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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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398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
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 ffejherb


4.13/5  rDev +3%

On tap at Capone's on 4/17/10.

A - Hazy, sunset orange liquid with diminutive but resilient head that held on with steadfast ambition until it finally receded to a thin patch, but meanwhile deposited a canopy of lace around the glass reminiscent to constellations in the evening sky.

S - Smack of pungent grapefruit with a slight whiff of catbox and a hint of pine. Overall, the aroma is rather sweet and citrusy, with a caramel malt character balancing the intense hop nose.

T - Ultra bitter up front and throughout with a penchant for grapefruit and citrus juices. A moderate catbox character also seeps into the mix, but doesn't get too out of control. Sweet caramel malt provides a nice counterpart to the assertive hop presence.

M - Medium bodied with an extremely oily yet smooth texture and soft carbonation. Finishes with a hefty hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Simcoe hops = YUM! Nice flavor and complexity for a brew utilizing only a single hop variety. This is up there with the Nelson Sauvin IPA.

05-05-2010 11:53:07 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Gobzilla


2.78/5  rDev -30.7%

A: pours a murky yellow orange with a 2 finger bubbbly head that has good retention and some good sticky lacing.

S: could smell some piney hops in the middle and a little malty sweetness. I also get a bit of some citrus aroma like grapefruit zest.

T: I thought it would have more piney bitter character from the nose, but the malts seem to over shadow the hops on this one. Almost no hopppy bitterness to this IPA.

M: The beer is medium body with very little carbonation.

D: It's a decent beer and would have to say that it falls into the session beer category. I think I could take this to a party and drink it all night like some miller light. I might be to hard on this review because I just finish having a PTE, and I also know that beguim breweries really don't make great IPA's.

04-28-2010 05:27:03 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of DefenCorps


4/5  rDev -0.2%

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

Pungent cat pee for a while, that fades leaving some tropical fruit with papaya and mango most noticeable. Some grapefruit too. The palate opens moderately bitter, moderately resiny and moderately fruity with some tropical fruit. Solid stuff. Drying on the finish with a nice, lingering bitterness, this is great stuff. My #3 of the series.

04-28-2010 03:51:02 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of jgasparine


1.73/5  rDev -56.9%

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Simcoe exhibited nothing more than a haze layer. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Simcoe, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with a horrible aroma of body odor. I understand that Simcoe can sometimes come across unpleasantly- like cat urine. This is definitely the case... pungent and unapproachable.

T- This thing tastes like body odor and gym socks. For the record, I have never tasted a dirty armpit, nor a gym sock... but this beer tastes just like how I would envision that experience. I have considered this being a bad keg, but a National BJCP judge suggested that this offensive flavor very-well could be attributed to the Simcoe.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- The Simcoe Single Hop was awful as far as my tastes go... I might try it again, in a vain attempt to experience a better use of the hop.

04-24-2010 21:18:49 | More by jgasparine
Photo of John_M


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

At Max's today. Obviously, I must love simcoe... this beer is just outrageous.

The pours a fairly light, peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is all simcoe goodness, with a pungent aroma of wet tobacco, pepper, and dry, hoppy bitterness. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with just a hint of malty sweetness to balance the avalanch of hoppy bitterness and dank earth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with plenty of flavor. There's a lean-ness to the mouthfeel that I attribute to the dry, hoppy bitterness, but I can't say I mind it. Drinkability is good, though the tidal wave of bitterness tires the palate a bit. Still, this is an excellent single hop IPA from Mikkeller. As good on tap as it was out of the bottle.

04-23-2010 22:15:30 | More by John_M
Photo of bort11


3.93/5  rDev -2%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sweet Water Brewing 420 glass to keep with the theme. Intensely fluffy light cream colored head. It floats up above the rim of the glass, but does not spill over. As the head drops down, spider webs of lacing spreads out around the inside of the glass. The body color is a murky dark tea brown. Fine flecks of sediment swirl around.

Simcoe is not the most intense variety of hops, but the do have a pleasantly mild and mellow aroma. Blended in with the malts, there is a lot of pine and tea leaf aromas. Taste has a lot of the pine flavoring as well, but there is also a mild dried apricot fruitiness. It is extreme in its mellowness.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than what I had expected, verging on watery. It's really the only negative I have for this beer. Finishes a little dry, in fact I have a little cotton mouth. So far I have enjoyed everything I've tried from Mikkeller.

04-21-2010 04:26:42 | More by bort11
Photo of drpimento


4.88/5  rDev +21.7%

Oh man, they hit it with this one! After opening the bottle the beer slowly started to foam out the top. Poured with a thick foamy frothy off white to very light tan head and good lacing. Color is a cloudy medium amber with some sediment. Aroma is mainly Simcoe hops with some malt caramel and toffee. Taste is like aroma but with a perfect touch of sweetness to counter the hop. So well done. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is likewise super. Wanna have another sip - no, gulp. This is the best of the three single hop beers Cascade and Warrior.

04-19-2010 03:30:16 | More by drpimento
Photo of phantomwyse


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Pours a murky honey orange color, somewhat muddy. Enormous two finger off white head of rocky froth. Fantastic rings of lacing after each sip.

S: Ultra piney, grapefruit, some other tropical fruits - like a hint of pineapple , oh and then more pine.

T: Simcoe tastes the way I think the Northwest smells - very wet and full of pine resin - it's a beautiful thing. Lots of cloying hop sweetness.

M:Medium bodied and ends somewhat dry.

D: If you're a West Coast hop fan, this is a beer for you. I can tell you it's a beer for me. Just a flavor profile I'm not going to grow tired of.

04-17-2010 03:40:24 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of champ103


3.85/5  rDev -4%

A: Pours a kind of burnt orange color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Sticky lace is left behind. Though lots of chunky yeast drops into the glass unexpectedly.
S: This is great. Lots of piny and citrus hops up front. Orange and lemon aromas. A substantial caramel malty sweetness lingers. Bread and biscuit aromas as well. Lots of hops but excellent balance.
T: Some piny and citrus hops again, though not as prominent as the nose. A light sweetness, but it is more grainy malt that I would like. Still good.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A crisp snap on the tongue, and refreshing. Smooth and easy to drink. I would have no problem quaffing a few in a sitting.

This is a very good IPA. You can really notice the Simcoe hops. Especially in the nose. Very enjoyable and balanced as well. Something I would recommend.

04-17-2010 01:43:57 | More by champ103
Photo of bum732


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a burnt orange, nice dense creamy head. Smells of pine needles, ceder, some citrus fruits, orange mostly, touch of earthiness and rosemary. Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a nice pine-like backbone. Nice orange like bitterness leads to hop resin and a slightly dry finish.

A solid IPA, i really love these beers, not only are they delicious, but they are educational as well. Each one is definitely different from the other. Simcoe definitely has the pine like and orange notes its known for. Very good.

04-13-2010 18:38:08 | More by bum732
Photo of DoubleJ


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Orange colored beer, but has a little tin of brown coloring, almost bronze. Great head retention and lacing on top of this beer. Mango and subtle tropical aromas in the nose, along with light crackery malt. The taste is like the aroma: mangoes all around, mixed tropical flavors, and notes of rye. The aftertaste lingers of dry crackery malt and pleasant hop bitterness. The body is smooth and creamy, which is really nice.

So this is what a Simcoe IPA tastes like. Great to see a Mikkeller beer on draft here in the US. $7 for the pint, but $5.99 for 11.2 ounce bottle from a store...weird pricing.

04-10-2010 21:34:43 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Reaper16


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

11.2oz. bottle, best by 10/22/10, served into a tulip

Pours an opaque, hazy orange color. It isn't very unique or alluring until the head billows up. Large, creme bubbles make for a towering, fluffy mass of foam. Eventually the bubbles condense into something smaller, tighter and the head shrinks, leaving behind spidery lacing everywhere. Really impressive foam from this beer.

Overripe tangerine or apricot dominate the aroma, with some minor pine smells, too. Simcoe is a weird hop to use exclusively; it is responsible for what some may think are off-aromas but are actually byproducts of Simcoe. This beer has some sharp cheese aroma (seriously) and a trace (thankfully just a trace) of cat urine. Such is the way with Simcoe. The caramel malt smells sort of sour at first but that may just be the cheese quality of the hops playing with me. This is a touch beer to rate since it exists primarily as an educational tool. Simcoe Single Hop IPA succeeds at showing off what Simcoe is about.

The taste of the beer follows the nose in that its a lot of apricot, caramel malt and trace pine. No cheesy or uriney flavors, thankfully. The finish is all pine bitterness. The flavors are well-balanced but lacking in intensity.

The beer is about medium-bodied. It is watery and not particularly carbonated. The drinkability of this unique IPA is hard to score. In some respects it is very easy to drink, in other respects you probably wouldn't want to drink more than one of these anyway.

I thank Mikkeller for brewing the Single Hop series. It is educational and fun. If this particular entry into the series is any indication then I'm not apt to be blown away by Simcoe single-hopped beers but they're worth trying.

04-07-2010 01:52:26 | More by Reaper16
Photo of zeff80


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a bubbly, two-finger, long-lasting head of khaki colored foam. It left thin, sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit. There was a burnt toast maltiness, too.

T - It tasted of sharp, piney, resiney hops. Some grapefruit and other citrus flavors, too. It had a burnt toast maltiness and sweet toffee/caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied IPA that is fairly easy drinking despite some sharp bitterness.

D - This is another outstanding brew from the folks at Mikkeller. Really well done and tasty.

04-05-2010 00:59:48 | More by zeff80
Photo of ToasterChef


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. The beer has a hazy orange/amber color. It's opaque and has a thick white foam head. The aroma is sweet and has plenty of dry hop scents. It tastes very dry with a slight bitterness in the finish. Otherwise, I can taste some amber malts. It has a medium body but feels a tad watery. There is not much carbonation to be felt. It is very drinkable though, and very refreshing. I could see myself enjoying a few glasses of this beer.

04-02-2010 13:35:33 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of drabmuh


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

I know hops can affect head dynamics but the heads on these beers were really consistent until I get here. This head is tighter, thicker, has smaller bubbles and more staying power. This is also the beer that had the most pine aroma, some tropical fruit aromas, best aroma so far but the bitterness on the palate lets me down slightly. Its a great beer though.

03-26-2010 18:11:32 | More by drabmuh
Photo of FutureCowboy

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%

11.2oz bottle poured into a chilled Goliath tulip.

I love the idea of the Single Hop Series from Mikkeller. I'm about halfway thru the ten of them, this being the 6th I've had. Loving the idea doesn't mean they are all great beers -- in fact I don't think that's Mikkeller's intent. It's really an academic exercise, more than an effort in making great beer. Some hops just don't perform well on their own (I'm looking at you, Tomahawk, and your fruity brother Nelson Sauvin). But I'm a big Simcoe [insert registered trademark symbol] fan, so I'm hoping this one pulls through.

This one pours nice. Good frothy heady. Quite hazy, but that glowing orange hue is there. I'll forgive the haze because the head is damn near perfect, it even falls just right.

The aroma is exactly what I expected, fantastic bright Simcoe hops. This variety does an awesome job of merging the pine-citrus continuum. It's tangerine-y, even.

Loving the hop flavor, perfect match to the aroma. I'm not completely wild about the yeast flavor I'm getting though. Probably because foreigners made this, and you know how foreigners do. Seriously though, I'm not sure if my tongue is rejecting it because it's a great IPA with a non-traditional yeast strain, or if its legitimately not great.

Mouthfeel is OK, reminiscent of the rest of the series. Body doesn't quite hold up under questioning, mild resiny chew. Not too much there.

It's drinkable, but due to price and weird yeast factor, I wouldn't put more than 1 in a session.

03-20-2010 02:59:30 | More by FutureCowboy
Photo of Arenbeer


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

Thanks to Abrand for this one!!!

12oz into a Pint Glass

A- Pours a golden honey brown with a super thick and fluffy 2 finger head that leaves a good amount of lacing as it goes down.

S- Piney hops dominate with some citrusy fruitiness.

T- Delicious earthy piney hops hit you up front with with plenty of pale malts. Tangerine or grapefruit are also apparent.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong solid bitter finish that leaves you dry wanting some more.


03-17-2010 04:26:41 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of RJay


3.93/5  rDev -2%

Appearance - A cloudy copper color with a one finger white head that left a decent amount of lacing clinging to the wall of the glass. I poured a fair amount of the yeast cake from the bottle into the glass, so there ended up being some particle floating around that for the most part sank to the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Right away I get spicy earthly pine aroma and with a few more sniffs I found some sweet malt in there.

Taste - Initial swig was very hoppy and tangy, that left a lingering bitterness in the back on my throat. The more I drink the less hoppy the beer taste and I get more of the balance of sweet malts with the Simcoe hops.

Mouth Feel - Light and smooth.

Drinkability - I liked it, I don't think I would buy another unless it was a special occasion due to its price.

03-17-2010 01:18:06 | More by RJay
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours visibly effervescent and a cloudy maple amber with a HUGE stiff off white head that decomposed in 3D, like an ice cream float, with a good amount of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is on the timid side, balanced sweet malt and grassy hops. It's got a really nicely balanced flavor to it that's much like the nose...in character and stature. The mouth is smooth and medium bodied, but there's a lack of supporting texture to it. It cleans up rather quickly with presenting only a subtle note of the hop in the after taste. Easy enough to drink, but would rather be considering a beverage that made more of a statement.

03-14-2010 18:40:56 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of capra12

New York

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%

Reviewed solo, served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: brown and cloudy with r finger of head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

Smell: malts and piney.

Taste: opens with a tangy/ hop astringent profile. A brief mild malt profile emerges as piney hop profile come in full force at the finish as hop bitter finish this and spill into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and coarse.

Drinkability: A one and done for me. I recommend this to those who want to taste a simcoe hopped brew.

03-11-2010 01:39:56 | More by capra12
Photo of Mora2000


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

Thanks to my brother for picking this beer up for me while he was driving through Lafayette, LA.

Pours a murky golden brown with a white head. The aroma is overly ripe apricot with some resiny notes. The flavor is resin with some apricot and orange. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

02-10-2010 17:42:31 | More by Mora2000
Photo of garymuchow


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

Part of a Xmas package from my b-i-w. Many thanks.
Extra sized head caps a golden amber (reddish hints) clear body. Some decent lacing.
Simcoe aroma, which I've learned from home brewing is a beautiful, often gorgeous hop that comes at a cost of a horrific aroma and taste if not used wisely. This beer holds many of the positives, but also hints of the "cheesy" quality as well.
Reasonably bitter and it lingers well past typical. Citrus of tart grapefruit. Lacking notable malt flavors, and especially missing the malt sweetness that typically makes AIPA's so enjoyable.
Body is about right and unremarkable in any way.
Now I may have served this a little warm and if that impacted this negatively that's unfortunate (I'd like to give each beer a fair shot). Nonetheless the negatives of this fine hop were too much in evidence for my tastes and that's too bad, cuz' simcoe can be such a fine specimen at times.

02-07-2010 04:17:47 | More by garymuchow
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.45/5  rDev -38.9%

Pours a five finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit hop nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor follows the nose with grapefruit hops, any malts are way in the background, lingering bitter after taste. Good IPA, but not for me. $7.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

02-03-2010 23:43:21 | More by jdhilt
Photo of ElGordo


4.33/5  rDev +8%

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a cloudy golden-orange color with big chunks of yeast and/or hops floating about. A half-finger's worth of creamy white head has some good retention, slowly receding to a thin, wispy layer across the entire surface. Aroma of earthy yeast, mildly sweet pale malt, and lots and lots of hops. Notes of grapefruit, pine, and clover honey are prevalent.
The palate not strikingly bitter on the tip of the tongue - mildly sweet pale malt is balanced with a light citrus hop character at first. The hops quickly take over, though, and big hits of grapefruit and pine dominate. A bit of yeasty funk lingers in the background. The finish leaves a nice, citrusy bitterness that hangs on the back of the mouth for a good long while.
The Mouthfeel is a little silky for an IPA, nice and smooth without a whole lot of caustic carbonation, It's a nice change of pace. This is an excellent showcase of the bitter, grapefruity character of the Simcoe hop. While not an experience I really need every day, this is a damn tasty beer, very well-executed.

01-22-2010 04:51:10 | More by ElGordo
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.48/5  rDev -13.2%

Pours a pleasantly cloudy dark amber colour with a creamily filmy head of yellow-white bubbles. Lacing is really nice, with an excellent cascade of clinging bubbling around the glass. Head collapses slightly too readily, bit it's a very nice looking brew all up.

Some sweet lemon characters on the nose, and a bit of syrup, which is slightly cloying. Hints of funky grain characters, and a husky slightly roasted note which is unusual if not unwelcome. Perhaps a roundness like Belgian yeast, but it's not a very classic character. Hops are certainly muted, which is a surprise, and I'm not getting classic Simcoe characters. The grain notes are probably most dominant, and I find them slightly confusing.

Very light palate, with an odd mixture of caramel malt characters and biting but earthy hop notes. Finish is quite gritty with hops, and a slightly phenolic note, but there's an odd swelling of crushed fruit on the back, which comes along without any warning. I find it slightly rustic, and not all that palatable, but with enough complexity to keep my interest at least. Mouthfeel is spritzy.

I'm really not sure what to make of this. I can't say I'm overly enamoured overall. It's got odd darkly roasted notes that don't go with anything else, and I find it slightly jarring. It certainly doesn't showcase the hop as it should

01-07-2010 05:10:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.