Would I be better off brewing an A/IPA now and dry hopping with the fresh hops when they arrive?
Any suggestions on a commercial example that would be a good starting point to shoot for before the dry hopping?
I can't think of any Simcoe wet hopped ales, and even so if you could find one right now, I'd recommend against it since wet hopped ales should be drank by no later than November else they lose their 'magic'.
As for regular hopped beers with Simcoe as a prominent aroma hop, I'm drawing a blank except for Weyerbacher Double SImcoe which I think blows so I'd not recommend that one, even though Simcoe is one of my favorite hops.
As I recommended on NB forum, maybe make the "Dead Ringer" kit but use the simcoe instead of the included dryhop, or the CYBI Green Flash IPA, or I would do this:
95% US 2 row
5% English Light Crystal
2oz Amarillo at 20 min
1oz Amarillo at 15 min
1oz Amarillo at 10 min
2oz Amarillo at 5 min
with enough Amarillo, Columbus or Chinook at 60 min to get your total IBUs to equal 65 (after accounting for all the amarillo late addition IBUs based on your AA)
ferment with Chico or San Diego Super (001 or 090)
then when your simcoe comes - dryhop with that.
I would drink that all day long!