Specialty Beer: Simcoe-Hopped Ale

From The Black Creek Brewery blog:

Hello Beer-Lovers!

Just a friendly reminder that our August specialty beer debuts this coming long weekend. In honour of John Graves Simcoe (first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada), our brewmaster Ed Koren has once again crafted the Simcoe Hopped Ale.

This is a burnished amber ale with some subtle caramel notes. The addition of Simcoe hops from the west coast give this beer an abundance of pine/citrus notes. As the beer moves over the tongue, there’s even a hint of nectarine.

It’s a fresh patio beer, with a little more malt character than our Pale Ale and IPA. According to Ed, “If you like real West Coast beers, this one is for you.”

Simcoe hops originate in the Pacific Northwest. They’re a dual-purpose hop: great for aroma, but also for bittering. They impart lovely earthy and pine/resin notes, perfect for summer!

As well, Ed has dry-hopped this beer. Usually, hops are added during the boil, to extract oils and resins and integrate it into the wort (isomerization). When dry-hopping, they are added at different points in the fermentation process. Because they’re not boiling, you’re not extracting any oils, but you are getting even more of that hop aroma.

Have a great long weekend…with great, responsibly-consumed beer! 😉

Katie Bryski