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Calypso Hops
« on: June 11, 2013, 08:50:56 AM »
I can't seem to find a whole lot about them besides they are high AA and throw apple, pear and sometimes melon aromas.  I am going to be brewing a single hop batch with these as part of a club activity and was just curious if anyone has utilized this hop?  Good? Bad? Any suggestions or experiences you can share?

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Re: Calypso Hops
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 09:09:38 AM »
I used Calypso last year when I did a bunch of single-hopped test batches. Here are my tasting notes (from this post):

Next beer up was brewed with Calypso. These were 12.8% AA from AHS. The pellets had some tropical fruit aroma, along with a pungent herbal/earthy scent and a hint of tobacco. I also picked up a very distinct aroma that smells like fresh-picked tomatoes, or more specifically, like the smell of a tomato plant after you just snapped off a ripe tomato.

On the nose of the beer itself I get some aromas of tropical fruit (similar to coconut), some earthiness, and faint notes of onion/sulfur as well as cocoa butter.

On the palate there is a fleeting grapefruit/citrus flavor, but the main character is herbal/grassy with a resinous bitterness that really seems to cling on. Some earthy and spicy flavors are tucked away in the background as well. I did start to pick up an interesting cocoa flavor after a few sips that seemed to intensify as the beer warmed up a bit.

I have to admit, with a name like Calypso i was expecting something totally different from this hop. I was hoping for something that reminded me of sipping a Mai Tai, but this seems pretty meh overall. This had a really tongue-coating resinous bite, so maybe this could work as a bittering hop for an IPA. The cocoa flavor was kind of interesting. I could see this doing well as a late addition in a Robust Porter.
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Re: Calypso Hops
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2013, 10:19:26 AM »
Thanks so much erockrph!  This is great.  I am not too crazy about using this hop but a little intrigued. 

Thanks again.
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