Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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3.93/5 rDev -2%
Copper ale with gold highlights, and, because I was watching football too closely, a fair amount of dregs in the bottom of the glass. Dirty white head on top that lingers for a long time. Simcoe hop is clean and clear in the nose, but not very strong. Need a swirl to pop it up. Strong carbonation bite along with the hops bitterness. Not an overly hopping IPA, but very fun to drink.
09-11-2011 01:15:31 | More by FightingEntropy
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
A- pours a deep amber color with a solid finger and a half of off white head. The retention is very nice as the head pretty much stays at about a finger and displays some good lacing.
S- very green fresh leafy hops hit the nose at first. Citrusy notes blend in nicely with a predominate ruby red grapefruit and pine. A touch of lemon zest is present as well. Finishes with a bit of biscuity malt.
T- Big hop flavor of grapefruit and pine with a nice biscuity malt that balances out the soft bitterness that comes in the middle nicely. Lemon zest and leafy hop flavors with a hint of hemp towrds the end. Finishes is piney with a lingering leafy hop flavor.
MF- creamy smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and some pretty active carbonation.
D- super drinkable.
Overall a very drinkable smooth IPA that showcases the simcoe hop with finesse. Tons of hop flavor with a balanced bitterness. Bravo.
08-16-2011 01:57:50 | More by Viciousknishs
4.13/5 rDev +3%
A: Hazy orange with a enormous foam and lots of lacing.
S: Grapefruit, Cheese(!), Hay, Pine, Grass.
T: Orange, Grapefruit, Grass, Caramel, Hint of grain.
M: Nicely balanced ipa with plenty of malt and hops. Fruity!
Very nice AIPA from Mikkeller that i'd probably would buy more of if it wasn't for the somewhat expensive price.
06-03-2009 19:42:44 | More by baggio
3.85/5 rDev -4%
A - Murky copper orange with a long lasting big whitish head. Lots of lacing.
S - Piney hops, earthy with a little bit of sweet malts.
F/M - Piney, quite high hop bitterness up front. Slight earthiness/resinous. Very hop forward with a slight caramelly sweet malt flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. A very light astringency in the finish.
D - Such a high bitterness makes it hard for me to put down more than a pint of this beer.
09-18-2010 07:04:14 | More by domtronzero
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
Tried each individually and and now comparing Simcoe, Amarillo, and Chinook Single Hop IPAs.
A. Beautiful. Deepest copper color of the three with an off-white head that left rings of residual lacing and a thin layer of foam throughout the session.
S. Sweet floral - almost like a strong honeysuckle scent with a caramel backbone. As it warms, a cinnamon/spiciness comes out. Some mango character starts to come out, too.
T. Good upfront floral hop flavor that dominates the first few dips.
M. Good body with a perfect level of carbonation. Spot on. This is just what I want an IPA to feel like in my mouth.
D. Great. I'm not sure if it was the comparing or the warming that made the more tropical flavors come out, but this beer moved in front of the Amarillo as the session went in.
My favorite ended up being the Chinook, but I really liked this one, too.
06-07-2010 04:09:28 | More by BeerAndBourbon
4/5 rDev -0.2%
A- On the dark side of amber with a nice orangish hue and a huge white head that leaves behind tons of lacing. Very nice looking beer, although the head may be too big, given that I poured it carefully and had just rinsed out the glass.
S- Say what you will about simcoe hops (and I've said alot), they make for an amazing-smelling beer. Tropical fruits abound in the aroma with sweet tangerine and pineapples at the fore. I suppose there's a nice maltiness in there as well, but I can't get past the hops. Fantastic.
T- The hops don't come through as much in the taste, and when they do it's with a piney taste. The malt comes through with a nice dry cracker-like taste. There's a moderate pine needle bitterness on the finish that goes away pretty quickly.
M- On the light side of medium with a nice prickly carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy texture. Quite nice.
D- I could see having a couple of these in a sitting no problem. None of the flavors are too strong and the mouthfeel is just right for having several in one sitting. The only thing that would hold me back is the alcohol. I can't really taste it, but I'm guessing that I would feel it after a couple. I wouldn't have thought this beer was any higher than 6% based on the taste alone, and possibly lower. It does a good job hiding it.
This is a very solid IPA. If it were (much) cheaper and more widely available I'd buy it all the time. I've been shying away from Mikkeller's more hop-forward beers for some time because I had doubts about the freshness after such a long shipping distance. It turns out my fears were unwarranted, at least with this one. I may give a couple more of their IPAs a shot now.
06-10-2010 23:38:16 | More by vtfan77
3.93/5 rDev -2%
Big thanks to CrellMoset, one of BA's finest traders, for the hookup on this beer.
A - This beer poured a medium orange color and formed a massive, slightly rocky off-white head which slowly made it's way down the glass, leaving a nice lacing around the sides.
S - Prominent grassy/piney hop nose. Very slight sweetness in the background. Clean malt and fairly neutral fermentation. Hops are certainly dominant.
T - Hop flavor dominates here too with that piney/grassy note being prominent. As a single hop IPA, I'm missing out on the complex/blended hop flavor but the simcoe comes through strong. Bitterness is moderate-high and the dry finish leaves some lingering piney flavor. Malt is clean though the beer tastes well-balanced.
M - Medium bodied, moderate/moderate-high carbonation. Smooth with no hop-derived astringency.
D - Certainly a drinkable, balanced IPA, what's missing in my opinion is a more interesting hop profile. Maybe I'm just not a fan of single hop beers.
03-25-2009 02:26:56 | More by BrewerB
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a hazy copper wth a big off-white colored head. Loads of chunky sediment in there, lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of hops of course. Sharp citrus and pine aromas, along with some fresh cut grass.
Lots of bitter hoppiness. Very grassy, fruity, citrusy, and pine. There is a hint of malt in the background. Basically it tastes like it smells, probably better actually. Medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated, finishes a bit dry. Pretty good beer, though not sure its worth $5+ a pop, but I've paid more for worse.
03-14-2009 02:30:10 | More by hckyfn9999
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
03-17-2010 04:26:41 | More by Arenbeer
3.85/5 rDev -4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass
A: pours a hazy orange brown hue with good carbonation and tiny floaties. 2 fingers of dense head. Nice lacing.
S: nice hoppy aroma. Pine and citrus and a touch of malt
T: piney/ citrus character with a pleasant bitterness on the end
M: bitterness barely lingers a very refreshing feeling on my palate
O: I liked this single hop the best so far, Simcoe brings the goods on both ends, aroma and flavor
07-23-2011 08:18:49 | More by roodie
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Picked up a single bottle at State Line Liquors. On sale for $3.99.
Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass.
Beer pours a hazy burnt orange with about a finger or so of white head that lingered lazily on top of the glass and produced some really nice lacing.
Really intense citrus hops nose. Very one dimensional. There is almost no malt presence in the nose. In any case, the hops work really well. Smells amazing.
Taste follows suit. The hops are the star. The beer is intensely bitter with loads of citrus flavors. It's a full put attack on your taste buds. Intense. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is sticky, medium bodied and well carbonated. The bitterness lingers through each sip with the citrusy notes of the Simcoe hops balancing out the taste.
Overall, a beer for hop heads, without question. I really enjoyed it and will try to pick up some more of the Mikkeller single hop beers in the future.
05-30-2011 01:49:58 | More by pburland23
4/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with a large ecru head that retains well and lays down nice lattice-patterns of lace. There's a ton of thick, chuncky floating particles in the beer.
S: Thick, rich and resinous hop aroma. Loads of sweet citrus, pine, and a hint of (!) herbal woodiness. Bold and intriguing.
T&M: Citrus flavors up front that give way to a bit of piney/herbal flavors later on. Not a lot of malt flavor detected, the simcoe hops dominate this one. Body is medium with a prickly carbonation and decent stickiness. On par for the style.
D: Rather drinkable--a bold, big flavor with a nice body.
06-17-2009 00:03:20 | More by BamaBeerBuff
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
A: Amber color, clear liquid. A 3 cm slightly yellowish off-white airy head that leaves nice looking lacings.
S: Plenty of grapefruit. Elder flowers and red currants as well. Pleasant peppery and grassy hops. A nice mix of fruity and floral hops, but the malts are rather anonymous.
T: Plenty of grapefruits here as well, but they are not as distinct as in the smell. Gooseberries, some elder flowers, grass and nice floral hop flavors. Toasty malts with a gentle and semi-sweet caramel character in the background. The finish is peppery with a big bitterness that dominates completely just for a moment. After the initial attack from the bitterness it settles and leaves room for hop resins with somewhat of a perfumy character, pine-needles and a hint of minerals.
M: Medium body, rather crisp. Well balanced carbonation. A clean and simple mouthfeel, nicely attuned to the style.
D: Not a bad IPA, for sure. It's really hop-forward and showcases the simcoe profile nicely. But perhaps it lacks some complexity and is slightly off-balanced. But all in all, I enjoyed it.
06-01-2009 22:34:16 | More by ricke
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. As far as I know this brew should be fresh.
A - The pour yields a murky, rusty-copper brew with a great big head of bubbly off-white chunks of foam. The head eventually settles to a creamy cap that has a big chunk of foam sitting in the middle. Lots of foamy suds and sticky lacing.
S - A bouquet of fruity hop aromas. Tangerine, passion fruit, orange, grapefruit and a mild floral pine presence. A touch of spice to it as well. Malt is definitely on the lower side, with some subtle toasty caramel malt adding just a touch of balance and variety. A remarkable aroma here, especially for a single-hop brew.
T - Less citrus and tropical fruit and more spicy and floral here. Oily hops dominate upfront, with ripe mango, fresh pine, orange rind, and a minty undertone that I really enjoy. Notes of bitter grapefruit and some dank earthiness come through as well. Malty balance is minimal, with some light toffee and toasty caramel malt just peeking through. Extremely drinkable and very complex for just a single hop. The last sip full of foam gave me a firm dose of mildly spicy onions.
M - Rather fizzy at first, but soon mellows out. Fitting mouthfeel for a 7.0% ABV IPA, slightly oily, a little sticky, medium bodied and an assertive bitterness in the finish. Slightly drying.
D - Insanely drinkable and surprisingly complex for a single hop IPA. It seems you never know what you're going to get with Mikkeller, some of their beers are big misses, and some hit the nail right on the head, and this was definitely the latter. Plus, I found out I like Simcoe hops way more than I thought I did!
06-01-2012 00:29:49 | More by Converge
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
SA pint glass. Cloudy orange pour with a pretty near-white frothy head. Left sediment in bottle but there are lots of floaties in the glass.
Aromas of orange taffy with a slight hint of wildflower honey.
Chalky grapefruit flavor...nice lingering orange peel bitterness. Finishes pretty clean and bitter. Nice head retention as well. Very clean and simple Simcoe IPA that drinks very well.
03-21-2009 21:54:25 | More by RustyDiamond
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.