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2011 NZ Rakau hops
« on: May 14, 2013, 10:44:07 AM »
I was given 4 oz of 2011 NZ Rakau hops last week.  Does it play well with C hops?  What is the best use for it?
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Re: 2011 NZ Rakau hops
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2013, 11:38:26 AM »
I was given 4 oz of 2011 NZ Rakau hops last week.  Does it play well with C hops?  What is the best use for it?

It's in the same vein as Cascade, but I got some weird savory notes when I brewed a single-hop IPA with it (the malt bill may have contributed to that though). I think it would work with any of the usual suspects for IPA's, such as C hops, Citra, Simcoe, etc.

(This was Riwaka, not Rakau - my bad)
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Re: 2011 NZ Rakau hops
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2013, 05:02:11 PM »
I've been trying to find some Rakau hops in decent shape for months. I know the 2013 harvest should be spilling out soon but all I need is one stupid ounce for a clone of Funkwerks Tropic King.
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Re: 2011 NZ Rakau hops
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 05:34:23 PM »
http://www.breworganic.com/organic-new-zealand-rakau-pellet-hops.aspx

That being said, I may have ounce lying buried somewhere in the freezer I bet.  Cleaning the garage tonite.  I'll take a look.  May have used the last of my Rakau for a Pacific Rim IPA.  Can't remember....
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Re: 2011 NZ Rakau hops
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2013, 07:36:26 PM »
all I need is one stupid ounce for a clone of Funkwerks Tropic King.

I hate to burst your bubble, but it was disappointing. . .
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Re: 2011 NZ Rakau hops
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2013, 08:19:31 PM »
all I need is one stupid ounce for a clone of Funkwerks Tropic King.

I hate to burst your bubble, but it was disappointing. . .

I agree.  I much rather prefer their flagship saison to their other offerings.  That being said, they just released a Nelson Sauvin Saison that I am dying to try!!!

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Re: 2011 NZ Rakau hops
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2013, 09:08:34 PM »
all I need is one stupid ounce for a clone of Funkwerks Tropic King.

I hate to burst your bubble, but it was disappointing. . .

I wasn't a huge fan but my wife really, really likes it. Funkwerks was kind enough to share the recipe so I offered to make it.

I did like Exotic King, which is a blend of barrel aged Tropic King and fresh Tropic King. I'm going to hang on to some of the clone I brew for some faux barrel aging with bourbon-soaked oak chips but let her keep the fresh stuff and I'll drink the aged saison.

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Re: 2011 NZ Rakau hops
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2013, 09:31:30 PM »
I was given 4 oz of 2011 NZ Rakau hops last week.  Does it play well with C hops?  What is the best use for it?

It's in the same vein as Cascade, but I got some weird savory notes when I brewed a single-hop IPA with it (the malt bill may have contributed to that though). I think it would work with any of the usual suspects for IPA's, such as C hops, Citra, Simcoe, etc.

Just realized that I got Rakau mixed up with Riwaka. My bad.

Here are my tasting notes from a single-hopped Rakau Pale Ale. In summary, it was OK, but didn't wow me. Got a rather indistinct "sweet fruit" note, and a touch of cinnamon as it warmed up. Bitterness was sharp, in the ballpark of Chinook/Columbus. I think it would be nice in combination with a more citrus-forward hop, so C hops or Nelson would be perfect.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=13485.msg171212#msg171212
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