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Two hops...
« on: March 31, 2014, 03:53:14 PM »
Considering ordering a half pound of two types of hops. If you had to pick two to be the most versatile, used, abused, etc. in Pale Ales and IPA's which would you choose? I would really like to pick Mosiac as one.


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Two hops...
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014, 03:58:49 PM »
Cascade and willamette. Try beers made with mosaic before you commit to a half pound. I like it a lot, others don't.

Edit. - IPA only, cascade and centennial are my top picks. I use willamette for all sorts I other beers, but not IPA.
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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 04:13:38 PM »
I vote for Cascade and more Cascade. Its my favorite hop. But I would go Centennial or Chinook as a good compliment.
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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 04:21:11 PM »
Magnum and Cascade.
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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2014, 04:26:25 PM »
Amarillo and Columbus for me.  They blend nicely.
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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2014, 04:34:15 PM »
Magnum and Cascade.

These are the two hops I must have in my freezer at all times, but I don't use magnum in APA or IPA, so I didn't include it.
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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2014, 05:25:15 PM »
I've never made a bad beer that had Magnum as a bittering charge. For me, works well in Pale ales and APA's  including a host of other beers. It was a toss up with Chinook but I think Magnum is a bit more forgiving.
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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2014, 05:31:29 PM »
I've never made a bad beer that had Magnum as a bittering charge. For me, works well in Pale ales and APA's  including a host of other beers. It was a toss up with Chinook but I think Magnum is a bit more forgiving.

I agree, but I haven't made an APA or AIPA with a "bittering" charge, and Magnum tastes kind of strange when it is added as a flavor addition (minty/herbaceous).
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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2014, 05:38:27 PM »
Here's a general list of hops that I like in IPA's and Pale Ales (no particular order):
Amarillo
Citra
Cascade
Simcoe
Galaxy
Crystal
Centennial

If I were forced to choose just two for these two styles:
Cascade
Amarillo

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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2014, 05:39:09 PM »
Not too many Citra lovers here?

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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2014, 05:46:03 PM »
Not too many Citra lovers here?

Citra has its place. Its place is mixed in with other hops. I am not too much of a fan all by itself.
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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2014, 05:47:49 PM »

Not too many Citra lovers here?

Citra has its place. Its place is mixed in with other hops. I am not too much of a fan all by itself.

Yep. I made an all citra IPA that was meh, mixed it with a cascade smash and it was like the Beatles.
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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2014, 05:49:38 PM »
OK, I was hoping for more of a unified answer here  :o

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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2014, 05:56:59 PM »
If I could pick only two, then Cascade and Citra.  Seriously, you can't go wrong with Cascade, it's super versatile and well loved by virtually all Americans.  Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic... not quite so much.  The others are more in between.  I like Centennial a great deal.  It's a close third.
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Re: Two hops...
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2014, 06:01:01 PM »
OK, I was hoping for more of a unified answer here  :o

You will be hard pressed to get a homebrewer to give you a unified answer on their favorite two hops over the course of a couple months...
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