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New Hop Question
« on: April 08, 2015, 02:57:28 AM »
Was thinking of purchasing a pound of one of the newer blend of hops. 

I have a 1/2 pound of Waimea and 1/2 pound of Equinox.  Saw El Dorado and Lemon Drop online for sale. Which of those two would you recommend?  I tend to brew Saisons, IPAs, Pales.  Heard good results from both.

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Re: New Hop Question
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2015, 03:33:16 AM »
I've been wanting to try lemon drop for a while, but I haven't read much about it. I'd get that first. From what I have heard of el dorado, it's love hate.

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Re: New Hop Question
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2015, 11:48:35 AM »
I like Lemon Drop quite a bit better.  It's moderate AA (5-7% IIRC)  and is lemon/citrus/herbal/slight pine where El Dorado is mostly Jolly Rancher candy to me. Lemon Drop works well in American styles , but would work great in a saison, too. It's another new hop I think is gonna catch on. Good stuff.


EDIT -  Though the new Stone Delicious IPA uses a blend of the two hops and is very good. The sweet candy character of the El Dorado gets balanced out pretty well by the Lemon Drop.
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Re: New Hop Question
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2015, 02:21:17 PM »
I used Lemon Drop recently in an American Wheat and couldn't be happier.  The flavors and aromas were just as described.  I think it would work well in a saison.  I also did a single hopped ipa (with magnum for bittering) and didn't think it worked great as a single hop for a beer like that.

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Re: New Hop Question
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2015, 02:24:41 PM »
I used Lemon Drop recently in an American Wheat and couldn't be happier.  The flavors and aromas were just as described.  I think it would work well in a saison.  I also did a single hopped ipa (with magnum for bittering) and didn't think it worked great as a single hop for a beer like that.

Yeah, I see it more as a great APA hop or something to be blended with for IPA. Really like it, though.
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Re: New Hop Question
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2015, 05:35:03 PM »
I find most hops don't do well as a single hopped IPA. Layering of flavors and aromas is key. Some hops certainly make great single hop IPAs. Mosaic makes an incredible single hops and I find I don't have to over do it with the late additions or dry hops.

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Re: New Hop Question
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2015, 05:51:40 PM »
I find most hops don't do well as a single hopped IPA. Layering of flavors and aromas is key. Some hops certainly make great single hop IPAs. Mosaic makes an incredible single hops and I find I don't have to over do it with the late additions or dry hops.

I agree.  I like to blend for IPA too, but there are a few that stand alone pretty well, like Mosaic and Equinox. And when that SN single hop Idaho 7 gets to retail, that's another one I'd definitely use alone.
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Re: New Hop Question
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2015, 12:59:02 AM »
I find most hops don't do well as a single hopped IPA. Layering of flavors and aromas is key. Some hops certainly make great single hop IPAs. Mosaic makes an incredible single hops and I find I don't have to over do it with the late additions or dry hops.

I agree.  I like to blend for IPA too, but there are a few that stand alone pretty well, like Mosaic and Equinox. And when that SN single hop Idaho 7 gets to retail, that's another one I'd definitely use alone.

same here. i really like the all mandarina IPA, however i will say i like it more with some cascade, centennial, and or citra.
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Re: New Hop Question
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2015, 11:29:57 AM »
I generally don't do single hop beers, nor would this hop be for single hops or SMASHs. Was just wondering what people thought of Lemondrop versus El Dorado for those styles. Sounds like Lemondrop is more well liked and would be good with other hops I have like Waimea, Mosaic or Equinox.