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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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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of jdubjacket
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
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!)

Photo of Nickls
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of WilliamD
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of hophead247
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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)

Photo of Floydster
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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