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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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Reviews: 277
Hads: 461
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 30
Gots: 37 | 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 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. (750 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of GregPearson33
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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) (713 characters)

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. (983 characters)

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. (916 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of rocky scream colored head. Murks up as this warms, good head retention * insane lacing

S: Grapefruit & pine & some oakyness

T: Grapefruittyness, pine needles, & dryness up front. Grapefruit & a touch of honey malt surfaces as this warms, but mostly puckery hoppyness, with a bit of pineapple thrown in. finishes crisp, peppery & moreish, almost pulled a 5.0, need a bit more maltyness IMO

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation & pretty nice balance

Great drinkability, a super AIPA, needs a bit more balance to completely make me happy. A great, if pricey effort (619 characters)

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. (914 characters)

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!) (631 characters)

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. (528 characters)

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 (501 characters)

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. (1,859 characters)

Photo of bryanbrick
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (1,714 characters)

Photo of IPAcraig
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (660 characters)

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. (869 characters)

Photo of theghost3
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of mvasilis
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of linnet
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
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! (422 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.73/5  rDev +18%
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. (725 characters)

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