Aroma Profile: Simcoe has a fruity and earthy aroma with notes of apricot, berry, passion fruit and citrus. There are also woody, earthy, and pine notes present.
Alpha Acids 12-14%
Beta Acids 4-5%
Total Oils 2-2.5 mL/100g
Simcoe is often described as “Cascade on steroids”. Although it does have a very similar aroma profile to Cascade, its aromas are a little more intricate and unique. This is a dual-purpose hop that is most often used in bittering additions. In this situation, Simcoe creates a smooth, clean bitterness that is quite similar to what you’d expect from Magnum hops. However, unlike Magnum, Simcoe holds a lot more potential when it comes to aromas and flavour. When used as a late addition, Simcoe can impart fruity, spicy and earthy tones throughout the smell.
No one can really agree if there are any substitutes for Simcoe or not. This happens regularly with such unique hops. There are just too many flavours and aromas that different people detect to say which hops can substitute Simcoe. Cascade is a comparable hop, but it isn’t close enough to make a viable substitution. Some brewers simply think that there is no single hop that can substitute Simcoe. However, a combination of Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial or Columbus may get you to where you want to be.
Simcoe is used in such a wide variety of beers that it is almost impossible for us to name them all here. However, we shall try. The beers that have used Simcoe in recent years include American Amber Ales, IPAs, Double IPAs, India black ales, India red ales, wheat beers, porters, stouts and a bunch more!
So, we think it’s fair to say that Simcoe is quite the versatile little hop! It can create pretty much any beer you want, even lagers and wild beers! Trust us, if you need a hop that you can use to create anything you want, get yourself some Simcoe. It is likely to be the most versatile hop ever and help you create some of the most beautiful beer you’ll ever try!