Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA

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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

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

This bottle, intended for another BA'er, somehow ended up in my possession. Sorry Shane/Jesse.

Pours a hazy orange, with a darker cone in the middle. Mmm....darker cone. Two or three inches of white foam head.

Smells like pineapple, pine, and maybe a bit of unidentifiable sharp citrus. Taste is nice, with bursting pinecone, some pineapple shading, and a nice mineral earthiness. The earthiness gets to be a bit much after a while.

Though I'm sad to have stolen this, a decent IPA. (486 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/29/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Did not check for a freshness date. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden colored pour with a large one inch plus creamy and pocky head. Lacing is quite nice with some patches and streaks.

Smell- Pungent sweeter grapefruit flavor. Not really the tart-sour grapefruit scent I am used to in an IPA. Sugary as well with a bit of pine added.

Taste- Very flavorful with a very strong hoppy flavor. Lots of succulent grapefruit. Caramel malt backing with a really nice rounded out flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit overcarbonated with some burning from the hops. Lots of hops in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Actually quite enjoyed this one. Pne of the most flavorful single hopped beers I have had. (801 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just an FYI, I tried the Warrior version of this first. I was underwhelmed, please see my review for more info. Time to give the simcoe a try.

A: Dark orange and cloudy with yeast. A crisp, off-white head sits atop. Lace hugs the sides.

S: Wow. Simcoe hops at their finest. Grapefruit, orange, pine and plenty of them. A slight fruitiness and sweetness from the malts rounds this out. Quite possible one of the best "simcoe" smelling beers I've had. Perfect.

T: More of that grapefruit flavor that I smelled. This transitions to a fruity orange and ends with a piney bitterness. Really quite nice. The malts are here, but not in the spotlight, which is just fine. A very nice flavor profile, but not quite out of this world.

M: A solid medium bodied brew. Has a sticky finish from the hops, but finishes fairly crisp.

D: I was much happier with this beer when compared to the Warrior version. The malts were much better and blended better with the hops. This beer was also much less watery. Overall, it is a really nice IPA. It does a great job of showcasing the simcoe hop while at the same time being a beer I would buy again. Unfortunately the beer was a bit pricey (5 bucks for a bottle) to buy a sixer. If the price came down, I would buy this over and over again. (1,276 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like some other Mikkeler offerings, this is like reading your favorite novel translated into another language and back - it's familiar, but somehow a little off. Here is the big, aggressive Simcoe-based American Pale Ale, but ever so subtly different.

Pours a hazy amber, with big chunks of yeast floating around, and a very large, dense fluffy head that dissolves to unbelievably sticky lacing. The aroma is just absolutely huge, all Simcoe - at once enveloping and distant, a powerful blast of grapefruit with a lingering almost medicinal bitterness. The bitterness has that high, thin, boozy Simcoe character on the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is smooth and clingy, sticking that Simcoe character all over the mouth.

This is a good beer, but like a big Bordeaux or California Cabernet, it is not what I would call refreshing.

It should be required tasting for anyone trying to understand the contribution Simcoes make to a beer as either a bittering or aroma hop. Once you know it, you'll never miss it in a beer. (1,024 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, semi-transparent light orange with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap that fades into a tiny cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of herbal notes with huge amounts of citrusy orange, and sugary grapefruit. Perhaps a touch of chamomile tea and sugary cotton candy.
Taste is of bitter grapefruit and orange peel with some mild spiciness and herbs sticking out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, with a sticky, sugary graininess that seems to pull through at the end, along with the herbal bitterness. (578 characters)

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz single purchased at Green's in Atlanta. Bottle cap is stamped with 22/10/10. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a nice orange color with a almost non-existent head. For fairness, I poured it EXTREMELY slowly since I had read a few of the reviews that mentioned the floaties. The ring of bubbles does leave a bit of lace.

S: Big citrus aroma. You can smell it as soon as you open the bottle. There is a bit of pine in the aroma as well. There is a nice sweetness in the aroma as well.

T: Similar to the nose, the taste is a big citrus hop bomb. There is a bit of pine in the flavor as well. The finish is dry. You should definitely stay away from this one if you are not a fan of hops.

M: The carbonation and or spicing makes it a bit astringent in the mouth.

D: Quite a few IPAs go down easier than this one, but it is by no means a struggle to drink. (874 characters)

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

Very hazy dark amber color with light orange highlights, plenty of sediment floating around, a large light tan head that fell slowly, becoming nice and rock and leaving big chunks of lacing all down the glass. Perfect look. Big spicy, piny hop aroma, grapefruit, a little bit of orange citrus and maybe just a touch of cat pee! Flavor is like chewing on fresh pine needles while taking shots of grapefruit juice. There's a nice caramel malt sweetness that sits nicely in the middle but the piney, grapefruit Simcoe hops are the main star in this one. Bitterness is fantastic, but there's plenty of hop flavor and balances perfectly. I really dig this beer as Simcoe hops are one of my favorite varieties. This is a great beet and any Simcoe lover will find this to be a real treat. (781 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark amber with lots of brown sediment, even on the foamy white head that hangs out for a long while, excellent lacing.

smell of hops, earth, some caramel, and a touch of citrus.

taste is bitter up front, some citrus, touch of caramel, and nuts, ends nicely bitter. (282 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of rocky scream colored head. Murks up as this warms, good head retention * insane lacing

S: Grapefruit & pine & some oakyness

T: Grapefruittyness, pine needles, & dryness up front. Grapefruit & a touch of honey malt surfaces as this warms, but mostly puckery hoppyness, with a bit of pineapple thrown in. finishes crisp, peppery & moreish, almost pulled a 5.0, need a bit more maltyness IMO

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation & pretty nice balance

Great drinkability, a super AIPA, needs a bit more balance to completely make me happy. A great, if pricey effort (619 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only thing that detracts from the appearance of this brew is the huge chunks of yeast floating around... Way too much sediment... This has an excellent taste and aroma... Loaded with citrusy hops all the way around... Not balanced, but who cares? Its tasty... BUT....for 9 bucks for a 12 oz bottle, I probably won't be having this one again anytime soon. Too many good American offerings... (390 characters)

Photo of slater1313
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 1"+ head that started disappearing quickly, but still hung around like fluffy clouds floating on this light iced tea colored beer. I spotted a few floaters in there as well.

S- Heaven.. Grapefruit, citrus, and piney. Seriously I wish someone would market an air freshener that smells like this.

T- Just like the smell. Grapefruit and citrus up front then the pine comes through. The malt's in there though. Great beer.

M/D- I could drink this all night. At 6.9% it rivals another single hop, Bell's Two-Hearted. Too bad that for $2 more than I got this single bottle, I could get a 6pack of Two-Hearted.

Overall I can say this is a great AIPA. Too bad Mikkeller's beers are so expensive. (694 characters)

Photo of gabe23
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky, light brown color with lots of large floating particles. Huge, dense off-white head that hung around for the duration - looked like soft-serve ice cream!

S - Spicy citrus rind, with some herbal aromas that I can't quite place. A fruity sweetness hints that this isn't simply a one-dimensional hop bomb.

T - Grapefruit bitterness stands out at the start, but the malt backbone quickly comes forward to balance things out. Some piney resin is also in the mix, but everything is in moderation. Just short of wiping out your tastebuds like so many IPAs these days.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a touch more carbonation than I would like.

D - Another home run from Mikkeller. This is a very complex, well-balanced IPA. If it wasn't so damned expensive, I'd drink it all the time. (787 characters)

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

Got this one in a recent trade an was I thrilled as I could be. I had been wanting to get ahold of this for a while but it never crossed my path. 330ml bottle poured into a pint glass and consumed on 04/04/2009.

The pour was great. Rich and very cloudy with a murky dark amber color, almost light brown as it clears up a touch. Some light sediment in the bottom of the glass as well. Rich head of off white comes up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down, but not without dropping tons of lace. Nice aroma, lots of pine here, with hints of bready notes underneath and a nice prickly spiceness. The flavor was very smooth, mellow pine hops, not too harsh or terribly pungent, very nicely balanced indeed. Medium bodied with a very nicely done carbonation level which never for one moment was dull. A bit up there for a single IPA at near 7 percent but it drank very very well.

Overall I thought this was a very nicely done IPA that I would not mind trying again at all. (1,003 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy orange with a solid inch of slightly off white head that hangs around for a fair while.
As it slowly falls away quite substantial lacing is left down the glass.
S - A pine & herbal hop aroma is quite dominating at first but then a citrus note comes through. Distant sweet malt aroma.
T - Like the smell the piney & herbal hop qualities come through at the front, closely followed by some nice tropical/citrus fruit hoppiness.
This is backed up by an ever so slightly sweet caramel & bready malt character.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. A dry finish with a nice bitterness.
D - I could drink quite a few of these.
But at $10AUS a bottle I won't be. (698 characters)

Photo of heapofaoatmeal
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nice pale color, nice hop aroma. i love simcoe hops. not much of any malt, i wouldnt be surprised if the bill was >95% pale malt. hops are very nice its a textbook hoping of an ipa. no malt backbone. its nice but not $6 nice. maybe $8 a sixer. nothing bad, nothing remarkable. not the best mikkeller. (303 characters)

Photo of bfields4
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very full head the carbonation is very nice and tight. The body is a murky pale yellow gold haze.

Floral and herbal hops dominate the nose.

The taste is more of a citrus hops taste with bit of pineyness. A little more subtle then I was expecting.

All and all a pretty good IPA, but nothing that jumped out at me. I like the fact they announce the simcoe hopes on the front. it's nice knowing what I'm tasting. (421 characters)

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

A: Poured a beautiful deep hazy amber/orange full of sediment. Had a rich two finger white head with orange striations from the floating sediment.
S: There is a lot going on here - pine scented Christmas trees mixed with orange and lemon citrus hops. There is a background note of caramel malt.
T: Wow. The taste follows the nose - lots of pine and citrus hops with an underlying hint of caramel malt. The citrus zest (orange and grapefruit) is really bold. For such a bitter beer I also note a hidden orange blossom sweetness. Dry on the finish.
M: Crisp and clean with good carbonation. Refreshing and dry. This beer cleanses the palate.
D: I really liked this beer. The drinkability is excellent - I could drink several if it weren't a bit pricey. (750 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to CrellMoset, one of BA's finest traders, for the hookup on this beer.

A - This beer poured a medium orange color and formed a massive, slightly rocky off-white head which slowly made it's way down the glass, leaving a nice lacing around the sides.

S - Prominent grassy/piney hop nose. Very slight sweetness in the background. Clean malt and fairly neutral fermentation. Hops are certainly dominant.

T - Hop flavor dominates here too with that piney/grassy note being prominent. As a single hop IPA, I'm missing out on the complex/blended hop flavor but the simcoe comes through strong. Bitterness is moderate-high and the dry finish leaves some lingering piney flavor. Malt is clean though the beer tastes well-balanced.

M - Medium bodied, moderate/moderate-high carbonation. Smooth with no hop-derived astringency.

D - Certainly a drinkable, balanced IPA, what's missing in my opinion is a more interesting hop profile. Maybe I'm just not a fan of single hop beers. (988 characters)

Photo of ROBORB
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am assuming this is the Simcoe Single Hop IPA entry.
Served in a shaker this beer produced a 2 finger off white head that stayed forever. The head remained at 1 finger throughout the sampling. The smells consists of simcoe, pine, and some floral notes. This beer has some phenomenal lacing. The first sip has a very nice bitter taste that lasts for a while but there is a subtle malt background that balances this one out. The palate is medium bodied. This is a great beer if you can find it.

(As noted from other reviews; there is a bit of sediment in this beer but it doesn't distract from the taste) (606 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, this beer was completely overpriced at $6.29 for a 12oz bottle but I couldn't resist because I like Simcoes. Dark, turbid orange with some stray proteins floating throughout. It smells very catty and ammonia-like, spicy. Taste has a little too much pepper and garlic going on and reminds me of Green Flash Imperial IPA, not good. I really wish I had my $6 back on this one.... (387 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SA pint glass. Cloudy orange pour with a pretty near-white frothy head. Left sediment in bottle but there are lots of floaties in the glass.
Aromas of orange taffy with a slight hint of wildflower honey.
Chalky grapefruit flavor...nice lingering orange peel bitterness. Finishes pretty clean and bitter. Nice head retention as well. Very clean and simple Simcoe IPA that drinks very well. (389 characters)

Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful IPA. I really, really like the flavors of the Simcoe hop, so this beer appeals to me. There's really nothing wrong with it except that it lacks some complexity that you get in a more varied hop bill. Mikkeller makes phenomenal beer. I dearly wish that it was cheaper in local stores. The aroma is particularly great. It smells like honeysuckle and oranges. The hops are strong, but the malt is just right to express their flavor. The feel is very good, the smooth hop oiliness that I want in an IPA. This beer does a great job showcasing the Simcoe hop. I hope that some American breweries take note of this beer and produce a cheaper version for me. (660 characters)

Photo of Kraken
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 3/13/09

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle dated 10/22/10 into a 16oz pint glass. Moderate pour called fourth 3 fingers of light tan head. Head losses 1/2 it's size fairly quickly but keeps a 1/2 inch frothy top. Nice sticky lace. Color is dark cloudy orange with large chunks of sediment.

Nose- Terrific. This is what an IPA is supposed to smell like. Spicy concentrated grapefruit, and lemon. Faint notes of apricot. The smell is heavy and sweet, like a humid summer evening after a rain.

Palate- My mouth is watering with anticipation. Subtle at first, lightly sweet, bready malts come through. Citrus notes begin to enter the picture. Big grapefruit and lemon zest, slightly spicy. Some light to moderate bitterness. Finishes dry. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Active spicy and dry.

Drinkability- Great. Price is prohibitive. (841 characters)

Photo of bryanbrick
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 22/10/10
Another great beer from Mikkeller. Still haven't had anything from them that was not at least interesting. This is packaged brilliantly, as are the rest of their beers, in a simple modern, minimalist font with black on red type making up the basis for the label.

The idea here so smart. Everyone wants hops and more hops, how can you do that but put your own spin on it? Single hop variety designations. So simple and yet so few have done it at this point.

This beers pours a hazy orange/bronze color with a stark white, dense head. The beer is surely bottled unfiltered, mine had more than a bit of yeast floating around in it. Very pleasing to the eye.

The nose is great, fresh pink grapefruit with aspects of juniper and something like tarragon. I could keep trying to pick this apart all night, but the nose is so inviting it is hard not to want to throw this back college style.

I love the balance here, and being that I am a balance above all else guy I'll look over the lack of a palate crushing hops presence. Without being a brewer it seems that Simcoe would be more of an "aromatic" than a "bittering" hop strain. With great life and surprizing sweetneet this gives plenty of green fresh hops character, pine needle, bitter root and drying steeliness.

The mouthfeel is plush and creamy, while holding its carbonation to a nice crusing speed. I like the blonde-style sweetnees that comes on the mid-palate, only to be swept fully away by the bitter, but never harsh finish.

Honestly I'm not a huge fan of IPA, they have to be truely great to win me over, but this one does. I still couldn't have more than one of these a night, but the one I did have would be enjoyed greatly. (1,714 characters)

Photo of dukew456
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass.

Pours a semi-hazy orange with a great two-finger head that retreats a bit, leaving very nice lacing on the glass. There was a bunch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but a careful pour yielded a great looking beer.

Smell is citrusy, with a strange yeasty quality to it. A little bit of bready malt works in there, too. All scents meld very well.

A resiny and grapefruitish flavor are strong up front, but then give way to a nice malt backbone. The hop character on this beer is pretty great, as it finishes much more cleanly without that familiar hoppy "bite." Don't get me wrong, I love that bite, but this is something to be appreciated.

I picked this up out of curiosity, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm pretty sure I saw a few other single-hop IPA's from Mikkeller, and I look forward to trying them, as well. (884 characters)

Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.