From Yakima Chief Ranches in Washington comes another home-brewer favorite, the Simcoe hop. While its parentage is unknown, Simcoe is often compared to Cascade for its light aroma and dual purpose uses in brewing. An alpha acid range from 12% to 14% combined with a rich aroma of earthy pine and citrus makes Simcoe a well-rounded addition to just about any style of beer.
Try these hops in your next Pale Ale, IPA, Saison, Wheat, or Bitter recipe. Since Simcoe is so popular in the craft and home brewing community, its usually easy to find both whole and pellet hops. If you are looking for a substitute, try Summit, Citra, or Mosaic instead. Get a taste of Simcoe in commercial brews like Row 2 Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company.