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Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:35:53 PM »
ok, so you've got your piney, catty and citrus craziness going on. What are some of your favorite unexpected hop aromas/flavors?

I'll kick off with 3 for me:

Simcoe - always get sandalwood in the aroma from these
Citra - mangoes, lychee and pineapple - oh my
Cluster - blackberry - just wish they tasted better!
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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2010, 01:44:32 PM »
OK, I'll bite....There's that PNW hop flavor and aroma I just can't put my finger on from various breweries but they are quite similar to Red Tail Ale, I Love it but, just can't seem to recreate it. I'm guessing Willamette and something else....any ideas? maybe domestic Tettnang?

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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2010, 01:47:37 PM »
Columbus - damp basement combined with powerful pine/citrus
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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2010, 01:48:44 PM »
Citra - Passionfruit
 
but I wouldn't say favorite - I'm not a fan of that hop.
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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2010, 01:58:35 PM »
Great responses but, It's almost got a rubbery type aroma to it....I mean in a good way. I'm thinking it's got to be domestic Tettnang....it's sooo different from the German varietal. Now it's bugging me  ???

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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2010, 06:51:45 AM »
Columbus - damp basement combined with powerful pine/citrus

Nice description!

I was going to say 'earthy' but yours is much more desciptive.
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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2010, 07:35:22 AM »
Last columbus I used was BIG grapefruit.
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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2010, 09:11:42 AM »
Nelson sauvin - chardonnay grapes/wine.  Don't think it's a favorite, but definately odd.

wild hops found along the creek - not dissimilar to licking the floor of a tire shop, finished with biting in to a tarnished penny.  again, not sure about that one being a favorite.

Anything pine is good to me.  Simcoe, columbus, ahtanum.  Like taking a bite out of a pinecone, except not really...

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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2010, 09:18:35 AM »
Great responses but, It's almost got a rubbery type aroma to it....I mean in a good way. I'm thinking it's got to be domestic Tettnang....it's sooo different from the German varietal. Now it's bugging me  ???

Maybe one of the "C" hops...Cascade, Centennial, Cluster...

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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2010, 09:21:17 AM »
Sorachi Ace

Provide a nice lemon citrus flavor. They go great in Saisons.  Anyone else do anything with these?
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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2010, 09:56:26 AM »
wild hops found along the creek - not dissimilar to licking the floor of a tire shop, finished with biting in to a tarnished penny.  again, not sure about that one being a favorite.

Should I ask why you know what the floor of a tire shop tastes like?
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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2010, 10:22:35 AM »
Shoot... I like most if not all of them, but favs are the Cs, amarillo, simcoe, nugget, nobles. I've been expirimenting with some of the NZ varietes lately. NZ cascade was pleasant. I like the Pacific Gem, got some great blackberry flavor coming out of that. But the LHBS doesn't carry alot of the NZ stuff so its been a little difficult to find them. And the sorachi ace was really good, however I don't recommend using it with a hefe yeast, it clashed a bit the with banana... A pale or american wheat with sorachi and amarillo will be excellent!
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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2010, 06:28:51 PM »
Should I ask why you know what the floor of a tire shop tastes like?

are you saying that you've never let curiosity get the better of you? 

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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2010, 08:57:17 PM »
I'm mesmerized and can't stay away from the moving text thingy...woo hoo....new toy!
On topic.....I think EKG and Cascades make a kick ass dry hop combo!    

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Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2010, 10:29:24 PM »
Drew, do you brew a lot of single hop brews or are you mostly referring to holding a handful of hops and inhaling?