Simcoe Hopped India Pale Ale
Mikkeller ApS

Simcoe Hopped India Pale AleSimcoe Hopped India Pale Ale
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IPA - American
Ranked #2,819
Ranked #16,432
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Mikkeller ApS
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Simcoe Hopped India Pale AleSimcoe Hopped India Pale Ale
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Non-"PhD" version.

Unknown vintage; drank 5/16/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

Huge fluffy white head; strong lace.

Dry pine & mild urine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Urine & cloying honey flavors; this is gross.

Borderline undrinkable.

Sep 21, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a dedicated focus on the Simcoe hop, the team of Mikkeller formulates a beer that showcases its scent, its taste and its bitterness to its utmost glory.

Pouring a rich winter's honey amber, the beer builds an off white lather that hosts a botaical array of grass, leaf, citrus and pine. Earthy and bright at once, its scent carries over to a caramelized sweetness laced with pastry, honey and light toast.

As the ale unfolds on the middle palate, its sweetens drifts but its starthcy substrate persists and supports the hops with a pillowy toast and rounded floral herb. Gripping bitterness reads grassy, pungent and geranium-like with an agressive, peppery bitterness to boot.

Medium bodied but trending lighter, the ale celebrates hop bitterness in a most "west coast" style. But its juicy upstart isn't enough to balance the malts or to give roundness to the hop bitterness. A late floral grassy bite come in a late afterpalate and a semi clean sub palate.

Feb 26, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky and rustic bronze color with two fingers of off-white head. Head formation is quick, with great retention. Plenty of foam and lacing left behind after each sip. Aroma is balanced hops, with notes of citrus, resin, grapefruit, caramel, and biscuit malts. Citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops mash well with biscuit malts and a hint of sweet caramel to generate a hoppy, but balanced flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a filling, graininess to it. Overall, this beer certainly makes its presence known, all the while showcasing the Simcoe hop well. With it's smoothness and approach-ability, this is a wonderful IPA for just about any drinking situation.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Jan 24, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy medium honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized finger thick cap in the center of the glass with a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/passionfruit, herbal, and pine hops with a moderate aroma of caramel + bready malts with a touch of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel + bready malts with a light to moderate amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/passionfruit, herbal, and pine. The hops contribute a moderate amount of assertive bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a little slickness in the middle and a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. The simcoe hops are quite aggressive in this beer but it is still a well constructed IPA.

Jan 09, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, papaya, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, papaya, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, papaya, lemon/orange peel, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.3%. Overall this is a great IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 01, 2016
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear amber with a nice sticky white head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Pure essence of Simcoe. Cannabis, grass, pine cones, lemon, grapefruit, passionfruit.

Taste: Papaya, lemon, and grapefruit upfront. Lightly biscuity balances things out nicely. Finishes with huge lingering dankness, khale/spinach, pine resin, and grapefruit peel.

Feel: Medium, medium carbonation, oily yet dry. A typical West Coast IPA mouthfeel.

Overall: Awesome--if you're a huge Simcoe fan like me. A perfect showcase of the Simcoe hop.

May 02, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Mango, grapefruit & pineapple

T: Mango, grapefruit, breadyness & pineyness up front. Herbal & woody hoppyness as this warms, mango & grapefruit as well. Finishes a little dry, with grapefruit & pineyness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, good offering

Feb 28, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the first time I tasted a Weyeerbacher Simcoe I have been a fan of the hops. This one really does it justice.

It pours beautifully. Golden yellow. Find head. The can did a great job of delivering the product. The aroma similarly is beautifully delivered to your nose. This is a beautiful aroma hops. The taste is a nice bitter offering with the malts sitting so far below that you'd think there wasn't any alcohol in this. They must be lying about 7.3.

Overall, this is a first rate aipa. You should expect nothing less from this great craft brewer.

Sep 04, 2015
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MA_hops from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick white head that dissipates into a thin, sticky lacing.
S: Big ruby red grapefruit notes, some pine, herbal/floral notes, tropical citrus galore. Perhaps a hint of some candy like sweetness. After drinking about half of the 12oz can, I can really detect a lot of sweet bubblegum and boy does it smell fantastic!
T: Similar to the nose. The grapefruit is the dominant taste along with a subtle candy like sweetness in the aftertaste.
M: Moderately-high in regards to carbonation. The hops are a bit bitter and prickly to the tongue. Medium body. Has a crisp finish due to the carbonation.
O: I paid around $10.50 for a 4 pack not bad considering it is a foreign beer (however it's contract brewed in PA). I like it. It's got a nice West Coast IPA feel to it. Pick this one up if you see it.

Aug 12, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours faintly hazy deep golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Pine, light citrus, hints of tropical fruit,

T: Resinous pine dominates, citrus, grapefruit rind and maybe a little orange, tropical fruit, passion fruit , some dank herbal notes, and just enough bready slightly toasty sweet malt to back it up.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty much exactly what you would expect when you combine Mikkeller and simcoe hops. Solid.

Jul 29, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a snifter. Big off white head. Deep orange. Slightly hazy. Heavy simcoe hop aroma. Pale malt. Caramel sugar aroma. Strong grapefruit and garlic hop flavor. Intense, almost oniony finish. Malt flavor is a little toastier. Bitter finish. Medium to medium heavy. Very flavorful, but just a touch rough around the edges.

Jul 21, 2015

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another mikkeller I really like. Not overly abundant here so I don't see it too often. I usually a fan of simcoe hopped beers, and this didn't disappoint. Mikkellers brews remind me of oskar blues offerings. Which can't be bad.

Jul 16, 2015
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babaracas from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium orange with huge, structurally sound, off-white head. Settles slowly to a half inch, with a dollop of meringue in the middle. Trails a sheet of thick lace down the glass. Looking great! Smell: pine needles, grapefruit rind, mint, note of apricot jam peeking thru the Simcoe. Taste: lots of bitterness, raw hop character... pine, leafy, herbal with some orange candy sweetness and a little candied grapefruit peel in the finish. Intense... but single hopped doesn't have to mean one-dimensional.

Jul 14, 2015
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CNoj012 from New York

4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is criminally underrated! Pour is orange with white head and good lacing. Smell is heavy citrus with some pine and a hint of onion (which is weird for a simcoe ipa) that reminds me of some Stone offerings. Taste is much the same with a stong pleasant bitterness throughout. Love the new wave of IPAs with such dank, tropical citrus flavors, but many have lost the bitterness...not this one!

Jul 10, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold color with a thick, lasting white head; lots of fine carbonation. Mild pine resin aroma. Soda cracker malt flavor creates initial impression, then the bold hop bitterness takes over; strong hop bitterness aftertaste. Medium bodied; coarse on the tongue; very dry finish.

A decent single-hop profile IPA that really emphasizes the hop bitterness, very strong and almost metallic at the finish. The malt grains over a hint of offsetting sweetness. Not much depth or complexity but this is a sole hop IPA, so that's to be somewhat expected.

Jul 05, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can with an illegible date on the bottom, fresh enough as this is a new release.

A — Pours a deep orange hue with a puffy off-white colored head atop the body of the beer. There is a good bit of lacing as well.

S — Smells quite sweet, mostly malts, maybe a faint hint of herbal hop.

T — Tastes quite minty and fresh, lots of herbal and piney fresh hop notes, quite pungent. There is a balance of sweet malt here as well.

M — Medium bodied, enough carbonation, there is a sticky and lingering finish as well.

O — OK overall, I wanted to expect more from this brew due to the cost, but it is what it is, and that is a piney, herbal, fresh(ish), IPA. Just OK.

Jul 02, 2015
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Billolick from New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours hazed medium amber, with a dull orange hue. Head is lite tan and frothy, thicker collar and again frothy lacing left on the glass.

Nose here is of fruity hops, and a bit of lite cat piss.

Fresh tasting with more and more hop notes. Fruit, citric, again cat piss, fruit juicy goodness. High quality and complex IPA in a can....whats not to like?....go get some

Jun 18, 2015
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TheWolf from Delaware

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I drank this, it reminded me of why I fell in love with IPAs. Heavy bitterness, low malt, with an incredible mouthfeel. A subtle citrus undertone helps provide a very mild sweetness that complements the intense hop bitterness. Looks good, smells good, tastes good. A solid IPA.

Jun 13, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the latest in the mikkeller canned series. its fine beer, but i expect so much more from him. he makes amazing ipa, and the yeasty ones are when theyre at their best. i love the looks of this one, its beautifully clear and sunny, shiny and bright, not a trace of sediment at all, and a huge head like a light summer day cloud floating on top, bone white and lasting. it smells like pure simcoe, pellets, overdone and one dimensional. that said, its fresh and has some honey malt sweetness, so its attractive, although i already know what it tastes like after one sniff. no surprises here at all. the taste is true of course to the nose, all simcoe, and not the oily heavy intense simcoe, but a dumbed down and aggressive version, more bitter than anything else, but with some light pine as it goes down. i do like the slightly larger malt body, and although i often stand against sweetness in ipa, at all times, in this case, and this case only, i think it helps to balance and give another element to an otherwise very simple, even singular beer. i usually like one hop beers for the learning experience, but i know all i need to know about this hop, and i learned it from mikkeller in his single hop series. this seems like a beer for the sake of making another beer, rather than a beer to push it all forward, which is what i am used to from him. let down by this, but it doesnt stifle my love for mikkeller in general. still my favorite.

May 29, 2015
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StevenMilligan from Florida

4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Simcoe!!! Poured from a vague green mikkeller can, 7.3% variant canned by Sly Fox.

Certainly a stellar ipa, this beer is creamy and dreamy. Very drinkable for the abv, there's some minor alcohol warming in the finish, but it's welcomed.

Not a malt backbone, but I'm not sure if that's entirely necessary with this beer. It's not overwhelming complex, it's just simply a very good IPA whose use of the simcoe hops offers a needed change from the usual.

May 28, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with smeared canning information printed on the bottom. I'm putting my review here as the can identifies this beer as Mikkeller Simcoe Hopped India Pale Ale, 7.30% abv. "Brewed and canned for Mikkeller at Sly Fox Brewing Company, Pottstown, PA".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a crisp amber orange body with nice clarity and about a finger and a half of soapy frothy off-white head. Leaves good scattered webbed lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is floral, soapy, fruity, & fresh. Probably one of the freshest IPA's I've ever had from Mikkeller. An earthy herbal Simcoe hop presence is definitely noted. Very subtle malt content.

T - The taste follows the nose - fresh, fruity, floral, & mildly soapy, with just a hint of alcohol warmth on the finish. Again, a very subtle grainy malt bill is noted, but the Simcoe hops shine.

M - Smooth, crisp, & creamy mouthfeel. Very light and easy drinking for the moderate 7.30% abv.

Overall, a nice IPA offering from Mikkeller, and it's even nicer to see these available in 4 packs of cans. Definitely looking forward to seeing more.

Mikkeller Simcoe Hopped India Pale Ale -----4/5.

May 20, 2015
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