« on: January 11, 2016, 07:24:09 PM »
I'm a big fan of fruit-forward hops. I've been leaning towards a lot of the newer varieties, especially the Aus/NZ ones - primarily because I don't want my hoppy beers to taste like very other commercial beer out there. I also prefer hops that have one dominant flavor, so I can mix and match the specific flavors I want without getting too muddy. Here's my current favorites list:
Citra - oldie but goodie, pretty much straight-up mango, massive oil content and can easily dominate everything else if you're not careful
Meridian - totally underrated hop, lots of stone fruit (nectarine, apricot, sometimes bing cherry) with an undertone of citrus. It's a flavor I don't get in a lot of commercial beer, so I lean on it a lot at home.
Nelson Sauvin - I get a lot of white grapefruit out of it, with a bit of a vinous note that sets it apart from the C hops. It is reliably grapefruit-forward year after year, unlike something like Cascade that can be more floral some years
Motueka - lime zest and lemongrass. It's a shame that it's not more potent - it can easily get overpowered by oilier hops. But outside of IPA's it's a big go-to for me. Great in hoppy lagers as it is a Saaz derivative and gets some herbal/noble stuff going on as well. If you're a fan of Mandarina, I'd put this one in a similar category.
Vic Secret - this is a new discovery for me, but I'm already going to it regularly. It has a distinct passionfruit character that really stands out. This one is super tropical, without a lot of other background notes to muddy it up.