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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: 400
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 19 | 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 Crosling
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Crosling, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

theghost3, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

hckyfn9999, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of deliriumfest
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

deliriumfest, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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

cvfish, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of BeefTongue
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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.

BeefTongue, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of abfraser
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

abfraser, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours hazy deep murky copper with enormous white fluffy head that looks like ice cream and the thickest retention and lacing I have ever seen.

smell is very light and sweet citrus, kind of soapy.

taste is very bitter and semi sweet up front with a strong malt finish with light lingering hop flavor. i think i detect belgian yeast though, and that is a no-no.

semi light carbonation and and perfect density.

this is a great IPA, nicely done. too expensive though. $5 a 12oz? no thanks

hooliganlife, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this at Green's on Ponce. Cool red label with black lettering. Pours a murky amber color with a frothy white head. A good amount of sediment in the bodyy. Very piney, citrusy smell. Taste starts with hints of the hops. Grapefruit becomes very prevalent to finish. Moderate carbonation in the body. Very good IPA. Glad I spotted a bottle of this.

jdubjacket, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz. light brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated 22/10/10 on the red bottle cap. I'm alittle confused by the label stating, "brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium". I thought this was a Danish brewery?

The body was golden with a slight haze and chunks. The creamy head was pocked and it left sheets of lacing. Very persistent and impressive head.

Smell was funky hops. Earthy. Faint oranges. Actually a lot less smell than I expected considering Simcoe is known for great aromas.

Taste was a big hops/oily flavor without harshness. Some sweetness but topped with robust and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel medium/light in body. Thinner than expected with light to medium carbonation.

I wondered as I drank this one why I had purchased an imported IPA that uses hops that were probably grown in the Pacific Northwest, shipped to Europe, brewed and then shipped back to the states. I have to say it was probably the Mikkeller name. I am sure I could find a better all Simcoe IPA brewed right here. (I'm not xenophobic, just thinking about the carbon footprint and retail price of this one!)

Cresant, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Tawny copper color, and poured with a fantastic frothy and creamy white head. The lacing in the sample was great, and expected for the style.

S - Smack of hop bitterness up front, and with a bit of the resiny funky hop power in the aroma as well.

T - This is a hop bomb and a half for just a single hop utilized and also it's not a DIPA. Wonderful hop bitterness, and a great deal of flavors ranging from the cedary/piney nature of the simcoe to a touch musty with a great malt backing.

M - Medium MF, smooth and a bit viscous. Really coats the palet.

D - Hugely drinkable for such a hop bomb. Really interesting, and really demanded another sip. Too bad this is a bit on the stronger side as I could quaff this all night long.

Overall, this was utterly exceptional and would highly recommend to all hop heads.

Nickls, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy caramel orange with a massive rocky beige head that clings to the side of the glass and leaves sheets of lacing on the way down. Remains a big cap throughout. If not for all the little floaties, which I can do without, this would be a perfect pour.

Aroma is dominated by the pine resin from the Simcoe with plenty of caramel malts to balance things out.

The taste is great with lots of the piny resin hops up front along with hints of citrusy lemons. It's balanced by a toasted caramel backbone and the hops come back with a nice bitterness that lingers through the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation that adds to the hop tingling on the palate.

This is great IPA and one that could go back to frequently. I tend to love Simcoe-dominant beers so I was expecting a lot from this. It delivered.

gford217, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a murky orange-brown with a huge dollup of beige meringue. Massive amounts of sticky lacing all around.

The aroma reminds me of Two Hearted but with a third heart. This aroma is big with juicy citrus, grass, and pine hops. The malt is present, but of course, it can't compete with the hoppiness.

The taste also brings on the hops with grapefruit, orange, grass, and pine. Caramel malts give a nice balance. The finish has a slight peppery bitterness to add even more character.

Medium bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

My favorite type of American IPA. Loaded with citrus hops but still well-balanced. This could be one of my main drinkers if they can get the price point down to $3 or so.

Monkeyknife, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of WilliamD
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow- sorry, but this is a damn good beer. I have to be up front on this one. I've blown my wad a bit early, I know.
Looks wonderful as it settles in to my pilsner glass. Nice orange-amber color, with a sensuous, cream-colored quarter-inch thick head.
The smell is perhaps the best of any IPA I have ever sampled. Rich, lush pine- pine from the deep, untouched Canada- if there is such a pine. That's what I think of anyway, dammit. Rich, untouched Canadian pines blowing in the crisp, cold wind, with trout hopping in the river and Grizzlies frolicking about on the grassy knoll above. Hints of citrus as well.
Taste: Wow, what can I say. This beer is absolutely delicious, in my opinion. The pine taste matches the smell, and the bitterness is exquisitely balanced. I'm sorry, but Hopslam pales, and I gave that beer an excellent review.
Drinkability is A+. I would love to have a case of this beer, but my wallet won't allow it. In a perfect world, man and woman- or man and man, or woman and woman for that matter- would spend many a lazy Sunday afternoon tipping a few too many of these back.

WilliamD, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of hophead247
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle...Poured a nice light orange color and a little on the cloudy side, but not too much. A very nice white head followed and didn't want to go away...but I didn't mind. I love Simcoe hops and couldn't get enough of the smell, very refreshing. The taste was crisp and citrusy with a nice balance of malt to go along with the hops. Definitely a beer to savor and not chug down. I've had some Mikkeller beers in the past, and I'm happy that they have finally made it out my way

hophead247, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm assuming this entry is the same as Simcoe Single Hop Ale. Had this in bottle at the Brick Store Pub, and I have to say this is one of the better IPAs I've had in a while. I love Simcoe Hops, so that certainly helps things. Poured a hazy orange with a very nice head that looks more like a very healthy head off of a cask. Very rocky and a bit grainy with very nice lacing. The smell is somewhat light but with lightly herbal and fruity aromas with some nice citrus on the finish. The taste is fantastic, a beautiful blast of Simcoe goodness. Intensely fruity with grapefruit and Meyer Lemon citrus, spicy and rich. Long bitterness follows, and a nice resiny pine emerges as it approches the finish. The mouthfeel is on the thin side. The malt is dry and a bit grainy and there is just enough of it to support the massive hop attack, but they work very nicely together. Absolutely delicious, and tastes quite fresh. A delight, and an especially nice surprise.

Georgiabeer, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick light tan head. Aroma of of grassy and citrus hops. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and bitter grassy hops with a sweet citrusy finish. The hops have held up nicely on this beer's overseas journey. Very delicious!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle purchased online a while back, possibly from Liquid Solutions, consumed 1/29/09, split with my dad, reviewed from notes, color is a golden orange with some darker tones, 3/4 inch foamy white head that lasts two to three minutes, some retention and lacing, aroma is purely Simcoe, like the hops themselves were just floating around in there, there was some mild citrus and grassy accents too but that is about it, flavor is very hoppy all the way through, mostly pine flavors, some light oranges mix in with the bitterness, dry and bitter mouthfeel, medium bodied, above average level of carbonation, taste lingered, too one dimensional to drink a whole lot of but still pretty easy going down, no real alcohl showing through, smooth for the most part, not a bad IPA and this Danish brewer continues to put out solid products, would drink again but remember it being pretty expensive for what it is, worth trying

Floydster, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

Cap dated 22/10/10

A: Pours a cloudy tarnished copper color with a lot of suspended sediment. A creamy, 3 1/2 finger, light-khaki colored head retains for ages and is fed by some really active carbonation. Sticky ropes and sheets of lace are left behind.

S: Incredible aromas of mango, grapefruit, peach, musk melon, apricot, fresh cut grass, and ripe orchard fruit. Smells very "fresh".

T: Tastes pretty much as it smells. Sweet tropical fruit, white pepper, toasted malt, red apple, and a touch of grassy hops. Surprisingly, a tiny alcohol flavor pops out during the finish after it has warmed a bit.

M: So fruity and sticky. Nice peppery/spicy sizzle on my lips and tongue. This thing just oozes hop oil. Perfect level of hoppy bitterness.

D: What a wonderfully balanced IPA! I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for the other Single Hop IPA's in the series.

GbVDave, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. Bits of sediment floating around. There was a huge, long-lasting foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of citrus and hops.

T: This beer had a milder flavor than I would've guessed, but still very zesty. Citrus, hops, some malt and lighter fruits.

M: A well carbonated beer with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an extremely drinkable beer. It's very vibrant and balanced. I could drink a lot of these.

avalon07, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD on cap is 10/22/2010. 11.2 oz. into a Mason jar.

Huge, 3-finger buttery-eggshell-colored head tops a viscous honey copper body. Looks like bottle conditioning yielded a few floaties, too...woops, my bad. Nice carbonation with good retention and lacing.

All Simcoe, all the time. This oozes grapefruit. Slight sweetness to malt in background, but Simcoe and its citrus/floral goodness is large and in charge.

There's more balance on the palate - light malt emerges with a little sweet perfume. The hops still rule the roost but with less citrus and a little more floral bite. Unbalanced...but in a good way.

Carbonation mixes with poignant citrus hops and grapefruit rind to give this an immense bite. It's definitely a pucker. Malt sweetness is quiet but evens out the finish.

Doesn't drink too terribly badly but it's got a bite like a friggin' shark. Gives a serious burn to the taste buds so have one of these and walk away. Fine stuff, though.

IBUnit63, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of roan22
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller, the world roaming Danish contract brewers, have again brewed a batch of this beer, at De Proef Brouwerij in Belgium. I splurged and bought two of these teeny 11.2 oz bottles..been waiting a long time to try this beer!

Appearance is a hazy bright peachy color with tiny pomegranate-colored reflective floaties. Beautiful. A bit undercarbonated in my opinion.

Aroma is of melons and peaches..apricots..mango maybe...overall stone fruits. Fresh!

Taste is complex: each sip weaves a web of taste nuances on the tongue. Fruity hops, gingery lemon [?]..perhaps grass...and a bit of oak barrel aging maybe? Overall, very smooth..hops are more subtle, not "in your face" bitter or puckery.

Last night I had the first bottle. Initially I felt that this Simcoe Single Hop was a bit of a letdown...not nearly as tasty as Stateside IPA. But I had the second bottle 24 hours later and it has grown on me a lot more. One more reason not to judge [or review] a beer its first drink.

Price is a factor in drinkability unfortunately, I am disappointed the bottle size is so small.

roan22, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle. Bottle cap stamped 22/10/10.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, some floral hops, and some lighter maltiness. Tastes of basically the same, floral hops and some citrus. Floral, leafy green, stale hops. Lighter bitterness and some lacing left on the glass.

hopdog, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Hophead101
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tasted at Volo bar in Toronto on 8/28/08

great copper color. huge head - good lacing. this is a really nice hoppy nose - not much else in the aroma - but the hoppiness makes it a very inviting beer.

taste throws hops all throughout the mouth. there is a nice lingering hop taste which is good - the hop nose and hop taste definitely align with each other. too many times a good smelling beer disappoints in the taste. it is a crisp taste with a decent amount of carbonation. taste a little citrus in the nose when drinking.

Hophead101, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Goldorak
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A really dark caramel brown, it had more of a IIPA look to it, with a decent tan head.

Smell: Hey, seems like I like simcoe hops! Lots of pink grapefruit, with a touch of powdered milk and maybe even a bit of coffee grinds in there to calm down the citrus from blowing too hard in my nostrils.

Taste: Nice balance of malt and tongue-gripping citrus and herbal hops, the latter showing force at first, then slowly letting go to ease the malt in front in the end. In all honesty, I was expecting something way unbalanced, overhopped to the point of it feeling too medicinal and boozy, instead I get malt and most importantly balance. My hats off to this promising Danish brewer.

Goldorak, Mar 05, 2006
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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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