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Hop combinations for IPAs
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:04:37 AM »
I've brewed an IPA a couple of times using Centennial for bittering and Cascade for aroma.  I want to try something different.

What are your favorite hop combinations for an IPA?

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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2013, 09:13:12 AM »
Depends on what you're looking for.  If you like something fruity/citrusy, you may want to use simcoe, citra, or amarillo.  My favorite combo is citra and simcoe.  I use citra to bitter and finish.  I haven't played around with any earthy/piney hops yet in my IPAs, but you may want to throw chinook in the mix as well.
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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2013, 09:13:54 AM »
simcoe, amarillo and columbus
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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 09:30:02 AM »
simcoe, amarillo and columbus
+1.  Love it.  I love Centennial/Amarillo/Columbus too.  As said, depends on what you're looking for though.
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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2013, 09:30:47 AM »
My wife asked for tropical, so our house IPA is a little Magnum for bittering, and combination of Amarillo/ Cascade for fwh, end of boil and dry hop. 
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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2013, 09:53:26 AM »
I guess what I'm looking for is something similar to Green Flash West Coast IPA.  I like the grapefuity taste of that.  Mostly just want to try something different, but I don't want to use clashing flavors, or something that would be completely inappropriate.

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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2013, 10:02:43 AM »
I guess what I'm looking for is something similar to Green Flash West Coast IPA.  I like the grapefuity taste of that.  Mostly just want to try something different, but I don't want to use clashing flavors, or something that would be completely inappropriate.

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Columbus, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo
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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2013, 10:17:26 AM »
My wife asked for tropical, so our house IPA is a little Magnum for bittering, and combination of Amarillo/ Cascade for fwh, end of boil and dry hop. 
Speaking of tropical, a friend of mine had a similar request from his wife and brewed an IPA recently with Caliente/Calypso/Mosaic/Columbus, used heavily for finishing and dry.  VERY tropical, but thankfully balanced by the piney Columbus.  Smelled like a tropical fruit basket exploded next to a pine tree. Smelled of peach,pineapple,apple, melon, Mosaic blueberry-ness, and dank pine. Unusual but I actually liked it.
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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2013, 10:26:04 AM »
I'm a big fan of Columbus or Chinook for bittering IPA.
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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2013, 10:51:28 AM »
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I'm a big fan of Columbus or Chinook for bittering IPA.
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I completely agree. 
Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo are my go to hops for IPA's.
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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2013, 10:54:58 AM »
For my last IPA I played around with some less common hops and was really happy with the results. I bittered with Galena and Palisade followed by Falconer's Flight and Mosaic for flavor and aroma. Came out more citrusy than I expected (in a good way). Wouldn't surprise me if Mosaic becomes the new Citra.

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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2013, 11:05:18 AM »
I've been making an all Apollo IPA for a while and I love it.  Recently had a Columbus, Cascade, Zythos DIPA and the tropical notes of the Zythos were really unique.  I'm getting ready to brew an Apollo, Cascade, Mosaic DIPA soon...my first Mosaic beer.  Anyone have experience with Mosaic?
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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2013, 11:08:48 AM »
i've been working on a dipa that fwh with centennial and amarillo and then it's all late hop simcoe and warrior. it's quite tasty and requested the most of my ipas.

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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2013, 11:26:11 AM »
Amarillo, Citra, and Columbus
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Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2013, 11:27:15 AM »
I've been making an all Apollo IPA for a while and I love it.  Recently had a Columbus, Cascade, Zythos DIPA and the tropical notes of the Zythos were really unique.  I'm getting ready to brew an Apollo, Cascade, Mosaic DIPA soon...my first Mosaic beer.  Anyone have experience with Mosaic?
Think Simcoe minus alot of the catty quality and with more fruity qualities ( I get the blueberry some have referred to) in addition to the pine that you get from Simcoe.
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