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Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:43:11 PM »
A local brewery creation has inspired me to want to design the most ridiculous, over-the-top, hoppy, juicy, citrusy IPA I can come up with.

I'm not normally a big IPA fan, so my hop knowledge is limited to what I've seen used in kits (Citra, Simcoe).  I've picked up a copy of the 2016 YCH Varieties handbook to start researching.  I'm sure there are more varieties out there than what are listed in the book due to trademarks, etc.

If you wanted to just knock someone over the head with a citrus IPA, what varieties would you use and in what stages? (FWH, boil, FO/whirlpool, DH)

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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 06:56:19 PM »
Citrus zest adds a depth of flavor and dimension as well.

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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 07:19:39 PM »
Citra is loaded with oil, and that is where a lot of that juiciness comes from. On its own, it's more mango than citrus, but once you add a few more varieties in it starts to come back to citrus. I like to use Nelson Sauvin with it, which has a lot of grapefruit character. Vic Secret and Galaxy are nice, but they lean more towards passionfruit than straight-up citrus.
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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 07:36:47 PM »
A blend of Amarillo, Lemon Drop, and Citra is nice, in a 2:2:1 ratio. Orange, lemon and citrus/mango, a pretty cool synergy.
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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 09:36:59 PM »
I'm a big fan of the more traditional "C" hops. Cascade, Chinook, CTZ and Centennial work for me.
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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 09:44:47 PM »
Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic, and Azzaca in a late hopping schedule make for a serious juice bomb. I used them in an APA together last summer that included the Vermont Ale/Conan yeast strain. The Pale Ale served as a yeast starter of sorts for a bigger DIPA and I preferred the Pale after all was said and done.

I have also had a great, juicy IPA with El Dorado, Amarillo, and Citra. Cashmere and Lemon Drop would also be interesting options if you wanted to push more into the lemon-lime citrus territory.

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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2017, 05:27:31 AM »
Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic, and Azzaca in a late hopping schedule make for a serious juice bomb. I used them in an APA together last summer that included the Vermont Ale/Conan yeast strain. The Pale Ale served as a yeast starter of sorts for a bigger DIPA and I preferred the Pale after all was said and done.

I have also had a great, juicy IPA with El Dorado, Amarillo, and Citra. Cashmere and Lemon Drop would also be interesting options if you wanted to push more into the lemon-lime citrus territory.

Hmmm, interesting combos.  I might have to try something on that order - either of the combos you mentioned. 

FWIW, I found out that my tastebuds are not suited to lemon drop, which I've only used in combo with other hops.

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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 02:57:53 PM »
I will throw Equinox/Ekuanot into the mix. Not a citrus bomb but adds some nice elements.
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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2017, 03:05:09 PM »
Citra, Columbus, Cascade, in maybe a 1/1/1 ratio.  Yep, that'd do it.  Use Columbus or Cascade for the bittering, and all three at flameout or whirlpool, and dry hop.  Each late addition should be about 0.75-0.8 oz per gallon (about 4 oz in 5 gallons).
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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 03:11:58 PM »
I'm a big fan of an even amount of Galaxy/Simcoe/Citra/Mosaic in (D)IPAs. I have also gone to only 3 additions. I do a FWH with a neutral bittering hop (or the same combo), a Whirlpool/Hop Stand addition at flameout, and dry/keg hopping.

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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2017, 03:29:53 PM »
I have also gone to only 3 additions. I do a FWH with a neutral bittering hop (or the same combo), a Whirlpool/Hop Stand addition at flameout, and dry/keg hopping.


Same here.
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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2017, 03:41:53 PM »
Citra, Columbus, Cascade, in maybe a 1/1/1 ratio.  Yep, that'd do it.  Use Columbus or Cascade for the bittering, and all three at flameout or whirlpool, and dry hop.  Each late addition should be about 0.75-0.8 oz per gallon (about 4 oz in 5 gallons).

With the exception of one time I dry hopped with Columbus and it was incredible, any other times I used it I ruined my beer even if only late.  Same goes with Chinook.  Real coarse lingering bitterness.  I used Chinook only in a dry hop and same thing happened.  Really wish I could use them because they both smell incredible.  I have been told backing off the amount really helps but I am pretty much staying away from using them.  Also consider using a fruity strain and ferment on the warmer side...     
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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2017, 03:46:31 PM »
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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2017, 05:02:45 PM »
I like to bitter w Nugget.  Then 5 min w Citra and Columbus. I finish w Amarillo and Cascade in whirlpool and also for the dryhop. I'd also add 4-5% sugar to get it to finish dry.
I've not used Ekuanot, Idaho 7, Lemon Drop, and other new hop varieties. Too many in the freezer already.


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Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2017, 08:07:49 PM »
I like to bitter w Nugget.  Then 5 min w Citra and Columbus. I finish w Amarillo and Cascade in whirlpool and also for the dryhop. I'd also add 4-5% sugar to get it to finish dry.
I've not used Ekuanot, Idaho 7, Lemon Drop, and other new hop varieties. Too many in the freezer already.


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I found lemon drop to impart a flavor somewhat like the lemon custard in lemon meringue pie, and it dominated and clashed with the other hop flavors when I made an IPA also with Columbus, centennial, amarillo, cascade and simcoe.  YMMV