Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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3.59/5 rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
What? This is Kuhnhenn? Had on-tap at the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Appearance: Came with a finger of head in the little sample mug. Surprisingly dark brown color. Decent lacing in the glass.
Smell: Where's the simcoe? A good bit of alcohol is noticeable on the nose with some fruity hops, but it doesn't smell distinctively like simcoe. Pretty sweet.
Taste: Sweet and bitter, depending where it hits your tongue. Quite a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish, but not too much in the taste. Not really what I was expecting.
This isn't an awful beer, but it needs a new name, I think. Surprisingly boozy and sweet. Not as simcoe forward as I was expecting and hoping.
Serving type: on-tap
05-19-2013 16:34:14 | More by Alextricity
3.16/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-04-2013 12:58:40 | More by tectactoe
Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.