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 ricke
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color, clear liquid. A 3 cm slightly yellowish off-white airy head that leaves nice looking lacings.

S: Plenty of grapefruit. Elder flowers and red currants as well. Pleasant peppery and grassy hops. A nice mix of fruity and floral hops, but the malts are rather anonymous.

T: Plenty of grapefruits here as well, but they are not as distinct as in the smell. Gooseberries, some elder flowers, grass and nice floral hop flavors. Toasty malts with a gentle and semi-sweet caramel character in the background. The finish is peppery with a big bitterness that dominates completely just for a moment. After the initial attack from the bitterness it settles and leaves room for hop resins with somewhat of a perfumy character, pine-needles and a hint of minerals.

M: Medium body, rather crisp. Well balanced carbonation. A clean and simple mouthfeel, nicely attuned to the style.

D: Not a bad IPA, for sure. It's really hop-forward and showcases the simcoe profile nicely. But perhaps it lacks some complexity and is slightly off-balanced. But all in all, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of FutureCowboy
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a chilled Goliath tulip.

I love the idea of the Single Hop Series from Mikkeller. I'm about halfway thru the ten of them, this being the 6th I've had. Loving the idea doesn't mean they are all great beers -- in fact I don't think that's Mikkeller's intent. It's really an academic exercise, more than an effort in making great beer. Some hops just don't perform well on their own (I'm looking at you, Tomahawk, and your fruity brother Nelson Sauvin). But I'm a big Simcoe [insert registered trademark symbol] fan, so I'm hoping this one pulls through.

This one pours nice. Good frothy heady. Quite hazy, but that glowing orange hue is there. I'll forgive the haze because the head is damn near perfect, it even falls just right.

The aroma is exactly what I expected, fantastic bright Simcoe hops. This variety does an awesome job of merging the pine-citrus continuum. It's tangerine-y, even.

Loving the hop flavor, perfect match to the aroma. I'm not completely wild about the yeast flavor I'm getting though. Probably because foreigners made this, and you know how foreigners do. Seriously though, I'm not sure if my tongue is rejecting it because it's a great IPA with a non-traditional yeast strain, or if its legitimately not great.

Mouthfeel is OK, reminiscent of the rest of the series. Body doesn't quite hold up under questioning, mild resiny chew. Not too much there.

It's drinkable, but due to price and weird yeast factor, I wouldn't put more than 1 in a session.

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Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild copper color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of grassy hops with just a hint of grapefruit within. It's not really that demanding though and perhaps pine is another aroma.

Taste is chock full of floral, grassy hops. Subtle in nature, it feels a bit toned down. This is all about the hops.

Little remains of the malt choice in this beer. It's all lingering, citrusy/piney hops.

Not sure where Mikkeller is going with this series. Still worth a shot.

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Photo of Floydster
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle purchased online a while back, possibly from Liquid Solutions, consumed 1/29/09, split with my dad, reviewed from notes, color is a golden orange with some darker tones, 3/4 inch foamy white head that lasts two to three minutes, some retention and lacing, aroma is purely Simcoe, like the hops themselves were just floating around in there, there was some mild citrus and grassy accents too but that is about it, flavor is very hoppy all the way through, mostly pine flavors, some light oranges mix in with the bitterness, dry and bitter mouthfeel, medium bodied, above average level of carbonation, taste lingered, too one dimensional to drink a whole lot of but still pretty easy going down, no real alcohl showing through, smooth for the most part, not a bad IPA and this Danish brewer continues to put out solid products, would drink again but remember it being pretty expensive for what it is, worth trying

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours cloudy copper, lots of floaties. Luckily, the massive rocky head and fantastic lacing brings this one up a bit to balance. Not necessarily the best looking beer otherwise.

Nose is phenomenal. All Simcoe, obviously - bold, pungent, grapefruit rindy, piney Simcoe goodness. If there's any malt in there trying to crawl out I'm not getting any. Fantastic.

Taste is big, pungent, and in your face, bitter from the get go and not about to let up. Grapefruit rind, big time resiny pine, pretty astringent. There's a bitter edge to it that tastes almost chemical - between it and the floaties I think this one may have showed the early signs of an infection. Bit metallic.

Mouthfeel takes a huge hit from all the floaties. Pretty gross actually, getting all those little chunks in there.

Drinkability is eh. The beer underneath showed some fantastic potential, but once again I'm left wondering about Mikkeller's quality control. if you un-infect and un-oxidize all the weirdess out of the bad beers I've had from them, you'd have possibly my favorite brewery. But they really, really need to work on their quality control.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice golden color, the head was pretty good looking. The lacing wasn't too bad on the glass. The smell of the beer has a nice earthy yet lively aroma of the hops in it. The taste was well balanced between the hops and malts I thought. The mouthfeel of this beer isn't too bad, Overall I enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind having it again. The only other Simcoe based IPA I've had was from Weyerbacher and I think this might be better than that one.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, semi-transparent light orange with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap that fades into a tiny cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of herbal notes with huge amounts of citrusy orange, and sugary grapefruit. Perhaps a touch of chamomile tea and sugary cotton candy.
Taste is of bitter grapefruit and orange peel with some mild spiciness and herbs sticking out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, with a sticky, sugary graininess that seems to pull through at the end, along with the herbal bitterness.

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Photo of BeefTongue
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer appeared a burnt-orange/amber when held to light and had a big frothy white head. The scent was floral and citrusy with a strong bitter hoppy undertone. Taste was similar to the smell with little maltiness, but a crisp, refreshing hop flavor that lingered on the back of the tongue long after swallowing. Notes of grapefruit citrus and hop bitterness dominate the palate overall. Mouthfeel is good. The fluid itself is fairly thin, but deceptively so as the generous carbonation foams the beer up in the mouth giving it a complex thicker-feeling texture that goes down smooth. This is not my favorite IPA, but I would definitely drink it again--if it was offered to me; it's a little expensive. I'd compare to the Boulevard Single-Wide IPA that just came out. They both have similar citrus hop aromas, but the Boulevard is easier on the wallet and certainly more drinkable.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone gave this beer to me as a gift and then promptly took it away from me, so I bought another bottle which sits before me now. The ABV reads 6.9%. I love Single Hop beers and besides the Double Simcoe, I don't believe I've had another Simcoe hop beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is bubbly dark orange, some yeast remnants fall slowly to the bottom of the glass: the result of a sloppy pour. The head is two fingers, white, and soapy. Retention is good and some lacing is left on my glass.

The aroma is of grapefruit and orange with some aromatic pine resin. There's a pretty decent malt presence in the nose that is reminiscent of caramel and slightly bready. Some alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor is initially all citrus until the pine makes itself known. The bitterness is on the upper end of medium - lower end of high level. Slightly sweet caramel malt is present, but doesn't do much to balance the bitterness. The finish is the most bitter part of the beer, with a lot of astringency and some grapefruit and alcohol. Flavors of pine and grapefruit linger on my palate for a long time. There's an unpleasant metallic character that I'm becoming more aware of as the beer warms.

The beer is medium bodied with great carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

A good beer, though there's quite a bit of astringency. Too much rough hop bitterness and not enough hop flavor.

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Photo of tykechandler
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nicely balanced between the malt and the prototypical simcoe flavor profile, but a bit too much diacetyl on the finish for my liking. come on, boys...

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love Weyerbacher Double Simcoe. Lets see how this compares!

Pours a super murky orange brown color with lots of floaters in it. The head is a frothy masterpiece. The 2 inch tall rounded head shrinks down while leaving a huge hole where i poured the beer. The head holds shape too, which I have never experienced like this. I picked up a, inch and a half wide ball of this marshmelloey goo and held it in between my fingers. SO WEIRD!!! Nice ringed lacing.

Aroma is super fruity and yeasty. Nicely hopped and piney to the nose. Tastes Simcoey. But with a weird off taste. Weird malt? Lightly fruity and quite piney. This is very drying to the lips. Feel is creamy and oily. Kinda sticky also. Moderate amount of tingling from the carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but slightly hindered from the dryness.

Not as fresh and juicy as Weyerbachers Double Simcoe. Now I only wish i could get a hold of the other beers in Mikkeller hop series. Such a cool concept. Being able to focus on the unique characteristics of one hop style. A great way to learn about the different hop varieties.

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Photo of regspeir
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft into a snifter at Teresa's
Pours a orange amber with a small head which dissolved into a film. Lacing was thin but lasting. Nose is hops, grassiness, very floral and a little funky? Taste was slightly bitter, tropical citrus and some sweet caramel-like undertones. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation and some rough graininess that was a surprise. While I liked this beer, even at it's reasonable ABV I couldn't session it. Not sure if it's the simcoe but it just tires me enough to want to move on.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper wth a big off-white colored head. Loads of chunky sediment in there, lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of hops of course. Sharp citrus and pine aromas, along with some fresh cut grass.

Lots of bitter hoppiness. Very grassy, fruity, citrusy, and pine. There is a hint of malt in the background. Basically it tastes like it smells, probably better actually. Medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated, finishes a bit dry. Pretty good beer, though not sure its worth $5+ a pop, but I've paid more for worse.

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Photo of pants678
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow with a big white head. Transparent's not appealing to me.

Musty Simcoe hops.

Just as advertised. It is all Simcoe IPA with the faintest sweetness of malt. Single malt, single hop? I dig the single hop where you know exactly what you're getting.

Dry as hell.

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Photo of birderbeerer
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper. Pours a three finger head. Long-lasting lace.

S: Hops and malt but nothing exceptional. It takes a long sniff to detect any citrus. The hops do not fly out of the glass.

T: Pretty standard pale ale. This is very evenly balanced. The malt tempers but does not overtake the hop. It is a clean and crisp beer, obviously well made. Neither the hop nor the malt dominate.

Nothing exceptional, but perhaps that reflects the simcoe hop more than the beer itself. It doesn't present an overwhelming citrus or pine flavor. This beer doesn't attempt extreme but aims for a well-made single hop beer.

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Photo of cptierney
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from cute little 11.2 Oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A rather hefty pour yields rather hefty results. A massive billowing head takes up nearly half the glass with fluffy white foam. Receding quickly to two fingers on top of a cloudy amber liquid. The lacing is evident as I drink the beer down but I will be sure to avoid all of the sediment chunks that I have stupidly poured into my glass.

The hops are immediately present on the first whiff of the brew. There is a touch of citrus with some grapefruit-esque hints but the most prevalent scent is a piney freshness. I get a touch of sweet malts but it is really overwhelmed by the hop odors.

Mouthfeel here is kinda confusing. After the massive head that I got pouring, I assumed there would be significant carb bite. To the contrary, I was presented with a light syrup.

I love the idea of a single hop series because I like to get an idea of what each variety tastes like. While the malt characteristic on the brew is a noticeable backdrop of caramel sweetness, it is the Simcoe that's on display. While there was some idea of citrus when I smelled this beer, the taste is all pine. Pushing the beer to the sides of my tongue gives a hint of just how bitter this beer can be as the pine quicly enter pine-sol territory.

The light body of this beer makes for a trusty drinking companion but the hop oils are sticky and may become annoying in a session and at $4.99 a bottle I think one will do.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and somewhat citrus hops with a very perceptible malt base. Taste is dominated by floral piney notes with some astringent notes and a dry caramel malt base underneath it all. I can understand why people sometime qualify this as the cat pee hops. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done though the Nugget is still my favorite.

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Photo of BZero007
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Julios Liquor's in MA.

Date on Bottle Cap 12/10/10.
Pours a golden amber which is very cloudy, with particles floating threw out the brew. The head formation was great and saved the score from being lower. Head was a nice white color that left lace threw out the glass. The aroma was of an extreme grapefruit smell. The smell was not taht strong but it was easy enough to detect. Though not complex was nice and refreshing. The flavor it's self was of grapefruits yet again with only the slightest of floral sweetness in the background. The extreme grapefruit taste can usualy impare the taste buds while drinking but this particular brew does not. Drinkability is good as the Alcohol percentage is good and the refreshing flavor is what will keep people coming back for more.

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Photo of roodie
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a hazy orange brown hue with good carbonation and tiny floaties. 2 fingers of dense head. Nice lacing.

S: nice hoppy aroma. Pine and citrus and a touch of malt

T: piney/ citrus character with a pleasant bitterness on the end

M: bitterness barely lingers a very refreshing feeling on my palate

O: I liked this single hop the best so far, Simcoe brings the goods on both ends, aroma and flavor

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Photo of wchesak
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash chalice

A - clear reddish orange color, off white head, little ring left over, no lacing

S - light pine, some citrus, floral background

T - caramelly honey like malt followed by a sweet citrus aftertaste, slightly dry

M - light side of medium bodied, under carbonated compared to other beers in style

D - pretty much similar to most American IPAs, distinctive quality is the sweet citrus/honey in the taste, very hard to stop from drinking, preferred the Nelson Sauvin to this one

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my fourth or fifth and easily my favorite of this series. pours a nice golden color with some yeast floaties and a massive thick white head that hangs on the whole time. smell is sweet to me, these simcoe hops give off a very fresh sent, not sticky ganja fresh, but a more subtle essence. also, like all of these so far its more balanced than expected, with some nice english malts in the nose and flavor. flavor is quite similar to the nose, with the hops being very up front. they kind of fade off at the end, no bitterness really at all here. feel is good, thick enough on the body and mildly carbonated. overall im not sure i understand the simcoe hops very well yet, even after this beer. they always seemed to be mixed with more assertive varieties i had a hard time trying to place them here. i like the hop on the front end though rather than on the back end. nice change of pace.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into an English pub glass. A dark honey-red amber hue with large beige bubbles forming the typical Mikkeller shapely and long-lasting head, and an aroma of fruity grape candy, jam, spruce needles, and buttery toffee. Was expecting more citrus. Malt-forward like most of the other Mikkeller single hop IPAs, with some Munich malt adding almost a chocolate character along with the toffee. However, as expected, the generous dose of Simcoe adds a ton of aromatic black and long pepper spice notes that permeate the beer from start to finish, along with some pine cleaner, unripe guava, gooseberry, and pineapple. Simcoe is often accompanied by other hops with more classic citrus character and its interesting to taste a more spicy, green tropical, and berry character on its own, with a pretty aggressive menthol/pine note just barely checked by the sweet malts here. Ah ... There's some grapefruit. Moderately thick body with a decent dose of oily resins, somewhat prickly on the tongue. Finishes nicely bitter with some lingering floral and unripe tropical notes. I continue to enjoy these Mikkeller single hop brews, with this one coming quite close to a good malt-hops balance.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice dark amber color. It has a big 3-finger off-white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass. There is quite a bit of sediment floating around here.

S - There is an earthy grassy smell and some caramel maltiness. It has a nice pine and citrus hop presence. There is also a bit of toastiness and fruitiness.

T - Taste starts off with some toasted maltiness and a big piney hop bite to it. There is a nice earthiness here as well. Also, there is a lot of citrus. Mostly, I am getting the big hop bitterness and citrus.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a big hop bitterness that lingerings on the palate for a little bit. Has a nice creamy feel to it overall.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and the flavor is good. Overall, I thought this was a really nice IPA. It has a nice light toasted backbone, a strong hop presence, and some nice citrus flavor. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of Cavery
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Foggy Honey orange, a beach sunset in a glass. Just enough clarity to see the beer horizon. About a finger head with modest lacing.

S: Zesty! Bold citrus favoring grapefruit. Orange makes an appearance with tangelo juiciness. There's a party in the orchard, and Mikkeller is buying the drinks.

T: Deliciously smooth and spicy. A light hop bitterness that is suggestive of steamed dark veggies. Dark Veggies that are zested with a copious amount of citrus. Drink to your health!

M: The mouth dissipates pretty rapidly. I will give it the benefit of the doubt and say "low carbonation". It's there, I just have to give it some thought. It definitely could have used the help of the mouth to make this a really consistent experience. Oh well, the orchard party must go on! Despite the zephyr of a mouth-feel.

D: Overall this beer is at is says "simcoe single-hop". Not dynamic, but it's not trying to be. There is a deliciousness here, but it is not an evangelist. No one will be converted, but the simcoe choir will sing its praises.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky copper orange with a long lasting big whitish head. Lots of lacing.

S - Piney hops, earthy with a little bit of sweet malts.

F/M - Piney, quite high hop bitterness up front. Slight earthiness/resinous. Very hop forward with a slight caramelly sweet malt flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. A very light astringency in the finish.

D - Such a high bitterness makes it hard for me to put down more than a pint of this beer.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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