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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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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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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 Converge
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Converge, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of KevinTK
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
Photo of endovelico
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rusty orange brew with a frothy sizeable head that holds a bit too well, if i'm honest. Great lacing. Medium perceived effervescence.

Smell: Mild aroma (in part due to the foam barrier) of pine, evergreen, mint and grapefruit on the front with some biscuit and caramel on the back. Orange and polen on subsequent sniffs.

Taste: Very mild with resin, herbal, biscuit, caramel and evergreen of the hops. I was a bit underwhelmed to be honest, until... i let it warm a bit. Then it developed a charming bubble-gummeish grapefruit character that made me change up the score.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium high bitterness. Medium full bodied. Long lasting, earthy, herbal, fruity taste.

Overall: Very well done, so incredibly drinkable once given time to warm a bit. Very complex, and it does have something different from the other AIPA i've had. Its hard to imagine only one hop went into this.

endovelico, May 27, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a coat of lacing.

Nice pop of pine with a malty background.

Light bitterness with some grapefruit and no real finish.

A full-bodied beer with some alcohol, a wooly texture, and ample cleansing carbonation.

Simcoe was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish between the varieties of hops but would still make a fine component of a meal.

Sampled from a pint glass alongside the Palisades Single Hop IPA.

SLeffler27, May 20, 2012
Photo of erha2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

erha2, May 19, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

JRod1969, May 14, 2012
Photo of danp14
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

danp14, May 11, 2012
Photo of washburnkid
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bubbles from the bottom; off-white, half-inch head, golden brown, translucent.

S: Oranges and grapefruit from simcoes hop; honey malt backdrop; it smells awesome.

T: citrus dominates, bitter floral notes, and a caramel sweetness backdrop.

M: moderate carbonation, thin mouthfeel. bitterness left behind on the palate.

D: one or two of these would be perfect. i can imagine pairing this with a roasty/crunchy salad. well done, mikkeller.

washburnkid, May 10, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on this one opened up after a while. The flavor profile is hearty and deep earthy citrus. There is a bright kind of character to it, but it's still deeper and fairly earthy. I got turned off to Mikkeller quite some time ago, but after the Nelson Sauvin Brut and the single hop beers I have had, things are looking better and I am more willing to drop the higher amounts of coin on the breweries beers. (Though I am still a bit leery of Mikkeller overall.)

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

aztraz, May 04, 2012
Photo of BubbaMac
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BubbaMac, May 03, 2012
Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Mikeymcglynnigan, May 01, 2012
Photo of joecast
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the New Sydney.

Bright light orange/amber/copper color. Like the hop oils are adding some kind of inner glow. Head is just off white with that milky resiny stability.

Well, um, smells like Simcoe. A bit of sweetness from the malt but mostly hops. Spicy, floral, slight citrus. Not sure if Simcoe originates from a blend of other signature US hops, but it sure seems like it. Not the one dimensional character of Cascade or Amarillo, though these are all enjoyable.

Great balance. Big, bold, bitter. It's got it all. Finish is clean showing what a well made beer this is. All you're left with is a lingering hop bitterness which requires more beer to wash it down. A nice problem to have if you ask me.

Totally blown away. Had no idea this was on and the barman insisted I try it. Great idea. Only one keg so glad I got to have one. Will be sad to see it go.

joecast, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of graha739
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

graha739, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev -0.5%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body and head are par for the series.

Spice and pine on the nose.

Tastes spicy, with pine oil and some bitter grapefruit rind, a west coast style hop.

Body is medium as is carbonation, slightly fizzy mouthfeel.

The bitterness is fairly high on this, not altogether balanced by the malt, but no doubt is a good expression of the Simcoe hop.

Beerenauslese, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of BykViking
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BykViking, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of pogoowner
4/5  rDev -0.5%

pogoowner, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Durge, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours a murky amber, verging on brown, with about a half finger of white head. There is a good amount of lacing that lingers on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is big malt and some tropical fruits. Yup, that's about it.

T: It's big on the malt, and very short on the tropical nature of this hop. It's blatant that time has effected this beer severely.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet, syrupy, think, and lingering. Not too much lingering bitters, just solid flavor.

O: This beer is old, and it's not all that good. BUT... I've had this fresh many times, on-tap, and it's usually delicious. This review is based on an old bottle, but the score I'm giving it is from a fresh pour. It's confusing, but it's only fair. Typically, this is a really solid brew, maybe the best of the single hop beers.

trxxpaxxs, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

PEIhop, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

zonker17, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

wordemupg, Mar 06, 2012
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 quilty
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

quilty, Mar 01, 2012
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.