Simcoe Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

Simcoe Single Hop IPASimcoe Single Hop IPA
485 Ratings
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 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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Photo of nickd717
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from K&L Redwood City for $5.99, which is a ripoff, but at least this was very good.

A - Awesome appearance, slightly hazy amber with a large cream-colored head that leaves great lacing.

S - Intense citrusy and resinous Simcoe hops and just a touch of crystal malt.

T - Simcoe city. Citrus, pine, and resin. Also some caramel and Munich malt that provides some sweetness to balance.

M - Palate is sticky and lively with medium-full body for an IPA.

D - Pretty high, with a slight mark-down for the excessive price. This is another really well-done single-hopper from Mikkeller, probably my favorite of the series so far.

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

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: orangish amber color, hazy, lots of hop particulate in suspension, huge off-whitehead that lingers, some lacing

S: very hoppy smell. it has a piney, earthy nose to it.

T: the hop flavor is the deal here. it has a citrusy taste at first to go with some slight malt sweetness, but then finishes with pine-like character, drying the mouth and tempting you to drink some more. tastes damn good.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation. has a smooth drinking feel.

Drinkability: awesome beer. very drinkable. very hoppy, very good.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong column of bubbling in the middle of this honey highlighted, hazey copper hued brew. Great, spongey three finger head that recedes to a thick foam after a couple of sips. Citrus and pine, overal earthy hop aromas and maybe some sweet malt. Very resiny palate upfront with lots with lots of grass, hay, pine, and citrus hop flavors. Simcoe is a pretty complex hop. Just a splash of bread and biscuits to help balance this hopulin gem. The palate is almost too resiny, it gets a little overbearing. But another very thought provoking and interesting brew from Mikkeller

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

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of brownish-white foam on top of a copper-brown body. Decent retention and moderate lace.

S - Fruit and citrus notes, balanced by brown, toasty malt with some caramel and brown sugar. Similar to the Nelson Sauvin, but with more pineapple.

T - Pine and citrus flavors with moderate bitterness. Good malt backbone with caramel and dry toasty malt. The hops are less fruity than the aroma. Somewhat harsh bitterness in the finish that combines with the malt to produce some char flavors.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Soapy bitterness with tropical, fruity hop character. Lots of malt but not enough to balance the sharp hop character. The hops compliment the malt and the fruity notes enhance the malt sweetness.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 22/10/10 on cap (seems like quite a bit for an IPA).

Pours hazed orange to dark amber with a thin white head that lasts.

The smell is of pine, some bread, some caramel.

The taste is of pine/resin with caramel/toffee backing. On the sweeter side for an IPA though there is some bitterness.

The feel is medium to full with a snappy carbonation and lasting coating.

ABV well-covered. An enjoyable IPA that showcases Simcoe hops well with a balancing malt background.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slim, single, slender bottle purchased for $5.99 from Super Saver on Route 22... Weyerbacher's Simcoe IPA is typically regarded as one of my personal faves, so I was more than willing to give this European depiction a chance...
Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a gigantic, foamy and frothy, full, five-fingered head which dissipated slowly and deposited a huge film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass... Noticeable, piney, hoppy, minty aroma... Flavor was true-to-the-style and exactly what I had expected from a Simcoe-laden, flavorful, rich, and creamy European IPA...
Great stuff... Authentic, satisfying, and aggressive... Highly recommended...

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

The first in the series of single hopped beers by Mikkeller. First off, the base beer is an American IPA that shows a bright copper-orange color, off-white breaming head that lingers, lasts, and laces throughout. A great looking beer with a medium haze from dry-hopping. Fruity character emits from the nose and taste in a more English fashion than American. Heavy use of caramel malts lead to a sweetness that may interfere with the hop showcase and dry finish.

The Simcoe hops offer a pungent and resiny pine flavor and aroma that is less offensive than I have usually attributed to the hop variety. After thinking that this hop needed to be used in harmony with other, more citrusy hops I am retracting a bit seeing that this one can indeed stand on its own. Interestingly enough, I do get a more moderate citrus note just behind the pine, and takes the shape of orange zest and pineapple (or is that the esters?)

Great experiment and a bit of an eye opener for me. I can't wait to see what the rest of the series offers.

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Photo of erz316
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle with 22/10/10 on cap, poured into spaten becker

A - this is a very effervescent beer, there is a huge head and one should pour down the side the entire time. the head retains really well, quite extraordinarily so. the foam is also a bit creamy, but not too much. the body is a darker amber, maybe a dark burnt orange colour; beer has slight turbidity, and some very noticeable visible solids of yeast just kind of chunkin' around and sinking. there is abundant lacing as well.

S - quite a good nose. the top layer is the single faceted face of the hops, but underneath them are a slew of interesting and delicious flavours. there is almost a fruity spiciness to the rest of the nose: apricots and grapefruits are the only ones I can fully discern. but rest assured, there is plenty more depth to it.

T - a good solid tasting beer. the initial tastes are the simcoe hops and this juicy frutiness they have that is incredibly like grapefruit pith. aside from the grapefruit, the hops have very good bitterness to them, not just a simple hoppy vegetable or herb like bitterness, but one that is like an amalgamation of different citrus oils and pith and tart herbs. the finish is the usual simple bitterness of hops, and not much else except for the very end of the finish, which becomes very sweet. the aftertaste is yeasty and bitter, quite bitter at the back of the palate for some reason.

MF&D - the feel is a bit too astringent for the style, but other than that the beer is rock solid and very delicious, lending itself to much drinking.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Side-by tasting with the mikkeller warrior)
Appearance - pours a murky, dirty orange, a good four fingers of head quickly form. Lots of flaky sediment to this, the bigger chunks settling out while the smaller particles hang suspended. The head falls back irregularly, leaving a ragged cliffside of a terrain with huge pockets and divets. A few whole clumps are stuck to the side for a most three-dimensional lacing.

Aroma - earthy, pungent hops laced with pine. More florals emerge with warming.

Taste - as expected, the flavor follows the nose, an earthy pungent hop flavor. I get less presence of malt here, whether that is due to two hoppy-ass beers attacking my palate or what, I'm not sure. This one goes medicinal on the swallow, too, but with more flavor character, i.e. some grapefruit lingers on there and now some late caramel showing up. The medicinal bitteness is still too much for me to enjoy this beer, though.

Mouthfeel - feels smoother than the warrior and not quite as crisp.

Drinkability - I'd probably prefer this one to the warrior, but not by much.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.... Sam brought this over tonight .... just chillin' drinkin'.. This was the first "special beer" of the night... Thanks Sam!!

Poured into my small La Trappe glass.. pretty clear orangey/copper brew.. eggshell head..

Nose is surprisingly fresh hoppiness .. big fruity hoppiness accentuated by a good punch of toasty malts.. mildly funky/skunky hoppiness..

Flavor is pretty bitter out of the gate... interesting hoppiness reminds me of pineapple and pithy tangerine.. some pine too.. significant yet sorta lite caramel malt add dimension to this brew.. toasty malts ... good medium body and a nice everpresent yet smooth carbonation...

I am sure that the first DIPA's blurred the lines from the bigger IPA's.... and this one makes me think just from the fairly sweet malt backbone and the big bitterness that it is a lesser DIPA or a pretty damn good IPA...

Thanks Sam... I liked this one.. but it made me think.

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Photo of linnet
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely large creamy head, copper colour. Aroma is just fantastic, with lots of passion fruit, citrus grass and sweet malts. Flavour is equally impressing with yet again lots of passion fruit and it is fruity like no other beer I've tried, with passion fruit and grapefruit being the most dominant ones. Mouthfeel is crisp with small bubblesThis was my first beer from Mikkeller and boy did it leave me wanting for more!

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

330ml bottle bought online from

Poured a nice golden honey colour. Huge slightly off white head poured big thick and foamy. Tons of carbonation rushes to the surface maintaining a thick rocky covering throughout... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Juicy, spicy and maybe slightly tropical fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruits, pineapple), spicy yeast, pine, light palm sugar / caramel sweetness, sea salt, light toasted malt, fresh cut wet grass, light herbal notes, quite floral (lillies maybe ?), white pepper...

Taste - Spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light floral honey / caramel sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges, grapefruit, light pineapple, apricot), herbal notes, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superb IPA which proves that Simcoe is one of my favourite hops... highly recommended...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very murky looking dark orange. Yeast sediment is suspended throughout the body. Head is thin and fluffy. Lace comes in nicely space rings. Aroma is nice. A little tangerine. A little pink grapefruit. A little MaryJane. Very resiny. A little smoky. Orange comes through on the nose a little too. Great smell. Flavor has a nice base of malt. But the hops are the stars here, specifically, simcoe. Oily feel to them Hop flavors are spicy and resiny. Tangerine comes to mind. Bitterness is middle of the road....not clean but not real jagged either Flavors are spicy and resiny. In all honesty, I'm surprised that this isn't more vibrant and bright and citric from what I know about Simcoe, but it pleases nonetheless. Very good. Nicely carbonated and medium-full body. One thing I've noticed about the 2 Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs are that they look and taste like very well done homebrewed IPAs, which is a compliment.

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

A: Excessive head on a medium pour, as the head drops is leaves a rocky layer over the top, some sticky patches appear along the edges of the glass, the color reminds me of a weak iced tea - 4.00, S: The Simcoe hops are there in all their glory, lots of pine and a hint of citrus is noticeable on the nose, signs of tropical fruits, I smell what reminds me of wet wood and earthiness, glorious aromas that pay a worthy tribute to the Simcoe hops - 4.50, T: Pine is the first flavor to jump out at me but it isn't in your face, a nice non-aggressive bitterness, grapefruit and pineapple flavors as well, ever so slightly resiny - 4.50, M: The low carbonation on the tongue provides a creamy and smooth palate - 4.25, D: One of the better IPAs I've had in some time, Simcoe has quickly climbed the ranks in terms of my favorite hops and Mikkeller has done it justice, if the price wasn't $5.99 a bottle - I'd be drinking this often - 4.50

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

This beer pours a bright red color with a large white head. There is a lot of visible yeast floating around (I guess I should have poured more gently). The aroma is of a forest of pine with an ample amount of grapefruit. The taste opens with a sharp bitterness which lingers for a while then fades into pine and grapefruit. All in all, the taste less pronounced than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer that I would love to drink again.

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Photo of mvasilis
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought at ölbutikken in Copenhagen.

A: A lot of foam when poored, foam stays at the glas, the foam is like cream. Liquid is clear, red-orange colored.

S: fresh nose, alot of tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus. Fantastic nose!

T: Taste similar as it smells; tropical fuits, pinapple and citrus. A well balanced bitterness finish the taste.

M: Small bubbles, crispy, quite alot of C02, but it suits the beer.

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Photo of Buebie
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle for $6, kinda spendy, but worth it.

Poured out of the brown 12oz bottle into a pub glass.
The pour was somwhat light but poofed up into a good 2.5'' head of fizzy tan.
Slow to recede, but leaving some very thick and sticky clingage on its way down.
Retention is also very generous with a solid layer.
The beer is very unatractive to look at, adding to its allure. A shit load of funky chunky hops are suspended in the liquid, as well as sit at the bottom of my glass. They have the look of broken up hop pellets. Color is a unfiltered darker brownish copper. It does light up and glow a bit when held to light.

Aroma is the bomb diggity. Huge malty sweet bready aroma. Sweet floral hops, mildly citric with more of a pine sweetness and a slight bit of orange peel. A touch of hemp.

Flavors on this are much more weed like. Pine bitterness wallops the tongue. Tobacco, weed, chalky undertones. My pallet is no in no mans land, its destroyed. Semi sweet malted grain flavors, buttered toast, a large cereal grain/ honey/ caramel presence. Hops are on a war path though and completely annihilate me. I'm loving this.

Mouthfeel is thin and somwhat watery, but still slick. Carbonation is laid back.
This is one damn fine brew. I highly recommend it. Although the Simcoe SMaSH at the Hart & Thistle blows this out of the water, its still a good beer.

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

Let's pit the Simcoe Single Hop versus the Nugget, Warrior, and Cascade versions.

Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.

Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a rich scent of sugar-flecked citrus wedges spritzed with pine.

Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Simcoe hops serve up a fresh taste of citrus, particularly grapefruit, and a nice, spicy 'pop' of white pine. Moderate bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. I'm diggin' this though!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a creamy burnt orange, with a soapy off-white head, thick lacing. Some yeasties there as well, unfiltered with the best of them.

S: Pineapple on steriods, pine oil, wood alkaloid and resin heavy.

T: Simcoe elements - heavy but elegant, smooth pine resin, tropical fruit salad, pineapples, oranges soaked in rum, a Caribbean flavour you might say. A kind of beer you'd want on a beach in Jamaica.

M: Chewy with resin, smooth carbonation, not a huge aftertaste, thin body at times.

D/Final Thoughts: I love Simcoe flavours so I knew I'd like this beer. A real nice beer from Mikkeller, I'm glad to see more of their beers in CA. $5.99 is a lot for a single bottle though. I'm glad I tried it, but when I can get a comparable hop intensity and flavour from something like Racer 5 or Green Flash for 1/4 the price, it doesn't look as good. A nice brew as a stand alone product, I just wish it was cheaper.

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

Normally I'm not too excited about IPA's (they are starting to grow on me :-P )

Balanced all the way around, beautiful golden haze, just enough hop and pungency to make is awsome, but not blow me out of the water. I'm picking up two more today that's for sure.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a semi transparent orange, with a huge head. Appealing color but a bit cloudy.

Fantastically hoppy aroma. Earthy piney goodness,

Juicy. Pungent hops with a semi sweet body that is fairly light despite the noticeable sweetness. A pretty unique hop.

Somewhat sticky and lightly carbonated.

A fantastic drinker.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and somewhat citrus hops with a very perceptible malt base. Taste is dominated by floral piney notes with some astringent notes and a dry caramel malt base underneath it all. I can understand why people sometime qualify this as the cat pee hops. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done though the Nugget is still my favorite.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at K&L in Redwood City.

A: Pours a murky dark honey/amber color with suspended sediment. Takes several tries to get it all in the glass, as even the gentlest pour yields a huge, fluffy off-white head. Retention is terrific, with the cap receding very slowly and leaving thick clumps of lacing down the sides of the glass. A slight point off for being TOO foamy.

S: A citrus aroma, but more of the tangerine / lemon variety instead of grapefruit. Some pine in there as well.

T: Follows the nose nicely, but brings in more malt than I could smell. A light toasted malt and caramel base with lemony biscuit character sets the tone. The taste becomes progressively more citrusy before seeing the addition of a pine note and a slight chalkiness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, and despite (or perhaps because of) the huge head, somewhat on the low side of carbonation. Not very crisp, and the chalkiness builds up a bit.

D: This was purchased more for my own edification. As someone who doesn't homebrew, I have no idea what Simcoe hops smell and taste like, so I wanted to try. A good way to try it, and a decent beer too, but it's not something I'd drink again at $5ish per 12oz bottle.

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Photo of GregPearson33
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light honey/brown topped with a generous, fluffy head that held at least an inch before receding to a thick lace after a few minutes. Immediately my olfactory was assaulted with a waft of spicy citrus aroma when I even got close to the glass! This beer is a tribute to the Simcoe hop... absolutely delicious. Piney and citrusy with just as much flavor as the aroma initially implied. Additionally, I liked that the spicy flavor didn't fade to a sweeter, maltier note as is the case with many other IPAs. Behind the intense flavor I didn't notice the booze (6.9% ABV) at all. Tasty? Yes. Refreshing? Not particularly. Could I drink this all night? Absolutely
... if someone else was buying! ($6.49/11.2oz)

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 485 ratings
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