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What hop should I brew a single-hopped Pale Ale with?

Apollo
4 (22.2%)
Crystal
1 (5.6%)
Glacier
3 (16.7%)
Polaris
3 (16.7%)
Smaragd
1 (5.6%)
Sterling
6 (33.3%)

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Single hopped beers - taking requests
« on: June 21, 2013, 09:30:51 AM »
I'm getting ready to brew another round of small-batch, single-hopped brews. (See this post for the results of my first round last year: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=13485.0 ) I have a bunch of hops in the freezer that I want to trial, but I won't have time to get to them all in this run. The varieties listed below are definitely in. I'm thinking I should be able to get at least 7 or 8 batches in, so I thought I'd let everyone here vote on what varieties you'd like to see some tasting notes on.

After I finish the definites below I'll start brewing using whatever gets the most votes here. I'll post my detailed tasting notes once the beers are ready.

Definitely in:
Mosaic
Meridian
El Dorado
Belma
Legacy
Summer
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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2013, 09:38:21 AM »
I'd sub the apollo for the belma.  Based on tasting beers I and others have brewed I think you will be disappointed in the Belma. Not much to it from a flavor/aroma profile.  Better as a bittering hop.

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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013, 10:56:40 AM »
I'd sub the apollo for the belma.  Based on tasting beers I and others have brewed I think you will be disappointed in the Belma. Not much to it from a flavor/aroma profile.  Better as a bittering hop.

Well, since I already have a pound in my freezer I still need to try it out. Not every hop needs to be a super-oily IPA bomb to have a place in my brewery. Motueka is a good example - it finds a way into a lot of my hoppy beers even though I'm using it with Citra or something else that will generally overpower it. It still plays a nice supporting role.
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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2013, 12:06:43 PM »
I voted for Glacier because I'd like to see your notes on them in a single hop brew. I use them all the time, but I still have a tough time pinpointing them in a brew. Crystal is perhaps my favorite hop due to its versatility. It can throw quite a punch on its own, as I found out when I was drinking Two Brother's Heavy Handed IPA last year, some packages of which were single hopped with Crystal.
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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2013, 03:53:34 PM »
I see two other sterling votes. Here I thought I was the only person who still enjoys sterling.
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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2013, 08:41:02 PM »
I elected not to vote, as Cluster was not on the list.

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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013, 09:28:17 PM »
I elected not to vote, as Cluster was not on the list.
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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2013, 11:49:16 PM »
I make a single hop IPA with Apollo and it's always a big hit.  Some people say it can have sulfur notes, but I've not experienced them.  Great flavor and aroma, and at 18+% AA a little goes a long way!
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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2013, 12:54:21 PM »
Brewday today. Got 8 batches done. I must say I'm pretty impressed with how fast i was able to crank these batches out. Turned on the stove at 9am, and took this pic at 2:30:



The batches used: Mosaic, Meridian, El Dorado, Legacy, Belma, Summer, Sterling and Apollo.

I should have my tasting notes up in a month or so
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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2013, 01:38:43 PM »
Nice work! All US-05 I take it? Split a couple packets up somehow?
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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2013, 02:34:54 PM »
Nice work! All US-05 I take it? Split a couple packets up somehow?
+1.  Awesome work !   I look forward to your tasting notes.
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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2013, 04:56:56 PM »
I'm curious about the meridian. I have a pound of it and haven't used any yet.
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Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2013, 05:21:08 PM »
Nice work! All US-05 I take it? Split a couple packets up somehow?

Yep. A little over 2 grams in each. Last time I made a big starter and pitched a couple tablespoons of slurry in each, so that's another option.
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