Simcoe Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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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
Ratings:
482
Reviews:
282
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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Photo of jjayjaye
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours visibly effervescent and a cloudy maple amber with a HUGE stiff off white head that decomposed in 3D, like an ice cream float, with a good amount of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is on the timid side, balanced sweet malt and grassy hops. It's got a really nicely balanced flavor to it that's much like the nose...in character and stature. The mouth is smooth and medium bodied, but there's a lack of supporting texture to it. It cleans up rather quickly with presenting only a subtle note of the hop in the after taste. Easy enough to drink, but would rather be considering a beverage that made more of a statement.

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Photo of elrogish
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first taste of this style of Mikkeller, but love almost everything else they make.

Honestly, the beer poured out pretty cloudy and full of little yeasty chunks. It didn't put me off, necessarily, but it is certainly worth noting. Especially since this beer has been upright on the shelf at the store, and it was transported home the same way. I thought it would settle more.

The copper color certainly adds a nice appeal, and the head is sticking around the entire time--good foam. A little of the yeast has started to settle.

Although this beer is meant to feature the Simcoe hop (which it does), the malt is what really comes through for me. I was expecting a little more bitterness. It's definitely there up front, but this beer finishes on the malty side. It reminds me of DFH 90 minute.

This beer gives a nice roll around the tongue. Very well rounded, even though the malt dominates for me. Carbonation is perfect.

Not a bad beer overall.

This was my first review. I hope it helps.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tasted at Volo bar in Toronto on 8/28/08

great copper color. huge head - good lacing. this is a really nice hoppy nose - not much else in the aroma - but the hoppiness makes it a very inviting beer.

taste throws hops all throughout the mouth. there is a nice lingering hop taste which is good - the hop nose and hop taste definitely align with each other. too many times a good smelling beer disappoints in the taste. it is a crisp taste with a decent amount of carbonation. taste a little citrus in the nose when drinking.

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Photo of rogacks
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of divineaudio
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

tulip glass - no date.

a - pours a rich, murky, copper color and gives me a strong, two finger, tan head that rises up out of the glass. retention is pretty good - halfway through the glass i still have a thin cap. leaves a few tufts of lace here and there. seems to be a lot more sediment in this one than some others in the series.

s - grassy with some pale malt character. slightly phenolic.

t - toasted malt character with notes of apple or grape. hop character is leaning toward herbal, bitterness is light and doesn't linger. dry finish.

m - on the lighter side with average carbonation.

o - not as enjoyable as the other two from the series that i have tried (chinook and palisade), but still a good beer. probably wouldn't buy it again unless it were for a tasting though.

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Photo of braski
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance- a cloudy amber color with a foamy head that leves sip evidence lacing,

smell- just a little amounts of hops with some malt.

taste- bready tasting malt with bittering hops but not much of flavor hops.

mouthfeel- light to medium feel with good carbonation and a neutral ending.

overall- a good beer but not as hoppy tasting that i was expecting. i will try again, maybe me or the beer was having an off night.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a deep amber color. About two fingers of off-white head leaves lots of sticky lacing behind. Some sediment from the bottle conditioning is evident, as well.

The aroma is mostly citrus hops...grapefruit, orange zest, but no pine scent. I usually seem to get some pine out of the Simcoe hops. This gets a bit catty as it warms.

The flavor is strong, bitter, citrus hops. Slight malt presence in the background. A little better as it warms. The cattiness gets a bit stronger with the added warmth, so be warned.

Medium body. Nicely drying. Bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation. I have to admit I was hoping for more when I bought this one. Their beers always impress me and I really enjoy Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe, so I thought this would be a home run. More like a close slide into second.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Xmas package from my b-i-w. Many thanks.
Extra sized head caps a golden amber (reddish hints) clear body. Some decent lacing.
Simcoe aroma, which I've learned from home brewing is a beautiful, often gorgeous hop that comes at a cost of a horrific aroma and taste if not used wisely. This beer holds many of the positives, but also hints of the "cheesy" quality as well.
Reasonably bitter and it lingers well past typical. Citrus of tart grapefruit. Lacking notable malt flavors, and especially missing the malt sweetness that typically makes AIPA's so enjoyable.
Body is about right and unremarkable in any way.
Now I may have served this a little warm and if that impacted this negatively that's unfortunate (I'd like to give each beer a fair shot). Nonetheless the negatives of this fine hop were too much in evidence for my tastes and that's too bad, cuz' simcoe can be such a fine specimen at times.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle, intended for another BA'er, somehow ended up in my possession. Sorry Shane/Jesse.

Pours a hazy orange, with a darker cone in the middle. Mmm....darker cone. Two or three inches of white foam head.

Smells like pineapple, pine, and maybe a bit of unidentifiable sharp citrus. Taste is nice, with bursting pinecone, some pineapple shading, and a nice mineral earthiness. The earthiness gets to be a bit much after a while.

Though I'm sad to have stolen this, a decent IPA.

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3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a slightly-rusted orange color with a small white head. The nose brings a bit of malt plus some moderate amounts of light pine and resin. Slightly earthy. The taste is some light pine hops and a bit of bready malt. Pretty decent bitterness in the feel. Not what I would want to brew if I were making a single-hop beer, as this really doesn't showcase the hop enough. This is a recurring problem for me with this series.

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Photo of Justindemino
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mcallister
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy amber full of yeast particles and bubbles with an exploding yellowy head of 4 fingers that holds great retention and leaves a thick coating lace behind.

Very nice aromas love simcoe. Citrus blast, grapefruit, lemon rind, lime, caramel malts with a biscuity grain.

The simcoe lays in the back a little maybe this one is getting a little past its prime. Some of the same flavors indicated in the smell but the malt really is at the forefront. Good tasting and creamy with decent drinkability.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle, best by 10/22/10, served into a tulip

Pours an opaque, hazy orange color. It isn't very unique or alluring until the head billows up. Large, creme bubbles make for a towering, fluffy mass of foam. Eventually the bubbles condense into something smaller, tighter and the head shrinks, leaving behind spidery lacing everywhere. Really impressive foam from this beer.

Overripe tangerine or apricot dominate the aroma, with some minor pine smells, too. Simcoe is a weird hop to use exclusively; it is responsible for what some may think are off-aromas but are actually byproducts of Simcoe. This beer has some sharp cheese aroma (seriously) and a trace (thankfully just a trace) of cat urine. Such is the way with Simcoe. The caramel malt smells sort of sour at first but that may just be the cheese quality of the hops playing with me. This is a touch beer to rate since it exists primarily as an educational tool. Simcoe Single Hop IPA succeeds at showing off what Simcoe is about.

The taste of the beer follows the nose in that its a lot of apricot, caramel malt and trace pine. No cheesy or uriney flavors, thankfully. The finish is all pine bitterness. The flavors are well-balanced but lacking in intensity.

The beer is about medium-bodied. It is watery and not particularly carbonated. The drinkability of this unique IPA is hard to score. In some respects it is very easy to drink, in other respects you probably wouldn't want to drink more than one of these anyway.

I thank Mikkeller for brewing the Single Hop series. It is educational and fun. If this particular entry into the series is any indication then I'm not apt to be blown away by Simcoe single-hopped beers but they're worth trying.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4 out of 5 based on 482 ratings.
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