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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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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
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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Photo of wchesak
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash chalice

A - clear reddish orange color, off white head, little ring left over, no lacing

S - light pine, some citrus, floral background

T - caramelly honey like malt followed by a sweet citrus aftertaste, slightly dry

M - light side of medium bodied, under carbonated compared to other beers in style

D - pretty much similar to most American IPAs, distinctive quality is the sweet citrus/honey in the taste, very hard to stop from drinking, preferred the Nelson Sauvin to this one

wchesak, May 14, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight it is my pleasure to review this fine Mikkeller beer. Now I will admit these comments are being made prior to actually cracking the bottle, but I have my hopes. The bottle is brown and there is a red and rather clinical-looking label. The cap is stamped 22/10/10. I decided on a belled Belgian beer glass for this tasting as I would like a baseline for comparison as I try the other single-hops. A quick thanks to Ipeea for the trade.

The beer pours a nice deep amber with yellow overtones and a thick haze. The head is tan and full with very nice retention and fluffy lacing.

Smell is`a sweet and very floral experience with hops as the clear star of the show. Spices and greenness present after the initial smells and round out the nose.

Tangy, hoppy, bitter beauty is the taste. The supporting grains (backbone) of this beer are (is) rich and round creating a deep canvas for the hops to accent and present themselves. Citrus accompanies the bitter and the yeasty spice flavors. I am pleased with the complexity and depth, though not floored, as I expected I could be.

Mouthfeel is full and the carbonation is natural and high (I do loves me a natural high) making for a great experience.

Drinkability is great. Assuming you have an unnatural tolerance for alcohol these would go down like juice. The 6.9% ABV precludes too many in a row for me as my preferred session strength hovers closer to 5% than 7%.

I am sure I could experience the true hop flavor better if I left the yeast in the bottle, which I may do with the next one, but I like the yeasty creatures so I poured 'em in, mighty tasty.

This is a pleasure to drink and no kind of let down, even at the cost I would do it again with joy at the opportunity. I will now open the Cascade and review it


meeekyh, May 14, 2010
Photo of PhxHorn
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

PhxHorn, May 11, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the malt house, 6 of these single-hop varietals on tap this week at Malt House/Brasserie V...my goal for the weekend is to drink them all

cellphone notes

appearance: served in an unbranded chalice, hazy apricot body, light beige ring with minimal retention

smell: definite simcoe IPA - lush tropical fruit, apricot, floral and fresh

taste: apricot, tropical fruit, fresh floral hops, grapefruit citrus, sweet toffee...nice ipa - love the simcoe varietal

mouthfeel: fresh, prickly

drinkability: good

dirtylou, May 06, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's on 4/17/10.

A - Hazy, sunset orange liquid with diminutive but resilient head that held on with steadfast ambition until it finally receded to a thin patch, but meanwhile deposited a canopy of lace around the glass reminiscent to constellations in the evening sky.

S - Smack of pungent grapefruit with a slight whiff of catbox and a hint of pine. Overall, the aroma is rather sweet and citrusy, with a caramel malt character balancing the intense hop nose.

T - Ultra bitter up front and throughout with a penchant for grapefruit and citrus juices. A moderate catbox character also seeps into the mix, but doesn't get too out of control. Sweet caramel malt provides a nice counterpart to the assertive hop presence.

M - Medium bodied with an extremely oily yet smooth texture and soft carbonation. Finishes with a hefty hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Simcoe hops = YUM! Nice flavor and complexity for a brew utilizing only a single hop variety. This is up there with the Nelson Sauvin IPA.

ffejherb, May 05, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a murky yellow orange with a 2 finger bubbbly head that has good retention and some good sticky lacing.

S: could smell some piney hops in the middle and a little malty sweetness. I also get a bit of some citrus aroma like grapefruit zest.

T: I thought it would have more piney bitter character from the nose, but the malts seem to over shadow the hops on this one. Almost no hopppy bitterness to this IPA.

M: The beer is medium body with very little carbonation.

D: It's a decent beer and would have to say that it falls into the session beer category. I think I could take this to a party and drink it all night like some miller light. I might be to hard on this review because I just finish having a PTE, and I also know that beguim breweries really don't make great IPA's.

Gobzilla, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

Pungent cat pee for a while, that fades leaving some tropical fruit with papaya and mango most noticeable. Some grapefruit too. The palate opens moderately bitter, moderately resiny and moderately fruity with some tropical fruit. Solid stuff. Drying on the finish with a nice, lingering bitterness, this is great stuff. My #3 of the series.

DefenCorps, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
1.73/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Simcoe exhibited nothing more than a haze layer. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Simcoe, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with a horrible aroma of body odor. I understand that Simcoe can sometimes come across unpleasantly- like cat urine. This is definitely the case... pungent and unapproachable.

T- This thing tastes like body odor and gym socks. For the record, I have never tasted a dirty armpit, nor a gym sock... but this beer tastes just like how I would envision that experience. I have considered this being a bad keg, but a National BJCP judge suggested that this offensive flavor very-well could be attributed to the Simcoe.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- The Simcoe Single Hop was awful as far as my tastes go... I might try it again, in a vain attempt to experience a better use of the hop.

jgasparine, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's today. Obviously, I must love simcoe... this beer is just outrageous.

The pours a fairly light, peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is all simcoe goodness, with a pungent aroma of wet tobacco, pepper, and dry, hoppy bitterness. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with just a hint of malty sweetness to balance the avalanch of hoppy bitterness and dank earth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with plenty of flavor. There's a lean-ness to the mouthfeel that I attribute to the dry, hoppy bitterness, but I can't say I mind it. Drinkability is good, though the tidal wave of bitterness tires the palate a bit. Still, this is an excellent single hop IPA from Mikkeller. As good on tap as it was out of the bottle.

John_M, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of bort11
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man, they hit it with this one! After opening the bottle the beer slowly started to foam out the top. Poured with a thick foamy frothy off white to very light tan head and good lacing. Color is a cloudy medium amber with some sediment. Aroma is mainly Simcoe hops with some malt caramel and toffee. Taste is like aroma but with a perfect touch of sweetness to counter the hop. So well done. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is likewise super. Wanna have another sip - no, gulp. This is the best of the three single hop beers Cascade and Warrior.

drpimento, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of phantomwyse
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

phantomwyse, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a kind of burnt orange color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Sticky lace is left behind. Though lots of chunky yeast drops into the glass unexpectedly.
S: This is great. Lots of piny and citrus hops up front. Orange and lemon aromas. A substantial caramel malty sweetness lingers. Bread and biscuit aromas as well. Lots of hops but excellent balance.
T: Some piny and citrus hops again, though not as prominent as the nose. A light sweetness, but it is more grainy malt that I would like. Still good.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A crisp snap on the tongue, and refreshing. Smooth and easy to drink. I would have no problem quaffing a few in a sitting.

This is a very good IPA. You can really notice the Simcoe hops. Especially in the nose. Very enjoyable and balanced as well. Something I would recommend.

champ103, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

bum732, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

DoubleJ, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Reaper16, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a bubbly, two-finger, long-lasting head of khaki colored foam. It left thin, sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit. There was a burnt toast maltiness, too.

T - It tasted of sharp, piney, resiney hops. Some grapefruit and other citrus flavors, too. It had a burnt toast maltiness and sweet toffee/caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied IPA that is fairly easy drinking despite some sharp bitterness.

D - This is another outstanding brew from the folks at Mikkeller. Really well done and tasty.

zeff80, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. The beer has a hazy orange/amber color. It's opaque and has a thick white foam head. The aroma is sweet and has plenty of dry hop scents. It tastes very dry with a slight bitterness in the finish. Otherwise, I can taste some amber malts. It has a medium body but feels a tad watery. There is not much carbonation to be felt. It is very drinkable though, and very refreshing. I could see myself enjoying a few glasses of this beer.

ToasterChef, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

I know hops can affect head dynamics but the heads on these beers were really consistent until I get here. This head is tighter, thicker, has smaller bubbles and more staying power. This is also the beer that had the most pine aroma, some tropical fruit aromas, best aroma so far but the bitterness on the palate lets me down slightly. Its a great beer though.

drabmuh, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of FutureCowboy
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a chilled Goliath tulip.

I love the idea of the Single Hop Series from Mikkeller. I'm about halfway thru the ten of them, this being the 6th I've had. Loving the idea doesn't mean they are all great beers -- in fact I don't think that's Mikkeller's intent. It's really an academic exercise, more than an effort in making great beer. Some hops just don't perform well on their own (I'm looking at you, Tomahawk, and your fruity brother Nelson Sauvin). But I'm a big Simcoe [insert registered trademark symbol] fan, so I'm hoping this one pulls through.

This one pours nice. Good frothy heady. Quite hazy, but that glowing orange hue is there. I'll forgive the haze because the head is damn near perfect, it even falls just right.

The aroma is exactly what I expected, fantastic bright Simcoe hops. This variety does an awesome job of merging the pine-citrus continuum. It's tangerine-y, even.

Loving the hop flavor, perfect match to the aroma. I'm not completely wild about the yeast flavor I'm getting though. Probably because foreigners made this, and you know how foreigners do. Seriously though, I'm not sure if my tongue is rejecting it because it's a great IPA with a non-traditional yeast strain, or if its legitimately not great.

Mouthfeel is OK, reminiscent of the rest of the series. Body doesn't quite hold up under questioning, mild resiny chew. Not too much there.

It's drinkable, but due to price and weird yeast factor, I wouldn't put more than 1 in a session.

FutureCowboy, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.


Arenbeer, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of RJay
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - A cloudy copper color with a one finger white head that left a decent amount of lacing clinging to the wall of the glass. I poured a fair amount of the yeast cake from the bottle into the glass, so there ended up being some particle floating around that for the most part sank to the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Right away I get spicy earthly pine aroma and with a few more sniffs I found some sweet malt in there.

Taste - Initial swig was very hoppy and tangy, that left a lingering bitterness in the back on my throat. The more I drink the less hoppy the beer taste and I get more of the balance of sweet malts with the Simcoe hops.

Mouth Feel - Light and smooth.

Drinkability - I liked it, I don't think I would buy another unless it was a special occasion due to its price.

RJay, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of jjayjaye
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

jjayjaye, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of capra12
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo, served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: brown and cloudy with r finger of head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

Smell: malts and piney.

Taste: opens with a tangy/ hop astringent profile. A brief mild malt profile emerges as piney hop profile come in full force at the finish as hop bitter finish this and spill into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and coarse.

Drinkability: A one and done for me. I recommend this to those who want to taste a simcoe hopped brew.

capra12, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for picking this beer up for me while he was driving through Lafayette, LA.

Pours a murky golden brown with a white head. The aroma is overly ripe apricot with some resiny notes. The flavor is resin with some apricot and orange. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 10, 2010
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.