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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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90
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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | 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 John_M
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone gave this beer to me as a gift and then promptly took it away from me, so I bought another bottle which sits before me now. The ABV reads 6.9%. I love Single Hop beers and besides the Double Simcoe, I don't believe I've had another Simcoe hop beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is bubbly dark orange, some yeast remnants fall slowly to the bottom of the glass: the result of a sloppy pour. The head is two fingers, white, and soapy. Retention is good and some lacing is left on my glass.

The aroma is of grapefruit and orange with some aromatic pine resin. There's a pretty decent malt presence in the nose that is reminiscent of caramel and slightly bready. Some alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor is initially all citrus until the pine makes itself known. The bitterness is on the upper end of medium - lower end of high level. Slightly sweet caramel malt is present, but doesn't do much to balance the bitterness. The finish is the most bitter part of the beer, with a lot of astringency and some grapefruit and alcohol. Flavors of pine and grapefruit linger on my palate for a long time. There's an unpleasant metallic character that I'm becoming more aware of as the beer warms.

The beer is medium bodied with great carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

A good beer, though there's quite a bit of astringency. Too much rough hop bitterness and not enough hop flavor.

Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky dark copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a resinous earthy and spicy simcoe hop with a full on crystal malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal spiciness followed by a grainy malt. A touch of esters noted as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an aggressive IPA that should appeal to those who love the spicy simcoe hop.

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.... Sam brought this over tonight .... just chillin' drinkin'.. This was the first "special beer" of the night... Thanks Sam!!

Poured into my small La Trappe glass.. pretty clear orangey/copper brew.. eggshell head..

Nose is surprisingly fresh hoppiness .. big fruity hoppiness accentuated by a good punch of toasty malts.. mildly funky/skunky hoppiness..

Flavor is pretty bitter out of the gate... interesting hoppiness reminds me of pineapple and pithy tangerine.. some pine too.. significant yet sorta lite caramel malt add dimension to this brew.. toasty malts ... good medium body and a nice everpresent yet smooth carbonation...

I am sure that the first DIPA's blurred the lines from the bigger IPA's.... and this one makes me think just from the fairly sweet malt backbone and the big bitterness that it is a lesser DIPA or a pretty damn good IPA...

Thanks Sam... I liked this one.. but it made me think.

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

Very murky looking dark orange. Yeast sediment is suspended throughout the body. Head is thin and fluffy. Lace comes in nicely space rings. Aroma is nice. A little tangerine. A little pink grapefruit. A little MaryJane. Very resiny. A little smoky. Orange comes through on the nose a little too. Great smell. Flavor has a nice base of malt. But the hops are the stars here, specifically, simcoe. Oily feel to them Hop flavors are spicy and resiny. Tangerine comes to mind. Bitterness is middle of the road....not clean but not real jagged either Flavors are spicy and resiny. In all honesty, I'm surprised that this isn't more vibrant and bright and citric from what I know about Simcoe, but it pleases nonetheless. Very good. Nicely carbonated and medium-full body. One thing I've noticed about the 2 Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs are that they look and taste like very well done homebrewed IPAs, which is a compliment.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Green's on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy orange-copper color with a two-finger, darker than normal tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing. Floaties populate the bottom third of the glass.

Smells of grapefruits with light amounts of pine and pale malt aromas. As it warms the grapefruit aromas dwindle a bit but even during the last sip it's still the most dominant aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the grapefruit flavors aren't as intense as the smell led me to believe. Sweet malt flavors lead things off and are followed shortly by grapefruit flavors. The ending is solidly bitter and becomes even more bitter as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle easily and could have a few of these.

Overall this is a close second to Mikkeller's Warrior single hop, and could have surpassed it if the taste matched up with the aroma. Worth a shot.

Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild copper color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of grassy hops with just a hint of grapefruit within. It's not really that demanding though and perhaps pine is another aroma.

Taste is chock full of floral, grassy hops. Subtle in nature, it feels a bit toned down. This is all about the hops.

Little remains of the malt choice in this beer. It's all lingering, citrusy/piney hops.

Not sure where Mikkeller is going with this series. Still worth a shot.

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

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/3/12

A reddish amber with just a slight haze, massive 3 finger cream colored head has great retention slowly falling to an island leaving large chunks of lace well down the glass

S tangerine, passion-fruit, pine, and some grapefruit, smells of hop candy to me

T more rind then one could smell and the big tropical notes are toned down and 'm getting some faint toffee

M has a little bite to it and a long rind finish, just a little left behind in the mouth making my gums feel a little gritty

O I was loving this one from the second I opened the bottle with the smell filling the room, not lacking in any area and excelling in more then one

I love those Simcoe hops and this beer is another most welcome addition to the already stacked shelves here in Alberta.

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of bark
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep red-amber, the liquid is almost clear (the beer is bottle conditioned). The very high head is firm, airy and off-white. Lots of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy and very American. Powerful bitter flavours, some sweet meat-y notes, toffee, fresh flowers, exotic fruits (pineapples) and resin. There are some alcoholic notes, too.

The taste is as powerful, but in an aggressive way. Sweet flowery notes blend with fruity hoppy flavours of pineapples, kiwis and green bananas. Notes of grilled meat and monosodium glutamate. The aftertaste brings a fine medium strong bitterness, flavours of fruit candy, dough and a growing warming alcohol. The finish is bitter with a touch of pork meat.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is sticky and a little thick.

A great American IPA with interesting Belgian influences.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong column of bubbling in the middle of this honey highlighted, hazey copper hued brew. Great, spongey three finger head that recedes to a thick foam after a couple of sips. Citrus and pine, overal earthy hop aromas and maybe some sweet malt. Very resiny palate upfront with lots with lots of grass, hay, pine, and citrus hop flavors. Simcoe is a pretty complex hop. Just a splash of bread and biscuits to help balance this hopulin gem. The palate is almost too resiny, it gets a little overbearing. But another very thought provoking and interesting brew from Mikkeller

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. Bits of sediment floating around. There was a huge, long-lasting foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of citrus and hops.

T: This beer had a milder flavor than I would've guessed, but still very zesty. Citrus, hops, some malt and lighter fruits.

M: A well carbonated beer with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an extremely drinkable beer. It's very vibrant and balanced. I could drink a lot of these.

Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apple cider.  Nice white head with a mixed bubble structure.  Nice lace, ok retention.

S - Deep malt tones with surprisingly little hops. Fresh breads, caramel, and a touch of yellow raisin.

T - Rich, sweet, caramel malt escalates steadily into a bright woody hop crescendo.  

M - Medium/light body.  Low carbonation.

O - A really interesting, malt-forward IPA with a solid hop backbone and a unique flavor profile progression.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange/amber color; some solids floating. Poured a 2 finger tan head with excellent retention to a dollop. Decanted lightly. Webs of thick lacing.

S: Pungent pine and grapefruit. Sweet, bready caramel malt comes through as well. Very nicely balanced nose.

T: Malt more up front. Resiny citrus and pine dominate the middle. Sharp bitter with resiny hops lingering a bit. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium to full body. Ample carbonation. Smooth, resiny and dry.

D: Very well-balanced without giving-in on hop or malt character.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy reddish/copper color with about a 2 inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. There are also a good bit of yeasty floaties in the beer, too. Aroma is very nice, it smells like grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel. Lots of citrusy hop aromas in this brew. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some pine hops noticable. Finishes nice and bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit sticky and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, but I don't think I could drink any more than a couple of these at a time. With that being said, I liked the beer and would try it again. But due to the price, I wouldn't buy it all the time.

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cap date 22/10/10 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a three finger off-white to light tan head with a slight dusting of brown sediment on the top that subsided to one finger very slowly. There were also plenty of floaties in this one. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus/grapefruit hops. The flavor was of big malt with a dark fruit hop kick. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was not too bad, but the hop kick sticks with you well after your sip. Almost pierces the tongue (in a bad way). Just not a huge fan of it, but it was still okay besides the aftertaste. Just not one of my favorites from the series.

Photo of Gobzilla
2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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!

Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.