Aroma Profile: Grapefruit, Passionfruit, Pine, Earthy
Alpha Acids: 11-15%
Beta Acids: 3-5%
Total Oils: 2-2.5ml/100g
Developed by the Select Botanicals Group and released by Yakima Chief Ranches in 2002, Simcoe is a dual purpose hop with fruity aromas of passionfruit and grapefruit as well as earthy and pine notes.
Simcoe is one of the most popular hops among US craft and home brewers and has been steadily growing in popularity across Europe for the past decade. Simcoe is known for its diversity and unique complexity along with a smooth bitterness due to its high alpha acid content and extremely low co-humulone content.
This hop variety is often associated with IPAs, their stronger cousin double IPAs, and their newer siblings India Black Ale and India Red Ale. Simcoe can also work wonders in a number of other beer styles and is very often used in conjunction with Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Citra hop varieties.
Due to the high alpha levels and low Cohumulone levels, this hop has become a very good bittering hop. Alongside this the fruity and slightly earthy aroma which helps this hop to be used as a dual purpose hop.