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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2010, 11:44:41 AM »
Can't cover it up by making a radler? If you're still doing construction - I figure those guys will drink anything.

Actually, the construction is basically done outside of a few bits and bobs. I have a friend who likes the hop and asked me to swap him out a keg. I may actually hold onto the other ones. My feeling is I *maybe* could get used to it... maybe.
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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2010, 04:37:08 PM »
Keg it, set it aside, and serve it when you host your first AHA membership rally.  ;D


I made a IIPA with Cascade, Amarillo and Citra used in all additions, and an ounce each dry hopped.  Never detected any cat pee tones, and everyone I gave it to seemed to really like it. 
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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2010, 02:14:42 PM »
I thought Citra was wonderful. I wonder if I should try some cat pee.  :D

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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2010, 05:15:49 PM »
Can't say I've ever smelled cat piss in any brews made with citra but a friend did mention it when drinking one from a local brewpub.  I made an IPA with Citra six months ago that was great and I have one in secondary right now dry hopped with citra and cascade.  I'll chime in if I notice any pee notes...

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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2010, 05:46:14 AM »
So, after about 2 weeks of sampling off this keg I can safely say that I do not care for this hops flavor/aroma in my APA/IPAs. I do think it would make a nice background hop in a Saison. The other thing that struck me might be a great fit would be a tropical stout(!).
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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2010, 05:49:17 AM »
Did you just use Citra or other hops too?  The first time I used Simcoe, I used just that hop.  It scored horribly because it seemed like judges didn't know what to do what that hop aroma.  But if I mix it with Amarillo, it's a lot better. Wonder if Citra is the same way.
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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2010, 06:15:17 AM »
Nope. blended it 50/50 as an aroma hop with Amarillo. This beer is also a regular rotation of mine so I generally know what to expect. Its not terrible and I will drink some of it (and give some more of it away), just not my cup of .... err ... pint of beer.
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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2010, 06:16:32 AM »
Speaking of tea it just dawned on me that this is what it reminds me of - that fruit infused iced tea you get at restaurants. I hate that stuff.
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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2010, 06:25:37 AM »
Thanks Keith,
I' love that explanation.  Tea infused with cat piss, I mean fruit ;)

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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2010, 06:31:49 AM »
Hmmmm - this might also explain why I don't have a cat.
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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2010, 06:48:59 AM »
Fruit tea at restaurants?  So like a mango character?  Not a bright clean fruit, but a somewhat pungent, musky character?
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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2010, 07:30:01 AM »
Fruit tea at restaurants?  So like a mango character?  Not a bright clean fruit, but a somewhat pungent, musky character?

Gordon that is exactly it - best description I've heard yet. 
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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2010, 07:55:20 AM »
Definitely tropical fruit. Mango fits the bill. More "bright" then I expected though. Although some of the "bright" citrus may be coming from the Amarillo.
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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2010, 09:09:30 AM »
Everytime I see this thread it reminds me of a friend that recently made comment on facebook, he's a tell it like it is sort of fellow and I always have a good laugh at his descriptions especially when he's tying it to something in his stories.  I prefer his description;  rancid cat piss.    :D  ;D 

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Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2010, 02:34:08 PM »
In sum, I wonder if it could be that Citra should be avoided as a single dryhop for this reason.   According to SN they dryhop Torpedo with Citra, Chinook, and Magnum.  

Chinook?  Where did you get that?

From the SN website.   Magnum, Crystal & Citra

The article in BYO said equal amounts of Magnum, Crystal & Citra as dryhops.
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