|Country:||United States of America (USA)|
|Brand ID:||YCR 14|
|Ownership:||® Yakima Valley Ranches|
Origin of the Simcoe Hop
Developed by Yakima Chief Hops in 2000 via open pollination
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Simcoe
Alongside its fruity and slightly earthy aromas, specific descriptors include grapefruit, passion fruit, pine and berry characteristics. In addition to its great bittering qualities, the Simcoe hop, often referred to as "Cascade on steroids" can also carry notes of berries and apricots.
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Brewing Values for Simcoe
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Simcoe hops over the years. Each year's crop can yield hops that have slightly different qualities, so these number ranges are based on history.
|Alpha Acids (AA)|
Alpha acids are the main source of bitterness in beer. Longer boil times will result in isomerization of more alpha acids leading to increased bitterness.
|Beta AcidsThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades as beer ages. Higher levels of beta acids will result in a slower decline of bittering.||3-5%4% avg|
|Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer.||15-20%17.5% avg|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)These highly volatile, not very soluble oils are easily boiled off, but add flavor and aroma to the finished beer when added very late in the boil or during fermentation. Learn more »||0.8-3.2 mL2mL avg|
Common Hop Pairings with Simcoe
Some hops just taste better together. We agree, so we recently analyzed hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Citra, Amarillo, Centennial, Mosaic, Chinook & Cascade hops are commonly used alongside the Simcoe hop, although many others have also been seen with it.
Here is the relative frequency of the top 6 hops that are used with Simcoe:
Common Beers and Styles using Simcoe
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Simcoe hop include Pale Ale, IPA, Double IPA, Lager, Wild Ale & Red Ale.
Simcoe is also sometimes featured as a single hop in beers to highlight its unique flavors and aromas. Some popular examples of commercial beers that use 100% Simcoe hops in their recipes are Temescal Simcoe IPA, Hill Farmstead Simcoe Single Hop Pale Ale & Other Half DDH Simcoe Chroma.
Simcoe Hop Substitutions
If any version of the Simcoe hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to use one of these other hops as a substitution for a similar outcome:
Is Simcoe Available in Cryo/Lupulin Powder Form?
Yes. There is a version of the Simcoe hop in lupulin powder form. Simcoe lupulin powder is suggested to be used at about half the amount as you'd normally use with pellets. The Cryo/LupuLN2 (Yakima Chief Hops) and Lupomax (Haas) products are pure concentrated lupulin powder, which add big flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
Simcoe Hop Statistics
We love statistics. We've analyzed hundreds of IPAs, dug into the Hop Growers of America's annual reports and researched the history behind some of the most popular beer ingredients. Here are a few of the things we've found interesting about the Simcoe hop:
- In 2019, Simcoe was the 5th most grown hop in the United States.
- Between 2014-2019, Simcoe's harvest grew by 44%, the 6th highest increase in the United States.
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