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homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


So, I'm going to do a hoppy beer (likely an IPA) with this Frankenyeast. I've decided that I want to heavily feature El Dorado and it's candy-like fruit aroma.

I'd love some suggestions on another hop that will play nicely with it. I love the way Motueka pairs with it, but I'd rather go in another direction.

I have Galaxy, Amarillo, and Mosaic on hand. I'm sure that they would work nicely, but I'm wanting to maybe try a new hop. I'd like to go with something really fruity, but not necessarily citrus.

Am I nuts?




Posted 34 days ago.

Necropaw
Charter Member
Central WI
608 Posts


Ever since someone mentioned Mosaic being 'berry-like' thats all i can fucking taste from it in my beers. Ive said before that i think my palette is shit, though.

And frankly, its hard to taste much through all the dark crystal in this BrewDog clone.

Still though, seems plausible.


On a 'im going to hijack this thread with late night semi-intoxicated thoughts' note, i uh...discovered...some hops in my freezer that i had forgotten i bought. I remembred the Citra and Comet (because i laughed with my pothead friend about how its supposed to smell like weed), but had completely forgotten i ordered Simcoe and Amarillo for the first time... I should brew something with those the weekend after next. I doubt my carboys are going to be ready for a new batch this weekend. I need moar better bottles.




Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


Meh. I get way more resin from Mosaic than anything else.

Hmmm....




Posted 34 days ago.

Necropaw
Charter Member
Central WI
608 Posts


I just think its not my type of hop in general.

I actually have really come to enjoy my grapefruit in IPAs.

Even pure Citra doesnt excite me. I just pick that up as being too....for lack of a better way of describing it, 'sweet'. Cascade especially adds a really defined bitterness, imo.

Though maybe ive just used more Cascade in my beers...

*shrug* I guess im trying to say that a lot of the newer hops actually havent excited me, and ive had issues making NS/Motueka work properly since the first beer i made with them (kiwi express IPA from NB)




Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


Nelson Suavin is one I'm really thinking about.

I love Citra, but I dunno, it seems like it's in everything these days.




Posted 34 days ago.

Necropaw
Charter Member
Central WI
608 Posts


Im starting to think for my taste buds that Citra as well as many other of the 'new wave' hops need to be paired with some of the more traditional ones.

But again, that might just be me preferring a crisp grapefruit 'bitterness' (or tanginess, perhaps?) to the 'sweetness' i perceive from hops like Citra.

Hopefully this summer ill have a chance to test more hops.

Come to think of it....Oooooooooooooh. I could do a split batch pale ale. Bitter to the same IBU, and then get most of my flavor from whirlpool additions, which would allow me to split the batch post boil. That'd be a fun way to test some hops. Yay for 10 gal batches! Now i just need to start drinking more again so i can do more experiments....




Posted 34 days ago.

ingoogni
nl
314 Posts


Calypso?
Lemondrop?
Mandarina?
Hll Melon?
or indeed Galaxy.




Posted 34 days ago.
Edited 34 days ago by ingoogni

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


Calypso is also on my short list. It's seems like a little bit of an oddball hop.




Posted 34 days ago.

KidMoxie
Charter Member
San Elijo Hills, CA
405 Posts


I like Calypso a lot, I get lots of apple/pear out of it.





Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


That's why this one is on the short list for sure. I think that apple/pear would play great with El Dorado.




Posted 34 days ago.

testingapril
Charter Member
Atlanta, GA
595 Posts


If not Galaxy, then Columbus.

Nelson is gross. I never sent that 6oz out if you want it though I'll send it to you.




Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


lol @ Nelson is gross. I'll take that under advisement!

I'm never going to reject free hops...




Posted 34 days ago.

ingoogni
nl
314 Posts


Completely different, use Smaragd and Saphir as a broad base and also bittering and top it of with El Dorado




Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


That's another interesting idea; Saphir is definitely on my list of hops to try. But I think that I am going to go El Dorado/Calypso.




Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


Went to the LHBS today with the intent of going with El Dorado and Calypso. He had less than two ounces of Calypso on hand. Crud.

Checked for Azacca next... less than one ounce. Double crud.

He suggested that i go with AU Summer, which I had never considered. Hmmm... aroma hop. Fruity, apricot, melon... sounds great!

Since it's fairly low in AA, I picked up an extra ounce of El Dorado. And an extra of the AU Summer, because why not.

Ahem. This is not a "hoppy beer", this is a legit IPA, what with my twelve ounces of hops earmarked for it now...




Posted 34 days ago.

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