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Old 04-28-2014, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default El Dorado and citra hops!

A friend gifted me with a ton of el dorado and citra hops the other day. I'm so excited! Now, what do I do with them?

I think an IPA is in order. I have other hops on hand, most American hops varieties and a few English varieties.

I've never even tried el dorado hops, so I wonder what they would pair nicely with. They have a great aroma to them in the package- fruity and earthy both.

I need help coming up with a solid hopping for an IPA that would use some of these hops!

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Old 04-29-2014, 02:12 AM   #2
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Sweet! I haven't tried el dorado yet but I'd use citra as a good foundation hop. It produces some great fruity (apricot/orange) flavor, but I've found that it needs some pine or dank to compliment. It's great at creating a huge hoppy presence, but needs 1-2 more hops on top to provide some depth. Maybe citra, dorado, simcoe?

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Sweet! I haven't tried el dorado yet but I'd use citra as a good foundation hop. It produces some great fruity (apricot/orange) flavor, but I've found that it needs some pine or dank to compliment. It's great at creating a huge hoppy presence, but needs 1-2 more hops on top to provide some depth. Maybe citra, dorado, simcoe?
Good point. I don't like citra as a sole hop, and I have tons of simcoe.
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What did you end up doing with them? I just bottled an El Dorado/Amarillo IPA that I dry hopped with 1 oz each of Centennial and El Dorado. (5 gallon)

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What did you end up doing with them? I just bottled an El Dorado/Amarillo IPA that I dry hopped with 1 oz each of Centennial and El Dorado. (5 gallon)
Nothing yet! But that's why I replied to this thread today. I'm brewing on Monday, and need an APA. I made a different IPA last time, but on Monday I want to make a pale ale, using Wyeast 1272 as the yeast, and put together a recipe with the el dorado hops.
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So, I decided I needed an American red (amber). I totally changed my mind from an IPA at the beginning!

Here's what I'm thinking for tomorrow (10.5 gallon batch):
15 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US 74.1 %
2 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) 9.9 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Caramel Malt - 40L (Briess) 7.4 %
12.0 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) 3.7 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 75L (75.0 SRM) 2.5 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) 2.5 %

2.00 oz chinook [13.9 %] - Boil 15.0 min 28.0 IBUs
2.00 oz Citra [13.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min 9.2 IBUs
2.00 oz El Dorado [15.30 %] - Steep/Whirlpool

OG: 1.052
IBUs- 37+ steeping/whirlpool hops (50?)




I wanted a hopbursted, reddish colored beer with tropical fruit notes. I have no idea what to expect from el dorado hops, especially combined with citra!

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That recipe looks fantastic. Good luck! I've got an IPA using El Dorado, Azacca, and Simcoe - should be ready to drink by Wednesday. My first time using El Dorado.

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Can't wait to see what everyone thinks about El Dorado. I think both of the two beers listed sound great from what the hop is described as.
And smells for that matter.

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I brewed a DIPA solely hopped with El Dorado a few months ago. Lots of tropical fruit taste from it, strong watermelon flavor. I liked it but by it's self it was something I couldn't drink lots of in a row.

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I've a partigyled imperial stout in secondary now which has El Dorado as aroma hops, paired off with Magnum as bittering. Still raw and unpalatable, but I'll make sure I leave a note here when it's ready.

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