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Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:56:27 PM »
What varieties of American hops are especially suitable for brewing a Single Hops American IPA? Any varieties that should NOT be used?
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2014, 06:02:10 PM »
My suggestion would be to use Centennial.
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2014, 06:12:11 PM »
I wouldn't use any British or German hops in a single hop AIPA, for starters. So no Kent Goldings, Fuggles, Hallertau, Saaz, etc.

These are good for this : Centennial, Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Ahtanum, Chinook, Equinox, Nugget, Columbus, to name a few.

EDIT  -  I'd add Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Azacca, Calypso and El Dorado.  An El Dorado IPA would be a 'fruit bomb' but it might be interesting....once.
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2014, 06:24:57 PM »
yep the C's are nice-centennial, cascade and citra. i use them together in my pale ale and am going to brew an IPA this weekend with them.
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2014, 06:25:41 PM »
I wouldn't use any British or German hops in a single hop AIPA, for starters. So no Kent Goldings, Fuggles, Hallertau, Saaz, etc.

These are good for this : Centennial, Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Ahtanum, Chinook, Equinox, Nugget, Columbus, to name a few.

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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2014, 06:43:12 PM »
Personally I avoid Citra as a single hop.

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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2014, 06:53:34 PM »
Personally I avoid Citra as a single hop.

I felt that way for a long time too Steve, and then I had a Lawson's Double Sunshine which is almost all Citra AFAIK, and that changed my opinion...
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2014, 06:59:15 PM »
I always felt the same too. Three Floyds Zombie Dust is an all Citra that I actually enjoyed fresh. And a brewer friend of mine made an all Citra IPA that was actually pretty darn good. It's not my favorite hop but I like it now and then.
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2014, 07:04:38 PM »
Personally I avoid Citra as a single hop.

thirsty dog citra is another single hop (citra) that i think is really nice.
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2014, 07:05:10 PM »
I made and all simcoe session ale this past summer that was very drinkable.
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2014, 07:06:46 PM »
Thirsty Dog (out of Akron, OH) Citra Dog is one of my favorite IPA's because I usually get it very fresh. I love it, but it doesn't have the same pineapple/mango flavor that I get when I brew with it. It has a more grapefruit taste.

I have brewed a single hopped Citra APA and I didn't care for it. I love Citra, but when I brew with it, I have to have something with it. This is why I mentioned Centennial. Cents are about as well-rounded a hop out there for American hoppy ales IMO. Bell's Two Hearted is one of my go-to's and it's exclusively hopped with Cents.
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2014, 07:08:19 PM »
Personally I avoid Citra as a single hop.

thirsty dog citra is another single hop (citra) that i think is really nice.

Beat me too it. Thirsty Dog makes good beer. I don't think many people outside of Northeast Ohio has had much of their beer.
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2014, 07:12:13 PM »

... when I brew with it, I have to have something with it. This is why I mentioned Centennial. Cents are about as well-rounded a hop out there for American hoppy ales IMO.


+1.  That's why I just don't care for most single hopped beers. The right combo can play off each other and be a lot more interesting. Back to Citra - Simcoe is a good balance for Citra too, and both have about the same intensity, ie., a lot.
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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2014, 07:15:13 PM »
Personally I avoid Citra as a single hop.

I felt that way for a long time too Steve, and then I had a Lawson's Double Sunshine which is almost all Citra AFAIK, and that changed my opinion...

Double Sunshine is one of the best beers I have ever had - It was great.  I have grown very fond of brewing with Citra for my IPA's.  My "house" IPA uses Columbus FWH and then 3 ounces of citra at 5 minutes, 3 ounces whirlpool and 3 ounces dry hop for 3 days.  I can't brew it fast enough - for myself or my friends.

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Re: Hops suggestion for Single Hops American IPA?
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2014, 07:21:56 PM »
My club is doing s single hop pale ale experiment - all the same recipe and IBU's matched (i.e., rather than by weight).  My hop is mosaic - the hydrometer sample was very good, so I have high hopes for it once carbed.  We do the tasting in December, so I hope nothing fades too badly before then....can't say what it might be like at a higher IBU level such as an IPA, but I'm thinking it might be a good candidate.
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