Hop Profile: Simcoe - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Hop Profile

Updated on March 23, 2016

Hop Profile: Simcoe

First cultivated in 2000 by Yakima Chief Ranches, the proprietary Simcoe hop is known for its bitter and aromatic diversity. Although it's parentage is kept mum by its creators, it is compared to Cascade and is one of the most sought after hops in craft brewing.

Mostly used for bittering due to its high alpha acid, Simcoe is also often used to create a fruity or herbal piney aroma, making it a key component in many IPAs, Double IPAs, and American Ales. We certainly enjoy it, using it in both our Simcoe IPA and O Tannenbock Spruce Ale (recipes available in Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches).

  1. Origin

    Simcoe was introduced in 2000 by Yakima Chief Ranches as a proprietary hop varietal with strong bitter and aromatic qualities. Little has been released about its parentage, but it has been compared to Cascade.

  2. Characteristics

    With an alpha acid content of 12-14%, Simcoe is excellent for bittering, but is also used for aroma due to its pine, passion fruit, earthy, and citrus characteristics. The duality of Simcoe makes it ideal for pale ales, IPAs, American ales, and Double IPAs.

  3. Vital Statistics

    Typical use: Bittering and Aroma Alpha Acid: 12-14% Country: USA Styles: Pale Ale, IPA, Double IPA, American Ale Flavors: pine, passion fruit, earthy, citrus Similar hops: Cascade, Amarillo

  4. Beers to Try

    Dogfish Head - 60 minute IPA Peak Organic - Simcoe Spring Ale Brooklyn Brew Shop - Simcoe IPA