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Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

235 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 31
Gots: 4 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2003)
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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at the brewery. listed as 9.5%ABV.

pours deep amber with a thin very fine white head. tons of lace.

aroma is nice. bubblegum. bit of bready malt. bit of grapefruit.

taste is great. bit of alcohol. bubblegum. nice bready malt. grapefruit hops. good bitterness level. grapefruit without being resiny.

mouthfeel is nice. moderate well integrated carbonation. nice body.

drinkability is great, dangerours even. balanced and hides the alcohol very well. very smooth and very drinkable.

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 lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat pale bronze in color. Moderate carbonation level. Floral aroma-slightly grassy with a mellow sulfury odor in the backround. Big malt flavor-good balanced bitterness and sweetness running together. Nice hoppy bitterness and flavor mix. Good mouthfeel-very slight twinge of alcohol harshness. Extremely drinkable beer and damn enjoyable. I think I might be relocating to be closer to Warren MI-these guys are impressing the hell out of me.

Photo of benito
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe Silly is one of the most unique, unclassifiable (and almost unreviewable) beers that I've ever had. It's a strange American-Belgian hybrid that would sit well alongside Bristol Brewing's Edge City Harvest Ale. It certainly is not a Belgian pale ale or Belgian golden ale, so it might be called a saison, but it's not exactly a saison either...in any case, it's an excellent beer.

A: Hazy copper with good head.

S: Some banana and salt with a barnyard funk and other mixed fruit scents. The Simcoes gives it a nice earthy flavor as well.

T: Vinegar and banana throughout as well as a lot of hard-to-pinpoint fruits in the aftertaste. The overall taste is a sweet-and-sour mix.

M: Almost too odd (and wonderful) to capture. It's very sweet with some hop (Simcoe) presence, but summer fruit dominates.

D: Good. Very refreshing all around. Very strong as well!

Photo of kohoutek
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at The Beer Depot in Ann Arbor. 12 oz bottle. No age information.

Pours an orange/amber hue with quality medium-fine bubbles and persistant lace. Somewhat cloudy and murky, definitely bottle conditioned.

This beer smells odd. It definitely has Belgian scented style: apricots, fresh malt, a touch of dried citrus fruit, estery banana, clove-like, spicy phenols. The hops seem to clash a bit with the yeast and malt backbone. A bit too much competion and a serious lack of integration. It seems like I am smelling two beers mixed together. They have similar profiles, but they do not mesh. A serious booze smell permeates everything.

I am immediately met by the warmth of the ethanol. This is a big beer, but the alcohol is very present throughout the entire drinking experience. The big, rich dried apricots and pears, fresh wort and spicy yeast are dominated by firewater.

A pleasant hopping rate and rich sweetness compliment each other. The higher alcohols and a subtle, yet present bitterness cut through the sweet, sticky fruits nicely.

Drinkability: This would be a much better beer with a noble hop variety or when the hops were more present. Its good, but not great or haunting in any way.

The hop freshness in this beer was low. I am very interested in trying this one a bit younger. It is named after a hop afterall, no?

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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 granger10
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clearer orange color with a bit of redness around the sides. Thinnish foamy head doesn't maintain too well. Moderate lacing. Looks unique.

Smells like wildflower honey and oranges. Strong Belgian yeasty qualities of pepper and earthy components. More fruits and a little alcohol kick as it warms.

Taste does not quite live up to the aroma. The fruitiness seems to take over. Lots of apricots and some underripe bananas in here. Too much of a sweet honey taste. The hops don't really counterbalance that sweetness too well. They almost seem tealike and bring out more honey flavors. Finish is strong on alcohol, yeasty spices, and some citric hoppiness. It's a bit harsh.

The mouthfeel is harsh all around. Sharp flavors don't really meld together too well. In the end it got too sweet and cloying.

I got a bunch of Kuhnhenn bottles while on the east side of the state and they all seem to have a bottling problem. I would love to try the taproom because these bottles aren't quite living up to the name.

Photo of mjd83goblue
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle for $1.99

A: Poured a hazy dark orange. No real head to speak of, and what little was there disappeared quickly.

S: Smelled of sweet candy sugar and hops. Some orange/citrus. As it warmed, the alcohol became more prevalent.

T: Tastes like a dubbel and a IPA were mixed. Has the typical sweetness of a Belgian mixed with the strong Simcoes. Overall a nice balance though, a few spices at the end.

M: Thick and sticky

D: Fine for this one, not something I'll run right out and buy more of.

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.

Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught @ Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, Michigan. Light yellow color. Moderately aromatic, with herbal, fruity hop aromas and a ligtt hint of passion fruit and coriander. Heavily fruity, loaded with passion fruit, tangerine, orange, coriander, peach and curacao. Well hidden alcohol with an herbal base. Seemed like the spices, malt and yeast contributed more in my sample, as the pine-like simcoe flavor was pretty light.

Photo of ahking
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very unique Belgian-American hybrid. Hazy amber color, fluffy white head. Complex Belgian yeast profile, dry, estery, and slighty woody. Contrasted is a heaping amount of Simcoe hops. In essence, these are seemingly two contrasting flavors, but this works. Not highly drinkable, however. ABV was 10% on tap at the brewery.

Photo of walleye
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

at the brewery, on tap, poured a amber golden color, with a small off white head. aroma banana, bubble gum,orange, and hops. flavor alcohol, bubble gum, hops hints of orange . like the alcohol bite on the tongue as it warmed. another good one from the brothers

Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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 MuddyFeet
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing the love BigLove. Poured a hybrid copper-gold in color. Just a thin film of head on top but it was much more concentrated around the edges of the glass. Nose is kind of bland with just some hints of Belgian sugars and caramel coming through thanks to the malts.

Flavor is all about the citrus and the alcohol is not as up and front as I was expecting. Hops are nice and lemony tart. Briefly preceded and followed by a quick sweet maltiness. Very balanced and pleasureable. Slight Belgian spiceniess too. This would be a nice dessert beer. The alcohol ha only a slight presence and really blends in well with the lemony citrus. Surprisingly light body and refreshing. Way too easy to drink because this beer will knock you over.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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 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 oberon
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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 carln26
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Todd
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Frozensoul327
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another nice offering from the guys at Kuhnhenn. Poured out to an amber color with a nice head that stayed steady. Rather cloudy, but no sediment was found. Nice lace around the glass, too. Odors of bananas, malt and almost clover were noted. Flavor was a little to alcohol for my taste, but true to form for the style. Smooth, slightly creamy yeast and malt flavors, with a light syrup-like quality. Finished smooth, with a bubblegum like aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but could use some improvements here and there. Still a solid beer, but I really feel that the prevalence of alcohol was too strong, and took away from the overall enjoyment of this beer. Still, I must recommend this beer for fans of the style.

Photo of macpapi
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of a Kuhnhenn beer. Found in a single bottle at the local Bello Vino for a couple of bucks, and worth the try.

Simcoe Silly pours a nice amber-copper color, with a relatively hazy overall body. Its color darkens from bottom to top. Has a decent, but not large, white head, and small bubbles are eminently visible, despite the haze, rising slowly--almost suspended--through the middle of the glass.

The smell is unique. It is fresh, floral, frutty and hoppy all at once. There are definite hints of banana and other odors of sweetness. Definitely an intriguing and appealing aroma.

The best way to describe the taste, is as Belgian, perhaps without the overall refinement. While the post-quaff is nicely dominated by banana and other sweet, pleasant tastes (much like the smell), there is a slight drawback in the noticeability of alcohol that allows a sting upon first swallow. I don't mind it so much, but could see how others might. Nonetheless it is quite tasty.

I really like the sharp, crisp and not overly full texture of this beer. Its bite, although perhaps a bit harsh, allows the postive flavors to remain in the mouth after the liquid is gone.

Overall, I would say that one or two of these a night would suffice. It is a very good and tasty beer to sip and enjoy in moderation. As far as Belgian strone pales go, this is not near the top of the list, but otherwise enjoyable.

Photo of Sixpack595
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

OK, I gotta be honest. I heard good things about this beer, especially the aroma. It smells like a sack full of buttholes. I tried drinking it but the rank smell scared the hell out of me. If you hold your nose its actally not a bad beer, the mouthfeel is solid, the taste isn't bad...the only problem is it stinks. Drinkability suffers due to the fact I need to hold my nose to drink it. That gets old quick. I just got a cast removed from my broken hand. The beer smells alot like that nasty old cast.

Photo of ypsifly
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz Brewed On 03-14-05 and Best Before 02-04-06 into a tulip.

Hazy, burnt orange with a white 2cm head. Not much in terms of retention and lacing.

Smells very belgian, but with an off aroma that is medicinal (think plastic band aids) and throws the whole thing off. Weird.

Tastes much better than it smells. Very juicy. Not much malt, but the hop flavors are very complex. They work very well with the sugars and almost chalky yeast. The sugars and hops hold on through the finish and give it an almost sweet & sour effect without coming off like a Sweet Tart.

The mouthfeel is good for the style, but it leaves a rough tingle on my tounge that's a bit awkward. Between the 8.5abv and odd nose, I would switch to something else in this style. At the same time, this could be a great beer as it tastes really good, but other aspects could use some help.

Photo of aaronh
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light copper body topped by a half-inch of off white foam. Sparkling amber highlights accent the body. The aroma is sweet pine and florals. On the palate, this beer is very sweet up front, with nice bitterness in the mid, and a lingering bubble gum finish. Hints of alcohol become a bit more pronounced as you proceed. The mouthfeel is very thick, but falls short of syrupy. Excellent drinkability. Really a superb beer. The use of some type of Belgian yeast gives this beer it's unique character. Very creative.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Superb color, a cloudy ghosty orangey brown topped by a foamy off-white head. Aroma is piney, containing a strong hop impart, highly yeasty yet intensely caramelic, woody and orangey. I’ve never smelled anything like this. A great original blend of less original flavours that work in unison. Wow, that’s good. More earthy orange flesh paired along with piney and foresty floral and herbal butterscotch flavours. Rather complex, but most of all hypnotizing “working well together” factor. Moderately carbonated, perhaps a bit thinned-out mouthfeel, but still working well. Now Clark who was kind enough to share this growler insists that it is far more exciting, filling and better bodied fresh on tap and while I believe him, I certainly enjoyed this beer a whole lot.

Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.