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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2003

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours modestly orange with a decent sized head into the tulip glass. Nose is mainly sweet citrus with Belgian spice notes on the edge, primarily coriander.

Taste is a ride with a fruity opening (peaches?), bread in the middle, and a spicy, somewhat hoppy finale. Interesting stuff.

Mouthfeel, decent but not remarkable, ditto on the drinkability, it's a tasty Belgian style beer, but it's not in the elite upper echelon for me.

The bottom line: Kuhnhenn justifiably have a reputation for unique, well-crafted beers, and Simcoe Silly is another example of that. Very complex taste profile, and certainly worth trying out if you run into it.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kan from RB for this treat.

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky dark sunset orange with a fluffy one finger off-white head that sticks around for a while. Good lacing left behind once the head descends. Smell isn't as hoppy as I was hoping seeing it has Simcoe in the title. Big yeasty aroma with sweet candy and banana. Very slight hops with an earthy pepper scent as well. The hops definitely shine up front in the flavor department, lots of citrus; clementine, pineapple, peaches, and grapefruit. The sweet hops are quickly taken over by the bready yeast which lingers in the aftertaste. Once again, I could use more hops in the taste department but I shouldn't complain seeing it's a Belgian Ale. Body is medium with a smooth feel and a fair amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable for 8.5%, Kuhnhenn lives up to the hype once again. These guys really know what they're doing. Keep up the good work!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the brewery and tried the Simcoe Silly on tap.

Poured a nice peachy-orange color with a light beige head.

Aroma was hoppy with bubblegum and oranges and a touch of earthiness.

Tastes of bubblegum, oranges, peaches with a slightly bitter finish.

Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Easy to drink for sure. Try it if you can.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Kuhnhenn brew enjoyed at the hop devil in NYC.

A: Pours a sort of cloudy orangish hue with average beige head. The head died down rather quickly but did leave behind wonderful layered lacing.

S: Nice aromas of citrus fruits and pure can sugar. Big league chew bubblegum and hints of clove.

T: Very different. I have never had such a combination of bitter and sweet in a beer. This one starts of with a nice splash of fresh squeezed orange juice. This quickly fades to such a wonderful bubblegum sweetness. Hints of tangerine and peach poke thru. A bit of spice can be tasted on the tongue in the finish.

M: Medium in body and carbonation, just slightly sticky.

D: Pretty darn drinkable.

Overall: This beer and Weyerbacher Double Simcoe are the Yen and Yang of Simcoe beers. The double simcoe is big bold and assualting to your senses. This beer does the same thing in such an opposite way. The sweet bubblegum and fresh fruit flavors of this beer are so unique. The double Simcoe shows off how Simcoe can be used in a big bold hoppy beer, and Kuhnhenn has shown with this one how you can craft a perfect Belgian brew using simcoe. I love it. It was a real joy to try this beer.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange body with a small, splotchy beige head.

Smell: Aroma full of top-shelf bubblegum and citrusy orange oils with a growing herbal scent and something like a musky, wet animal.

Taste: Sweet citrus and peach juices with a drizzle of honey stirred in. More of the bubblegum and herbs. Sharp, dank hoppiness though with a relatively mild bitterness. Finishes surprisingly smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness throughout.

Drinkability: Good stuff! I'd offer you some, but know what? Don't bother... cuz I already drank it all.

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Photo of Lothore
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice, clear, peachy color with little to no head.

S- Smells very citrusey, sweet, a tad sour at the end.

T- Very interesting, perfumey beginning, moves into a citrusey taste followed by a deep bitterness. Very hard to describe.

M- Medium viscosity with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This was just a little too different for me. I enjoyed trying it but it was a tad hard to finish.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured an orange copper. Light head.

S-Orange tangerine; minerals, earth, and all of the good qualities you'd smell on a ripe, triple creme camembert.

T-A bit sour-sweet, with a metallic sensation on the tip of the tongue, tangerine, hops, and ripe cheese. The ripe cheese sensation is bizarre, but not unpleasant. This beer is very earthy, w/a generous and unmistakable twinge of minerals.

M-Pretty decent body w/light carbonation, but who knows how long this growler's been open? The overall texture is good.

D-This stuff is interesting, but bizarre. I don't know what'd I'd pair it with, but I would start with some ripe, French cheese.

Note: The generous provider of this beverage mentioned that there were French sea salts added, which might account for some of the minerals.

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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 ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Phatz
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewpub we started by ordering a sample of each of the beers they had on tap. After that we deemed two of the beers on that day to be unique and worthy of a pint. First the Simcoe Silly, and second the Banana Stout on nitro. The Simcoe Silly here goes:

This is a unique beer it is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, served in a tulip glass, and yet it has a drop of Simcoe Hoppiness added to the Belgian yeasty brew.

Appearance: Served a golden color with a frothy white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet bread and yeast aroma with a light hint of citrus flavored hops and some fruity undertones.

Taste: This is an easy drinking BSPA despite the high alcohol. It has a yeasty fruit attribute to start and a bready malty backbone. The back end showcases some pineapple and citrus hops and maybe even a hint at coconut and banana (phenolic maybe a tad) giving it a tropical flavor. The finish is a but warm with a gentle nip from the spices and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Overall it is a smooth Mouthfeel, a bit heavy sweet on the tip of the tongue and warm with alcohol on the cheeks but light in body through the center. Not bad.

Drinkability: For a beer of this size and style, it is dangerously refreshing. It may not be a favorite of mine but I’d be willing to drink a pint on-draft any day.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Viggo
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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 kajerm
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler at Dark Lord Day 2007.

What a weird, wonderful beer.

Pours cloudy, amber, and super-heady, just the way I'd expect the bastard offspring of an IPA and Belgian Strong Ale to look.

The aroma is a spectacular blend of citrusy Simcoe, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast.

Tastes like it smells, with the estery Belgian stuff up front and the Simcoe hops taking over mid-palate. Simcoe is by far my favorite hop strain, and it was ballsy of Kuhnhenn to try putting it in a Belgian ale, but it paid off big time-- the flavors complement each other perfectly.

The beer is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Considering that this beer combines two of the best things in the entire beer universe, I could drink them all day.

I remember through a DL and tasting-induced haze that this is a growler I came back to a few times. I also remember why.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BSPA? Ummm...okay. Don't expect such a thing when it's your time to drink it. It may be brewed with a Belgian yeast, but this does not it make. Medium amber with a sparse off-white head. Mild-moderate carbonation. Aroma is all pink bubble-gum and lots of it. Big bodied with a sweet, sticky lollipop taste. Cloying with moderate fusels in the finish. Bitterness is mild. Not really my cup of tea. I figured this would be the best of the evening but it really fell short.

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Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber, vibrant and clean. White head that is as sticky as its lace. This is a beautiful beer to say the least.

Pure simcoe with a sweet malty background, pineapple and grapefruit, hints of clove, and banana. Sweet and full of flower.

Very good beer. Big vibrant banana and candied roasted pineapple. Some piney earth on the mid palate. Malt is sweet and bordering on caramel. Layred and complex flavors. Bubblegum with some spicey notes. Delicious beer. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin is the only fault of this one.

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Photo of xav33
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
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 Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mcallister for bringing this one over to share. Hazy copper in color, with a thin white head that disappeared immediately. Huge piney aroma, with a catty note to it as well. A bit of yeasty and spicy aroma, although somewhat subtle. Candi sugar sweetness in the beginning, with some Belgian yeasty flavors, and a few spices. Slight caramel flavor. This beer is balanced well with some piney hop flavor, along with a bit of citrus rind. Not as much bitterness as expected from the aroma. Lower amount of carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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 grub
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at the brewery. listed as 9.5%ABV.

pours deep amber with a thin very fine white head. tons of lace.

aroma is nice. bubblegum. bit of bready malt. bit of grapefruit.

taste is great. bit of alcohol. bubblegum. nice bready malt. grapefruit hops. good bitterness level. grapefruit without being resiny.

mouthfeel is nice. moderate well integrated carbonation. nice body.

drinkability is great, dangerours even. balanced and hides the alcohol very well. very smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy golden color and a modest head that leaves some lacing

Smell: A truly unusual combination of bananas, Belgian funk and hops; something spicy there, too, perhaps coriander

Taste: Bubblegum, golden fruit and funk up front and gets even funkier after the swallow; bitter hoppiness and an odd phenolic flavor join with sweet muscadine grapes at the close

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting experiment but the phenolics were a bit disconcerting

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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 benito
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe Silly is one of the most unique, unclassifiable (and almost unreviewable) beers that I've ever had. It's a strange American-Belgian hybrid that would sit well alongside Bristol Brewing's Edge City Harvest Ale. It certainly is not a Belgian pale ale or Belgian golden ale, so it might be called a saison, but it's not exactly a saison either...in any case, it's an excellent beer.

A: Hazy copper with good head.

S: Some banana and salt with a barnyard funk and other mixed fruit scents. The Simcoes gives it a nice earthy flavor as well.

T: Vinegar and banana throughout as well as a lot of hard-to-pinpoint fruits in the aftertaste. The overall taste is a sweet-and-sour mix.

M: Almost too odd (and wonderful) to capture. It's very sweet with some hop (Simcoe) presence, but summer fruit dominates.

D: Good. Very refreshing all around. Very strong as well!

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Photo of kohoutek
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at The Beer Depot in Ann Arbor. 12 oz bottle. No age information.

Pours an orange/amber hue with quality medium-fine bubbles and persistant lace. Somewhat cloudy and murky, definitely bottle conditioned.

This beer smells odd. It definitely has Belgian scented style: apricots, fresh malt, a touch of dried citrus fruit, estery banana, clove-like, spicy phenols. The hops seem to clash a bit with the yeast and malt backbone. A bit too much competion and a serious lack of integration. It seems like I am smelling two beers mixed together. They have similar profiles, but they do not mesh. A serious booze smell permeates everything.

I am immediately met by the warmth of the ethanol. This is a big beer, but the alcohol is very present throughout the entire drinking experience. The big, rich dried apricots and pears, fresh wort and spicy yeast are dominated by firewater.

A pleasant hopping rate and rich sweetness compliment each other. The higher alcohols and a subtle, yet present bitterness cut through the sweet, sticky fruits nicely.

Drinkability: This would be a much better beer with a noble hop variety or when the hops were more present. Its good, but not great or haunting in any way.

The hop freshness in this beer was low. I am very interested in trying this one a bit younger. It is named after a hop afterall, no?

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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 granger10
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clearer orange color with a bit of redness around the sides. Thinnish foamy head doesn't maintain too well. Moderate lacing. Looks unique.

Smells like wildflower honey and oranges. Strong Belgian yeasty qualities of pepper and earthy components. More fruits and a little alcohol kick as it warms.

Taste does not quite live up to the aroma. The fruitiness seems to take over. Lots of apricots and some underripe bananas in here. Too much of a sweet honey taste. The hops don't really counterbalance that sweetness too well. They almost seem tealike and bring out more honey flavors. Finish is strong on alcohol, yeasty spices, and some citric hoppiness. It's a bit harsh.

The mouthfeel is harsh all around. Sharp flavors don't really meld together too well. In the end it got too sweet and cloying.

I got a bunch of Kuhnhenn bottles while on the east side of the state and they all seem to have a bottling problem. I would love to try the taproom because these bottles aren't quite living up to the name.

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Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 253 ratings