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.

Added by Goldorak on 03-05-2006

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

Served on tap in a tasting glass at Bangers & Lace. Tettnanger, Palisade, Cascade, Galena, Super Galena, and Simcoe were all tasted side by side.

Appearance The appearance of the single hop series does not really vary from beer to beer. Each one is a golden caramel color with a fluffy whit ehead that displays good retention and leaves a web of lace down the glass.

Smell: Sticky sweet pine resin is noticeable right up front. Some pine sap, honey, and bready sweetness are noticeable in the back. A bit of grapefruit citrus as well.

Taste: The sweetness comes through first, with a growing bitterness gradually replacing it. As the pine flavor comes into focus, some light mint, spice, and citrus are present in the back. The finish is moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body and carbonation are medium, with slightly less of a smooth feel due to the prickly pine sensation in each sip.

Overall: I will give the score a little extra bum here sisnce Simcoe hops seem to stand fairly well on their own, as compared to the other single hop varieties I have had thus far.

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5/5  rDev +25%

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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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

appearance- a cloudy amber color with a foamy head that leves sip evidence lacing,

smell- just a little amounts of hops with some malt.

taste- bready tasting malt with bittering hops but not much of flavor hops.

mouthfeel- light to medium feel with good carbonation and a neutral ending.

overall- a good beer but not as hoppy tasting that i was expecting. i will try again, maybe me or the beer was having an off night.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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

Notes from 10/14/11
*12oz bottle to pint glass

A: Pours a hazy honey color with some orange hues and a one finger frothy beige head. Nice lace factor.

S: Smells of catty Simcoe hops and some sweet bready caramel malts.

T: Real nice pine and citrus hop flavors present. Some dank herbals. Malt base is lighter than expected. Sugary presence but not heavy and grainy. Moderate bitterness levels. Lighter crisp finish. This is actually pretty good.

M: Super light and creamy body. Bit of a sticky residual mouthfeel. Dry crisp clean finish.

D: Not bad at all and very drinkable. Probably one of the better, if not best, Mikkeller brews I have come across yet.

Love me some Simcoes and this one does a pretty decent job at letting the hop flavors perform. Would have again for sure.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

tulip glass - no date.

a - pours a rich, murky, copper color and gives me a strong, two finger, tan head that rises up out of the glass. retention is pretty good - halfway through the glass i still have a thin cap. leaves a few tufts of lace here and there. seems to be a lot more sediment in this one than some others in the series.

s - grassy with some pale malt character. slightly phenolic.

t - toasted malt character with notes of apple or grape. hop character is leaning toward herbal, bitterness is light and doesn't linger. dry finish.

m - on the lighter side with average carbonation.

o - not as enjoyable as the other two from the series that i have tried (chinook and palisade), but still a good beer. probably wouldn't buy it again unless it were for a tasting though.

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

Pours amber, the head thickly lacry. Nose is sweet and floral like jasmine flowers showering in simple syrup. Double-take flavors...dry and icey in the mouth...hints of young grapefruit come to mind, with a quickly tapering minty exit that vanishes abruptly. There’s a consistent floral background riding along at all times. This is damn classy...seriously, its like champagne..

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4 out of 5 based on 482 ratings.
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