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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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277 Reviews
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Reviews: 277
Hads: 461
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 30
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Goldorak on 03-05-2006

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (simcoe) and yeast.
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasantly cloudy dark amber colour with a creamily filmy head of yellow-white bubbles. Lacing is really nice, with an excellent cascade of clinging bubbling around the glass. Head collapses slightly too readily, bit it's a very nice looking brew all up.

Some sweet lemon characters on the nose, and a bit of syrup, which is slightly cloying. Hints of funky grain characters, and a husky slightly roasted note which is unusual if not unwelcome. Perhaps a roundness like Belgian yeast, but it's not a very classic character. Hops are certainly muted, which is a surprise, and I'm not getting classic Simcoe characters. The grain notes are probably most dominant, and I find them slightly confusing.

Very light palate, with an odd mixture of caramel malt characters and biting but earthy hop notes. Finish is quite gritty with hops, and a slightly phenolic note, but there's an odd swelling of crushed fruit on the back, which comes along without any warning. I find it slightly rustic, and not all that palatable, but with enough complexity to keep my interest at least. Mouthfeel is spritzy.

I'm really not sure what to make of this. I can't say I'm overly enamoured overall. It's got odd darkly roasted notes that don't go with anything else, and I find it slightly jarring. It certainly doesn't showcase the hop as it should (1,337 characters)

Photo of berebrando
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 16-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: smokey, biscuit, balanced bitter-sweet
Brandon: earthy, faint rotting lemon, big caramel

Conversation: Bruce and Bill tag team (587 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at K&L in Redwood City.

A: Pours a murky dark honey/amber color with suspended sediment. Takes several tries to get it all in the glass, as even the gentlest pour yields a huge, fluffy off-white head. Retention is terrific, with the cap receding very slowly and leaving thick clumps of lacing down the sides of the glass. A slight point off for being TOO foamy.

S: A citrus aroma, but more of the tangerine / lemon variety instead of grapefruit. Some pine in there as well.

T: Follows the nose nicely, but brings in more malt than I could smell. A light toasted malt and caramel base with lemony biscuit character sets the tone. The taste becomes progressively more citrusy before seeing the addition of a pine note and a slight chalkiness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, and despite (or perhaps because of) the huge head, somewhat on the low side of carbonation. Not very crisp, and the chalkiness builds up a bit.

D: This was purchased more for my own edification. As someone who doesn't homebrew, I have no idea what Simcoe hops smell and taste like, so I wanted to try. A good way to try it, and a decent beer too, but it's not something I'd drink again at $5ish per 12oz bottle. (1,233 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours visibly effervescent and a cloudy maple amber with a HUGE stiff off white head that decomposed in 3D, like an ice cream float, with a good amount of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is on the timid side, balanced sweet malt and grassy hops. It's got a really nicely balanced flavor to it that's much like the nose...in character and stature. The mouth is smooth and medium bodied, but there's a lack of supporting texture to it. It cleans up rather quickly with presenting only a subtle note of the hop in the after taste. Easy enough to drink, but would rather be considering a beverage that made more of a statement. (629 characters)

Photo of elrogish
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first taste of this style of Mikkeller, but love almost everything else they make.

Honestly, the beer poured out pretty cloudy and full of little yeasty chunks. It didn't put me off, necessarily, but it is certainly worth noting. Especially since this beer has been upright on the shelf at the store, and it was transported home the same way. I thought it would settle more.

The copper color certainly adds a nice appeal, and the head is sticking around the entire time--good foam. A little of the yeast has started to settle.

Although this beer is meant to feature the Simcoe hop (which it does), the malt is what really comes through for me. I was expecting a little more bitterness. It's definitely there up front, but this beer finishes on the malty side. It reminds me of DFH 90 minute.

This beer gives a nice roll around the tongue. Very well rounded, even though the malt dominates for me. Carbonation is perfect.

Not a bad beer overall.

This was my first review. I hope it helps. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Hophead101
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tasted at Volo bar in Toronto on 8/28/08

great copper color. huge head - good lacing. this is a really nice hoppy nose - not much else in the aroma - but the hoppiness makes it a very inviting beer.

taste throws hops all throughout the mouth. there is a nice lingering hop taste which is good - the hop nose and hop taste definitely align with each other. too many times a good smelling beer disappoints in the taste. it is a crisp taste with a decent amount of carbonation. taste a little citrus in the nose when drinking. (525 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

tulip glass - no date.

a - pours a rich, murky, copper color and gives me a strong, two finger, tan head that rises up out of the glass. retention is pretty good - halfway through the glass i still have a thin cap. leaves a few tufts of lace here and there. seems to be a lot more sediment in this one than some others in the series.

s - grassy with some pale malt character. slightly phenolic.

t - toasted malt character with notes of apple or grape. hop character is leaning toward herbal, bitterness is light and doesn't linger. dry finish.

m - on the lighter side with average carbonation.

o - not as enjoyable as the other two from the series that i have tried (chinook and palisade), but still a good beer. probably wouldn't buy it again unless it were for a tasting though. (786 characters)

Photo of braski
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance- a cloudy amber color with a foamy head that leves sip evidence lacing,

smell- just a little amounts of hops with some malt.

taste- bready tasting malt with bittering hops but not much of flavor hops.

mouthfeel- light to medium feel with good carbonation and a neutral ending.

overall- a good beer but not as hoppy tasting that i was expecting. i will try again, maybe me or the beer was having an off night. (423 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a deep amber color. About two fingers of off-white head leaves lots of sticky lacing behind. Some sediment from the bottle conditioning is evident, as well.

The aroma is mostly citrus hops...grapefruit, orange zest, but no pine scent. I usually seem to get some pine out of the Simcoe hops. This gets a bit catty as it warms.

The flavor is strong, bitter, citrus hops. Slight malt presence in the background. A little better as it warms. The cattiness gets a bit stronger with the added warmth, so be warned.

Medium body. Nicely drying. Bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation. I have to admit I was hoping for more when I bought this one. Their beers always impress me and I really enjoy Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe, so I thought this would be a home run. More like a close slide into second. (809 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Xmas package from my b-i-w. Many thanks.
Extra sized head caps a golden amber (reddish hints) clear body. Some decent lacing.
Simcoe aroma, which I've learned from home brewing is a beautiful, often gorgeous hop that comes at a cost of a horrific aroma and taste if not used wisely. This beer holds many of the positives, but also hints of the "cheesy" quality as well.
Reasonably bitter and it lingers well past typical. Citrus of tart grapefruit. Lacking notable malt flavors, and especially missing the malt sweetness that typically makes AIPA's so enjoyable.
Body is about right and unremarkable in any way.
Now I may have served this a little warm and if that impacted this negatively that's unfortunate (I'd like to give each beer a fair shot). Nonetheless the negatives of this fine hop were too much in evidence for my tastes and that's too bad, cuz' simcoe can be such a fine specimen at times. (915 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle, intended for another BA'er, somehow ended up in my possession. Sorry Shane/Jesse.

Pours a hazy orange, with a darker cone in the middle. Mmm....darker cone. Two or three inches of white foam head.

Smells like pineapple, pine, and maybe a bit of unidentifiable sharp citrus. Taste is nice, with bursting pinecone, some pineapple shading, and a nice mineral earthiness. The earthiness gets to be a bit much after a while.

Though I'm sad to have stolen this, a decent IPA. (486 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a slightly-rusted orange color with a small white head. The nose brings a bit of malt plus some moderate amounts of light pine and resin. Slightly earthy. The taste is some light pine hops and a bit of bready malt. Pretty decent bitterness in the feel. Not what I would want to brew if I were making a single-hop beer, as this really doesn't showcase the hop enough. This is a recurring problem for me with this series. (475 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy amber full of yeast particles and bubbles with an exploding yellowy head of 4 fingers that holds great retention and leaves a thick coating lace behind.

Very nice aromas love simcoe. Citrus blast, grapefruit, lemon rind, lime, caramel malts with a biscuity grain.

The simcoe lays in the back a little maybe this one is getting a little past its prime. Some of the same flavors indicated in the smell but the malt really is at the forefront. Good tasting and creamy with decent drinkability. (504 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle, best by 10/22/10, served into a tulip

Pours an opaque, hazy orange color. It isn't very unique or alluring until the head billows up. Large, creme bubbles make for a towering, fluffy mass of foam. Eventually the bubbles condense into something smaller, tighter and the head shrinks, leaving behind spidery lacing everywhere. Really impressive foam from this beer.

Overripe tangerine or apricot dominate the aroma, with some minor pine smells, too. Simcoe is a weird hop to use exclusively; it is responsible for what some may think are off-aromas but are actually byproducts of Simcoe. This beer has some sharp cheese aroma (seriously) and a trace (thankfully just a trace) of cat urine. Such is the way with Simcoe. The caramel malt smells sort of sour at first but that may just be the cheese quality of the hops playing with me. This is a touch beer to rate since it exists primarily as an educational tool. Simcoe Single Hop IPA succeeds at showing off what Simcoe is about.

The taste of the beer follows the nose in that its a lot of apricot, caramel malt and trace pine. No cheesy or uriney flavors, thankfully. The finish is all pine bitterness. The flavors are well-balanced but lacking in intensity.

The beer is about medium-bodied. It is watery and not particularly carbonated. The drinkability of this unique IPA is hard to score. In some respects it is very easy to drink, in other respects you probably wouldn't want to drink more than one of these anyway.

I thank Mikkeller for brewing the Single Hop series. It is educational and fun. If this particular entry into the series is any indication then I'm not apt to be blown away by Simcoe single-hopped beers but they're worth trying. (1,720 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very cloudy shade of dark orange with a one finger offwhite head that is pretty solid and sticks around for awhile. Tons of sediment is floating around, and is really unappealing to look at.

S- mmmm....simcoe. It's the smell of citrus with a little bit of a tang to it. In other words, delicious. Only downside is that the smell is a little weak

T- that slightly bitter citrus that comes out is just lovely. Freshness was apparently an issue...this puppy has been refrigerated for months, but that couldn't save it. Still pretty faded, which is a disappointment

M- it's actually got a hell of a body to it. Pretty thick for a single hop IPA.

O- I'd love to try it fresh, because I bet it would be amazing. A little too malty with some age on it, but still solid overall (827 characters)

Photo of marvin213
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beverage looks tasty and appealing. It's bronze...uniformly tanned like a beautiful woman. A frothy head slowly subdues into a thick, sticky residue. Even though I know the dishwasher runs full and sometimes shuffles food debris, I'm confident that's floating beer sediment traveling throughout the liquid.

The smell smacks of grapefruit. This single-hop experiment solidifies the substance of Simcoe hops: it's a twangy fresh grapefruit. It's almost odd how much this beer smells like fruit. I'm taken aback because it's got "hop" in it's name and it's an American IPA. It's got a lemony zest as well. Perhaps other hop-styles are more notorious for the grapefruit twang, but my first waft here went way that way--subsequent smells become eerily clean (read: Pledge w/ lemon).

I noticed the smell lost its potency fairly quickly with time--the first whiff right out the bottle was by far the best--but I wonder if the taste worsens with warming. The taste is far, far more bitter than
the smell reveals. I see the sediment and chalk it up to a chalk-taste contributor. It's like a really raw, au natural, simple beer. The lasting impression from this sip session will certainly be the stark contrast b/w smell and taste. It's less about the one being better than the other, and more about how different it stimulates the senses.

Mouthfeel is solid. The citric acid meshes with good hop bitterness to become balanced. I'm sure the sediments floating throughout each sip contribute to the biting hop effect. If not enamel-pulling, it's at least teeth-sucking. It will leaving you smacking your lips.

It's a raw, relatively unfiltered, real-deal hop-beer. Though I really respect that, it's a hindrance to drinkability. It's remarkable the fruit-feel I got from this beer juxtaposed against it's hoppy bitterness. I find it particularly interesting that this apparent contrast comes from the same hop variety. It's a good beer, but I don't see you buying even a six-pack. (1,981 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange with a finger of white head. The aroma offers a combo of earthy malts, pine, and resin. The flavor could stand to feature the hop character much more than it does. Unexciting and typical of the Mikkeller single hop series. A terrific idea, but I can think of a hundred different IPAs I would rather have. (354 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy caramel color with a finger of off white foamy head that retains well. The aroma has sweet malty notes and, you guessed it, simcoe hops! The taste starts sweet malty and then becomes spicy and hoppy bitter. The mouthfeel is nice an balanced and clean. Overall a pretty decent IPA. (303 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark, cloudy goldenrod color with some yeast sediment. Gorgeous fluffy beige head that lasts forever. Aroma is pure hops. Lots of sweeter citrus like pink grapefruit and orange, and an unfortunately Simcoe-typical catty character. At first rather mediocre, this beer opens up nicely with a little warmth. Lightly citric flavor blends with a modest caramel malt base, then finishes grassy and bitter. Dry on the palate, nice body and carbonation. Overrated but not bad. (507 characters)

Photo of BigMike
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip glass. A very hazy dark tangerine color. A good amount of effervesence topped off with a nice fluffy tan colored head. Tons of sediment on the bottom.

Some fruity citrus in the nose. Oranges and a touch of pine. Not as much of a cat urine aroma as I get from Weyerbachers double simcoe. Also a good amount of maltiness. And call me crazy but a touch of vanilla from somewhere.

A bit of orange and citrusy fruits. A bit of pine.

Mouthfeel is medium body. Pretty smooth and tons of bitterness linger on the palate long after each sip.

Overall this is an above average ipa. I would take Double Simcoe over this any day. Not something I would seek out again. Especially at the price point. (714 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber with a two finger egg shell head. Fairly big bubble with not much lacing. Not sure if this is a filtered ale, but there was a very high amount of sediment floating around in there.

S - Obvious scent of Simcoe hops. I think this hop really has a defined scent that is easily identified. A little bit of malts in there.

T - Very nice hop/malt balance. Not as bitter as it smells, but the bite from the hops is nice. Sweet aftertaste and very smooth.

M - light and very carbonated. Possibly from the amount of sediment floating around in there.

O - Great drinking beer, and I'm a big fan of their single hop series. Only downside is the fact that it's a little pricey for a 12oz bottle. (699 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: I didn't read the bottle and therefore didn't know it was bottle conditioned. Needless to say I ended up with a lot of floaties. Other than that it looks good. A thin white head tops a hazy dark orange beer. Little visible carbonation.

S: It has a nice sweet scent backed by some little pine and floral characteristics.

T: Oh yeah. The bitterness is right upfront and lingers nicely. It is sweet, not dry; it also has a good citrus flavor of tangerines.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

D: Easily drinkable for almost 7% ABV beer. I like this one quite a lot. (576 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cap date 22/10/10 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a three finger off-white to light tan head with a slight dusting of brown sediment on the top that subsided to one finger very slowly. There were also plenty of floaties in this one. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus/grapefruit hops. The flavor was of big malt with a dark fruit hop kick. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was not too bad, but the hop kick sticks with you well after your sip. Almost pierces the tongue (in a bad way). Just not a huge fan of it, but it was still okay besides the aftertaste. Just not one of my favorites from the series. (749 characters)

Photo of PhxHorn
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a darker orange with a 1.5" head, even with a gentle pour. Smells lightly of caramel and grapefruit, tastes lightly of grapefruit hop flavor. A little stronger flavor than some of the other single hop IPAs, but still light for an IPA. Carbonation is just about right, and it's a very drinkable beer, even if it's closer to a pale ale. (349 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last of my Mikkeller single hops, supposed to be drank and compared with the others, but lost in the cellar...

Poured into a pint glass, dakr orange colored, very thick and fluffy off white head with lots of lacing.
Nice aroma is quite fruity, grapefruit predominating but not overwhelming the other fruits, delicate caramel and bread lost in there.
Medium bodied, and despite the luscious head, carbonation is barely felt, lending a pleasant smooth texture.
malts are nearly non existent on the flavor, and yet, hops are not a full blown assault. Grapefruit again predominates, but less so than other hop varieties.
Quite nice. (645 characters)

Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.