I used Bravo pellets last year on an AAA. Aromawise, I found it to be faintly floral or herbal--but not in a "hmm--I wanna smell more of that"-kind-of way. Similar to sniffing geraniums or marigolds; they're better to look at. Flavorwise, I found it was earthy, bitter, raspy almost ?metallic? bite (but I had no copper or iron issues that I could identify). Some other brewers who tasted it weren't too keen on it either. I'll probably not use it again unless someone makes a beer that showcases it bettter for me to try.
thanks. would you care to share the hop schedule and amounts that you used? (not that your description sounds good, i'm just curious) cheers, j any other opinions?
just got home and looked over my brew notes from that 10 gallon batch of AAA which used both Citra and Bravo hops.
OG was 1.050, FG was 1.013. ABV = 4.8. Calculated IBU's was around 28.8.
Hop schedule was
FWH (or 60 min): 0.5 oz Citra
30 min: 0.25 oz each of Citra and Bravo
20 min: 0.25 oz each of Citra and Bravo
10 min: 0.50 oz of Bravo
5 min: 0.50 oz of Bravo
I was really looking forward to drinking this beer. But, it was disappointingly bitter.
I think the reason it was such a sucky beer was the new water build that I did using the BeerSmith water profile builder (v1.4).
The ions may have been right, but I was way off on the pH during the mash (4.1), though I got it back up (to 5.1) with the second batch sparge.
Given that, it may not be fair at all to make any opinion about the Bravo hop profile based on my experience.
I highly recommend Martin B's Bru'n water calculator. Since I began using it this year, I've hit my mash and sparge pH's within 0.1 or 0.2 points every time (i.e., if any deviation occurs, my result is usually 0.1 or 0.2 pH points higher than the calculated 5.2).