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Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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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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ahking

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

03-04-2006 21:16:53 | More by ahking
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walleye

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

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

03-01-2006 01:36:40 | More by walleye
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

01-13-2006 01:29:37 | More by weeare138
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

12-17-2005 23:54:09 | More by MuddyFeet
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

11-07-2005 02:58:48 | More by Shovelbum
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

10-13-2005 01:20:26 | More by DrJay
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-09-2005 13:01:43 | More by oberon
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carln26

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

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?).

09-13-2005 23:28:19 | More by carln26
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Todd

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

08-31-2005 22:08:39 | More by Todd
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

08-19-2005 23:53:24 | More by Frozensoul327
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macpapi

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

08-01-2005 00:09:27 | More by macpapi
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Sixpack595

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%

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.

07-29-2005 08:37:45 | More by Sixpack595
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

07-12-2005 04:08:38 | More by ypsifly
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

04-01-2005 03:28:56 | More by aaronh
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

03-31-2005 22:45:30 | More by Rastacouere
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Dithyramb

Maryland

2.2/5  rDev -42.6%

This is one of the last beers from BIF14 leftover in my cellar and my last Kuhnhenn brew. Silly would adequately describe the labeling, very 80’s in style. No freshness dating on the 12 oz, but it appears to be bottle conditioned. Little description as to the beer or the brewery, something that was evident with the bombers I’ve had of the other brews.

Poured a slightly hazy amber hued tea shade, with a nice, large bubbled head. It reduced to a thin veneer that stayed on the top of the brew with spotty lacing. There is a hearty stream of carbonation all around the glass with both small and large bubbles.
Has a floral and sweet yeasty aroma with a light hint of hops and candy sweetness

Taste was a perfume and floral tinted mess. Finish was bubblegum sweet and slightly chalky. It was quite difficult to finish. One might notice that all the numbers are quite high, except for the taste and drinkability category. This had basically the same floral flavor I experienced with the Devil’s Horn, though slightly muted from that. Not sure what this is coming from, perhaps the simcoe hops? Either way, it completely distracted me from the other flavors that may have been in there. My score came for two reasons. First, I definitely did not like the flavor. Second, I don’t feel that this adequately stays close to what one would expect from the style.

Mouthfeel was medium and it finished quite clean and refreshing after an initial sticky sweetness. Won’t rate this very high on the drinkable scale, due to the seriously heavy perfume flavor.

02-10-2005 14:57:46 | More by Dithyramb
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

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!

12-26-2004 21:18:55 | More by ppoitras
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a peach-like color with a creamy white-head that leave a bit of lacing. The aroma is belgiany and candy-like, fruity and sweet. It is alcoholic and liquor-like in aroma too. The flavor is sweet and sugary...candy-like. It has a fruity, yeasty character too. It has some strength too it, but it is well hidden. An different beer, very interesting and tasty. Thanks to Stub-ob for sharing.

12-18-2004 04:17:53 | More by BeerBuilder
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benmiliron

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +29.2%

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.

10-17-2004 01:28:15 | More by benmiliron
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%

Deep, cloudy sienna body with a thin, wispy white head. Aroma is heavenly, a perfumy mix of spices, banana, and a wallop of Bazooka Joe. Easily one of the best aromas I've ever smelled in a beer. After my first sip, I simply said, mmm, thats good. Seemingly simple, yet very complex. Almost...silly? This is going to take a while to drink, because I can't keep my nose out of the glass. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, and does not keep up with the complexity of the flavor or the aroma. Initially has a yeasty, Belgian spicy character that yields to more of a clove spiciness. Light in flavor, yet complex. I say light because none of the flavors are quite powerful, citrus is the overriding theme here, along with a faint hit of alcohol, and a good smattering of hops and that bubblegum flavor again. One I would love to drink many of, but sadly that chance will probably elude me here in PA.

Many thanks to trbeer for making me the first beer recipient in BIF XV, and for sending me this gem. Can't wait to try the rest!

09-23-2004 23:53:34 | More by IrishRedRock
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

Served in a tulip by way of Brett Kuhnhenn's magical flask (again!). The color was golden, with a nice bubbly head. The smell was very nicely hopped, with a good spiciness. The taste had a nice estery quality to it, along with a bit of clove, and a strong dash of the Simcoe hops to it, and absolutely no alcohol taste (as just about every one of Kuhnhenn's beers seem to, somehow!). Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, this is one I could drink absolutely a lot of!!

Once again, thanks to Brett and Eric for their world-class hospitality in giving us these rare beers to sample!! Well, definitely brings together just what I like...Belgians and hops and shows they aren't mutually exclusive in any way!! Esters meld nicely with the Simcoe hops to present a very unique beer, and one I enjoyed more than say Orval. Definitely another one of the ones I'll hope to try again!!

09-16-2004 23:43:46 | More by beergeek279
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

09-07-2004 01:04:57 | More by CRJMellor
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11%

"Some bizarre," they'd say further north of here. But in a really neat way.

Unique in my experience in flavor. As such, totally recommended.

Hazy apricot hue.

Could NOT let it warm enough, so sample #2 I'll set in the sun for an hour. Even cold, there are many many flavors at work here. The orange and coriander are very prevalent, but so is the bubble gum in the aroma and taste. Bubble gum? Did I just type bubble gum? WTF? But it works in a unique way. Not a great deal of hop effect in this sample. Again: perhaps too cold.

Syrupy and juicy in mouthfeel. Extremely rich in nature.

Get some.

09-01-2004 00:25:52 | More by ecoboy
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marburg

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Yeast-flavored bubblegum. Brownish brew, moderate head despite fairly vigorous carbonation. Muted sugary aromas, yeasty, moderate estery character, and a bit bubblegummy.

Medium-bodied brew. Muddled flavors -- seems like the yeast might be overpowering it a bit at points. I think I was looking for a little more sweetness up front based on what I was smelling. Kind of yeasty, grainy feel to it with only a touch of sweetness. Artificial-ish fruit flavors -- almost like a "Rooti-Tooti Fruity" kind of candy fruit flavor. Not bad -- just a bit weird.

Almost a kind of crossover between a more standard English-style pale ale and something Belgian. Obviously, they seem to be going for the latter. But something about this dulls it out. Not bad and kind of interesting.

01-19-2004 15:07:08 | More by marburg
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

My thanks to Sakaroo for the sample. This bier has a cloudy, russet-brown color, with a minimal head comprizing just a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing to speak of, though. More cloudy near the finish with the yeasties swirled in. Nose exhibits alcohol and candi-sugar notes, as well as some bubble-gum aromas. Body is a bit thinnish, and carbonation was a bit too present, producing a prickly feel on the tongue. Flavor was somewhat bready, along with mild candi-sugar sweetness and more bubblegum esters. Some flavors of light tropical fruit make a cameo, as well as some spicy yeastiness. Finish is rather dry. Flavors are, in general, rather mild and subdued throughout, with no one thing making a stand here.

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3.5

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01-11-2004 21:28:32 | More by Bierman9
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Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.