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Bravo, El Dorado
« on: May 23, 2014, 08:04:22 AM »
Making a single hop beer today. Anyone have experience with these hops? Bravo seems like bittering hop.
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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 08:10:45 AM »
I've only used it for bittering. it's a great clean bittering hop in my opinion though. No experienc with El dorado.

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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 08:15:47 AM »
I have not personally used Bravo, but a local brewery had a single hop beer competition last year.  Bravo was one of the choices.  While some to the characteristics were surprising, it was rather boring.  Good clean, smooth bitterness, slight to moderate pithy citrus, low pine/spice. It was better than calypso, but paled next to simcoe which were the other 2 options.

If those we my 2 options, I would go with El Dorado.  More of the new hop aromatics people are looking for.

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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 08:25:24 AM »


If those we my 2 options, I would go with El Dorado.  More of the new hop aromatics people are looking for.

+1.  I find Bravo more lackluster. El Dorado is tropical, peach, melon - I've heard the watermelon Jolly Rancher stories, but I didn't pick up on that when I used them. Maybe that varies crop to crop.
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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 08:35:00 AM »
I think Bravo is very similar to Columbus and will be using them interchangibly if needed for bittering. It can be very pungent in my opinion. In a pale ale I used it for FWH and some dry hopping and it definitely was aggressive...

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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2014, 08:50:41 AM »
I think Bravo is very similar to Columbus and will be using them interchangibly if needed for bittering. It can be very pungent in my opinion. In a pale ale I used it for FWH and some dry hopping and it definitely was aggressive...

interesting - I have used Bravo many times before but mostly in bittering.

keith - you should use el Dorado and see what you think.  Jon's descriptors are right on I think.  I bought a # last year to experiment with, but after having my local brewery's IIPA with all el Dorado, and having had a few other el Dorado dominant beers I actually sold the # to Sean.  Too much fruity, sweet, watermelon for me - I prefer the more "old school" flavors and aromas - sharp citrus, pine, dank and I guess cat pee since I love simcoe.

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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2014, 08:57:48 AM »
Too much fruity, sweet, watermelon for me - I prefer the more "old school" flavors and aromas - sharp citrus, pine, dank and I guess cat pee since I love simcoe.


Me too. The more I experiment with new ones, the more I keep coming back to various Centennial/Amarillo/Cascade/Chinook/Columbus/Simcoe combos. Having a hard time with the fruit bombs.
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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2014, 09:06:11 AM »
Cool. In trying the el dorado. It's for the tasting room anyway. Just trying to put some different styles up.

Thanks for the feed back guys!
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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2014, 09:32:53 AM »
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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2014, 09:36:45 AM »
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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2014, 10:28:05 AM »
I haven't played with Bravo yet, but El Dorado doesn't do it for me. It's powerful, oily and monotone - a lot like Citra. But instead of the cool mango thing it's straight up sweet fruit - like honeydew or maybe papaya, and maybe a touch of Pez candy. It's not bad, but it's just not my tastes.

Just make sure whatever you brew with it gets bone dry. El Dorado leaves a sweet impression as it is, so any residual sweetness in the beer will be amplified by it.
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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2014, 10:32:36 AM »


Just make sure whatever you brew with it gets bone dry. El Dorado leaves a sweet impression as it is, so any residual sweetness in the beer will be amplified by it.

+1.  Should've mentioned that too.  Some of the 'sweeter' hops used alone are almost like using extra crystal (to me).
+1 to going extra dry.
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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2014, 10:52:02 AM »
Yeah, El Dorado is definitely candy sweet, but at least for my tastes the flavor and especially the aroma are unbeatable.

Keith, I'll be bringing a single-hop IPA with me to NHC. Don't know if you can hold off that long but it may give you some ideas.
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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2014, 11:26:00 AM »
I did a SMASH IPA with Eldorado being that I was impressed with Hermitage Brewing(San Jose, CA) Company's rendition. Although not overly excited about the results, I get a huge fruit Nectarine flavor/aroma from this hop. I pretty much used the whole pound I got from Ted(Hop Heaven) It's fun experimenting with all of the new hop varieties out there but, I keep returning to the "old school" faves for consistency and enjoyment. I must be getting old!  8)
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Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2014, 11:37:10 AM »
I did a SMASH IPA with Eldorado being that I was impressed with Hermitage Brewing(San Jose, CA) Company's rendition. Although not overly excited about the results, I get a huge fruit Nectarine flavor/aroma from this hop. I pretty much used the whole pound I got from Ted(Hop Heaven) It's fun experimenting with all of the new hop varieties out there but, I keep returning to the "old school" faves for consistency and enjoyment. I must be getting old!  8)

Hear, hear, buddy!  Seems like every time I try one of the newer varieties my reaction ranges from ho-hum to "not for me" and I end up with the old standbys.   OTOH, there are a lot of people who like them and it's great to have choices.
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