Simcoe Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (simcoe) and yeast.

Added by Goldorak on 03-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
483
Reviews:
282
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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Photo of bryanbrick
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 22/10/10
Another great beer from Mikkeller. Still haven't had anything from them that was not at least interesting. This is packaged brilliantly, as are the rest of their beers, in a simple modern, minimalist font with black on red type making up the basis for the label.

The idea here so smart. Everyone wants hops and more hops, how can you do that but put your own spin on it? Single hop variety designations. So simple and yet so few have done it at this point.

This beers pours a hazy orange/bronze color with a stark white, dense head. The beer is surely bottled unfiltered, mine had more than a bit of yeast floating around in it. Very pleasing to the eye.

The nose is great, fresh pink grapefruit with aspects of juniper and something like tarragon. I could keep trying to pick this apart all night, but the nose is so inviting it is hard not to want to throw this back college style.

I love the balance here, and being that I am a balance above all else guy I'll look over the lack of a palate crushing hops presence. Without being a brewer it seems that Simcoe would be more of an "aromatic" than a "bittering" hop strain. With great life and surprizing sweetneet this gives plenty of green fresh hops character, pine needle, bitter root and drying steeliness.

The mouthfeel is plush and creamy, while holding its carbonation to a nice crusing speed. I like the blonde-style sweetnees that comes on the mid-palate, only to be swept fully away by the bitter, but never harsh finish.

Honestly I'm not a huge fan of IPA, they have to be truely great to win me over, but this one does. I still couldn't have more than one of these a night, but the one I did have would be enjoyed greatly.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a semi transparent orange, with a huge head. Appealing color but a bit cloudy.

Fantastically hoppy aroma. Earthy piney goodness,

Juicy. Pungent hops with a semi sweet body that is fairly light despite the noticeable sweetness. A pretty unique hop.

Somewhat sticky and lightly carbonated.

A fantastic drinker.

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Photo of Nickls
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Tawny copper color, and poured with a fantastic frothy and creamy white head. The lacing in the sample was great, and expected for the style.

S - Smack of hop bitterness up front, and with a bit of the resiny funky hop power in the aroma as well.

T - This is a hop bomb and a half for just a single hop utilized and also it's not a DIPA. Wonderful hop bitterness, and a great deal of flavors ranging from the cedary/piney nature of the simcoe to a touch musty with a great malt backing.

M - Medium MF, smooth and a bit viscous. Really coats the palet.

D - Hugely drinkable for such a hop bomb. Really interesting, and really demanded another sip. Too bad this is a bit on the stronger side as I could quaff this all night long.

Overall, this was utterly exceptional and would highly recommend to all hop heads.

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Photo of jpdillAL
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful IPA. I really, really like the flavors of the Simcoe hop, so this beer appeals to me. There's really nothing wrong with it except that it lacks some complexity that you get in a more varied hop bill. Mikkeller makes phenomenal beer. I dearly wish that it was cheaper in local stores. The aroma is particularly great. It smells like honeysuckle and oranges. The hops are strong, but the malt is just right to express their flavor. The feel is very good, the smooth hop oiliness that I want in an IPA. This beer does a great job showcasing the Simcoe hop. I hope that some American breweries take note of this beer and produce a cheaper version for me.

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Photo of interistacanadese
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of acknight
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Dawkins
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

Cap dated 22/10/10

A: Pours a cloudy tarnished copper color with a lot of suspended sediment. A creamy, 3 1/2 finger, light-khaki colored head retains for ages and is fed by some really active carbonation. Sticky ropes and sheets of lace are left behind.

S: Incredible aromas of mango, grapefruit, peach, musk melon, apricot, fresh cut grass, and ripe orchard fruit. Smells very "fresh".

T: Tastes pretty much as it smells. Sweet tropical fruit, white pepper, toasted malt, red apple, and a touch of grassy hops. Surprisingly, a tiny alcohol flavor pops out during the finish after it has warmed a bit.

M: So fruity and sticky. Nice peppery/spicy sizzle on my lips and tongue. This thing just oozes hop oil. Perfect level of hoppy bitterness.

D: What a wonderfully balanced IPA! I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for the other Single Hop IPA's in the series.

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Photo of Cramerican
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 3 fingers of off-white pillowy head with great retention. Chill hazy dark amber gold liquid. Pretty! Exactly as I expect an AIPA. Lots of chunks though :-(
S: Sweet fruit with musty undertones, like grapefruit and pineapple with marijuana in background.
T: Herbal, not as bitter as I expected. Good estery highlights. Strong, but not exceptional. It's strength is in how well executed it is. Strong on fundamentals without a lot of razzle-dazzle.
M: Bitter comes through more on the mouthfeel. Smooth too.
D: I'd order another and buy six if it wasn't cost prohibitive ($5.99/1!)

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. Bits of sediment floating around. There was a huge, long-lasting foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of citrus and hops.

T: This beer had a milder flavor than I would've guessed, but still very zesty. Citrus, hops, some malt and lighter fruits.

M: A well carbonated beer with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an extremely drinkable beer. It's very vibrant and balanced. I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of IPeteA91
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of hophead247
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle...Poured a nice light orange color and a little on the cloudy side, but not too much. A very nice white head followed and didn't want to go away...but I didn't mind. I love Simcoe hops and couldn't get enough of the smell, very refreshing. The taste was crisp and citrusy with a nice balance of malt to go along with the hops. Definitely a beer to savor and not chug down. I've had some Mikkeller beers in the past, and I'm happy that they have finally made it out my way

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Photo of quilty
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Kiniey01
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly pellucid pumpkin... at least until the yeast in the bottom of the bottle are added with the next pour. The golden sandstone colored cap is huge to start and looks all kinds of gorgeous. Belgian brewers have this whole head-and-lace thing figured out like no one else in the world.

I've had numerous favorite hops over the years. For quite a while now, Simcoe has held that honor. This IPA is bursting with tropical fruity goodness that does this brewery and this hop proud. Specifics include pineapple, grapefruit peel, tangerine and a musky Mary Jane vibe that adds another layer of complexity. Magnificent!

Thankfully, the flavor is just as outstanding. When a brewery with Mikkeller's chops sets out to brew a single-hopped IPA with one of the best hops ever grown, the result is truly something special. Ain't no way this ale will be good anywhere near the 'best by' date of late 2010. Drink it as fresh as possible for maximum hoppage... which means maximum enjoyment.

What little toasted malt is present is no more than a flavor accent. It still provides a solid, semi-sweet, sugar-cookie-with-caramel-icing base on which the hops can do their thang. And do it they do. The cornucopia of tropical fruitiness is pretty much identical to the aroma description, with juicy pineapple and pink grapefruit being especially prominent.

Looks like these guys have mouthfeel figured out as well as foam texture and longevity. That makes sense since perfect carbonation is the key. The beer is medium-full for the style, with a fresh fruit lushness akin to biting into a ripe peach.

Simcoe Single Hop IPA is one of many Mikkeller masterpieces. I'm still blown away by the fact that a Danish brewery can create better American-style beer than a lot of American craft breweries. Too bad this one is prohibitively expensive or I'd drink it by the case.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lion's Pride.
A beautiful beer. In a tulip glass it was a hazy orange/red color with a thick tan head. A sheet of lace.
Intense floral aroma. Sweet.
Resinous pine taste, a little grapefruit, sweet malt.
The flavors all work well with each other, making this a very balanced and smooth beer.
A wonderful beer. Maybe my favorite IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of rocky scream colored head. Murks up as this warms, good head retention * insane lacing

S: Grapefruit & pine & some oakyness

T: Grapefruittyness, pine needles, & dryness up front. Grapefruit & a touch of honey malt surfaces as this warms, but mostly puckery hoppyness, with a bit of pineapple thrown in. finishes crisp, peppery & moreish, almost pulled a 5.0, need a bit more maltyness IMO

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation & pretty nice balance

Great drinkability, a super AIPA, needs a bit more balance to completely make me happy. A great, if pricey effort

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Photo of GregPearson33
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light honey/brown topped with a generous, fluffy head that held at least an inch before receding to a thick lace after a few minutes. Immediately my olfactory was assaulted with a waft of spicy citrus aroma when I even got close to the glass! This beer is a tribute to the Simcoe hop... absolutely delicious. Piney and citrusy with just as much flavor as the aroma initially implied. Additionally, I liked that the spicy flavor didn't fade to a sweeter, maltier note as is the case with many other IPAs. Behind the intense flavor I didn't notice the booze (6.9% ABV) at all. Tasty? Yes. Refreshing? Not particularly. Could I drink this all night? Absolutely
... if someone else was buying! ($6.49/11.2oz)

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Photo of codsmith
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden with a thick white foamy head. It head sticks around for the entire time and laces the glass nicely.

S: A wonderful aroma of Simcoe hops really shines through. Simcoe hops offer a very unique hop character that are not matched by any other hop out there. There is a very clean aroma with a slight bit of citrus and pine, but not over-powering. A good grapefruit character. There is also a slight sweetness from that malt that is coming through as well.

T: Starts out with a refreshing mellow citrus flavor and transitions into a very bitter taste on the backend, leaving a bitter after-taste as well. The malt character is mild and balanced well enough to really allow the hop aroma and flavor to come through.

M: Very light and refreshing. Carbonation is matched perfectly for the beer characters to come through.

O: A very good and interesting idea on how to really experience and taste a hop profile. The malt character was mild to enjoy the full hop potential.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4 out of 5 based on 483 ratings.
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