Simcoe Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA
485 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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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml can. Hazy orange color with beige head. Aroma has some sweet fruits and resin with some sweet orange candy in the background. Taste starts with some cardboard and yeast notes, quite bitter upfront and intensifies towards the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it tastes like an old beer although it isn't.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apple cider.  Nice white head with a mixed bubble structure.  Nice lace, ok retention.

S - Deep malt tones with surprisingly little hops. Fresh breads, caramel, and a touch of yellow raisin.

T - Rich, sweet, caramel malt escalates steadily into a bright woody hop crescendo.  

M - Medium/light body.  Low carbonation.

O - A really interesting, malt-forward IPA with a solid hop backbone and a unique flavor profile progression.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper kettle amber color. Light haze. Excellent starting head that settles to a fine layer of bubbles. It leaves some spots and streaks on the glass.

Fresh, floral hop nose. Light pale malt base. Relatively nondescript.

Starts with a touch of earthiness and toasted barley malt. Dry, no sweetness. The simcoe hop comes through in the swallow in a mild way. The aftertaste is long lasting and black pepper-like in its bitterness. Above average body with good carbonation. All in all, this is a good but hardly an unusual IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of rocky scream colored head. Murks up as this warms, good head retention * insane lacing

S: Grapefruit & pine & some oakyness

T: Grapefruittyness, pine needles, & dryness up front. Grapefruit & a touch of honey malt surfaces as this warms, but mostly puckery hoppyness, with a bit of pineapple thrown in. finishes crisp, peppery & moreish, almost pulled a 5.0, need a bit more maltyness IMO

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation & pretty nice balance

Great drinkability, a super AIPA, needs a bit more balance to completely make me happy. A great, if pricey effort

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's pit the Simcoe Single Hop versus the Nugget, Warrior, and Cascade versions.

Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.

Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a rich scent of sugar-flecked citrus wedges spritzed with pine.

Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Simcoe hops serve up a fresh taste of citrus, particularly grapefruit, and a nice, spicy 'pop' of white pine. Moderate bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. I'm diggin' this though!

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

Perfectly pellucid pumpkin... at least until the yeast in the bottom of the bottle are added with the next pour. The golden sandstone colored cap is huge to start and looks all kinds of gorgeous. Belgian brewers have this whole head-and-lace thing figured out like no one else in the world.

I've had numerous favorite hops over the years. For quite a while now, Simcoe has held that honor. This IPA is bursting with tropical fruity goodness that does this brewery and this hop proud. Specifics include pineapple, grapefruit peel, tangerine and a musky Mary Jane vibe that adds another layer of complexity. Magnificent!

Thankfully, the flavor is just as outstanding. When a brewery with Mikkeller's chops sets out to brew a single-hopped IPA with one of the best hops ever grown, the result is truly something special. Ain't no way this ale will be good anywhere near the 'best by' date of late 2010. Drink it as fresh as possible for maximum hoppage... which means maximum enjoyment.

What little toasted malt is present is no more than a flavor accent. It still provides a solid, semi-sweet, sugar-cookie-with-caramel-icing base on which the hops can do their thang. And do it they do. The cornucopia of tropical fruitiness is pretty much identical to the aroma description, with juicy pineapple and pink grapefruit being especially prominent.

Looks like these guys have mouthfeel figured out as well as foam texture and longevity. That makes sense since perfect carbonation is the key. The beer is medium-full for the style, with a fresh fruit lushness akin to biting into a ripe peach.

Simcoe Single Hop IPA is one of many Mikkeller masterpieces. I'm still blown away by the fact that a Danish brewery can create better American-style beer than a lot of American craft breweries. Too bad this one is prohibitively expensive or I'd drink it by the case.

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

Got this one in a recent trade an was I thrilled as I could be. I had been wanting to get ahold of this for a while but it never crossed my path. 330ml bottle poured into a pint glass and consumed on 04/04/2009.

The pour was great. Rich and very cloudy with a murky dark amber color, almost light brown as it clears up a touch. Some light sediment in the bottom of the glass as well. Rich head of off white comes up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down, but not without dropping tons of lace. Nice aroma, lots of pine here, with hints of bready notes underneath and a nice prickly spiceness. The flavor was very smooth, mellow pine hops, not too harsh or terribly pungent, very nicely balanced indeed. Medium bodied with a very nicely done carbonation level which never for one moment was dull. A bit up there for a single IPA at near 7 percent but it drank very very well.

Overall I thought this was a very nicely done IPA that I would not mind trying again at all.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me say I was pleasantly surpised, not that the beer was good, but how interesting this was with a hop I would probably not use on its own if I were to brew with it. I appreciat HombreWing sharing this bottle, poured chilled into a tumber from the 12oz.

A - a light golden amber with thick cream that creates a lace ring, small beading and good clarity

S -Smell is more pine than anything, but the accents of grapefruit and floral notes are interesting, more zest than actual grapefruit flesh with slight note of melon

M - The feel is more mild than expected, yet slightly spiced and overall a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness w/ a slightly resinous feel and dry finish

T - The taste is truly great with all of the qualities of simcoe I like - grapefruit zest and pine flavors meld with a slight pepper and mild herbal flavor. The malt supports the acidity in the taste well and gives a slight blood orange and light ruby red tinge -really nice taste without the 'cat-pee' you normally associate with simcoe tasting beers

D - This is possibly the best of the single hop beers Mikeller makes, yet I have not had them alle, but as I said earlier, very smooth bitterness and flavor without any astringent qualities and no cat-piss or ammonia-like off notes or vegetal aspects just a nice cohesion between malt and Simcoe -Kudos Mikeller!

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange with a finger of white head. The aroma offers a combo of earthy malts, pine, and resin. The flavor could stand to feature the hop character much more than it does. Unexciting and typical of the Mikkeller single hop series. A terrific idea, but I can think of a hundred different IPAs I would rather have.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, purchased "on sale" from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY for $2.99. 2 months past the date printed onto the cap.

Pours darker amber, cloudy/murky, under a frothy tan head, that leaves gobs of thick sheeting and extensive, long lasting lacing.

Muted hoppy nose, smells like the inside of a burlap bag of hops.

Super dry and densly hopped ale. Tastes like a mouthfull of what might be sitting at the bottom of that burlap bag of hops.

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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 jwc215
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 22/10/10 on cap (seems like quite a bit for an IPA).

Pours hazed orange to dark amber with a thin white head that lasts.

The smell is of pine, some bread, some caramel.

The taste is of pine/resin with caramel/toffee backing. On the sweeter side for an IPA though there is some bitterness.

The feel is medium to full with a snappy carbonation and lasting coating.

ABV well-covered. An enjoyable IPA that showcases Simcoe hops well with a balancing malt background.

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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 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 sendbeer
4/5  rDev 0%

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 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 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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev 0%

Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 485 ratings
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