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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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Reviews: 279 | Ratings: 477
Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

I know hops can affect head dynamics but the heads on these beers were really consistent until I get here. This head is tighter, thicker, has smaller bubbles and more staying power. This is also the beer that had the most pine aroma, some tropical fruit aromas, best aroma so far but the bitterness on the palate lets me down slightly. Its a great beer though.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/29/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Did not check for a freshness date. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden colored pour with a large one inch plus creamy and pocky head. Lacing is quite nice with some patches and streaks.

Smell- Pungent sweeter grapefruit flavor. Not really the tart-sour grapefruit scent I am used to in an IPA. Sugary as well with a bit of pine added.

Taste- Very flavorful with a very strong hoppy flavor. Lots of succulent grapefruit. Caramel malt backing with a really nice rounded out flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit overcarbonated with some burning from the hops. Lots of hops in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Actually quite enjoyed this one. Pne of the most flavorful single hopped beers I have had.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.87/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a murky yellow orange with a 2 finger bubbbly head that has good retention and some good sticky lacing.

S: could smell some piney hops in the middle and a little malty sweetness. I also get a bit of some citrus aroma like grapefruit zest.

T: I thought it would have more piney bitter character from the nose, but the malts seem to over shadow the hops on this one. Almost no hopppy bitterness to this IPA.

M: The beer is medium body with very little carbonation.

D: It's a decent beer and would have to say that it falls into the session beer category. I think I could take this to a party and drink it all night like some miller light. I might be to hard on this review because I just finish having a PTE, and I also know that beguim breweries really don't make great IPA's.

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Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malt forward scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and biscuit malts along with a mild Simcoe hop aroma. The hop character is relatively muted by the malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a well balanced flavor that focuses on a complex malt bill that boasts of caramel and biscuit malts. The Simcoe hops are present, but don't dominate like I would hope. It's citrusy with a touch of "cat pee" aroma. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty brew, but not what I was hoping for. I appreciate the maltiness, but it's hard to concentrate on a single hop character when there is such a rich caramel malt presence.

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy amber color with a 1" head that slowly fades to a thick surface foam. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: fruit sweetness and that lovely Simcoe bitterness is bold creating a nice aroma.

Taste: caramel, ripe apples and plums, lemon zest, and a hearty bitterness makes up a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. Long aftertaste as the bitterness rides the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: nice version of an IPA using one of my favorite hops. Easy to quaff and it goes down quick.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Orange colored beer, but has a little tin of brown coloring, almost bronze. Great head retention and lacing on top of this beer. Mango and subtle tropical aromas in the nose, along with light crackery malt. The taste is like the aroma: mangoes all around, mixed tropical flavors, and notes of rye. The aftertaste lingers of dry crackery malt and pleasant hop bitterness. The body is smooth and creamy, which is really nice.

So this is what a Simcoe IPA tastes like. Great to see a Mikkeller beer on draft here in the US. $7 for the pint, but $5.99 for 11.2 ounce bottle from a store...weird pricing.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for picking this beer up for me while he was driving through Lafayette, LA.

Pours a murky golden brown with a white head. The aroma is overly ripe apricot with some resiny notes. The flavor is resin with some apricot and orange. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
Cap Reads 22/10/10

Pours a very nice cloudy orange color, very nice carbonaiton, huge four finger creamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, sweet, bitter, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice IPA, recommended.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.... Sam brought this over tonight .... just chillin' drinkin'.. This was the first "special beer" of the night... Thanks Sam!!

Poured into my small La Trappe glass.. pretty clear orangey/copper brew.. eggshell head..

Nose is surprisingly fresh hoppiness .. big fruity hoppiness accentuated by a good punch of toasty malts.. mildly funky/skunky hoppiness..

Flavor is pretty bitter out of the gate... interesting hoppiness reminds me of pineapple and pithy tangerine.. some pine too.. significant yet sorta lite caramel malt add dimension to this brew.. toasty malts ... good medium body and a nice everpresent yet smooth carbonation...

I am sure that the first DIPA's blurred the lines from the bigger IPA's.... and this one makes me think just from the fairly sweet malt backbone and the big bitterness that it is a lesser DIPA or a pretty damn good IPA...

Thanks Sam... I liked this one.. but it made me think.

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky dark copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a resinous earthy and spicy simcoe hop with a full on crystal malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal spiciness followed by a grainy malt. A touch of esters noted as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an aggressive IPA that should appeal to those who love the spicy simcoe hop.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a creamy burnt orange, with a soapy off-white head, thick lacing. Some yeasties there as well, unfiltered with the best of them.

S: Pineapple on steriods, pine oil, wood alkaloid and resin heavy.

T: Simcoe elements - heavy but elegant, smooth pine resin, tropical fruit salad, pineapples, oranges soaked in rum, a Caribbean flavour you might say. A kind of beer you'd want on a beach in Jamaica.

M: Chewy with resin, smooth carbonation, not a huge aftertaste, thin body at times.

D/Final Thoughts: I love Simcoe flavours so I knew I'd like this beer. A real nice beer from Mikkeller, I'm glad to see more of their beers in CA. $5.99 is a lot for a single bottle though. I'm glad I tried it, but when I can get a comparable hop intensity and flavour from something like Racer 5 or Green Flash for 1/4 the price, it doesn't look as good. A nice brew as a stand alone product, I just wish it was cheaper.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm assuming this entry is the same as Simcoe Single Hop Ale. Had this in bottle at the Brick Store Pub, and I have to say this is one of the better IPAs I've had in a while. I love Simcoe Hops, so that certainly helps things. Poured a hazy orange with a very nice head that looks more like a very healthy head off of a cask. Very rocky and a bit grainy with very nice lacing. The smell is somewhat light but with lightly herbal and fruity aromas with some nice citrus on the finish. The taste is fantastic, a beautiful blast of Simcoe goodness. Intensely fruity with grapefruit and Meyer Lemon citrus, spicy and rich. Long bitterness follows, and a nice resiny pine emerges as it approches the finish. The mouthfeel is on the thin side. The malt is dry and a bit grainy and there is just enough of it to support the massive hop attack, but they work very nicely together. Absolutely delicious, and tastes quite fresh. A delight, and an especially nice surprise.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's today. Obviously, I must love simcoe... this beer is just outrageous.

The pours a fairly light, peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is all simcoe goodness, with a pungent aroma of wet tobacco, pepper, and dry, hoppy bitterness. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with just a hint of malty sweetness to balance the avalanch of hoppy bitterness and dank earth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with plenty of flavor. There's a lean-ness to the mouthfeel that I attribute to the dry, hoppy bitterness, but I can't say I mind it. Drinkability is good, though the tidal wave of bitterness tires the palate a bit. Still, this is an excellent single hop IPA from Mikkeller. As good on tap as it was out of the bottle.

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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 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 jdhilt
2.51/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a five finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit hop nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor follows the nose with grapefruit hops, any malts are way in the background, lingering bitter after taste. Good IPA, but not for me. $7.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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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 Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange/amber color; some solids floating. Poured a 2 finger tan head with excellent retention to a dollop. Decanted lightly. Webs of thick lacing.

S: Pungent pine and grapefruit. Sweet, bready caramel malt comes through as well. Very nicely balanced nose.

T: Malt more up front. Resiny citrus and pine dominate the middle. Sharp bitter with resiny hops lingering a bit. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium to full body. Ample carbonation. Smooth, resiny and dry.

D: Very well-balanced without giving-in on hop or malt character.

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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 bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy reddish/copper color with about a 2 inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. There are also a good bit of yeasty floaties in the beer, too. Aroma is very nice, it smells like grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel. Lots of citrusy hop aromas in this brew. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some pine hops noticable. Finishes nice and bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit sticky and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, but I don't think I could drink any more than a couple of these at a time. With that being said, I liked the beer and would try it again. But due to the price, I wouldn't buy it all the time.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong column of bubbling in the middle of this honey highlighted, hazey copper hued brew. Great, spongey three finger head that recedes to a thick foam after a couple of sips. Citrus and pine, overal earthy hop aromas and maybe some sweet malt. Very resiny palate upfront with lots with lots of grass, hay, pine, and citrus hop flavors. Simcoe is a pretty complex hop. Just a splash of bread and biscuits to help balance this hopulin gem. The palate is almost too resiny, it gets a little overbearing. But another very thought provoking and interesting brew from Mikkeller

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. Bits of sediment floating around. There was a huge, long-lasting foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of citrus and hops.

T: This beer had a milder flavor than I would've guessed, but still very zesty. Citrus, hops, some malt and lighter fruits.

M: A well carbonated beer with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an extremely drinkable beer. It's very vibrant and balanced. I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep red-amber, the liquid is almost clear (the beer is bottle conditioned). The very high head is firm, airy and off-white. Lots of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy and very American. Powerful bitter flavours, some sweet meat-y notes, toffee, fresh flowers, exotic fruits (pineapples) and resin. There are some alcoholic notes, too.

The taste is as powerful, but in an aggressive way. Sweet flowery notes blend with fruity hoppy flavours of pineapples, kiwis and green bananas. Notes of grilled meat and monosodium glutamate. The aftertaste brings a fine medium strong bitterness, flavours of fruit candy, dough and a growing warming alcohol. The finish is bitter with a touch of pork meat.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is sticky and a little thick.

A great American IPA with interesting Belgian influences.

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Photo of sweemzander
1.73/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy sediment-filled brown amber color. Produced some off-white bubbles.

(S)- A bitter dry oaky pine presence. Very resin-like aspect driven too. Hints at raisin and caramel.

(T)- Very bitter yet sweet. Lots of dry oaky bits with raisin and caramel malts. Not what I would expect from an IPA.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very bitter with poor hop presence. Very disjointed and strange.

(D)- This is a fail in my opinion. Very dank and bitter with alot more malt presence that anything else. Its almost like a brown ale parading around as a IPA. Glad we split this cause I am having trouble finishing my part.

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

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

Pungent cat pee for a while, that fades leaving some tropical fruit with papaya and mango most noticeable. Some grapefruit too. The palate opens moderately bitter, moderately resiny and moderately fruity with some tropical fruit. Solid stuff. Drying on the finish with a nice, lingering bitterness, this is great stuff. My #3 of the series.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4 out of 5 based on 477 ratings.
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