Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Simcoe SillyKuhnhenn Simcoe Silly

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.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
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 BMoney575
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-31-08
Bottled on 10-18-08

Pours a light and clear orange/amber, with a hard-to-get but long lasting thin white head.

Smell is all grapefruit hops, hugely thick and resiny. Lots of honey in there too, combines with the Belgian quality to add great complexity.

Taste is surprisingly tart, the hops come in right at the front, followed by a Belgian sweetness and a slight light malt flavor. The finish is dry and a little vegetable-y, but the bitterness is well controlled.

Mouthfeel is good, though a little too thin to be awesome.

Drinkability is quite good, but watch out for the abv.

Overall, more a double IPA, but very good and I would get it again in a heartbeat.

Score edited: 4-5-09
Bottled on 4-4-09

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Photo of gordavidson
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A cloudy but very luminescent liquid with some streams of rising carbonation and a nice splotchy white head. Absolutely beautiful.

S- Belgian yeast, coriander, orange, a little funky. Very complex and aromatic. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma but a little more earthy. The alcohol is also slightly noticeable, but it is not harsh in any manner.

M- Creamy, but a tad on the thin side. The alcohol is a tad apparent on the tail end.

D- Very impressive. I am absolutely blown away. Kind of makes me think of an American DIPA made with Belgian yeast. My roommate said it tasted like an alcoholic orange cream sickle. Get some.

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Photo of xav33
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly Ale
64 oz growler
Moderate pour in a goblet
Unknown brewing (recent?), enjoyed day after the growler pour, 04/07

Poured a deep clear amber with an average white head and good lacing.

Smelt of strong apricots, banana candy, bubble gum, tutti frutti.

Taste was upfront strong sweet candy sugar, moderate apricot, followed by a strong rustic yeastiness and grassiness on an average length finish.

Palate was medium bodied, softly carbonated, creamy and moderately astringent. Alcohol does not show through whatsoever, impressive!

Overall, an extremely fun and easy strong drinkable beer. Flavors are fun and simple, yet bold. Awesome balance.

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Photo of bobsy
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting brew. Its a bit weaker than a regular Belgian Strong, but not hoppy enough to be a Belgian IPA. Regardless of style, it's a very drinkable offering.

Pours a burnt orange, with a couple fingers of creamy off-white head. Good retention and some nice lace. Big sweet aroma, full of candy, banana and sweet fruit. Smells more like a delicious dessert than anything. Flavour is neat - lots of big sweet esters, and a nice dose of candy sugar dominate. Everything else is tropical fruit, and I'm getting some mango, banana, pineapple and cantaloupe. Touch of cinamon in the finish. Medium to low bitterness, with the sweetness taking the edge off the bite. Perhaps a bit simple, but tasty nonetheless. Smooth, almost oily, body, with a restrained carbonation, which I liked.

I think I liked this out of all proportion. It seemed fairly simple, but at the same time insanely drinkable. Really good stuff. Thanks to Andrew for bringing this growler back from Michigan!

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, cloudy sienna body with a thin, wispy white head. Aroma is heavenly, a perfumy mix of spices, banana, and a wallop of Bazooka Joe. Easily one of the best aromas I've ever smelled in a beer. After my first sip, I simply said, mmm, thats good. Seemingly simple, yet very complex. Almost...silly? This is going to take a while to drink, because I can't keep my nose out of the glass. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, and does not keep up with the complexity of the flavor or the aroma. Initially has a yeasty, Belgian spicy character that yields to more of a clove spiciness. Light in flavor, yet complex. I say light because none of the flavors are quite powerful, citrus is the overriding theme here, along with a faint hit of alcohol, and a good smattering of hops and that bubblegum flavor again. One I would love to drink many of, but sadly that chance will probably elude me here in PA.

Many thanks to trbeer for making me the first beer recipient in BIF XV, and for sending me this gem. Can't wait to try the rest!

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Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into this much heralded brewery's products is a good one.

Pours a bright orange....nice lacing along my Chimay chalice as I drink this.

The aroma begins sweet....overripe mashed bananas...bubblegum...yeast....I kept straining to smell my favorite hop (Simcoe) and it is definitely there....subtle but there is a nice fresh citrus note....

Body is medium...no hint of the strong ABV....drinks like a Belgian Pale Ale....

Taste is pretty complex too....starts off with the Belgian yeastiness and banana...really get the citrus of the Simcoe on the long finish...(and burps)

This is a high quality beer....different and unique for sure but also high quality....when I sample something legit I know it and this effort speaks highly of this brewery....I can only dream of living close enough to this to try more...

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Photo of beergeek279
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip by way of Brett Kuhnhenn's magical flask (again!). The color was golden, with a nice bubbly head. The smell was very nicely hopped, with a good spiciness. The taste had a nice estery quality to it, along with a bit of clove, and a strong dash of the Simcoe hops to it, and absolutely no alcohol taste (as just about every one of Kuhnhenn's beers seem to, somehow!). Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, this is one I could drink absolutely a lot of!!

Once again, thanks to Brett and Eric for their world-class hospitality in giving us these rare beers to sample!! Well, definitely brings together just what I like...Belgians and hops and shows they aren't mutually exclusive in any way!! Esters meld nicely with the Simcoe hops to present a very unique beer, and one I enjoyed more than say Orval. Definitely another one of the ones I'll hope to try again!!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head over the bright copper brew. Head isn't as resilient as most Belgian-styles, but could be the alcohol coming into play, and lacing is average. Aroma is sweet, yet citrusy, not unexpected from the name, and it meets the advertising. Taste is tart citrus upfront, which changes gears to slightly sweet malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and interesting, and drinkability is excellent for the style and strength. Try it if you can!

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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 sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Clear honey amber with a little bit of lingering off white head and some good lacing.

S-Nose is rather sweet, mainly pineapple, with a background spiciness.

T-Starts off sweet quickly up front, then a yeasty spice takes over fast and holds on through the finish. Spice is up front and very bright, then peppery at the end. Simcoe hops are present throughout.

M-Medium bodied with a very dry finish.

D-Described as a Belgian IPA in the brewpub menu, and I think this is a better description of the style than a Strong Pale Ale. A really excellent version of the style.


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Photo of aaronh
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light copper body topped by a half-inch of off white foam. Sparkling amber highlights accent the body. The aroma is sweet pine and florals. On the palate, this beer is very sweet up front, with nice bitterness in the mid, and a lingering bubble gum finish. Hints of alcohol become a bit more pronounced as you proceed. The mouthfeel is very thick, but falls short of syrupy. Excellent drinkability. Really a superb beer. The use of some type of Belgian yeast gives this beer it's unique character. Very creative.

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Photo of Viggo
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Kuhnhenn on the way to Dark Lord Day 2007, good for sharing and contributing to the sea of beer on saturday!

Pours a slightly hazed golden/yellow, nice thick white head forms, settles to a layer but leaves some nice lacing. Smell is wacky, bubblegum, really estery from the Belgian yeast strain, caramel, almost banana, then big pine hops from the simcoe, some nice floral aroma as well. Taste is similar, lots of sweet candi sugar goodness, bubblegum, caramel, pine and floral, yeast, weird mix of flavours but it works really well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bit of a dry finish, very smooth. People couldn't believe this is 10.5% (not 8.5% as listed!) Thanks for letting me borrow the jug Grub.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Superb color, a cloudy ghosty orangey brown topped by a foamy off-white head. Aroma is piney, containing a strong hop impart, highly yeasty yet intensely caramelic, woody and orangey. I’ve never smelled anything like this. A great original blend of less original flavours that work in unison. Wow, that’s good. More earthy orange flesh paired along with piney and foresty floral and herbal butterscotch flavours. Rather complex, but most of all hypnotizing “working well together” factor. Moderately carbonated, perhaps a bit thinned-out mouthfeel, but still working well. Now Clark who was kind enough to share this growler insists that it is far more exciting, filling and better bodied fresh on tap and while I believe him, I certainly enjoyed this beer a whole lot.

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Photo of adams82
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly clear with a big off white head. Orange/deep copper in colour.

Smells of orange and lemon peel, piney hops, corriander, bubble gum like sweetness, fruity esters are every where; yeasty.

Tastes sweet; malt and candi sugar dominate, with flavours of orange/lemon peel, pepper, bubble gum, with a nice hop citric/piney hop character. Good bitterness on the finish and one crazy delicious beer!

Very smooth, complex, and rich; full bodied yet easy to handle. An awesome offering and one of my favorite taps at Kuhnhenn!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peach-like color with a creamy white-head that leave a bit of lacing. The aroma is belgiany and candy-like, fruity and sweet. It is alcoholic and liquor-like in aroma too. The flavor is sweet and sugary...candy-like. It has a fruity, yeasty character too. It has some strength too it, but it is well hidden. An different beer, very interesting and tasty. Thanks to Stub-ob for sharing.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles, in Buffalo!
Near transparent in appearance but very glossed over looking. Only an outlined tracing for head. An orange colour complimented by nice red shades and various dark tones to the light.
Plenty of Simcoe hops in the aroma. A nice candy sugar presence, smooth caramel malt, pinapple esters and fresh grapefruity character.
An insanely smooth mouthfeel. This drinks wonderfully! No alcohol detected what so ever. A nice resounding sweetness from the malts and candi sugar. Sterdy malt bill with hefty influence from the hops. A lot of caramel malt sweetness as well.
The amazing thing about this beer was how subdued the hops were. They were so lively in the aromatics, but completly absent from influencing the mouthfeel. Restrained and subdued but still so ever present. Impressive!
This was really good, big thanks swoopjones!

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Photo of smalenberg
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler less than an hour old in a standard pint.

A - Thin white head on pale orange body.

S - Very complex. Tropical fruit (pineapple), citrus but not grapefruit (perhaps no cascade?), some light malty sweetness and hint of Belgian candy sugars. If you really hunt for it, there is some of that simcoe character is sometime described as "cat urine", but it won't be a detractor unless it is something you are really sensitive to.

T - Sweet and bitter in an amazing balance. Must be experienced.

M - For a big beer, there is no alcohol heat. Medium body.

O - Amazing. IPA isn't my favorite style, but this interpretation is very very good. I expect the freshness of having this from a new growler may account for my score being substantially higher than the average. If you have the means to try it on tap, don't miss it.

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Photo of joepais
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to goryshkewych for making this one happen

Growler poured into my Duvel glass produced a fingers worth of whit head that turned into a nice layer of thick lace all on top of a apricot colored body

The aromas of mango and other citrus fruit sweet candy sugar and Belgian yeast as well as other spices and one mustn't forget the Simcoe hops one of the nicest noses of all the brews I tried

Taste of nice mango, orange, bananas, peaches, honey, and tangerine, but the hop's and spice bitter keeps it from being overly sweet

Medium body light carbonation (have to try one from a bottle)

Really drinkable Belgian Strong Pale Ale hides the alcohol well. I have been enjoying this growler all weekend and will be sad to see it go

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy light copper with a thin light tan head that left spotty lace.

S-Light "Belgian" yeast aroma with notes of bubblegum being most present. The citrus twang of the Simcoe hops come forth and waft over it all.

T-Bouncy, fruity with notes of fresh berries and sharp, zesty citrus, mmm....nice! A very good effort at the melding of styles.

M-Medium bodies with a strong sharp crispness and a good lingering bitterness.

D-One of the better Belgian IPA's (quickly becoming my favorite style) I have had. Wonderful fruity flavour with a sharp citrus smack. Good job Kuhnhenn!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original review dated 7/6/2007

12 oz undated bottle aquired about 6 months ago from Kuhnhenn.

Pours orangy copper, with a chill haze, and a few particulates that are unavoidable. A humble head of white raised up to barely a quarter inch and quickly faded. A few traces of lacing stuck around after the first few sips.
Aromatics are somewhat floral, but hardly pungent as I had hoped.
Tangerines, bubblegum, and candied peaches are enticing, but rather meager in character.
Mouthfeel is lightish with a bit of stickyness.
The pallet is showing some oxidation amongst the tropical fruit profile. Apricots and sugared pink grapefruit are in the forefront, with some stale spruce dew and sour grape gum.
Finishes with a balancing bitterness, warming alcohol, lingering fruit, and a lactic nod.

I was expecting a big hit of Simcoe, but if there ever was one, it has faded and the oxidation has stepped forward.

Revisit 9/3/08 via growler

Pours with moderate carbonation, and bits of lacework. Clear copper.

Loads of orange, melons, peaches, and mangoe in the nose. Very floral, fruity, and pungent.

Medium bodied, a bit sticky and lush.

Ripe tropical citrus fruits with hints of spruce on the pallet. Heavy on tangerines, apricots, peaches, and mangoe. Mild bubblegum notes pull through, as well as a smooth, firm bitterness.

Finishes with lingering ripe fruit and warming alcohol.

The fresh example from the growler is far superior than the bottle previously reviewed.

Big ups to my man Erik for the hook-up on the long distance growler!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat pale bronze in color. Moderate carbonation level. Floral aroma-slightly grassy with a mellow sulfury odor in the backround. Big malt flavor-good balanced bitterness and sweetness running together. Nice hoppy bitterness and flavor mix. Good mouthfeel-very slight twinge of alcohol harshness. Extremely drinkable beer and damn enjoyable. I think I might be relocating to be closer to Warren MI-these guys are impressing the hell out of me.

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Photo of walleye
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

at the brewery, on tap, poured a amber golden color, with a small off white head. aroma banana, bubble gum,orange, and hops. flavor alcohol, bubble gum, hops hints of orange . like the alcohol bite on the tongue as it warmed. another good one from the brothers

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn, into a tulip.

Orangey red, with a white head, thin ring of bubbles and some spots of lace. Nose of Simcoe, citrus and orange zest and a mild "pulpy" character. Belgian yeast spiciness comes through prominently as well. Taste has sweet malt, more Simcoe orange-y zest and Belgian yeast in the finish retaining a good bit of sweetness. Medium full body, slight chewy texture and medium carbonation. Delicious flavour profile, one of my favourite hoppy Kuhnhenn offerings.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Some bizarre," they'd say further north of here. But in a really neat way.

Unique in my experience in flavor. As such, totally recommended.

Hazy apricot hue.

Could NOT let it warm enough, so sample #2 I'll set in the sun for an hour. Even cold, there are many many flavors at work here. The orange and coriander are very prevalent, but so is the bubble gum in the aroma and taste. Bubble gum? Did I just type bubble gum? WTF? But it works in a unique way. Not a great deal of hop effect in this sample. Again: perhaps too cold.

Syrupy and juicy in mouthfeel. Extremely rich in nature.

Get some.

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