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 Asgeirr
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA pours a slightly cloudy copper colour along with a armada of bubbles, of various sizes, charging the surface.

The bread-white crown consists of large bubbles at the bottom and smaller more dense ones at the top - and boy oh boy is it a thick crown or what? Looks like whipped cream just before it's churned to butter! And a tall one to; only experienced it once before, but for some reason when pouring this beer, carefully and gently towards the side of the glass, it foams like an abused fire-extinguisher!

Gradually, it does however decrease in size, but not in the imploding fashion, no-no-no all too common, but from the bottom to the top. You know, just like a corpse being dissolved in a vat of acid when lowered with its feet first, right? Ya don't? Oh well, your loss partner... Finally leaving behind an aftermath, a trail of lacing scattered like mortared snow men, or simply plenty of lacing, it's your call.

Smell: Lemon grass sorbet is what my memory dug up for this one along with a herb-like sensation resemblant to that of basil. Speaking of herbs, there's a certain scent here pretty darn similar to that of hops closest relative... Not that I would know anything about that, just saying is all... Anyway, this brew is intensely hoppy and I blame it on the simcoe hops -- wonderful!

Taste: Consistency is the key, the citric characteristics I previously scented is back, but this time... it's oral! And whaddayaknow, it brought a buddy -- bitterness, which is more than welcome to play on my taste buds. He almost seems to be of Czech heritage, I guess that's why he didn't arrive 'til the end and thus transforming the lemon grass notes into what -- in more accurate terms -- would be described as grapefruit-like.

However, the sweetness of sorbet does not escape but manages to sneak in between this marriage of acid 'n' acrid allowing the malt to make itself heard in a mild but noticeable manner.

Mouthfeel: For a visible amount of bubbles being so strikingly large this beer is surprisingly gentle to the palate when it comes to the carbonation, fresh but not over-the-top. It holds a medium full body and is somewhat coarse, and rather warming in the finish.

Drinkability: The two sections where this "disappoints" is in the body, a tad creamier would've done the job and the malt was somewhat clandestine to my taste receptors. Other than that, for being my first Mikkeller I must say that this looks astonishingly promising!

Additionally, I almost could've bought it for the smell alone, grand, ya, Danes!

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Photo of marvin213
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beverage looks tasty and appealing. It's bronze...uniformly tanned like a beautiful woman. A frothy head slowly subdues into a thick, sticky residue. Even though I know the dishwasher runs full and sometimes shuffles food debris, I'm confident that's floating beer sediment traveling throughout the liquid.

The smell smacks of grapefruit. This single-hop experiment solidifies the substance of Simcoe hops: it's a twangy fresh grapefruit. It's almost odd how much this beer smells like fruit. I'm taken aback because it's got "hop" in it's name and it's an American IPA. It's got a lemony zest as well. Perhaps other hop-styles are more notorious for the grapefruit twang, but my first waft here went way that way--subsequent smells become eerily clean (read: Pledge w/ lemon).

I noticed the smell lost its potency fairly quickly with time--the first whiff right out the bottle was by far the best--but I wonder if the taste worsens with warming. The taste is far, far more bitter than
the smell reveals. I see the sediment and chalk it up to a chalk-taste contributor. It's like a really raw, au natural, simple beer. The lasting impression from this sip session will certainly be the stark contrast b/w smell and taste. It's less about the one being better than the other, and more about how different it stimulates the senses.

Mouthfeel is solid. The citric acid meshes with good hop bitterness to become balanced. I'm sure the sediments floating throughout each sip contribute to the biting hop effect. If not enamel-pulling, it's at least teeth-sucking. It will leaving you smacking your lips.

It's a raw, relatively unfiltered, real-deal hop-beer. Though I really respect that, it's a hindrance to drinkability. It's remarkable the fruit-feel I got from this beer juxtaposed against it's hoppy bitterness. I find it particularly interesting that this apparent contrast comes from the same hop variety. It's a good beer, but I don't see you buying even a six-pack.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with a large ecru head that retains well and lays down nice lattice-patterns of lace. There's a ton of thick, chuncky floating particles in the beer.

S: Thick, rich and resinous hop aroma. Loads of sweet citrus, pine, and a hint of (!) herbal woodiness. Bold and intriguing.

T&M: Citrus flavors up front that give way to a bit of piney/herbal flavors later on. Not a lot of malt flavor detected, the simcoe hops dominate this one. Body is medium with a prickly carbonation and decent stickiness. On par for the style.

D: Rather drinkable--a bold, big flavor with a nice body.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this the other night after I got home from work. Poured a golden amber color with thick, creamy white head and lots of lacing. Also could see hop residue floating around. Smelled of citrusy hops and grass. Tasted of caramel malts and subtle yet pervasive hops. Probably the smoothest IPA I've ever had. Smooth and velvety and carbonation was perfect. If they weren't so expensive, I'd drink a bunch before I know it.

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Photo of BZero007
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Julios Liquor's in MA.

Date on Bottle Cap 12/10/10.
Pours a golden amber which is very cloudy, with particles floating threw out the brew. The head formation was great and saved the score from being lower. Head was a nice white color that left lace threw out the glass. The aroma was of an extreme grapefruit smell. The smell was not taht strong but it was easy enough to detect. Though not complex was nice and refreshing. The flavor it's self was of grapefruits yet again with only the slightest of floral sweetness in the background. The extreme grapefruit taste can usualy impare the taste buds while drinking but this particular brew does not. Drinkability is good as the Alcohol percentage is good and the refreshing flavor is what will keep people coming back for more.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a deep amber color. About two fingers of off-white head leaves lots of sticky lacing behind. Some sediment from the bottle conditioning is evident, as well.

The aroma is mostly citrus hops...grapefruit, orange zest, but no pine scent. I usually seem to get some pine out of the Simcoe hops. This gets a bit catty as it warms.

The flavor is strong, bitter, citrus hops. Slight malt presence in the background. A little better as it warms. The cattiness gets a bit stronger with the added warmth, so be warned.

Medium body. Nicely drying. Bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation. I have to admit I was hoping for more when I bought this one. Their beers always impress me and I really enjoy Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe, so I thought this would be a home run. More like a close slide into second.

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Photo of Jablonski
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper with a bit of sediment; above average head with some lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is a bit weak, but what's there is largely grassy with a bit of grapefruit.

T: The taste is solid. It is largely grassy with a bit of citrus.

M: Average carbonation and average thickness.

D: I can see the flavor getting tiring after a while. Probably good to drink two, but no more.

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

33cl bottle. Pours a very hazy ruddy copper with a huge off-white head and a lot of sediment. Smells grassy, grapefruity, and only slightly pot-like. Bitter, grapefruity hops with some grassiness and a bit of a malt backbone. Medium body with good carbonation. Very nice IPA.

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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 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 Ch1mpy
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Systembolaget in Malmö, temporarily available there during June.

Hazy dark orange colour topped by a big off-white head. Heavy lacing, at places it must be half a centimetre thick!

Heavy smell of grape fruit and passion fruit. Not bad at all.

Taste is fruity with black currant and floral hops. Surprisingly balanced.

The mouthfeel is perhaps what I like best about this beer. Very dry, leaving the tip of my tongue is almost numb from the bitterness.

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Photo of baggio
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Hazy orange with a enormous foam and lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, Cheese(!), Hay, Pine, Grass.

T: Orange, Grapefruit, Grass, Caramel, Hint of grain.

M: Nicely balanced ipa with plenty of malt and hops. Fruity!

Very nice AIPA from Mikkeller that i'd probably would buy more of if it wasn't for the somewhat expensive price.

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

A: Pours an amber and hazy liquid with an enormous head. The lively CO2 is visible. I guess the oatmeal really is doing its job, creating such a great head. And after a while the glass is covered in lace. It is hard to imagine a better looking beer!

S: First, grapefruit from the hops. But after a couple of seconds the smell almost explodes. It is like smelling a cocktail of tropical fruits.

T: The tropical fruits from the smell are very sweet and present, but it does not overwhelm. The aftertaste has a nice bite that balances the sweetness.

M: A nice thickness with medium CO2.

D: I have to buy this one again!

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Photo of ricke
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color, clear liquid. A 3 cm slightly yellowish off-white airy head that leaves nice looking lacings.

S: Plenty of grapefruit. Elder flowers and red currants as well. Pleasant peppery and grassy hops. A nice mix of fruity and floral hops, but the malts are rather anonymous.

T: Plenty of grapefruits here as well, but they are not as distinct as in the smell. Gooseberries, some elder flowers, grass and nice floral hop flavors. Toasty malts with a gentle and semi-sweet caramel character in the background. The finish is peppery with a big bitterness that dominates completely just for a moment. After the initial attack from the bitterness it settles and leaves room for hop resins with somewhat of a perfumy character, pine-needles and a hint of minerals.

M: Medium body, rather crisp. Well balanced carbonation. A clean and simple mouthfeel, nicely attuned to the style.

D: Not a bad IPA, for sure. It's really hop-forward and showcases the simcoe profile nicely. But perhaps it lacks some complexity and is slightly off-balanced. But all in all, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark, cloudy goldenrod color with some yeast sediment. Gorgeous fluffy beige head that lasts forever. Aroma is pure hops. Lots of sweeter citrus like pink grapefruit and orange, and an unfortunately Simcoe-typical catty character. At first rather mediocre, this beer opens up nicely with a little warmth. Lightly citric flavor blends with a modest caramel malt base, then finishes grassy and bitter. Dry on the palate, nice body and carbonation. Overrated but not bad.

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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 tmoneyba
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Party Town, KY.

Poured hazy copper color with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. Moderate to heavy citrus bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

This is a great beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Small pricey bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours a lacey golden body lots of white foam. Citrus aroma.Mouthfeel is Ok, although post-tingling. Very good orange taste, superior IPA, drunk...quickly. Another Mikkeller gem, served just below room temp.

Two and a half years later I had the hop series which was a great showcase of the Simcoe hop and orange citrus bitterness.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You want a single-hop hop bomb? Here it is, and its good. Pours darker gold with a 3-finger while bubbly head. It didn't stick around very long, but this may have the thickest, stickiest lacing I have ever seen. It laced all the way to the finish. Fresh-cut cedar and resin in the nose, that smells like (surprise) fresh Simcoe hops. Medium mouthfeel, not syrupy, but a little sticky and full-bodied. Big, bitter peppery taste. The citrus (white grapefruit) takes a back seat. The bitterness was almost sour at times, which detracted only a little. Caramel malt finish tames it a little. It got a bit much towards the end of the pint, but I'd gladly have another.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find it very amusing that they put American style IPA from across the sea. Date on the cap is 22/10/10 I think it's a best buy date.

Pours a nice tall foamy head that seemingly lasts for ever. Looks like well toasted bread, brown-ish orange. Some sediment.
Smells piney.

Very strong hop presence here. Super simcoe, piny cedar.
Mouthwatering and distinctly bitter almost like Angostura Bitters. It has a sweet malt side that is well hidden.

Potent stuff that I think needs to age or drink paired with something.

I like it but on it's own at this point it's somewhat strong.
I wan t to buy an old one or sit on it for a year or so. It is seriously aggressive to my pallet which makes me think super hot sichuan hot pot fondue.

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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 pokesbeerdude
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz single from Liquormax in Loveland, CO. $6.

A: Dark orange and copper as well with a gargantuan head head, extremely dense and rocky, awesome lacing as well. Pretty great head retention as well. Lots of carbonation moving around in this one.

S: Very piney and hoppy, a pretty nice caramel backbone in there, a few yeasty smells as well, almost a sort of plastic, but in a good way. Not as in your face as I would have expected.

T: Big bitter smack of hops, has a strong pine and citrus characteristic, caramel malt is right in the mix too. Almost a honey like sweetness as well. Quite bitter. The simcoe hop is a really strong hop for bitterness, and now that I've had it isolated I can remember it in other beers. Very distinct hop flavor.

M: Medium thickness, slight booze heat, light carbonation, and really dry. Excellent.

D: I could drink a second one of these. Really a nice beer, the nose is a little lacking though. Simcoe hops have a very distinct flavor, and now I know exactly where that flavor lies. Not the best beer ever, but it definitely has helped me to put a taste with a name.

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