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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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Added by pkalix on 04-19-2014

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Reviews by popery:
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4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of The_Beergery
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz draft at the probably the world's smallest beer bar, Beer Cargo, in Taipei! Appearance of this massive Imperial IPA is a hazy golden orange hue, topped with generous and regenerating white froth, which releases an big aroma bouquet perfumed with hoppy floral, grass, and predominantly citrus notes. Guzzling it down, the taste starts of sweet and full of citrus fruits, mainly grapefruit, and then the sweetness fades into an eye-poppingly intense bitterness, which lasts throughout the long lingering finish. In the mouth, this brew has a nice medium bodied feel to it, aided by a decent level of carbonation which never lets you forget its presence. Great brew!

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -4.8%

Photo of Beer21
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml can - part of a quintet of single-hopped DIPAs from this gypsy brewer to arrive here of late.

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and faintly creamy off-white head, which leaves some splotchy and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of slightly dank pine resin, some peach, blood orange, and generic grapefruit, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser caramel/toffee sweetness, and more leafy, weedy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery caramel malt, some biscuity toffee, mixed and matched tropical and domestic citrus rind, a minor earthy yeast essence, and more edgy leafy, floral, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a nice airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a bit around here. It finishes trending dry, the citrus and pine really running the lingering show, as it were.

Overall, this is another good example of what a single hop, when bringing its A-game, can do for an IPA, and for you, the IPA fiend (yeah, I have two thumbs). Nice and zingy, with a plethora of the expected flavours, and a very respectful 9-ish points of booze 'warming'. Me likey.

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Photo of mcthfg
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dpelst11
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Faroveryonder
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drmeto
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twofacedmonster
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of portwood
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -5.6%
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 -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nightrain87
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Simcoe Imperial India Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
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