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Old 04-12-2010, 03:57 AM   #1
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Default What does Simcoe taste like?

I brewed an all Simcoe APA last fall. I didn't much care for it then, and I guess I didn't really know how to evaluate it either. I have been trying to find characteritics of Simcoe list somewhere online, and all I find is "bittering/aroma hop". Anyway, I just opened the last bottle, and it tasted like oranges. It was very interesting. When I first tasted it last fall I was either unable to determine the taste or it has changed since then.

I have been brewing pretty much the same grain bill (10# two-row &1# crystal 20L) and using one single hop type, adjusting the schedule accordingly. I want to learn the different hop charactertics. My all Amarillo was very good. I can't believe I didn't do an all Cascade first.

I know Cascade is supposed to give a citrus inthe form of grapefruit to the beer. Does anyone know if Simcoe is supposed to give orange flavor to beer? Or am I interpeting it as orange but really it is grapefruit?

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IMO I get citrus flavor (tangerine) but aroma is more catty. Call me sick, but I really enjoy Simcoe aroma.

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Where is the cheapest place to get simcoe? www.hopsdirect.com doesn't have it.

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Where is the cheapest place to get simcoe? www.hopsdirect.com doesn't have it.
I get it at lhbs Roselle, IL.
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i think vendor steelers77 has the cheapest ive ever bought, $1.25 an ounce...

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I get it at lhbs Roselle, IL.
Yeah, for probably 4 bucks/ounce
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I have allways picked up a peach/appricott flavor out of Simcoe in late additions and dry hopping, and I really enjoy it in the right beers

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I'm really happy that after 14 batches I have one hop I can identify. Thanks for the input.

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Piney/Citrusy for me, but I see where you get orange.
I like Simcoe a lot, and think it's a great dry hop. It's got an edge to it, though, so it always tastes better to me after its aged a couple of months. Simcoe and Amarillo go together like peanut butter and chocolate.

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