Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA

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Reviews: 276
Hads: 458
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 27
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Goldorak on 03-05-2006

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (simcoe) and yeast.
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Photo of NewGeneric
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this the other night after I got home from work. Poured a golden amber color with thick, creamy white head and lots of lacing. Also could see hop residue floating around. Smelled of citrusy hops and grass. Tasted of caramel malts and subtle yet pervasive hops. Probably the smoothest IPA I've ever had. Smooth and velvety and carbonation was perfect. If they weren't so expensive, I'd drink a bunch before I know it. (424 characters)

Photo of BZero007
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Julios Liquor's in MA.

Date on Bottle Cap 12/10/10.
Pours a golden amber which is very cloudy, with particles floating threw out the brew. The head formation was great and saved the score from being lower. Head was a nice white color that left lace threw out the glass. The aroma was of an extreme grapefruit smell. The smell was not taht strong but it was easy enough to detect. Though not complex was nice and refreshing. The flavor it's self was of grapefruits yet again with only the slightest of floral sweetness in the background. The extreme grapefruit taste can usualy impare the taste buds while drinking but this particular brew does not. Drinkability is good as the Alcohol percentage is good and the refreshing flavor is what will keep people coming back for more. (793 characters)

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

This one pours a deep amber color. About two fingers of off-white head leaves lots of sticky lacing behind. Some sediment from the bottle conditioning is evident, as well.

The aroma is mostly citrus hops...grapefruit, orange zest, but no pine scent. I usually seem to get some pine out of the Simcoe hops. This gets a bit catty as it warms.

The flavor is strong, bitter, citrus hops. Slight malt presence in the background. A little better as it warms. The cattiness gets a bit stronger with the added warmth, so be warned.

Medium body. Nicely drying. Bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation. I have to admit I was hoping for more when I bought this one. Their beers always impress me and I really enjoy Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe, so I thought this would be a home run. More like a close slide into second. (809 characters)

Photo of Jablonski
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper with a bit of sediment; above average head with some lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is a bit weak, but what's there is largely grassy with a bit of grapefruit.

T: The taste is solid. It is largely grassy with a bit of citrus.

M: Average carbonation and average thickness.

D: I can see the flavor getting tiring after a while. Probably good to drink two, but no more. (394 characters)

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

33cl bottle. Pours a very hazy ruddy copper with a huge off-white head and a lot of sediment. Smells grassy, grapefruity, and only slightly pot-like. Bitter, grapefruity hops with some grassiness and a bit of a malt backbone. Medium body with good carbonation. Very nice IPA. (275 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.. (618 characters)

Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of Ch1mpy
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Systembolaget in Malmö, temporarily available there during June.

Hazy dark orange colour topped by a big off-white head. Heavy lacing, at places it must be half a centimetre thick!

Heavy smell of grape fruit and passion fruit. Not bad at all.

Taste is fruity with black currant and floral hops. Surprisingly balanced.

The mouthfeel is perhaps what I like best about this beer. Very dry, leaving the tip of my tongue is almost numb from the bitterness. (466 characters)

Photo of baggio
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Hazy orange with a enormous foam and lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, Cheese(!), Hay, Pine, Grass.

T: Orange, Grapefruit, Grass, Caramel, Hint of grain.

M: Nicely balanced ipa with plenty of malt and hops. Fruity!

Very nice AIPA from Mikkeller that i'd probably would buy more of if it wasn't for the somewhat expensive price. (344 characters)

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

A: Pours an amber and hazy liquid with an enormous head. The lively CO2 is visible. I guess the oatmeal really is doing its job, creating such a great head. And after a while the glass is covered in lace. It is hard to imagine a better looking beer!

S: First, grapefruit from the hops. But after a couple of seconds the smell almost explodes. It is like smelling a cocktail of tropical fruits.

T: The tropical fruits from the smell are very sweet and present, but it does not overwhelm. The aftertaste has a nice bite that balances the sweetness.

M: A nice thickness with medium CO2.

D: I have to buy this one again! (620 characters)

Photo of ricke
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color, clear liquid. A 3 cm slightly yellowish off-white airy head that leaves nice looking lacings.

S: Plenty of grapefruit. Elder flowers and red currants as well. Pleasant peppery and grassy hops. A nice mix of fruity and floral hops, but the malts are rather anonymous.

T: Plenty of grapefruits here as well, but they are not as distinct as in the smell. Gooseberries, some elder flowers, grass and nice floral hop flavors. Toasty malts with a gentle and semi-sweet caramel character in the background. The finish is peppery with a big bitterness that dominates completely just for a moment. After the initial attack from the bitterness it settles and leaves room for hop resins with somewhat of a perfumy character, pine-needles and a hint of minerals.

M: Medium body, rather crisp. Well balanced carbonation. A clean and simple mouthfeel, nicely attuned to the style.

D: Not a bad IPA, for sure. It's really hop-forward and showcases the simcoe profile nicely. But perhaps it lacks some complexity and is slightly off-balanced. But all in all, I enjoyed it. (1,079 characters)

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. (507 characters)

Photo of Gmann
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. (470 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Party Town, KY.

Poured hazy copper color with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. Moderate to heavy citrus bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

This is a great beer. (374 characters)

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

A Small pricey bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours a lacey golden body lots of white foam. Citrus aroma.Mouthfeel is Ok, although post-tingling. Very good orange taste, superior IPA, drunk...quickly. Another Mikkeller gem, served just below room temp.

Two and a half years later I had the hop series which was a great showcase of the Simcoe hop and orange citrus bitterness. (375 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You want a single-hop hop bomb? Here it is, and its good. Pours darker gold with a 3-finger while bubbly head. It didn't stick around very long, but this may have the thickest, stickiest lacing I have ever seen. It laced all the way to the finish. Fresh-cut cedar and resin in the nose, that smells like (surprise) fresh Simcoe hops. Medium mouthfeel, not syrupy, but a little sticky and full-bodied. Big, bitter peppery taste. The citrus (white grapefruit) takes a back seat. The bitterness was almost sour at times, which detracted only a little. Caramel malt finish tames it a little. It got a bit much towards the end of the pint, but I'd gladly have another. (663 characters)

Photo of Dotcubed
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find it very amusing that they put American style IPA from across the sea. Date on the cap is 22/10/10 I think it's a best buy date.

Pours a nice tall foamy head that seemingly lasts for ever. Looks like well toasted bread, brown-ish orange. Some sediment.
Smells piney.

Very strong hop presence here. Super simcoe, piny cedar.
Mouthwatering and distinctly bitter almost like Angostura Bitters. It has a sweet malt side that is well hidden.

Potent stuff that I think needs to age or drink paired with something.

I like it but on it's own at this point it's somewhat strong.
I wan t to buy an old one or sit on it for a year or so. It is seriously aggressive to my pallet which makes me think super hot sichuan hot pot fondue. (737 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,012 characters)

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

11.2 oz single from Liquormax in Loveland, CO. $6.

A: Dark orange and copper as well with a gargantuan head head, extremely dense and rocky, awesome lacing as well. Pretty great head retention as well. Lots of carbonation moving around in this one.

S: Very piney and hoppy, a pretty nice caramel backbone in there, a few yeasty smells as well, almost a sort of plastic, but in a good way. Not as in your face as I would have expected.

T: Big bitter smack of hops, has a strong pine and citrus characteristic, caramel malt is right in the mix too. Almost a honey like sweetness as well. Quite bitter. The simcoe hop is a really strong hop for bitterness, and now that I've had it isolated I can remember it in other beers. Very distinct hop flavor.

M: Medium thickness, slight booze heat, light carbonation, and really dry. Excellent.

D: I could drink a second one of these. Really a nice beer, the nose is a little lacking though. Simcoe hops have a very distinct flavor, and now I know exactly where that flavor lies. Not the best beer ever, but it definitely has helped me to put a taste with a name. (1,112 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams glass.

A: An amber orange with a minimal one finger off white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Simply incredible. I thought I had some piney smelling IPAs before, but nothing like this. Huge hit of spruce pine with some bitter citris. Very little if any malt.

T: Simply the same. The huge hop bitterness smacks you in the face with a massive amount of spruce flavors, like eating a Christmas tree. Hints of tangy citrus, grapefruit, and a touch of sweetness. Hops play the major role here. This is from Belgium? Wow, this is a total american style IPA. Finish is lingering bitterness from the pine. Wonderful hoppy flavor, Simcoe is so stinking good.

M: Bitter and full with not any alcohol traces. Mouthfeel lingers forever.

D: High, this was a really drinkable excellent beer.

Overall I was so stunned by this beer, I kept smelling and sipping it, then looking at the bottle. I would have sworn this was a California IPA no questions asked. This is the most piney beer I have had to date, this thing was incredible. Props to Mikkeller, awesome. (1,089 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours cloudy copper, lots of floaties. Luckily, the massive rocky head and fantastic lacing brings this one up a bit to balance. Not necessarily the best looking beer otherwise.

Nose is phenomenal. All Simcoe, obviously - bold, pungent, grapefruit rindy, piney Simcoe goodness. If there's any malt in there trying to crawl out I'm not getting any. Fantastic.

Taste is big, pungent, and in your face, bitter from the get go and not about to let up. Grapefruit rind, big time resiny pine, pretty astringent. There's a bitter edge to it that tastes almost chemical - between it and the floaties I think this one may have showed the early signs of an infection. Bit metallic.

Mouthfeel takes a huge hit from all the floaties. Pretty gross actually, getting all those little chunks in there.

Drinkability is eh. The beer underneath showed some fantastic potential, but once again I'm left wondering about Mikkeller's quality control. if you un-infect and un-oxidize all the weirdess out of the bad beers I've had from them, you'd have possibly my favorite brewery. But they really, really need to work on their quality control. (1,166 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at de Bier Koning in Amsterdam.

Appearance: Standard copper tangerine IPA color with a nice fluffy 3 finger foam head. Good retention and loads of lacing.

Smell: All Simcoe baby!

Taste: Just as the nose...simcoe hops with a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel at most.

Drinkability: Very easy to sip this IPA. (360 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

A: Hazy copper body, with some floaties, under a huge (way too big) white head. Great retention and lace save an otherwise angering pour.

S: Hoppy, pine with grapefruit and a bit of orange. Sweet, caramel malt background. Very fresh smelling. Incredible balance between the hops and malt.

T: Aggressively hoppy. Hops hit from the get go. Malt offers a hint of sweetness up front, followed by the grapefruit and mostly pine hop, hint of pepper then a pretty big bitterness. Bitterness, although not bad, may be just a tad too big for this beer.

M/D: Medium body, very smooth, carbonation much less then I thought it would be. Good drinkability. Solid beer. (674 characters)

Photo of frothyhead
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy and chunky copper amber/brown in a pint glass with a decent 1 finger off-white head. Looks like I should have poured more carefully, this one is chunky.

Nose is hoppy with pine and grapefruit. There seems to be a bit of sulfer/rotten eggs and some mild oxidation/wet cardboard coming through. These notes are very subtle and as the beer warms and the chunky yeast settles to the bottom they are replaced with caramel.

Mouth is medium bodied and silky with some hop oils with a dry, bitter finish. Medium carbonation.

Taste is solid American IPA. Bitter throughout with pine and grapefruit and some earthiness. Not a whole lot of malt to balance it, though there is some mild sugary sweetness as it warms.

Drinkability is decent, though I'm finding the bitter linger perhaps a tad too strong and there is a solid metallic taste that builds on your tongue as you drink more.

Overall this is a decent beer. Nothing outstanding, but solidly drinkable and enjoyable. It seems to have its heart in the right place but has some flaws that keep it from being great. (1,075 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,408 characters)

Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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