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Old 03-23-2011, 03:48 AM   #21
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I just tasted my brew with calypso and I have to say this stuff is good
What does good mean. What kind of flavors are you getting from this?
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:55 AM   #22
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yes, ...good means many things...I think Ice cream is good, I think SPAM is good....but what type of "good" is Calypso Hops in your Beer?

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Old 03-23-2011, 07:11 PM   #23
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I kegged the calypso APA a few days ago. It's still clearing up, but here are a few observations. My OG was 1.052 and it finished at 1.006 using US05. I fermented on the cooler side to keep ester production low. The hop-attributed aroma is moderate pome fruits (apple, pear, quince,...) and complements the munich malt extremely well. With 1 oz. at flameout the aroma is present but not overpowering. I think this would pair well with a hop having a more tropical aroma (e.g. Citra).
The flavor is very smooth and again goes well with the graininess of the Munich and enhances the sweetness of the crystal.
This hop definitely has an assertive, yet not harsh, bitterness to it. It is well-rounded and lingering. The 12.0% feels a touch conservative, but this could also be a result of my low FG.
Overall I think this a great new hop that works equally well at all stages with no real negative points, unless you don't like apples, but then again this character is pretty subtle. I think it's a great alternative to the more citrusy hops, offering a new flavor and aroma profile to play with. It definitely has an American character to it and would do well in all types of Am. ales. I think it would be great in any beer that calls for at least a moderate ester profile. Belgians come to mind. I liked them enough to toss an ounce in my saison at flameout.

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Old 03-23-2011, 07:17 PM   #24
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Thanks for the update Craig; sounds awesome, and definitely makes me glad I scooped up a pound of it in my last shipment! Funny you should mention it with citra; from the accounts so far, I've been brainstorming an IIPA with Calypso/Citra because they sound quite complementary. How do you think it would fare with a belgian yeast (say, 1214)?

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Old 03-23-2011, 09:29 PM   #25
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when i say good I mean i like it very much, i cant really put a word on the actual taste. I did use 2 diffrent hops which are Calypso and Cascade, and I am dry hopping Calypso. I used my normal pale ale recipe , just changed hops to Calypso.

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Old 03-26-2011, 01:21 AM   #26
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Cracked the pound of Calypso tonight; planning the single-hop IPA with it tomorrow morning. First impressions of the hop itself: apple and grassiness seem prevalent so far. Maybe hints of pear. Definitely no tropical or citrusy aspects to it so far. I'll update tomorrow after the brew session.

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Old 03-30-2011, 01:24 AM   #27
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Planning a pale ale for tommorow with Super galena for bittering, then

1 oz Citra @ 20
.5 oz Calypso and .5 oz Ahtanum @ 15
.5 oz Calypso and .5 oz Ahtanum @ 10
1 oz Calypso and 1 oz Ahtanum @ 5 or knockout

looking to get just a bit of citrus flavor for the 20 min addition, then showcase some flavor and the aromas from calypso and ahtanum, both of which I have not used before. I'll psot back when it is done with some tasting notes

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Old 03-30-2011, 02:17 AM   #28
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The IPA brewing got delayed until last night; in using the hop, the grassy notes seem to come out stronger in the flavor. I didn't notice any of the apple or pear in the hydrometer sample, but then again they would've easily been covered by the malt. It's bubbling away now, so in a few weeks I'll have a better idea of its impact.

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Old 04-03-2011, 08:32 PM   #29
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Howdy,

I brewed a Calypso/2Row SMASH this morning with WY1450.
I got more green grass and flowery/herbal notes than apple and pear. Still smelled great.
I'll report back when it's done fermenting.

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Old 04-03-2011, 08:35 PM   #30
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Just got done with my all calypso pale. Smelled great. We'll see how it turns out.

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