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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2011, 04:12:47 AM »
Simcoe.  What is it about this hop that folks like so much?

Danged if I know.  I find it unpleasant.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2011, 04:48:59 AM »
Simcoe.  What is it about this hop that folks like so much?

Danged if I know.  I find it unpleasant.

You can't have any.  So it must be good.  I call that the BeerAdvocate logic.

First time I used Simcoe all by itself, it confused the hell out of the judges and I got ripped for an APA.  Next time I mixed them with Amarillo and the judges loved it.  This was several years ago when Simcoe first came out; don't know if it would happen today.  Still, I find it a better hop to blend than to use alone.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2011, 05:48:29 AM »
I second centennial and amarillo.  Haven't tried columbus.  I think Simcoe is very dry.  Wyerbacher has a double Simcoe IPA that while tasty, is pretty dry and I couldn't drink more than one.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2011, 06:15:12 AM »
Is there really a shortage of Simcoe going on?  Seems like folks are having a hard time finding it. Regionally maybe?
A new local brewbup without hop contracts could not source Simcoe several months back (they buy the 44 lb. boxes of pellets).  The brewer changed that recipe to get the beer brewed.

You can still find Simcoe at some online stores, but some are out.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2011, 06:53:43 AM »
First time I used Simcoe all by itself, it confused the hell out of the judges and I got ripped for an APA.  Next time I mixed them with Amarillo and the judges loved it.  This was several years ago when Simcoe first came out; don't know if it would happen today.  Still, I find it a better hop to blend than to use alone.

I find the Simcoe/Amarillo combo to be very tasy and pleasantly aromatic. It's now my go to combo for American Ales and IPA's.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2011, 07:36:04 AM »
You can't have any.  So it must be good.  I call that the BeerAdvocate logic.

ROTFLMAO  :) :) :)  so true
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #21 on: April 18, 2011, 08:03:22 AM »
Does it really matter what the bittering hops are?  I don't have many c hops so I don't want to use them for bittering if they are wasted. Thinking of trying a dark IPA down the road.

I think it does to some extent, but for bittering I look at cohumulone levels more than anything.  I find that the lower the cohumulone, the less sharp the bittering will be.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2011, 09:20:09 AM »
I haven't tried them (Simcoe) yet.  What is it about this hop that folks like so much?

It adds a nice piney aroma and flavor to the beer that I really like.  I've never made/had a beer that used straight Simcoe as far as I know, so I can't speak to that.
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