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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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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 number1bum


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a lot of stuff floating around. About an inch and a half of beige head coats the sides pretty thoroughly and keeps quite well.

Smell has the grapefruity aromas I would expect from simcoe, but smells a bit past its prime as well. Somewhat soapy, with a caramel and bready sweetness. It has an earthiness to it as well.

Although the nose suggested this may be past its prime the taste still has plenty of flavor. Grapefruity and earthy, with a moderate bitterness. It's quite bready like the nose was, with some caramel sweetness that goes well with some sweet, juicy grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a nice oily slickness to it. Carbonation is smooth with just a zesty ting in the finish. Finishes clean and dry with a lingering bitterness.

I like Simcoe and this is a solid beer, but it's not as good as I was expecting. Perhaps that's because this bottle is a bit past its prime (although frankly I have a fundamental issue with this entire series because of the difficulty in getting these beers super fresh), but also because there are other beers like Weyerbacher Double Simcoe that so beautifully showcase this hop. Not bad and I'd like to try it on draft.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 01:58:08 | More by number1bum
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 22:51:01 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of beerdrifter


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Hazy light copper-orange pour with a two finger, meringue-like head and great lacing. Resiny, citrusy hop nose with hints of tangerine and pine. Nice earthy, bitter hop taste with hints of pine, grapefruit and tea. A bit more malty sweetness then in the Nelson Sauvin, but the bitter hops are the star. Crisp, dry, bitter finish. Extremely drinkable. This is my second Mikkeller Single Hop, and I'm hoping to try them all. Another winner from Mikkeller!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 16:46:54 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of boston2bburg


3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orangey-amber with white head, a little murky. Nice smell, piney and dank, leaning towards the perfumy end. Sharp, biting bitterness, pine with very little malt backbone. Thin, and leaves a lingering harshness on the sides of the tongue. Seems to have a phenolic/high alcohol thing going on too, and I could see more than one leaving me with a headache. I appreciate what they're doing with this series, but for the price ($7!) I'd expect a neater product.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 03:58:09 | More by boston2bburg
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a slightly-rusted orange color with a small white head. The nose brings a bit of malt plus some moderate amounts of light pine and resin. Slightly earthy. The taste is some light pine hops and a bit of bready malt. Pretty decent bitterness in the feel. Not what I would want to brew if I were making a single-hop beer, as this really doesn't showcase the hop enough. This is a recurring problem for me with this series.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 05:16:20 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ratedz


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

The Simcoe Single Hop IPA pours about the same amber brown color as the other beers in the series. One thing that I do notice about this beer is that there is a lot of sediment floating around in it. I didn't notice any sediment in the other Single Hop beers, but this one is heavy on the floaties. After letting it sit for a minute or two, most of the sediment has settled to the bottom of the glass. As I lift the glass to my nose, I can smell a blend of citrus and pine. Those two flavors also dominate the palate along with the sweetness of the malt. The strong lemon-like flavor makes this beer very refreshing on a hot summer evening. Smooth mouth feel and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:23:05 | More by ratedz
Photo of July2Nov


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

Bought from Whole Foods in Honolulu, HI @ $6.25.

Appearance: Cloudy darker amber color with a frothy 1/2 inch of head (head maintained till the end).

Smell: Tangy, Citrus hops. Slight pine-needle scent comes through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: As Ray Davies would say, "Nice and smooth...". Light body. Has an almost smokey quality at the beginning then smooths out with a frothy grapefruit taste. Aftertaste seems to be flowery and slightly dry. Overall very exceptional!

Drinkability: Whenever I see a Mikkeller beer on the shelf my arm immediately grabs for it! This one is so easy to drink and so enjoyable. Find it, buy it and try it!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 00:28:48 | More by July2Nov
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just spent over $6 for this little 11.2 oz. bastard, so this better be good.

A: I poured this sucker down the middle and the head filled about half the glass. Yikes! This cloudiest IPA I've ever seen. Golden in color, with tons of black and white particles floating around. It must be the Simcoe?

S: I've had many Simcoe beers before, but I guess this is basically an exercise in how to make a Simcoe beer. It basically smells like a brewery: earthy and slightly fruity.

T: The Simcoe product kills a lot of the potential bitterness, which is unique. This is pleasant, the sweetness is nill, and the floral Simcoe part dominates the very fabric of this brew.

M: Good. The carbonation is very generous and the ABV is swallowed up by floral, resinous, earthiness.

D: I don't think I would spend $6 for this again, buy I still liked it for what it was: a fine, one-dimensional drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 21:39:29 | More by Chaney
Photo of MetalHopHead6


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA is dark, dirty, and grassy.

It poured muddy dark copper with a huge pillowy head that stayed intact throughout the drink. Lots of thin ringless lace lined the glass. The smell and flavor were earthy, mossy, dirty, and very grassy. The feel was balanced and clean, with only moderate bitterness. As IPAs go, it was very refreshing.

Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA is the deepest darkest IPA I've had in a long time, with powerful earthy aroma and flavor. It has a great down-and-dirty character that makes it a great experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 21:44:59 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of berebrando


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 16-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: smokey, biscuit, balanced bitter-sweet
Brandon: earthy, faint rotting lemon, big caramel

Conversation: Bruce and Bill tag team

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 21:12:39 | More by berebrando
Photo of tavernjef


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
Photo of 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
Photo of gueuzer


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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle

App- Large foamy head, with sticky lacing all over glass. Caramel colored.

SM- Aroma hops, but more mild than I would have expected. Malty sweetness.

Ta- Heavy on the bittering ops. Not balanced with aroma. Overwhelms most everything else, but there are some sweet maltiness lurking in the back.

MF- Large bubbles, but a appropriate (slightly high) amount of carbonation.. The malt have a nice cloying mouth coat.

Dr-OK, but the bittering hops are too much to have very much of this.

This alright, but far from impressive. There are MUCH better IPAs out there and for $7 a bottle this is a big disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 00:44:17 | More by gueuzer
Photo of domtronzero


3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 07:04:14 | More by domtronzero
Photo of eclaycamp


4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of Mikkeller's Single Hop series. I had one of these previously and it ended up being washed out, a concerning beer that looked unsettling. I made it through a couple of sips before pouring the entire affair down the drain. Undaunted, I found another bottle of this recently on a trip to my local liquor store. Let's hope that this experience is better than the last one.

Pours a cloudy red amber with a nice creamy texured head. Solid retention about three quarters of an inch thick. Minor sediment towards the base of the glass, but it looks much better than the previous example I tried. Breadiness in the aroma up front, before being overtaken by hops. Was expecting this thing to be more of a "pine" in nature but it seems more complex than that. I get something grassy, maybe tobacco, in the nose. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice sense of bitterness. Some pine notes are there, though not as pronounced as I was expecting (or quite honestly, hoping for). Orange zest hops are up front, giving way to caramel malt sweetness in the middle of the beer. Sweetness carries over to mild alcohol and a somewhat astringent finish with lingering hop bitterness. I'm surprised at how sweet this beer is in the middle and towards the end. That's what stands out for me, even though it's supposed to be all about the hops. Sweetness aside, there's a surprising amount of hop complexity going on in this, as the beer warms and my palate adjusts I find myself going back to it. Aside from orange I'm getting more notes of dried grass, tobacco, and light earthiness.

Overall this is another very solid entry into the Single Hop Series from Mikkeller. I'd probably still put the Nelson Sauvin ahead of it, though just slightly. I liked this one better than the Cascade or the Centennial. A very solid beer that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:57:57 | More by eclaycamp
Photo of dbossman


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber with a slight orange and woody hue; head is thick and holds fairly well; lacing is solid at top and intricate as the beer empties from the glass

S: Grapefruit and citrus rinds sit on top of a sweet, toasty nuttiness; still fairly subdued though

T: Hop bitterness is well balanced with a toasty maltiness; grapefruit and citrus actually blend perfectly with the biscuity malts; there is also an oily quality that is pleasant

F: Creamy and yet oily with a nice, even mouth coating--sits on the back of the tongue forever

D: A great, subtle but tasty American IPA--very smooth, balanced, drinkable, and delicious

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 00:33:28 | More by dbossman
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:19:22 | More by Brad007
Photo of JLeege


2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Hazy burnt orange, nice off white head. Tons of floaties and sediment.

Smell- Grapefruit, peach, some pine. Not as aromatic as I was expecting or hoping for.

Taste- Follows the aroma, a touch of smoke as well. Mostly citrus is what I am getting.

Mouthfeel- fairly creamy, average carbonation.

Overall- This was my first from the single hop series. I was not quite sure what to expect but this one seems very underwellming. Hoping for a bit more from the rest of the series, seeing as I dropped $6.50 on each bottle... This one did not really work for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 04:45:47 | More by JLeege
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 DaveJanssen


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

Reviewed 11/28/2009. Poured 33 cL bottle into globe.

Ar: Fruity/earthy line the nelson sauvin, resin, floral, fruit/floral (peaches), light citrus

Ap: Fine haze copper, very dense white head, great retention, lace

T: Resin, spice, floral fruit, similar to nelson sauvin, tripel-like fruit character, hops mellowed but still good resin and bitterness, lightly piney but i am searching for it, berries, peach/pear, dried fruit, earth, light candy sweetness, smooth malt, smooth floral end, hops overall much much more floral than i expected, light vegetative, light citrus peel, excellent dry but candy sweet floral end

M: High fine carbonation, light/medium body, resin and pleasant bitterness

O: Light pine/resin but rather similar to nelson sauvin, good, hops seem more mellow than in the N-S

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 02:45:52 | More by DaveJanssen
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: served in a flight of their 4 single hop ipas. orangey deep gold, slight chill haze, really nice dense lasting head and lacing.
S: i get kind of an oniony/garlicky thing from simcoe, which i'd like in food, not beer. red grapefruit in there as well.
T: i like the malts they use in this, mostly palish, lightly sweet and bready. bitterness is nice and smooth, finishing dry.
M: well-carbonated, frothy, medium-bodied.
D: simcoe ain't my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 14:33:45 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of BigMike


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

Poured into my tulip glass. A very hazy dark tangerine color. A good amount of effervesence topped off with a nice fluffy tan colored head. Tons of sediment on the bottom.

Some fruity citrus in the nose. Oranges and a touch of pine. Not as much of a cat urine aroma as I get from Weyerbachers double simcoe. Also a good amount of maltiness. And call me crazy but a touch of vanilla from somewhere.

A bit of orange and citrusy fruits. A bit of pine.

Mouthfeel is medium body. Pretty smooth and tons of bitterness linger on the palate long after each sip.

Overall this is an above average ipa. I would take Double Simcoe over this any day. Not something I would seek out again. Especially at the price point.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 22:59:21 | More by BigMike
Photo of wnh


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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Aromas of red grapefruit (peel and pith), wet leaves, candied lemon, and a light litterbox character.

Palate is big on the lemon, with lemon zest and candied lemon, almost cleaner-like. Pretty bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 22:18:48 | More by wnh
Photo of emerge077


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As one of the highest rated in this series (currently .07 pts. behind Cascade) I have high expectations.

A billowing rush of khaki foam threatens to spill over, but settles at the rim of the tulip glass. The surface has irregular crags and peaks, much like Duvel or JP. It falls like a soufflé, but coats the sides with sheets of lacing. The color is a deep russet amber. About as nice an IPA as you can ask for visually.

The nose is a little subdued, but there's some floral and citrus elements there for sure. A whiff of malts and very slight alcohol.

Candied citrus and bitter orange peel. Some resinous hop flavor, with the pilsner/crystal malts peeking through. Full bodied, fairly nice overall. Not sure how fresh it was, but it had a 2011 date stamped on the cap.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 23:59:14 | More by emerge077
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange with huge white head. As the head dissipates, it leaves some lacing down the glass. Smells of tropical fruit, pineapple and some peach. The taste has the same element, but it isn't as beautiful as the smell. Some bitterness, but it isn't too heavy. A nice malt backbone that doesn't get in the way of the hops. I got through this beer much quicker than I expected as I kept on going back for more sips.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 02:49:44 | More by kwjd
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.