Spring Forecast: Simcoe Showers
I was on my way back home from the 4th Anniversary celebration at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank last Saturday when I decided to make a quick stop into Wade’s Wines in Agoura / Westlake Village. I’d heard whispers of the epic wine and craft beer retail store and 100-tap taproom before, but made it a must-stop when I learned my old friend Jay started working there.
I’ll save a review of Wade’s Wines for another post, but when I noticed a few bottles of Simcoe Showers in the fridge behind the bar, I knew I had to have one. The asking price was steep ($14), but I really couldn’t complain since I was buying it from a taproom.
After chilling overnight, my bro, Mack, and I popped the 4th release in Noble Ale Works‘ Showers series of single-hopped Double IPAs. Our expectations for this beer were a bit lower, coming off a somewhat disappointing Amarillo Showers release last month. Luckily, those massive citrus flavors were back with a vengeance – like biting straight into chunks of pineapple and guava with a slight spiciness that I couldn’t put my finger on.
Overall, Simcoe Showers is a definite must-have if you can get your hands on it in the next couple weeks before the awesome citrus flavors mellow out. While Mack and I still hold Citra Showers as the grand champion of the series, Simcoe is a super solid release, and we’re even more looking forward to the next release, TBA Showers, featuring the yet-to-be-named HBC366 hop varietal.
Here’s a preview of HBC366 characteristics from HopUnion.com: citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics. Get your umbrellas ready, people – the forecast in So Cal is calling for TBA Showers, and I for one, can’t fucking wait!