Simcoe Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA
BA SCORE
80.2%
Liked This Beer
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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
Ranking:
#3,905
Reviews:
283
Ratings:
484
Liked:
388
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
10.75%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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28
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Photo of shanblur
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recently purchased at the liquor locker Weinbach location in Evansville, IN. Grabbed the last one. I was shocked to see this in Evansville. Had a date of October last year so I had reservations, but I think the quality was still as intended. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Cloudy orange and brown hues with a thick head of fluffy foam. Extensive lacing.

S - Nice hop aroma, but definitely more piney than citrusy

T - Nice piney hop flavor as is expected from the simcoe hops used. Not overpowering

M - Has a very slick mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation.

I am glad I got the chance to try this. These beers are intended to educate on the flavor and aroma profile of certain hop varieties. As a relative newbie to craft beer I appreciated the opportunity to sample a beer using only one hop varietal. I would not hesitate to try the others if offered.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-orange colour with an almost opaque cloud through it. Head is decent, cream-coloured and dense, leaving some nice sticky trails of lace, and retaining pretty well. Decent looker.

Nose is an interesting one. Very malty and not too hoppy for an IPA. Notes of chocolate, of all things, come first, with a fair amount of golden syrup and brown sugar. Maybe some slight citric notes, but yeah smells more like an American Barleywine than an IPA, only weaker. Not bad but underwhelming, and odd for the style.

Taste starts off quite bitter and pungent. A fair amount of acid with notes of musk, butter and passionfruit. Quite tangy towards the mid, some lemonade characters and some toasty flavours, but yeah, a real zing! to it, gives it a kind of soft drink flavour. Finish is a bit lacking, particularly as far as bitterness goes. Slighty cashew nutty flavour, and an earthy truffle finish right at the end, but doesn't really have the potency I want. Has more tang than bitterness, and as a result is less drinkable than it could be. Not bad, could definitely be better.

Leaves very dry although good texture until the end. Decent mouthfeel.

Overall I think it needs more; the trouble is the flavour and palate profile don't really "wow" me.

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Photo of gueuzer
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle

App- Large foamy head, with sticky lacing all over glass. Caramel colored.

SM- Aroma hops, but more mild than I would have expected. Malty sweetness.

Ta- Heavy on the bittering ops. Not balanced with aroma. Overwhelms most everything else, but there are some sweet maltiness lurking in the back.

MF- Large bubbles, but a appropriate (slightly high) amount of carbonation.. The malt have a nice cloying mouth coat.

Dr-OK, but the bittering hops are too much to have very much of this.

This alright, but far from impressive. There are MUCH better IPAs out there and for $7 a bottle this is a big disappointment.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, this beer was completely overpriced at $6.29 for a 12oz bottle but I couldn't resist because I like Simcoes. Dark, turbid orange with some stray proteins floating throughout. It smells very catty and ammonia-like, spicy. Taste has a little too much pepper and garlic going on and reminds me of Green Flash Imperial IPA, not good. I really wish I had my $6 back on this one....

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SLeffler27
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a coat of lacing.

Nice pop of pine with a malty background.

Light bitterness with some grapefruit and no real finish.

A full-bodied beer with some alcohol, a wooly texture, and ample cleansing carbonation.

Simcoe was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish between the varieties of hops but would still make a fine component of a meal.

Sampled from a pint glass alongside the Palisades Single Hop IPA.

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Photo of masterofsparks
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopdog
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle. Bottle cap stamped 22/10/10.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, some floral hops, and some lighter maltiness. Tastes of basically the same, floral hops and some citrus. Floral, leafy green, stale hops. Lighter bitterness and some lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: served in a flight of their 4 single hop ipas. orangey deep gold, slight chill haze, really nice dense lasting head and lacing.
S: i get kind of an oniony/garlicky thing from simcoe, which i'd like in food, not beer. red grapefruit in there as well.
T: i like the malts they use in this, mostly palish, lightly sweet and bready. bitterness is nice and smooth, finishing dry.
M: well-carbonated, frothy, medium-bodied.
D: simcoe ain't my favorite.

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Photo of capra12
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo, served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: brown and cloudy with r finger of head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

Smell: malts and piney.

Taste: opens with a tangy/ hop astringent profile. A brief mild malt profile emerges as piney hop profile come in full force at the finish as hop bitter finish this and spill into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and coarse.

Drinkability: A one and done for me. I recommend this to those who want to taste a simcoe hopped brew.

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Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 4 Jul 2010 in the midst of our weeklong July IPA blowout. Poured in a SN Celebration shaker pint.

Large cream colored head. Well carbonated. Some floaties, hazy warm copper color. Aromas of grape, crisp apples and tomato leaf. Tastes initially of grass and fruit punch, relatively sweet. Some grapeiness (A). Becomes slightly bitter towards the middle and finish, along with a touch of tomato leaf. A little bit of basil in the finish. Light body. Moderate ethanol. Grapeiness disappears as it warms.

As with the 10, good to try but would not get it again for $0.50/oz.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasantly cloudy dark amber colour with a creamily filmy head of yellow-white bubbles. Lacing is really nice, with an excellent cascade of clinging bubbling around the glass. Head collapses slightly too readily, bit it's a very nice looking brew all up.

Some sweet lemon characters on the nose, and a bit of syrup, which is slightly cloying. Hints of funky grain characters, and a husky slightly roasted note which is unusual if not unwelcome. Perhaps a roundness like Belgian yeast, but it's not a very classic character. Hops are certainly muted, which is a surprise, and I'm not getting classic Simcoe characters. The grain notes are probably most dominant, and I find them slightly confusing.

Very light palate, with an odd mixture of caramel malt characters and biting but earthy hop notes. Finish is quite gritty with hops, and a slightly phenolic note, but there's an odd swelling of crushed fruit on the back, which comes along without any warning. I find it slightly rustic, and not all that palatable, but with enough complexity to keep my interest at least. Mouthfeel is spritzy.

I'm really not sure what to make of this. I can't say I'm overly enamoured overall. It's got odd darkly roasted notes that don't go with anything else, and I find it slightly jarring. It certainly doesn't showcase the hop as it should

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BuddyE
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of HeadiestDudeonLot
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VTHeady
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of berebrando
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 16-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: smokey, biscuit, balanced bitter-sweet
Brandon: earthy, faint rotting lemon, big caramel

Conversation: Bruce and Bill tag team

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Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of KillaB
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of smi
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 80.2% out of 100 with 484 ratings
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