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.

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

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

The Simcoe Single Hop IPA pours about the same amber brown color as the other beers in the series. One thing that I do notice about this beer is that there is a lot of sediment floating around in it. I didn't notice any sediment in the other Single Hop beers, but this one is heavy on the floaties. After letting it sit for a minute or two, most of the sediment has settled to the bottom of the glass. As I lift the glass to my nose, I can smell a blend of citrus and pine. Those two flavors also dominate the palate along with the sweetness of the malt. The strong lemon-like flavor makes this beer very refreshing on a hot summer evening. Smooth mouth feel and very drinkable.

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Photo of gopens44
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper with a thin foamy head

S - Straight up grapefruit. Awesome.

T - Earthy with a lot less grapefruit than I would have imagined given the smell. Pleasantly bitter and slightly sweet.

M - Dry finish. The wonderful taste kind of falls apart at the end of the gulp. Just thins out a bit much

I'm excited to try all the single hop offerings from Mikkeller, but I really enjoyed this one. A touch pricey, given the glut of comparable IPA's out there, but well worth the price IMO.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Whole Foods in Honolulu, HI @ $6.25.

Appearance: Cloudy darker amber color with a frothy 1/2 inch of head (head maintained till the end).

Smell: Tangy, Citrus hops. Slight pine-needle scent comes through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: As Ray Davies would say, "Nice and smooth...". Light body. Has an almost smokey quality at the beginning then smooths out with a frothy grapefruit taste. Aftertaste seems to be flowery and slightly dry. Overall very exceptional!

Drinkability: Whenever I see a Mikkeller beer on the shelf my arm immediately grabs for it! This one is so easy to drink and so enjoyable. Find it, buy it and try it!

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Photo of endovelico
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rusty orange brew with a frothy sizeable head that holds a bit too well, if i'm honest. Great lacing. Medium perceived effervescence.

Smell: Mild aroma (in part due to the foam barrier) of pine, evergreen, mint and grapefruit on the front with some biscuit and caramel on the back. Orange and polen on subsequent sniffs.

Taste: Very mild with resin, herbal, biscuit, caramel and evergreen of the hops. I was a bit underwhelmed to be honest, until... i let it warm a bit. Then it developed a charming bubble-gummeish grapefruit character that made me change up the score.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium high bitterness. Medium full bodied. Long lasting, earthy, herbal, fruity taste.

Overall: Very well done, so incredibly drinkable once given time to warm a bit. Very complex, and it does have something different from the other AIPA i've had. Its hard to imagine only one hop went into this.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was initially weary of the price tag, but went for it anyways, and I am glad I did. Worth every penny and then some. Poured into a nonic pint.

A - Deep, hazy orange coloration. Produced a violent head, had to slowly pour this one. Retention and lace were quite nice.

S - Sweet aroma with some citrus notes, and an obvious amount of hops.

T - Full on assault of hop bitterness. Brutal and intense as all Hell. My taste buds were numb within moments.

M - Dry medium body with a moderate carbonation level. Finish is slow and the taste resonates for some time.

D - Phenomenal. Looking forward to trying other Mikkeller brews now, as this was my first.

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Photo of lanbewardin
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, same as the warrior & columbus that I also tried. Thin off white head.

Smell isn't as much as columbus, but its hoppy, resinous pine

The taste is very strong piney hops. This was the most overpowering taste of the ones I tried. Like drinking a pine tree haha. I really enjoyed this.

Overall its really good, the piney bitterness lingers for quite a while. I want to try the whole collection for sure but I could see myself coming back to this

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Photo of mdagnew
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought online from

Poured a nice golden honey colour. Huge slightly off white head poured big thick and foamy. Tons of carbonation rushes to the surface maintaining a thick rocky covering throughout... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Juicy, spicy and maybe slightly tropical fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruits, pineapple), spicy yeast, pine, light palm sugar / caramel sweetness, sea salt, light toasted malt, fresh cut wet grass, light herbal notes, quite floral (lillies maybe ?), white pepper...

Taste - Spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light floral honey / caramel sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges, grapefruit, light pineapple, apricot), herbal notes, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superb IPA which proves that Simcoe is one of my favourite hops... highly recommended...

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's today. Obviously, I must love simcoe... this beer is just outrageous.

The pours a fairly light, peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is all simcoe goodness, with a pungent aroma of wet tobacco, pepper, and dry, hoppy bitterness. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with just a hint of malty sweetness to balance the avalanch of hoppy bitterness and dank earth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with plenty of flavor. There's a lean-ness to the mouthfeel that I attribute to the dry, hoppy bitterness, but I can't say I mind it. Drinkability is good, though the tidal wave of bitterness tires the palate a bit. Still, this is an excellent single hop IPA from Mikkeller. As good on tap as it was out of the bottle.

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Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy caramel orange with a massive rocky beige head that clings to the side of the glass and leaves sheets of lacing on the way down. Remains a big cap throughout. If not for all the little floaties, which I can do without, this would be a perfect pour.

Aroma is dominated by the pine resin from the Simcoe with plenty of caramel malts to balance things out.

The taste is great with lots of the piny resin hops up front along with hints of citrusy lemons. It's balanced by a toasted caramel backbone and the hops come back with a nice bitterness that lingers through the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation that adds to the hop tingling on the palate.

This is great IPA and one that could go back to frequently. I tend to love Simcoe-dominant beers so I was expecting a lot from this. It delivered.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: orangish amber color, hazy, lots of hop particulate in suspension, huge off-whitehead that lingers, some lacing

S: very hoppy smell. it has a piney, earthy nose to it.

T: the hop flavor is the deal here. it has a citrusy taste at first to go with some slight malt sweetness, but then finishes with pine-like character, drying the mouth and tempting you to drink some more. tastes damn good.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation. has a smooth drinking feel.

Drinkability: awesome beer. very drinkable. very hoppy, very good.

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Photo of cvfish
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a copper color that produced a white fluffy head that had great retention and left a good lace on the side of the glass

S - The aroma of this beer really let the Simcoe hop shine, lots of pine forest hop aromas

T - This beer had a malty beginning, but was some overcome by a floral and pine flavors that was quickly overcome by the brutal bitterness on the finish

M - The mouthfeel on the beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very enjoyable experience for someone that likes to dabble in hops, but not something that I can fathom again and again, but it was a well crafted IPA by Mikkeller

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Photo of Converge
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. As far as I know this brew should be fresh.

A - The pour yields a murky, rusty-copper brew with a great big head of bubbly off-white chunks of foam. The head eventually settles to a creamy cap that has a big chunk of foam sitting in the middle. Lots of foamy suds and sticky lacing.

S - A bouquet of fruity hop aromas. Tangerine, passion fruit, orange, grapefruit and a mild floral pine presence. A touch of spice to it as well. Malt is definitely on the lower side, with some subtle toasty caramel malt adding just a touch of balance and variety. A remarkable aroma here, especially for a single-hop brew.

T - Less citrus and tropical fruit and more spicy and floral here. Oily hops dominate upfront, with ripe mango, fresh pine, orange rind, and a minty undertone that I really enjoy. Notes of bitter grapefruit and some dank earthiness come through as well. Malty balance is minimal, with some light toffee and toasty caramel malt just peeking through. Extremely drinkable and very complex for just a single hop. The last sip full of foam gave me a firm dose of mildly spicy onions.

M - Rather fizzy at first, but soon mellows out. Fitting mouthfeel for a 7.0% ABV IPA, slightly oily, a little sticky, medium bodied and an assertive bitterness in the finish. Slightly drying.

D - Insanely drinkable and surprisingly complex for a single hop IPA. It seems you never know what you're going to get with Mikkeller, some of their beers are big misses, and some hit the nail right on the head, and this was definitely the latter. Plus, I found out I like Simcoe hops way more than I thought I did!

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Photo of timtim
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice. Beer 101 by Mikkeller. Hazy burnt orange with a frothy, chunky, off-white head that holds and leaves splotchy lace as it wanes. Nose is dirty grapefruit flavored pine and a well balanced bit of slighly sweet biscuity goodness and sweaty locker room pokes its head in there somewhere too (in a good way). Taste is spicy, earthy and herbal up front to my surprise, but it rides nicely on the malty backbone and finishes with the dirty, earthy, almost woody grapefruity pine sap taste the nose hinted at. Soft and silky medium body. I could sit down and have quite a few of these. Cool concept. Tons of fun, but the 9.99/11.2oz thing hurts. Cheers.

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Photo of slater1313
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 1"+ head that started disappearing quickly, but still hung around like fluffy clouds floating on this light iced tea colored beer. I spotted a few floaters in there as well.

S- Heaven.. Grapefruit, citrus, and piney. Seriously I wish someone would market an air freshener that smells like this.

T- Just like the smell. Grapefruit and citrus up front then the pine comes through. The malt's in there though. Great beer.

M/D- I could drink this all night. At 6.9% it rivals another single hop, Bell's Two-Hearted. Too bad that for $2 more than I got this single bottle, I could get a 6pack of Two-Hearted.

Overall I can say this is a great AIPA. Too bad Mikkeller's beers are so expensive.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A quite dark amber under a thick creamy white head with good retention and streaky lacing.

S - Yes. Beautiful clean simcoe pungency comes on strong. Grapefruit and orange with pine and sweet malt backing. Love it.

T - All simcoe hops in flavour, very citrusy with just a hint of malt to balance. Strong hop bitterness.

M - Very refreshing. Medium carbonation and body, bitter finish.

O - The best of the single hop offerings from Mikkeller. Top stuff. Don't miss.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like some other Mikkeler offerings, this is like reading your favorite novel translated into another language and back - it's familiar, but somehow a little off. Here is the big, aggressive Simcoe-based American Pale Ale, but ever so subtly different.

Pours a hazy amber, with big chunks of yeast floating around, and a very large, dense fluffy head that dissolves to unbelievably sticky lacing. The aroma is just absolutely huge, all Simcoe - at once enveloping and distant, a powerful blast of grapefruit with a lingering almost medicinal bitterness. The bitterness has that high, thin, boozy Simcoe character on the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is smooth and clingy, sticking that Simcoe character all over the mouth.

This is a good beer, but like a big Bordeaux or California Cabernet, it is not what I would call refreshing.

It should be required tasting for anyone trying to understand the contribution Simcoes make to a beer as either a bittering or aroma hop. Once you know it, you'll never miss it in a beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
Cap Reads 22/10/10

Pours a very nice cloudy orange color, very nice carbonaiton, huge four finger creamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, sweet, bitter, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice IPA, recommended.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable Danish/Belgium take on the US IPA. The craft around Simcoe hops shines through.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Very simple straight forward label with legal notes and a one liner description. Shows freshness date on bottle cap (22/10/10), neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (6.9%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber color with a hazy orange hue. Starts with a generous one inch off-white head that turns to a consistent ring on the beer and a nice surface layer leaving nice touches of lace.

S - Crisp and fresh citrus and a pine touch over some malt hints.

T - Fresh citrus, and grapefruit hoppy bitterness with a nice malty ground. Very nice and on par with the best of Simcoe hop brews I´ve tried.

M - Medium carbonated on a medium body. Fresh with a smooth lingering bite.

D - Beautifully drinkable: a great pleasure for this craft area.

Notes: It's a great beer but feels a bit overpriced when bought on the US side of the Atlantic. And I may add even a bit guilty buying it having so many great options over here, Simcoe hops included... So I'll probably won't have it again as long I have a choice in the Americas. But it is a great beer and I'll be psyched to find it and know that stuff like this is available in Europe.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a cloudy golden-orange color with big chunks of yeast and/or hops floating about. A half-finger's worth of creamy white head has some good retention, slowly receding to a thin, wispy layer across the entire surface. Aroma of earthy yeast, mildly sweet pale malt, and lots and lots of hops. Notes of grapefruit, pine, and clover honey are prevalent.
The palate not strikingly bitter on the tip of the tongue - mildly sweet pale malt is balanced with a light citrus hop character at first. The hops quickly take over, though, and big hits of grapefruit and pine dominate. A bit of yeasty funk lingers in the background. The finish leaves a nice, citrusy bitterness that hangs on the back of the mouth for a good long while.
The Mouthfeel is a little silky for an IPA, nice and smooth without a whole lot of caustic carbonation, It's a nice change of pace. This is an excellent showcase of the bitter, grapefruity character of the Simcoe hop. While not an experience I really need every day, this is a damn tasty beer, very well-executed.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pilsner glass and served at around 50 degrees.

A - poured a slightly cloudy orange with perfect white head approximately inch thick; six even rings of lace on glass at the end

S - balanced aroma of grapefruit, pine and hints of bread; blended well with aroma of my meal

T - fantastically complex with notes of grapefruit, grass, malt and hops

M - medium full mouthfeel; smooth and even all throughout

D - very pleasant; not a session beer but well suited to two or three

Excellent very well balanced, complex IPA; the perfect match for Allegash White battered fish and chips for dinner; find it you wont be sorry

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried each individually and and now comparing Simcoe, Amarillo, and Chinook Single Hop IPAs.

A. Beautiful. Deepest copper color of the three with an off-white head that left rings of residual lacing and a thin layer of foam throughout the session.

S. Sweet floral - almost like a strong honeysuckle scent with a caramel backbone. As it warms, a cinnamon/spiciness comes out. Some mango character starts to come out, too.

T. Good upfront floral hop flavor that dominates the first few dips.

M. Good body with a perfect level of carbonation. Spot on. This is just what I want an IPA to feel like in my mouth.

D. Great. I'm not sure if it was the comparing or the warming that made the more tropical flavors come out, but this beer moved in front of the Amarillo as the session went in.

My favorite ended up being the Chinook, but I really liked this one, too.

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Photo of pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at State Line Liquors. On sale for $3.99.

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer pours a hazy burnt orange with about a finger or so of white head that lingered lazily on top of the glass and produced some really nice lacing.

Really intense citrus hops nose. Very one dimensional. There is almost no malt presence in the nose. In any case, the hops work really well. Smells amazing.

Taste follows suit. The hops are the star. The beer is intensely bitter with loads of citrus flavors. It's a full put attack on your taste buds. Intense. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is sticky, medium bodied and well carbonated. The bitterness lingers through each sip with the citrusy notes of the Simcoe hops balancing out the taste.

Overall, a beer for hop heads, without question. I really enjoyed it and will try to pick up some more of the Mikkeller single hop beers in the future.

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at de Bier Koning in Amsterdam.

Appearance: Standard copper tangerine IPA color with a nice fluffy 3 finger foam head. Good retention and loads of lacing.

Smell: All Simcoe baby!

Taste: Just as the nose...simcoe hops with a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel at most.

Drinkability: Very easy to sip this IPA.

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Photo of CushyGig
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber, the head thickly lacry. Nose is sweet and floral like jasmine flowers showering in simple syrup. Double-take flavors...dry and icey in the mouth...hints of young grapefruit come to mind, with a quickly tapering minty exit that vanishes abruptly. There’s a consistent floral background riding along at all times. This is damn classy...seriously, its like champagne..

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Hazy light copper-orange pour with a two finger, meringue-like head and great lacing. Resiny, citrusy hop nose with hints of tangerine and pine. Nice earthy, bitter hop taste with hints of pine, grapefruit and tea. A bit more malty sweetness then in the Nelson Sauvin, but the bitter hops are the star. Crisp, dry, bitter finish. Extremely drinkable. This is my second Mikkeller Single Hop, and I'm hoping to try them all. Another winner from Mikkeller!

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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