Simcoe Imperial India Pale Ale | Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Imperial India Pale AleSimcoe Imperial India Pale Ale

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by popery:
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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber gold. It's somewhat cloudy. Both darker and less cloudy than the Citra version. Pretty much identical head, on the other hand. It's white, somewhat rocky, medium to large in size and sticks well to the walls of the glass. The aroma has a good deal of bitter citrus, grapefruit, some pine, an herbal note, pineapple, blackberry and some honeysuckle. Harsher than the Citra, though not really in a bad way. Like the Citra version, there's a mild malt sweetness with light caramel. The taste has gentle but bitter grapefruit rind flavor. It's not as flavorful as the Citra - gets a bit bitter bland - but there are still some nice flavors bouncing around. Grapefruit rind, pine resin, blackberry, peanut (not sure what that's from), light caramel, grape. Medium body, pretty normal carbonation. Fairly slick with hop oiliness. Good, solid DIPA, but whether it's the beer or Simcoe tasting dated, this one doesn't impress like the Citra version.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2016. Purchased a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. Bring on the hops!

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy marmalade hue with plenty of floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a frothy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of overwhelmingly fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, weed, subtle tropical fruits, sweet caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Superb.

T: Tastes of intense aromatic hops and caramel malt with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine resin, dank weed, vague tropical fruits, sweet caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A hint of alcohol in the background, followed by a strident hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and great body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of intense aromatic hops, bitterness, sweet caramel and earthy yeast.

O: Excellent - packs a hoppy punch. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are supremely hoppy; citrus and pine notes abound. Lovely body. My palate is all hopped out. A hop-head's delight - if that is you then don't pass it up.

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Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Beer21
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dpelst11
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Faroveryonder
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark orange, with a foamy one inch head, and tons of lacing down the glass.

Smells incredibly "dank" and earthy, as they say- pine, grapefruit, orange, peach, and some dirty earth like aromas.

This is a hard one to figure out. There's some great fruity hop flavors, as per expected with Simcoe hops, but there's a also an odd, lingering bitterness that honestly reminds me of dirt. I feel like I'm chewing on hop cones, which isn't honestly that pleasant. It's very "thick" tasting, and doesn't feel clean. Underneath that rawness is some great pine and fruity hop flavors, though. I don't really pick out any malt.

This is pretty thick for an IPA, with a bitter, earthy, and snappy mouthfeel. It's got a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is honestly pretty boozy, which detracts from the experience for me.

This is an interesting single hop IPA, and shows me that maybe SImcoe needs other hop buddies to balance out it's rough edges.

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Photo of WynnDavis
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drmeto
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

-pours an opaque burnt orange with a medium,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-medium bitterniss for the style
-finishes dry
--low to medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-no alcohol detectable
Goes right into Mikkeller's phenomenal lineup of SH DIPAs..

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twofacedmonster
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RWACKO
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of portwood
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell: apricot, pineapple, woodsy pine, malty funk.
Taste: orange rind, avg carbonation, initially a bit prickly & boozy, syrupy thick.
Finish: big pine bitterness, grapefruit, very dry.
(bottle bb 08/10/16)

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, hint of liquor, strong pine, hint of citrus, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of alcohol, strong pine, hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of liquor. Overall, good appearance, aroma, too dry, and the body is well blended, but too weak.

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Photo of BPMeyer27
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nightrain87
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nat1975
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as an "Imperial India Pale Ale" per the label. 8.90% ABV. 330ml brown glass bottle with appealing label art acquired at a shop in Budapest, Hungary and served into a .3L Zlaty Bazant pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Budapest. Reviewed live. Expectations are high as I like Simcoe hops and Mikkel is me favourite brewer. Cost was 1300 forents. Brewed at De Proef. BB: 07/01/16.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White in colour. I'd prefer it a bit thicker. Retention is average (~2 minutes). Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears adequately (but not ideally) carbonated.

Not a unique or special appearance for an Imperial IPA, but it's generally appealing. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Heavy on the fruit - but the fruit is rather vague. Has some soapy and detergent notes that indicate this may have spent too long in primary. Floral hop character. I think the fruit is tangerine and mango? An inoffensive aroma of average strength.

No yeast character, off-notes, or alcohol is detectable.

TASTE: Has some pleasant vague citrusy notes, some vague fruit (tangerine and mango I think?), generic floral hop character, hints of onion, pale malts, clean barley, and sweetbread. It's balanced, but this is a pretty underwhelming hop profile overall - especially considering simcoe was used. I do get touches of detergent/soap off-notes which suggest this spent too long in primary.

The pale malt sweetness does balance the hop bitterness well, but there isn't much here in terms of depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. I do like it, but this has become such an intense style that beers in it need to bring far more complexity/intricacy and nuance to the table to really stand out. It's got some nice subtlety, and this is definitely a cohesive build for an Imperial IPA, but it just doesn't offer much the discerning drinker hasn't encountered before (and at a lesser price).

No yeast character, spices, or alcohol come through.

TEXTURE: Clean, nicely soft, smooth, wet, and somewhat refreshing. Medium-bodied, with perfect thickness and heft on the palate. It has a nice overall presence on the palate and is near perfectly carbonated, but overall this texture doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to the taste.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, scratchy, or harsh.

OVERALL: An enjoyable Imperial IPA, but far from a world-class one. I do like it, but there are far better imperial IPAs available at a more reasonable price (though admittedly, perhaps not here in Budapest). It's absolutely worth trying once, and I'd have another if it was more fairly priced, but as drinkable as it is, it's rather unremarkable. It'll please, but won't impress. More good stuff from Mikkel.


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Simcoe Imperial India Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
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