Released to the world in 2000 by Yakima Chief Ranches, American variety Simcoe® has become wildly popular with craft brewers. With a high alpha percentage and low cohumulone, it makes a very nice foundational bittering hop. It is also noted though for its favorable aroma qualities. It has a pleasantly fruity, yet earthy herbal and piney aroma.
Flying Fish used it to create its 10-year anniversary Barley Wine – 5 additions of it alongside Magnum. Sierra Nevada also uses it in one of their High Altitude bold beers Hoptimum®. It has been referred to as “Cascade on steroids”.
|Characteristics||Bright citrus flavors with earthy undertones, aromas of grapefruit, pine and herbs|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||12%-14%|
|Beta Acid Composition||4%-5%|
|Yield Amount||2300-2500 kg/hectare (2050-2230 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to high|
|Resistant to||Resistant to powdery mildew and sperotheca|
|Storability||Retains 70%-80% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|Ease of Harvest||Difficult|
|Total Oil Composition||2-2.5 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||60%-65%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||10%-15%|
|Style Guide||Double India Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Pale Ale|