Simcoe Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

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

Very murky looking dark orange. Yeast sediment is suspended throughout the body. Head is thin and fluffy. Lace comes in nicely space rings. Aroma is nice. A little tangerine. A little pink grapefruit. A little MaryJane. Very resiny. A little smoky. Orange comes through on the nose a little too. Great smell. Flavor has a nice base of malt. But the hops are the stars here, specifically, simcoe. Oily feel to them Hop flavors are spicy and resiny. Tangerine comes to mind. Bitterness is middle of the road....not clean but not real jagged either Flavors are spicy and resiny. In all honesty, I'm surprised that this isn't more vibrant and bright and citric from what I know about Simcoe, but it pleases nonetheless. Very good. Nicely carbonated and medium-full body. One thing I've noticed about the 2 Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs are that they look and taste like very well done homebrewed IPAs, which is a compliment.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange/amber color; some solids floating. Poured a 2 finger tan head with excellent retention to a dollop. Decanted lightly. Webs of thick lacing.

S: Pungent pine and grapefruit. Sweet, bready caramel malt comes through as well. Very nicely balanced nose.

T: Malt more up front. Resiny citrus and pine dominate the middle. Sharp bitter with resiny hops lingering a bit. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium to full body. Ample carbonation. Smooth, resiny and dry.

D: Very well-balanced without giving-in on hop or malt character.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this the other night after I got home from work. Poured a golden amber color with thick, creamy white head and lots of lacing. Also could see hop residue floating around. Smelled of citrusy hops and grass. Tasted of caramel malts and subtle yet pervasive hops. Probably the smoothest IPA I've ever had. Smooth and velvety and carbonation was perfect. If they weren't so expensive, I'd drink a bunch before I know it.

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Photo of erz316
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle with 22/10/10 on cap, poured into spaten becker

A - this is a very effervescent beer, there is a huge head and one should pour down the side the entire time. the head retains really well, quite extraordinarily so. the foam is also a bit creamy, but not too much. the body is a darker amber, maybe a dark burnt orange colour; beer has slight turbidity, and some very noticeable visible solids of yeast just kind of chunkin' around and sinking. there is abundant lacing as well.

S - quite a good nose. the top layer is the single faceted face of the hops, but underneath them are a slew of interesting and delicious flavours. there is almost a fruity spiciness to the rest of the nose: apricots and grapefruits are the only ones I can fully discern. but rest assured, there is plenty more depth to it.

T - a good solid tasting beer. the initial tastes are the simcoe hops and this juicy frutiness they have that is incredibly like grapefruit pith. aside from the grapefruit, the hops have very good bitterness to them, not just a simple hoppy vegetable or herb like bitterness, but one that is like an amalgamation of different citrus oils and pith and tart herbs. the finish is the usual simple bitterness of hops, and not much else except for the very end of the finish, which becomes very sweet. the aftertaste is yeasty and bitter, quite bitter at the back of the palate for some reason.

MF&D - the feel is a bit too astringent for the style, but other than that the beer is rock solid and very delicious, lending itself to much drinking.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Party Town, KY.

Poured hazy copper color with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. Moderate to heavy citrus bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

This is a great beer.

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Photo of spratmi
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful deep hazy amber/orange full of sediment. Had a rich two finger white head with orange striations from the floating sediment.
S: There is a lot going on here - pine scented Christmas trees mixed with orange and lemon citrus hops. There is a background note of caramel malt.
T: Wow. The taste follows the nose - lots of pine and citrus hops with an underlying hint of caramel malt. The citrus zest (orange and grapefruit) is really bold. For such a bitter beer I also note a hidden orange blossom sweetness. Dry on the finish.
M: Crisp and clean with good carbonation. Refreshing and dry. This beer cleanses the palate.
D: I really liked this beer. The drinkability is excellent - I could drink several if it weren't a bit pricey.

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Photo of CHickman
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper brownish color with tons of carbonation bubbles racing up the brew and a huge foamy 2 finger tan head that didn't budge and dissipated really slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down – spot on for an IPA.

Smells hits hard and fast with grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, piney hops, light caramel, sweet citrus hops, brown sugar, biscuit and faint booze; the hop aroma is fresh and strong with some mild grains and earthy notes managing to balance it out. Inhaling it after each sip is like taking in fresh hop juice in the glass and it is hophead heaven.

Tastes fresh and juicy, with grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pineapple and a brown sugary sweetness coating the tongue at first, followed by piney hops, grains, caramel, tea leaf, guava, and a fruit sweetness like candy; the ABV is completely hidden and there is a complexity that seems odd since this is a single hop in use, but it gives off so many fruit flavors that they all seem to blend together. Very tasty, with solid balance and more sweetness than bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with very light and almost fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body and a slightly bitter finish that is fruity and sweet, trailing off with a hoppy sweetness and some complimentary malt backbone.

Another well balanced and excellent IPA from Mikkeller. It was expensive, but worth it and a beer that I highly recommend trying. It was a shame to get through this so quickly, as this was another wonderful Mikkeller creation. Another display of the mastery of beer making.

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Photo of crossovert
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the Unfiltered Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA so when I saw this I went for it. The most plain label adorns this 11.2 fl. oz bottle, maybe it is to symbolize that the beer inside is all that matters.

Pours a dark orange amber with an abundance of black floaties. Has a large and very lumpy white head.

Smell is an intense citrus, just citrus up your ass, more so than the Weyerbacher. There is some pine resin and a lot of sweetness but this is grapefruit to the max.

The taste is citrus too, waves of it, though not overly bitter, this is one of the best and most precise IPAs I have had. On top of that I really like the Simcoe, it really works well by well... itself.

This is what you look for in an American IPA and its from... DENMARK ;-).

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Photo of KeefD
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy dark amber color with light orange highlights, plenty of sediment floating around, a large light tan head that fell slowly, becoming nice and rock and leaving big chunks of lacing all down the glass. Perfect look. Big spicy, piny hop aroma, grapefruit, a little bit of orange citrus and maybe just a touch of cat pee! Flavor is like chewing on fresh pine needles while taking shots of grapefruit juice. There's a nice caramel malt sweetness that sits nicely in the middle but the piney, grapefruit Simcoe hops are the main star in this one. Bitterness is fantastic, but there's plenty of hop flavor and balances perfectly. I really dig this beer as Simcoe hops are one of my favorite varieties. This is a great beet and any Simcoe lover will find this to be a real treat.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - 2FH, light, clear, lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, floral, grass, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, nutty, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - A little carbonation, smooth, creamy, lingering, bubbly, clean, light.

VALUE - $2.00 for 12-oz can. Very cheap, especially for an import.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Very nice, mellow.

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Photo of roan22
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller, the world roaming Danish contract brewers, have again brewed a batch of this beer, at De Proef Brouwerij in Belgium. I splurged and bought two of these teeny 11.2 oz bottles..been waiting a long time to try this beer!

Appearance is a hazy bright peachy color with tiny pomegranate-colored reflective floaties. Beautiful. A bit undercarbonated in my opinion.

Aroma is of melons and maybe...overall stone fruits. Fresh!

Taste is complex: each sip weaves a web of taste nuances on the tongue. Fruity hops, gingery lemon [?]..perhaps grass...and a bit of oak barrel aging maybe? Overall, very smooth..hops are more subtle, not "in your face" bitter or puckery.

Last night I had the first bottle. Initially I felt that this Simcoe Single Hop was a bit of a letdown...not nearly as tasty as Stateside IPA. But I had the second bottle 24 hours later and it has grown on me a lot more. One more reason not to judge [or review] a beer its first drink.

Price is a factor in drinkability unfortunately, I am disappointed the bottle size is so small.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me say I was pleasantly surpised, not that the beer was good, but how interesting this was with a hop I would probably not use on its own if I were to brew with it. I appreciat HombreWing sharing this bottle, poured chilled into a tumber from the 12oz.

A - a light golden amber with thick cream that creates a lace ring, small beading and good clarity

S -Smell is more pine than anything, but the accents of grapefruit and floral notes are interesting, more zest than actual grapefruit flesh with slight note of melon

M - The feel is more mild than expected, yet slightly spiced and overall a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness w/ a slightly resinous feel and dry finish

T - The taste is truly great with all of the qualities of simcoe I like - grapefruit zest and pine flavors meld with a slight pepper and mild herbal flavor. The malt supports the acidity in the taste well and gives a slight blood orange and light ruby red tinge -really nice taste without the 'cat-pee' you normally associate with simcoe tasting beers

D - This is possibly the best of the single hop beers Mikeller makes, yet I have not had them alle, but as I said earlier, very smooth bitterness and flavor without any astringent qualities and no cat-piss or ammonia-like off notes or vegetal aspects just a nice cohesion between malt and Simcoe -Kudos Mikeller!

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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper with some yeast sediment. Big 2 finger frothy offwhite head. Full sticky laces.

Sharp hops: pine, grapefruit, herbal dank. Slightly toasty biscuit and fruity yeast esters.

Big pine and herbal dank with a splash of tangy grapefruit. balanced by a slightly toasty biscuit with a hint of earthy chocolate? Big resinous bitterness with a small alcohol bite.

Smooth, sticky, slightly astringent, some yeast sediment gives it some texture here and there. medium bodied.

Very drinkable balanced bitter presentation of Simcoe.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Abrand for this one!!!

12oz into a Pint Glass

A- Pours a golden honey brown with a super thick and fluffy 2 finger head that leaves a good amount of lacing as it goes down.

S- Piney hops dominate with some citrusy fruitiness.

T- Delicious earthy piney hops hit you up front with with plenty of pale malts. Tangerine or grapefruit are also apparent.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong solid bitter finish that leaves you dry wanting some more.


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Photo of TechTriumph
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 06/24/12; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white fluffy head; Slightly hazy and caramel colored; Patches of lacing around the glass

S - Plenty of Simcoe hops here - grapefruit, passionfruit, and a little bite of pine as well; Some honey, bready, toasted toffee notes also detected

T - Lots of passionfruit and grapefruit hops here with a bit of floral too; A little toasty, caramel malts provide some balance, but this is a Simcoe showcase for sure; Some bitterness present that fades towards the end of the taste

M - Medium bodied; Moderate carbonation; Nice, dry finish

O - This excellent brew proves that Simcoe hops can stand alone and provide an awesome aroma, flavor, and appropriate level of bitterness for an IPA. I really wish I picked up more of this beer, and will definitely seek it out again. I'm really curious to try Mikkeller's other single hop offerings to see if they hold up just as well.

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Photo of deereless
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Excessive head on a medium pour, as the head drops is leaves a rocky layer over the top, some sticky patches appear along the edges of the glass, the color reminds me of a weak iced tea - 4.00, S: The Simcoe hops are there in all their glory, lots of pine and a hint of citrus is noticeable on the nose, signs of tropical fruits, I smell what reminds me of wet wood and earthiness, glorious aromas that pay a worthy tribute to the Simcoe hops - 4.50, T: Pine is the first flavor to jump out at me but it isn't in your face, a nice non-aggressive bitterness, grapefruit and pineapple flavors as well, ever so slightly resiny - 4.50, M: The low carbonation on the tongue provides a creamy and smooth palate - 4.25, D: One of the better IPAs I've had in some time, Simcoe has quickly climbed the ranks in terms of my favorite hops and Mikkeller has done it justice, if the price wasn't $5.99 a bottle - I'd be drinking this often - 4.50

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Photo of MadScientist
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An orange hued light amber with excellent clarity. The persistant, creamy and rocky off-white head leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: A moderate hops aroma of grapefruit, pine and citrus hops aroma with a clean malt sweetness. There is some grassiness from dry hoping. There is a mild fruit ester, mostly orange and a little bit of alcohol.

T: A moderately strong hops flavor tasting of grapefruit, citrus and pine. There is just enough malt to support a strong hops bitterness that only gets a little rough on the tail end of a long bitter aftertaste. The balance is firmly bitter with a dry finish. There is a touch of esters.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. A very faint astringency that seems to be derived from the high hops bill. There is a some creaminess and no warmth.

O: An outstanding IPA with a spectacular flavor. I don't really want to pair this one with food, I just want to enjoy the out of this world hops flavor. I want a bigger punch of hops in the nose though more aroma hops would make me very happy but would happy buy this again and again. I just which it was a little more affordable at $5.99 for 12 ounces and with no bottling date this will be a rare treat.

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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass ($7.25)

A: 2 finger foamy, creamy head. Dull light tan. Not dense. The body is a murky tawny color. The head begins to stick as the above average retention depresses. Thin cratered film much like the moons surface. Lacing continues in barely interrupted fashion. Excellent. The color of this brew is dragging the appearance rating down as all other aesthetic considerations are impressive.

S: The nose is unmistakably simcoe, although Mikkeller's brew is earthier and danker than I imagined it would be. Maybe it's the yeast contribution that gives the impression. Plenty of bitter white grapefruit pith, fresh sappy pinewood and faint orange. Toasted, woody, caramel (or faint toffee) malts. Lightly yeasty.

I could be convinced of a better aroma score.

T: Starts out at a 4. Closing in on room temperature however, this brew becomes a 4.5. Simcoe is not as autonomous as it should be. That is to say, a superior single hop simcoe IPA would be the Double Simcoe by Weyerbacher, who has managed to highlight the beauty of simcoe with greater success. I believe Mikkeller's yeast strain does not marry with the other flavors as well as Weyerbacher's.

M: The mouthfeel is SPOT ON. Great carbonation level with a lingering dry and bitter finish. Only a very light sweetness from beginning to end. The light sweetness balances the hop bitterness just enough in my mind, Extra medium body. Long, lingering finish. I can't think of anything that would improve the mouthfeel.

D: Drinks extremely well. Yet another single hop brew for Mikkeller to be proud of. These guys are on a mission.

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Photo of Asgeirr
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA pours a slightly cloudy copper colour along with a armada of bubbles, of various sizes, charging the surface.

The bread-white crown consists of large bubbles at the bottom and smaller more dense ones at the top - and boy oh boy is it a thick crown or what? Looks like whipped cream just before it's churned to butter! And a tall one to; only experienced it once before, but for some reason when pouring this beer, carefully and gently towards the side of the glass, it foams like an abused fire-extinguisher!

Gradually, it does however decrease in size, but not in the imploding fashion, no-no-no all too common, but from the bottom to the top. You know, just like a corpse being dissolved in a vat of acid when lowered with its feet first, right? Ya don't? Oh well, your loss partner... Finally leaving behind an aftermath, a trail of lacing scattered like mortared snow men, or simply plenty of lacing, it's your call.

Smell: Lemon grass sorbet is what my memory dug up for this one along with a herb-like sensation resemblant to that of basil. Speaking of herbs, there's a certain scent here pretty darn similar to that of hops closest relative... Not that I would know anything about that, just saying is all... Anyway, this brew is intensely hoppy and I blame it on the simcoe hops -- wonderful!

Taste: Consistency is the key, the citric characteristics I previously scented is back, but this time... it's oral! And whaddayaknow, it brought a buddy -- bitterness, which is more than welcome to play on my taste buds. He almost seems to be of Czech heritage, I guess that's why he didn't arrive 'til the end and thus transforming the lemon grass notes into what -- in more accurate terms -- would be described as grapefruit-like.

However, the sweetness of sorbet does not escape but manages to sneak in between this marriage of acid 'n' acrid allowing the malt to make itself heard in a mild but noticeable manner.

Mouthfeel: For a visible amount of bubbles being so strikingly large this beer is surprisingly gentle to the palate when it comes to the carbonation, fresh but not over-the-top. It holds a medium full body and is somewhat coarse, and rather warming in the finish.

Drinkability: The two sections where this "disappoints" is in the body, a tad creamier would've done the job and the malt was somewhat clandestine to my taste receptors. Other than that, for being my first Mikkeller I must say that this looks astonishingly promising!

Additionally, I almost could've bought it for the smell alone, grand, ya, Danes!

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA is dark, dirty, and grassy.

It poured muddy dark copper with a huge pillowy head that stayed intact throughout the drink. Lots of thin ringless lace lined the glass. The smell and flavor were earthy, mossy, dirty, and very grassy. The feel was balanced and clean, with only moderate bitterness. As IPAs go, it was very refreshing.

Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA is the deepest darkest IPA I've had in a long time, with powerful earthy aroma and flavor. It has a great down-and-dirty character that makes it a great experience.

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Photo of Crosling
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pros: Bottle conditioned, Excellent look, with a dark orange color and a massive and lasting cream. Terrific aromatics showcase the Simcoe hop at its core. Terrific feel in the mouth. Very strong, full, concentrated, intense. A big dose of hops.

Cons: Not a single flaw in this beer. It's hard to imagine a better simcoe IPA.

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Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber with a slight orange and woody hue; head is thick and holds fairly well; lacing is solid at top and intricate as the beer empties from the glass

S: Grapefruit and citrus rinds sit on top of a sweet, toasty nuttiness; still fairly subdued though

T: Hop bitterness is well balanced with a toasty maltiness; grapefruit and citrus actually blend perfectly with the biscuity malts; there is also an oily quality that is pleasant

F: Creamy and yet oily with a nice, even mouth coating--sits on the back of the tongue forever

D: A great, subtle but tasty American IPA--very smooth, balanced, drinkable, and delicious

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Photo of dukew456
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass.

Pours a semi-hazy orange with a great two-finger head that retreats a bit, leaving very nice lacing on the glass. There was a bunch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but a careful pour yielded a great looking beer.

Smell is citrusy, with a strange yeasty quality to it. A little bit of bready malt works in there, too. All scents meld very well.

A resiny and grapefruitish flavor are strong up front, but then give way to a nice malt backbone. The hop character on this beer is pretty great, as it finishes much more cleanly without that familiar hoppy "bite." Don't get me wrong, I love that bite, but this is something to be appreciated.

I picked this up out of curiosity, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm pretty sure I saw a few other single-hop IPA's from Mikkeller, and I look forward to trying them, as well.

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Photo of Scriba
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber and hazy liquid with an enormous head. The lively CO2 is visible. I guess the oatmeal really is doing its job, creating such a great head. And after a while the glass is covered in lace. It is hard to imagine a better looking beer!

S: First, grapefruit from the hops. But after a couple of seconds the smell almost explodes. It is like smelling a cocktail of tropical fruits.

T: The tropical fruits from the smell are very sweet and present, but it does not overwhelm. The aftertaste has a nice bite that balances the sweetness.

M: A nice thickness with medium CO2.

D: I have to buy this one again!

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Photo of b3shine
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. This IPA is deep in color. And the taste matches its depth. VERY HOPPY! I love it (although it's expensive). No complaints here; just make sure to get it while it's fresh. I'm excited about trying the other Mikkeller single hop IPAs.

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