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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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392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 08:33:24 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 21:47:29 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-04-2013 16:56:21 | More by sendbeer
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-16-2012 00:10:22 | More by PEIhop
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Brad007

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:19:22 | More by Brad007
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HopHead84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 00:59:52 | More by HopHead84
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dirtylou

Washington

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 01:53:59 | More by dirtylou
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-21-2014 03:54:57 | More by afsdan
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 01:30:27 | More by scruffwhor
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 06:35:51 | More by wordemupg
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-23-2012 01:13:01 | More by rolltide8425
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bark

Sweden

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 21:26:01 | More by bark
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 13:47:55 | More by avalon07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 18:03:27 | More by thagr81us
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavily unfiltered foggy mud of burnt squash orange. Dense and tall capping of crusty ivory foam that crumbles down to a very heavy smik and tons of thick lacing coating the glass like paste.

Warm aroma of soft orangey highlights over caramel chews. A bit of leafy and floral hoppyness peeks as it sits.

Again, nicely soft taste and texture with a semi bold orangeish tone of darker citrusy things. Pith, peels, leaves, flowers, all dullishly effecting a light bready backing and caramel drizzling. Nice little finish of some leafy dryness, hop chalk bitterness, toasty orange notes, and woodish yeast.

Body has a nice floatingly smooth and soft texture about it. Fluffy and somewhere just after medium and before reaching full. The malt and hop balance is quite nice. Finishing as noted in the taste, with a little finishing dryness and bittering thats well under control with an overall soft current of fluffy smoothness.

A very likeable, drinkable, and balanced single hopped IPA. The craft of soft texture really holds its own and is perhaps a bit different from some of the more clean, crisp, snappy styled single hop brews that you find this time of year. Mikkeller really did make it there own here with this one and it shows. Looking forward to trying out the other single hopped brews in thier line up.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:12:38 | More by tavernjef
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 22:17:23 | More by bluejacket74
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-11-2013 00:49:37 | More by WOLFGANG
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 03:51:02 | More by DefenCorps
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dgilks

Australia

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
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gford217

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy caramel orange with a massive rocky beige head that clings to the side of the glass and leaves sheets of lacing on the way down. Remains a big cap throughout. If not for all the little floaties, which I can do without, this would be a perfect pour.

Aroma is dominated by the pine resin from the Simcoe with plenty of caramel malts to balance things out.

The taste is great with lots of the piny resin hops up front along with hints of citrusy lemons. It's balanced by a toasted caramel backbone and the hops come back with a nice bitterness that lingers through the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation that adds to the hop tingling on the palate.

This is great IPA and one that could go back to frequently. I tend to love Simcoe-dominant beers so I was expecting a lot from this. It delivered.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 01:56:18 | More by gford217
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vfgccp

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:45:59 | More by vfgccp
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-26-2013 20:00:59 | More by Evil_Pidde
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illidurit

California

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
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champ103

Texas

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
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Gobzilla

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 05:27:03 | More by Gobzilla
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.