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Willamette hops as flavor/aroma additions in English-style brews
« on: September 07, 2010, 10:08:10 AM »
I've been using US Goldings as flavor/aroma hops in my English-style beers for the past few years. I've been thinking of switching things up and wondered if anyone has used Willamettes as such in their English-style beers. Willamettes are related to Fuggles, so I figure they might work well in that context. Other suggestions for English flavor/aroma hops?
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Re: Willamette hops as flavor/aroma additions in English-style brews
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2010, 10:47:35 AM »
I've used them in many beers as both flavor and aroma hops.  I've always liked the results.  I may be able to say more in a month or two.

Last Saturday I made a Winter Warmer and a Scottish Ale using a good amount of Willamette.  I'm trying to clean out the hop freezer so the next few beers will be, oh interesting, is a good word.   ;)
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Re: Willamette hops as flavor/aroma additions in English-style brews
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2010, 11:07:23 AM »
Last year I went through a Lb of Willamette.  They are pretty good for British style beers.

Willamette is a Fuglles triploid, meaning that it has three sets of chromosones vs. two.  This results in a more hardy plant, but the plant is sterile.
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Re: Willamette hops as flavor/aroma additions in English-style brews
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2010, 01:12:17 PM »
I've done okay in comp with a Brown Ale hopped with Willamette.  More importantly, I enjoy it.  I think it tends to make for a more easy-drinking beer.  I think I prefer Fuggles for the darker tobacco-like notes, but Willamette, while a bit more innocuous, keeps enough of the Fuggle flavor to work.

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Re: Willamette hops as flavor/aroma additions in English-style brews
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2010, 05:23:33 PM »
Thanks for the replies!  I think I might get a lb. of Willamette for experimenting with English-style ales.  It might be interesting to use a combination of Goldings and Willamette for flavor/aroma additions.
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