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

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

I know hops can affect head dynamics but the heads on these beers were really consistent until I get here. This head is tighter, thicker, has smaller bubbles and more staying power. This is also the beer that had the most pine aroma, some tropical fruit aromas, best aroma so far but the bitterness on the palate lets me down slightly. Its a great beer though.

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Photo of FutureCowboy
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a chilled Goliath tulip.

I love the idea of the Single Hop Series from Mikkeller. I'm about halfway thru the ten of them, this being the 6th I've had. Loving the idea doesn't mean they are all great beers -- in fact I don't think that's Mikkeller's intent. It's really an academic exercise, more than an effort in making great beer. Some hops just don't perform well on their own (I'm looking at you, Tomahawk, and your fruity brother Nelson Sauvin). But I'm a big Simcoe [insert registered trademark symbol] fan, so I'm hoping this one pulls through.

This one pours nice. Good frothy heady. Quite hazy, but that glowing orange hue is there. I'll forgive the haze because the head is damn near perfect, it even falls just right.

The aroma is exactly what I expected, fantastic bright Simcoe hops. This variety does an awesome job of merging the pine-citrus continuum. It's tangerine-y, even.

Loving the hop flavor, perfect match to the aroma. I'm not completely wild about the yeast flavor I'm getting though. Probably because foreigners made this, and you know how foreigners do. Seriously though, I'm not sure if my tongue is rejecting it because it's a great IPA with a non-traditional yeast strain, or if its legitimately not great.

Mouthfeel is OK, reminiscent of the rest of the series. Body doesn't quite hold up under questioning, mild resiny chew. Not too much there.

It's drinkable, but due to price and weird yeast factor, I wouldn't put more than 1 in a session.

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

Thanks to Abrand for this one!!!

12oz into a Pint Glass

A- Pours a golden honey brown with a super thick and fluffy 2 finger head that leaves a good amount of lacing as it goes down.

S- Piney hops dominate with some citrusy fruitiness.

T- Delicious earthy piney hops hit you up front with with plenty of pale malts. Tangerine or grapefruit are also apparent.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong solid bitter finish that leaves you dry wanting some more.


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Photo of RJay
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - A cloudy copper color with a one finger white head that left a decent amount of lacing clinging to the wall of the glass. I poured a fair amount of the yeast cake from the bottle into the glass, so there ended up being some particle floating around that for the most part sank to the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Right away I get spicy earthly pine aroma and with a few more sniffs I found some sweet malt in there.

Taste - Initial swig was very hoppy and tangy, that left a lingering bitterness in the back on my throat. The more I drink the less hoppy the beer taste and I get more of the balance of sweet malts with the Simcoe hops.

Mouth Feel - Light and smooth.

Drinkability - I liked it, I don't think I would buy another unless it was a special occasion due to its price.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours visibly effervescent and a cloudy maple amber with a HUGE stiff off white head that decomposed in 3D, like an ice cream float, with a good amount of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is on the timid side, balanced sweet malt and grassy hops. It's got a really nicely balanced flavor to it that's much like the character and stature. The mouth is smooth and medium bodied, but there's a lack of supporting texture to it. It cleans up rather quickly with presenting only a subtle note of the hop in the after taste. Easy enough to drink, but would rather be considering a beverage that made more of a statement.

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Photo of capra12
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo, served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: brown and cloudy with r finger of head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

Smell: malts and piney.

Taste: opens with a tangy/ hop astringent profile. A brief mild malt profile emerges as piney hop profile come in full force at the finish as hop bitter finish this and spill into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and coarse.

Drinkability: A one and done for me. I recommend this to those who want to taste a simcoe hopped brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for picking this beer up for me while he was driving through Lafayette, LA.

Pours a murky golden brown with a white head. The aroma is overly ripe apricot with some resiny notes. The flavor is resin with some apricot and orange. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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

Part of a Xmas package from my b-i-w. Many thanks.
Extra sized head caps a golden amber (reddish hints) clear body. Some decent lacing.
Simcoe aroma, which I've learned from home brewing is a beautiful, often gorgeous hop that comes at a cost of a horrific aroma and taste if not used wisely. This beer holds many of the positives, but also hints of the "cheesy" quality as well.
Reasonably bitter and it lingers well past typical. Citrus of tart grapefruit. Lacking notable malt flavors, and especially missing the malt sweetness that typically makes AIPA's so enjoyable.
Body is about right and unremarkable in any way.
Now I may have served this a little warm and if that impacted this negatively that's unfortunate (I'd like to give each beer a fair shot). Nonetheless the negatives of this fine hop were too much in evidence for my tastes and that's too bad, cuz' simcoe can be such a fine specimen at times.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.51/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a five finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit hop nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor follows the nose with grapefruit hops, any malts are way in the background, lingering bitter after taste. Good IPA, but not for me. $7.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a cloudy golden-orange color with big chunks of yeast and/or hops floating about. A half-finger's worth of creamy white head has some good retention, slowly receding to a thin, wispy layer across the entire surface. Aroma of earthy yeast, mildly sweet pale malt, and lots and lots of hops. Notes of grapefruit, pine, and clover honey are prevalent.
The palate not strikingly bitter on the tip of the tongue - mildly sweet pale malt is balanced with a light citrus hop character at first. The hops quickly take over, though, and big hits of grapefruit and pine dominate. A bit of yeasty funk lingers in the background. The finish leaves a nice, citrusy bitterness that hangs on the back of the mouth for a good long while.
The Mouthfeel is a little silky for an IPA, nice and smooth without a whole lot of caustic carbonation, It's a nice change of pace. This is an excellent showcase of the bitter, grapefruity character of the Simcoe hop. While not an experience I really need every day, this is a damn tasty beer, very well-executed.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasantly cloudy dark amber colour with a creamily filmy head of yellow-white bubbles. Lacing is really nice, with an excellent cascade of clinging bubbling around the glass. Head collapses slightly too readily, bit it's a very nice looking brew all up.

Some sweet lemon characters on the nose, and a bit of syrup, which is slightly cloying. Hints of funky grain characters, and a husky slightly roasted note which is unusual if not unwelcome. Perhaps a roundness like Belgian yeast, but it's not a very classic character. Hops are certainly muted, which is a surprise, and I'm not getting classic Simcoe characters. The grain notes are probably most dominant, and I find them slightly confusing.

Very light palate, with an odd mixture of caramel malt characters and biting but earthy hop notes. Finish is quite gritty with hops, and a slightly phenolic note, but there's an odd swelling of crushed fruit on the back, which comes along without any warning. I find it slightly rustic, and not all that palatable, but with enough complexity to keep my interest at least. Mouthfeel is spritzy.

I'm really not sure what to make of this. I can't say I'm overly enamoured overall. It's got odd darkly roasted notes that don't go with anything else, and I find it slightly jarring. It certainly doesn't showcase the hop as it should

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-orange colour with an almost opaque cloud through it. Head is decent, cream-coloured and dense, leaving some nice sticky trails of lace, and retaining pretty well. Decent looker.

Nose is an interesting one. Very malty and not too hoppy for an IPA. Notes of chocolate, of all things, come first, with a fair amount of golden syrup and brown sugar. Maybe some slight citric notes, but yeah smells more like an American Barleywine than an IPA, only weaker. Not bad but underwhelming, and odd for the style.

Taste starts off quite bitter and pungent. A fair amount of acid with notes of musk, butter and passionfruit. Quite tangy towards the mid, some lemonade characters and some toasty flavours, but yeah, a real zing! to it, gives it a kind of soft drink flavour. Finish is a bit lacking, particularly as far as bitterness goes. Slighty cashew nutty flavour, and an earthy truffle finish right at the end, but doesn't really have the potency I want. Has more tang than bitterness, and as a result is less drinkable than it could be. Not bad, could definitely be better.

Leaves very dry although good texture until the end. Decent mouthfeel.

Overall I think it needs more; the trouble is the flavour and palate profile don't really "wow" me.

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

A very lively pour with a billowing head. Caramel colour. Opaque with loads of yeast floating about. Large hoppy aroma. Taste is very punchy with intense hoppiness and underlying breadiness and malt which gives it a well balanced body. There's also some citrus notes which make it very crisp and delivers a sharp flavour punch. This is a really well crafted IPA that makes its presence felt early.

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Photo of cptierney
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from cute little 11.2 Oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A rather hefty pour yields rather hefty results. A massive billowing head takes up nearly half the glass with fluffy white foam. Receding quickly to two fingers on top of a cloudy amber liquid. The lacing is evident as I drink the beer down but I will be sure to avoid all of the sediment chunks that I have stupidly poured into my glass.

The hops are immediately present on the first whiff of the brew. There is a touch of citrus with some grapefruit-esque hints but the most prevalent scent is a piney freshness. I get a touch of sweet malts but it is really overwhelmed by the hop odors.

Mouthfeel here is kinda confusing. After the massive head that I got pouring, I assumed there would be significant carb bite. To the contrary, I was presented with a light syrup.

I love the idea of a single hop series because I like to get an idea of what each variety tastes like. While the malt characteristic on the brew is a noticeable backdrop of caramel sweetness, it is the Simcoe that's on display. While there was some idea of citrus when I smelled this beer, the taste is all pine. Pushing the beer to the sides of my tongue gives a hint of just how bitter this beer can be as the pine quicly enter pine-sol territory.

The light body of this beer makes for a trusty drinking companion but the hop oils are sticky and may become annoying in a session and at $4.99 a bottle I think one will do.

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

Nice. Beer 101 by Mikkeller. Hazy burnt orange with a frothy, chunky, off-white head that holds and leaves splotchy lace as it wanes. Nose is dirty grapefruit flavored pine and a well balanced bit of slighly sweet biscuity goodness and sweaty locker room pokes its head in there somewhere too (in a good way). Taste is spicy, earthy and herbal up front to my surprise, but it rides nicely on the malty backbone and finishes with the dirty, earthy, almost woody grapefruity pine sap taste the nose hinted at. Soft and silky medium body. I could sit down and have quite a few of these. Cool concept. Tons of fun, but the 9.99/11.2oz thing hurts. Cheers.

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

This is the last of my Mikkeller single hops, supposed to be drank and compared with the others, but lost in the cellar...

Poured into a pint glass, dakr orange colored, very thick and fluffy off white head with lots of lacing.
Nice aroma is quite fruity, grapefruit predominating but not overwhelming the other fruits, delicate caramel and bread lost in there.
Medium bodied, and despite the luscious head, carbonation is barely felt, lending a pleasant smooth texture.
malts are nearly non existent on the flavor, and yet, hops are not a full blown assault. Grapefruit again predominates, but less so than other hop varieties.
Quite nice.

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Photo of colts9016
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A descent one finger foamy off white head that has some retention. The body of the beer is a medium amber color with reddish orange hues. There is some yeast floating among the beer. The clarity is very hazy.

Nose: A rich biscuit malty aroma. There are notes of pine, citrus (mainly grapefruit), and floral esters. The alcohol is noticeable, along with phenols and melanoids. .

Taste: There is a strong malty backbone. The flavors are heavy pine, grapefruit, floral esters, phenols and melanoids in the background.

Overall: The mouth feel is a very rich, astringent, bitter and dry. The body of the beer is medium with a heavy finish. This beer has a powerful hop flavor, a definite must for a hop head. Wow is all I can say, damn. There is so much going on that it is a sipping beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky dark copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a resinous earthy and spicy simcoe hop with a full on crystal malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal spiciness followed by a grainy malt. A touch of esters noted as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an aggressive IPA that should appeal to those who love the spicy simcoe hop.

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

Hazy copper with some yeast sediment. Big 2 finger frothy offwhite head. Full sticky laces.

Sharp hops: pine, grapefruit, herbal dank. Slightly toasty biscuit and fruity yeast esters.

Big pine and herbal dank with a splash of tangy grapefruit. balanced by a slightly toasty biscuit with a hint of earthy chocolate? Big resinous bitterness with a small alcohol bite.

Smooth, sticky, slightly astringent, some yeast sediment gives it some texture here and there. medium bodied.

Very drinkable balanced bitter presentation of Simcoe.

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

A- Hazy amber color with a large three finger beige head. Head is long lasting, sticky, and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Not much going on in the nose, just sweet grapefruit hops. Of course that's not a bad thing.

T- Taste follows the nose as one would expect. A little more bitterness from the Simcoe hops than I was expecting, not unpleasant however. Finish is bone dry and slightly astringent.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated, no oily from the hops remains on the palate.

D- If you like hopped up IPAs you'll have no trouble at all, but it wouldn't be everyones taste. The 6.9% ABV is well hidden too.

Nice one for hop heads. I really liked this series of beers from Mikkeller, it gave me a nice appreciation for the different strains of hops and their specific flavor profiles. It was a great palate education tool.

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

Appearance: hazy amber color with a 1" head that slowly fades to a thick surface foam. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: fruit sweetness and that lovely Simcoe bitterness is bold creating a nice aroma.

Taste: caramel, ripe apples and plums, lemon zest, and a hearty bitterness makes up a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. Long aftertaste as the bitterness rides the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: nice version of an IPA using one of my favorite hops. Easy to quaff and it goes down quick.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable Danish/Belgium take on the US IPA. The craft around Simcoe hops shines through.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Very simple straight forward label with legal notes and a one liner description. Shows freshness date on bottle cap (22/10/10), neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (6.9%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber color with a hazy orange hue. Starts with a generous one inch off-white head that turns to a consistent ring on the beer and a nice surface layer leaving nice touches of lace.

S - Crisp and fresh citrus and a pine touch over some malt hints.

T - Fresh citrus, and grapefruit hoppy bitterness with a nice malty ground. Very nice and on par with the best of Simcoe hop brews I´ve tried.

M - Medium carbonated on a medium body. Fresh with a smooth lingering bite.

D - Beautifully drinkable: a great pleasure for this craft area.

Notes: It's a great beer but feels a bit overpriced when bought on the US side of the Atlantic. And I may add even a bit guilty buying it having so many great options over here, Simcoe hops included... So I'll probably won't have it again as long I have a choice in the Americas. But it is a great beer and I'll be psyched to find it and know that stuff like this is available in Europe.

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

Pours a brilliant gold colour with a massive, creamy, ivory head. Decent head retention. Nice lacing.

Great aroma. Lots of passionfruit, pine, mandarin. This is just really juicy and appetising.

The initial attack is quite malty with a good balancing bitterness. The balance continues in the mid-palate with some piney charater and a hint of 'animale'. The back-palate has plenty of crystal malt sweetness before flowing into a strong lingering bitterness. This is good but some more hop flavour would be appreciated.

Medium-full body with a creamy yet vibrant carbonation. Good.

A tasty brew and a generally good showcase for the Simcoe hops. I would have like a bit more hop flavour but there was plenty of aroma and the malt backbone was good.

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Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 3 fingers of off-white pillowy head with great retention. Chill hazy dark amber gold liquid. Pretty! Exactly as I expect an AIPA. Lots of chunks though :-(
S: Sweet fruit with musty undertones, like grapefruit and pineapple with marijuana in background.
T: Herbal, not as bitter as I expected. Good estery highlights. Strong, but not exceptional. It's strength is in how well executed it is. Strong on fundamentals without a lot of razzle-dazzle.
M: Bitter comes through more on the mouthfeel. Smooth too.
D: I'd order another and buy six if it wasn't cost prohibitive ($5.99/1!)

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Photo of crossovert
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the Unfiltered Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA so when I saw this I went for it. The most plain label adorns this 11.2 fl. oz bottle, maybe it is to symbolize that the beer inside is all that matters.

Pours a dark orange amber with an abundance of black floaties. Has a large and very lumpy white head.

Smell is an intense citrus, just citrus up your ass, more so than the Weyerbacher. There is some pine resin and a lot of sweetness but this is grapefruit to the max.

The taste is citrus too, waves of it, though not overly bitter, this is one of the best and most precise IPAs I have had. On top of that I really like the Simcoe, it really works well by well... itself.

This is what you look for in an American IPA and its from... DENMARK ;-).

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4 out of 5 based on 484 ratings.
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