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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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Ratings: 393
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 russpowell


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 02:42:59 | More by russpowell
Photo of Tilley4


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:45:17 | More by Tilley4
Photo of slater1313


4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 00:19:39 | More by slater1313
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 02:34:06 | More by gabe23
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 00:06:06 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brendan13


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 13:29:02 | More by brendan13
Photo of heapofaoatmeal

North Carolina

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 05:04:21 | More by heapofaoatmeal
Photo of bfields4


3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 03:42:50 | More by bfields4
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 03:28:13 | More by spratmi
Photo of BrewerB


3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 02:26:56 | More by BrewerB
Photo of ROBORB

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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)

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 02:14:31 | More by ROBORB
Photo of ArrogantB


3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
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....

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:50:14 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of RustyDiamond


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 21:54:25 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of popery


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 06:12:19 | More by popery
Photo of Kraken


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 22:39:12 | More by Kraken
Photo of bryanbrick


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 03:42:11 | More by bryanbrick
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 01:47:39 | More by dukew456
Photo of peabody


4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy ice tea color with two fingers of white to off-white suds. Lacing on the glass immediatly.
Smell is a wonderful pine tar and grapefruit aroma and a slight yeast burn. Love this smell.
Taste is a combination of grapefruit and sweet nectarine. Of course the bitterness is in there too but these fruity flavors last a long time.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the oils quickly go away making the mouth ready for the next drink.
Drinkability is only brought down by the cost of these wonderful beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 22:03:01 | More by peabody
Photo of Crosling


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

Pros: Bottle conditioned, Excellent look, with a dark orange color and a massive and lasting cream. Terrific aromatics showcase the Simcoe hop at its core. Terrific feel in the mouth. Very strong, full, concentrated, intense. A big dose of hops.

Cons: Not a single flaw in this beer. It's hard to imagine a better simcoe IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 06:08:51 | More by Crosling
Photo of theghost3


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is cloudy copper with lots of sediment chunks. The head is ridiculously thick, white with golden tints. The head has the consistency of root beer head & stays throughout leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy--orange, lemon, grapefruit. There are also hints of peach, spices, and caramel malts. Smells like fresh morning dew on an untouched mountain.

The taste is bitter, but not overpoweringly hoppy like a lot of IPAs. The orange & grapefruit are there along with sweet malts, and maybe even some cilantro. I know, cilantro, crazy! Mouthfeel is carbonated & crisp, but leaves a little sticky.

This is perhaps the most drinkable American IPA I've ever had. Not a very bitter flavor with a truly amazing scent.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 04:12:12 | More by theghost3
Photo of hckyfn9999


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

Pours a hazy copper wth a big off-white colored head. Loads of chunky sediment in there, lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of hops of course. Sharp citrus and pine aromas, along with some fresh cut grass.

Lots of bitter hoppiness. Very grassy, fruity, citrusy, and pine. There is a hint of malt in the background. Basically it tastes like it smells, probably better actually. Medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated, finishes a bit dry. Pretty good beer, though not sure its worth $5+ a pop, but I've paid more for worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 02:30:10 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of deliriumfest


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

Consumed on 3/9/09

Poured a beautiful rich copper color into a RR pint glass. Aroma is a complex hop-malt combination with a heavy focus on the hops. Taste is almost unbelievable and hoppy at first but unfortunately dies very quickly. Mouthfeel is pretty light for an IPA but drinkability is pretty easy. Overall, this is an awesome interpretation of an American IPA but the taste is the lone negative factor since it dies off so quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 01:30:25 | More by deliriumfest
Photo of cvfish


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a copper color that produced a white fluffy head that had great retention and left a good lace on the side of the glass

S - The aroma of this beer really let the Simcoe hop shine, lots of pine forest hop aromas

T - This beer had a malty beginning, but was some overcome by a floral and pine flavors that was quickly overcome by the brutal bitterness on the finish

M - The mouthfeel on the beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very enjoyable experience for someone that likes to dabble in hops, but not something that I can fathom again and again, but it was a well crafted IPA by Mikkeller

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 02:15:24 | More by cvfish
Photo of BeefTongue


3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer appeared a burnt-orange/amber when held to light and had a big frothy white head. The scent was floral and citrusy with a strong bitter hoppy undertone. Taste was similar to the smell with little maltiness, but a crisp, refreshing hop flavor that lingered on the back of the tongue long after swallowing. Notes of grapefruit citrus and hop bitterness dominate the palate overall. Mouthfeel is good. The fluid itself is fairly thin, but deceptively so as the generous carbonation foams the beer up in the mouth giving it a complex thicker-feeling texture that goes down smooth. This is not my favorite IPA, but I would definitely drink it again--if it was offered to me; it's a little expensive. I'd compare to the Boulevard Single-Wide IPA that just came out. They both have similar citrus hop aromas, but the Boulevard is easier on the wallet and certainly more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 06:59:51 | More by BeefTongue
Photo of abfraser


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

A: Deep copper, burnt orange with a big frothy head on pouring

S: Big aromas of grapefruit and orange citrus. Moderate piney notes. I'm not terribly educated in the different smells of hops, but this is nice and pleasant and not like a pine tree ground in a blender.

T/M: Same as the smells. I like it. Not harsh and overly bitter. Well balanced and citrusy. Not a whole lot of complexity, but I don't think that was the intention.

D: Very nicely drinkable, in large part due to the lack of lingering bitterness that turns me off to so many IPAs. Solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 04:06:34 | More by abfraser
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.