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Hops for an IPA
« on: April 08, 2011, 05:47:47 PM »
It seems that IPAs have the biggest range for types of hops that can be used. It seems like it used to be a narrower range, but now I see Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo, Chinook, whatever. I'd like to know what other people use for American IPAs. Does anybody have any combinations that work well? Or hops you are attached to for bittering, aroma, or flavoring? I was thinking of trying to incorporate some type of balance between citrus and piny, or citrus and earthy. I am also fascinated by single hop strains. It just seems the options are overwhelming, in a good way, but if anyone has any favorites I'd love to hear about them. Ive been experimenting with Amarillo, and feel they'd be better with some other hop to balance even though they can be used in a single hop beer. I have more experimenting to do.

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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2011, 08:21:01 PM »
It's a matter of personal choice but lately I have been on a Chinook, Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo kick. This blend is my favorite right now and seems to be popular with other homebrewers as well. Dry hop with Amarillo.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2011, 08:44:09 AM »
I agree with Ron that that's a great combo.  I did one recently with all those and some Falconer's Flight.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2011, 02:07:10 AM »
Equal portions Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Amarillo. Nelson Sauvin is my Favorite Hop, it gives amazing tropical flavors (lychee, mango). Also good is Sorachi Ace, of which I had a SMASH the other day from Brew Dog, it tastes like (no joke) coconut.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2011, 12:12:32 PM »
Denny, What did you think of the Falconer's flight?  I've been looking forward to giving them a whirl.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2011, 12:25:21 PM »
Denny, What did you think of the Falconer's flight?  I've been looking forward to giving them a whirl.

So far, I like them a lot.  Most of the beers I've used them on are still fermenting so I only have a couple beers that I've actually tasted them in, but I think they're gonna be a winner.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2011, 01:45:48 PM »
I have been using the combo of Columbus, Centennial, and Amarillo.   I can't seem to find Simcoe anywhere :(
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2011, 09:02:00 AM »
Any combo of the "C" hops always seems to work out well. 

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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2011, 09:48:08 AM »
Any combo of the "C" hops always seems to work out well. 

I concur Dean.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2011, 12:53:49 AM »
I like a mix of Summit, Simcoe, and either Amarillo, Centennial, or Cascade (or all three).

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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2011, 08:47:12 PM »
Does it really matter what the bittering hops are?  I don't have many c hops so I don't want to use them for bittering if they are wasted. Thinking of trying a dark IPA down the road.

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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2011, 09:41:17 PM »
We tapped a keg of IPA hopped with Columbus/Zeus, Cascade, Mt. Hood and Amarillo (dry). Delicious. 
Also planted rhizomes of Willamette, Cascade, Columbus and Mt. Hood.  First watering was a few drippings of the IPA with a toast. Cheers!
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2011, 09:43:40 PM »
Is there really a shortage of Simcoe going on?  Seems like folks are having a hard time finding it. Regionally maybe?
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2011, 10:16:49 PM »
I think the problem is finding Simcoe in bulk.  You can find it by the ounce here and there, but if you want to buy it by the pound . . . well, I'm not aware of anyone still selling it that way.
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Re: Hops for an IPA
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2011, 11:42:14 PM »
I haven't tried them (Simcoe) yet.  What is it about this hop that folks like so much?
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