Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of kwjd
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.

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

I hope to try all the Mikkeller Single Hop beers before the end of summer.Poured into a standard pint a mukry,hazed amber with a large fluffy crown atop that left globs of lace it settled oh so slowly.Aromas dont really hit home like I was hoping,light tropical-like fruitiness,along with some sweetish buscuit malt.flavors of overripe citrus fruit with subtle pine from the hops layer over a caramelly sweet malt base,both come together pretty well.I really nice almost mouthcoating feel,lusch for a "smaller" beer,a solid one hop offering again from Mikkeller.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pilsner glass and served at around 50 degrees.

A - poured a slightly cloudy orange with perfect white head approximately inch thick; six even rings of lace on glass at the end

S - balanced aroma of grapefruit, pine and hints of bread; blended well with aroma of my meal

T - fantastically complex with notes of grapefruit, grass, malt and hops

M - medium full mouthfeel; smooth and even all throughout

D - very pleasant; not a session beer but well suited to two or three

Excellent very well balanced, complex IPA; the perfect match for Allegash White battered fish and chips for dinner; find it you wont be sorry

Photo of vtfan77
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- On the dark side of amber with a nice orangish hue and a huge white head that leaves behind tons of lacing. Very nice looking beer, although the head may be too big, given that I poured it carefully and had just rinsed out the glass.

S- Say what you will about simcoe hops (and I've said alot), they make for an amazing-smelling beer. Tropical fruits abound in the aroma with sweet tangerine and pineapples at the fore. I suppose there's a nice maltiness in there as well, but I can't get past the hops. Fantastic.

T- The hops don't come through as much in the taste, and when they do it's with a piney taste. The malt comes through with a nice dry cracker-like taste. There's a moderate pine needle bitterness on the finish that goes away pretty quickly.

M- On the light side of medium with a nice prickly carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy texture. Quite nice.

D- I could see having a couple of these in a sitting no problem. None of the flavors are too strong and the mouthfeel is just right for having several in one sitting. The only thing that would hold me back is the alcohol. I can't really taste it, but I'm guessing that I would feel it after a couple. I wouldn't have thought this beer was any higher than 6% based on the taste alone, and possibly lower. It does a good job hiding it.

This is a very solid IPA. If it were (much) cheaper and more widely available I'd buy it all the time. I've been shying away from Mikkeller's more hop-forward beers for some time because I had doubts about the freshness after such a long shipping distance. It turns out my fears were unwarranted, at least with this one. I may give a couple more of their IPAs a shot now.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried each individually and and now comparing Simcoe, Amarillo, and Chinook Single Hop IPAs.

A. Beautiful. Deepest copper color of the three with an off-white head that left rings of residual lacing and a thin layer of foam throughout the session.

S. Sweet floral - almost like a strong honeysuckle scent with a caramel backbone. As it warms, a cinnamon/spiciness comes out. Some mango character starts to come out, too.

T. Good upfront floral hop flavor that dominates the first few dips.

M. Good body with a perfect level of carbonation. Spot on. This is just what I want an IPA to feel like in my mouth.

D. Great. I'm not sure if it was the comparing or the warming that made the more tropical flavors come out, but this beer moved in front of the Amarillo as the session went in.

My favorite ended up being the Chinook, but I really liked this one, too.

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

My third Mikkeller single-hop IPA this week...all from Grape and Gourmet, Va Beach. The Nugget is still the winner as far as I am concerned although all were good. Poured into a pint glass....hazy orange color. medium size off white head. Average retention and thin lacing that covered a lot of the glass.

Smell was outstanding...floral Simcoe hops. Taste started out the same but the bitterness eventually outweighed the hops flavor. I like hoppiness but with more lasting flavor.

Mouthfeel was rich enough to start with but there was a dryness that limited the mouthfeel and drinkability.

A good beer but at $6.25 for 11.2 oz, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe is a much better bet.

Photo of regspeir
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft into a snifter at Teresa's
Pours a orange amber with a small head which dissolved into a film. Lacing was thin but lasting. Nose is hops, grassiness, very floral and a little funky? Taste was slightly bitter, tropical citrus and some sweet caramel-like undertones. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation and some rough graininess that was a surprise. While I liked this beer, even at it's reasonable ABV I couldn't session it. Not sure if it's the simcoe but it just tires me enough to want to move on.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How fun is this series! Some of these single hops are among my favorite beers ever. This is a very good one but not my favorite. The hops linger very long after the each sip which is a combination of good and creepy.

Great brass color. Good carbonation and aroma great beer all around.

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass ($7.25)

A: 2 finger foamy, creamy head. Dull light tan. Not dense. The body is a murky tawny color. The head begins to stick as the above average retention depresses. Thin cratered film much like the moons surface. Lacing continues in barely interrupted fashion. Excellent. The color of this brew is dragging the appearance rating down as all other aesthetic considerations are impressive.

S: The nose is unmistakably simcoe, although Mikkeller's brew is earthier and danker than I imagined it would be. Maybe it's the yeast contribution that gives the impression. Plenty of bitter white grapefruit pith, fresh sappy pinewood and faint orange. Toasted, woody, caramel (or faint toffee) malts. Lightly yeasty.

I could be convinced of a better aroma score.

T: Starts out at a 4. Closing in on room temperature however, this brew becomes a 4.5. Simcoe is not as autonomous as it should be. That is to say, a superior single hop simcoe IPA would be the Double Simcoe by Weyerbacher, who has managed to highlight the beauty of simcoe with greater success. I believe Mikkeller's yeast strain does not marry with the other flavors as well as Weyerbacher's.

M: The mouthfeel is SPOT ON. Great carbonation level with a lingering dry and bitter finish. Only a very light sweetness from beginning to end. The light sweetness balances the hop bitterness just enough in my mind, Extra medium body. Long, lingering finish. I can't think of anything that would improve the mouthfeel.

D: Drinks extremely well. Yet another single hop brew for Mikkeller to be proud of. These guys are on a mission.

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

A: Pours a hazy amber, capped by a two finger off-white head. Retention is pretty good and leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of fruit in the nose - mainly citrus with grapefruit and orange, but also some lighter fruits, green apple and even a bit of a melon character. Some light pine comes in behind the fruit, followed by a bready base.

T: Fruit is the dominant character again, with a definite sweet side coming through. Citrus is still strong, but there's more melon, green apple, and a bit of apricot. The pine character is pretty light but still shows through a bit, coming on stronger on the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel that glides across the tongue.

D: Goes down easy and is very enjoyable...not my favorite of the single hop series, but I'd have no objections to drinking a few pints of it.

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

This rare find of an ale pours a hazy dark amber with a fluffy cream colored head filled with uniformly packed tiny bubbles. Excellent head retention.

Smell is citrusy and piney with a thick malty aroma in the background, very similar to other simcoe brewed beers.

Taste is more of the same. Nice bitey citrus flavor from the simcoe hops without too much of a lingering bitter aftertaste (not that that's always a bad thing).

Mouthfeel is medium to thick with low to moderate carbonation.

I could easily drink a few of these.

Morey's Bottom Line: What this beer lacks in a more than makes up for with the contents inside the bottle.

It's obvious that this brewer knows what he's doing. I'm half way through, and the head has gone next to nowhere leaving behind a lace that could easily rival a good root beer float.

I'm glad to have tried this, but the $6.89 I paid for this single 12oz bottle will be more than enough to keep this beer from being something I pick up frequently. That and the fact that I got it in Virginia Beach, and I can't get it here in Erie.

If you are a fan of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe and/or Sierra Nevada Torpedo, this is along those lines.

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

A: Pours a cloudy gold amber with an ample fluffy off-white head, which leaves a decent amount of lace as it fades.

S: Of all the single-hop beers I sampled this evening (1/3 each of 3), this one had the most going in the nose. I get light pine, grapefruit, and even a hint of watermelon.

T: The taste matches the complexity in the nose. This is the most complex of the single-hop beers I've had to date. The initial sweetness goes over to a citrus/peach/melon center before heading for a clean bitter finish. I'm going to have to seek out some of the other Simcoe beers on the market.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D: The perfect level of complexity makes this a very drinkable beer. Must get more.

Photo of coryking
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

All pine nose. Only pine in the aroma. Resinous pine with a grapefruit rind flavor. I prefer the flavoring and aroma of the Simcoe, over the bitterness that it adds.

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