Turned out pretty great. Not the best Pale Ale I've ever made, but very good. I don't use Simcoe a lot so I really liked the "change of pace" this Pale Ale gave me. Basically I was tired of using Wyeast 1056 in nearly everything and wanted to try the American II yeast and wanted to sort of showcase a single high alpha hop. The cascade dryhop was mainly just because I had a pound of Cascade pellets to make use of. If I had more Simcoe at the time I would've probably dryhopped with it instead. Also went with the lightest crystal I could, again just because I wanted to make a pale ale alternative to my Cascade Pale Ale and my house IPA recipe both of which use 60L.
It's definitely not the most balanced Pale Ale in the world as the characteristics of the Simcoe are really at the forefront and the IBUs aren't really in line with traditional style, but that's pretty much what I was going for. I think 6lbs of DME worked out fine. The longer bottle conditioning made a big difference as the hops mellowed a bit over those weeks. It really did taste like a completely different beer at 6 weeks bottled vs. 3 weeks. So if you can stash it away and be patient with it, it'll pay off.
I think I'm brewing something similar to this again today. Though my local shop was out of 1272 the other day, so I think I'm using 1056. I've got a couple of different IPAs bottled right now and a Strong Red Ale in secondary that is a cross between Jamil's Evil Twin recipe and what I'm hoping is a Great Lakes Nosferatu clone...so everything I have on deck right now is quite hoppy and I'm just about out of my last batch of my Cascade Pale. So I think it's time for this one again and can crack 'em open right around June.