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Old 12-05-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default El Dorado Hops anyone?

I"m gonna pick up a pound of this hop. Anyone brewed with it?

I'd like to know it's qualities before I decide how to use it. I've read some things online but those are all second-hand reports and not direct observations.

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Old 12-06-2012, 03:46 PM   #2
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I recently made a 1 gallon test batch with them. It was a hopburst-style ale to see what they are all about. They have a unique flavor/aroma. I read they would taste/smell like a jolly rancher and they do. I don't know that I'd call it cherry jolly rancher, but more of a hoppy jolly rancher. The hops are sweet-ish. They performed about as well as I expected. I'd like to find more, but I've had a hard time sourcing them.

Briess - 2 Row Brewers Malt Grain 3.0 lb
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L Grain 4.0 oz
El Dorado 12.5% 0.350 oz Boil 15.000 min Leaf 24.2
El Dorado 12.5% 0.350 oz Boil 10.000 min Leaf 17.7
El Dorado 12.5% 0.350 oz Boil 5.000 min Leaf 9.7
El Dorado 12.5% 0.350 oz Boil 3.000 min Leaf 6.1
El Dorado 12.5% 0.350 oz Boil 1.000 min Leaf 2.1
El Dorado 12.5% 0.500 oz Dry Hop

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:22 PM   #3
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I recently made a 1 gallon test batch with them. It was a hopburst-style ale to see what they are all about. They have a unique flavor/aroma. I read they would taste/smell like a jolly rancher and they do. I don't know that I'd call it cherry jolly rancher, but more of a hoppy jolly rancher. The hops are sweet-ish. They performed about as well as I expected. I'd like to find more, but I've had a hard time sourcing them.

Briess - 2 Row Brewers Malt Grain 3.0 lb
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L Grain 4.0 oz
El Dorado 12.5% 0.350 oz Boil 15.000 min Leaf 24.2
El Dorado 12.5% 0.350 oz Boil 10.000 min Leaf 17.7
El Dorado 12.5% 0.350 oz Boil 5.000 min Leaf 9.7
El Dorado 12.5% 0.350 oz Boil 3.000 min Leaf 6.1
El Dorado 12.5% 0.350 oz Boil 1.000 min Leaf 2.1
El Dorado 12.5% 0.500 oz Dry Hop
Hmmm, thanks for that. I think I'll use them with some other hops in late additions. A lesson I learned with Amarillo is that some unique hops don't work well on their own.
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We are using them as a dry hop addition in our commercial Black IPA:



Try it for yourself to see if you like it. I definitely think there is a "Jolly Rancher" like quality...

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Hmmm, thanks for that. I think I'll use them with some other hops in late additions. A lesson I learned with Amarillo is that some unique hops don't work well on their own.
Yeah. It needs something to help balance it out. It's a good beer, but I think they'd play better with others.
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I heard that Watermelon is the main flavor you get from them.

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Where are you getting them from, i have been wanting to try them for awhile, but havent been able to find them anywhere.

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Where are you getting them from, i have been wanting to try them for awhile, but havent been able to find them anywhere.
I'm getting mine from a commercial brewer who has a contract for 100# of them.
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If you end up with a couple "extra" ounces that you'd be willing to sell i would love to try them

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I made a single hop APA with them, and found the flavor is reminiscent of water melon, but its subtle. Similar to Palisade or Athanum in strength. I suggest using a heavy hand with them when you use them.

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