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Old 06-02-2012, 02:43 AM   #1
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Default Getting Tropical/Dank Hop Flavor in a Pale Ale

Greetings. I'm interested in brewing a nice, hoppy Pale Ale with a hop flavor profile that mixes the new 'tropical/mango' flavors of Citra with a nice dank/deep/clean hop whallop that isn't overly citrusy, piney or rough.

To this end, I was thinking about a blondish Pale Ale with Citra and Columbus in roughly equal amounts, and I'd appreciate some feedback on it. Here's the data:

American Pale Ale
OG 1.050
FG 1.014
5 SRM
36 IBU
US-05 Dry Yeast, rehydrated

9.0lb Golden Promise
0.5lb Light Carastan malt (15L)

Mash temp:152F. Minerals: 6g Gypsum, 4g CalcChlor, 1g Baking Soda (all minerals are half in mash, half in boil), Extra Acid: 3oz Acid Malt. All R/O water (3.5gal mash, 3gal sparge). Target profile: Ca=94, Mg=0, Na=18, Cl=77, SO4=127, Ratio=.60(bitter).

Hop Schedule:
(All are pellet, Columus is 15.4%, Citra is 11%)
first wort 0.3oz Columbus
15 mins 0.5oz Citra
5 mins 0.5oz Citra
5 mins 0.5oz Columbus
1 min 0.5oz Citra
1 min 0.5oz Columbus
20 mins 0.5oz Citra
20 mins 0.5oz Columbus
dry hop 0.5oz Citra
dry hop 0.5oz Columbus

Ferment at 64F for 2 weeks, dry hop in keg before force carbing.

I'm thinking Columbus here because I don't want the Centennial, Amarillo or Cascade grapefruit/tangerine punch in this beer if possible. I've had an all-Citra Cream Ale before, and really liked it.

Anyway, if anyone has any input, lemme know.

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Old 06-02-2012, 04:08 AM   #2
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I read tropical/dank and thought Columbus/citra. Looks like you did a well. I think the schedule looks good if you're looking for a nice mix of dank/tropical. Even with the 100% citra burst pale I made, it came out tropical but still citrus. Brew it please and report back. Very interested in your hop combo!

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Old 06-02-2012, 04:24 AM   #3
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The exact same thought jumped to my mind when I read the subject: Citra and CTZ.

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Old 06-02-2012, 05:15 AM   #4
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sounds great! i find citra more powerful than columbus, so personally I might consider using more columbus than citra, but depends how much you like them (I like columbus more than citra tho)

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Ok groovy. I'm brewing tomorrow so I'll post back here in about 3 weeks with the results.

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Old 06-03-2012, 08:27 AM   #6
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Forget Citra, look into Rakau.

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new brewer here; I thought Citra has more grapefruit and citrus flavors. Doesn't Simcoe have a lot of tropical fruit flavors?

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new brewer here; I thought Citra has more grapefruit and citrus flavors. Doesn't Simcoe have a lot of tropical fruit flavors?
Citra is considered to be mango, papaya and pineapple. The only think I don't like about citra is the aroma sometimes reminds me of cat pee.

Simcoe is pine and citrus.
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When made an all Citra brew, it was most definitely grapefruit. Not much tropical about it.

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I'm serious, if you're looking for tropical, check out Rakau.

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