Lately, it’s all about collecting data on the new hops. Shortage or no shortage, here’s another variety that was worth the half hour I took to research it. Let’s learn about Simcoe Hops, AKA Cascade on steroids*.
Origin: America (Pacific Northwest) – It was released by the Yakima Chief Ranches in the year 2000.
Aroma: Not that I know what a passionfruit smells like, but apparently Simcoe hops have a passionfruit aroma and flavor. Some sources claimed their aroma is fruity reminiscent of apricots while others stated they have a pronounced pine or woodsy aroma. Seems like there is a complexity here. Maybe the aroma swings from fruity to piney from year to year or maybe where the hops are added to the boil changes the aroma.
Alpha Acid: 12-14%
Typical Usage: Because of the high alpha acid, Simcoe works well for bittering. It can be used as an aroma hop too.
Beer Styles: IPA, Double IPA, American-style ale.
*They are mentioned in Canseco’s new book.
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