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 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 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 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 washburnkid
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bubbles from the bottom; off-white, half-inch head, golden brown, translucent.

S: Oranges and grapefruit from simcoes hop; honey malt backdrop; it smells awesome.

T: citrus dominates, bitter floral notes, and a caramel sweetness backdrop.

M: moderate carbonation, thin mouthfeel. bitterness left behind on the palate.

D: one or two of these would be perfect. i can imagine pairing this with a roasty/crunchy salad. well done, mikkeller.

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

The nose on this one opened up after a while. The flavor profile is hearty and deep earthy citrus. There is a bright kind of character to it, but it's still deeper and fairly earthy. I got turned off to Mikkeller quite some time ago, but after the Nelson Sauvin Brut and the single hop beers I have had, things are looking better and I am more willing to drop the higher amounts of coin on the breweries beers. (Though I am still a bit leery of Mikkeller overall.)

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Photo of joecast
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the New Sydney.

Bright light orange/amber/copper color. Like the hop oils are adding some kind of inner glow. Head is just off white with that milky resiny stability.

Well, um, smells like Simcoe. A bit of sweetness from the malt but mostly hops. Spicy, floral, slight citrus. Not sure if Simcoe originates from a blend of other signature US hops, but it sure seems like it. Not the one dimensional character of Cascade or Amarillo, though these are all enjoyable.

Great balance. Big, bold, bitter. It's got it all. Finish is clean showing what a well made beer this is. All you're left with is a lingering hop bitterness which requires more beer to wash it down. A nice problem to have if you ask me.

Totally blown away. Had no idea this was on and the barman insisted I try it. Great idea. Only one keg so glad I got to have one. Will be sad to see it go.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body and head are par for the series.

Spice and pine on the nose.

Tastes spicy, with pine oil and some bitter grapefruit rind, a west coast style hop.

Body is medium as is carbonation, slightly fizzy mouthfeel.

The bitterness is fairly high on this, not altogether balanced by the malt, but no doubt is a good expression of the Simcoe hop.

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

Another yellowish-amber brew from this neat series of American IPA’s. It has a decent off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma brings mild grass hops and pungent pond-malt. A combination I like, but may not suit everyone. Flavor-wise I get lemony wheat and yeast-bread ideas that provide a nice herbal hop theme. Medium light bodied with a smooth, somewhat frothy feel. Like the rest if these Mikkeller American IPA’s this is highly drinkable and highly recommended!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours a murky amber, verging on brown, with about a half finger of white head. There is a good amount of lacing that lingers on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is big malt and some tropical fruits. Yup, that's about it.

T: It's big on the malt, and very short on the tropical nature of this hop. It's blatant that time has effected this beer severely.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet, syrupy, think, and lingering. Not too much lingering bitters, just solid flavor.

O: This beer is old, and it's not all that good. BUT... I've had this fresh many times, on-tap, and it's usually delicious. This review is based on an old bottle, but the score I'm giving it is from a fresh pour. It's confusing, but it's only fair. Typically, this is a really solid brew, maybe the best of the single hop beers.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/3/12

A reddish amber with just a slight haze, massive 3 finger cream colored head has great retention slowly falling to an island leaving large chunks of lace well down the glass

S tangerine, passion-fruit, pine, and some grapefruit, smells of hop candy to me

T more rind then one could smell and the big tropical notes are toned down and 'm getting some faint toffee

M has a little bite to it and a long rind finish, just a little left behind in the mouth making my gums feel a little gritty

O I was loving this one from the second I opened the bottle with the smell filling the room, not lacking in any area and excelling in more then one

I love those Simcoe hops and this beer is another most welcome addition to the already stacked shelves here in Alberta.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Woe are we who must work our way through the onslaught of these new Mikkeller flights of fancy on our local bottleshops' shelves...

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with three solid fingers of tight foamy, chunky off-white head, which leaves a string of inverted gear lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of reserved pine resin and saucy grapefruit peel, more than a bit of spiciness inherent in both. The taste is creamy caramel malt, and a slowly resurrected redux of the aroma in the form of warm, bitter citrus, and soft forest floor hops.

The carbonation is once again quite sedate, the body equally smooth, bearing a low-key medium weight. It finishes with a pleasantly warm spiced toffee malt sweetness, and a loitering softened citrus hoppiness.

I do quite like these glimpses into the inner workings of the singular hops that make up the blends so common in the best West coast IPAs out there. Here, we have the spicy citrus side of that complex equation. Good to know, and also rather good to put back on its own.

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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 AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Stamped 8391103 on the bottle cap.

A: Noticeable sediment within, even before I open the bottle. When poured, an impressive three fingers of head reigns, and has no intention of giving up its position. Damned impressive. Cloudy-clear amber-gold with copious bubbling and some sediment. Whole clumps of lace cling to the side of the glass, long after they affixed themselves.

S: Piney and astringent. Woody, even. The Oxford Companion to Beer's description of the Simcoe hop really nails it: "...piney, woody, and grapefruit citrus notes mixed with slightly dank and spicy notes of onion and garlic." I don't get the garlic, but everything else makes an appearance. A bit sweeter and fruiter as well, akin to orange juice. Strong and undeniably pleasant.

T/M: Tasty, but not overwhelming. Certainly better than the other (Nelson Sauvin) Single Hop IPAs I've had from Mikkeller. Full and initially fruity, and not overly bitter. I think the theoretical IBU of 95 is overstated. Even creamy at times. The more I drink, the more the wild onion and other herbaceous flavours emerge. The aftertaste is hoppy and bitter (surprise) and rather drying. Nice beer.

O: An excellent single hop IPA whose strength resides -- as it should -- on the hop used. The garlicy nature of Simcoe I know notice lurking in many other beers. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Recommended.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2-oz bottle into a Delirium snifter.

A: Cloudy copper body with sediment floating around. The head is hefty with an slightly brown tint to it. There is lots of thick lace.

N: Pine and a touch of tangerine.

T/M: Tangerine citrus and earthy pine-like resin oils coat the tongue with each chewy sip. The caramel malt balances out the sticky simcoe hop.

I really like this beer; t is the first of the hop series that I have tried. Mikkeller's American IPA recipe is very distinguishable with its mouthfeel and malt characteristic, but this hop profile is incredibly well fit for this recipe. The qualities of the Simcoe, with its herbal aromatics & flavors, is perfectly experienced.

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Photo of Gushue3
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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Photo of jayhawk73
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Pizzeria Paradiso:

Pours a light orange/gold color with a nice thin white head. Nose is nice- grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, pine, and some malt. Simcoe is definitely one of my favorite hops, therefore I love the taste of this beer. The taste is the same as the nose, but takes it up just enough for the higher score. Just really clean, clear, crisp, and refreshing. Medium feel w/ good carbonation and a slightly fruity finish. I didn't get any of the 6.9% abv at any point. Overall, a great IPA that I would definitely have again. Cheers.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 06/24/12; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white fluffy head; Slightly hazy and caramel colored; Patches of lacing around the glass

S - Plenty of Simcoe hops here - grapefruit, passionfruit, and a little bite of pine as well; Some honey, bready, toasted toffee notes also detected

T - Lots of passionfruit and grapefruit hops here with a bit of floral too; A little toasty, caramel malts provide some balance, but this is a Simcoe showcase for sure; Some bitterness present that fades towards the end of the taste

M - Medium bodied; Moderate carbonation; Nice, dry finish

O - This excellent brew proves that Simcoe hops can stand alone and provide an awesome aroma, flavor, and appropriate level of bitterness for an IPA. I really wish I picked up more of this beer, and will definitely seek it out again. I'm really curious to try Mikkeller's other single hop offerings to see if they hold up just as well.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a tasting glass at Bangers & Lace. Tettnanger, Palisade, Cascade, Galena, Super Galena, and Simcoe were all tasted side by side.

Appearance The appearance of the single hop series does not really vary from beer to beer. Each one is a golden caramel color with a fluffy whit ehead that displays good retention and leaves a web of lace down the glass.

Smell: Sticky sweet pine resin is noticeable right up front. Some pine sap, honey, and bready sweetness are noticeable in the back. A bit of grapefruit citrus as well.

Taste: The sweetness comes through first, with a growing bitterness gradually replacing it. As the pine flavor comes into focus, some light mint, spice, and citrus are present in the back. The finish is moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body and carbonation are medium, with slightly less of a smooth feel due to the prickly pine sensation in each sip.

Overall: I will give the score a little extra bum here sisnce Simcoe hops seem to stand fairly well on their own, as compared to the other single hop varieties I have had thus far.

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Photo of Zraly
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber-orange with a rocky two-finger head. Faint smell of bread and yeast cake -- not picking up on the hops so much. It's within range but seems to be missing something upfront.

What is upfront is a lot of sediment; I see "floaties" dancing in my glass. The hops are juicy and citrusy -- and coupled with the straightforward malt flavor -- this lends a general roundness that I appreciate. Finish is dry and decent, overall body is medium. Singular in focus, it is singular in how I interpret is: a decent, straightforward IPA featuring a single hop. With that said...

The market saturated with IPAs and the competition is stiff. I don't mind shelling out $$ for good beer -- but I paid $6 for one 12 oz bottle of this. That's on me more so than the brewer, though. So with more affordable IPAs that taste better, I'll likely pass on this in the future. At the very least it was interesting to experience a Simcoe-focused ale.

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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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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.9 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. A hearty crimson/amber color with only the slightest haze, reasonably well filtered. Booming head between tan and orange that erupts. The lacing is incredible, latches on to the glass like nobodies business. If only all IPAs could look this good.

Smell is good, well hopped iwth Simcoe as the bottle indicates. The Simcoe provide fruit and floral (tropical and citrus). Natural grainy and bready sweetness provided by the malts, very well malted.

Taste is equally excellent as the smell, perhaps even a little better. Again with the bready sweetness like a sweetbread/cake with some icing. Hops provide a citrus zest bitterness towards the end of the flavor profile. Very tasty. Still within the "best bye" date, but hops are slightly faded, curious to see how a fresh one would tast.

Mouthfeel is very good. Carbonation level is perfect, it's actually a little creamy. Sweet start with clean feeling the whole way through with a sharp bitter finish. Nothing not to like about this beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/14/11
*12oz bottle to pint glass

A: Pours a hazy honey color with some orange hues and a one finger frothy beige head. Nice lace factor.

S: Smells of catty Simcoe hops and some sweet bready caramel malts.

T: Real nice pine and citrus hop flavors present. Some dank herbals. Malt base is lighter than expected. Sugary presence but not heavy and grainy. Moderate bitterness levels. Lighter crisp finish. This is actually pretty good.

M: Super light and creamy body. Bit of a sticky residual mouthfeel. Dry crisp clean finish.

D: Not bad at all and very drinkable. Probably one of the better, if not best, Mikkeller brews I have come across yet.

Love me some Simcoes and this one does a pretty decent job at letting the hop flavors perform. Would have again for sure.

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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 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 jtd1969
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass. Tall head foamy with a little lacing effect. It pretty much is glued to the glass... It's a delight to stare at.. hahah Golden copper tone in color. A little hazy. Smell was fruity. Lots of fruit on the palate with the hops kickin' in... Smooth IPA! I really enjoyed this one. Full Hop character through out, but with more of a fruit kick and less of the pine... If you like IPAs, you really should give it a try! Real Good!

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4 out of 5 based on 479 ratings.
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