Simcoe Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA
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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.

Added by Goldorak on 03-05-2006

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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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Photo of Kadonny
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams glass.

A: An amber orange with a minimal one finger off white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Simply incredible. I thought I had some piney smelling IPAs before, but nothing like this. Huge hit of spruce pine with some bitter citris. Very little if any malt.

T: Simply the same. The huge hop bitterness smacks you in the face with a massive amount of spruce flavors, like eating a Christmas tree. Hints of tangy citrus, grapefruit, and a touch of sweetness. Hops play the major role here. This is from Belgium? Wow, this is a total american style IPA. Finish is lingering bitterness from the pine. Wonderful hoppy flavor, Simcoe is so stinking good.

M: Bitter and full with not any alcohol traces. Mouthfeel lingers forever.

D: High, this was a really drinkable excellent beer.

Overall I was so stunned by this beer, I kept smelling and sipping it, then looking at the bottle. I would have sworn this was a California IPA no questions asked. This is the most piney beer I have had to date, this thing was incredible. Props to Mikkeller, awesome.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

I had this at ChurchKey where they had 10+ Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It was interesting to taste the characteristics of this hop without interference from other hop types. I sampled about 8 of them and this was my favourite.

A: Orange color and 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: The aroma was flowery and sweet. That lovely hoppiness you get with from Simcoe hops. 4.5

T: The flavour was mild with some... butteriness. There was also some metallic bitterness in the aftertaste. 4

M: Pretty thick and reasonably carbonated. 4

O: This was a really nice IPA, but honestly, I prefer the Weyerbacher double-Simcoe. 4

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can into my favorite IPA glass.
A - Pours a clear golden color, nice head that settles fairly quickly.
S - I'm getting a lot of hops on the nose.
T - Fairly bitter, hoppy, piney, citrus not really coming thru for me, a little malt.
M - Sticky mouth feel.
O - Very enjoyable beer.

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

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. The beer has a hazy orange/amber color. It's opaque and has a thick white foam head. The aroma is sweet and has plenty of dry hop scents. It tastes very dry with a slight bitterness in the finish. Otherwise, I can taste some amber malts. It has a medium body but feels a tad watery. There is not much carbonation to be felt. It is very drinkable though, and very refreshing. I could see myself enjoying a few glasses of this beer.

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Photo of kitch
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml can with a best before date of 7th November 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: It was a dark copper amber colour with a two finger off white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Pineapple and candied orange sweetness with hints of caramel, berries, pine and grapefruit.

Taste: Sweet malt, light caramel, pine, grass and herbal with hints of bitter citrus and mixed berries.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was pretty good, but the malts seemed to take charge when it was supposed to showcase a single hop, which was a bit disappointing. However I did feel that this was the best of the four Single Hop Series that I tried.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MadScientist
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An orange hued light amber with excellent clarity. The persistant, creamy and rocky off-white head leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: A moderate hops aroma of grapefruit, pine and citrus hops aroma with a clean malt sweetness. There is some grassiness from dry hoping. There is a mild fruit ester, mostly orange and a little bit of alcohol.

T: A moderately strong hops flavor tasting of grapefruit, citrus and pine. There is just enough malt to support a strong hops bitterness that only gets a little rough on the tail end of a long bitter aftertaste. The balance is firmly bitter with a dry finish. There is a touch of esters.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. A very faint astringency that seems to be derived from the high hops bill. There is a some creaminess and no warmth.

O: An outstanding IPA with a spectacular flavor. I don't really want to pair this one with food, I just want to enjoy the out of this world hops flavor. I want a bigger punch of hops in the nose though more aroma hops would make me very happy but would happy buy this again and again. I just which it was a little more affordable at $5.99 for 12 ounces and with no bottling date this will be a rare treat.

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

Photo of July2Nov
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Whole Foods in Honolulu, HI @ $6.25.

Appearance: Cloudy darker amber color with a frothy 1/2 inch of head (head maintained till the end).

Smell: Tangy, Citrus hops. Slight pine-needle scent comes through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: As Ray Davies would say, "Nice and smooth...". Light body. Has an almost smokey quality at the beginning then smooths out with a frothy grapefruit taste. Aftertaste seems to be flowery and slightly dry. Overall very exceptional!

Drinkability: Whenever I see a Mikkeller beer on the shelf my arm immediately grabs for it! This one is so easy to drink and so enjoyable. Find it, buy it and try it!

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

Photo of wingnutter
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Might have got a bad can...malt bomb that foamed like crazy when I poured it. No hop profile to speak of. Will adjust review when I revisit...but for now, I have to rate according to style/description.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 486 ratings
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