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

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283
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4
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

Pungent cat pee for a while, that fades leaving some tropical fruit with papaya and mango most noticeable. Some grapefruit too. The palate opens moderately bitter, moderately resiny and moderately fruity with some tropical fruit. Solid stuff. Drying on the finish with a nice, lingering bitterness, this is great stuff. My #3 of the series.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first in the series of single hopped beers by Mikkeller. First off, the base beer is an American IPA that shows a bright copper-orange color, off-white breaming head that lingers, lasts, and laces throughout. A great looking beer with a medium haze from dry-hopping. Fruity character emits from the nose and taste in a more English fashion than American. Heavy use of caramel malts lead to a sweetness that may interfere with the hop showcase and dry finish.

The Simcoe hops offer a pungent and resiny pine flavor and aroma that is less offensive than I have usually attributed to the hop variety. After thinking that this hop needed to be used in harmony with other, more citrusy hops I am retracting a bit seeing that this one can indeed stand on its own. Interestingly enough, I do get a more moderate citrus note just behind the pine, and takes the shape of orange zest and pineapple (or is that the esters?)

Great experiment and a bit of an eye opener for me. I can't wait to see what the rest of the series offers.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another yellowish-amber brew from this neat series of American IPA’s. It has a decent off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma brings mild grass hops and pungent pond-malt. A combination I like, but may not suit everyone. Flavor-wise I get lemony wheat and yeast-bread ideas that provide a nice herbal hop theme. Medium light bodied with a smooth, somewhat frothy feel. Like the rest if these Mikkeller American IPA’s this is highly drinkable and highly recommended!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on this one opened up after a while. The flavor profile is hearty and deep earthy citrus. There is a bright kind of character to it, but it's still deeper and fairly earthy. I got turned off to Mikkeller quite some time ago, but after the Nelson Sauvin Brut and the single hop beers I have had, things are looking better and I am more willing to drop the higher amounts of coin on the breweries beers. (Though I am still a bit leery of Mikkeller overall.)

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber gold with a very thick inch of head. Nice lace.

Pale malts, green apple and bright citrus make up most of the smell.

The taste starts with pale and caramalt sweetness and is quickly followed by a dry bitterness in the vein of apple and lemon peel. Very dry finish.

I liked it. It's nice to know what Simcoe can add to a brew.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4 out of 5 based on 484 ratings.
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