Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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very good

243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 30
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
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 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 Thorpe429
2.23/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Poured a moderate orange-copper color with a white head that didn't last long at all and really didn't provide any sort of lacing. The nose was just a mess with some yeast going atop some pine and floral hops and the floral hops taking on a grassy, medicinal astringency. The taste was a bit worse with a bit of alcohol and the flavors just clashing completely. Alcohol in the feel. This just did not drink well and was unfortunately not a good beer. I'd like to think I just got this at the wrong time and would be up for trying it again, as I'm normally a fan of pretty much everything that Kuhnhenn does.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy golden color and a modest head that leaves some lacing

Smell: A truly unusual combination of bananas, Belgian funk and hops; something spicy there, too, perhaps coriander

Taste: Bubblegum, golden fruit and funk up front and gets even funkier after the swallow; bitter hoppiness and an odd phenolic flavor join with sweet muscadine grapes at the close

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting experiment but the phenolics were a bit disconcerting

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 Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a golden yellow color with a thin head to start off with. The head fades away pretty quickly. The aroma was a little hoppy, I expected it to be a little stronger on the nose. The taste was also a little lighter than expected but it was strong in the aftertaste. The Simcoe hops really shine through on the back end of this beer. The mouthfeel is average, it's not thick or watery so much. It's just about right. Pretty good brew.

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 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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange body with a small, splotchy beige head.

Smell: Aroma full of top-shelf bubblegum and citrusy orange oils with a growing herbal scent and something like a musky, wet animal.

Taste: Sweet citrus and peach juices with a drizzle of honey stirred in. More of the bubblegum and herbs. Sharp, dank hoppiness though with a relatively mild bitterness. Finishes surprisingly smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness throughout.

Drinkability: Good stuff! I'd offer you some, but know what? Don't bother... cuz I already drank it all.

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.

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 jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at bronx ale house

Lighter creamy almost 1 finger head fades slowly with some nice lacing, clear auburn amber orange brown color.

Nose is loaded with fresh fruit, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, light citrus, hint of sweet malts, not what I was expecting at all.

Taste also loaded with tropical fruit as well, pineapple, mango, bit of grapefruit, some tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors, touch of bitterness. Malts fill out the background quite a bit with a full mouth and kick of booze. Finishes a bit more bitter, more hop kick and less fruit, bit drier but sticky and more booze.

Mouth is heavier full bodied decent carb, warming slight tingly booze.

Overall a very interesting beer, lots of tropical fruits, nice hop flavor, good malty backbone with kick of booze. I could put back a few of these despite the abv.

Photo of mdfb79
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/27/11 notes. Had on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC. Tried side by side with the Kuhnhenn Rice DIPA.

a - Pours a clear dark orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, caramel malts, but pretty light on both. Not bad, just not very strong.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, and light spice and yeast. A big step up from the nose, nice and fruity.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, with a super smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one, thought the RDIPA was better. Wish the nose was a bit stronger, but the taste and mouthfeel made up for it. Would have it again.

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

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with a half finger tall creamy light beige head. The head reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light fruits (apple and pear), some hints of tropical fruits, banana, clove, and some light citrus hops.

T: Slightly fruity with lots of banana and some hints of clove (probably from the Belgian yeast used). The citrus hops are present but do not leave an overly bitter flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation.

O: Another really good beer from a quality American brewer doing European style beers. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable with a really interesting flavor combination.

Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass.

Pours less than a half a finger of creamy white head. Head fades down to a minimal layer, but some spider-web lace marks are left behind. Color is hazy burnt orange copper.

Aroma: Quite interesting flavor here. I initially get a big banana aroma, with some cloves and yeast. Then I get a huge lemon citrus flavor. All backed up with earthy hops It is very sweet and interesting.

Taste: I have to admit I wasn't expecting to taste the amount of alcohol that I am tasting in this beer. The flavor is very musky. Bananas, cloves, lemon citrus, yeast, caramel all mash together for a taste that isn't too enjoyable. Some earthy hops are present as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, a little bitter, all mixed with a nice amount of alcohol. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a sticky mixed flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this beer just does not work. Nothing seems to fit together at all. Too much alcohol, too musky, and too much going on at once (in a bad way). Maybe I got a bad bottle, in which I would reevaluate, other I really don't plan on drinking this one again.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. As I pour this I get a solid, cracker grain note. The beer has a rich red, amber color to it that shows a somewhat hazed, copper hue when held up to the light. A more focused look at the aroma yields a super fruity note that reminds me of a cross between pineapples and peaches, as well as some juicy fruit gum aromatics, lots of lychee, notes of ripe mango and candied papaya. All of this is backed by a pale malt toastiness that smells of sugar soaked whole wheat crackers. While the hop character is dominant, it is supported and accentuated by a yeast derived fruitiness and a touch of sweet clove phenolics. The mix of Belgian yeast and Simcoe hops really brings out an intense, sugar preserved fruit character out in the nose of this beer. It is quite interesting and might actually even be a bit much.

This is quite sweet tasting up front, though the beer finishes with a touch of astringency and a dry, cracker driven malt character. The upfront sweetness melds well with a punchy fruitiness that reminds me of juicy fruit gum, hubba Bubba bubblegum notes, as well as tropical & fruit notes of lychee, apricot, kumquat peel and a sort of super charged, almost tropical fruit leaning orange zest note. The bitterness is kept fairly low in this beer, but it does sneak into the long finish along with a spicy, phenolic clove note that is kept pretty well in check. Actually clove flavors contribute throughout the flavor profile, but are kept in relative balance to the other flavors. There is also a touch of earthy spiciness that is reminiscent of herbal coriander here in the flavor as well. The alcohol is quite well hidden here, and while this does have a touch of viscous heft to it, this beer is actually not overly heavy for a 10% beer; it doesn't have quite the drinkability of the most digestible Belgian beers though.

An interesting beer, it definitely works for the most part, though it can be a touch cloying at times (though not really if you take the 10% alcohol into account). This is a nice beer, one that certainly combines the Simcoe hops and the Belgian yeast pretty well, but somehow it seems like it could have been much more interesting; I am not exactly sure why though, perhaps it is a touch too sweet, and it doesn't quite seem complex enough somehow.

Photo of corby112
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a growler of this up last night at Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

Pours a very dark golden orange/amber color with hazy golden orange/peach hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy, pillowy off-white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that coats the glass with streaks of soapy sheets of lacing.

Earthy floral hop aroma with hints of bready yeast, citrus peel, zest peppery spice and slight light fruit. Hints of grapefruit and lemon peel compliment the dank oily ops and there is also a decent graham cracker biscuit malt presence.

Chewy mull body with a lot of fresh floral hop bitterness as well as some nice sweet citrus character. The bitterness from the hops last but become less prominent as they are countered by the graham cracker and biscuit malts as well as a very prominent bready yeast character. Hits of light crisp fruit and ripe banana add to the complexity but the hops are the star here. As mentioned above they are very floral and sweet up front with a slight bitterness that lasts throughout into a delicious dry finish. The ABV is excellently masked making it dangerously drinkable. Usually I don't like hoppy beers to have this much of a malt backbone but I really enjoyed this one. i

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this!
Appears orange and gold with a small white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of slightly sugary blend of citrus and Belgian yeast and candy. Some citrusy hops jamming through the aroms.
Taste is sweet, and sugary with definite citrus hops.
Mouthfeel...AGAIN sits heavy on the tongue. Medium bodied and sweet with complimentery sweetness.

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 biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles, in Buffalo!
Near transparent in appearance but very glossed over looking. Only an outlined tracing for head. An orange colour complimented by nice red shades and various dark tones to the light.
Plenty of Simcoe hops in the aroma. A nice candy sugar presence, smooth caramel malt, pinapple esters and fresh grapefruity character.
An insanely smooth mouthfeel. This drinks wonderfully! No alcohol detected what so ever. A nice resounding sweetness from the malts and candi sugar. Sterdy malt bill with hefty influence from the hops. A lot of caramel malt sweetness as well.
The amazing thing about this beer was how subdued the hops were. They were so lively in the aromatics, but completly absent from influencing the mouthfeel. Restrained and subdued but still so ever present. Impressive!
This was really good, big thanks swoopjones!

Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn, into a tulip.

Orangey red, with a white head, thin ring of bubbles and some spots of lace. Nose of Simcoe, citrus and orange zest and a mild "pulpy" character. Belgian yeast spiciness comes through prominently as well. Taste has sweet malt, more Simcoe orange-y zest and Belgian yeast in the finish retaining a good bit of sweetness. Medium full body, slight chewy texture and medium carbonation. Delicious flavour profile, one of my favourite hoppy Kuhnhenn offerings.

Photo of ppoitras
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head over the bright copper brew. Head isn't as resilient as most Belgian-styles, but could be the alcohol coming into play, and lacing is average. Aroma is sweet, yet citrusy, not unexpected from the name, and it meets the advertising. Taste is tart citrus upfront, which changes gears to slightly sweet malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and interesting, and drinkability is excellent for the style and strength. Try it if you can!

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

Orange colour with a thin, cream coloured head that formed very nice lacing. The aroma was a combination of belgian spiciness with lots of cloves, coriander, banana, and apple fruitiness with citrusy, and slightly piney, American hops. The flavour was more of the same, with a juicy citrus character and great balance. Good attenuation with little residual sugar/stickiness and well integrated carbonation. Smooth. For the high abv, this is a frighteningly drinkable beer. The flavour combination might not work for some, but I found it to be interesting. Definitely something that I'll look for again. Too bad they didn't have any bottled when I tried it at the brewery.

Photo of Viggo
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Kuhnhenn on the way to Dark Lord Day 2007, good for sharing and contributing to the sea of beer on saturday!

Pours a slightly hazed golden/yellow, nice thick white head forms, settles to a layer but leaves some nice lacing. Smell is wacky, bubblegum, really estery from the Belgian yeast strain, caramel, almost banana, then big pine hops from the simcoe, some nice floral aroma as well. Taste is similar, lots of sweet candi sugar goodness, bubblegum, caramel, pine and floral, yeast, weird mix of flavours but it works really well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bit of a dry finish, very smooth. People couldn't believe this is 10.5% (not 8.5% as listed!) Thanks for letting me borrow the jug Grub.

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

I had this on tap at the Kuhnhenn brewery, poured into a chalice. The appearance was murky orange, kind of hazy. Smelled citrucy and sweet. I was surprised by the hops in the flavor, because Belgian pale ales usually aren't too hoppy. But it was pretty good. A little strong in alcohol flavor maybe, but not too bad.

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Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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