Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 31
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2003

This Pale American Belgo style beer was 2010 GABF’s silver medal winner. It has notes of spicy pineapple, mango bubblegum aromas which comes from the unique marriage of a special Belgian yeast and an American Simcoe hop. This beer has an initial soft malt sweetness with orange fruitiness and finishes with a hoppy dryness.
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Ratings: 243 | Reviews: 113
Reviews by jeremyd365:
Photo of jeremyd365
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I was TOLD this was a strong IPA, so I was kind of disappointed. But to see here that it was a strong belgian pale ale, then it seems much more spot on. It poured a pretty clear dark coppery and smelled of light fruits and hops. The taste was pretty sweet and hoppy but finished slightly bland. It's mouthfeel was pretty decent and decently drinkable--but not enjoyable enough for me to want to.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of only a few Kuhnhenn brews I have had a chance to try,poured a deep copper with a deep orange tint,aromas really stood out for me with this beer fruity apricot and very ripe pineapple with a light spice note.Very fruity and "big" tasting orangey and spicey some cloves mainly with a noticable hebal hop flavor in the finish.This was quite big not sure if I could much but it was flavorful and quite tastey.

Photo of tectactoe
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a somewhat cloudy and dull golden color with a half-inch white head that leaves really nice lacing on the glass, even just as it's settling at the top. The head is magnificent, although I with the color of the beer was a bit more lively and vibrant.

The aroma is a bit subdued and hidden - it takes quite a few whiffs to really gets something appreciable out of here. At first I'm picking up almost a weird pickled garlic type aroma... That can't be right, can it?? After a bit of warming, some more aromas thankfully arrive; herbal and leafy hops, light hints of white pepper. A bit medicinal on the nose, as well. Overall, I'm not completely digging the aroma here.

Meh, and the taste is nothing special either. It gives off a sharp clove spice with a brash, harsh bitterness that empowers its way through the spices at the start. The bitterness is formed through a combination of earthy hops and a heavy dirt flavor. The hop profile is so leafy and ashy and it's just not mingling well on my palate.

There also seems to be a slight chalky character that couples with the medicinal aroma to create a somewhat off-putting collaboration. Mild bubblegum flavors pop at the end, most likely from the Belgian yeast used. I know this is supposed to mimic a "Belgian IPA", but I feel like they tried too hard and it just didn't work out. Medium-thin body with lots of carbonation.

Kuhnhenn puts out some great beers. Some fantastic beers. This is neither. This is barely above average at best. Too many weird aromas and flavors that just didn't play well together, and definitely didn't agree with my palate. I'll pass on this one next time.

Photo of warnerry
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy deep golden brown with one finger of creamy off-white head. Head has amazing retention and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Pretty big bubblegum aroma, tropical fruits and slight earthiness.

T - Taste is creamy bubblegum, spicy yeast with tropical fruits. Wish the hops were more pronounced. Interesting, and very creamy.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy medium with some drying spicy yeast on the finish.

O - Guess I expected more hops, but this is quite fruity and spicy. The yeast component is nice, and this is probably the creamiest pale ale I've had. Interesting, but probably not something I would go back to.

Photo of Todd
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy and dirty looking burnt orangey-brown beer with medium-sized bubbles that rise and give way to a thick white foam head. Settles to an okay lace with weak stick to the glass. Some of the dregs from the bottle seem to loom at the center top of the pour, like a dark storm cloud. Spooky.

Aroma is quite nice with fruity esters, overripe peaches, fresh grain and plenty of bubble gum in the nose. Hints of sugar. Phenolic, baking spices. Wet earth.

Medium-bodied. Sharp on the palate with raw funky fermented edge and backing citric snap. Green apple-y flavor and apple skin feel on the palate follows, with a sweet and tart nectarine character and fruitiness. Dull orange rind and skin character that you might find in a tea. Green banana flavor/feel. Sugary notes. Dry and muted spices of allspice / clove. Odd oily clingy linger in the dry finish.

Hmm ... though it's interesting and worth the try, it's not overly drinkable. I do like the uniqueness of this beer, and flavors that make you think, but one was enough. Interesting use of hops for the style, but I don't think it works.

Photo of rudylaw
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap @ HopCat

Served in a tulip glass with a tiny white head.

Grapefruit, banana and perfume in the nose and the taste buds. They don't really go that well together. Medium carbonation and a thin mouthfeel. One glass is all I care to muster.

I really wanted to try an offering from Kuhnhenn on tap and I was totally and completely underwhelmed by this beer.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1/2 gal growler I picked up at the brewery yesterday.

A whispy white head that leaves a decent head and lace. A golden-amber body. Smells of floral hops nad notes of sweet malt. Tastes of sweet malts, marshmallow (?), mild orange citrus and low-level of hop bitternes. The alcohol is present, but barely noticable. Medium to light body. Finishes with a nice hop aftertaste that isn't biting, it just leaves you wanting more. Smooth with light carbonation in the mouth.

This is a beautiful beer. It represents an old-world and new-world fusion that works. While others may not appreicate these crazy American hops monkeying with their Belgian ale, I don't think they are ill-placed, over-stated or spoiling to the enjoyability of this beer. Is it true to style?-- not exactly. Does it work?--- absofuckinlutely.

Photo of mully
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hoppymeal for trading this beer to me.

a -- Hazy apricot color , thin white head gone instantly

s -- sweet fruity, piney hops, ripe stone fruits smells good, not a typical profile -- later as it warmed a clove smell emerged like from a lot of wheat yeasts.

t -- moves around, sweet piney, slightly astringent -- some roasted malts sneak through

m: thin/ crisp does not linger would be an outstanding summer beer.

O: Good beer, very interesting glad I got to try it, the cloves that came out limited the drinkability for me. Interesting beer from a brewery that seems to like to try to push things. I can't wait to try more from them.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Banana yeast, spicey, reminicent of Urthel hop-it as good Belgian and hoppy. Bitterness nice in flavour. Fruit, coriander, Pepper, honey. Reddish colour, may have been around as not the most popular, but I like Belgians and appreciate what they have done.
Another unique Kuhnhenn.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tuplip glass. Thanks to goryshkewych for the trade.

Pours a hazy dark amber orange with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy brite-white head that retains nicely and leaves big, sticky lacing behind. The aroma has lots of fruit sweetness to it, including mangos and bananas, as well as a clove spiciness, pine notes, yeast and some light heat.

The taste is a piney bitterness up front that melds into citrus notes, a sweeter fruit taste, cloves, and a yeasty presence. A lot of different flavors and I must say that I really enjoyed the balance of this guy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. I also picked up just a light beefy feel from the +8% ABV.

I really enjoyed this. The addition of the Simcoe hops really added a nice countertouch to the yeast, spice, and sweetness of a regular Belgian Pale Ale. It's not hugely drinkable by any means but it hides it's ABV very well and is generally a fine steady sipper.

Photo of benmiliron
4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $4.50 for a 12.oz glass.

Definitely one of the best beers I've ever had. Looks like a standard pale ale in the glass, though it's marketed as a Belgian. This is a strange brew - a marriage of a belgian brew with a overdose of west coase (Simcoe) hops. Remarkable. Imagine La Chouffe meeting 90 minute pale ale and you get the idea.

Photo of KC8LTL
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled over two months ago (sitting in fridge since) and poured into brandy snifter.

Appearance - clear copper with very little head after agressive pour. This may very easily be because it has been sitting in a growler so long. In spite of such a small head, there is actually a bit of lacing on the glass and the head valiantly tries to stick around.

Smell - Well, Simcoe, of course is in there. But this is very much a Belgian and not a hop bomb. There is a pruny fruit smell that is almost as big as the hops.

Taste - A mixture of sweet fruits. The hops seem to blend into the background. Honestly, it tastes quite a bit like Stone 08/08, but seems more delicately hopped and with less noticeable alcohol. Hops do build as glass is sipped.

Mouthfeel - I am amazed that with such little head there is quite a bit of carbonation tingle in the mouth. That is actually my first feeling, followed by a bit of a malt thinkness.

Drinkablity - Remarkably smooth and dangerous. On just a sip, I would never guess that this is 8.5%.

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes taken on 9/15.

Pours a dirty golden brown color with a smallish white head.

The aroma is very sweet. Big tropical fruit presence, sugary to go along with a flowery and powdery spice. The aroma fringes on cloying.

The taste is of a sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, and candied tropical fruit. A nice grapefruit hop flavor but doesn't really mix well with the malt. Too sweet overall.

The beer has a moderate feel, it is sweet but doesn't quite reach the level of cloying.

Typical average american made BIPA. Heavy on the tropical fruit hops. A sweet malt to go along with a tropical fruit hop profile just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours modestly orange with a decent sized head into the tulip glass. Nose is mainly sweet citrus with Belgian spice notes on the edge, primarily coriander.

Taste is a ride with a fruity opening (peaches?), bread in the middle, and a spicy, somewhat hoppy finale. Interesting stuff.

Mouthfeel, decent but not remarkable, ditto on the drinkability, it's a tasty Belgian style beer, but it's not in the elite upper echelon for me.

The bottom line: Kuhnhenn justifiably have a reputation for unique, well-crafted beers, and Simcoe Silly is another example of that. Very complex taste profile, and certainly worth trying out if you run into it.

Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewery on 20-Jul-09 during our tour of Michigan.

A: The ale is dark amber, an orange/brown combination that renders it semi-translucent. Good carbonation after almost one week resulted in a head of a finger and a half that left small patches of lace.

S: The nose is slow to get moving, gradually emerging from its shell. As it does, simcoe comes first with medicinal citrus hops. Weizen elements, banana and clove, also get into the act and even manage to overpower the hops at times. The nose is muddled and takes a while to get going...

T: ...Luckily the taste kicks off with a bang. Banana and clove lead the way with simcoe hops lingering below the surface with a sharp counterpoint to the sweetness. As the ale sits on the palate, boozy heat and stronger hops emerge to challange the flavor. My notes include the terms 'resounding weizen sweetness' and 'strong hoppy dryness'. Bubblegum sweetness is the lingering flavor.

M: The weizen sweetness and simcoe hoppiness are a very interesting combination, a masterful hybrid. The unusual flavors, I love 'em, and could let them linger for a long long time.

D: I don't view this as a Belgian strong pale ale, rather a weizen-IPA mix (a German IPA, perhaps?). Whatever it is, I like it and could tolerate another glass or two.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of simcoe hops with semi-sweet Belgian malt backbone is quite interesting. Taste is a mix between some quite sweet Belgain ale with some green simcoe hops clearly noticeable. Full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and a lot more complex then just a Belgian hop bomb.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden, almost copper colored with a spotty bright white head that kicks off a laod of lace.
Aroma of grain some pale malt and some candy sugar. Little bit of clove, banana and bubble gum.
Flavor of powerful Simcoe hops lead off hiding a candy sugar, coriander and some spciy yeast notes.
Mouthfeel is gritty and bitter. Malt flavors and spice really don't shine through.
Drinkability is OK. Hop choice seems just too powerful for style and overpowers mre subtle notes.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured an orange copper. Light head.

S-Orange tangerine; minerals, earth, and all of the good qualities you'd smell on a ripe, triple creme camembert.

T-A bit sour-sweet, with a metallic sensation on the tip of the tongue, tangerine, hops, and ripe cheese. The ripe cheese sensation is bizarre, but not unpleasant. This beer is very earthy, w/a generous and unmistakable twinge of minerals.

M-Pretty decent body w/light carbonation, but who knows how long this growler's been open? The overall texture is good.

D-This stuff is interesting, but bizarre. I don't know what'd I'd pair it with, but I would start with some ripe, French cheese.

Note: The generous provider of this beverage mentioned that there were French sea salts added, which might account for some of the minerals.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DrJay for sending me this one. I love to get my hands on anything new from these boys, and this one was right up my alley. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/18/2009.
The pour was very rich and very hazy. Thick looking bright amber orange in color with a bit of sediment hitting the ground below it. Smooth white head of an inch or so on the top settling down effortlessly into a cushion of broken white that sat throughout the session. Lots of very sweet and very bitter hops are all the comes across at first. Sharp citrus here, with a deep sweetness, reminded me of the aroma of 120 min for a second just not at all as powerful. Some light buttery notes as it warms, but lots of orange rind  and tangerine in here. Smooth, heavy for the style with a medium to full body that was almost syrup like. Not too harsh on the palate as everything was more balanced then I thought it would be, but still providing that deep, resin like bitter flavor in the finish that I knew I would look forward to.
Overall not bad, not my favorite from them, but not bad at all. I would love to try this one fresh on tap as I am sure it was intensely good.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mcallister for bringing this one over to share. Hazy copper in color, with a thin white head that disappeared immediately. Huge piney aroma, with a catty note to it as well. A bit of yeasty and spicy aroma, although somewhat subtle. Candi sugar sweetness in the beginning, with some Belgian yeasty flavors, and a few spices. Slight caramel flavor. This beer is balanced well with some piney hop flavor, along with a bit of citrus rind. Not as much bitterness as expected from the aroma. Lower amount of carbonation. Very nice.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy to cloudy copper in color. It poured with a thin yet dense off white head that also coated the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bananas and citrus in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bananas and citrus. Little if any bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite interesting for the style due to the flavors of bananas from the yeast. It seems like it could use a little more hop flavors and associated bitterness.

Photo of minterro
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes at Kuhnhenn's brewery

Moderately hoppy, spicy, very yeasty and bits of bubblegum. It was a complex smell but it wasn't as pleasing as it sounds. Great lacing, cloudy orange colored beer, no lively bubles rising up.

Very yeasty, spicy, sweet, medium bodied, moderately low carbonated. Well hidden abv. Very sweet. Background floral hops.
Don’t really know what to base it on or what to expect from the style (Pale American Belgo style), but it was better then the tangerine wit and the loco yokel that my gf and my dad tried. Very drinkable.

Photo of carln26
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with just a slight haze, and a slight head (although that is probably due more to the glass I was drinking from). The aroma has a nice grapefruit rind and orange character. I do get a little banana, but not the bubble gum the label not mentions. The taste is hop forward with more of the grapefruit rind, the bubblegum does come across here with just a hint of caramel on the finish. Delicate, but full mouth feel, nicely drinkable, really for any season (especially this warm fall day). Nice beer, hard to pick a style for it. (APA?).

Photo of ritzkiss
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at HopCat. Snifter arrives a darker golden orange hue, little foam and a still top.

Nose and taste are big. Huge yeast and malt notes, citric notes from both hops and yeast, biscuity, slightly acrid and slightly overwhelming bitterness from the yeasts, not a pleasant hop bitterness. Big on both esters and hops though esters come though stronger - still not integrated well enough. Big malts, big yeast, big hops - too bad it just doesn't add up to a supremely delicious brew.

Growler (29/04/2010): Juicier than I remember it being on tap but esters still dominating. Big and bold and still doesn't pull it together for me. Thanks to Bartle!

Photo of oline73
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a ring of creamy off white head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: Mild banana and a bit buttery with some malt sweetness. Not picking up much as far as the hops go.

Taste: Malt with some citrus hops and banana. The buttery smell carries over and makes it seem that this one is a bit off.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with a dry finish.

Overall: The weird off flavor took over this beer for me. It could have been good, but just didn't get there.

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Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.