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Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%

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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 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 nickfl


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 02:52:02 | More by nickfl
Photo of champ103


3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 01:43:57 | More by champ103
Photo of drpimento


4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 03:30:16 | More by drpimento
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick light tan head. Aroma of of grassy and citrus hops. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and bitter grassy hops with a sweet citrusy finish. The hops have held up nicely on this beer's overseas journey. Very delicious!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 23:31:05 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of hopdog


3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle. Bottle cap stamped 22/10/10.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, some floral hops, and some lighter maltiness. Tastes of basically the same, floral hops and some citrus. Floral, leafy green, stale hops. Lighter bitterness and some lacing left on the glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 01:33:05 | More by hopdog
Photo of GClarkage


4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 21:03:06 | More by GClarkage
Photo of ArrogantB


3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, this beer was completely overpriced at $6.29 for a 12oz bottle but I couldn't resist because I like Simcoes. Dark, turbid orange with some stray proteins floating throughout. It smells very catty and ammonia-like, spicy. Taste has a little too much pepper and garlic going on and reminds me of Green Flash Imperial IPA, not good. I really wish I had my $6 back on this one....

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:50:14 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yet dirt brown color with a huge khaki colored head that lefte some nice webby lacing on the glass. The aroma is juicy, mostly grapefruit though some tropical fruit sweetness is there are well. Nice juicy hop flavor, primarily grapefruit, some pineapple, drifts to a piney hop finish. Some honey malt presence to add an offset to the hops. Moderate to well bodied, a notch less than fizzy carbonation, finishes a tad bitter and dry. A nice flavorful AIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 03:48:32 | More by Gmann
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lion's Pride.
A beautiful beer. In a tulip glass it was a hazy orange/red color with a thick tan head. A sheet of lace.
Intense floral aroma. Sweet.
Resinous pine taste, a little grapefruit, sweet malt.
The flavors all work well with each other, making this a very balanced and smooth beer.
A wonderful beer. Maybe my favorite IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2010 00:43:16 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of laituegonflable


3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-orange colour with an almost opaque cloud through it. Head is decent, cream-coloured and dense, leaving some nice sticky trails of lace, and retaining pretty well. Decent looker.

Nose is an interesting one. Very malty and not too hoppy for an IPA. Notes of chocolate, of all things, come first, with a fair amount of golden syrup and brown sugar. Maybe some slight citric notes, but yeah smells more like an American Barleywine than an IPA, only weaker. Not bad but underwhelming, and odd for the style.

Taste starts off quite bitter and pungent. A fair amount of acid with notes of musk, butter and passionfruit. Quite tangy towards the mid, some lemonade characters and some toasty flavours, but yeah, a real zing! to it, gives it a kind of soft drink flavour. Finish is a bit lacking, particularly as far as bitterness goes. Slighty cashew nutty flavour, and an earthy truffle finish right at the end, but doesn't really have the potency I want. Has more tang than bitterness, and as a result is less drinkable than it could be. Not bad, could definitely be better.

Leaves very dry although good texture until the end. Decent mouthfeel.

Overall I think it needs more; the trouble is the flavour and palate profile don't really "wow" me.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 03:11:33 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper pour with an absolutely stunning head (in size, texture, persistence and lacing!)
Aroma is amazingly sweet and fruity: tangerine, passionfruit, lychee, with some woody hints later. Clean sweet caramel malt is present underneath.
Flavours are similar with pine, citrus and tropical fruits, then some sweet malt with hints of caramel and a fairly strong green bitterness contributing as a finish of great length.
Light spritzy carbonation, moderate body and light alcoholic warming work well.
Pretty bloody good, perhaps the strong bitterness was a bit out of balance, but that's quite a small complaint..

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 11:23:36 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of ffejherb


4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 11:53:07 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Durge


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

Another yellowish-amber brew from this neat series of American IPA’s. It has a decent off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma brings mild grass hops and pungent pond-malt. A combination I like, but may not suit everyone. Flavor-wise I get lemony wheat and yeast-bread ideas that provide a nice herbal hop theme. Medium light bodied with a smooth, somewhat frothy feel. Like the rest if these Mikkeller American IPA’s this is highly drinkable and highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 03:19:26 | More by Durge
Photo of ADZA


3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On pouring this beer it has light copper colour to it with a one finger beige/off white head and is perfectly carbonated,there is a little floral/grapefruit smell to it but not much smell really compared to the other single hop ipa's from mikkeller and on tasting you can taste the passionfruit flavours with a nice malty/bitter backbone to it with a little alcohol warmth but not much,overall a nice ipa but definately not my favourite from mikkellers single hop ipa's.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 10:25:17 | More by ADZA
Photo of ehammond1

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A deep and dark amber with lots of haze throughout. Off-white head. Some lacing down the glass.

This beer is potently aromatic! Incredibly powerful aroma! Wow! Huge citrus bill, specifically grapefruit and biting lemon, some grassy and pine elements, and some sweet, sticky caramel notes as well. Hugely aromatic!

The flavor is a lot like the aroma, but not quite as dramatic. Lots of citrus, lots of marijuana and pine flavors, along with a sticky and sweet caramel malt backbone. This beer is dank!

Thin to medium bodied.

A delicious and powerful Simcoe IPA. A great idea and a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:01:30 | More by ehammond1
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Side-by tasting with the mikkeller warrior)
Appearance - pours a murky, dirty orange, a good four fingers of head quickly form. Lots of flaky sediment to this, the bigger chunks settling out while the smaller particles hang suspended. The head falls back irregularly, leaving a ragged cliffside of a terrain with huge pockets and divets. A few whole clumps are stuck to the side for a most three-dimensional lacing.

Aroma - earthy, pungent hops laced with pine. More florals emerge with warming.

Taste - as expected, the flavor follows the nose, an earthy pungent hop flavor. I get less presence of malt here, whether that is due to two hoppy-ass beers attacking my palate or what, I'm not sure. This one goes medicinal on the swallow, too, but with more flavor character, i.e. some grapefruit lingers on there and now some late caramel showing up. The medicinal bitteness is still too much for me to enjoy this beer, though.

Mouthfeel - feels smoother than the warrior and not quite as crisp.

Drinkability - I'd probably prefer this one to the warrior, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:07:09 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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 GbVDave


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

Cap dated 22/10/10

A: Pours a cloudy tarnished copper color with a lot of suspended sediment. A creamy, 3 1/2 finger, light-khaki colored head retains for ages and is fed by some really active carbonation. Sticky ropes and sheets of lace are left behind.

S: Incredible aromas of mango, grapefruit, peach, musk melon, apricot, fresh cut grass, and ripe orchard fruit. Smells very "fresh".

T: Tastes pretty much as it smells. Sweet tropical fruit, white pepper, toasted malt, red apple, and a touch of grassy hops. Surprisingly, a tiny alcohol flavor pops out during the finish after it has warmed a bit.

M: So fruity and sticky. Nice peppery/spicy sizzle on my lips and tongue. This thing just oozes hop oil. Perfect level of hoppy bitterness.

D: What a wonderfully balanced IPA! I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for the other Single Hop IPA's in the series.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 00:26:01 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Pencible


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

This poured a slightly hazy copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like spicy herbal hops with some lemon zest and caramel malt. It tasted like herbal and resin hops, with some sweet honey malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and tasty single hop beer, characterized by spicy herbal flavors. It tasted very smooth and crisp, with a mellow finish. Simcoe also made the malt seem lighter. It had nice body and was easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 19:54:11 | More by Pencible
Photo of Floydster


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle purchased online a while back, possibly from Liquid Solutions, consumed 1/29/09, split with my dad, reviewed from notes, color is a golden orange with some darker tones, 3/4 inch foamy white head that lasts two to three minutes, some retention and lacing, aroma is purely Simcoe, like the hops themselves were just floating around in there, there was some mild citrus and grassy accents too but that is about it, flavor is very hoppy all the way through, mostly pine flavors, some light oranges mix in with the bitterness, dry and bitter mouthfeel, medium bodied, above average level of carbonation, taste lingered, too one dimensional to drink a whole lot of but still pretty easy going down, no real alcohl showing through, smooth for the most part, not a bad IPA and this Danish brewer continues to put out solid products, would drink again but remember it being pretty expensive for what it is, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 04:52:52 | More by Floydster
Photo of illidurit


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark, cloudy goldenrod color with some yeast sediment. Gorgeous fluffy beige head that lasts forever. Aroma is pure hops. Lots of sweeter citrus like pink grapefruit and orange, and an unfortunately Simcoe-typical catty character. At first rather mediocre, this beer opens up nicely with a little warmth. Lightly citric flavor blends with a modest caramel malt base, then finishes grassy and bitter. Dry on the palate, nice body and carbonation. Overrated but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 03:38:50 | More by illidurit
Photo of Overlord


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle, intended for another BA'er, somehow ended up in my possession. Sorry Shane/Jesse.

Pours a hazy orange, with a darker cone in the middle. Mmm....darker cone. Two or three inches of white foam head.

Smells like pineapple, pine, and maybe a bit of unidentifiable sharp citrus. Taste is nice, with bursting pinecone, some pineapple shading, and a nice mineral earthiness. The earthiness gets to be a bit much after a while.

Though I'm sad to have stolen this, a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 08:23:05 | More by Overlord
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slim, single, slender bottle purchased for $5.99 from Super Saver on Route 22... Weyerbacher's Simcoe IPA is typically regarded as one of my personal faves, so I was more than willing to give this European depiction a chance...
Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a gigantic, foamy and frothy, full, five-fingered head which dissipated slowly and deposited a huge film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass... Noticeable, piney, hoppy, minty aroma... Flavor was true-to-the-style and exactly what I had expected from a Simcoe-laden, flavorful, rich, and creamy European IPA...
Great stuff... Authentic, satisfying, and aggressive... Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 20:54:20 | More by dsa7783
Photo of nickd717


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from K&L Redwood City for $5.99, which is a ripoff, but at least this was very good.

A - Awesome appearance, slightly hazy amber with a large cream-colored head that leaves great lacing.

S - Intense citrusy and resinous Simcoe hops and just a touch of crystal malt.

T - Simcoe city. Citrus, pine, and resin. Also some caramel and Munich malt that provides some sweetness to balance.

M - Palate is sticky and lively with medium-full body for an IPA.

D - Pretty high, with a slight mark-down for the excessive price. This is another really well-done single-hopper from Mikkeller, probably my favorite of the series so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 20:18:37 | More by nickd717
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.