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 koopa
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at de Bier Koning in Amsterdam.

Appearance: Standard copper tangerine IPA color with a nice fluffy 3 finger foam head. Good retention and loads of lacing.

Smell: All Simcoe baby!

Taste: Just as the nose...simcoe hops with a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel at most.

Drinkability: Very easy to sip this IPA.

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

11.2 oz bottle

A: Hazy copper body, with some floaties, under a huge (way too big) white head. Great retention and lace save an otherwise angering pour.

S: Hoppy, pine with grapefruit and a bit of orange. Sweet, caramel malt background. Very fresh smelling. Incredible balance between the hops and malt.

T: Aggressively hoppy. Hops hit from the get go. Malt offers a hint of sweetness up front, followed by the grapefruit and mostly pine hop, hint of pepper then a pretty big bitterness. Bitterness, although not bad, may be just a tad too big for this beer.

M/D: Medium body, very smooth, carbonation much less then I thought it would be. Good drinkability. Solid beer.

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Photo of frothyhead
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy and chunky copper amber/brown in a pint glass with a decent 1 finger off-white head. Looks like I should have poured more carefully, this one is chunky.

Nose is hoppy with pine and grapefruit. There seems to be a bit of sulfer/rotten eggs and some mild oxidation/wet cardboard coming through. These notes are very subtle and as the beer warms and the chunky yeast settles to the bottom they are replaced with caramel.

Mouth is medium bodied and silky with some hop oils with a dry, bitter finish. Medium carbonation.

Taste is solid American IPA. Bitter throughout with pine and grapefruit and some earthiness. Not a whole lot of malt to balance it, though there is some mild sugary sweetness as it warms.

Drinkability is decent, though I'm finding the bitter linger perhaps a tad too strong and there is a solid metallic taste that builds on your tongue as you drink more.

Overall this is a decent beer. Nothing outstanding, but solidly drinkable and enjoyable. It seems to have its heart in the right place but has some flaws that keep it from being great.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone gave this beer to me as a gift and then promptly took it away from me, so I bought another bottle which sits before me now. The ABV reads 6.9%. I love Single Hop beers and besides the Double Simcoe, I don't believe I've had another Simcoe hop beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is bubbly dark orange, some yeast remnants fall slowly to the bottom of the glass: the result of a sloppy pour. The head is two fingers, white, and soapy. Retention is good and some lacing is left on my glass.

The aroma is of grapefruit and orange with some aromatic pine resin. There's a pretty decent malt presence in the nose that is reminiscent of caramel and slightly bready. Some alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor is initially all citrus until the pine makes itself known. The bitterness is on the upper end of medium - lower end of high level. Slightly sweet caramel malt is present, but doesn't do much to balance the bitterness. The finish is the most bitter part of the beer, with a lot of astringency and some grapefruit and alcohol. Flavors of pine and grapefruit linger on my palate for a long time. There's an unpleasant metallic character that I'm becoming more aware of as the beer warms.

The beer is medium bodied with great carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

A good beer, though there's quite a bit of astringency. Too much rough hop bitterness and not enough hop flavor.

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

This bottle, intended for another BA'er, somehow ended up in my possession. Sorry Shane/Jesse.

Pours a hazy orange, with a darker cone in the middle. Mmm....darker cone. Two or three inches of white foam head.

Smells like pineapple, pine, and maybe a bit of unidentifiable sharp citrus. Taste is nice, with bursting pinecone, some pineapple shading, and a nice mineral earthiness. The earthiness gets to be a bit much after a while.

Though I'm sad to have stolen this, a decent IPA.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/29/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Did not check for a freshness date. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden colored pour with a large one inch plus creamy and pocky head. Lacing is quite nice with some patches and streaks.

Smell- Pungent sweeter grapefruit flavor. Not really the tart-sour grapefruit scent I am used to in an IPA. Sugary as well with a bit of pine added.

Taste- Very flavorful with a very strong hoppy flavor. Lots of succulent grapefruit. Caramel malt backing with a really nice rounded out flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit overcarbonated with some burning from the hops. Lots of hops in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Actually quite enjoyed this one. Pne of the most flavorful single hopped beers I have had.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just an FYI, I tried the Warrior version of this first. I was underwhelmed, please see my review for more info. Time to give the simcoe a try.

A: Dark orange and cloudy with yeast. A crisp, off-white head sits atop. Lace hugs the sides.

S: Wow. Simcoe hops at their finest. Grapefruit, orange, pine and plenty of them. A slight fruitiness and sweetness from the malts rounds this out. Quite possible one of the best "simcoe" smelling beers I've had. Perfect.

T: More of that grapefruit flavor that I smelled. This transitions to a fruity orange and ends with a piney bitterness. Really quite nice. The malts are here, but not in the spotlight, which is just fine. A very nice flavor profile, but not quite out of this world.

M: A solid medium bodied brew. Has a sticky finish from the hops, but finishes fairly crisp.

D: I was much happier with this beer when compared to the Warrior version. The malts were much better and blended better with the hops. This beer was also much less watery. Overall, it is a really nice IPA. It does a great job of showcasing the simcoe hop while at the same time being a beer I would buy again. Unfortunately the beer was a bit pricey (5 bucks for a bottle) to buy a sixer. If the price came down, I would buy this over and over again.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like some other Mikkeler offerings, this is like reading your favorite novel translated into another language and back - it's familiar, but somehow a little off. Here is the big, aggressive Simcoe-based American Pale Ale, but ever so subtly different.

Pours a hazy amber, with big chunks of yeast floating around, and a very large, dense fluffy head that dissolves to unbelievably sticky lacing. The aroma is just absolutely huge, all Simcoe - at once enveloping and distant, a powerful blast of grapefruit with a lingering almost medicinal bitterness. The bitterness has that high, thin, boozy Simcoe character on the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is smooth and clingy, sticking that Simcoe character all over the mouth.

This is a good beer, but like a big Bordeaux or California Cabernet, it is not what I would call refreshing.

It should be required tasting for anyone trying to understand the contribution Simcoes make to a beer as either a bittering or aroma hop. Once you know it, you'll never miss it in a beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, semi-transparent light orange with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap that fades into a tiny cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of herbal notes with huge amounts of citrusy orange, and sugary grapefruit. Perhaps a touch of chamomile tea and sugary cotton candy.
Taste is of bitter grapefruit and orange peel with some mild spiciness and herbs sticking out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, with a sticky, sugary graininess that seems to pull through at the end, along with the herbal bitterness.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz single purchased at Green's in Atlanta. Bottle cap is stamped with 22/10/10. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a nice orange color with a almost non-existent head. For fairness, I poured it EXTREMELY slowly since I had read a few of the reviews that mentioned the floaties. The ring of bubbles does leave a bit of lace.

S: Big citrus aroma. You can smell it as soon as you open the bottle. There is a bit of pine in the aroma as well. There is a nice sweetness in the aroma as well.

T: Similar to the nose, the taste is a big citrus hop bomb. There is a bit of pine in the flavor as well. The finish is dry. You should definitely stay away from this one if you are not a fan of hops.

M: The carbonation and or spicing makes it a bit astringent in the mouth.

D: Quite a few IPAs go down easier than this one, but it is by no means a struggle to drink.

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Photo of KeefD
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy dark amber color with light orange highlights, plenty of sediment floating around, a large light tan head that fell slowly, becoming nice and rock and leaving big chunks of lacing all down the glass. Perfect look. Big spicy, piny hop aroma, grapefruit, a little bit of orange citrus and maybe just a touch of cat pee! Flavor is like chewing on fresh pine needles while taking shots of grapefruit juice. There's a nice caramel malt sweetness that sits nicely in the middle but the piney, grapefruit Simcoe hops are the main star in this one. Bitterness is fantastic, but there's plenty of hop flavor and balances perfectly. I really dig this beer as Simcoe hops are one of my favorite varieties. This is a great beet and any Simcoe lover will find this to be a real treat.

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Photo of froghop
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark amber with lots of brown sediment, even on the foamy white head that hangs out for a long while, excellent lacing.

smell of hops, earth, some caramel, and a touch of citrus.

taste is bitter up front, some citrus, touch of caramel, and nuts, ends nicely bitter.

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

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of rocky scream colored head. Murks up as this warms, good head retention * insane lacing

S: Grapefruit & pine & some oakyness

T: Grapefruittyness, pine needles, & dryness up front. Grapefruit & a touch of honey malt surfaces as this warms, but mostly puckery hoppyness, with a bit of pineapple thrown in. finishes crisp, peppery & moreish, almost pulled a 5.0, need a bit more maltyness IMO

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation & pretty nice balance

Great drinkability, a super AIPA, needs a bit more balance to completely make me happy. A great, if pricey effort

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Photo of Tilley4
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only thing that detracts from the appearance of this brew is the huge chunks of yeast floating around... Way too much sediment... This has an excellent taste and aroma... Loaded with citrusy hops all the way around... Not balanced, but who cares? Its tasty... BUT....for 9 bucks for a 12 oz bottle, I probably won't be having this one again anytime soon. Too many good American offerings...

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Photo of slater1313
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 1"+ head that started disappearing quickly, but still hung around like fluffy clouds floating on this light iced tea colored beer. I spotted a few floaters in there as well.

S- Heaven.. Grapefruit, citrus, and piney. Seriously I wish someone would market an air freshener that smells like this.

T- Just like the smell. Grapefruit and citrus up front then the pine comes through. The malt's in there though. Great beer.

M/D- I could drink this all night. At 6.9% it rivals another single hop, Bell's Two-Hearted. Too bad that for $2 more than I got this single bottle, I could get a 6pack of Two-Hearted.

Overall I can say this is a great AIPA. Too bad Mikkeller's beers are so expensive.

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Photo of gabe23
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky, light brown color with lots of large floating particles. Huge, dense off-white head that hung around for the duration - looked like soft-serve ice cream!

S - Spicy citrus rind, with some herbal aromas that I can't quite place. A fruity sweetness hints that this isn't simply a one-dimensional hop bomb.

T - Grapefruit bitterness stands out at the start, but the malt backbone quickly comes forward to balance things out. Some piney resin is also in the mix, but everything is in moderation. Just short of wiping out your tastebuds like so many IPAs these days.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a touch more carbonation than I would like.

D - Another home run from Mikkeller. This is a very complex, well-balanced IPA. If it wasn't so damned expensive, I'd drink it all the time.

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

Got this one in a recent trade an was I thrilled as I could be. I had been wanting to get ahold of this for a while but it never crossed my path. 330ml bottle poured into a pint glass and consumed on 04/04/2009.

The pour was great. Rich and very cloudy with a murky dark amber color, almost light brown as it clears up a touch. Some light sediment in the bottom of the glass as well. Rich head of off white comes up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down, but not without dropping tons of lace. Nice aroma, lots of pine here, with hints of bready notes underneath and a nice prickly spiceness. The flavor was very smooth, mellow pine hops, not too harsh or terribly pungent, very nicely balanced indeed. Medium bodied with a very nicely done carbonation level which never for one moment was dull. A bit up there for a single IPA at near 7 percent but it drank very very well.

Overall I thought this was a very nicely done IPA that I would not mind trying again at all.

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Photo of brendan13
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy orange with a solid inch of slightly off white head that hangs around for a fair while.
As it slowly falls away quite substantial lacing is left down the glass.
S - A pine & herbal hop aroma is quite dominating at first but then a citrus note comes through. Distant sweet malt aroma.
T - Like the smell the piney & herbal hop qualities come through at the front, closely followed by some nice tropical/citrus fruit hoppiness.
This is backed up by an ever so slightly sweet caramel & bready malt character.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. A dry finish with a nice bitterness.
D - I could drink quite a few of these.
But at $10AUS a bottle I won't be.

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Photo of heapofaoatmeal
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nice pale color, nice hop aroma. i love simcoe hops. not much of any malt, i wouldnt be surprised if the bill was >95% pale malt. hops are very nice its a textbook hoping of an ipa. no malt backbone. its nice but not $6 nice. maybe $8 a sixer. nothing bad, nothing remarkable. not the best mikkeller.

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Photo of bfields4
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very full head the carbonation is very nice and tight. The body is a murky pale yellow gold haze.

Floral and herbal hops dominate the nose.

The taste is more of a citrus hops taste with bit of pineyness. A little more subtle then I was expecting.

All and all a pretty good IPA, but nothing that jumped out at me. I like the fact they announce the simcoe hopes on the front. it's nice knowing what I'm tasting.

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

A: Poured a beautiful deep hazy amber/orange full of sediment. Had a rich two finger white head with orange striations from the floating sediment.
S: There is a lot going on here - pine scented Christmas trees mixed with orange and lemon citrus hops. There is a background note of caramel malt.
T: Wow. The taste follows the nose - lots of pine and citrus hops with an underlying hint of caramel malt. The citrus zest (orange and grapefruit) is really bold. For such a bitter beer I also note a hidden orange blossom sweetness. Dry on the finish.
M: Crisp and clean with good carbonation. Refreshing and dry. This beer cleanses the palate.
D: I really liked this beer. The drinkability is excellent - I could drink several if it weren't a bit pricey.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to CrellMoset, one of BA's finest traders, for the hookup on this beer.

A - This beer poured a medium orange color and formed a massive, slightly rocky off-white head which slowly made it's way down the glass, leaving a nice lacing around the sides.

S - Prominent grassy/piney hop nose. Very slight sweetness in the background. Clean malt and fairly neutral fermentation. Hops are certainly dominant.

T - Hop flavor dominates here too with that piney/grassy note being prominent. As a single hop IPA, I'm missing out on the complex/blended hop flavor but the simcoe comes through strong. Bitterness is moderate-high and the dry finish leaves some lingering piney flavor. Malt is clean though the beer tastes well-balanced.

M - Medium bodied, moderate/moderate-high carbonation. Smooth with no hop-derived astringency.

D - Certainly a drinkable, balanced IPA, what's missing in my opinion is a more interesting hop profile. Maybe I'm just not a fan of single hop beers.

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

I am assuming this is the Simcoe Single Hop IPA entry.
Served in a shaker this beer produced a 2 finger off white head that stayed forever. The head remained at 1 finger throughout the sampling. The smells consists of simcoe, pine, and some floral notes. This beer has some phenomenal lacing. The first sip has a very nice bitter taste that lasts for a while but there is a subtle malt background that balances this one out. The palate is medium bodied. This is a great beer if you can find it.

(As noted from other reviews; there is a bit of sediment in this beer but it doesn't distract from the taste)

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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 RustyDiamond
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SA pint glass. Cloudy orange pour with a pretty near-white frothy head. Left sediment in bottle but there are lots of floaties in the glass.
Aromas of orange taffy with a slight hint of wildflower honey.
Chalky grapefruit flavor...nice lingering orange peel bitterness. Finishes pretty clean and bitter. Nice head retention as well. Very clean and simple Simcoe IPA that drinks very well.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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