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Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA
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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

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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279
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477
Avg:
4
pDev:
14%
 
 
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Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild copper color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of grassy hops with just a hint of grapefruit within. It's not really that demanding though and perhaps pine is another aroma.

Taste is chock full of floral, grassy hops. Subtle in nature, it feels a bit toned down. This is all about the hops.

Little remains of the malt choice in this beer. It's all lingering, citrusy/piney hops.

Not sure where Mikkeller is going with this series. Still worth a shot.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very murky looking dark orange. Yeast sediment is suspended throughout the body. Head is thin and fluffy. Lace comes in nicely space rings. Aroma is nice. A little tangerine. A little pink grapefruit. A little MaryJane. Very resiny. A little smoky. Orange comes through on the nose a little too. Great smell. Flavor has a nice base of malt. But the hops are the stars here, specifically, simcoe. Oily feel to them Hop flavors are spicy and resiny. Tangerine comes to mind. Bitterness is middle of the road....not clean but not real jagged either Flavors are spicy and resiny. In all honesty, I'm surprised that this isn't more vibrant and bright and citric from what I know about Simcoe, but it pleases nonetheless. Very good. Nicely carbonated and medium-full body. One thing I've noticed about the 2 Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs are that they look and taste like very well done homebrewed IPAs, which is a compliment.

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Photo of drpimento
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man, they hit it with this one! After opening the bottle the beer slowly started to foam out the top. Poured with a thick foamy frothy off white to very light tan head and good lacing. Color is a cloudy medium amber with some sediment. Aroma is mainly Simcoe hops with some malt caramel and toffee. Taste is like aroma but with a perfect touch of sweetness to counter the hop. So well done. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is likewise super. Wanna have another sip - no, gulp. This is the best of the three single hop beers Cascade and Warrior.

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

Pours a brilliant gold colour with a massive, creamy, ivory head. Decent head retention. Nice lacing.

Great aroma. Lots of passionfruit, pine, mandarin. This is just really juicy and appetising.

The initial attack is quite malty with a good balancing bitterness. The balance continues in the mid-palate with some piney charater and a hint of 'animale'. The back-palate has plenty of crystal malt sweetness before flowing into a strong lingering bitterness. This is good but some more hop flavour would be appreciated.

Medium-full body with a creamy yet vibrant carbonation. Good.

A tasty brew and a generally good showcase for the Simcoe hops. I would have like a bit more hop flavour but there was plenty of aroma and the malt backbone was good.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Green's on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy orange-copper color with a two-finger, darker than normal tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing. Floaties populate the bottom third of the glass.

Smells of grapefruits with light amounts of pine and pale malt aromas. As it warms the grapefruit aromas dwindle a bit but even during the last sip it's still the most dominant aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the grapefruit flavors aren't as intense as the smell led me to believe. Sweet malt flavors lead things off and are followed shortly by grapefruit flavors. The ending is solidly bitter and becomes even more bitter as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle easily and could have a few of these.

Overall this is a close second to Mikkeller's Warrior single hop, and could have surpassed it if the taste matched up with the aroma. Worth a shot.

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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 champ103
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a kind of burnt orange color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Sticky lace is left behind. Though lots of chunky yeast drops into the glass unexpectedly.
S: This is great. Lots of piny and citrus hops up front. Orange and lemon aromas. A substantial caramel malty sweetness lingers. Bread and biscuit aromas as well. Lots of hops but excellent balance.
T: Some piny and citrus hops again, though not as prominent as the nose. A light sweetness, but it is more grainy malt that I would like. Still good.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A crisp snap on the tongue, and refreshing. Smooth and easy to drink. I would have no problem quaffing a few in a sitting.

This is a very good IPA. You can really notice the Simcoe hops. Especially in the nose. Very enjoyable and balanced as well. Something I would recommend.

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

On tap at The Lion's Pride.
A beautiful beer. In a tulip glass it was a hazy orange/red color with a thick tan head. A sheet of lace.
Intense floral aroma. Sweet.
Resinous pine taste, a little grapefruit, sweet malt.
The flavors all work well with each other, making this a very balanced and smooth beer.
A wonderful beer. Maybe my favorite IPA.

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

on tap at the malt house, 6 of these single-hop varietals on tap this week at Malt House/Brasserie V...my goal for the weekend is to drink them all

cellphone notes

appearance: served in an unbranded chalice, hazy apricot body, light beige ring with minimal retention

smell: definite simcoe IPA - lush tropical fruit, apricot, floral and fresh

taste: apricot, tropical fruit, fresh floral hops, grapefruit citrus, sweet toffee...nice ipa - love the simcoe varietal

mouthfeel: fresh, prickly

drinkability: good

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

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-brown with 2 fingers of sticky, thick white head that leaves some nice bands of lace.

Smell. Peaches, apples, grapefruit and floral perfume. Just a little caramel in there. Smells good.

Taste. Apples, grapefruit and lemon rinds, caramel, and a little pine sap. Bitter floral-citrus hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice ipa that shows off the simcoe hop. Easy to drink with great hop flavours.

Thanks Sammy! Another fine choice.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, this beer was completely overpriced at $6.29 for a 12oz bottle but I couldn't resist because I like Simcoes. Dark, turbid orange with some stray proteins floating throughout. It smells very catty and ammonia-like, spicy. Taste has a little too much pepper and garlic going on and reminds me of Green Flash Imperial IPA, not good. I really wish I had my $6 back on this one....

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

This poured a slightly hazy copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like spicy herbal hops with some lemon zest and caramel malt. It tasted like herbal and resin hops, with some sweet honey malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and tasty single hop beer, characterized by spicy herbal flavors. It tasted very smooth and crisp, with a mellow finish. Simcoe also made the malt seem lighter. It had nice body and was easy to drink.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper pour with an absolutely stunning head (in size, texture, persistence and lacing!)
Aroma is amazingly sweet and fruity: tangerine, passionfruit, lychee, with some woody hints later. Clean sweet caramel malt is present underneath.
Flavours are similar with pine, citrus and tropical fruits, then some sweet malt with hints of caramel and a fairly strong green bitterness contributing as a finish of great length.
Light spritzy carbonation, moderate body and light alcoholic warming work well.
Pretty bloody good, perhaps the strong bitterness was a bit out of balance, but that's quite a small complaint..

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

This beer pours a bright red color with a large white head. There is a lot of visible yeast floating around (I guess I should have poured more gently). The aroma is of a forest of pine with an ample amount of grapefruit. The taste opens with a sharp bitterness which lingers for a while then fades into pine and grapefruit. All in all, the taste less pronounced than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer that I would love to drink again.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burnt orange with bits stirring about. The head is a peachy hued tan, thick and frothy, with nice retention.

Caramel sweetness to the nose with a good dose of hops giving citrus and earthy scents.

A strong pine hop presence from the simcoe, pretty strong bitterness. Getting a little pine in there as well. A solid malt backbone offering up caramel, nuts and some roasted malt. Lingering bitterness.

The carbonation is perfect; soft and fluffy. Dry bodied.

A nice single hop beer that highlights the simcoe well. Glad to have tried it as it is a well crafted brew.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cap date 22/10/10 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a three finger off-white to light tan head with a slight dusting of brown sediment on the top that subsided to one finger very slowly. There were also plenty of floaties in this one. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus/grapefruit hops. The flavor was of big malt with a dark fruit hop kick. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was not too bad, but the hop kick sticks with you well after your sip. Almost pierces the tongue (in a bad way). Just not a huge fan of it, but it was still okay besides the aftertaste. Just not one of my favorites from the series.

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Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful IPA. I really, really like the flavors of the Simcoe hop, so this beer appeals to me. There's really nothing wrong with it except that it lacks some complexity that you get in a more varied hop bill. Mikkeller makes phenomenal beer. I dearly wish that it was cheaper in local stores. The aroma is particularly great. It smells like honeysuckle and oranges. The hops are strong, but the malt is just right to express their flavor. The feel is very good, the smooth hop oiliness that I want in an IPA. This beer does a great job showcasing the Simcoe hop. I hope that some American breweries take note of this beer and produce a cheaper version for me.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavily unfiltered foggy mud of burnt squash orange. Dense and tall capping of crusty ivory foam that crumbles down to a very heavy smik and tons of thick lacing coating the glass like paste.

Warm aroma of soft orangey highlights over caramel chews. A bit of leafy and floral hoppyness peeks as it sits.

Again, nicely soft taste and texture with a semi bold orangeish tone of darker citrusy things. Pith, peels, leaves, flowers, all dullishly effecting a light bready backing and caramel drizzling. Nice little finish of some leafy dryness, hop chalk bitterness, toasty orange notes, and woodish yeast.

Body has a nice floatingly smooth and soft texture about it. Fluffy and somewhere just after medium and before reaching full. The malt and hop balance is quite nice. Finishing as noted in the taste, with a little finishing dryness and bittering thats well under control with an overall soft current of fluffy smoothness.

A very likeable, drinkable, and balanced single hopped IPA. The craft of soft texture really holds its own and is perhaps a bit different from some of the more clean, crisp, snappy styled single hop brews that you find this time of year. Mikkeller really did make it there own here with this one and it shows. Looking forward to trying out the other single hopped brews in thier line up.

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

Remarkable Danish/Belgium take on the US IPA. The craft around Simcoe hops shines through.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Very simple straight forward label with legal notes and a one liner description. Shows freshness date on bottle cap (22/10/10), neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (6.9%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber color with a hazy orange hue. Starts with a generous one inch off-white head that turns to a consistent ring on the beer and a nice surface layer leaving nice touches of lace.

S - Crisp and fresh citrus and a pine touch over some malt hints.

T - Fresh citrus, and grapefruit hoppy bitterness with a nice malty ground. Very nice and on par with the best of Simcoe hop brews I´ve tried.

M - Medium carbonated on a medium body. Fresh with a smooth lingering bite.

D - Beautifully drinkable: a great pleasure for this craft area.

Notes: It's a great beer but feels a bit overpriced when bought on the US side of the Atlantic. And I may add even a bit guilty buying it having so many great options over here, Simcoe hops included... So I'll probably won't have it again as long I have a choice in the Americas. But it is a great beer and I'll be psyched to find it and know that stuff like this is available in Europe.

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Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy caramel orange with a massive rocky beige head that clings to the side of the glass and leaves sheets of lacing on the way down. Remains a big cap throughout. If not for all the little floaties, which I can do without, this would be a perfect pour.

Aroma is dominated by the pine resin from the Simcoe with plenty of caramel malts to balance things out.

The taste is great with lots of the piny resin hops up front along with hints of citrusy lemons. It's balanced by a toasted caramel backbone and the hops come back with a nice bitterness that lingers through the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation that adds to the hop tingling on the palate.

This is great IPA and one that could go back to frequently. I tend to love Simcoe-dominant beers so I was expecting a lot from this. It delivered.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber pour with a huge fluffy off-white head. Sticks around forever and sticks to the glass well too.

S: Smells exactly like cat urine. Though, somehow in a pleasant way. I'm not sure how I can quantify that but if you've ever smelled cat urine, simcoe just jumps out at you.

T: Spicy and citrusy at the same time. Aftertastes lasts a long time and never really seems to fade much between sips.

M: Pretty medium bodied. Pretty smooth beer. As mentioned above, bittering aftertaste sticks around quite well.

D: Not bad. I think I might put this one second after the Citra single hop version. Simple but an intriguing experiment - this one (like the Citra) could almost stand on its own as a normal IPA.

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Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yet dirt brown color with a huge khaki colored head that lefte some nice webby lacing on the glass. The aroma is juicy, mostly grapefruit though some tropical fruit sweetness is there are well. Nice juicy hop flavor, primarily grapefruit, some pineapple, drifts to a piney hop finish. Some honey malt presence to add an offset to the hops. Moderate to well bodied, a notch less than fizzy carbonation, finishes a tad bitter and dry. A nice flavorful AIPA.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-orange colour with an almost opaque cloud through it. Head is decent, cream-coloured and dense, leaving some nice sticky trails of lace, and retaining pretty well. Decent looker.

Nose is an interesting one. Very malty and not too hoppy for an IPA. Notes of chocolate, of all things, come first, with a fair amount of golden syrup and brown sugar. Maybe some slight citric notes, but yeah smells more like an American Barleywine than an IPA, only weaker. Not bad but underwhelming, and odd for the style.

Taste starts off quite bitter and pungent. A fair amount of acid with notes of musk, butter and passionfruit. Quite tangy towards the mid, some lemonade characters and some toasty flavours, but yeah, a real zing! to it, gives it a kind of soft drink flavour. Finish is a bit lacking, particularly as far as bitterness goes. Slighty cashew nutty flavour, and an earthy truffle finish right at the end, but doesn't really have the potency I want. Has more tang than bitterness, and as a result is less drinkable than it could be. Not bad, could definitely be better.

Leaves very dry although good texture until the end. Decent mouthfeel.

Overall I think it needs more; the trouble is the flavour and palate profile don't really "wow" me.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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