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Old 11-21-2007, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Have you ever met a hop you didn't like?

Every time someone asks about a particular strain of hop on this board, it gets rave reviews.

I am in hop experimenting mode, and thinking about buying some cheaper strains of hops just to try.

So, have you ever had a hop that you didn't care for, or have a hop that clashed with a particluar style / recipe?

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Old 11-21-2007, 06:15 PM   #2
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There are certainly hops that wouldn't go well with certain styles. I love EKG, but I doubt I would ever dry hop an APA with it.

However, I would have to say that no, I have never met a hop that I didn't like.

However, I also steer clear of the high alpha hops. When I hear people talking about harshness and stuff like that from hops, it is typically the high AA hops. The only high AA hop I have used more than once was Columbus, I think that is a great hop.

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I've used a lot of different varieties and the only one that I can say that I didn't like and will probably never use again is Chinook.

Warrior, Simcoe, Amarillo, Hallertau and EKG are my personal favorites.

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Northern Brewer; I like it in Walker's IPA, but when I used it in a lower-key pale ale, it was really a bit too harsh.

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I've not yet experimented much in my own brews, but most of the C's tend to bug me a little. Chinook and Cascade particularly, but only in certain beers. Others I can't tell they're in there. *shrug*

I've been reading around a bit on newer varieties lately - I can report that unless you know exactly what you're doing, and what flavor you're aiming for, the Sorachi Ace variety can turn into a disaster.

On that note, what d'ya think about a Lemon Basil beer? Because that's the one thing that came to mind that Sorachi Ace could be tasty in.

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Cascades. I used to love it but have gotten somewhat burned out on it. The grapefruit tones in it aren't really appealing to me.

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Oh yeah, the one beer I've had with Sorachi didn't work for me; there was kind of a "pithy" flavor, like licking a lemon rind. I've got one of Cheese's beer with Sorachi to try, so I'll see soon enough if I dislike the hop or if there was something goofy about the recipe. I'm pretty sure, given the quality of the brewer (not me), it's the hop.

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Northern Brewer; I like it in Walker's IPA, but when I used it in a lower-key pale ale, it was really a bit too harsh.
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I do not like Chinook for anything besides a very long bittering hop. I had a beer that used Chinook for finishing and I was not pleased.

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Don't you even start threatening me! I have some eighteen-month old Raspberry ale that was sh!t the minute I brewed it! It's even got "floaties"...
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