Tonight I’m trying out a beer from Holyoke, MA brewery, Brewmaster Jack Hop Essence Simcoe. Here on LIBA I rarely, if ever, talk about specific varieties of hops. I keep away from the topic, as it can be intimidating for those who are new to the craft beer world. Tonight I’m making an exception.
Brewers will sometimes brew a beer with only one type of hops; the intent is to showcase the flavors of said hops. These types of beers are a fantastic opportunity to train your palette (pun absolutely intended). I usually reference a hop flavor wheel, such as the one pictured below. Referring to the chart, this beer made with Simcoe hops should taste piny.
For me, I thought it tasted piny and partially floral. This particular brew was heavily on the hoppy side, although some malt sweetness did bleed through. Piny hops aren’t my favorite, but I picked up the beer anyway, as I like single-hop beers for the purity of flavor they provide.