Origin and Description

Simcoe Hops was released in 2000 by the Yakima Chief Ranch in Washington State. Its one of those hops that are closely associated with India Pale Ales, but its capacity does not stop there. Simcoe is used almost to obsession in varying ales, predominantly by American Craft Brewers. Its parents are unknown but is compared to Cascade Hops.

Simcoe Hops is a dual purpose hops with high bittering potential. The alpha acid content comes in at 12.0%-14.0% with a relatively low beta acid content of 4.0%-5.0%. The co-humulone for this variety is very low (among the lowest) at 12.0%-15.0%. In total this makes Simcoe a good choice for foundational type bittering in beer. Simcoe is also known for its aromatic qualities. And is described as both fruity and an herbal piney earthy fragrance. The myrcene oil content is a skyrocketing 60.0%-65.0% which is among the highest. And naturally this leaves the other oils at a deficit from the norm with the humulene oil content at 10.0%-15.0%, and the caryophyllene oil content at 5.0-%-8.0%. The aroma in Simcoe Hops is complex, and this is part of what explains its popularity with bold hop heavy ales.

Simcoe Hops is a heavy yielding plant at 2300-2500 lbs/acre, which is a theme from some of the Yakima varieties. The bright yellow lupulin comes from the medium size hop cones mid season after a moderately vigorous growing season. Going with the times, Simcoe has been bred for disease resistance which includes powdery mildew and sperotheca. As mentioned, Simcoe has made itself known for the American craft brewing and home brewing warriors, and is available.

Simcoe Hops Usage

Simcoe hops has aromatic and bittering qualities.
Simcoe hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.

Simcoe Hops Characteristics

Below is a list of characteristics for simcoe hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.

Simcoe Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 12%-14%Simcoe Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 12 To 14 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 4%-5%Simcoe Hops Beta Acid Composition - 4 To 5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 15%-20%Simcoe Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 15 To 20 Percent

Simcoe Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Simcoe Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Simcoe Hops
Simcoe Cone SizeMediumSimcoe Hop - Medium Cone Size

Simcoe Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

YieldYield for Simcoe Hops is Moderate to High at 2300 - 2500 kg/hectare
Simcoe Hops - Moderate to High Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate to Vigorous
Simcoe Hops - Moderate to Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Powdery Mildew,Sperotheca,
Simcoe Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilitySimcoe Hops maintains 70%-80% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CSimcoe Hops Storability - Moderate to Excellent
Ease of HarvestGoodSimcoe Hops - Good Pickability

Simcoe Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition2-2.5 mls/100 gramsSimcoe Hops - Total Oil Compensation 2-2.5 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition60%-65%Simcoe Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 60-65 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition10%-15%Simcoe Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 10-15 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition5%-8%Simcoe Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 5-8 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Simcoe Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Simcoe Hops Substitutes

SummitSummit Hops is a unique variety with a novel history. It was released by the American Hops Dwarf Association in Yakima, WA and its story begins with MagnumMagnum hops is also known as Hallertau Magnum. Please see this section for more information....

Common Beer Styles for Simcoe Hops

    Beer Style
    Double India Pale Ale
    India Red Ale
    India Pale Ale
    Brown Ale
    Abbey Dubble Dark
    Belgian Wheat
    Barley Wine
    Amber Ale
    Red Ale
    American Amber Ale
    Strong Pale Ale

    Simcoe Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Weyerbacher Brewery
    Double Simcoe IPA
    Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom
    India Red Ale
    Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom
    Crag Rat Porter
    Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom
    Kill Green 2008
    Sebago Brewing Company
    Full Throttle Imperial India Pale Ale
    The Carolina Brewing Company
    Carolina Winter Porter
    Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant
    Bison Brown Ale
    Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant
    Abbey Normal
    Free State Brewing Company
    Begian Wheat
    Cocoa Beach Brewing Company
    None of the Above IPA
    Boulevard Brewing Company
    E&S Brewery
    Northern Sky
    Aspen Brewery
    Independence Pass Ale IPA
    Green Flash Brewing Company
    West Coast IPA
    Willoughby Brewing Company
    Doubting Thomas Imperial India Pale Ale
    Flying Fish Brewing Company
    Big Fish Barley Wine
    Magic Hat Brewing Company
    Roxy Roles
    Marble Brewery
    Marble Red
    Allagash Brewing Company
    Hugh Malone Ale
    Blue Frog Brewery
    The Last Hop Standing
    Widmer Brothers Brewery
    Drop Top
    23rd Street Brewery
    Bitter Professor IPA
    Walking Man Brewery
    Knuckle Dragger
    El Toro Brewing Company
    Deuce Imperial IPA