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Title: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: dbeechum on November 03, 2010, 08:35:53 PM
ok, so you've got your piney, catty and citrus craziness going on. What are some of your favorite unexpected hop aromas/flavors?

I'll kick off with 3 for me:

Simcoe - always get sandalwood in the aroma from these
Citra - mangoes, lychee and pineapple - oh my
Cluster - blackberry - just wish they tasted better!
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: beveragebob on November 03, 2010, 08:44:32 PM
OK, I'll bite....There's that PNW hop flavor and aroma I just can't put my finger on from various breweries but they are quite similar to Red Tail Ale, I Love it but, just can't seem to recreate it. I'm guessing Willamette and something else....any ideas? maybe domestic Tettnang?
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: denny on November 03, 2010, 08:47:37 PM
Columbus - damp basement combined with powerful pine/citrus
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: blatz on November 03, 2010, 08:48:44 PM
Citra - Passionfruit
 
but I wouldn't say favorite - I'm not a fan of that hop.
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: beveragebob on November 03, 2010, 08:58:35 PM
Great responses but, It's almost got a rubbery type aroma to it....I mean in a good way. I'm thinking it's got to be domestic Tettnang....it's sooo different from the German varietal. Now it's bugging me  ???
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: akr71 on November 04, 2010, 01:51:45 PM
Columbus - damp basement combined with powerful pine/citrus

Nice description!

I was going to say 'earthy' but yours is much more desciptive.
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: 1vertical on November 04, 2010, 02:35:22 PM
Last columbus I used was BIG grapefruit.
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: ryang on November 04, 2010, 04:11:42 PM
Nelson sauvin - chardonnay grapes/wine.  Don't think it's a favorite, but definately odd.

wild hops found along the creek - not dissimilar to licking the floor of a tire shop, finished with biting in to a tarnished penny.  again, not sure about that one being a favorite.

Anything pine is good to me.  Simcoe, columbus, ahtanum.  Like taking a bite out of a pinecone, except not really...
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: Kit B on November 04, 2010, 04:18:35 PM
Great responses but, It's almost got a rubbery type aroma to it....I mean in a good way. I'm thinking it's got to be domestic Tettnang....it's sooo different from the German varietal. Now it's bugging me  ???

Maybe one of the "C" hops...Cascade, Centennial, Cluster...

Red Tail Ale uses cascade & cluster.
http://www.mendobrew.com/brews/red_tail.html
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: bluesman on November 04, 2010, 04:21:17 PM
Sorachi Ace

Provide a nice lemon citrus flavor. They go great in Saisons.  Anyone else do anything with these?
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: akr71 on November 04, 2010, 04:56:26 PM
wild hops found along the creek - not dissimilar to licking the floor of a tire shop, finished with biting in to a tarnished penny.  again, not sure about that one being a favorite.

Should I ask why you know what the floor of a tire shop tastes like?
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: EHall on November 04, 2010, 05:22:35 PM
Shoot... I like most if not all of them, but favs are the Cs, amarillo, simcoe, nugget, nobles. I've been expirimenting with some of the NZ varietes lately. NZ cascade was pleasant. I like the Pacific Gem, got some great blackberry flavor coming out of that. But the LHBS doesn't carry alot of the NZ stuff so its been a little difficult to find them. And the sorachi ace was really good, however I don't recommend using it with a hefe yeast, it clashed a bit the with banana... A pale or american wheat with sorachi and amarillo will be excellent!
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: jaybeerman on November 05, 2010, 01:28:51 AM
Should I ask why you know what the floor of a tire shop tastes like?

are you saying that you've never let curiosity get the better of you? 
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: beveragebob on November 05, 2010, 03:57:17 AM
I'm mesmerized and can't stay away from the moving text thingy...woo hoo....new toy!
On topic.....I think EKG and Cascades make a kick ass dry hop combo!    
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: jaybeerman on November 05, 2010, 05:29:24 AM
Drew, do you brew a lot of single hop brews or are you mostly referring to holding a handful of hops and inhaling?
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: uthristy on November 05, 2010, 01:45:20 PM
Strisselspalt with a touch of Saaz, mmm nice :D




Sorachi Ace

Provide a nice lemon citrus flavor. They go great in Saisons.  Anyone else do anything with these?


Never liked that hop from the first batch, still have close to 1/2lb  :P
Tried blends of every type and still always taste & smell lemon pledge
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: akr71 on November 05, 2010, 02:51:16 PM
Strisselspalt with a touch of Saaz, mmm nice :D




Sorachi Ace

Provide a nice lemon citrus flavor. They go great in Saisons.  Anyone else do anything with these?


Never liked that hop from the first batch, still have close to 1/2lb  :P
Tried blends of every type and still always taste & smell lemon pledge

I've heard a number of complaints about Sorachi Ace.  You can always use them up as bittering hops, so it doesn't leave any aroma or flavor.
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: skyler on November 17, 2010, 08:21:06 AM
I don't get "grapes" from Nelson Sauvin so much as jolly rancher candy. I like that hop a lot, and wish I had easier access to it - it blends great with Simcoe and Summit, IMO, and I would love to try a sauvin, summit, simcoe, citra IPA sometime.
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: uisgue on November 19, 2010, 02:03:29 AM
I would love to try a sauvin, summit, simcoe, citra IPA sometime.

I'd try that just for the alliteration.
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: positiverpr on November 22, 2010, 02:54:47 AM
centennial- fruity pebbles or fruity kids breakfast cereal(vinny cilurzo first mentioned this and i cant get past it)
hallertauer- i get sort of a buttery mint flavor
sorachi ace- i dont get lemon but i get a unique melon-y flavor
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: James Lorden on December 01, 2010, 06:18:40 PM
Sarachi - I get a fake lemon, sometimes like cleaning products - pledge

Also sometimes I will eat a raw carrot and get a slight hoppy flavor in the background, although I have never had a beer that I thought tasted like carrot.... if that makes sense.
Title: Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
Post by: blatz on December 01, 2010, 06:49:55 PM
pledge


"We need more lemon pledge"