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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 Halcyondays


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a creamy burnt orange, with a soapy off-white head, thick lacing. Some yeasties there as well, unfiltered with the best of them.

S: Pineapple on steriods, pine oil, wood alkaloid and resin heavy.

T: Simcoe elements - heavy but elegant, smooth pine resin, tropical fruit salad, pineapples, oranges soaked in rum, a Caribbean flavour you might say. A kind of beer you'd want on a beach in Jamaica.

M: Chewy with resin, smooth carbonation, not a huge aftertaste, thin body at times.

D/Final Thoughts: I love Simcoe flavours so I knew I'd like this beer. A real nice beer from Mikkeller, I'm glad to see more of their beers in CA. $5.99 is a lot for a single bottle though. I'm glad I tried it, but when I can get a comparable hop intensity and flavour from something like Racer 5 or Green Flash for 1/4 the price, it doesn't look as good. A nice brew as a stand alone product, I just wish it was cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 23:00:00 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of bum732


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange, nice dense creamy head. Smells of pine needles, ceder, some citrus fruits, orange mostly, touch of earthiness and rosemary. Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a nice pine-like backbone. Nice orange like bitterness leads to hop resin and a slightly dry finish.

A solid IPA, i really love these beers, not only are they delicious, but they are educational as well. Each one is definitely different from the other. Simcoe definitely has the pine like and orange notes its known for. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 18:38:08 | More by bum732
Photo of phantomwyse


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky honey orange color, somewhat muddy. Enormous two finger off white head of rocky froth. Fantastic rings of lacing after each sip.

S: Ultra piney, grapefruit, some other tropical fruits - like a hint of pineapple , oh and then more pine.

T: Simcoe tastes the way I think the Northwest smells - very wet and full of pine resin - it's a beautiful thing. Lots of cloying hop sweetness.

M:Medium bodied and ends somewhat dry.

D: If you're a West Coast hop fan, this is a beer for you. I can tell you it's a beer for me. Just a flavor profile I'm not going to grow tired of.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 03:40:24 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of Dotcubed


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find it very amusing that they put American style IPA from across the sea. Date on the cap is 22/10/10 I think it's a best buy date.

Pours a nice tall foamy head that seemingly lasts for ever. Looks like well toasted bread, brown-ish orange. Some sediment.
Smells piney.

Very strong hop presence here. Super simcoe, piny cedar.
Mouthwatering and distinctly bitter almost like Angostura Bitters. It has a sweet malt side that is well hidden.

Potent stuff that I think needs to age or drink paired with something.

I like it but on it's own at this point it's somewhat strong.
I wan t to buy an old one or sit on it for a year or so. It is seriously aggressive to my pallet which makes me think super hot sichuan hot pot fondue.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:07:39 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of Ch1mpy


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Systembolaget in Malmö, temporarily available there during June.

Hazy dark orange colour topped by a big off-white head. Heavy lacing, at places it must be half a centimetre thick!

Heavy smell of grape fruit and passion fruit. Not bad at all.

Taste is fruity with black currant and floral hops. Surprisingly balanced.

The mouthfeel is perhaps what I like best about this beer. Very dry, leaving the tip of my tongue is almost numb from the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 20:05:11 | More by Ch1mpy
Photo of jdubjacket


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this at Green's on Ponce. Cool red label with black lettering. Pours a murky amber color with a frothy white head. A good amount of sediment in the bodyy. Very piney, citrusy smell. Taste starts with hints of the hops. Grapefruit becomes very prevalent to finish. Moderate carbonation in the body. Very good IPA. Glad I spotted a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 02:13:57 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of tavernjef


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavily unfiltered foggy mud of burnt squash orange. Dense and tall capping of crusty ivory foam that crumbles down to a very heavy smik and tons of thick lacing coating the glass like paste.

Warm aroma of soft orangey highlights over caramel chews. A bit of leafy and floral hoppyness peeks as it sits.

Again, nicely soft taste and texture with a semi bold orangeish tone of darker citrusy things. Pith, peels, leaves, flowers, all dullishly effecting a light bready backing and caramel drizzling. Nice little finish of some leafy dryness, hop chalk bitterness, toasty orange notes, and woodish yeast.

Body has a nice floatingly smooth and soft texture about it. Fluffy and somewhere just after medium and before reaching full. The malt and hop balance is quite nice. Finishing as noted in the taste, with a little finishing dryness and bittering thats well under control with an overall soft current of fluffy smoothness.

A very likeable, drinkable, and balanced single hopped IPA. The craft of soft texture really holds its own and is perhaps a bit different from some of the more clean, crisp, snappy styled single hop brews that you find this time of year. Mikkeller really did make it there own here with this one and it shows. Looking forward to trying out the other single hopped brews in thier line up.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:12:38 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Jablonski


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper with a bit of sediment; above average head with some lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is a bit weak, but what's there is largely grassy with a bit of grapefruit.

T: The taste is solid. It is largely grassy with a bit of citrus.

M: Average carbonation and average thickness.

D: I can see the flavor getting tiring after a while. Probably good to drink two, but no more.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 04:07:37 | More by Jablonski
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.... Sam brought this over tonight .... just chillin' drinkin'.. This was the first "special beer" of the night... Thanks Sam!!

Poured into my small La Trappe glass.. pretty clear orangey/copper brew.. eggshell head..

Nose is surprisingly fresh hoppiness .. big fruity hoppiness accentuated by a good punch of toasty malts.. mildly funky/skunky hoppiness..

Flavor is pretty bitter out of the gate... interesting hoppiness reminds me of pineapple and pithy tangerine.. some pine too.. significant yet sorta lite caramel malt add dimension to this brew.. toasty malts ... good medium body and a nice everpresent yet smooth carbonation...

I am sure that the first DIPA's blurred the lines from the bigger IPA's.... and this one makes me think just from the fairly sweet malt backbone and the big bitterness that it is a lesser DIPA or a pretty damn good IPA...

Thanks Sam... I liked this one.. but it made me think.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 08:33:24 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of KarlHungus


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright red color with a large white head. There is a lot of visible yeast floating around (I guess I should have poured more gently). The aroma is of a forest of pine with an ample amount of grapefruit. The taste opens with a sharp bitterness which lingers for a while then fades into pine and grapefruit. All in all, the taste less pronounced than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer that I would love to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 20:12:17 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of thecarster1


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, hazy golden brown color, one finger fades to cover layer of lace and trailing on glass.

s- nice, very piney hops here, lots of citrus - i'm a fan of the simcoe.

t- very citric, nice lingering hop bitterness here, loads of sappy pine, this is a tasty ipa, i'm enjoying this one better than the nelson sauvin single hop.

m- medium, very slick.

d- really nice, this is a nice offering from mikkeller, i like the opportunity to try a beer with only one hop variety to get the real flavor that each individual hop has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 22:56:20 | More by thecarster1
Photo of shambeano


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared with a mate, and poured into a tulip.

A- Pours an ambery brown with about an inch of fluffy head. touch of lacing.

S- some malt sweetness, and then a bunch of piney hop comes through. theres a touch of grapefruity citrus in there as well. nice.

T- straight up theres the sweet raisiny malt, the hops follow, a whole bunch of piney, a nice bit of grapefruit as well. Very Nice.

M- pretty thick and full, resiny on the tongue, the bitterness hits the back of the mouth, and there is a nice length, but not as much as the amarillo. pretty damn nice.

D- i could easily sip on a couple, but not more than that.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 12:03:34 | More by shambeano
Photo of dgilks


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant gold colour with a massive, creamy, ivory head. Decent head retention. Nice lacing.

Great aroma. Lots of passionfruit, pine, mandarin. This is just really juicy and appetising.

The initial attack is quite malty with a good balancing bitterness. The balance continues in the mid-palate with some piney charater and a hint of 'animale'. The back-palate has plenty of crystal malt sweetness before flowing into a strong lingering bitterness. This is good but some more hop flavour would be appreciated.

Medium-full body with a creamy yet vibrant carbonation. Good.

A tasty brew and a generally good showcase for the Simcoe hops. I would have like a bit more hop flavour but there was plenty of aroma and the malt backbone was good.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 09:23:32 | More by dgilks
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Woe are we who must work our way through the onslaught of these new Mikkeller flights of fancy on our local bottleshops' shelves...

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with three solid fingers of tight foamy, chunky off-white head, which leaves a string of inverted gear lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of reserved pine resin and saucy grapefruit peel, more than a bit of spiciness inherent in both. The taste is creamy caramel malt, and a slowly resurrected redux of the aroma in the form of warm, bitter citrus, and soft forest floor hops.

The carbonation is once again quite sedate, the body equally smooth, bearing a low-key medium weight. It finishes with a pleasantly warm spiced toffee malt sweetness, and a loitering softened citrus hoppiness.

I do quite like these glimpses into the inner workings of the singular hops that make up the blends so common in the best West coast IPAs out there. Here, we have the spicy citrus side of that complex equation. Good to know, and also rather good to put back on its own.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:00:53 | More by biboergosum
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/3/12

A reddish amber with just a slight haze, massive 3 finger cream colored head has great retention slowly falling to an island leaving large chunks of lace well down the glass

S tangerine, passion-fruit, pine, and some grapefruit, smells of hop candy to me

T more rind then one could smell and the big tropical notes are toned down and 'm getting some faint toffee

M has a little bite to it and a long rind finish, just a little left behind in the mouth making my gums feel a little gritty

O I was loving this one from the second I opened the bottle with the smell filling the room, not lacking in any area and excelling in more then one

I love those Simcoe hops and this beer is another most welcome addition to the already stacked shelves here in Alberta.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 06:35:51 | More by wordemupg
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours a murky amber, verging on brown, with about a half finger of white head. There is a good amount of lacing that lingers on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is big malt and some tropical fruits. Yup, that's about it.

T: It's big on the malt, and very short on the tropical nature of this hop. It's blatant that time has effected this beer severely.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet, syrupy, think, and lingering. Not too much lingering bitters, just solid flavor.

O: This beer is old, and it's not all that good. BUT... I've had this fresh many times, on-tap, and it's usually delicious. This review is based on an old bottle, but the score I'm giving it is from a fresh pour. It's confusing, but it's only fair. Typically, this is a really solid brew, maybe the best of the single hop beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 23:11:47 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

06-26-2014 22:47:49 | More by Dduquette
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-10-2012 05:00:36 | More by zonker17
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-07-2012 02:18:50 | More by sammo
Photo of eclaycamp


4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of Mikkeller's Single Hop series. I had one of these previously and it ended up being washed out, a concerning beer that looked unsettling. I made it through a couple of sips before pouring the entire affair down the drain. Undaunted, I found another bottle of this recently on a trip to my local liquor store. Let's hope that this experience is better than the last one.

Pours a cloudy red amber with a nice creamy texured head. Solid retention about three quarters of an inch thick. Minor sediment towards the base of the glass, but it looks much better than the previous example I tried. Breadiness in the aroma up front, before being overtaken by hops. Was expecting this thing to be more of a "pine" in nature but it seems more complex than that. I get something grassy, maybe tobacco, in the nose. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice sense of bitterness. Some pine notes are there, though not as pronounced as I was expecting (or quite honestly, hoping for). Orange zest hops are up front, giving way to caramel malt sweetness in the middle of the beer. Sweetness carries over to mild alcohol and a somewhat astringent finish with lingering hop bitterness. I'm surprised at how sweet this beer is in the middle and towards the end. That's what stands out for me, even though it's supposed to be all about the hops. Sweetness aside, there's a surprising amount of hop complexity going on in this, as the beer warms and my palate adjusts I find myself going back to it. Aside from orange I'm getting more notes of dried grass, tobacco, and light earthiness.

Overall this is another very solid entry into the Single Hop Series from Mikkeller. I'd probably still put the Nelson Sauvin ahead of it, though just slightly. I liked this one better than the Cascade or the Centennial. A very solid beer that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:57:57 | More by eclaycamp
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-28-2014 00:15:22 | More by csmalley
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-21-2013 05:41:35 | More by gnikola
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

10-09-2012 05:44:57 | More by scottiethebody
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-19-2012 01:09:46 | More by graha739
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

01-25-2013 01:24:31 | More by bluetrevian
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.