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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: 278
Hads: 466
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 29
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Small pricey bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours a lacey golden body lots of white foam. Citrus aroma.Mouthfeel is Ok, although post-tingling. Very good orange taste, superior IPA, drunk...quickly. Another Mikkeller gem, served just below room temp.

Two and a half years later I had the hop series which was a great showcase of the Simcoe hop and orange citrus bitterness.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light copper in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of grapefruit hops in the nose along with some notes of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with citrusy and piney flavors; hints of caramel and toasted malts are noticeable. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden from both the taste and smell.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my fourth or fifth and easily my favorite of this series. pours a nice golden color with some yeast floaties and a massive thick white head that hangs on the whole time. smell is sweet to me, these simcoe hops give off a very fresh sent, not sticky ganja fresh, but a more subtle essence. also, like all of these so far its more balanced than expected, with some nice english malts in the nose and flavor. flavor is quite similar to the nose, with the hops being very up front. they kind of fade off at the end, no bitterness really at all here. feel is good, thick enough on the body and mildly carbonated. overall im not sure i understand the simcoe hops very well yet, even after this beer. they always seemed to be mixed with more assertive varieties i had a hard time trying to place them here. i like the hop on the front end though rather than on the back end. nice change of pace.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice golden color, the head was pretty good looking. The lacing wasn't too bad on the glass. The smell of the beer has a nice earthy yet lively aroma of the hops in it. The taste was well balanced between the hops and malts I thought. The mouthfeel of this beer isn't too bad, Overall I enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind having it again. The only other Simcoe based IPA I've had was from Weyerbacher and I think this might be better than that one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a hazy amber color; the rocky head sticks nicely and leaves more than an ample amount of lace

Smell: Resinous and piney, with hints of passion fruit and papaya, but not as bold and aromatic as I would have liked

Taste: A bit of toffee, up front, with a developing tropical fruit character (passion fruit and papaya); the piney bitterness builds along with a catty spiciness, after the swallow, keeping the malts in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure of the age on this bottle but that may explain why the hops are understated; still, this is quite a nice IPA and I like the way the hops keep the malts in check

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first in the series of single hopped beers by Mikkeller. First off, the base beer is an American IPA that shows a bright copper-orange color, off-white breaming head that lingers, lasts, and laces throughout. A great looking beer with a medium haze from dry-hopping. Fruity character emits from the nose and taste in a more English fashion than American. Heavy use of caramel malts lead to a sweetness that may interfere with the hop showcase and dry finish.

The Simcoe hops offer a pungent and resiny pine flavor and aroma that is less offensive than I have usually attributed to the hop variety. After thinking that this hop needed to be used in harmony with other, more citrusy hops I am retracting a bit seeing that this one can indeed stand on its own. Interestingly enough, I do get a more moderate citrus note just behind the pine, and takes the shape of orange zest and pineapple (or is that the esters?)

Great experiment and a bit of an eye opener for me. I can't wait to see what the rest of the series offers.

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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and somewhat citrus hops with a very perceptible malt base. Taste is dominated by floral piney notes with some astringent notes and a dry caramel malt base underneath it all. I can understand why people sometime qualify this as the cat pee hops. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done though the Nugget is still my favorite.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As one of the highest rated in this series (currently .07 pts. behind Cascade) I have high expectations.

A billowing rush of khaki foam threatens to spill over, but settles at the rim of the tulip glass. The surface has irregular crags and peaks, much like Duvel or JP. It falls like a soufflé, but coats the sides with sheets of lacing. The color is a deep russet amber. About as nice an IPA as you can ask for visually.

The nose is a little subdued, but there's some floral and citrus elements there for sure. A whiff of malts and very slight alcohol.

Candied citrus and bitter orange peel. Some resinous hop flavor, with the pilsner/crystal malts peeking through. Full bodied, fairly nice overall. Not sure how fresh it was, but it had a 2011 date stamped on the cap.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hope to try all the Mikkeller Single Hop beers before the end of summer.Poured into a standard pint a mukry,hazed amber with a large fluffy crown atop that left globs of lace it settled oh so slowly.Aromas dont really hit home like I was hoping,light tropical-like fruitiness,along with some sweetish buscuit malt.flavors of overripe citrus fruit with subtle pine from the hops layer over a caramelly sweet malt base,both come together pretty well.I really nice almost mouthcoating feel,lusch for a "smaller" beer,a solid one hop offering again from Mikkeller.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a recent trade an was I thrilled as I could be. I had been wanting to get ahold of this for a while but it never crossed my path. 330ml bottle poured into a pint glass and consumed on 04/04/2009.

The pour was great. Rich and very cloudy with a murky dark amber color, almost light brown as it clears up a touch. Some light sediment in the bottom of the glass as well. Rich head of off white comes up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down, but not without dropping tons of lace. Nice aroma, lots of pine here, with hints of bready notes underneath and a nice prickly spiceness. The flavor was very smooth, mellow pine hops, not too harsh or terribly pungent, very nicely balanced indeed. Medium bodied with a very nicely done carbonation level which never for one moment was dull. A bit up there for a single IPA at near 7 percent but it drank very very well.

Overall I thought this was a very nicely done IPA that I would not mind trying again at all.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of brownish-white foam on top of a copper-brown body. Decent retention and moderate lace.

S - Fruit and citrus notes, balanced by brown, toasty malt with some caramel and brown sugar. Similar to the Nelson Sauvin, but with more pineapple.

T - Pine and citrus flavors with moderate bitterness. Good malt backbone with caramel and dry toasty malt. The hops are less fruity than the aroma. Somewhat harsh bitterness in the finish that combines with the malt to produce some char flavors.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Soapy bitterness with tropical, fruity hop character. Lots of malt but not enough to balance the sharp hop character. The hops compliment the malt and the fruity notes enhance the malt sweetness.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's pit the Simcoe Single Hop versus the Nugget, Warrior, and Cascade versions.

Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.

Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a rich scent of sugar-flecked citrus wedges spritzed with pine.

Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Simcoe hops serve up a fresh taste of citrus, particularly grapefruit, and a nice, spicy 'pop' of white pine. Moderate bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. I'm diggin' this though!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.9% ABV confirmed. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with white standard pressure cap and red no-frills label acquired in a trade from Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Mikkel is me favourite brewer but this series hasn't had many winners.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a six finger light khaki colour head of good cream and thickness, nice frothy texture, and rather good (~6 minute) retention. Light thin even lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a respectable vibrant copper; clear and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looking pretty solid for an IPA overall. I'm excited to try it. No notable flaws - just room for improvement.

Sm: Caramel, dry resins, pine. A hint of bubblegum. Musty. Floral and tropical. I didn't realize simcoe was so complex. A bit candy-esque. Caramalts and pale malts comprise the unobtrusive body. An interesting aroma, but not ideal for the style. Still, I'm excited to see where this one goes. A mild strength aroma.

T: Bubblegum, candi sugar, caramel, and some floral character. The bubblegum is dominant. Where's the pine from the aroma? The sticky malty sweetness is more interesting than the hop character. It's a pretty simple brew all around, but it is more complex than most of the other beers in this series that I've had. It speaks a lot to simcoe's complexity, but it's definitely not a hop that can lead an IPA. Imbalanced overall. Built decently. It's not bad, but isn't notable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Pretty good thickness. Slightly undercarbonated; it works here. Suits the flavour profile well. Not all that creamy. Pretty soft.

Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable. An interesting experiment, but not a beer I'd get again. Convinces me simcoe is a solid background hop, but it can't dominate the hop profile of a successful IPA. Hides its ABV well.


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

Let me say I was pleasantly surpised, not that the beer was good, but how interesting this was with a hop I would probably not use on its own if I were to brew with it. I appreciat HombreWing sharing this bottle, poured chilled into a tumber from the 12oz.

A - a light golden amber with thick cream that creates a lace ring, small beading and good clarity

S -Smell is more pine than anything, but the accents of grapefruit and floral notes are interesting, more zest than actual grapefruit flesh with slight note of melon

M - The feel is more mild than expected, yet slightly spiced and overall a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness w/ a slightly resinous feel and dry finish

T - The taste is truly great with all of the qualities of simcoe I like - grapefruit zest and pine flavors meld with a slight pepper and mild herbal flavor. The malt supports the acidity in the taste well and gives a slight blood orange and light ruby red tinge -really nice taste without the 'cat-pee' you normally associate with simcoe tasting beers

D - This is possibly the best of the single hop beers Mikeller makes, yet I have not had them alle, but as I said earlier, very smooth bitterness and flavor without any astringent qualities and no cat-piss or ammonia-like off notes or vegetal aspects just a nice cohesion between malt and Simcoe -Kudos Mikeller!

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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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on this one opened up after a while. The flavor profile is hearty and deep earthy citrus. There is a bright kind of character to it, but it's still deeper and fairly earthy. I got turned off to Mikkeller quite some time ago, but after the Nelson Sauvin Brut and the single hop beers I have had, things are looking better and I am more willing to drop the higher amounts of coin on the breweries beers. (Though I am still a bit leery of Mikkeller overall.)

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 22/10/10 on cap (seems like quite a bit for an IPA).

Pours hazed orange to dark amber with a thin white head that lasts.

The smell is of pine, some bread, some caramel.

The taste is of pine/resin with caramel/toffee backing. On the sweeter side for an IPA though there is some bitterness.

The feel is medium to full with a snappy carbonation and lasting coating.

ABV well-covered. An enjoyable IPA that showcases Simcoe hops well with a balancing malt background.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malt forward scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and biscuit malts along with a mild Simcoe hop aroma. The hop character is relatively muted by the malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a well balanced flavor that focuses on a complex malt bill that boasts of caramel and biscuit malts. The Simcoe hops are present, but don't dominate like I would hope. It's citrusy with a touch of "cat pee" aroma. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty brew, but not what I was hoping for. I appreciate the maltiness, but it's hard to concentrate on a single hop character when there is such a rich caramel malt presence.

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

04/29/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Did not check for a freshness date. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden colored pour with a large one inch plus creamy and pocky head. Lacing is quite nice with some patches and streaks.

Smell- Pungent sweeter grapefruit flavor. Not really the tart-sour grapefruit scent I am used to in an IPA. Sugary as well with a bit of pine added.

Taste- Very flavorful with a very strong hoppy flavor. Lots of succulent grapefruit. Caramel malt backing with a really nice rounded out flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit overcarbonated with some burning from the hops. Lots of hops in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Actually quite enjoyed this one. Pne of the most flavorful single hopped beers I have had.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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