Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Pale American Belgo style beer was 2010 GABF’s silver medal winner. It has notes of spicy pineapple, mango bubblegum aromas which comes from the unique marriage of a special Belgian yeast and an American Simcoe hop. This beer has an initial soft malt sweetness with orange fruitiness and finishes with a hoppy dryness.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2003

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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 114
Reviews by MacStinson:
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3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of only a few Kuhnhenn brews I have had a chance to try,poured a deep copper with a deep orange tint,aromas really stood out for me with this beer fruity apricot and very ripe pineapple with a light spice note.Very fruity and "big" tasting orangey and spicey some cloves mainly with a noticable hebal hop flavor in the finish.This was quite big not sure if I could much but it was flavorful and quite tastey.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a somewhat cloudy and dull golden color with a half-inch white head that leaves really nice lacing on the glass, even just as it's settling at the top. The head is magnificent, although I with the color of the beer was a bit more lively and vibrant.

The aroma is a bit subdued and hidden - it takes quite a few whiffs to really gets something appreciable out of here. At first I'm picking up almost a weird pickled garlic type aroma... That can't be right, can it?? After a bit of warming, some more aromas thankfully arrive; herbal and leafy hops, light hints of white pepper. A bit medicinal on the nose, as well. Overall, I'm not completely digging the aroma here.

Meh, and the taste is nothing special either. It gives off a sharp clove spice with a brash, harsh bitterness that empowers its way through the spices at the start. The bitterness is formed through a combination of earthy hops and a heavy dirt flavor. The hop profile is so leafy and ashy and it's just not mingling well on my palate.

There also seems to be a slight chalky character that couples with the medicinal aroma to create a somewhat off-putting collaboration. Mild bubblegum flavors pop at the end, most likely from the Belgian yeast used. I know this is supposed to mimic a "Belgian IPA", but I feel like they tried too hard and it just didn't work out. Medium-thin body with lots of carbonation.

Kuhnhenn puts out some great beers. Some fantastic beers. This is neither. This is barely above average at best. Too many weird aromas and flavors that just didn't play well together, and definitely didn't agree with my palate. I'll pass on this one next time.

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of warnerry
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy deep golden brown with one finger of creamy off-white head. Head has amazing retention and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Pretty big bubblegum aroma, tropical fruits and slight earthiness.

T - Taste is creamy bubblegum, spicy yeast with tropical fruits. Wish the hops were more pronounced. Interesting, and very creamy.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy medium with some drying spicy yeast on the finish.

O - Guess I expected more hops, but this is quite fruity and spicy. The yeast component is nice, and this is probably the creamiest pale ale I've had. Interesting, but probably not something I would go back to.

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Photo of Todd
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy and dirty looking burnt orangey-brown beer with medium-sized bubbles that rise and give way to a thick white foam head. Settles to an okay lace with weak stick to the glass. Some of the dregs from the bottle seem to loom at the center top of the pour, like a dark storm cloud. Spooky.

Aroma is quite nice with fruity esters, overripe peaches, fresh grain and plenty of bubble gum in the nose. Hints of sugar. Phenolic, baking spices. Wet earth.

Medium-bodied. Sharp on the palate with raw funky fermented edge and backing citric snap. Green apple-y flavor and apple skin feel on the palate follows, with a sweet and tart nectarine character and fruitiness. Dull orange rind and skin character that you might find in a tea. Green banana flavor/feel. Sugary notes. Dry and muted spices of allspice / clove. Odd oily clingy linger in the dry finish.

Hmm ... though it's interesting and worth the try, it's not overly drinkable. I do like the uniqueness of this beer, and flavors that make you think, but one was enough. Interesting use of hops for the style, but I don't think it works.

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Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of rudylaw
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap @ HopCat

Served in a tulip glass with a tiny white head.

Grapefruit, banana and perfume in the nose and the taste buds. They don't really go that well together. Medium carbonation and a thin mouthfeel. One glass is all I care to muster.

I really wanted to try an offering from Kuhnhenn on tap and I was totally and completely underwhelmed by this beer.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1/2 gal growler I picked up at the brewery yesterday.

A whispy white head that leaves a decent head and lace. A golden-amber body. Smells of floral hops nad notes of sweet malt. Tastes of sweet malts, marshmallow (?), mild orange citrus and low-level of hop bitternes. The alcohol is present, but barely noticable. Medium to light body. Finishes with a nice hop aftertaste that isn't biting, it just leaves you wanting more. Smooth with light carbonation in the mouth.

This is a beautiful beer. It represents an old-world and new-world fusion that works. While others may not appreicate these crazy American hops monkeying with their Belgian ale, I don't think they are ill-placed, over-stated or spoiling to the enjoyability of this beer. Is it true to style?-- not exactly. Does it work?--- absofuckinlutely.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mully
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hoppymeal for trading this beer to me.

a -- Hazy apricot color , thin white head gone instantly

s -- sweet fruity, piney hops, ripe stone fruits smells good, not a typical profile -- later as it warmed a clove smell emerged like from a lot of wheat yeasts.

t -- moves around, sweet piney, slightly astringent -- some roasted malts sneak through

m: thin/ crisp does not linger would be an outstanding summer beer.

O: Good beer, very interesting glad I got to try it, the cloves that came out limited the drinkability for me. Interesting beer from a brewery that seems to like to try to push things. I can't wait to try more from them.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Banana yeast, spicey, reminicent of Urthel hop-it as good Belgian and hoppy. Bitterness nice in flavour. Fruit, coriander, Pepper, honey. Reddish colour, may have been around as not the most popular, but I like Belgians and appreciate what they have done.
Another unique Kuhnhenn.

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Photo of StephRai
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tuplip glass. Thanks to goryshkewych for the trade.

Pours a hazy dark amber orange with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy brite-white head that retains nicely and leaves big, sticky lacing behind. The aroma has lots of fruit sweetness to it, including mangos and bananas, as well as a clove spiciness, pine notes, yeast and some light heat.

The taste is a piney bitterness up front that melds into citrus notes, a sweeter fruit taste, cloves, and a yeasty presence. A lot of different flavors and I must say that I really enjoyed the balance of this guy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. I also picked up just a light beefy feel from the +8% ABV.

I really enjoyed this. The addition of the Simcoe hops really added a nice countertouch to the yeast, spice, and sweetness of a regular Belgian Pale Ale. It's not hugely drinkable by any means but it hides it's ABV very well and is generally a fine steady sipper.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $4.50 for a 12.oz glass.

Definitely one of the best beers I've ever had. Looks like a standard pale ale in the glass, though it's marketed as a Belgian. This is a strange brew - a marriage of a belgian brew with a overdose of west coase (Simcoe) hops. Remarkable. Imagine La Chouffe meeting 90 minute pale ale and you get the idea.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of gotweid
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KC8LTL
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled over two months ago (sitting in fridge since) and poured into brandy snifter.

Appearance - clear copper with very little head after agressive pour. This may very easily be because it has been sitting in a growler so long. In spite of such a small head, there is actually a bit of lacing on the glass and the head valiantly tries to stick around.

Smell - Well, Simcoe, of course is in there. But this is very much a Belgian and not a hop bomb. There is a pruny fruit smell that is almost as big as the hops.

Taste - A mixture of sweet fruits. The hops seem to blend into the background. Honestly, it tastes quite a bit like Stone 08/08, but seems more delicately hopped and with less noticeable alcohol. Hops do build as glass is sipped.

Mouthfeel - I am amazed that with such little head there is quite a bit of carbonation tingle in the mouth. That is actually my first feeling, followed by a bit of a malt thinkness.

Drinkablity - Remarkably smooth and dangerous. On just a sip, I would never guess that this is 8.5%.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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