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Simcoe Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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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 regspeir
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft into a snifter at Teresa's
Pours a orange amber with a small head which dissolved into a film. Lacing was thin but lasting. Nose is hops, grassiness, very floral and a little funky? Taste was slightly bitter, tropical citrus and some sweet caramel-like undertones. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation and some rough graininess that was a surprise. While I liked this beer, even at it's reasonable ABV I couldn't session it. Not sure if it's the simcoe but it just tires me enough to want to move on.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How fun is this series! Some of these single hops are among my favorite beers ever. This is a very good one but not my favorite. The hops linger very long after the each sip which is a combination of good and creepy.

Great brass color. Good carbonation and aroma great beer all around.

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

Served in a pint glass ($7.25)

A: 2 finger foamy, creamy head. Dull light tan. Not dense. The body is a murky tawny color. The head begins to stick as the above average retention depresses. Thin cratered film much like the moons surface. Lacing continues in barely interrupted fashion. Excellent. The color of this brew is dragging the appearance rating down as all other aesthetic considerations are impressive.

S: The nose is unmistakably simcoe, although Mikkeller's brew is earthier and danker than I imagined it would be. Maybe it's the yeast contribution that gives the impression. Plenty of bitter white grapefruit pith, fresh sappy pinewood and faint orange. Toasted, woody, caramel (or faint toffee) malts. Lightly yeasty.

I could be convinced of a better aroma score.

T: Starts out at a 4. Closing in on room temperature however, this brew becomes a 4.5. Simcoe is not as autonomous as it should be. That is to say, a superior single hop simcoe IPA would be the Double Simcoe by Weyerbacher, who has managed to highlight the beauty of simcoe with greater success. I believe Mikkeller's yeast strain does not marry with the other flavors as well as Weyerbacher's.

M: The mouthfeel is SPOT ON. Great carbonation level with a lingering dry and bitter finish. Only a very light sweetness from beginning to end. The light sweetness balances the hop bitterness just enough in my mind, Extra medium body. Long, lingering finish. I can't think of anything that would improve the mouthfeel.

D: Drinks extremely well. Yet another single hop brew for Mikkeller to be proud of. These guys are on a mission.

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

A: Pours a hazy amber, capped by a two finger off-white head. Retention is pretty good and leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of fruit in the nose - mainly citrus with grapefruit and orange, but also some lighter fruits, green apple and even a bit of a melon character. Some light pine comes in behind the fruit, followed by a bready base.

T: Fruit is the dominant character again, with a definite sweet side coming through. Citrus is still strong, but there's more melon, green apple, and a bit of apricot. The pine character is pretty light but still shows through a bit, coming on stronger on the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel that glides across the tongue.

D: Goes down easy and is very enjoyable...not my favorite of the single hop series, but I'd have no objections to drinking a few pints of it.

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

This rare find of an ale pours a hazy dark amber with a fluffy cream colored head filled with uniformly packed tiny bubbles. Excellent head retention.

Smell is citrusy and piney with a thick malty aroma in the background, very similar to other simcoe brewed beers.

Taste is more of the same. Nice bitey citrus flavor from the simcoe hops without too much of a lingering bitter aftertaste (not that that's always a bad thing).

Mouthfeel is medium to thick with low to moderate carbonation.

I could easily drink a few of these.

Morey's Bottom Line: What this beer lacks in a label...it more than makes up for with the contents inside the bottle.

It's obvious that this brewer knows what he's doing. I'm half way through, and the head has gone next to nowhere leaving behind a lace that could easily rival a good root beer float.

I'm glad to have tried this, but the $6.89 I paid for this single 12oz bottle will be more than enough to keep this beer from being something I pick up frequently. That and the fact that I got it in Virginia Beach, and I can't get it here in Erie.

If you are a fan of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe and/or Sierra Nevada Torpedo, this is along those lines.

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

A: Pours a cloudy gold amber with an ample fluffy off-white head, which leaves a decent amount of lace as it fades.

S: Of all the single-hop beers I sampled this evening (1/3 each of 3), this one had the most going in the nose. I get light pine, grapefruit, and even a hint of watermelon.

T: The taste matches the complexity in the nose. This is the most complex of the single-hop beers I've had to date. The initial sweetness goes over to a citrus/peach/melon center before heading for a clean bitter finish. I'm going to have to seek out some of the other Simcoe beers on the market.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D: The perfect level of complexity makes this a very drinkable beer. Must get more.

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

Let me say I was pleasantly surpised, not that the beer was good, but how interesting this was with a hop I would probably not use on its own if I were to brew with it. I appreciat HombreWing sharing this bottle, poured chilled into a tumber from the 12oz.

A - a light golden amber with thick cream that creates a lace ring, small beading and good clarity

S -Smell is more pine than anything, but the accents of grapefruit and floral notes are interesting, more zest than actual grapefruit flesh with slight note of melon

M - The feel is more mild than expected, yet slightly spiced and overall a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness w/ a slightly resinous feel and dry finish

T - The taste is truly great with all of the qualities of simcoe I like - grapefruit zest and pine flavors meld with a slight pepper and mild herbal flavor. The malt supports the acidity in the taste well and gives a slight blood orange and light ruby red tinge -really nice taste without the 'cat-pee' you normally associate with simcoe tasting beers

D - This is possibly the best of the single hop beers Mikeller makes, yet I have not had them alle, but as I said earlier, very smooth bitterness and flavor without any astringent qualities and no cat-piss or ammonia-like off notes or vegetal aspects just a nice cohesion between malt and Simcoe -Kudos Mikeller!

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Photo of Phelps
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second Mikkeler Single Hop beer on my tour of the hops in an attempt to know them better, man.

A perfectly clear liquid with colors ranging from light gold to deep amber. Hop resins are obviously helping out this head -- it's dense, sticky and more than two fingers tall. As some large bubbles burst along the sides, the tan beauty recedes, leaving bubbly trails of lace.

Hello, Simcoe! Very piney, very citrusy. If pine trees grew grapefruits, it would smell like this. An herbal character not unlike the zest of red onions dances in the background. Also some earthiness, like soil. A sweet caramel backbone rounds it all out.

A snakebite of bitterness strikes at the start. What sweetness was found in the nose is now lost, replaced by acrid pine. I'm also catching very light notes of cinnamon and onion. An interesting hop flavor, but that's all there is. It's very one-dimensional and a little imbalanced toward the hop side of things.

I'm loving the mouthfeel on these single hops. Medium bodied, high carbonation, silky over the tongue. Glorious.

Though they're a little expensive, these single hops are great. Alcohol and education -- they go together so well.

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

Poured into an Allagash chalice

A - clear reddish orange color, off white head, little ring left over, no lacing

S - light pine, some citrus, floral background

T - caramelly honey like malt followed by a sweet citrus aftertaste, slightly dry

M - light side of medium bodied, under carbonated compared to other beers in style

D - pretty much similar to most American IPAs, distinctive quality is the sweet citrus/honey in the taste, very hard to stop from drinking, preferred the Nelson Sauvin to this one

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

Tonight it is my pleasure to review this fine Mikkeller beer. Now I will admit these comments are being made prior to actually cracking the bottle, but I have my hopes. The bottle is brown and there is a red and rather clinical-looking label. The cap is stamped 22/10/10. I decided on a belled Belgian beer glass for this tasting as I would like a baseline for comparison as I try the other single-hops. A quick thanks to Ipeea for the trade.

The beer pours a nice deep amber with yellow overtones and a thick haze. The head is tan and full with very nice retention and fluffy lacing.

Smell is`a sweet and very floral experience with hops as the clear star of the show. Spices and greenness present after the initial smells and round out the nose.

Tangy, hoppy, bitter beauty is the taste. The supporting grains (backbone) of this beer are (is) rich and round creating a deep canvas for the hops to accent and present themselves. Citrus accompanies the bitter and the yeasty spice flavors. I am pleased with the complexity and depth, though not floored, as I expected I could be.

Mouthfeel is full and the carbonation is natural and high (I do loves me a natural high) making for a great experience.

Drinkability is great. Assuming you have an unnatural tolerance for alcohol these would go down like juice. The 6.9% ABV precludes too many in a row for me as my preferred session strength hovers closer to 5% than 7%.

I am sure I could experience the true hop flavor better if I left the yeast in the bottle, which I may do with the next one, but I like the yeasty creatures so I poured 'em in, mighty tasty.

This is a pleasure to drink and no kind of let down, even at the cost I would do it again with joy at the opportunity. I will now open the Cascade and review it


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Photo of PhxHorn
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a darker orange with a 1.5" head, even with a gentle pour. Smells lightly of caramel and grapefruit, tastes lightly of grapefruit hop flavor. A little stronger flavor than some of the other single hop IPAs, but still light for an IPA. Carbonation is just about right, and it's a very drinkable beer, even if it's closer to a pale ale.

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

On tap at Capone's on 4/17/10.

A - Hazy, sunset orange liquid with diminutive but resilient head that held on with steadfast ambition until it finally receded to a thin patch, but meanwhile deposited a canopy of lace around the glass reminiscent to constellations in the evening sky.

S - Smack of pungent grapefruit with a slight whiff of catbox and a hint of pine. Overall, the aroma is rather sweet and citrusy, with a caramel malt character balancing the intense hop nose.

T - Ultra bitter up front and throughout with a penchant for grapefruit and citrus juices. A moderate catbox character also seeps into the mix, but doesn't get too out of control. Sweet caramel malt provides a nice counterpart to the assertive hop presence.

M - Medium bodied with an extremely oily yet smooth texture and soft carbonation. Finishes with a hefty hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Simcoe hops = YUM! Nice flavor and complexity for a brew utilizing only a single hop variety. This is up there with the Nelson Sauvin IPA.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.87/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a murky yellow orange with a 2 finger bubbbly head that has good retention and some good sticky lacing.

S: could smell some piney hops in the middle and a little malty sweetness. I also get a bit of some citrus aroma like grapefruit zest.

T: I thought it would have more piney bitter character from the nose, but the malts seem to over shadow the hops on this one. Almost no hopppy bitterness to this IPA.

M: The beer is medium body with very little carbonation.

D: It's a decent beer and would have to say that it falls into the session beer category. I think I could take this to a party and drink it all night like some miller light. I might be to hard on this review because I just finish having a PTE, and I also know that beguim breweries really don't make great IPA's.

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

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

Pungent cat pee for a while, that fades leaving some tropical fruit with papaya and mango most noticeable. Some grapefruit too. The palate opens moderately bitter, moderately resiny and moderately fruity with some tropical fruit. Solid stuff. Drying on the finish with a nice, lingering bitterness, this is great stuff. My #3 of the series.

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Photo of jgasparine
1.74/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Simcoe exhibited nothing more than a haze layer. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Simcoe, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with a horrible aroma of body odor. I understand that Simcoe can sometimes come across unpleasantly- like cat urine. This is definitely the case... pungent and unapproachable.

T- This thing tastes like body odor and gym socks. For the record, I have never tasted a dirty armpit, nor a gym sock... but this beer tastes just like how I would envision that experience. I have considered this being a bad keg, but a National BJCP judge suggested that this offensive flavor very-well could be attributed to the Simcoe.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- The Simcoe Single Hop was awful as far as my tastes go... I might try it again, in a vain attempt to experience a better use of the hop.

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

At Max's today. Obviously, I must love simcoe... this beer is just outrageous.

The pours a fairly light, peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is all simcoe goodness, with a pungent aroma of wet tobacco, pepper, and dry, hoppy bitterness. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with just a hint of malty sweetness to balance the avalanch of hoppy bitterness and dank earth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with plenty of flavor. There's a lean-ness to the mouthfeel that I attribute to the dry, hoppy bitterness, but I can't say I mind it. Drinkability is good, though the tidal wave of bitterness tires the palate a bit. Still, this is an excellent single hop IPA from Mikkeller. As good on tap as it was out of the bottle.

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Photo of bort11
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sweet Water Brewing 420 glass to keep with the theme. Intensely fluffy light cream colored head. It floats up above the rim of the glass, but does not spill over. As the head drops down, spider webs of lacing spreads out around the inside of the glass. The body color is a murky dark tea brown. Fine flecks of sediment swirl around.

Simcoe is not the most intense variety of hops, but the do have a pleasantly mild and mellow aroma. Blended in with the malts, there is a lot of pine and tea leaf aromas. Taste has a lot of the pine flavoring as well, but there is also a mild dried apricot fruitiness. It is extreme in its mellowness.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than what I had expected, verging on watery. It's really the only negative I have for this beer. Finishes a little dry, in fact I have a little cotton mouth. So far I have enjoyed everything I've tried from Mikkeller.

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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 phantomwyse
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky honey orange color, somewhat muddy. Enormous two finger off white head of rocky froth. Fantastic rings of lacing after each sip.

S: Ultra piney, grapefruit, some other tropical fruits - like a hint of pineapple , oh and then more pine.

T: Simcoe tastes the way I think the Northwest smells - very wet and full of pine resin - it's a beautiful thing. Lots of cloying hop sweetness.

M:Medium bodied and ends somewhat dry.

D: If you're a West Coast hop fan, this is a beer for you. I can tell you it's a beer for me. Just a flavor profile I'm not going to grow tired of.

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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 bum732
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange, nice dense creamy head. Smells of pine needles, ceder, some citrus fruits, orange mostly, touch of earthiness and rosemary. Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a nice pine-like backbone. Nice orange like bitterness leads to hop resin and a slightly dry finish.

A solid IPA, i really love these beers, not only are they delicious, but they are educational as well. Each one is definitely different from the other. Simcoe definitely has the pine like and orange notes its known for. Very good.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Orange colored beer, but has a little tin of brown coloring, almost bronze. Great head retention and lacing on top of this beer. Mango and subtle tropical aromas in the nose, along with light crackery malt. The taste is like the aroma: mangoes all around, mixed tropical flavors, and notes of rye. The aftertaste lingers of dry crackery malt and pleasant hop bitterness. The body is smooth and creamy, which is really nice.

So this is what a Simcoe IPA tastes like. Great to see a Mikkeller beer on draft here in the US. $7 for the pint, but $5.99 for 11.2 ounce bottle from a store...weird pricing.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle, best by 10/22/10, served into a tulip

Pours an opaque, hazy orange color. It isn't very unique or alluring until the head billows up. Large, creme bubbles make for a towering, fluffy mass of foam. Eventually the bubbles condense into something smaller, tighter and the head shrinks, leaving behind spidery lacing everywhere. Really impressive foam from this beer.

Overripe tangerine or apricot dominate the aroma, with some minor pine smells, too. Simcoe is a weird hop to use exclusively; it is responsible for what some may think are off-aromas but are actually byproducts of Simcoe. This beer has some sharp cheese aroma (seriously) and a trace (thankfully just a trace) of cat urine. Such is the way with Simcoe. The caramel malt smells sort of sour at first but that may just be the cheese quality of the hops playing with me. This is a touch beer to rate since it exists primarily as an educational tool. Simcoe Single Hop IPA succeeds at showing off what Simcoe is about.

The taste of the beer follows the nose in that its a lot of apricot, caramel malt and trace pine. No cheesy or uriney flavors, thankfully. The finish is all pine bitterness. The flavors are well-balanced but lacking in intensity.

The beer is about medium-bodied. It is watery and not particularly carbonated. The drinkability of this unique IPA is hard to score. In some respects it is very easy to drink, in other respects you probably wouldn't want to drink more than one of these anyway.

I thank Mikkeller for brewing the Single Hop series. It is educational and fun. If this particular entry into the series is any indication then I'm not apt to be blown away by Simcoe single-hopped beers but they're worth trying.

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 486 ratings
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