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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Sammy, May 17, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

metter98, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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

brentk56, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 05, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

oberon, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

emerge077, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 04, 2012
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 StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

nickfl, Sep 25, 2009
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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.