Prairie Funky Gold Simcoe

Posted: December 25, 2016 in American Wild Ale, Prairie Artisan Ales, Reviews

Merry Christmas! At this point, I’m probably stuffing my face with dinner and having some good beers. Here’s my gift to you…


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to, “Simcoe Hops was released in 2000 by the Yakima Chief Ranch in Washington State. Its one of those hops that are closely associated with India Pale Ales, but its capacity does not stop there. Simcoe is used almost to obsession in varying ales, predominantly by American Craft Brewers. Its parents are unknown but is compared to Cascade Hops. Simcoe Hops is a dual purpose hops with high bittering potential. The alpha acid content comes in at 12.0%-14.0% with a relatively low beta acid content of 4.0%-5.0%. The co-humulone for this variety is very low (among the lowest) at 12.0%-15.0%. In total this makes Simcoe a good choice for foundational type bittering in beer. Simcoe is also known for its aromatic qualities. And is described as both fruity and an herbal piney earthy fragrance. The myrcene oil content is a skyrocketing 60.0%-65.0% which is among the highest. And naturally this leaves the other oils at a deficit from the norm with the humulene oil content at 10.0%-15.0%, and the caryophyllene oil content at 5.0-%-8.0%. The aroma in Simcoe Hops is complex, and this is part of what explains its popularity with bold hop heavy ales. Simcoe Hops is a heavy yielding plant at 2300-2500 lbs/acre, which is a theme from some of the Yakima varieties. The bright yellow lupulin comes from the medium size hop cones mid season after a moderately vigorous growing season. Going with the times, Simcoe has been bred for disease resistance which includes powdery mildew and sperotheca. As mentioned, Simcoe has made itself known for the American craft brewing and home brewing warriors, and is available.”

Random: I hate when breweries don’t list all the beers they produce on their website.

This beer poured with a huge and loose, four finger white head that dissipated quickly. I was surprised that it left no lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow and completely hazy with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with funk and white grapes. I got some grass and hay. The first thing that hit me about the taste was how dry it was. I picked up white wine grapes, hay and grass. After a few sips, some lemon verbena came through too. The booze was hidden. The funk was moderate on this. It had a moderately thick body with light carbonation. The finish took forever with lemon and hay. I picked this up for $12.99 for the bottle ($.77 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer and it reminded me a lot of a white wine. If you’re into that flavor profile, try to find this on the shelf.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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