Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA

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89
very good

449 Ratings
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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 27
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 steve8robin
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as one from the hop series. 12oz bottle...

A: A clear reddish color with a huge off white head, 2 inch+ that fades slowly to a lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: A very nice bitter citrus scent upfront with some hints of lemon in the middle. A smooth mild grain on the backend. Decent.

T: A nice clean malt upfront quickly followed by a piney hop bite in the middle. A nice earthy bitterness on the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A slightly bitter malty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. This is the second I have tried in the single hop series and this is the better of the 2 so far. I'm kind of wondering what quantity of each hop they use in each single hop brew. I notice the IBU on the Willamette version was a lot lower than the IBU on this one.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange with a finger of white head. The aroma offers a combo of earthy malts, pine, and resin. The flavor could stand to feature the hop character much more than it does. Unexciting and typical of the Mikkeller single hop series. A terrific idea, but I can think of a hundred different IPAs I would rather have.

Photo of codsmith
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden with a thick white foamy head. It head sticks around for the entire time and laces the glass nicely.

S: A wonderful aroma of Simcoe hops really shines through. Simcoe hops offer a very unique hop character that are not matched by any other hop out there. There is a very clean aroma with a slight bit of citrus and pine, but not over-powering. A good grapefruit character. There is also a slight sweetness from that malt that is coming through as well.

T: Starts out with a refreshing mellow citrus flavor and transitions into a very bitter taste on the backend, leaving a bitter after-taste as well. The malt character is mild and balanced well enough to really allow the hop aroma and flavor to come through.

M: Very light and refreshing. Carbonation is matched perfectly for the beer characters to come through.

O: A very good and interesting idea on how to really experience and taste a hop profile. The malt character was mild to enjoy the full hop potential.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber gold with a very thick inch of head. Nice lace.

Pale malts, green apple and bright citrus make up most of the smell.

The taste starts with pale and caramalt sweetness and is quickly followed by a dry bitterness in the vein of apple and lemon peel. Very dry finish.

I liked it. It's nice to know what Simcoe can add to a brew.

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-brown with 2 fingers of sticky, thick white head that leaves some nice bands of lace.

Smell. Peaches, apples, grapefruit and floral perfume. Just a little caramel in there. Smells good.

Taste. Apples, grapefruit and lemon rinds, caramel, and a little pine sap. Bitter floral-citrus hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice ipa that shows off the simcoe hop. Easy to drink with great hop flavours.

Thanks Sammy! Another fine choice.

Photo of lanbewardin
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, same as the warrior & columbus that I also tried. Thin off white head.

Smell isn't as much as columbus, but its hoppy, resinous pine

The taste is very strong piney hops. This was the most overpowering taste of the ones I tried. Like drinking a pine tree haha. I really enjoyed this.

Overall its really good, the piney bitterness lingers for quite a while. I want to try the whole collection for sure but I could see myself coming back to this

Photo of roodie
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a hazy orange brown hue with good carbonation and tiny floaties. 2 fingers of dense head. Nice lacing.

S: nice hoppy aroma. Pine and citrus and a touch of malt

T: piney/ citrus character with a pleasant bitterness on the end

M: bitterness barely lingers a very refreshing feeling on my palate

O: I liked this single hop the best so far, Simcoe brings the goods on both ends, aroma and flavor

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted after Mikkeller's Sorachi Ace and Bravo Single Hop IPA's.

A-Pours out a cloudy but bright orange with a full two fingers of dense,dirty white head.Decent retention and gummy ribbons of lace.

S-This is exactly the nose I've come to associate with Simcoe.Grapefruit,peach,cat pee and pine.

T-Undeniably Simcoe!Grapefruit,stonefruit(nectarine and apricot),pine,slight orange zest and sourdough bread.

M-Light to medium bodied with a slight dryness.Tart and prickly.

O-A really solid showcase of one of my favorite hop varietals.

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burnt orange with bits stirring about. The head is a peachy hued tan, thick and frothy, with nice retention.

Caramel sweetness to the nose with a good dose of hops giving citrus and earthy scents.

A strong pine hop presence from the simcoe, pretty strong bitterness. Getting a little pine in there as well. A solid malt backbone offering up caramel, nuts and some roasted malt. Lingering bitterness.

The carbonation is perfect; soft and fluffy. Dry bodied.

A nice single hop beer that highlights the simcoe well. Glad to have tried it as it is a well crafted brew.

Photo of shanblur
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recently purchased at the liquor locker Weinbach location in Evansville, IN. Grabbed the last one. I was shocked to see this in Evansville. Had a date of October last year so I had reservations, but I think the quality was still as intended. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Cloudy orange and brown hues with a thick head of fluffy foam. Extensive lacing.

S - Nice hop aroma, but definitely more piney than citrusy

T - Nice piney hop flavor as is expected from the simcoe hops used. Not overpowering

M - Has a very slick mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation.

I am glad I got the chance to try this. These beers are intended to educate on the flavor and aroma profile of certain hop varieties. As a relative newbie to craft beer I appreciated the opportunity to sample a beer using only one hop varietal. I would not hesitate to try the others if offered.

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber pour with a huge fluffy off-white head. Sticks around forever and sticks to the glass well too.

S: Smells exactly like cat urine. Though, somehow in a pleasant way. I'm not sure how I can quantify that but if you've ever smelled cat urine, simcoe just jumps out at you.

T: Spicy and citrusy at the same time. Aftertastes lasts a long time and never really seems to fade much between sips.

M: Pretty medium bodied. Pretty smooth beer. As mentioned above, bittering aftertaste sticks around quite well.

D: Not bad. I think I might put this one second after the Citra single hop version. Simple but an intriguing experiment - this one (like the Citra) could almost stand on its own as a normal IPA.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: I didn't read the bottle and therefore didn't know it was bottle conditioned. Needless to say I ended up with a lot of floaties. Other than that it looks good. A thin white head tops a hazy dark orange beer. Little visible carbonation.

S: It has a nice sweet scent backed by some little pine and floral characteristics.

T: Oh yeah. The bitterness is right upfront and lingers nicely. It is sweet, not dry; it also has a good citrus flavor of tangerines.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

D: Easily drinkable for almost 7% ABV beer. I like this one quite a lot.

Photo of vandemonian
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at ChurchKey where they had 10+ Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It was interesting to taste the characteristics of this hop without interference from other hop types. I sampled about 8 of them and this was my favourite.

A: Orange color and 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: The aroma was flowery and sweet. That lovely hoppiness you get with from Simcoe hops. 4.5

T: The flavour was mild with some... butteriness. There was also some metallic bitterness in the aftertaste. 4

M: Pretty thick and reasonably carbonated. 4

O: This was a really nice IPA, but honestly, I prefer the Weyerbacher double-Simcoe. 4

Photo of csiewert
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy caramel color with a finger of off white foamy head that retains well. The aroma has sweet malty notes and, you guessed it, simcoe hops! The taste starts sweet malty and then becomes spicy and hoppy bitter. The mouthfeel is nice an balanced and clean. Overall a pretty decent IPA.

Photo of Cavery
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Foggy Honey orange, a beach sunset in a glass. Just enough clarity to see the beer horizon. About a finger head with modest lacing.

S: Zesty! Bold citrus favoring grapefruit. Orange makes an appearance with tangelo juiciness. There's a party in the orchard, and Mikkeller is buying the drinks.

T: Deliciously smooth and spicy. A light hop bitterness that is suggestive of steamed dark veggies. Dark Veggies that are zested with a copious amount of citrus. Drink to your health!

M: The mouth dissipates pretty rapidly. I will give it the benefit of the doubt and say "low carbonation". It's there, I just have to give it some thought. It definitely could have used the help of the mouth to make this a really consistent experience. Oh well, the orchard party must go on! Despite the zephyr of a mouth-feel.

D: Overall this beer is at is says "simcoe single-hop". Not dynamic, but it's not trying to be. There is a deliciousness here, but it is not an evangelist. No one will be converted, but the simcoe choir will sing its praises.

Photo of Klym
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone nonic

A: Brownish amber with a pretty two finger head. Lacing is nice and foamy.

S: Tropical fruits smell on a bed of slight citrus and melted sugar. Smells unusually sweet. Nice level of aroma, not a punch in the nose but you don't have to go searching for it.

T: Surprising taste. Starts off sweet with peach and orange coming through then transitions into a short lived but surprisingly boozey flavor, and the finish gets bitter and lingers with a combination of the tastes. Aftertaste actually reminded me of Arrogant Bastard (stone)'s initial taste.

M: Carbonation doesn't stick out much in the mouthfeel but I don't think it's to the detriment of the beer. A nice viscocity and smooth drink; leaves the mouth feeling soothed.

O: A nice and interesting IPA from Mikkeller. I'm not sure I would pick it up again but for people with special interest in IPAs I must admit the uniqueness of this one. Seems to avoid the generic categories of IPA mouthfeels and flavors, and seems to bring something different to the game with its diverse multi-staged flavors.

Photo of ehammond1
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A deep and dark amber with lots of haze throughout. Off-white head. Some lacing down the glass.

This beer is potently aromatic! Incredibly powerful aroma! Wow! Huge citrus bill, specifically grapefruit and biting lemon, some grassy and pine elements, and some sweet, sticky caramel notes as well. Hugely aromatic!

The flavor is a lot like the aroma, but not quite as dramatic. Lots of citrus, lots of marijuana and pine flavors, along with a sticky and sweet caramel malt backbone. This beer is dank!

Thin to medium bodied.

A delicious and powerful Simcoe IPA. A great idea and a great beer.

Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind BIF #5 Tasting:

A: Deep reddish amber in color and a bit hazy. Forms a beautifully fluffy, cotton candy looking off white head. Good retention with some moderate lacing. 4.5

S: Aromatic. Bready malts and a blend of citrus and, to a lesser extent, pine scented hops. Maybe a little bit of hop spice as well and a smell I can only describe as “gamey.” Not necessarily bad, but different. 3.5

T: Not surprisingly, the taste is much like the aroma. Bready malts dominate on the front end before fading to a moderate to strong bitterness and a blend of spicy and pine-flavored hops. The bitterness hangs strongly on the tongue. Luckily the gaminess does not carry over into the flavor. Turns more herbal as it warms. 4.0

M: Medium in body. Appropriate carbonation. Slightly chewy. Noticeable bitterness. 4.0

O: It’s got good flavor, an appreciable bitterness, though the smell is a bit off for my likings. Believe it or not, I feel this one may have been over-hopped as I feel I was getting a lot of green herbalness that are overpowering Simcoe's citrusy qualities. 4.0

Photo of pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at State Line Liquors. On sale for $3.99.

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer pours a hazy burnt orange with about a finger or so of white head that lingered lazily on top of the glass and produced some really nice lacing.

Really intense citrus hops nose. Very one dimensional. There is almost no malt presence in the nose. In any case, the hops work really well. Smells amazing.

Taste follows suit. The hops are the star. The beer is intensely bitter with loads of citrus flavors. It's a full put attack on your taste buds. Intense. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is sticky, medium bodied and well carbonated. The bitterness lingers through each sip with the citrusy notes of the Simcoe hops balancing out the taste.

Overall, a beer for hop heads, without question. I really enjoyed it and will try to pick up some more of the Mikkeller single hop beers in the future.

Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malt forward scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and biscuit malts along with a mild Simcoe hop aroma. The hop character is relatively muted by the malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a well balanced flavor that focuses on a complex malt bill that boasts of caramel and biscuit malts. The Simcoe hops are present, but don't dominate like I would hope. It's citrusy with a touch of "cat pee" aroma. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty brew, but not what I was hoping for. I appreciate the maltiness, but it's hard to concentrate on a single hop character when there is such a rich caramel malt presence.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very cloudy shade of dark orange with a one finger offwhite head that is pretty solid and sticks around for awhile. Tons of sediment is floating around, and is really unappealing to look at.

S- mmmm....simcoe. It's the smell of citrus with a little bit of a tang to it. In other words, delicious. Only downside is that the smell is a little weak

T- that slightly bitter citrus that comes out is just lovely. Freshness was apparently an issue...this puppy has been refrigerated for months, but that couldn't save it. Still pretty faded, which is a disappointment

M- it's actually got a hell of a body to it. Pretty thick for a single hop IPA.

O- I'd love to try it fresh, because I bet it would be amazing. A little too malty with some age on it, but still solid overall

Photo of PhageLab
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was initially weary of the price tag, but went for it anyways, and I am glad I did. Worth every penny and then some. Poured into a nonic pint.

A - Deep, hazy orange coloration. Produced a violent head, had to slowly pour this one. Retention and lace were quite nice.

S - Sweet aroma with some citrus notes, and an obvious amount of hops.

T - Full on assault of hop bitterness. Brutal and intense as all Hell. My taste buds were numb within moments.

M - Dry medium body with a moderate carbonation level. Finish is slow and the taste resonates for some time.

D - Phenomenal. Looking forward to trying other Mikkeller brews now, as this was my first.

Photo of b3shine
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. This IPA is deep in color. And the taste matches its depth. VERY HOPPY! I love it (although it's expensive). No complaints here; just make sure to get it while it's fresh. I'm excited about trying the other Mikkeller single hop IPAs.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine ol' beer from Mikkeller that emphasizes the Simcoe hop. Inevitably, I compared it to Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA, which I think is a pretty great staple beer. Now, Mikkeller's Simcoe single-hop is about $3 more/bottle, and I would say that that $$$ comes through in the taste, but not to the degree it should. The Mikkeller is a more subtle, and less biting take on the simcoe hop. But I don't know if it should be. It's smooth and downplays the bitterness of the tastes. But I think that bitterness and the hard bitter caramel malt is what makes the hop come alive. Here we see that hardness giving way to this fruitier, more raisin-y sweetness. It's an interesting approach, but this one's doesn't nail the hop the way, say, the Nelson Sauvin does.

Photo of cjacobsen
1.45/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

(A) Poured into a snifter. Sat a brown, earth toned orange and decent amount of sediment. I've seen mop buckets with more attractive looking liquid.

(S) Really faint hops. It has a weird citrus-like smell, almost as if you were smelling a wet rag that was used to wipe up orange juice...a week ago. Smells like wet grass.

(T) Tastes a bit malty, but mostly that week old grass clippings that have been fermenting in the garage waste bag. If I drank the brown juice from a 2 week old batch of lettuce, I would imagine it would taste like this.

(M) There is little to no life to this despite the fact that it was decently carbonated.

(O) Simcoe is no stand alone hop. Dank brew and needs a lot of work. Cool to experience, would turn it down if offered again. I don't know why so many people have liked this.

Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.