Simcoe Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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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Photo of pogoowner
4/5  rDev 0%

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 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 PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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 biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Woe are we who must work our way through the onslaught of these new Mikkeller flights of fancy on our local bottleshops' shelves...

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with three solid fingers of tight foamy, chunky off-white head, which leaves a string of inverted gear lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of reserved pine resin and saucy grapefruit peel, more than a bit of spiciness inherent in both. The taste is creamy caramel malt, and a slowly resurrected redux of the aroma in the form of warm, bitter citrus, and soft forest floor hops.

The carbonation is once again quite sedate, the body equally smooth, bearing a low-key medium weight. It finishes with a pleasantly warm spiced toffee malt sweetness, and a loitering softened citrus hoppiness.

I do quite like these glimpses into the inner workings of the singular hops that make up the blends so common in the best West coast IPAs out there. Here, we have the spicy citrus side of that complex equation. Good to know, and also rather good to put back on its own.

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Photo of quilty
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of dansmcd
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A quite dark amber under a thick creamy white head with good retention and streaky lacing.

S - Yes. Beautiful clean simcoe pungency comes on strong. Grapefruit and orange with pine and sweet malt backing. Love it.

T - All simcoe hops in flavour, very citrusy with just a hint of malt to balance. Strong hop bitterness.

M - Very refreshing. Medium carbonation and body, bitter finish.

O - The best of the single hop offerings from Mikkeller. Top stuff. Don't miss.

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Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev 0%

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 peacebone116
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2-oz bottle into a Delirium snifter.

A: Cloudy copper body with sediment floating around. The head is hefty with an slightly brown tint to it. There is lots of thick lace.

N: Pine and a touch of tangerine.

T/M: Tangerine citrus and earthy pine-like resin oils coat the tongue with each chewy sip. The caramel malt balances out the sticky simcoe hop.

I really like this beer; t is the first of the hop series that I have tried. Mikkeller's American IPA recipe is very distinguishable with its mouthfeel and malt characteristic, but this hop profile is incredibly well fit for this recipe. The qualities of the Simcoe, with its herbal aromatics & flavors, is perfectly experienced.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A The body is an orange copper With a tiny haze to it. The head is about 2 fingers big and turns thick and foamy. Nice lacing is left when the head goes down. Still a good amount of foam on top of the beer. Looks really good.

S Big sweet citrus and tropical fruits. Good malt sweetness comes out behind the hops. Nice scent

T Some sweet citrus upfront that turns bitter. Fruity sweetness really comes out in the middle and the end is pretty bitter with a good sweetness. Bready malt is noticed throughout. I'm pretty surprised of how good this IPA tastes compared to some other IPAs with similar age.

M medium mouthfeel with a higher side of medium carbonation. Goes down pretty easy and leaves mouth slightly syrupy.

O Nice IPA. I know they were made for long trips but but with a year and a half plus this holds up nicely.

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Photo of bluesplit63
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mocktm
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Pizzeria Paradiso:

Pours a light orange/gold color with a nice thin white head. Nose is nice- grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, pine, and some malt. Simcoe is definitely one of my favorite hops, therefore I love the taste of this beer. The taste is the same as the nose, but takes it up just enough for the higher score. Just really clean, clear, crisp, and refreshing. Medium feel w/ good carbonation and a slightly fruity finish. I didn't get any of the 6.9% abv at any point. Overall, a great IPA that I would definitely have again. Cheers.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 06/24/12; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white fluffy head; Slightly hazy and caramel colored; Patches of lacing around the glass

S - Plenty of Simcoe hops here - grapefruit, passionfruit, and a little bite of pine as well; Some honey, bready, toasted toffee notes also detected

T - Lots of passionfruit and grapefruit hops here with a bit of floral too; A little toasty, caramel malts provide some balance, but this is a Simcoe showcase for sure; Some bitterness present that fades towards the end of the taste

M - Medium bodied; Moderate carbonation; Nice, dry finish

O - This excellent brew proves that Simcoe hops can stand alone and provide an awesome aroma, flavor, and appropriate level of bitterness for an IPA. I really wish I picked up more of this beer, and will definitely seek it out again. I'm really curious to try Mikkeller's other single hop offerings to see if they hold up just as well.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev 0%

Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 80.2% out of 100 with 484 ratings
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