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Offline Pinski

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Hop talk
« on: June 03, 2011, 10:58:44 PM »
I'm really interested to know everyone's top three favorite hop varieties and why (at least one adjective).
And if you have one, your favorite combination including commercial blends.
Bonus points if you respond in Haiku form.
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2011, 11:49:41 PM »
Oh yes, well... perhaps I should start.
1. Columbus- versatile
2. Amarillo- strong finisher
3. Mt. Hood-  subtle, spicier, clean
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2011, 04:01:11 AM »
centennial,
rising above my twohearted,
the smell of hops in the morning.

tomahawk,
sharply cutting the evening sun
while my ribeye sizzles.

goldings,
malt and the setting sun,
barleywine, full belly, contentment.

(well, pretty freeform for haiku, in fact pretty sad, but the hops shine)
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2011, 06:25:35 AM »
EKG
Cascade
Hallertauer

All noble finishing hops in my opinion.  I would have to say that I don't really have a favorite bittering hop, Their contribution is typically muted and the biggest issue with them is if they screw up the flavor.
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2011, 10:35:27 AM »
Hallertau and it's varieties
Goldings
Fuggles

also:
Saaz
Perle
Northern Brewer
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2011, 10:57:39 AM »
If I only had three.

Hallertua - Great for most Lagers
Columbus - Versatile bittering hop used in many American Ales
Amarillo - Floral and citrusy, very flavorful and aromatic
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2011, 12:42:42 PM »
My top 3 are:
Styrian goldings, which are typical for the belgian styles I like to brew. I like the subtle flavor, and I think they have good aroma

Hallertau, can't stay away from this one, it's in almost all my beers. Favorite in my wheats.

Tettnang, its a great compliment to both the Styrian and Hallertau. Great aroma
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2011, 01:02:24 PM »


Tettnanger brings spicy aromas
And Columbus in beer makes me smile
Let's not forget smooth Magnum
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2011, 02:16:06 PM »
EKG - love the floral, subtle flavor in my English style beers.
Mt. Hood - my Hallertaur sub go-to (although I do love Hallertauer Mitt when I can get it)
Saaz - nothing better on a hot day than a saazy bopils
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2011, 06:30:36 AM »
EKG's and Northern Brewer are honorable mentions.  ;)
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2011, 05:00:38 PM »
CTZ (dank)
Amarillo (best citrus)
Simcoe (piney)

For Alts I like Spalt or GR Select (obviously) so even if its not my favorite hop it is essential to have on hand, nothing else seems to do the trick.

Really dig Crystal for its noble qualities and unique lemon character

Use a lot of French Strisselspalt for its spiciness and floral qualities
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2011, 05:14:51 PM »
man, 3 is pretty limiting. I mean, I use 6 varietals in my IPA alone.

gun to my head:

Simcoe - pineycitrusyfruity (one word, right)
Columbus - dank
Tettnang -noble-spicy

I think I could make everything I needed to make if I had only those three.

but given 5 slots, Centennial and Amarillo are right there too.

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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2011, 05:36:28 PM »
I like to stay domestic...

Mt Hood - I use where "noble" hops are called for (German, Belgian, etc.)
Willamette - for English/Irish etc.
Cascade - for 'merican brews

...now in reality, I also keep Magnum for bittering, Centennial and Amarillo for variety but that obviously puts me over three :)
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2011, 07:06:45 PM »
hmmm

CTZ - versatile & high Alpha
Chinook - the more I use them, the more I like them
Perle - I dunno, it just has something I like that Hallertauer doesn't
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Re: Hop talk
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2011, 07:30:01 AM »
Saaz- Gotta have my Czech Pils
Cascade- love the aroma/taste in a PA
Chinook- hey, I'm a hop head from the Yakima Valley