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Offline Kinetic

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Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« on: May 25, 2014, 01:37:01 PM »
There are plenty of hops that have good qualities, but are rarely talked about or seen in homebrew recipes.  This thread is for them.  Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus, Cascade, Chinook, Citra, Simcoe, Noble hops, East Kent Goldings, Magnum, Willamette and their ilk don't belong in this thread.

Give us a few less popular hops you like to use and tell us why you like them.  Describe them.  I'll give mine later.



 

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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2014, 02:21:56 PM »
I really like Horizon.  Bittering properties similar to Magnum, but with better aroma.
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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2014, 02:31:15 PM »
I'd add Brewer's Gold, Cluster, and Nugget as underrated/under used.


EDIT - Ahtanum in a blend, and Falconer's Flight are good too. Galena is excellent as a bittering hop, especially for dark beers.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2014, 03:43:52 PM by HoosierBrew »
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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2014, 03:05:46 PM »
I feel sad. I can't talk about EKG, Magnum, Cascade,  or Centennial

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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2014, 03:47:20 PM »
I'd add Brewer's Gold, Cluster, and Nugget as underrated/under used.

I like Nugget too.  It's a hop I was going to mention.  They are really cheap.  You can get a pound for $9.  They are nice to mix with the C hops in an IPA for a resinous hoppy aroma that can never be mistaken for onions or cat pee.  I don't get any fruit or citrus from them.  Just potent herbaceous hoppiness.  Good for bittering too.


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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2014, 04:13:35 PM »
I'm also a pretty big fan of nugget. I love bittering my stouts with them. I pretty much exclusively brew american and specialty stouts. Usually use bitter with nugget and finish a bit with Willamette.
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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2014, 04:29:58 PM »
HoosierBrew slipped in Ahtanum with the edit.  That's another I was going to mention.  Never used it alone, but every time I've used it, I said "whoa, that's a damn good beer".  I think it's bright orange with a bit of spice and floral?  The beer I'm brewing tomorrow is going to have Ahtanum and Galaxy.

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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2014, 04:34:57 PM »
HoosierBrew slipped in Ahtanum with the edit.  That's another I was going to mention.  Never used it alone, but every time I've used it, I said "whoa, that's a damn good beer".  I think it's bright orange with a bit of spice and floral?  The beer I'm brewing tomorrow is going to have Ahtanum and Galaxy.

That sounds good. Let us know how it comes out - never used Ahtanum with Galaxy. I agree with the orange/ floral thing, and sometimes it's a little orange/lemon to me along with the other attributes.
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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2014, 05:32:02 PM »
I like to use Styrian Goldings and Tettnang when brewing Belgian styles. Two of my favs.
I also really like Belma for bittering. Very smooth, with no harshness.
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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2014, 05:34:38 PM »
Bullion, Cluster, Crystal.
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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2014, 05:48:43 PM »
Serebrianka, Perle, Santiam, Celeia. All very nice and versatile.

+1 to Brewer's Gold and Cluster.
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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2014, 07:07:20 PM »
+2 regarding Brewers Gold! Very nice hop with fruity black currant notes.
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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2014, 08:21:35 PM »
Caliente - A new hop, but still pretty hard to come by. I get a really distinct red plum-type stonefruit nose to them that is unique and delicious. Has some earthiness in the flavor that also lends itself to sneaking into English brews.

Meridian - Another new hop, and seems to be getting a bit more popular. I get stonefruit from this, but it's on the sweet side, like apricot/pluot/nectarine. It's a bit sweet, but not the straight-up candy/melon you get from a lot of the other new hops like El Dorado. It also has a bit of dank & pine on the palate.

I like these two hops because they're fruity and fairly oily, but they don't taste just like Cascade/Amarillo/Centennial/etc. They're also not particularly monotone like a lot of the other new hops seem to be. I won't lose any sleep if hop varieties like El Dorado and Belma don't catch on and disappear. These two are ones I really hope stick around.

I also want to give a shout out to Challenger. It's an overlooked UK hop, IMO. It has that typical earthy UK hop character, but it also has a nice creamy, white chocolate thing that pairs really well with dark English crystal malt, and also with the anise note that I get from EKG's.
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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2014, 05:16:33 AM »
I like galena for bittering. Its got a clean bitterness that plays well with flavoring and aroma hops. I grow it as well as cascade and the two work well together in pale ales and IPA's. I also like it in stouts. Its a cross between brewers gold and an open pollination.
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Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2014, 05:42:37 AM »
I'm dry hopping a black IPA today with Galaxy and Wakatau. I haven't used them in my own brewing yet, but really like their Lemon/lime, fruity, juicy fruit gum  aroma they add to beers I have tasted that use them in dry hopping. I'll let you know how it turns out .
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