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 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 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 urwatuh8
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to goryshkewych and hoppymeal for bottles of this.

I really want to rave about this beer. It's refreshingly unique, and I'm a sucker for novelty. But I just don't think it comes together.

Pours an opaque bronze, with a modest head. Quite a bit of sediment I tried to keep in the bottle. There's a huge bubblegumminess, both in the taste and the smell. The taste also strikes me as spicy and quite fruity, maybe mangoes? The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. And a bit too slick and oily.

The alcohol is not perceived at all, but it's drinkability suffers a tad just from how overhwelming in size the taste is is. If you get a chance you should definitely try it, but one is already a huge amount to make sense of.

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Photo of kkipple
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Some generous Canadians grabbed a few growlers for us on the way to Dark Lord Day! Thanks, eh?

Anyhow, this here Simcoe Silly pours a hazy, dirty orange and sports a very redneck looking fat, lumpy, eggshell head two fingers tall. I think I caught a glimpse of mullet in there, too.

What the...? The smell is outta control! Pineapple, cinnamon, citrus hops, pepper, lemon, banana, cardamom? MANGO?! What's going on here? It's ester madness, folks. I can't say that it smells harmonious, but it's certainly different... the last beer I had with this sort of memorable nose was likely Hitachino Nest Festive...

The kitchen-soup approach continues on as I taste the brew. It's massively spiced -- too spiced -- with cinnamon, clove, orange peel and brown sugar. By the time you add the booze and all manner of bizarre fruits, my gums are bleeding and my eyes are turning spice-blue! It's near sickly sweet and makes me feel like I'm drinking some sort of potpourri. Not really my... cough.... bag.

Mouthfeel is middling, nice carbonation level actually. Finishes spicy-orange and sweet. Again.

While Simcoe Silly gets my nod for the oddest beer to cross my gullet lately, it earns little else. It's just too much. The flavors don't mesh all that well... you know that crazy uncle of yours who has no social graces and tries to compensate by telling dirty jokes (loudly) at family gatherings? Yeah, that's this beer.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkulacki for getting my growler filled! Pours a cloudy orange with a solid, small head that builds our of a very pretty reverse cascade of bubbles. Odor is lemony, grassy, also bubblegum and bananas. Smells fresh and delicious. This is one of those style-spanning beers that you can't really place with anything else and don't really want to. Hop bitterness and phenolic malt up front, with lemony simcoe hops growing along with a peppery banana. Alcohol evident but not overbearing. Heavy, but still crisp. Very, very drinkable. Kuhnhenn can do no wrong.

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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 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 DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from goryshkewych. Thanks! My first Kuhnhenn beer! Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A: Copper-orange with a dense two-finger beige head. Head recedes slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Steady stream of carbonation adds to the appeal

S: The characteristic Simcoe mango aroma is present. Hard to describe much else - a little bit of spiciness and bready yeastiness.

T A pleasant hop bite up front with a mild Belgian yeast flavor profile in the back. Mango, apricot and a slight phenolic taste (at least, i'd describe it as phenolic). Drying finish with a mild, bitter aftertaste

M: Well carbonated for the hop profile and the drying finish make this a pleaser

D: I'm enjoying this after a 15hour workday and i'm glad i chose this one!

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Photo of seaoflament
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppymeal for this beer, one of many mad extras he sent in our recent trade.

Pours an amber color with some ripe orange color and brown highlights, duh amber. No head was created since I had to pour carefully to leave the yeast that was loosely floating around in the bottom.

Smell is fruity with various citrus fruits from the simcoe hops. There are also aromas of red apples, grapes, yeast, Belgian candy and spices. The malt comes through as toasted and sweet with a blend of dark fruits as well. Pine needles and alcohol mix together in a good way. I really like the aroma of this beer, it is quite interesting.

Taste is similar to the aroma but less sweet than one would think. A hop bitterness hits the tongue first with some citrus, yeast, and finishes with spices. The dark fruits come around in mid-palate and finishes with some red cherries, apples and toast.

Well carbonated and pretty easy to drink, just a hint of alcohol in the taste but it doesn't fell hot.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +5.5%
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 +4.2%
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 +9.4%
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 +6.8%
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 +4.2%
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 -4.4%
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 -6.8%
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 +6.8%
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 +16.4%
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 Phatz
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +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 kajerm
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 -16.7%
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 +2.3%
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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Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 251 ratings.
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