« on: June 15, 2015, 08:27:41 PM »
I've never had Summer hops either, but I think I know what you are looking to brew.
Deschutes' Twilight is a really light, flavorful, hoppy-but-not-bitter summer ale. It's my go-to lawnmower beer. Lots of Amarillo and a light touch of caramel, (much less than an Am Pale Ale like Mirror Pond or SNPA). You can definitely go "outside the lines" in your wheat beer and you'll have something that is tasty, light, and refreshing. You can make it hoppy, just don't expect to take down medals in THAT category (6D) if the hop character is too prominent.
Besides, it sounds to me like you want this for quaffing anyways.
I'd suggest 1.050, 27-30 IBUs, mostly from late hop additions, just enough bittering hops to bring it bitterness up to that range. Add a slight touch of a light color caramel malt (2% of grain bill) - 10 or 15L or so. Use a clean yeast (kolsch, am wheat, or cal ale) and you'll have a really nice beer.