Tasting: Simcoe and the Three C’s IPA

Simcoe and the Three C's IPA

Simcoe and the Three C’s IPA

I’ve been wanting to brew a more traditional NW style IPA for some time now after brewing so many of those delicious NE IPAs.  For this batch I went back to some of the classic hops mixed with some new-ish school hops.

The beer was bittered with Chinook then late and whirlpool hopped with Citra, Simcoe, Columbus and some more Chinook.  It was then dry hopped with Citra and Simcoe and it got a final addition of Columbus in the keg.  The full recipe can be found here.

Appearance – The beer pours with a white foamy head that sticks around for some time and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the inside of the glass.  The beer itself is a medium straw color with just a dash of haze.

Aroma –The aroma on this beer is exactly what I wanted.  Pine is the most predominant characteristic.  Especially while cold, the best descriptor is dank.  As it warms up you get some mild citrus flavors and then some apricot notes.  The apricot flavors I believe are coming from the Imperial Dry Hop yeast strain (A24).

Mouthfeel – It’s light to medium in body with a somewhat creamy finish.  The bubbles are nice and small, just about the perfect carbonation without being too sharp.

Taste – The taste is very similar to the nose.  At first the mild citrus and apricot flavors hit the palette, but they are quickly whisked away but huge piney notes.  The beer is somewhat resinous and finishes with a lingering bitterness.

This IPA hit all the notes I was hoping for.  It’s lower on the abv side at about 6.5% but still full of dank and piney hops with a little but of citrus character.  The yeast was super interesting and would love to brew another beer with more tropical flavored hops to pair with it.

You can read what others have thought about it on untappd.