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Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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225 Ratings

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 2 | 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:
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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Photo of akorsak


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

07-25-2009 17:19:28 | More by akorsak
Photo of ballewblake

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

Served in a tulip, low white head, good lacing, amber body. Grapefruit dominates on this first beer of the day. Same on the nose. Very easy to drink, lightly bitter. Balanced carbonation and sweet/bitterness. Banana, and bubble gum in the finish. Wheat malts?

07-13-2009 18:51:25 | More by ballewblake
Photo of paco1029384756


2.08/5  rDev -45.7%

Pours a nice deep orange color with a small white head.

Scent of yeast, hops, sugars, some fruit, perfume and a hint of alcohol. The Belgian yeast and strong perfume are too overpowering for me to like this scent.

Taste is equally unimpressive, strong flowers, perfume, Belgian yeast, dank hops, earth and some alcohol. The flowery taste is too damn strong; a very unappealing beer to me. The worst craft beer I had had in a while.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with low carbonation.

06-22-2009 01:11:15 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

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!

06-08-2009 02:50:35 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

05-19-2009 15:54:46 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of sholland119


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Clear honey amber with a little bit of lingering off white head and some good lacing.

S-Nose is rather sweet, mainly pineapple, with a background spiciness.

T-Starts off sweet quickly up front, then a yeasty spice takes over fast and holds on through the finish. Spice is up front and very bright, then peppery at the end. Simcoe hops are present throughout.

M-Medium bodied with a very dry finish.

D-Described as a Belgian IPA in the brewpub menu, and I think this is a better description of the style than a Strong Pale Ale. A really excellent version of the style.


05-03-2009 22:47:12 | More by sholland119
Photo of webmanspidey


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap at the brewery. Poured a cloudy pale orange into an oversized wine glass. Smell and taste were a combination of bubblegum, pepper, coriander, cloves, and banana. Smooth, drinkable, and not overly strong, but the flavor faded fairly quickly in my opinion. While I was drinking this I swore it was a Tripel, but I guess the difference in the styles is still blurry to me.

03-21-2009 04:06:28 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

01-09-2009 03:47:08 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of hopdog


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle acquired in trade with TAR (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, citrus (lemons), and yeast. Tastes of lemons, orange peel, and some yeast. Alcohol content hidden. Sweet start with a light tart finish.

Notes from 1/12/06

11-10-2008 14:22:15 | More by hopdog
Photo of KC8LTL


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

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%.

11-09-2008 02:00:29 | More by KC8LTL
Photo of BMoney575


4.75/5  rDev +24%

Sampled on 10-31-08
Bottled on 10-18-08

Pours a light and clear orange/amber, with a hard-to-get but long lasting thin white head.

Smell is all grapefruit hops, hugely thick and resiny. Lots of honey in there too, combines with the Belgian quality to add great complexity.

Taste is surprisingly tart, the hops come in right at the front, followed by a Belgian sweetness and a slight light malt flavor. The finish is dry and a little vegetable-y, but the bitterness is well controlled.

Mouthfeel is good, though a little too thin to be awesome.

Drinkability is quite good, but watch out for the abv.

Overall, more a double IPA, but very good and I would get it again in a heartbeat.

Score edited: 4-5-09
Bottled on 4-4-09

10-31-2008 21:21:03 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Floydster


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with hoppymeal, thanks to Derek for including this in my package, drank last night, poured into my small Stone glass

A-Color is a medium orange with copper highlights, small 1/2 inch foamy off white head, does not stay around long at all, little retention, no lacing
S-Simcoe hops, bet you could not guess that from the name, Belgian yeast, tangerines, lemons, mangoes, soft malt, sugar, grassy accents and mild funk
T-Starts off real dry and hoppy, some Belgian yeast and sweetness in the middle, finish has some malt but is mostly dominated by hoppiness, gets a little sweeter as time goes by but it is still dry at the same time, fruit comes out more towards the end, mostly citrus but some tropical fruit in there too, nicely balanced and enjoyable
M-Dry, sweet, and slightly malty mouthfeel, not enough carbonation, medium to full bodied, does not leave much of a lingering taste
D-Does not taste like it is over eight percent, goes down easy and is smooth, not heavy on the stomach, a little sweet but still good drinkability, alcohol is hidden well

Not my favorite of Kuhnhenn's brews by any means but not bad compared to others out there, this should probably be listed under a Belgian IPA judging by its taste, definitely one of the more hoppy Belgian-style beers I have tasted in quite some time, might drink again, worth trying

10-16-2008 17:02:11 | More by Floydster
Photo of Deuane


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

A-Slightly hazy light copper with a thin light tan head that left spotty lace.

S-Light "Belgian" yeast aroma with notes of bubblegum being most present. The citrus twang of the Simcoe hops come forth and waft over it all.

T-Bouncy, fruity with notes of fresh berries and sharp, zesty citrus, mmm....nice! A very good effort at the melding of styles.

M-Medium bodies with a strong sharp crispness and a good lingering bitterness.

D-One of the better Belgian IPA's (quickly becoming my favorite style) I have had. Wonderful fruity flavour with a sharp citrus smack. Good job Kuhnhenn!

09-28-2008 06:21:53 | More by Deuane
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

Original review dated 7/6/2007

12 oz undated bottle aquired about 6 months ago from Kuhnhenn.

Pours orangy copper, with a chill haze, and a few particulates that are unavoidable. A humble head of white raised up to barely a quarter inch and quickly faded. A few traces of lacing stuck around after the first few sips.
Aromatics are somewhat floral, but hardly pungent as I had hoped.
Tangerines, bubblegum, and candied peaches are enticing, but rather meager in character.
Mouthfeel is lightish with a bit of stickyness.
The pallet is showing some oxidation amongst the tropical fruit profile. Apricots and sugared pink grapefruit are in the forefront, with some stale spruce dew and sour grape gum.
Finishes with a balancing bitterness, warming alcohol, lingering fruit, and a lactic nod.

I was expecting a big hit of Simcoe, but if there ever was one, it has faded and the oxidation has stepped forward.

Revisit 9/3/08 via growler

Pours with moderate carbonation, and bits of lacework. Clear copper.

Loads of orange, melons, peaches, and mangoe in the nose. Very floral, fruity, and pungent.

Medium bodied, a bit sticky and lush.

Ripe tropical citrus fruits with hints of spruce on the pallet. Heavy on tangerines, apricots, peaches, and mangoe. Mild bubblegum notes pull through, as well as a smooth, firm bitterness.

Finishes with lingering ripe fruit and warming alcohol.

The fresh example from the growler is far superior than the bottle previously reviewed.

Big ups to my man Erik for the hook-up on the long distance growler!

09-03-2008 23:24:04 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of adams82


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours fairly clear with a big off white head. Orange/deep copper in colour.

Smells of orange and lemon peel, piney hops, corriander, bubble gum like sweetness, fruity esters are every where; yeasty.

Tastes sweet; malt and candi sugar dominate, with flavours of orange/lemon peel, pepper, bubble gum, with a nice hop citric/piney hop character. Good bitterness on the finish and one crazy delicious beer!

Very smooth, complex, and rich; full bodied yet easy to handle. An awesome offering and one of my favorite taps at Kuhnhenn!

08-16-2008 23:20:07 | More by adams82
Photo of urwatuh8


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks to goryshkewych and hoppymeal for bottles of this.

I really want to rave about this beer. It's refreshingly unique, and I'm a sucker for novelty. But I just don't think it comes together.

Pours an opaque bronze, with a modest head. Quite a bit of sediment I tried to keep in the bottle. There's a huge bubblegumminess, both in the taste and the smell. The taste also strikes me as spicy and quite fruity, maybe mangoes? The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. And a bit too slick and oily.

The alcohol is not perceived at all, but it's drinkability suffers a tad just from how overhwelming in size the taste is is. If you get a chance you should definitely try it, but one is already a huge amount to make sense of.

05-21-2008 06:51:27 | More by urwatuh8
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

Some generous Canadians grabbed a few growlers for us on the way to Dark Lord Day! Thanks, eh?

Anyhow, this here Simcoe Silly pours a hazy, dirty orange and sports a very redneck looking fat, lumpy, eggshell head two fingers tall. I think I caught a glimpse of mullet in there, too.

What the...? The smell is outta control! Pineapple, cinnamon, citrus hops, pepper, lemon, banana, cardamom? MANGO?! What's going on here? It's ester madness, folks. I can't say that it smells harmonious, but it's certainly different... the last beer I had with this sort of memorable nose was likely Hitachino Nest Festive...

The kitchen-soup approach continues on as I taste the brew. It's massively spiced -- too spiced -- with cinnamon, clove, orange peel and brown sugar. By the time you add the booze and all manner of bizarre fruits, my gums are bleeding and my eyes are turning spice-blue! It's near sickly sweet and makes me feel like I'm drinking some sort of potpourri. Not really my... cough.... bag.

Mouthfeel is middling, nice carbonation level actually. Finishes spicy-orange and sweet. Again.

While Simcoe Silly gets my nod for the oddest beer to cross my gullet lately, it earns little else. It's just too much. The flavors don't mesh all that well... you know that crazy uncle of yours who has no social graces and tries to compensate by telling dirty jokes (loudly) at family gatherings? Yeah, that's this beer.

05-18-2008 02:02:23 | More by kkipple
Photo of aforbes10


4.25/5  rDev +11%

Thanks to kkulacki for getting my growler filled! Pours a cloudy orange with a solid, small head that builds our of a very pretty reverse cascade of bubbles. Odor is lemony, grassy, also bubblegum and bananas. Smells fresh and delicious. This is one of those style-spanning beers that you can't really place with anything else and don't really want to. Hop bitterness and phenolic malt up front, with lemony simcoe hops growing along with a peppery banana. Alcohol evident but not overbearing. Heavy, but still crisp. Very, very drinkable. Kuhnhenn can do no wrong.

05-14-2008 18:11:45 | More by aforbes10
Photo of david131


4.68/5  rDev +22.2%

A- A cloudy but very luminescent liquid with some streams of rising carbonation and a nice splotchy white head. Absolutely beautiful.

S- Belgian yeast, coriander, orange, a little funky. Very complex and aromatic. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma but a little more earthy. The alcohol is also slightly noticeable, but it is not harsh in any manner.

M- Creamy, but a tad on the thin side. The alcohol is a tad apparent on the tail end.

D- Very impressive. I am absolutely blown away. Kind of makes me think of an American DIPA made with Belgian yeast. My roommate said it tasted like an alcoholic orange cream sickle. Get some.

05-06-2008 02:15:22 | More by david131
Photo of joepais


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Thanks go out to goryshkewych for making this one happen

Growler poured into my Duvel glass produced a fingers worth of whit head that turned into a nice layer of thick lace all on top of a apricot colored body

The aromas of mango and other citrus fruit sweet candy sugar and Belgian yeast as well as other spices and one mustn't forget the Simcoe hops one of the nicest noses of all the brews I tried

Taste of nice mango, orange, bananas, peaches, honey, and tangerine, but the hop's and spice bitter keeps it from being overly sweet

Medium body light carbonation (have to try one from a bottle)

Really drinkable Belgian Strong Pale Ale hides the alcohol well. I have been enjoying this growler all weekend and will be sad to see it go

04-26-2008 23:00:20 | More by joepais
Photo of DefenCorps


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

12oz bottle received from goryshkewych. Thanks! My first Kuhnhenn beer! Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A: Copper-orange with a dense two-finger beige head. Head recedes slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Steady stream of carbonation adds to the appeal

S: The characteristic Simcoe mango aroma is present. Hard to describe much else - a little bit of spiciness and bready yeastiness.

T A pleasant hop bite up front with a mild Belgian yeast flavor profile in the back. Mango, apricot and a slight phenolic taste (at least, i'd describe it as phenolic). Drying finish with a mild, bitter aftertaste

M: Well carbonated for the hop profile and the drying finish make this a pleaser

D: I'm enjoying this after a 15hour workday and i'm glad i chose this one!

04-24-2008 04:30:16 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of seaoflament


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Thanks to hoppymeal for this beer, one of many mad extras he sent in our recent trade.

Pours an amber color with some ripe orange color and brown highlights, duh amber. No head was created since I had to pour carefully to leave the yeast that was loosely floating around in the bottom.

Smell is fruity with various citrus fruits from the simcoe hops. There are also aromas of red apples, grapes, yeast, Belgian candy and spices. The malt comes through as toasted and sweet with a blend of dark fruits as well. Pine needles and alcohol mix together in a good way. I really like the aroma of this beer, it is quite interesting.

Taste is similar to the aroma but less sweet than one would think. A hop bitterness hits the tongue first with some citrus, yeast, and finishes with spices. The dark fruits come around in mid-palate and finishes with some red cherries, apples and toast.

Well carbonated and pretty easy to drink, just a hint of alcohol in the taste but it doesn't fell hot.

04-23-2008 02:12:37 | More by seaoflament
Photo of CortexBomb


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

04-13-2008 15:44:54 | More by CortexBomb
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Thanks to Kan from RB for this treat.

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky dark sunset orange with a fluffy one finger off-white head that sticks around for a while. Good lacing left behind once the head descends. Smell isn't as hoppy as I was hoping seeing it has Simcoe in the title. Big yeasty aroma with sweet candy and banana. Very slight hops with an earthy pepper scent as well. The hops definitely shine up front in the flavor department, lots of citrus; clementine, pineapple, peaches, and grapefruit. The sweet hops are quickly taken over by the bready yeast which lingers in the aftertaste. Once again, I could use more hops in the taste department but I shouldn't complain seeing it's a Belgian Ale. Body is medium with a smooth feel and a fair amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable for 8.5%, Kuhnhenn lives up to the hype once again. These guys really know what they're doing. Keep up the good work!

04-01-2008 00:41:59 | More by BeerTruth
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Stopped by the brewery and tried the Simcoe Silly on tap.

Poured a nice peachy-orange color with a light beige head.

Aroma was hoppy with bubblegum and oranges and a touch of earthiness.

Tastes of bubblegum, oranges, peaches with a slightly bitter finish.

Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Easy to drink for sure. Try it if you can.

03-29-2008 23:26:14 | More by Monkeyknife
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