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Old 10-07-2006, 11:33 PM   #1
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Default Simcoe and Amarillo users

I just picked these up at my FAHBS and wanted to know how they taste, bitter or aroma . I thought I remember seeing pale ale's or an IPA done with 1 or both of these on this forum. How did you like um? What did you use them for in your brew? Cheers


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Old 10-08-2006, 12:43 AM   #2
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I bought a Lb. of Simcoe a while back and have been using them in most of my brews, im very impressed with the piney taste of them, not to bitter and a great clean taste, good for dry brews. As for Amarillo I have not used them, but sites say they are much like cascade, another a bought a Lb. of, which is always a great hop for bittering or aroma. I have used it for porters, IPAs and pales, all impressive.


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Amarillos are a cascade variant, but more floral and more citrusy. I've never used simcoe
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mmmmmmm my favorite IPA combo is simcoe, amirillo, and dryhop with columbus. simcoe is my fav to brew with.


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The smell of the simcoe is incredible like 1 of my favorite herbs. The amarillo is whole and sealed so I can't smell that 1, but if it's cascades on steroids I am stoked.
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The smell of the simcoe is incredible like 1 of my favorite herbs. The amarillo is whole and sealed so I can't smell that 1, but if it's cascades on steroids I am stoked.
Ive used simcoe on my last few batches and I really like them. Definitely pineapple aroma, kind of unique. Ive bittered with them and the bitterness is a tad harsh not unlike chinook, but smoother than chinook. I made a single hop simcoe ale that was really good except for the (slight) harsh bitterness but that was at like 50+ ibus. Ive also made a simcoe/amarillo ale that was good too. amarillo is exactly like cascades, to me at least. I wouldnt say 'cascades on steroids' but just like cascades.

The best thing to do is make a single hop beer. It really gives you a barometer on the flavor, aroma, and bitterness of each. Dont be scared to use a high alpha hop for aroma or flavor or vice versa (a low alpha for bitterness) The quality of hops these days makes them all interchangeable in my opinion.
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If you've ever had "Brian Boru" from Three Floyds, then that should tell you what Amarillo smells and tastes like. They use tons of amarillo in that beer. Its a nice hop.
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Amarillos are a cascade variant, but more floral and more citrusy.

Yep, what he said

I love them personally. They are mostly used in pales, but Ive added them to alot of blondes and I think it works really well.
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Thanks for the info looking forward to trying them out, probably in a pale ale or something light and hoppy.
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My favorite pale ale is an all Amarillo hopped ale. To my taste, Amarillo's are a citrus flavor but different than Cascade. I really am not that crazy about Cascades but love Amarillo as odd as that may sound to many.


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