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Old 01-16-2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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So as I'm enjoying my Maris Otter/Challenger SMaSH, I realize what the Challenger hops remind me of -- raw asparagus!! So that got me thinking, we should create a list of hops with their respective flavors/aromas. Such a list should help all of us when designing beers. Instead of "floral" or "citrus", descriptions should be more specific. Here are two interesting ones I've noticed:

Challenger - raw asparagus

Northern Brewer - candy peanuts (you know those orange marshmallowy things that used to be popular)

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Old 01-16-2009, 12:16 AM   #2
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Summit- tangerine. Amarillo- orange. Centennial- grapefruit. EKG- dirt. Is that what you are looking for?
Your description of challenger instantly made me think DMS, but I have never used it so cannot comment on its flavor.

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Old 01-16-2009, 12:22 AM   #3
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beer30, thats perfect! and the asparagus is defintely the hops, not DMS. Here's the summary:

Amarillo - Orange
Centennial - Grapefruit
Challenger - Raw Asparagus
East Kent Goldings - Dirt
Northern Brewer - Candy Peanuts
Summit- Tangerine

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its very hard to make such a list because hops vary so much, at the very least you need to use not just the variety of hop but also where it is grown. the chinook hops ive bought from stores are piney and citrusy while my homegrown chinooks are slightly piney but also very woodsy and slightly smokey.

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Old 01-16-2009, 12:34 AM   #5
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its very hard to make such a list because hops vary so much, at the very least you need to use not just the variety of hop but also where it is grown. the chinook hops ive bought from stores are piney and citrusy while my homegrown chinooks are slightly piney but also very woodsy and slightly smokey.
in both cases, it seems as though the chinook are piney, so lets go with that.

Amarillo - Orange
Centennial - Grapefruit
Challenger - Raw Asparagus
Chinook - Pine
East Kent Goldings - Dirt
Northern Brewer - Candy Peanuts
Summit- Tangerine
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Fuggles - Cardboard
Cascade - Orange/Lemon
Sorachi - Lemon

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One of my favorite hops: simco - pine. I love that smell and flavor.

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Northern Brewer - candy peanuts (you know those orange marshmallowy things that used to be popular)
I believe the candy peanut flavor/aroma is actually banana flavoring . Maybe you could simplify it down to that... unless you feel candy peanuts are a bit more complex than that. I never really gave it much thought.
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I entered an IPA with sorachi ace, i used a TON of them in it, and they diddn't get orange at all. They thought I had oak aged it. so how about:
Sorachi Ace light use - orange
Sorachi Ace heavy use - Oak?

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