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 bigfnjoe
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very cloudy shade of dark orange with a one finger offwhite head that is pretty solid and sticks around for awhile. Tons of sediment is floating around, and is really unappealing to look at.

S- mmmm....simcoe. It's the smell of citrus with a little bit of a tang to it. In other words, delicious. Only downside is that the smell is a little weak

T- that slightly bitter citrus that comes out is just lovely. Freshness was apparently an issue...this puppy has been refrigerated for months, but that couldn't save it. Still pretty faded, which is a disappointment

M- it's actually got a hell of a body to it. Pretty thick for a single hop IPA.

O- I'd love to try it fresh, because I bet it would be amazing. A little too malty with some age on it, but still solid overall

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Photo of PhageLab
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was initially weary of the price tag, but went for it anyways, and I am glad I did. Worth every penny and then some. Poured into a nonic pint.

A - Deep, hazy orange coloration. Produced a violent head, had to slowly pour this one. Retention and lace were quite nice.

S - Sweet aroma with some citrus notes, and an obvious amount of hops.

T - Full on assault of hop bitterness. Brutal and intense as all Hell. My taste buds were numb within moments.

M - Dry medium body with a moderate carbonation level. Finish is slow and the taste resonates for some time.

D - Phenomenal. Looking forward to trying other Mikkeller brews now, as this was my first.

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Photo of b3shine
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. This IPA is deep in color. And the taste matches its depth. VERY HOPPY! I love it (although it's expensive). No complaints here; just make sure to get it while it's fresh. I'm excited about trying the other Mikkeller single hop IPAs.

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

A fine ol' beer from Mikkeller that emphasizes the Simcoe hop. Inevitably, I compared it to Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA, which I think is a pretty great staple beer. Now, Mikkeller's Simcoe single-hop is about $3 more/bottle, and I would say that that $$$ comes through in the taste, but not to the degree it should. The Mikkeller is a more subtle, and less biting take on the simcoe hop. But I don't know if it should be. It's smooth and downplays the bitterness of the tastes. But I think that bitterness and the hard bitter caramel malt is what makes the hop come alive. Here we see that hardness giving way to this fruitier, more raisin-y sweetness. It's an interesting approach, but this one's doesn't nail the hop the way, say, the Nelson Sauvin does.

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Photo of cjacobsen
1.45/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

(A) Poured into a snifter. Sat a brown, earth toned orange and decent amount of sediment. I've seen mop buckets with more attractive looking liquid.

(S) Really faint hops. It has a weird citrus-like smell, almost as if you were smelling a wet rag that was used to wipe up orange juice...a week ago. Smells like wet grass.

(T) Tastes a bit malty, but mostly that week old grass clippings that have been fermenting in the garage waste bag. If I drank the brown juice from a 2 week old batch of lettuce, I would imagine it would taste like this.

(M) There is little to no life to this despite the fact that it was decently carbonated.

(O) Simcoe is no stand alone hop. Dank brew and needs a lot of work. Cool to experience, would turn it down if offered again. I don't know why so many people have liked this.

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Photo of sweemzander
1.73/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy sediment-filled brown amber color. Produced some off-white bubbles.

(S)- A bitter dry oaky pine presence. Very resin-like aspect driven too. Hints at raisin and caramel.

(T)- Very bitter yet sweet. Lots of dry oaky bits with raisin and caramel malts. Not what I would expect from an IPA.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very bitter with poor hop presence. Very disjointed and strange.

(D)- This is a fail in my opinion. Very dank and bitter with alot more malt presence that anything else. Its almost like a brown ale parading around as a IPA. Glad we split this cause I am having trouble finishing my part.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love Weyerbacher Double Simcoe. Lets see how this compares!

Pours a super murky orange brown color with lots of floaters in it. The head is a frothy masterpiece. The 2 inch tall rounded head shrinks down while leaving a huge hole where i poured the beer. The head holds shape too, which I have never experienced like this. I picked up a, inch and a half wide ball of this marshmelloey goo and held it in between my fingers. SO WEIRD!!! Nice ringed lacing.

Aroma is super fruity and yeasty. Nicely hopped and piney to the nose. Tastes Simcoey. But with a weird off taste. Weird malt? Lightly fruity and quite piney. This is very drying to the lips. Feel is creamy and oily. Kinda sticky also. Moderate amount of tingling from the carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but slightly hindered from the dryness.

Not as fresh and juicy as Weyerbachers Double Simcoe. Now I only wish i could get a hold of the other beers in Mikkeller hop series. Such a cool concept. Being able to focus on the unique characteristics of one hop style. A great way to learn about the different hop varieties.

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

shared with a mate, and poured into a tulip.

A- Pours an ambery brown with about an inch of fluffy head. touch of lacing.

S- some malt sweetness, and then a bunch of piney hop comes through. theres a touch of grapefruity citrus in there as well. nice.

T- straight up theres the sweet raisiny malt, the hops follow, a whole bunch of piney, a nice bit of grapefruit as well. Very Nice.

M- pretty thick and full, resiny on the tongue, the bitterness hits the back of the mouth, and there is a nice length, but not as much as the amarillo. pretty damn nice.

D- i could easily sip on a couple, but not more than that.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light copper in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of grapefruit hops in the nose along with some notes of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with citrusy and piney flavors; hints of caramel and toasted malts are noticeable. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden from both the taste and smell.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 4 Jul 2010 in the midst of our weeklong July IPA blowout. Poured in a SN Celebration shaker pint.

Large cream colored head. Well carbonated. Some floaties, hazy warm copper color. Aromas of grape, crisp apples and tomato leaf. Tastes initially of grass and fruit punch, relatively sweet. Some grapeiness (A). Becomes slightly bitter towards the middle and finish, along with a touch of tomato leaf. A little bit of basil in the finish. Light body. Moderate ethanol. Grapeiness disappears as it warms.

As with the 10, good to try but would not get it again for $0.50/oz.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, hazy golden brown color, one finger fades to cover layer of lace and trailing on glass.

s- nice, very piney hops here, lots of citrus - i'm a fan of the simcoe.

t- very citric, nice lingering hop bitterness here, loads of sappy pine, this is a tasty ipa, i'm enjoying this one better than the nelson sauvin single hop.

m- medium, very slick.

d- really nice, this is a nice offering from mikkeller, i like the opportunity to try a beer with only one hop variety to get the real flavor that each individual hop has to offer.

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Photo of gopens44
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper with a thin foamy head

S - Straight up grapefruit. Awesome.

T - Earthy with a lot less grapefruit than I would have imagined given the smell. Pleasantly bitter and slightly sweet.

M - Dry finish. The wonderful taste kind of falls apart at the end of the gulp. Just thins out a bit much

I'm excited to try all the single hop offerings from Mikkeller, but I really enjoyed this one. A touch pricey, given the glut of comparable IPA's out there, but well worth the price IMO.

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

cap dated 16/12/11
pours a thick murky looking brown amber with no chance of seeing through. head is two finger and beige and dissipates fairly quickly.
smells as thick as it looks, resin, pine. really does the beer and the hops justice without even tasting it. theyre potent yet subdued, very pleasant.
this is a very well brewed and balanced beer. the hops make their presence known but dont brutalize the palate. god i love simcoe hops.
its a fairly oily brew, creamy when you swish around in your mouth, and sticky as it lingers afterwords. the more i drink, the more i enjoy. definitely recommend.

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

A: Light copper. Pours a three finger head. Long-lasting lace.

S: Hops and malt but nothing exceptional. It takes a long sniff to detect any citrus. The hops do not fly out of the glass.

T: Pretty standard pale ale. This is very evenly balanced. The malt tempers but does not overtake the hop. It is a clean and crisp beer, obviously well made. Neither the hop nor the malt dominate.

Nothing exceptional, but perhaps that reflects the simcoe hop more than the beer itself. It doesn't present an overwhelming citrus or pine flavor. This beer doesn't attempt extreme but aims for a well-made single hop beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, purchased "on sale" from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY for $2.99. 2 months past the date printed onto the cap.

Pours darker amber, cloudy/murky, under a frothy tan head, that leaves gobs of thick sheeting and extensive, long lasting lacing.

Muted hoppy nose, smells like the inside of a burlap bag of hops.

Super dry and densly hopped ale. Tastes like a mouthfull of what might be sitting at the bottom of that burlap bag of hops.

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Photo of number1bum
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a lot of stuff floating around. About an inch and a half of beige head coats the sides pretty thoroughly and keeps quite well.

Smell has the grapefruity aromas I would expect from simcoe, but smells a bit past its prime as well. Somewhat soapy, with a caramel and bready sweetness. It has an earthiness to it as well.

Although the nose suggested this may be past its prime the taste still has plenty of flavor. Grapefruity and earthy, with a moderate bitterness. It's quite bready like the nose was, with some caramel sweetness that goes well with some sweet, juicy grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a nice oily slickness to it. Carbonation is smooth with just a zesty ting in the finish. Finishes clean and dry with a lingering bitterness.

I like Simcoe and this is a solid beer, but it's not as good as I was expecting. Perhaps that's because this bottle is a bit past its prime (although frankly I have a fundamental issue with this entire series because of the difficulty in getting these beers super fresh), but also because there are other beers like Weyerbacher Double Simcoe that so beautifully showcase this hop. Not bad and I'd like to try it on draft.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange/amber color; some solids floating. Poured a 2 finger tan head with excellent retention to a dollop. Decanted lightly. Webs of thick lacing.

S: Pungent pine and grapefruit. Sweet, bready caramel malt comes through as well. Very nicely balanced nose.

T: Malt more up front. Resiny citrus and pine dominate the middle. Sharp bitter with resiny hops lingering a bit. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium to full body. Ample carbonation. Smooth, resiny and dry.

D: Very well-balanced without giving-in on hop or malt character.

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

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Hazy light copper-orange pour with a two finger, meringue-like head and great lacing. Resiny, citrusy hop nose with hints of tangerine and pine. Nice earthy, bitter hop taste with hints of pine, grapefruit and tea. A bit more malty sweetness then in the Nelson Sauvin, but the bitter hops are the star. Crisp, dry, bitter finish. Extremely drinkable. This is my second Mikkeller Single Hop, and I'm hoping to try them all. Another winner from Mikkeller!

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orangey-amber with white head, a little murky. Nice smell, piney and dank, leaning towards the perfumy end. Sharp, biting bitterness, pine with very little malt backbone. Thin, and leaves a lingering harshness on the sides of the tongue. Seems to have a phenolic/high alcohol thing going on too, and I could see more than one leaving me with a headache. I appreciate what they're doing with this series, but for the price ($7!) I'd expect a neater product.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a slightly-rusted orange color with a small white head. The nose brings a bit of malt plus some moderate amounts of light pine and resin. Slightly earthy. The taste is some light pine hops and a bit of bready malt. Pretty decent bitterness in the feel. Not what I would want to brew if I were making a single-hop beer, as this really doesn't showcase the hop enough. This is a recurring problem for me with this series.

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

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

The Simcoe Single Hop IPA pours about the same amber brown color as the other beers in the series. One thing that I do notice about this beer is that there is a lot of sediment floating around in it. I didn't notice any sediment in the other Single Hop beers, but this one is heavy on the floaties. After letting it sit for a minute or two, most of the sediment has settled to the bottom of the glass. As I lift the glass to my nose, I can smell a blend of citrus and pine. Those two flavors also dominate the palate along with the sweetness of the malt. The strong lemon-like flavor makes this beer very refreshing on a hot summer evening. Smooth mouth feel and very drinkable.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Whole Foods in Honolulu, HI @ $6.25.

Appearance: Cloudy darker amber color with a frothy 1/2 inch of head (head maintained till the end).

Smell: Tangy, Citrus hops. Slight pine-needle scent comes through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: As Ray Davies would say, "Nice and smooth...". Light body. Has an almost smokey quality at the beginning then smooths out with a frothy grapefruit taste. Aftertaste seems to be flowery and slightly dry. Overall very exceptional!

Drinkability: Whenever I see a Mikkeller beer on the shelf my arm immediately grabs for it! This one is so easy to drink and so enjoyable. Find it, buy it and try it!

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

I just spent over $6 for this little 11.2 oz. bastard, so this better be good.

A: I poured this sucker down the middle and the head filled about half the glass. Yikes! This cloudiest IPA I've ever seen. Golden in color, with tons of black and white particles floating around. It must be the Simcoe?

S: I've had many Simcoe beers before, but I guess this is basically an exercise in how to make a Simcoe beer. It basically smells like a brewery: earthy and slightly fruity.

T: The Simcoe product kills a lot of the potential bitterness, which is unique. This is pleasant, the sweetness is nill, and the floral Simcoe part dominates the very fabric of this brew.

M: Good. The carbonation is very generous and the ABV is swallowed up by floral, resinous, earthiness.

D: I don't think I would spend $6 for this again, buy I still liked it for what it was: a fine, one-dimensional drink.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA is dark, dirty, and grassy.

It poured muddy dark copper with a huge pillowy head that stayed intact throughout the drink. Lots of thin ringless lace lined the glass. The smell and flavor were earthy, mossy, dirty, and very grassy. The feel was balanced and clean, with only moderate bitterness. As IPAs go, it was very refreshing.

Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA is the deepest darkest IPA I've had in a long time, with powerful earthy aroma and flavor. It has a great down-and-dirty character that makes it a great experience.

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Photo of berebrando
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 16-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: smokey, biscuit, balanced bitter-sweet
Brandon: earthy, faint rotting lemon, big caramel

Conversation: Bruce and Bill tag team

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Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4 out of 5 based on 479 ratings.
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