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Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« on: March 27, 2011, 02:46:34 PM »
After brewing and tasting more IPAs than I care to count, I think I've found the combination that really does it for me.  GUs around 65-70.  IBU total ~ 70.

Chinook - 30 minute Hopburst ~ 40 -50% of total bittering units
Amarillo - 20 and 10 minute additions 30 - 40% of total bittering units
Cascade  15 minute and flamout 10 - 20% of total bittering units
Simcoe/Amarillo dryhop - to taste, for me , between .5 and 1 oz.

What is your favorite?
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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 02:50:14 PM »
Northern Brewer (the store, not the hop) Hopshot @ 60 for bittering.

Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe whirlpool and dry.

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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2011, 02:59:07 PM »
I like to use Centennial for bittering, then Centennial for the flavor and aroma additions, and dry-hop with Centennial. ;)
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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2011, 03:39:24 PM »
I am into Citra. Just bottled a Citra IPA (1 oz 60 min, .5 oz 30 min, .5 oz 10 min, 1 oz in fermenter after 4 days) and early indications are it's outstanding.
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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2011, 03:56:17 PM »
I like to use Centennial for bittering, then Centennial for the flavor and aroma additions, and dry-hop with Centennial. ;)

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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2011, 04:14:02 PM »
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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2011, 04:47:52 PM »
Well Jim there's no absolute answer to that question because my hop schedules are constantly evolving.

My latest schedule, that I actually tried a few times before is Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo. My next recipe I want to use Columbus and Chinook for bittering and Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo for flavor and aroma.

Gotta love them American Hops!  8)
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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2011, 08:53:30 PM »
My india black ale I brewed recently uses a blend of simcoe, chinook, and cascade.  It's pretty good.  I need to try Amarillo but Simcoe is one of my favs.  It's so dank and tasty, as is chinook.
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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2011, 10:14:51 PM »
Equal amounts of Amarillo & Centennial..It gets straight to the point.
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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2011, 03:50:03 AM »
Chinook at 60 and 30, Centennial at 30 and 15, Cascade at 15 and 1, dry hop with all three.

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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2011, 05:10:02 AM »

Since i can't find amarillo locally,  would some combination of Centennial and Cascade work as a sub?

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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2011, 07:00:58 AM »
Nothing really subs for Amarillo, but Centennial and Cascade is a great combination.

I've written before that two of my favorite combinations are Amarillo/Simcoe and Centennial/Cascade.  They totally work, but don't let that keep you from trying new combinations.  New hops come out all the time, and they're worth checking out.  Nathan Smith had some good input for me on the recent dry hopping article; check that out for some of his opinions.  He's big into finding hops with a high oil content.
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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2011, 08:44:34 AM »
I've written before that two of my favorite combinations are Amarillo/Simcoe and Centennial/Cascade.

Made a Belg./Am. IPA with those 4 and some Chinook.  FWH with Falconer's Flight, which is pretty much all of those and some Citra.
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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2011, 08:49:41 AM »
I think the Belgians really like Amarillo as an American hop.  I saw La Rulles use it in their Tripel, which is one of my favorites.  I've heard of other breweries using it too.  I'd add it to Saaz and Styrian Goldings as go-to hops for Belgians.
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Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2011, 08:55:24 AM »
I think the Belgians really like Amarillo as an American hop.  I saw La Rulles use it in their Tripel, which is one of my favorites.  I've heard of other breweries using it too.  I'd add it to Saaz and Styrian Goldings as go-to hops for Belgians.

Interesting info, Gordon.   I'll have to see if I can find the La Rulles Tripel.
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