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Simcoe Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA
486 Ratings
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burnt orange with bits stirring about. The head is a peachy hued tan, thick and frothy, with nice retention.

Caramel sweetness to the nose with a good dose of hops giving citrus and earthy scents.

A strong pine hop presence from the simcoe, pretty strong bitterness. Getting a little pine in there as well. A solid malt backbone offering up caramel, nuts and some roasted malt. Lingering bitterness.

The carbonation is perfect; soft and fluffy. Dry bodied.

A nice single hop beer that highlights the simcoe well. Glad to have tried it as it is a well crafted brew.

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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

This poured a slightly hazy copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like spicy herbal hops with some lemon zest and caramel malt. It tasted like herbal and resin hops, with some sweet honey malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and tasty single hop beer, characterized by spicy herbal flavors. It tasted very smooth and crisp, with a mellow finish. Simcoe also made the malt seem lighter. It had nice body and was easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick light tan head. Aroma of of grassy and citrus hops. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and bitter grassy hops with a sweet citrusy finish. The hops have held up nicely on this beer's overseas journey. Very delicious!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with a large ecru head that retains well and lays down nice lattice-patterns of lace. There's a ton of thick, chuncky floating particles in the beer.

S: Thick, rich and resinous hop aroma. Loads of sweet citrus, pine, and a hint of (!) herbal woodiness. Bold and intriguing.

T&M: Citrus flavors up front that give way to a bit of piney/herbal flavors later on. Not a lot of malt flavor detected, the simcoe hops dominate this one. Body is medium with a prickly carbonation and decent stickiness. On par for the style.

D: Rather drinkable--a bold, big flavor with a nice body.

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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A deep and dark amber with lots of haze throughout. Off-white head. Some lacing down the glass.

This beer is potently aromatic! Incredibly powerful aroma! Wow! Huge citrus bill, specifically grapefruit and biting lemon, some grassy and pine elements, and some sweet, sticky caramel notes as well. Hugely aromatic!

The flavor is a lot like the aroma, but not quite as dramatic. Lots of citrus, lots of marijuana and pine flavors, along with a sticky and sweet caramel malt backbone. This beer is dank!

Thin to medium bodied.

A delicious and powerful Simcoe IPA. A great idea and a great beer.

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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Cloudy apricot color. Good head and pretty good lacing.

S- Fruity, bready, malty

T- Great bitterness, long pepper finish, good overall IPA flavor. Very classic.

F- Great mouthfeel, full, rich, right on the money as far as this category.

O- A great IPA, could use more complexity but I guess that's why you add more than one hop!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD on cap is 10/22/2010. 11.2 oz. into a Mason jar.

Huge, 3-finger buttery-eggshell-colored head tops a viscous honey copper body. Looks like bottle conditioning yielded a few floaties, too...woops, my bad. Nice carbonation with good retention and lacing.

All Simcoe, all the time. This oozes grapefruit. Slight sweetness to malt in background, but Simcoe and its citrus/floral goodness is large and in charge.

There's more balance on the palate - light malt emerges with a little sweet perfume. The hops still rule the roost but with less citrus and a little more floral bite. Unbalanced...but in a good way.

Carbonation mixes with poignant citrus hops and grapefruit rind to give this an immense bite. It's definitely a pucker. Malt sweetness is quiet but evens out the finish.

Doesn't drink too terribly badly but it's got a bite like a friggin' shark. Gives a serious burn to the taste buds so have one of these and walk away. Fine stuff, though.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange with huge white head. As the head dissipates, it leaves some lacing down the glass. Smells of tropical fruit, pineapple and some peach. The taste has the same element, but it isn't as beautiful as the smell. Some bitterness, but it isn't too heavy. A nice malt backbone that doesn't get in the way of the hops. I got through this beer much quicker than I expected as I kept on going back for more sips.

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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nice pale color, nice hop aroma. i love simcoe hops. not much of any malt, i wouldnt be surprised if the bill was >95% pale malt. hops are very nice its a textbook hoping of an ipa. no malt backbone. its nice but not $6 nice. maybe $8 a sixer. nothing bad, nothing remarkable. not the best mikkeller.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 330 ml (11.2-ounce) bottle. Numbers are printed on the cap but I doubt they are anything close to a freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is cloudy amber with copper tones. There is a lot of sedimentation floating around; there are some pretty sizable chunks, too. Two fingers of dense, fluffy, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly, leaving a billowy head and trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Smells like an actual west coast IPA. Orange and lemon citrus, as well as the usual pine. There are also scents of sweet caramel, honey, pale malts, and toffee.

Taste: The single-hopping gives it a very distinct character. The citrus and pine are there but not overpowering. I get the sense it is missing something. The hops provide a decent bitterness but it is no hop bomb. Much like the aroma, there are also flavors of sweet caramel, toffee, and honey.

Drinkability: This edition of the single-hop series is much more like a finished IPA. It is missing the oomph, though. It would be one hell of an IPA if it had it.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a bubbly, two-finger, long-lasting head of khaki colored foam. It left thin, sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit. There was a burnt toast maltiness, too.

T - It tasted of sharp, piney, resiney hops. Some grapefruit and other citrus flavors, too. It had a burnt toast maltiness and sweet toffee/caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied IPA that is fairly easy drinking despite some sharp bitterness.

D - This is another outstanding brew from the folks at Mikkeller. Really well done and tasty.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A The body is an orange copper With a tiny haze to it. The head is about 2 fingers big and turns thick and foamy. Nice lacing is left when the head goes down. Still a good amount of foam on top of the beer. Looks really good.

S Big sweet citrus and tropical fruits. Good malt sweetness comes out behind the hops. Nice scent

T Some sweet citrus upfront that turns bitter. Fruity sweetness really comes out in the middle and the end is pretty bitter with a good sweetness. Bready malt is noticed throughout. I'm pretty surprised of how good this IPA tastes compared to some other IPAs with similar age.

M medium mouthfeel with a higher side of medium carbonation. Goes down pretty easy and leaves mouth slightly syrupy.

O Nice IPA. I know they were made for long trips but but with a year and a half plus this holds up nicely.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber pour with a huge fluffy off-white head. Sticks around forever and sticks to the glass well too.

S: Smells exactly like cat urine. Though, somehow in a pleasant way. I'm not sure how I can quantify that but if you've ever smelled cat urine, simcoe just jumps out at you.

T: Spicy and citrusy at the same time. Aftertastes lasts a long time and never really seems to fade much between sips.

M: Pretty medium bodied. Pretty smooth beer. As mentioned above, bittering aftertaste sticks around quite well.

D: Not bad. I think I might put this one second after the Citra single hop version. Simple but an intriguing experiment - this one (like the Citra) could almost stand on its own as a normal IPA.

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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

7.3% abv according to the can. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent golden with a fluffy off-white head that leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of tropical notes with some citrus in the mix as well. Lots of pineapple, peach and mango. Subtle malts. The flavors are bold and follow the nose. More of those tropical fruits along with grapefruit. Fresh pine needles in the mix. Some pine resin too. Bitter finish, but there are some malts to cut it down. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and fluffy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very smooth.

This is a very nice IPA. Great use of simcoe. It's nice to see this in cans. Well done.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 486 ratings
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