a lot less grapefruit than I would have imagined given the smell. Pleasantly bitter and slightly sweet.

M - Dry finish. The wonderful taste kind of falls apart at the end of the gulp. Just thins out a bit much

I'm excited to try all the single hop offerings from Mikkeller, but I really enjoyed this one. A touch pricey, given the glut of comparable IPA's out there, but well worth the price IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 13:57:49 | More by gopens44
Photo of lanbewardin


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, same as the warrior & columbus that I also tried. Thin off white head.

Smell isn't as much as columbus, but its hoppy, resinous pine

The taste is very strong piney hops. This was the most overpowering taste of the ones I tried. Like drinking a pine tree haha. I really enjoyed this.

Overall its really good, the piney bitterness lingers for quite a while. I want to try the whole collection for sure but I could see myself coming back to this

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 16:21:46 | More by lanbewardin
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a nice golden honey colour. Huge slightly off white head poured big thick and foamy. Tons of carbonation rushes to the surface maintaining a thick rocky covering throughout... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Juicy, spicy and maybe slightly tropical fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruits, pineapple), spicy yeast, pine, light palm sugar / caramel sweetness, sea salt, light toasted malt, fresh cut wet grass, light herbal notes, quite floral (lillies maybe ?), white pepper...

Taste - Spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light floral honey / caramel sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges, grapefruit, light pineapple, apricot), herbal notes, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superb IPA which proves that Simcoe is one of my favourite hops... highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 08:52:22 | More by mdagnew
Photo of PhageLab


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was initially weary of the price tag, but went for it anyways, and I am glad I did. Worth every penny and then some. Poured into a nonic pint.

A - Deep, hazy orange coloration. Produced a violent head, had to slowly pour this one. Retention and lace were quite nice.

S - Sweet aroma with some citrus notes, and an obvious amount of hops.

T - Full on assault of hop bitterness. Brutal and intense as all Hell. My taste buds were numb within moments.

M - Dry medium body with a moderate carbonation level. Finish is slow and the taste resonates for some time.

D - Phenomenal. Looking forward to trying other Mikkeller brews now, as this was my first.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 03:18:07 | More by PhageLab
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber and hazy liquid with an enormous head. The lively CO2 is visible. I guess the oatmeal really is doing its job, creating such a great head. And after a while the glass is covered in lace. It is hard to imagine a better looking beer!

S: First, grapefruit from the hops. But after a couple of seconds the smell almost explodes. It is like smelling a cocktail of tropical fruits.

T: The tropical fruits from the smell are very sweet and present, but it does not overwhelm. The aftertaste has a nice bite that balances the sweetness.

M: A nice thickness with medium CO2.

D: I have to buy this one again!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 20:24:16 | More by Scriba
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy caramel orange with a massive rocky beige head that clings to the side of the glass and leaves sheets of lacing on the way down. Remains a big cap throughout. If not for all the little floaties, which I can do without, this would be a perfect pour.

Aroma is dominated by the pine resin from the Simcoe with plenty of caramel malts to balance things out.

The taste is great with lots of the piny resin hops up front along with hints of citrusy lemons. It's balanced by a toasted caramel backbone and the hops come back with a nice bitterness that lingers through the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation that adds to the hop tingling on the palate.

This is great IPA and one that could go back to frequently. I tend to love Simcoe-dominant beers so I was expecting a lot from this. It delivered.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 01:56:18 | More by gford217
Photo of July2Nov


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Whole Foods in Honolulu, HI @ $6.25.

Appearance: Cloudy darker amber color with a frothy 1/2 inch of head (head maintained till the end).

Smell: Tangy, Citrus hops. Slight pine-needle scent comes through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: As Ray Davies would say, "Nice and smooth...". Light body. Has an almost smokey quality at the beginning then smooths out with a frothy grapefruit taste. Aftertaste seems to be flowery and slightly dry. Overall very exceptional!

Drinkability: Whenever I see a Mikkeller beer on the shelf my arm immediately grabs for it! This one is so easy to drink and so enjoyable. Find it, buy it and try it!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 00:28:48 | More by July2Nov
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.